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Break it Down like This…

I’m hosting a Yankee hot stove series over at SNY and was fortunate to have Mark Lamster and Anthony McCarron kick things off. Dig…


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1 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 19, 2008 1:32 pm

Oh, gosh, my old man would be rolling his eyes with the "ums," and "you knows..." It's a process, right, a process. LOL. Seriously, Mac and Mark were great guys to have on. Smart and just genuinely good dudes.

2 mark lamster   ~  Nov 19, 2008 2:20 pm

Was a pleasure to participate, and thanks for having me. And now I see why mom always told me to sit up straight.

3 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 19, 2008 2:30 pm

Breakdown .... go ahead .... give it to me ...

Its alright .... its alright .... its alright ...

(You were fine Alex)

4 Bama Yankee   ~  Nov 19, 2008 2:34 pm

That was good stuff, Alex. Was that your fist time hosting? If so, I'm impressed. Anyone who has tried to speak in front of people or on camera knows that it's not easy as it looks. You guys did a nice job. Don't worry about the "ums" & "you knows", that will get better over time. Just don't come to the set rocking that t-shirt again... ;-)

5 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 19, 2008 2:40 pm

I know, no more t shirts. Yeah, first time hosting. One thing, it's humbling doing stuff in front of a camera. It's certainly a skill.

6 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:06 pm

Hey, those of you who voted for "Someone else" above, I'd love to know who you'd prefer over CC or Tex.

7 Bum Rush   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:10 pm

Wow, Lamster is one squirelly-looking fellow. The dude needs to be a sportswriter if for no other reason than to gain weight.

8 Bum Rush   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:10 pm

@ 6


9 Bum Rush   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:11 pm

Actually, I don't prefer Manny over CC. My wish list is:

1) CC
2) Manny
3) if not #1 Burnett
4) Lowe
5) not Teixeira

10 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:13 pm

Bum Rush...I'm begining to get the idea that you don't think the Yanks should go after Mark Teixeira.

11 Bum Rush   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:15 pm


What!? Where'd you get that idea?

12 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:17 pm

[10] I'm thinking he's not all that up for Southwestern cuisine, either...

13 Bum Rush   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:27 pm

Whoops, I didn't realize Lamster posted here. (Whistling quickly past...)

14 mark lamster   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:32 pm

That hurts, Bum. But seriously, on my other side I'm a ringer for Cary Grant.

15 Bum Rush   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:35 pm

@ 14

It's all about the 3000 calorie sportswriters diet and P90X. By Spring Training you'll take McCarron AND Klapish.

16 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 19, 2008 3:49 pm

"Greed is good..." Yeah, so when will MLB and their "partners" come crawling up to us for a bailout? >;)

I agree with McCarron in that if you were gonna bring in FAs, bring in both Tex and CC in that order and leave it at that, but they've already overplayed their hand with CC. They might be playing for leverage against Tex if they still are interested, but unlike CC, he actually has more options. Considering that the Yanks have dumb money on the table, there are probably only two other teams that could possibly compete with that while not sub-priming their roster. On top of that, the Player's Union is hovering about and hoping that he takes the highest offer. Teixeira? He can wait for the offers and choose what's best for him. Seems like the Yanks are listening too much to the pundits (who obviously don't give a crap about them to begin with) and painting themselves into the 80's corner again. Tex would have been my first move with four years at whatever, then wait and see what CC was being offered. Screw Pavano/Wright 2.0...

17 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 19, 2008 4:06 pm

[14] If you'd gone for Dudley "Booger" Dawson, I'd believe anything you say >;)

18 Shaun P.   ~  Nov 19, 2008 4:17 pm

[1] You did a great job, Alex, and I'm already looking forward to the next one, ums and ahs or no.

As for the ums and ahs, in high school, I took a public speaking class, and the first thing we did was get up in front of the class, give a talk on a topic picked at random, and get video taped doing it. I thought I was pretty good at speaking, but every other word out of my mouth - literally - was "um". We did that a few more times and eventually we all taught ourselves to stop doing it. Nothing like seeing yourself on the tee-vee saying "um" to help break you of the habit. Practice makes perfect and all that. =)

[4] Hey Bama - I'm guessing you're pretty psyched about how the BCS is going this year, huh? =)

19 Bama Yankee   ~  Nov 19, 2008 4:42 pm

[18] Yeah, things are going pretty good for us right now. Truthfully, I'm not worried about anything but our next game (vs. Auburn). They have beaten us six years in a row and it's been tough to take all the grief from their fans. This year we are undefeated and they are having a down year, but I still won't sleep easy until we end that streak. Anything that happens after that is pure gravy...

You know, it's kinda funny, the last time Alabama had this good of a football team was back before the Yankees started that playoff steak. Maybe it's some kind of sports "yin-yang" that shields me from the stress of rooting for two quality teams in the fall... ;-)

20 Saburo   ~  Nov 20, 2008 12:35 am

Very well done. Looking forward to the Official Podcast (my iPod is dying of hunger since the baseball season ended).

21 Patrick   ~  Nov 27, 2008 2:32 pm

Look at you, superstar. That's awesome. :) Good job.

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