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Yankees 5, Rays 1

The Yanks made their home and broadcast debut with a 5-1 win over the Rays this afternoon. They’ve now won their first two spring games by a combined score of 11-2.


L – Johnny Damon (LF)
R – Derek Jeter (SS)
S – Mark Teixeira (1B)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
R – Xavier Nady (RF)
S – Jorge Posada (DH)
R – Jose Molina (C)
S – Melky Cabrera (CF)

Subs: Cody Ransom (1B), Angel Berroa (2B), Eduardo Nuñez (SS), Doug Bernier (3B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Shelley Duncan (RF), Brett Gardner (CF), Colin Curtis (LF), Kyle Anson (DH)

Pitchers: Phil Hughes, Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, J.B. Cox, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Albaladejo

Opposition: Carl Crawford and spare parts

Big Hits:

Jorge Posada (2-for-2) hit the first pitch he saw this spring into the right field bleachers, then hit a 405-foot RBI ground rule double in his next at-bat that likely would have gone out to dead center if not for a strong head wind. Shelley Duncan (1-for-1) crushalated a Calvin Medlock pitch in the seventh, dropping a three-run homer into the pond beyond the left field fence. Together, Posada and Duncan drove in all five Yankee runs.

Who Pitched Well:

Everyone. The seven Yankee pitchers didn’t allow an extra base hit and walked only one man. The one Rays run came off J.B. Cox in the seventh on a pair of infield singles and a stolen base. Phil Hughes issued the one walk and hit two other batters in his two innings, but he wasn’t wild. Both HBPs came when pitches inside and under the hands clipped the jersey of a left-handed batter, and the walk was on a full count. Hughes actually looked to be throwing a lot of strikes (Pete Abe had him throwing 67 percent of 33 pitches for strikes). He used his changeup and curveball, didn’t allow a hit, broke two bats, and struck out two men with fastballs (sitting around 92 miles per hour per the YES gun), one of whom was Carl Crawford, who went down on three pitches.

Nice Plays:

Robinson Cano made a nice ranging play on a hopper far to his left. Mark Teixeira saved a wild throw by Alex Rodriguez and got the out call, though his foot appeared to leave the bag before the catch.


Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner both went 0-for-2, but Melky’s two were weak groundouts, while Gardner was robbed of a double in the right field gap in his second trip when the swirling winds blew his hit back toward a diving Ray Sadler in center. Gardner tried to bunt for a hit in his first at-bat, but didn’t get the ball far enough away from home plate and was easily thrown out by former Yankee farmhand Michel Hernandez. Gardner also showed good range in the field. Xavier Nady hit a ground rule double down the right-field line in two at-bats. Phil Coke pitched two scoreless innings, suggesting he might be in the mix for the long-man position, which would be a good solution to that problem. Mark Melancon and Jonathan Albaladejo both pitched perfect innings late in the game. Melancon got two outs on the ground and the third by strikeout, but didn’t look terribly impressive to me, pitching deep into counts and sitting around 90-91 mph with his fastball. Albaladejo got two of three outs on the ground and had a few extra ticks on the gun.


  • Bernie Williams threw out the first pitch. He’s been working out with the Yankees in preperation for the World Baseball Classic.
  • Alex Rodriguez was booed as he came to the plate for his first at-bat, and when he struck out, the crowd cheered. Remember, the Yankees were playing the Rays in Tampa, even if it was a “home” game.
  • Brian Bruney is now down to 220 pounds. He’s in great shape and was throwing around 94 mph.

YES showed the full tournament bracket from the Yankees’ day at the pool hall. Labelled “First Annual World Championship of Pool,” the tournament started with 32 two-player teams. Here’s how the final four rounds went down:

Elite Eight:

  • Alfredo Aceves & Steven Jackson def. Gardner & Nady
  • Mariano Rivera & Coke def. Wilkin de la Rosa & Eric Hacker
  • A.J. Burnett & Moilna def. Todd Linden & Marte
  • John Rodriguez & Melancon def. Cervelli & Christian Garcia

Final Four:

  • Rivera & Coke def. Aceves & Jackson
  • Rodriguez & Melancon def. Burnett & Molina


  • “Mo/Coke” def. “JRod/Melancon”

Incidentally, the team of Burnett & Molina was listed as “A.J./Kung Fu” as Molina’s nickname is “Kung Fu Panda.” Why? Because he looks like a panda bear.

