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News Update – 12/28/09

Today’s update is powered by one of my favorite Lennon solo tunes:

  • MLB.com offers a month-by-month recap of the Yanks’ 2009 season.
  • Tyler Kepner has a brief review of the decade in baseball.
  • Similarly, Ben Shpigel reviews Alex Rodriguez’s decade.
  • Maury Brown analyzes the gap between the Yankees and the lowest-payroll teams over the past decade.
  • Jesus Montero is the #5 prospect for 2010, as per Baseball America.

Poll time!

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I’m off till next Monday.  Have a safe and happy New Year!

Categories:  Diane Firstman  News of the Day

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1 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Dec 28, 2009 8:37 am

Only one of those guys on the list will immediately become the center of attention at any party. Hint: he's the only one with a candy-bar named after him!

If I were single then maybe would go with the Captain and ask him to hook me up.

2 RIYank   ~  Dec 28, 2009 8:42 am

I would choose Cashman.
Hm. This seems to mean that I'm even nerdier than I'd admitted to myself.

Ah, someone else chose Cashman, that makes me feel slightly better.

3 ms october   ~  Dec 28, 2009 9:42 am

only one of those guys on the list can smell new year's coming :}

i just want to see if tex gets any votes - the rest would all be interesting in their own way

4 RagingTartabull   ~  Dec 28, 2009 9:42 am

if there is an open bar involved, how can you NOT wanna go with Coney?

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Dec 28, 2009 9:55 am

I knew I forgot somebody .... anyone for Joba ... or Swisher?

6 Ben   ~  Dec 28, 2009 10:28 am

Paulie O. would be great to play wiffle ball with. I bet he talks great smack in the backyard.

Coney would be fun to tag along with on a night out. Seems like the kind of guy stuff just happens to, and who is silly enough to go with it.

CC - I'd just like to sit next to a guy like that. I'm 5'8", a buck 25. I love hanging around people who are supposedly in the same species as me but so clearly different animals.


7 OldYanksFan   ~  Dec 28, 2009 10:31 am

I went with Cashman because frankly, he's not calling me as much as he used to, and I'm getting a bit behind on what's going on.
(Maybe it's because I insisted on Holliday before the Grandy trade.)

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Dec 28, 2009 10:32 am


I'm imagining how many wiffle bats he broke over his leg as a kid :-)

9 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Dec 28, 2009 10:33 am

I would have thought Reggie would have gotten some love! He was my very close second to Cone.

10 Dimelo   ~  Dec 28, 2009 11:01 am

[0] Definitely one of my favorite Lennon songs, the other one for me is Mind Games.

If I could hang with one Yankee then that would have to be Jeter, just cause I know Minka would bring friends.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 28, 2009 11:25 am

I dunno, here's how I'd picture it:

Jeter - Great guy to know, would encourage you to have fun, but if you weren't or you were shy he'd leave you to your own devices and forget all about you. Not a pushy guy, but then not a guy you can easily keep up with, either.

A-Rod - Would be nice to you until he disappears behind the velvet rope and you never see him again.

Reggie - The center of attention, would introduce you to everyone in the know, would conduct a guided tour of all the places you need to know, giving you fatherly advice when not in the crowd and complaining about everything under the sun when not advising you. I think he and my brother or step-father would have a better time hanging out.

Mo - Give you a ride to midnight mass and back.

Bernie - That would be a quiet ride, unless you decide to talk about music.

Paul - Quintessential big brother; drag you to all his favorite spots and high five all his pals, then complain about what a drag you are. Then he goes home to be with his family because he misses them/they miss him.

Coney - Now there's a pal. Gracious, accommodating, yet ready for Freddy. Gimme the keys, Coney, I'm driving... unless he's too old for that now and just wants to be in the crowd when the ball drops. Boring...

Cashman - A learning experience the whole night. That and I would never turn my back on him the whole time.

CC - If he's anything like my friend, who resembles him, he'd be my first choice. We'd be cracking on each other the whole time and looking for trouble to get into. But he's a family man, so I don't think it would be nearly that much fun. He'd be better to hang out with at a barbecue, I bet.

Teix - I'm not comfortable even just looking at him. I'm sure he'd be having more fun than me.

So I'd take a pass. I've never been that big on hanging out on New Year's Eve, only because I'm not a drinker and I'd probably be a drag on such a night. I'll be up watching the Honeymooners marathon, peace!

12 ms october   ~  Dec 28, 2009 11:53 am

[11] good breakdown chyll - though i am pretty sure coney has not reached old and boring status. i'm not that into nye myself.

i saw your post on the kobe/lebron commercial - when it came on i thought of you and wondered what you thought.
i couldn't help but chuckle at the blast master in light of our discussion the other day.

13 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 28, 2009 12:03 pm

[12] Ha! I would have referenced that conversation, but it works better as our little inside joke >;)

14 ms october   ~  Dec 28, 2009 12:25 pm

[13] agreed :}

15 Andyroo   ~  Dec 28, 2009 1:17 pm

I voted Paul, because I've always wanted to meet my favorite Yankee. But for a fun night out, Swisher.

16 The Hawk   ~  Dec 28, 2009 1:48 pm

I heard this song the other day and though I like it I was kind of wondering at how the dyed in the woll rock n roller who would turn his nose up at some of McCartney's more treacly output could make such a lite rock staple. It's fine elevator music but it's elevator music nonetheless.

And I love Mind Games too, his "f-you I don't need you" to Phil Spector. And today ... and yesterday I was thinking of #9 Dream, and what a loving and beautiful song that is.

17 Mattpat11   ~  Dec 28, 2009 2:41 pm

I imagine New Years Eve with Mark Teixeira involves charades and pictionary. On the other side of the spectrum, I have no idea what a weirdo like A-Rod would have in store, so I'd try to avoid that too.

David Cone by a mile.

18 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Dec 28, 2009 8:31 pm

[16] "#9 Dream" is beautiful, as are "Love," "Mother," "How" and "Jealous Guy," among others. I wouldn't go quite so far as to call "Watching the Wheels" elevator music, though, I think it's got a genuineness, a poignancy to it that redeems it. Also, it's got John's trademark honesty ("Just tell the truth and make it rhyme.") You're probably right that it's elevator music in form, but less in content, I think.

19 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Dec 28, 2009 8:33 pm

[16] And as to Paul, most of John's criticism focused on the vacuity and sentimentality of his lyrics more than anything else, I think.

20 The Hawk   ~  Dec 29, 2009 10:35 am

[18] [19] You may be right. I do think that John saved his most trenchant criticism for his performance in the "Hello Goodbye" video ... Positively Beavis and Butthead-esque!

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