High Socks for Hope

Since I’m on the humanitarian kick this weekend, I thought that I’d share this with you.

David Robertson and his wife Erin have created a fund called High Socks for Hope to help those who were victimized by the brutal string of tornadoes that ripped through David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, AL on April 27th.  In the wake of the tragedy, more than 300 people have died, 100 survivors have been forced to live in shelters, and five are still reported missing.  The slow rebuilding process has only just begun, and there’s much left to be done.  If you’d like to make a donation, please click on the link above.  All donations will be tax deductible.  All checks should be made payable to “David and Erin Robertson’s Foundation,” and mailed to Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund; P.O. Box 770001; Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053.  Every little bit helps! Continue reading High Socks for Hope

Weekend Round-Up – 5/29/2011

These links are brought to you by Fred Wilpon.  Sick of Frank McCourt getting all of the headlines, Fred Wilpon decides to add his own brand of crazy to steal a few for himself…

Tales from around the Yankee Blogosphere:

Tales from around the Red Sox Blogosphere:

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Daniel Bard’s Friend is Alive and Well

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, there’s some great news on the Matt Hill front.

Daniel Bard’s missing friend, Matt Hill, has been found. Seems he left under his own will from the few details available.

I would imagine he has a lot of explaining to do to his family and friends.

There’s no word on his reasons for disappearing, but it’s great that he’s been found alive and well; especially, since these types of situations frequently don’t have happy endings like these.  I’m sure more details will be coming out over the coming days, but it’s probably in the best interest of Hill and his family and friends that we let them sort this out in private.

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Bard Looking for Help in Finding Missing Friend

While I know Daniel Bard pitches for a member of the Yankees most hated rival, there are times where we need to put our team loyalties aside for the greater good. As some of you may’ve heard, Bard’s close childhood friend Matt Hill has gone missing. He was last seen leaving the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:30 a.m driving a 1996 black Honda Civic LX. If anyone has any information, especially if you live in the DC metro area, please use the contact information listed below.

Family Contact: Holger Hill 704-839-9699
DC Metro Office Contact: RW Kennedy- 202-715-7300 (precinct number)
Detective McClam: 202-730-1903
Missing Persons Case # 073-157
Detective in Montgomery County: Rod Stevens

Also, there’s a Facebook fan page that’s been created. If you are a member of Facebook, please show your support by “liking” the page. Thanks guys! Continue reading Bard Looking for Help in Finding Missing Friend

Too Many Home Runs? Surely, You Jest!

I read something funny the other day that I’d never heard before. The Yankees hit too many home runs! Yes, I know. It came as quite a shock to me as well. How could this be? Why wasn’t anyone else talking about it? Here the Yankees are, hitting home runs like it’s their job, and no one is doing anything about it. Where’s the mainstream media? Where’s the outrage? Surely, they must have an issue with the Yankees latest attempt to destroy the beauty of baseball by hitting grotesque, run producing home runs! After all, how are the Yankees expecting to win a championship by scoring so many runs? It can’t be done. It’s never been done, and never will be done!

Home runs are inherently evil and selfish. It destroys the fabric of team by placing the “self” ahead of the group.* Contrary to popular belief, baseball is neither Atlas Shrugged nor Ayn Rand’s utopian society. Baseball is a collective, team sport. Only through teamwork and selfless sacrifice can a team truly be successful. Players should be focusing on the tried and true run producing tactics of the dead ball era like bunting, stealing bases, putting on the hit and run, and hitting sacrifice flies. (After all, sacrificing is what the “self” does for the good of the team.) We need to bring the game back to its purest form, and away from the fabricated pseudo-mockumentary of the steroid era.

* Look no further than that self-absorbed, centaur loving Alex Rodriguez.

That’s why the Yankees, with their $200M payroll full of selfish home run hitters, make me want to throw up in my mouth. It just disgusts me. At least Joe Girardi has the common sense to force his players to bunt against their will. It’s reassuring there’s one person in that dugout who cares about bringing back the beautiful, run crippling environment of yesteryear.