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1 Rich   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:27 pm

Hughes appeared to have good late life on his FB.

2 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:35 pm

I also liked that he wasn't overdoing it with his fastball early on. It's too early in the spring to cut loose (and risk injury in the process). If A.J. was right about surviving the season by dialing it down a little, we might see more of that across the board.

3 tommyl   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:38 pm

Let's hope Hughes keeps it up. He seems to oscillate from being dominant to being very ineffective. My gut is that's youth and inexperience. He doesn't yet know how to muddle by on days when he doesn't have his best stuff. I hope he learns, I still have a fanboy crush on him.

4 knuckles   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:42 pm

Chad Curtis?!?!?!?!

5 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:42 pm

Agreed with all of the above. It was just what you wanted to see in a first spring outing.

6 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:42 pm

Oops. That's Colin Curtis. Sorry.

7 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:45 pm

I thought the cheering drowned out the boos in Alex's first at-bat. I do hope that the other names come out now, so that the self-righteous (pianistses) compelled to boo him are forced to boo one of their own or reveal their own insufferable hypocrisy.

8 tommyl   ~  Feb 26, 2009 5:55 pm

[7] I just don't think it will happen. For better or worse, A-Rod is basically damned no matter what he does. I honestly think David Ortiz or Jason Varitek could appear on that list and Boston fans would forgive them in a heartbeat.

9 Mattpat11   ~  Feb 26, 2009 6:06 pm

From now on, I think any reference to Francisco Cervelli be changed to "Italian National Hero Francisco Cervelli"

10 MichiganYankee   ~  Feb 26, 2009 6:54 pm

[1] Yes, when I saw the two Hughes Ks in the box score, my first question was what kind of pitch. When Cliff wrote that they were both on fastballs, I was overjoyed. I think that Hughes' #1 problem last year was his inability to use his fastball as an out-pitch. Note that in his final outing against Toronto, all 6 strikeouts were on curves.

11 PJ   ~  Feb 26, 2009 6:55 pm

Thanks Cliff! I'd sure like to get used to six plus runs per game again! I have no doubt this staff can handle such run support.


12 monkeypants   ~  Feb 26, 2009 7:03 pm

[9] Hey now, I think smell sarcasm.

13 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 26, 2009 7:29 pm

Matt, take a look at the Italian roster. It's mostly American and Venezuelans of Italian decent. Why pick on Cervelli?

14 monkeypants   ~  Feb 26, 2009 7:48 pm

[13] Maybe Mattpat carries it too far "picking" on Cervelli, but his observation is spot on in general. Why should people of "Italian descent," whatever that means, play for the Italian national (or is it cultural) team? What percentage "Italian" do you have to be? How distant of descent? Does your name have to sound Italian? I mean, Jason Grill of Royal Oak, MI??

It just speaks to the silliness and contrived nature of the tournament, in my opinion.

15 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 26, 2009 8:27 pm

[14] Hey, didn't we have this argument yesterday? :)
I think you'll find that the same thing happens (to a lesser extent) in the Olympics and the World Cup too..ah, but then you don't like those events either!

Ok, hate the idea and the organization, but I gurantee you would watch with INTEREST (all-caps violation!) a Cuba-Domincan Republic final

16 Shaun P.   ~  Feb 26, 2009 8:36 pm

[14] IIRC, one of Cervelli's parents was born in Italy, and the rules state that as long as one of your grandparents was born in that country, you can play for that country. It'd be pretty silly to have a tournament with just 5 or 6 teams in it, so of course the eligibility rules have to be more open than just "people born in country X".

And, IMHO, those rules are no more silly or arbitrary than the Rule 4 draft eligibility rules - you have to be a high school grad or a college junior or senior, unless you're a draft eligible sophomore, and the draft only applies to people born in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

I know for me, as the grandson of Italian immigrants, if I could play baseball on a high enough level, I'd love to represent my grandparents' birth country in the WBC. If they were still alive, they'd probably get a big kick out of it, too. I bet Cervelli's family is thrilled. And what harm does it do?

