Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Demon Damon

No... Not this!   Uh, urp...

Yes!  This!  Johnny would be good! Though turf probably wouldn't help his knees and feet any. Still an older and Floridian presence on the team would be good; could coach Jennings in LF and make the pain of losing Carl to Boston ease a quadrillionth of an inch.  In fact, Johnny was an AL East jumper, when he went from RSox to Yanks, which really peeved the Boston fans. Not sure he's even been forgiven yet, by them. I was pretty sure he'd be ambivalent bigtime about suddenly becoming a Yankee, but he was formidable and easy-going and seemed not to have any emotional problems about it... and looked way better as a non-idiot. I'm liking this idea more. Yanks going back to Damon is another in their step-backward pattern. The time for that was when Bernie Williams wasn't welcomed back. I wonder if the Yankee organization is bi-polar?  Esp. now that Rays have got Dave Eiland, the mysteriously-fired NYY pitching coach. What's up with that?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cli Flea ... better NL red than AL blue

I read a story the other day that the Phillies were talking to him and then I knew he'd go there. Why? Because he'd already been there & won. And he liked it there. And the NL is easier on him than the AL. And he could get out of HOT Texas and stay out of HOT NYC. It's not always about the money. Sometimes it's just location, location, location. Okay, Brian, now what?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Andrew? Stuart? Rays? Anything? Soon? Anyone?

I know times are tough and money's tight, but, come on already! No new guys?!?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Seven Year Pitcher??

WTF?   How about we just trade Brian Cashman??

I didn't think it would go down like this! Sh*T!

"The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have closed a seven-year, $142M deal with free agent Carl Crawford. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is also reporting the deal. If true, it's a shocking turn of developments in the Carl Crawford saga. As recently as Wednesday, the Red Sox were barely a contender while the Yankees and Angels were considered front-runners. The deal would make Crawford the highest-paid outfielder of all-time and the contract is the ninth-biggest in MLB history. Crawford hit .307 with 19 HRs, 90 RBI, and 47 steals in 2010."

Joe Lemire over at SI writes: "Not only do the Red Sox claim the offseason's best available position player -- pending a physical, he comes at the princely sum of $142 million over seven years, the richest contract for an outfielder in history -- but they also keep him away from their competitors, seemingly without the competition even chiming in serious opposing bids."

Hmmm... looks like I might have had a premonition! (last line)

Here's my top 10 emotions on hearing this news.
  1. Crap. This sucks.
  2. Congratulations, Carl. Seven years is a long time and $142M is a lot of money. You earned it.
  3. Carl's too nice to play in Boston.
  4. Thought he was going to Angels. Torii too.
  5. Too bad he's still in the AL East.
  6. SI thinks this was a win-win -- get a great player while screwing the Yankees.
  7. Epstein beats Cashman and Friedman.
  8. This almost ruins baseball for me. Maybe I'll become a Marlins fan, because then you have no hope, no fear of success, no players, no crowds, nothing that can break your heart (Wayne Huizenga saw to that when he dismantled the Championship team like he was selling off worthless shares).
  9. I always try to get Carl on my fantasy team, but I refuse to have any Red Sox on my fantasy team. How am I supposed to reconcile these two absolutes? (Ans: Give up fantasy.)
  10. Carl doesn't look good in red.
  11. Crap. This sucks.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jason Bartlett either is or isn't going to San Diego.

"A trade sending shortstop Jason Bartlett of the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres is off, at least for now, because the teams couldn't finalize the deal, sources tell ESPN.com.  The Rays' trade for a pair of young pitchers is in limbo, but it's not dead, sources said. Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, a pair of right-handed pitchers, would go to the Rays."  Prop up the sagging bullpen, maybe find a closer. I liked you, Jason... you were the bomb in 2009, then bombed in 2010. What a crummy week you must be having.

So Long, 'Los!

Gonna miss you .126% of the baseball season next year!  (No, I really like you, man, you are one great first baseman, but too many swings, not enough swat! Hope you do great in Chicago!)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

So that's what it was! (Derek's Dreams)

Keith Olbermann (sportswriter) gets the backstory on Derek's crummy year (hint: it happens to all of us).  Apparently, he's analyzed the current market and finds it crummy for the Captain.

And She-Fan Jane is the bomb, creating her own Yankee reality to influence the current real reality ;-)


Ok, looks like it's a done deal... according to today's New York Post.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Revamping

Team revamping makes me anxious. I've developed emotional attachments to certain players in certain positions in certain uniforms in certain cities, surrounded by certain team-mates. It's like a re-org at work. It's like moving to a different time zone. It's like a friend getting married and being less available to you.

Which is one reason I like my fantasy teams, where selections are team-independent. Like when Curtis Granderson was a Tiger and no one knew about him, he anchored teams for me for several years. Ditto Rays. Last year I had 2 teams in the playoffs, this year, only 1 (OUTTA HERE!), which surprisingly was auto-generated, not hand-picked (how else would I have ended up with Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto?) RAYS RULE, which was over-loaded with Rays, underperformed seriously, like their namesake, because the small ball didn't translate into points for me. Also because I fielded essentially no team on Rays days off.  Dalians, who killed last year, tanked in 2010, but I messed with the lineups constantly, which reminded me that "past performance is no guarantee of future earnings."

An interesting feature of fantasy teams is selecting by "liking" vs "respecting," i.e., picking players you like vs players with great stats or streaky hotness. Liked players do worse, unless they're Longo or Grandyman, or Zorilla. Got Swisher on the Dalians and he really helped... surprised me, in much the same way his fitting in with the Yankees surprised me.

UPDATE 12/9/10:  I may have just answered my own Carl Crawford / Boston dilemma. Support the man, not the team. Ok.