Dealing with the monster Mo has created.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

17 thoughts on “Dealing with the monster Mo has created.

  1. I KNEW it would be a bad thing if I agreed with Kernan. I'm guessing that by the transitive property of idiocracy that makes me one too.

    I don't know if So can handle the pressure or not – but he sure doesn't look like he's embracing his role, or happy here. afaic, if he's going to act like a baby, let him do mop up duty in a blowout game that we're losing. Save guys who want to be here (Carlyle, Pendelton for instance) for the high leverage situations.

    I know – you don't believe in body language or anything like that – but can you honestly say that Soriano has looked happy after the first couple of games? First he blows up because he has to pitch a non-save; now he's blowing saves. Sure, his pitching is "off" – but its pretty hard to be "on" if you don't really care.

    One thing you're overlooking – Soriano came here as a closer with a better record (last year) than Mo – so is it that unreasonable to expect him to perform to that level again?

  2. I agree that it's ridiculous to try to blame bad performance on players' mental states. It doesn't even make sense: where is the line between mental and physical anyway? Athletic performance is in large part a matter of neurological growth and training. When someone is playing well or poorly, there's always a large brain-related component, even when the athlete doesn't appear to be "emotional."

    But I don't think Rivera had much to do with it. This is just the way people are–they react to what's happening now, because they've evolved to react to everything in terms of what's happening right now. It takes a specific mental effort and a lot of post-stone-age tools to take on a wider perspective.

    The important question with Soriano is, "Is there a way to mitigate the damge that Soriano is doing when he's pitching poorly?"

  3. Also, while I didn't highlight it, I found Kernan's comment about how "baseball created" the eighth inning role to be really guffaw inducing. As best I can tell, the New York media single handedly created The Eighth inning guy sometime in 2007-08.

  4. Giving up a home run in a tight game happens to the best of pitchers. (It is a bit concerning that Soriano is not having a great April, but it is only April.)

    It definitely would have been a different media circus though if Rivera had given up that 2 run hr in the 9th. (Probably with some people pointing out that Rivera just tends to start slower in April due to how little he pitches in "game situations" during spring training.)

  5. Let me preface this with saying "I love this blog, read only this blog and will likely not read any other blog for the Yankees because I don't have interest and/or time." That being said, I have some constructive criticism. Can the contributors to this blog please — PLEASE — not refer to other members of the same profession (recap- and opinion-based coverage/journalism) as "idiots" or other such terms. I know I personally would feel shitty if I saw someone else referring to you guys in those terms, but I think that you guys have great, GREAT things going here and especially with the SweetSpot coverage would hate for there ever to be a stink about "unprofessionalism" or the like coming from someone else in the journo-blogosphere. Even with (I think it was) Larry's spat with the SI guy on Twitter — it was clearly the SI guy being a petty, vindictive twit and not a bad reflection on Larry in the slightest.

    PS – calling Murray Chass a hack for calling himself a "journalist" and failing to uphold even the MOST BASIC of journalistic ethics is still totally a-ok! :)

  6. Yet another signing we can thank Randy Levine for. The guy is idiot and should just let Cashman do his job.