"Find me a ninja, for one"

I’m not a Twitterer, yet. I don’t really have much desire to become one and frankly, if anyone really has an interest in following what I’m doing, I’d suggest going outside and getting some fresh air. There has GOTTA be something better out there than following me… it’s not the glamorous life you are all imagining.

That said, Brian Wilson (Giants closer) was Twittering Saturday night around 1am and subsequently blew the save (and I had Cain’s win all but in my score, damn him). There’s been some fall-out as a result:

He posted some twitterings late Saturday night in which he said (paraphrasing from memory) “Scottsdale is fun but overaggressive males are not,” leaving the impression he was out on the town potentially getting into fights past 1 a.m. The Giants played a day game Sunday and Wilson blew a three-run lead in a 5-4 loss. A reporter blogged about it Sunday night, but didn’t accuse Wilson of anything. Wilson tweeted back, saying he was eating room service hamburgers. Later today, Wilson deleted all of his tweets prior to Sunday morning.

Wilson’s response to Baggerly’s question about Saturday night and the tweets:

“This Twitter crap, I’ve obviously got to stop because people are taking it too serious. My aspect of that is I write a bunch of stuff that’s not true. it’s made up. Obviously I’m not doing things like going toe-to-toe with a ninja. Find me a ninja, for one.

“Obviously, it’s my fault for making up a bunch of stuff but I know for a fact most of those followers know I’m not being serious. They just like hearing funny stuff. Some people don’t understand, but I’m not an idiot, so obviously, I’ve got to stop.”

Find me a ninja, for one.
Too bad, since it’s clear that athletes Twittering while out late at night can only result in some wonderful unintentional comedy.

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A good Q&A with Tyler Kepner

For those in tune with Yanks’ beat writers, one of the best ones (who’s not just looking to make noise with his own BS) is Tyler Kepner. Fellow blogger Steve Lombardi at WasWatching.com was good enough to land some time with Kepner. A good example of the exchange:

Tyler Kepner: I actually think the Yankees’ bullpen won’t be too bad. I like the way Girardi handles the guys, the way he really gives himself a chance to see who can pitch and who can’t. And when injuries arise, like this elbow issue with Bruney, we’ll learn something about Robertson and Melancon. I think they’ll be vital pieces as the year goes. As for disappointments, that’s tough. I suppose you could say that given Sabathia’s salary and the inevitable comparisons to Santana, he’s got a really tough standard to reach. From what we’ve seen so far – a startling lack of fastball command – he might qualify as a disappointment, though it’s very early. My question is, what would be considered successful for a pitcher making $23 million a year? If he wins 15 games and has a 3.50 ERA, is that a disappointment for the money? I guess it would be.

WW: True, $23 million for 15 wins would be an interesting scenario in terms of the fan reaction. If I recall correctly, the Red Sox have a policy that says you should only pay $1 million per expected win from a starter. And, there’s no way that CC is going to win 23 games this season. Since you’ve brought up Girardi, I have to ask: If the Yankees win less than 90 games this season and do not make the post-season, do you think General Joe will he return to manage New York in 2010? Why?

Tyler Kepner: My guess is he’d still come back. The Yankees always take measures to shake things up in a very obvious way each off-season. The way to do that next year will be to bolster the offense with Matsui, Damon and Nady all leaving. If Matt Holliday has a great year in Oakland, chances are they’ll sign him to a monster deal, sign someone else (plus maybe a pitcher) and feel as if they’ve fixed everything. To fire Girardi, someone would have to be really motivated to get rid of him, and I don’t see who that would be. Hal Steinbrenner runs the team, and he’s not rash and impulsive the way George was. My guess is Hal would defer to Cashman, who is signed through 2011, and I doubt Cashman would blame Girardi if the team doesn’t win. That’s not the way Cashman thinks.

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Pinto: Hughes To Pen?

Dave Pinto brought up an interesting point when discussing John Harper’s article (more on that later) about Hughes allowing Joba to move back to the bullpen: John Harper is the latest to bring up Joba back to the pen again, this time, because Phil Hughes might be ready to start in the majors. Why not move Phil to the pen, instead? Given that the Yankees seem to need a long man once everytime through the rotation, so why not give Hughes that job? That way, he can work his way into the majors, spot start for injuries, and if Bruney Continue reading Pinto: Hughes To Pen?

