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Waiting For Lefty or…Didi


It’s been a slow start to the Hot Stove League in the Bronx. Will it be a lame winter or are the Yanks just ready to pounce on something big?

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1 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 5, 2014 10:17 am
4 Sliced Bread   ~  Dec 5, 2014 11:37 am

Di-di Gregor-ee-us (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)!

Di-di Gregor-ee-us (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)!

Okay, this isn't quite working yet but give it time.

5 MSM35   ~  Dec 5, 2014 11:54 am

A young shortstop nice. The thought of having to watch Brendan Ryan on a regular basis was frightening. Looks like an FA pitcher may be in the mix. Please Cash do not spend $ on Headley.

6 rbj   ~  Dec 5, 2014 11:59 am

Well it takes care of the question mark as shortstop. But I've still got question marks at first (how healthy & productive is Mark going to be), second, third ($61 million question mark) and right field (Carlos has the same questions as Mark).

Oh, and who's going to be the closer?

7 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Dec 5, 2014 12:00 pm

We are marching to Gregorious, Gregorious, Gregorious
We are marching to Gregoriuos, Gregorious, hoorah!

8 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 5, 2014 12:08 pm

5) I love Brendan Ryan! But I hear you. He's a back-up.

9 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Dec 5, 2014 1:23 pm

John: "A dinger for DiDi!"

10 thelarmis   ~  Dec 5, 2014 3:55 pm

[9] something tells me he won't have to say that very often!

11 thelarmis   ~  Dec 5, 2014 3:57 pm

according to YES, we just signed Andrew Miller for 4/$36

12 randym77   ~  Dec 5, 2014 4:57 pm

I really like Didi.

He grew up with Andrelton Simmons, and only played SS on the days Simba pitched. (He played 2B the rest of the time.) So, he's not quite as good with the glove as Andrelton. But he's pretty good.

His bat is a question mark, but he's young enough that he could still turn into something. (He missed a lot of games in the minors for weird injuries. Like, kidney failure. So there might still be things he could learn.)

13 Greg G   ~  Dec 5, 2014 5:14 pm

This is the dawning of the age of Gregorious, the age of Gregorious,the age of Gregoriouuuuuuus. Gregorious! What is not to like about that name.

Miller and Betances filling out the pen and maybe they get Robertson back too? If they can shorten the game and take pressure off their starters, might be a way to field a contender if they can fill in the other gaps offensively.

14 rbj   ~  Dec 5, 2014 6:42 pm

[9] A gorgeous home run from Gregorious, it's glorious!

$9 million a year for a noncloser? Hmmmm, might have seen the last of Robertson in Yankee pinstripes. I'm a capitalist, so I've got no problem with him going for the biggest payday he can get.

15 seamus   ~  Dec 5, 2014 6:56 pm

[13] are you channeling casey neil with that?

I'm glad we got somebody with some upside. We really need a hitter though at some point. Things are looking more up today though.

16 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Dec 5, 2014 7:01 pm

Didn't the Arizona GM call him 'the next Derek Jeter'?

17 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Dec 5, 2014 7:27 pm

4 years for Andrew Miller. That's a solid lefty/righty combo with he and Betances!

18 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 5, 2014 7:32 pm

[16] Wasn't that Kevin "Travelin' Man" Towers who called him that?

He's not going to be wearing No. 7, as awesome as that would be. Seventy-seven is way to high for an infielder. Maybe he'll bat seventh? Maybe his defense will dazzle teammates and opponents alike? This has to work somehow...

19 randym77   ~  Dec 5, 2014 8:45 pm

[16] He said Didi was "a young Derek Jeter."

Which I don't see at all. Didi bats lefty. And his glove is better than Jeter's ever was. OTOH, Jeter was several years in the big leagues by the time he was Didi's age. And I seriously doubt Didi will ever hit like Jeet.

20 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Dec 5, 2014 11:58 pm

I don't know anything about this Gregorius guy except that I LOVE his name (Gregory the Great is my favorite pope, got a chapter in my dissertation) and I LOVE that he's an artist!

Welcome aboard, Papa!

21 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Dec 6, 2014 12:29 am

Ooooh! And not only that, we share a birthday (along with Yoko!)!

22 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Dec 6, 2014 2:07 am

(21) weeping! You, Didi & Yoko (Ono?) share a birthday? A trio to be reckoned with?

23 thelarmis   ~  Dec 6, 2014 4:23 am

[8] Only thing to love about Ryan, was his porn 'stache back in St. Louis. Didn't he wear pinstriped stirrups back then too?

[12] Good stuff! I watch "Simba" pick it here in Atlanta. I glove it!

[14] Miller might very well end up our closer...

[16] Yup, Kevin Towers. He used to work for Ca$hman...

[20] Grego's an artist? Cool!

[21] My birthday was Wednesday. We celebrated tonight! : )

24 randym77   ~  Dec 6, 2014 10:01 am

He does have a great name. Didi's real name is Mariekson Julius Gregorius. Never heard how he got the "Didi" nick.

25 Ara Just Fair   ~  Dec 6, 2014 11:22 am

Born in the Netherlands he was. And hit his first homer off our ol' pal Phil Hughes.

26 The 13th   ~  Dec 6, 2014 2:34 pm

[21] Our birthdays are a day apart. Someone once led me to believe Yoko and I had the same birthday and I was disappointed when I finally learned I didn't. However, I do get to share mine with another Yankee shortstop: Alvaro Espinoza.

Didi Gregorious also spent a season playing for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League.

27 randym77   ~  Dec 6, 2014 8:45 pm

[26] Yes! The Australian fans remembered him and cheered like crazy for him when he went back as a Diamondback.

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