Ruh-roh Roger

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Looks like Roger Clemens’ very own mini-me, Andy Pettitte, is going to corroborate Brian McNamee’s assertions. That can’t be very good for Clemens.

And yes, there’s a big part of me that feels for Andy. He admitted to HgH use. He comes across as non-pretentious and a family man. And I have no doubt that he was led to the HgH by Roger. What a shame. Also, I don’t see everything in black and white; shades of gray, too.

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Grand Theft Mets

Talk about missing your chance, Bill Smith.

Where to begin in evaluating this? Hard to say. I’ll take a stab at a team-by-team thumbnail, assuming, of course, that the Mets and Johan can agree on the richest pitching contract ever.


Twins: It’s too easy to just hang Bill Smith out to dry. I mean, he was given the GM title and the next day his first job is to trade the best SP out there? Talk about being thrown into the deep end, huh? Here’s what happened in early December, when this really heated up:

In early December, the Yankees had offered a package built around pitcher Phil Hughes and center fielder Melky Cabrera, and the Red Sox talked about two separate deals, one built around left-hander Jon Lester and the other around center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, with pitcher Justin Masterson and infielder Jed Lowrie prominently involved.

But the Yankees yanked their Hughes proposal off the table in early December, and Boston’s interest waned, as well.

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Santana decision due any minute. Or not.

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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Twins have asked for “final offers” for Johan Santana. Supposedly a decision could come today. Or not. Just like everything else surrounding this gigantic rumor.

Have the Yanks withdrawn Hughes? Have the Sox done the same with Lester and/or Ellsbury? Have the Mets given their two best blue-chip prospects in a moment of desperation? Has Hank opted to overrule his brother and Cashman? Has Theo caved to fears of seeing Johan in pinstripes for 6 more years (thinking shades of Pedro way back when he joined the Sox)?

From the Sox side:


The Red Sox have talked in the past about deals built around either pitcher Jon Lester or center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Two sources involved in the discussions say the Red Sox have indicated they won’t trade Lester, and another highly placed source says Lester remains on the table. A fourth says the Red Sox are willing to deal Lester only in a package with little window dressing — in other words, Lester and Coco Crisp and little else.

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And you're more INSUFFERABLE, too!

New England Patriots fans are smarter, classier and healthier and own pricier homes than the riff-raff who root for the New York Giants – and now we’ve got the research to back it up.

Likewise, 72 percent of Pats fans live in homes worth north of $200,000, compared to 63 percent of Giants yahoos, the Nielsen data show.

That’s just for starters.

Pats fans consistently show better taste than their Gotham counterparts, according to Nielsen.

We drink Amstel Light, not Bud Light. Giants fans slug back lots of whiskey.

We are likely to read connoisseur magazines like Wine Spectator. Gotham fans like to pig out on junk food like pretzels, chips and nuts. They’re also less likely to favor organic food than other New Yorkers.

Giants tailgaters are conspicuous consumers who party off the backs of Land Rovers and showy BMW SUVs. Pats fans are more likely to tailgate off the back of an understated Lexus or a sturdy Volvo SUV.

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For the love of all things holy: SHUT UP!

Back when George was suspended (early 90’s), the Yanks got back to basics and built a vibrant farm system which bore fruit resembling Jeter, Posada, Mo, Soriano, Bernie, etc. That core helped the Yanks become the dominant team of the 90’s, even when George returned from suspension. Suddenly, after the team lost in 2001, George returned to being, well, The Boss. Overspending on free agents, aging players, mercenaries. Cost: stripping the farm system bare. As a result, still good teams that make the playoffs every year, but not very much a “likable” team and surely not a championship caliber team. Surly guys like Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson, guys will fancy resumes but well past their peaks made the team unlikable. Still rooted for the team because that what loyal fans do; we root for the laundry even if the bodies inside them make us squirm.

Fast forward a bit and since George hasn’t been himself due to age and/or illness the last few years, Cashman & Co.…

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New pictures of The New Yankee Stadium (TNYS)

I’m already on record being against the layout of the upper deck, as it seems it will be more bowl-like than stacked like it currently is configured. Too much like Shea than Yankee Stadium. The current configuration keeps the fans closer (and louder) to the field. I fear that the new layout will keep the upper deck fans too far from the action. We’ll see, I guess.

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