17 monkeypants   ~  Feb 26, 2009 8:42 pm

[15] Yes, this all seems vaguely familiar. Let's shift gears, but stay inter-national. A few years ago I read with a certain amount of fascination the book, Baseballismo. It's about the Italian semi-pro baseball leagues that have been around since WW II, including a couple of clubs (Nettuno, for example) that have been in existence since the 1940s.

Anyway, every year I go to Italy, and each year I try in vain to work in a game. They usually play only on Friday and Saturday, and the logistics of getting to a game are daunting. Trust me, Italian Campi di Baseball are not well advertised or centrally located.

This season for sure (I hope!) I'll make it to a game.

To come full circle...Whenever I talk to anyone in Italy, or from Italy, about Italian baseball, they stare at me like I'm green. No one seems to know that there is a relatively rich baseball tradition on the peninsula, and I fear that the tradition is dying.

So, I will somewhat contradict myself from previous threads: *maybe* something like the WBC can rejuvenate the game in Italy, especially given that the Italian roster contains both major leaguers and a few players from Italian clubs.

18 monkeypants   ~  Feb 26, 2009 8:47 pm

[16] I know for me, as the grandson of Italian immigrants, if I could play baseball on a high enough level, I’d love to represent my grandparents’ birth country in the WBC.

I too am the grandson of Italian immigrants. I still think the rules are silly. They may be no more silly than the Rule 4 draft eligibility. That still makes them silly.

It’d be pretty silly to have a tournament with just 5 or 6 teams in it...

Indeed. Hence my comment about "contrived." But if they are going to loosen up the rules (one grandparent?), why limit the tournament to 16 teams? Surely a French team or a German team could be found, even it means tweaking the rules a bit more (likes German sausage?).


19 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 26, 2009 8:52 pm

[17] I would love to read the book "Baseballismo"! Still available, I hope?
starting to build a collection of baseball books finally but never even heard of that one..

20 monkeypants   ~  Feb 26, 2009 9:05 pm

[19] Actually "Baseballissimo," my mistake. Here it is:


It gets a little irritating after a while, but it's still very interesting. It's about a Canadian of Italian descent who grew up very (North) Americanized and loved baseball (Toronto Blue Jays). When he got older, he decided to investigate Italian baseball, as an excuse to rediscover his heritage. So the book weaves together three themes: Italian baseball, an Italian-immigrant experience, and his coming of age season (1985 Blue Jays).

The book really hit home with me, since I am of Italian descent, and my favorite baseball season--my coming of age season, following my favorite team and my favorite player's best season (Mattingly)--was also 1985. For teh author, of course, 1985 was a triumphant season, while for me it will always be bittersweet.

A good read overall.

21 Just Fair   ~  Feb 26, 2009 9:26 pm

Damn. I wish you guys started talking about this a year ago. It may have given me some time to start up a baseball team for Ireland. My wife is a big fan of The Godfather, though. So maybe I can qualify for the Italian team. : )

22 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 26, 2009 9:40 pm

[22] being of mixed Olde English Pilgrim and Punjabi Indian via West Indies colony T&T descent, I suppose it's cricket or nothing for me..

After sitting down to watch a day's worth of cricket, I DID finally get to appreicate the game. The concentration necessary to bat for 3 hours or more in the sun is very impressive, ONE miss and you are out. Brian Lara from Trinidad and Sachin Tendulkar from India are batsmen as impressive as Ichiro or Rod Carew at their best.

23 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 26, 2009 10:27 pm

I don't know where my African ancestors are from (yet), but I know my Cherokee and Choctaw family are from Georgia and Missouri, respectively. I'm kinda stuck for whom I would represent, ancestry-wise, but thanks to the 14th Amendment and the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, we're American by default! >;)

24 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 26, 2009 10:35 pm

[23] You're a sly one, Chyll :)

btw..you know any good baseball podcasts out there I should check out? got Baseball Today from ESPN on the iPod but that's a weekly..tried some other ESPN podcasts but wayyy too much NFL for my tastes. Oh, and are Mike&Mike and Colin Cowherd popular back home? I found their shows to be..well...awful...yet their ads are featured all over the site..

maybe the new MLB Network will incorprate some podcasts..

25 Rich   ~  Feb 26, 2009 10:41 pm

Speaking of Cervelli, during the game, Kay said:

Some people didn't like the Cervelli collision?

