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News of the Day – 12/23/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On December 23, 2008 @ 9:08 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Powered by a $275,000 to $400,000 watch , here’s the news:
Mark Teixeira told Red Sox owner John Henry the other day that he has offers higher than what the Red Sox offered, but as Boston gauges the market, it’s clear that club executives now must have serious doubts about that.
Does Teixeira really have lots of offers for more than what the Red Sox are offering? Clearly, Boston doesn’t think so. Only Boras knows for sure.
It seems that the game has played itself out, the last cards have been dealt, and now Teixeira is in position to make his decision. The read on the table here, still, is that he will sign with the Red Sox.
Just how much of the Yankees’ ineptitude was the fault of the over-zealous manager, who transferred his anxiety onto his players? Girardi’s postgame death stare was legend in the clubhouse; at times he wouldn’t even speak to his players, much less look at them, as he marched back to his office after a loss.
So before they start negotiating in earnest with Scott Boras, Manny’s agent, the Yankees need to consider how Ramirez would respond to Girardi’s state trooper mentality. Here’s an early theory: He won’t.
Put it this way: How likely is it that Manny would shed his dreadlocks for Girardi, as per club policy? Ramirez did trim his hair for Torre, but only by an insignificant amount. Torre, knowing that he needed a happy and productive Manny during a three-month rental, chose not to push the issue.
[My take: Do only position players get offered deals to buy out arbitration and/or free agency years? Given Wang's excellent track record, his youth, and the fact that none of his injuries have been arm-related, would there be any incentive for the Yanks to wrap him up for a few years, at least in terms of vesting options based on innings pitched? The Tribe are well-known for buying out a year or two of free agency of young position players, saving a few bucks now and down the road. But the Yanks have only done that sort of thing with one player of recent vintage (Cano), and so far, its not a bargain for the Bombers. Nonetheless, if I'm Wang, I'm looking at A.J. Burnett's track record and saying "we get outs in different ways, but I'm just as effective in terms of winning games. How about a multi-year deal for me?"]
“I just told him that there’s a big difference between the two coasts when it comes to things like the intensity of the fans, the intensity of the media, and that you’re much more accountable for everything. I told him when you go to New York you’ve got to know you can handle it. He turned to me and said, ‘I think I can handle it.’ And I said, ‘No, that’s not good enough, you’ve got to know you can handle it before you make a commitment like that.’ That’s when he turned to me and said, ‘I know I can handle it.’ And I believe him. He’s got thick skin and he’s done everything he’s ever put his mind to do. He’ll be very good there.”
“We’ve had some free personalities throughout the years,” he said. ” David Wells was his own person, Giambi is his own person, Johnny is his own person. When you’re on the field, you’re all trying to accomplish one thing. We welcome people with their own personality.” …
“You guys are asking me all these Manny questions, but Manny’s not on our team,” he said. “I don’t know him personally. With the exception of playing against him and some All-Star Games, I don’t know him well. I know he’s had a lot of success everywhere he’s gone.”
[My take: Unlike Manny, Jeter doesn't take his disputes with management out on the field. How well would that play in da Bronx?]
His username was “nyyphily45″ and he told me that he could hook me up with anything Phil Hughes. We exchanged messages for a while and I asked him what he had for me. He told me that he had anything from hats, jerseys, balls, cards, etc. I was interested in all of that stuff, so I asked him what he needed. He told me that he was Phil Hughes. I didn’t believe him when he first said it, but I gave him a chance. … I guess I was the first to know about his identity, because he told me to keep it on the down low. … I offered him money or baseball cards in return, but he refused to accept that. He told me that he would send me some stuff for free. I was like..what do I have to lose? He told me that he would cover shipping and handling.
A couple of weeks later, I received a box from UPS. I noticed the return address had the name Phil Hughes in it. I opened it up and there they were. He sent me three brand new autographed hats, along with a bunch of signed baseball cards, and a small note on the envelope. I was amazed. I later thanked him for everything he sent me. He was very generous, and nice enough to take the time and package this stuff up and send it to me. He later revealed his identity to the message boards, and everyone went wild. Most of them didn’t believe who he was claiming to be, so he had to prove it.
Later on, the administrator of this message board was notified about this. The site verified that it was him …
[As I remember it, Boss George came down with a case of stolen base and team speed envy after the 1981 season, and decided that what the Yanks really needed was their own version of Rickey Henderson or Willie Wilson. Unfortunately, Collins hit .253/.315/.330 and went a dismal 13 for 21 in SBs for the Bombers.]
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 ESPN.com’s: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3786801&name=olney_buster
 Record’s: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/yankees/Girardi_Manny_dont_mix.html
 MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081222&content_id=3726063&vkey=hotstove2008&fext=.jsp
 Star-Ledger’s: http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2008/12/have_the_yankees_done_enough_t.html
 FOXSports: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8971224/Yankees-haven%27t-overtaken-BoSox,-Rays
 Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2008/12/21/its_the_offseason_of_hope/?page=3
 Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spjeter1223,0,5960617.story
 BizofBaseball.com: http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2716:the-anatomy-of-a-yankees-spending-spree&catid=29:articles-a-opinion&Itemid=41
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 Cardboard Gods: http://cardboardgods.baseballtoaster.com/archives/1190984.html
 Phil Hughes is a huge collector of baseball cards and assorted memorabilia: http://zellspinstripeblog.com/2008/12/22/the-day-i-ran-into-phil-hughes-on-a-baseball-card-message-board/
 MLBTradeRumors: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/12/pirates-sign-bo.html
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