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Love is in the Air

On my way to the grocery store yesterday I stopped and tilted my nose in the air like I was a dog. It was warm in the sun and I thought I smelled it–the distinct odor of spring, which can only mean one thing: “Baseball.” It is the smell of soil, carried through the breeze. Eh, I think I might have been straining.

This morning, however, there it was again. Sure, this is a false spring we’ve got on our hands this week in New York (it is supposed to reach 50 degrees today), but I’ll take it.

Couple of Yankee notes fuh ya:

Brain Cashman has some tough love for Joba Chamberlain and Keith Olbermann is even tougher on Derek Jeter.

Update: Oh, and some cool news in the Yankee blogosphere–the Yankeeist and Yankee U have merged to form The Yankee Analysts. Be sure to drop by and check ‘em out. I’m sure they’ll be doing some fine work this season.

[Picture by Richard Diebenkorn]

8 comments

1 The Mick536   ~  Feb 14, 2011 9:18 am

King's article slipped over the real problem which starts at the number one starter who comes up biggest against the smallest and the number two who has not pitched enough to throw scares into opposing batters on a regular basis and the number three who is a jerk. So, let's not pay too much attention to the four and five, until you got the first three settled in. And lest you forget, C.C. don't get going until the Spring chill disappears.

As for Keith, I think he does baseball better than he does anything.

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  Feb 14, 2011 9:53 am

[1] What do you mean about CC coming up biggest against the smallest? A 2009 postseason including ALCS MVP wasn't big enough?

3 Capital Yank   ~  Feb 14, 2011 10:11 am

False spring or not, the weather seems to be synchronizing most generously with pitchers and catchers reporting. And I appreciate any bone that the tail end of winter will throw my way to keep me clinging to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast. If the weatherman can be trusted - if weathermen can ever be trusted - he's forecasting it to be 65 and sunny down here in DC as the weekend rolls around. Thank Mo, spring and baseball certainly appear to be on their way.

[2] Personally, I think the big man dropping 30 lbs. (or half that) is coming up quite big/small enough....that and the whole bringing number 27 back to the Bronx, of course.

4 Matt Blankman   ~  Feb 14, 2011 10:15 am

Alex, the more Diebenkorn you hip me to, the bigger a fan I become.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 14, 2011 10:38 am

4) Yeah, and the emotional power can't be replicated in this small form. Most of his canvases are BIG, really gives you that California light, space impact.

6 Matt Blankman   ~  Feb 14, 2011 10:39 am

Wow, yeah, I get the idea....crap, now I gotta see for myself, man.

7 Matt Blankman   ~  Feb 14, 2011 10:40 am

[5] Kinda like watching 2001 or Lawrence of Arabia on TV - you get the idea, but not the impact.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 14, 2011 10:49 am

7) EXACTLY.

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