How can anyone like it?

26 williamnyy23   ~  Feb 26, 2009 10:41 pm

I can't wait for the WBC to start...I realize some of the national eligibility rules are contrived (I wish I had tried out for team Italy), but that doesn't detract from the fun.

[24] Cowherd is not popular...he is rarely heard in NY, but his reputation is as a rabble rouser. Mike&Mike are increasing in popularity. I don't get the chance to listen often, but they are ok. Like everything on ESPN, they are NFL-centric. Because their NFL package has always been a bigger financial part of the network, ESPN has always seemed to forcefeed football. With the MLB Network becoming a major threat, ESPN will either have to re-evaluate that decision.

27 williamnyy23   ~  Feb 26, 2009 10:42 pm

[25] I don't see how anyone could like any home plate collission, but in spite of the rules, they seem to be tolerated.

28 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 26, 2009 10:52 pm

[26] The little I heard was excruciating..the good thing about the podcasts is that you can skip through easily, but the NFL talk when the season is over?

The MLB network is on the right path for sure, wish I could get that here. I'm concerend that there will be more Red Sox games on NHK (national network) due to their having three Japanese players now..

(Monkeypants, here is one area I agree with you about nationalism. Some of the local sports news shows will show every pitch by a Japanese reliever and then "maybe", quickly give you the score of the actual game..even Japanese MLB fans find this annoying and insulting. Coverage of Ichiro was especially like this last year as Seattle was so bad as a team, they stopped even giving the scores..)

29 PJ   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:06 pm

[26] I concur with that opinion of Cowherd, William. He replaced Mr. Tony, and nobody can replace "Old Guy Radio" with the "Fat, Bald, and Orange, Dope" from Binghamton U.! TK was claaahsic and talked about baseball and made fun of Wilbon just about daily! Hopefully, he will return to his best form of media very soon. He is missed. I miss the Mailbag Jingle...

"Here comes Tony's Mailbag..."


30 monkeypants   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:06 pm

[28] ..as Seattle was so bad as a team, they stopped even giving the scores..

Actually, I think they did that in States as well.


31 thelarmis   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:39 pm

[22] speaking of trinidad, i taught some Calypso grooves to a coupla students yesterday...

today, i taught high school classical percussion and while i was having lunch, the braves spring training game was on the tv in the band room. soooo great to see live baseball again! : )

32 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:46 pm

Hey, Team, happy days!

I can't believe we're finally here, praise Jesus!

Thanks for the great recap, Cliff, I don't have cable anymore so I don't know what the hell I'm going to do...won't think about that now.

Anyone care to give me an assessment of Robby at the bat? He's the guy I think, far and away, more than anyone else whom I'm focused on.

I've given up on Melky already.

33 thelarmis   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:49 pm

i've been super busy lately, so no time to read or post comments, but i've kept up with every bronx banter entry on the main page. i was sorta sideswiped with the 'dodgers thoughts' type of "rules" list.

i'm having a (i would capitalize, but i'm scared!) beer right now (first in weeks!), but am certainly not (more caps) under the influence... sarcasm, is sooo natural, 'specially for us native new yorkers. thank everything we're allowed to still curse!!! i'm pretty terrible w/ computers and html and all that stuff. i'm glad the guide is there and will be on the sidebar. i have indeed learned how to bold and italicize, but i've gotta say, it's a pain in the ass and totally disrupts my flow of thought. i can't for the life of me figure out why there's a no caps rule. can anyone explain that?! i guess it could be discerned that someone is yelling at somebody, but when it's used as an obvious emphasis that is much much much quicker than html bold/italics, i don't get why it's being taken away from us and threatened with our post being deleted, or worse.

the "firstie" thing, i'm assuming is when someone gets the first post. i don't think there's been much issue of that lately. again, i'm amazed at how many people are soooo vehemently against that. seems to me, it really only lasted a little while in the spotlight, and personally, i thought it was friggin' hysterical! i loved when someone would write "rickey henderson"! or when they were were beat to the punch, "willie randolph"! i think it was sf yank (or maybe zack), who gave an "awards" speech, thanking the little people. i was howling w/ laughter! it's only one measly little post w/ evident lightness and humor, but oh well, whatever. nevermind. it's mainly the caps thing that i can't wrap my brain around. it's already killed my whole post here!!! : /

34 thelarmis   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:50 pm

[32] want my "got melky?" #28 shirt for posterity?! ; )

35 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Feb 26, 2009 11:52 pm

[34] Oh, God, now I'm going to cry.

