For the record: I hate Sir Sidney Ponson

As you know, I have had a hate-thing going for Kyle Farnsworth for quite a while. However, I am removing the hate from Kyle and reassigning all of it, and then some, to Sir Sidney.

I hate him. I’m dedicating a whole tag just dedicated to my disdain for him. Perhaps a Yahoo! Club is next. Hell, it worked for Farnsworthless.
If I hadn’t been so damn busy at work the last few days, I’d have written more, but he’s the textbook reason why W-L records are no indication of how good or shitty (sorry for the profanity) a pitcher is. Ponson fits squarely in the latter category.

I’ll try to get some more on this craptastic pitcher soon. Please bear with me as my work schedule has gotten bonkers (earnings season!).

However, let it be said here, for the record: I hate Ponson and I will not rest until he’s oozing his primordial stink on some other club who is fooled by his W-L record.

Note: Farnsworthless just served up a 2 run HR as I typed this. Luckily it didn’t mean much.

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Rewind: He's The Golden Goose

In honor of Goose Gossage’s (belated) election to the HOF, here’s an oldie but goodie from SI.com’s Vault, dated 9/29/80:

Every time Relief Pitcher Rich (Goose) Gossage steps out of the Yankees‘ pinstriped bullpen car, the New York fans greet him with a fence-rattling ovation. Cranked up by the noise of the crowd and the pressure of the situation, Gossage goes right to work, winning through intimidation. At 6’3″, 217 pounds, he takes a slump-shouldered Incredible Hulk stance on the mound and scowls at the hitter. Then he uncorks a 95-100-mph fastball that baffles the batters, even though they’re fully expecting it.

The bullpen car?!?!? Remember that? No “Enter Sandman” and a jog in from the bullpen. A ride in a car. Too bad that idea died.

even though they’re fully expecting it“… sounds awfully like Mo and his cut fastball. They know it’s coming yet he’ll be in the HOF next to Goose because people can’t hit it.

And testimony to his durability and ability to pitch more than 1 inning per outing:
Gossage seems indefatigable when he pitches, throwing up one blazer after another, but even he has his limits. He woke up so tired on Sept. 13 after working six times in eight days that he couldn’t lift his right arm. But he’s fine now; witness his performances last week when he threw 2 innings of one-hit ball to preserve a 5-4 win against Toronto and completed the last two innings of both Luis Tiant ‘s 2-1 and Ron Guidry ‘s 3-0 triumphs over Boston. Explaining why he hadn’t ordered a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning of the Tiant game, Red Sox Manager Don Zimmer said, “I ain’t bunting off a guy throwing at 100 mph.”

Congrats, Goose.

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Yanks steal Nady, Marte

Highway robbery. Period. I can’t believe no other team could top this offer.

Keith Law had this to say about the deal:

Whether or not it was the best deal available — one front-office exec told me tonight that he felt that the return was “a joke” — at least it’s a completed deal and a sign that the Pirates are serious about rebuilding. For the Yankees, they give up two players unlikely to ever pitch for them, a good right-handed reliever in a year when they have a few of those, and a problem child with a big upside, which isn’t much to give up when you’re playing for right now.

The BBTN Crew weighed in:
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And then there were three

I can hear the Establishment groaning right now, though I’d LOVE to see it happen.

Tribune Co. is inviting at least three potential buyers who each submitted bids for the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field near or above $1 billion to participate in a second round of proposals, according to a person involved in the process.
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Included in the second round are Internet billionaire and
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; the Ricketts family, which founded the online brokerage that is now TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.; and a group led by Sports Acquisition Holding Corp. that includes former baseball home run king Henry Aaron and former Republican Congressman Jack Kemp. The last group is believed to be teaming with another bidder who submitted an offer in the initial round.

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The backstory of the Pine Tar Game

Sorry I’ve been so bogged down today but I couldn’t let the day pass without posting this, from ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian:

During the confusion, Brett said, “[teammate] Gaylord Perry wrestled the bat away from McClelland and started running toward the dugout. He handed it off to [teammate] Steve Renko, who said, ‘What the hell am I doing with this?’ He handed it off to someone else, who was running with it through the dugout, then up the runway to the clubhouse. Security people were running after him. They yelled into their radios, ‘Don’t let that bat out of your sight!’ The policeman who guarded the visiting clubhouse wouldn’t open the door for the guy who was carrying the bat. The umpires confiscated the bat, and, by courier, sent it to [American League president] Lee MacPhail’s office [in New York].”
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About two weeks later, I got the bat back when we were in Detroit,” Brett said. “I took the pine tar down to the limit, 18 inches. And I drew a red line on my bat [so never to put the pine tar above it]. I used it for two games. Gaylord came up and said, ‘Why are you using that bat? That’s a historic bat. If you break it, it won’t be worth anything.’ So I put it in the bat bag, and now it’s in the Hall of Fame.

