I do not know who David Sabino of SI.com is, but he finds a way to fit so many of my pet peeves about the national media’s perception of the Yankees into one article that I have to assume that he wrote it to bait Yankees fans into jumping off the nearest bridge. It comes from SI’s spring training primer. Let’s tear this one apart, FJM style: Winter grade: A- The Yankees didn’t blink while signing three of the top five free agents on the market — A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira — for a whopping $423.5 million Continue reading Not Hyperbole: The Worst Article Ever
From ESPN: According to the official in charge of the agency which regulates pharmaceutical drugs in the Dominican Republic, Primobolan was not available for legal purchase, over-the-counter or with a prescription in his country between 2001 and 2003. Dr. Pia Veras, who oversees the regulatory agency, told ESPNdeportes.com that Primobolan is known as “boli” in the streets of Dominican Republic, and was not legal for purchase during the aforementioned years. “What Alex Rodriguez stated at the press conference [in Tampa] doesn’t make sense,” Veras said. “It is important for us to clarify that such substance has not been registered and Continue reading “Boli” not legally available in DR
Not that this means anything, but the first of the media outlet predictions for 2009 are out, and they love them some Yankees. The Sporting News picks the Yankees to win the AL East (with Boston taking the Wild Card) and the World Series: Sporting News prediction: The Yankees don’t hand out ridiculous contracts to just anybody. They hand them out to very good players. As a result, they can make a case for having the best in the game at first base, third base, shortstop, closer and top of the rotation. With that kind of talent, they should win the Continue reading Sporting News Pick Yankees
Today, Hank Steinbrenner spoke to the AP about John Henry’s comments concerning a salary cap. Of course, Hank responded with the usual bluster: “As long as we’re doing that and giving all this money to other teams in revenue sharing, a staggering amount, we should be able to spend on salaries what we want to,” Steinbrenner said. “Because of revenue sharing and because of the popularity nationwide, the Yankees are critical to baseball.” Get ’em, Hank. The Red Sox need to stop whining. They act like they’re the Florida Marlins — that’s their image. They try to underscore their spending Continue reading Hank responds to Henry
Two interesting faces showed up at the Yankees spring training facility in Tampa this morning. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, made an appearance, as did Bernie Williams. Their showings are both nostalgic and poignant, while being a little bit sad as well: Steinbrenner arrived at about 10 a.m., was brought from the parking lot to Steinbrenner Field in a golf cart, then was transferred to a wheel chair near a bank of elevators before going up to his office. The 78-year-old has been increasingly frail in recent years. Williams, who has not played since 2006, changed into uniform in the Yankees Continue reading Bernie And The Boss In Camp
One point often brought up by those sick of the media coverage of steroids in MLB is the seeming double standard when compared to the treatment given to NFL steroid users. As Joe Posnanski pointed out a few days ago: One of the arguments that never seems to end is why people seem so put off by steroid use in baseball while seeming more or less untroubled by steroid use in football. Barry Bonds is a pariah, Shawne Merriman does television commercials. Generally, people will say that this is because baseball is a game of numbers — and the perception Continue reading Is Steroids Double Standard Justified?
Not surprisingly, it did not take long for the mainstream media to identify and locate the mysterious cousin who Alex Rodriguez said assisted him in obtaining steroids from the Dominican Republic during his Tuesday performance press conference. Per ESPN: On Tuesday, when Rodriguez said in a nationally televised news conference from New York Yankees spring training in Tampa, Fla., that it was his cousin who provided and injected him with performance enhancing drugs, it was [Yuri] Sucart to whom Rodriguez was referring, Sucart’s wife, Carmen, confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday night. And from an anonymous source: “Yuri was a mule, Continue reading Report IDs A-Rod’s ‘Cousin Vinny’
Melky will not play for the DR in the WBC, as he’ll opt for more time in Tampa so that he can prove himself to the Yankees. He’ll need a solid spring in order to beat out Brett Gardner. Basically, the job is his to lose.
Joe Girardi has announced that the 2009 lineup will most likely feature Mark Teixeira hitting third with Alex Rodriguez batting fourth. That’s probably the best configuration, although I think a Swisher-Alex-Teixeira trio would have worked, too.