I had such high hopes for the good old lug and I wish him the best, but as a wise man once said, he's fooled us long enough.

36 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:02 am

[33] ps - i would hope everybody here knows my personality (through typing) well enough to know i'm certainly not trying to rock any boat or point any fingers. i sincerely hope nothing up there reads wrong. i do understand there are more sophisticated ways to show emphasis now, it's just that caps are really easy and i can't come up with any good reason why they're being disallowed.

what do we do about certain stats, like rbi or, better yet, vorp/warp/whip, and, of course, the most important stat of all: HA! (<---sorrry, couldn't help myself and man did it ever feel good to type in caps again!!! wahoo!!!). please please please reconsider the caps rule!!!

thanking you,

37 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:04 am

[35] that's okay, i actually have a Michel Hernandez rookie baseball card (mentioned in cliff's post!). yankees catcher, 2003 topps. i can send it along w/ the melkdud t-shirt, if you'd like! ; )

38 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:10 am

[34] What's up thelarmis?? rain & sleet out the window here, 3 hour countdown till I join you in a round the world beer.

been listening to anything new? got Keith Jarrett & Gary Burton on here.

(hope we can still music chat here with the new rules, though since it's sleep-time for most everyone else am sure we can get away with it :)

39 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:18 am

[38] hey buddy! yeah man, i might have another brew. shhhh!!!! haven't had any in a few weeks since i was up in NY visiting family/friends...

ooh, i really wanna use caps... yes, tonssssss new!!!! mostly blue note. listening to elvin jones live at the lighthouse vol. 1 right now. been spinning tons of other blue note artists: freddie hubbard, horace parlan, bennie green, stanley turrentine, jimmy smith, sonny rollins, ike quebec, kenny burrell, duke pearson, baby face willette, mccoy tyner, lou donaldson, leo parker, grant green...and more!!!!! i think frank foster (manhattan fever) is up next...

40 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:26 am

Man, you got a serious Blue Note collection going, but you got awhile to go to catch my man Misho-san here in Tokyo. He's got more than 3000 original vinyl from the golden years of Blue Note, a hard-bop master collection..

Hope it all worked out in NYC for you. Did you pass by the new Stadium? can't say I'm itching to sell my firstborn to buy a tkt..

41 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:34 am

[40] holy cripes! well, there aren't that many albums from that period, but yeah, i doubt i'm anywhere close to him. as far as "classic" blue note titles (can i use caps for "bn"?!), on cd, i'm probably around 400+, or at least will be in the next coupla months when i (maybe) take a hiatus. i'm not an audiophile, so not much vinyl for me. i might end up sending you a list of Jap only releases (non mini-lp versions) for you to find for me in your land!

there are definitely some juicy titles that are only on vinyl - have never, and will never, be released on disc. it's sad...

nope, only passed "citi" field. i'm mainly in on the island/queens/manhattan when i go "home." i'll be back again in march and then again in april. gotta keep seeing my grandpa regularly! : )

42 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:40 am

[41] no no, I meant he's got over 3000 from that "era", not just on the Blue Note label :)

You playing a lot of gigs recently too or just teaching? My lady was a professional musican for many years but "retired" and couldn't stand the thought of teaching..

43 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:41 am

thelarmis, I think you're overreacting to the guidelines a bit. We're not banning capital letters, just long phrases in caps because, yes, it's the equivalent of shouting. Same with sarcasm. I love sarcasm, but there's funny sarcasm an there's mean sarcasm and sometimes the latter goes too far and becomes simply mean. Most importantly, those are guidelines more than they are rules. It really boils down to "behave," which you do, so don't worry about it. Those guidelines won't change anything for 95 percent of the folks who comment here. This isn't a change in policy, it's making the policy we already had explicit.

As for the HTML tags, the more you use them, the more natural they become. It's just like learning to type, at some point it becomes second nature.