Originally, I sold it to a collector [Barry Halper] for $25,000. But a week later, or six months later, I didn’t think that was the right thing to do. So I bought it back for $25,000. And I gave Barry the bat that I used when I hit three home runs in one game off [Yankees pitcher] Catfish Hunter in the playoffs.”

Now the bat is in Cooperstown, on display, for everyone to see.

I had no idea of the story of the bat, after the incident.

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Not-so-OLD Timers Day

In case you haven’t yet heard, this is The Final Season for Yankee Stadium. Everything’s being done to make sure you haven’t forgotten this fact, as well as the storied history of the most beloved hated franchise in baseball history. Kinda depressing seeing some of these names, most of which don’t seem, idunno, OLD enough to be playing yet. Crap, I hate realizing that I am older than my mind tells me.

The New York Yankees announced today that 15 first-time Old-Timers will attend the 62nd annual Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Among the newcomers are seven members of the 1996 World Championship club, including Yankees Special Assistant to the General Manager Tino Martinez, Pat Kelly, Jimmy Key, Graeme Lloyd, Ramiro Mendoza, Jeff Nelson and Tim Raines. Baseball’s all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson will also make his first Old-Timers’ Day appearance at Yankee Stadium, along with current pitching coach Dave Eiland, former manager Buck Showalter and former coach Jeff Torborg. The first-timers are rounded out by Don Baylor, Tony Fernandez, Wayne Tolleson and current YES Network broadcaster Al Leiter.

I sure hope they have Rickey Henderson mic’d up as there’s few things as funny as Rickey talking Rickey.

I also thought Mendoza and Nelson were still playing. Personally, I am giddy that they actually found Wayne Tolleson, the last guy to wear #2 before Cap’n Jetes. Wayne Tolleson was reportedly surprised that anyone remembered him, too.

Of course, poor Buck will be there. He was set to guide the Dynasty but was removed after the 1995 season. Buck should get a huge ovation.

Any doubt Leiter will want to pitch the whole game, racking up 86 pitches thru 3 innings?

Personal Old Timers Day story:
Back in 1986, my Dad attended Mantle & Ford’s Yankee Fantasy Camp. He befriended a number of the former players, from Hank Bauer to Moose Skowron and many others. We had a family friend who had great tix behind the plate, right where the net ends. He always gave us the Old Timers Day tickets. So at one game in the mid-90’s, we’re there early, watching the Old Timers and whatnot. Hank Bauer walks by and my Dad calls him over. We moved to the front row (again, this was early, before the games) to chat with Hank. Hank proceeded to tell jokes and take out his denture plate for laughs. My Dad told me to take a look at his ring. Hank holds out his hand and takes the ring off***, handing it to me. It’s a World Series ring. But not just any, as Hank told me. It was one of the twelve made for the players who were part of each of the five straight Yankees World Series titles from 1949-1953. Let’s just say that it was pretty damn cool. At which point, Hank’s ass explodes with gas, loud as could be, and he just started laughing and said “woooboy, what was THAT?” I gave him the ring back with tears in my eyes, part laughter, part nausea.

***UPDATE: My brother reminded me that it was his offering Hank a turkey sandwich in return for trying on the ring that got Hank to take off the ring. He’s right. I simply forgot about that. If you knew Hank and you know my brother, you realize how apropos that exchange actually was. Did I tell you my brother is in sales?

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Extra side of corny, please

Carl “American Idle” Pavano is back on the New York Yankees ‘ radar. Pavano, who has appeared in 19 games in four Yankee seasons and cost them $40 million, is close to going on a minor-league rehab assignment. . . .

Phil Hughes , out with a fractured rib, is “Very close to throwing batting practice” according to Cashman.

Isn’t that all Hughes was throwing BEFORE he got hurt? Isn’t Pavano equally as close to going back on the DL, too?

Who do you think we’ll see first in the Bronx, you know, actually playing?

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Posada's shoulder and the Yanks' fate

No, it doesn’t sound too good, does it?

Jorge Posada, the proud Yankees catcher whose throwing has been obviously impaired by a labrum injury, said he is considering season-ending shoulder surgery. Posada will have a magnetic resonance imaging test on Tuesday to assess the extent of the damage to a shoulder problem that will not go away.

The Yanks have had a miserable year of injuries. Posada, Matsui, Wang, Hughes, Kennedy, Damon, ARod. Jeter has been off most of the season. Melky has regressed and Cano is only just starting to heat up. Abreu has been up and down. Posada’s fill-in, Jose Molina, has been great with the glove/arm but terrible with the bat.

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