Think Girardi’s in trouble?

Tyler Kepner doesn’t. Not only does he think he will last the season, he thinks he’d be retained for 2010 as well. He did an interview with Steve Lombardi over at WasWatching and had this exchange: WW: True, $23 million for 15 wins would be an interesting scenario in terms of the fan reaction. If I recall correctly, the Red Sox have a policy that says you should only pay $1 million per expected win from a starter. And, there’s no way that CC is going to win 23 games this season. Since you’ve brought up Girardi, I have to Continue reading Think Girardi’s in trouble?

Minors Recap 4/27

Another tough day for the big club, but thankfully, there is minor league baseball. Scranton defeats Rochester, 7-3 Ian Kennedy was solid, allowing just an unearned run on 7 hits and 2 walks in 4 2/3 innings of work, and striking out 4.  He was pulled after only 81 pitches, so either he was laboring a lot in an inning or else something was wrong.  According to RAB (who heard from somebody else) it was because of blisters, so hopefully it’s nothing seriously. Anthony Claggett gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings. John Rodriguez and Shelley Duncan Continue reading Minors Recap 4/27

Totally, waaay off-topic: Of all dumb things to do

Having the FAA and the presidential airlift group conduct an aerial photo mission over Manhattan, complete with an F16 in tow, is about as dumb, thoughtless, irrational, idiotic, and insensitive a thing as I have heard in quite some time. Not alerting the public in advance pushes that stupidity to unprecedented levels.

John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people “went into a total panic” and ran out of the building around 10 a.m. after seeing the planes whiz by their building, near the World Trade Center site.
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Sen. Charles Schumer blasted the FAA for the lack of warning.

This was a photo shoot. There was no need for surprise,” Schumer said. “There was no need to scare thousands of New Yorkers who still have the vivid memory of 9/11.”

Louis Caldera, who heads the White House Military Office, issued a statement apologizing. “I approved a mission over New York,” he said. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

Gee, ya think, numbnuts?

Sorry, I’m just hyper-sensitive to stuff like this, having been in NYC on 9/11.

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So which is it: throw MORE or LESS?

At this point, I am not sure what’s the best way to build long term arm strength for pitchers. Is it throw more, like Tommy John, Leo Mazzone and Nolan Ryan espouse, or is it throw less, as clearly the Yanks’ BP coach (and Little League coaches from coast to coast) preach?

Well, score one for the Yanks’ BP coach, this time:

Brian Bruney returned to Boston but is on the DL after being diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow. “I don’t feel like it’s a serious, serious injury,” he said.

Bruney said he plans to revise his routine between games and throw less. He said bullpen coach Mike Harkey has encouraged him to throw less in the past, but he did not listen. Bruney called the injury his own fault.

I’m generally from the school that would preach usage vs. rest, that you can’t run a marathon by training in one mile sprints. You need to train your arm and body to handle the stress and strain of throwing and you can only do that by throwing. Not soft-tossing, but throwing from the bump and long tossing in the OF.

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CC Needs To Step Up

As I have said a few times today, it is too soon for the Yankees or their fans to panic. Getting swept in April by Boston is not fun, but it really does mean much in the long run (unless you are Mike Francesa, in which case it has wide ranging implications that point to deep systemic issues). That being said, it would not be prudent for the Yankees to do dig themselves a large hole in the division, and a win tonight against the Tigers would go a long way towards stanching the bleeding.  The starter for the Yankees Continue reading CC Needs To Step Up

Ranting And Raving: Thoughts On A Lost Weekend

To say that this was a bad sports weekend was an understatement. The Yankees got swept by the hated BoSox while the Rangers moved from the precipice of a stunning voictory to the doorstep of a devestating defeat. I just wanted to put my thoughts about the Yankees out there while they were still roiling inside me. Being that I am just typing as they come to me, it might get a bit disjointed. Before I get to the games, I want to address the reaction. Francesa, you really need to stop talking. This is not indicative of larger organizational Continue reading Ranting And Raving: Thoughts On A Lost Weekend