44 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:51 am

[43] i knew you'd come and set me straight! many thanks! : ) ooh, i don't do looong phrases in caps and, yes, i can certainly see that as yelling. i would never use sarcasm as an attack in this (or any other) forum.

i'll try and use the HTML (yay, caps!) more often, but would like to still pepper my posts with caps here and there. i do LOVE typing - it makes a really wonderful rhythm! : ) the caps allow me to keep my flow and not interrupt with the brackets and backslashes and such. i'm glad you gave us those rules though; i'll feel like a total badass if/when i ever use that 'blockquote' type thing-a-ma-jig.

45 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 12:58 am

[42] whew, that makes more sense. and, WOW, that's a ton of hard bop. i certainly have a lot of other titles from that era on other labels, but i'm not a complete insane obsessive maniac about it, like i am with BN! that said, when i finish this "kick," i'd like to add more similar titles from other labels. in fact, i'm sorta doing that a little bit as i go along...

i'm not playing a ton of gigs right now. i'm not sure that too many people are, actually. i'm probably kinda lucky that my jazz trio has a steady weekly gig in town. they've extended our hours, which is total bollocks (as the pay is still the same peanuts), but how the hell can i complain about getting paid to play jazz 3 miles from my home?! ooh, i have to play MORE music for a living, what a terrible thing! ; )

i am teaching 5 days a week, and i must say, i absolutely adore it! that said, i totally understand where your wife is coming from. my music friends are probably split: some love it, some abhor it, some do it 'coz they have to. i don't think the latter is fair to the kids, but everybody's gotta do what they have to do...

my teaching is varied, so it keeps my on my toes - 2 days private lessons, 2 days high school percussion, 1 day college. i conducted percussion ensemble all day today in high school and it was awesome! one of the pieces i chose, is a medley of Bizet's "Carmen". it's short, exciting and not too difficult. the kids did a beautiful job sightreading and i was proud of them. even the ones that are generally walking zombies were enthused and enthralled. does my heart good.

46 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:04 am

[45] Nice, man. Too have any paying gigs now is a bonus I would imagine. Some people I know in NYC are struggling..fans staying home as no bread to go out to the clubs..

That's interesting what you say about teaching. Your students are lucky to have you as you have passion for them music and concern for them. I think my lady never had that same passion even while playing so retiring was easy. As a non-playing fanatic it was hard for me listen to.."so you has the talent to play first violin in an orcehstra in front of thousands of people..and you QUIT?!?!"

47 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:10 am

[46] my god, could I have made any more grammatical and spelling mistakes in that post?? sigh..friday afternoon..me no focus, beer time to drink, yes? :)

48 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:11 am

[46] well, i still gig regularly, it's just that i used to play 200-250 gigs/year. last year, was probably 175, i don't remember. i could be down to somewhere around 100 this year. who knows, lotsa time left. i might even tour in Asia! that project is having some positive movement...

man, i couldn't imagine "retiring". that word is NOT in my vocabulary. neither is "quitting." when i'm my grandpa's age, i'll be listening - and hopefully, playing! - music. 1st chair violin in the symphony is some serious serious business. some serious cheddar, too! before i moved to atlanta, one of my main jobs and sources of income, was playing in a symphony orchestra. i love it and am glad my elders "forced" me to go to Classical school.

but, yeah man, teachin' ain't for everyone. and i'm not really down w/ my friends that do it just for "money." that's why i don't even advertise for students - i'm pretty particular about the students i take on, privately. when i'm in the school system, nothing i can do, but teach the hand i'm dealt. right now, i've got some really great students, including a coupla special ones!

49 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:14 am

[47] yes, beer time!

oh, and this Frank Foster record is *awesome*! i remember playing his Basie chart "Shiny Stockings" in Big Band when i was in college. you know anything about him being a convicted felon (thief)? i can't remember. i know i heard about it when he played at Penn State, when i was in school. i didn't go. i missed Ensemble Modern, also. college kid w/ no funds who lived in a windowless practice room for a dozen hours a day, and all...

50 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:20 am

[48] 175 gigs in one year is a LOT! though i read that until recently B.B. King was still playing 200 a year, well into his 80s..

yeah, first violin was appraently no joke. the practice schedule sounded brutal..but oh, the glory!

you teach trap-kit or all percussion instruments?

[49] didn't know that about Frank Foster..though convicted felon jazzmen are not unique. remember Art Pepper?

51 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:24 am

wow. well, about a half-hour ago, or so, manny turned down the dodgers latest offer. yet again...

52 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:30 am

really?? he's pushing it..what if the Dodgers walk away? there's still hope for my Yakult Swallows to sign him then! Man, if you saw Jingu Stadium where they play, Manny would easily hit 75 hrs

53 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:33 am

[50] 175 gigs, was a down year!

of course, i know art pepper, but don't know about his, um, off the field shenanigans. did he happen to have a cousin?! ; )

yes, 1st chair violin is NO joke. practice schedule should read about 25 hrs/day, 8 days/wk...minimum.

well, not, all percussion, but certainly not just traps-set. i don't do much in the way of hand drumming, at all, or steel drums. everything else, for the most part, is in play. privately, it's mostly drumset, snare drum, music theory and a little piano. college, is styles, performing, chart reading and life lessons/experiences. high school classical stuff, includes some of the above, but is mostly symphonic: all mallets (marimba, xylophone, etc.), timpani, snare, and all auxiliary percussion (from temple blocks and castanets to tambourines and suspended cymbal and tons of other "toys"!). lots of theory and technique, as well; including snare rudiments and scales/arpeggios...

54 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:35 am

[52] dodgers owner recognized he sweetened the deal, but then added this quote: "So now, we start from scratch." sooo, i guess, they'll go back to the drawing board and see what they come up with. i thought there was even a clause in the contract that said, if manny got hurt this year, the '10 option was a player option. i figured he'd cut his season short and cash the $20 mil for next season. i don't wanna know how that guys brain works...

55 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 1:49 am

[53] wow, marima and xylophone too?? always loved those instruments.

Art Pepper..check out his auto-biography..yikes..

[54] Manny walks his own path, that's for sure.

56 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 2:00 am

[55] yeah man, marimba is my main instrument, pretty much. you might like my solo percussion cd! it's mostly mallets... i'd say it'll be out later this year, but i'd be going against the new guidelines! ; )

np - sonny rollins live at the village vanguard. he's brilliant!

57 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 2:32 am

[56] Get that cd released, I'll hook you up a solo gig here at this free-jazz club I know, they love that stuff!

That Sonny album is sick, though I'm more a Coltrane fanatic (more "emotional" playing for lack of a better word), Sonny improvising was mystical..the musical equivalent of a chess master seeing 20 moves ahead, of that makes sense..

58 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 2:36 am

[57] i agree: i'm more of a trane fan myself. i do love sonny's rhythm though. i love when brecker channeled him, as well. it was an obvious rhythmic nod to the master and would make me jump outta my bones!

i'm trying soooo hard to get this damn cd done, you have NO idea. it'll happen. it has to... hell, i'm already working on the next one!

59 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 2:46 am

How come you don't have a website up with some solo tracks??

Trane and Elvin pushing each other on "Impressions" is one of my all time favorite tunes..I almost can't believe they played live like that at the Village Vanguard. Can you IMAGINE seeing that in such a small space??

60 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 2:50 am

[59] short answer: because i am an idiot!

it'll have to happen, once everything's released, i suppose... i'm a musician, man, i SUCK at self-promotion and business and stuff...

i'm listening to sonny & elvin. but yeah, the trane/elvin stuff at the V.V. is awesome. we play Impressions, pretty regularly in our trio. i would've killed to have seen Dolphy in that setting. i've been to the vanguard a bunch, as my old teacher plays there regularly...

61 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 3:00 am

[61] definately step up the self-promotion, boring to do i imagine but ya gotta spread the word..

almost quitting time here thankfully, though spent all afternoon reading jazz blogs and the Banter..it's nice to have a low-pressure job :) have a good one, only one month to go till real baseball again!

62 thelarmis   ~  Feb 27, 2009 3:09 am

[61] i'd rather read about baseball than do the self-promotion thang...

enjoy your beer and weekend! convince your woman to pick up her axe again!!!

good talkin' with ya, pal.

63 monkeypants   ~  Feb 27, 2009 8:51 am

[61], [62]

Self-promotion? Is that sarcasm? Because using our comments as a venue for self-promotion is against the rulz!

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