Hyperbole aside, the “too many home runs” mantra has to end. It’s completely ridiculous. The writers and broadcasters propelling this argument have shown the baseball world their true colors—they’re completely incapable of thinking or speaking in a rational or logical manner. Some have gone as far as pointing out that the teams who’ve hit the most home runs in a season have ultimately been unsuccessful. While this is true to an extent it’s pretty misleading. Of the fourteen teams that have hit at least 240 home runs in a season, only two (the 1961 and 2009 Yankees) have gone on to win championships, and only five have made the playoffs. The problem with this statistic (or any statistic for that matter) is that the context is lacking. It implies that teams who hit a lot of home runs aren’t successful because they rely on home runs for their offense. That’s simply not true. The reason ten of these fourteen teams failed to reach the playoffs was due to bad pitching, poor defense, or plain rotten luck. It had little to do with their ability to create runs.

Since we’re likely to hear a lot from the MSM in the coming weeks about how 2011 Yankees will fall prey to the same pitfalls as their power driven counterparts from baseball’s past, I thought it’d be a good idea to examine a few of baseball’s most powerful teams to both uncover the real reasons behind their successes and struggles, and uncover some of the falsities being perpetuated by those in the MSM.

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Battling Irrationality…

I don’t know why I continue to read the New York Post sports section. It’s irrational, poorly written, and panders to the lowest common denominator of sports fans. This latest nugget from Brian Costello is no different.

“The drama surrounding Jorge Posada was a 24-hour distraction from the real crisis the Yankees are dealing with — they have lost a season-high five in a row and seemingly can’t do anything right.

The Red Sox completed a sweep at Yankee Stadium last night, sending the Yankees to a 7-5 loss that featured another brutal error, failure in the clutch and more uninspired play.

A crowd of 46,945 witnessed another dismal outing by the $207 million club that has lost nine of its last 12 and 12 of its last 20. The Yankees now have one more win than the Mets, and the Red Sox are just one game behind them in the AL East.”

#facepalm

Considering my team loyalties, I’m probably the last person you want to hear from right now, but please try to hear me out. Contrary to what the Post, Daily News, or Bleacher Report tries to tell you: the sky is not falling. The Yankees are not a dismal, lethargic, un-clutch team who’s lost their “desire,” “grit,” or “determination.” They don’t need a “gut check,” or have that “fire in their bellies” re-ignited. (Although, I hear Bartolo Colon has an extra spicy-chicken black bean burrito recipe that will help with creating some intestinal “belly fire.”) They aren’t hitting “too many home runs,” and they don’t need to work on “manufacturing runs.” All of that’s nonsense.

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Should the Yankees Promote Montero; Replace Posada?

A couple of days ago, Brien, Mark, and I were having a discussion on Twitter.* Brien started out the debate by asking a simple question: “So…the Yankees are kinda going to have to bring Montero up after the Super 2 deadline, aren’t they?” It’s a fair question. In fact, it’s one that I’ve asked myself frequently over the past couple of weeks. With Jorge Posada struggling to hit above the Mendoza line, and Jesus Montero mashing in AAA, it’s natural to wonder whether or not it’s time make a switch at the designated hitter slot in the lineup for the long-term good of the team. While I agree with Brien’s assessment that Montero is probably good enough offensively to hit every day in the Yankee lineup (that viewpoint is probably shared by everyone reading this article), I feel that given the Yankees current position in the standings, promoting him prior to the Super 2 deadline somewhat of a panic move. Furthermore, I feel (and Mark agrees) that Montero’s numbers, as good as they’ve been, show that Montero could use a little more seasoning in Scranton-Wilkes Barre. (I’ll go more into this shortly.)

* Seriously folks. If you aren’t on Twitter, you really need to be. You’re missing out on a lot of fun debates including a rousing one that’s been going on for two weeks between Mark and me: Cake vs. Pie. Mark will try to tell you that pie is better, but we’re too smart to fall into that trap. Aren’t we? Cake is so far superior to pie, it’s not even funny. But I digress…

Needless to say, this conversation got me thinking. Was my position wrong? Is it really the right move to call up Montero now, and install him in the everyday lineup in place of Posada?* Not willing to just assume I was right and Brien was wrong, I decided to explore the issue a little bit further.

* Let’s be honest, the Yankees aren’t going to bring him up and start his service time clock, only to watch him rot on the bench. With Russell Martin producing a .395 wOBA and 1.3 WAR through May 8th, they’re certainly not going to sit him in favor or Montero. That only leaves Posada as the fall guy by the process of elimination.

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Weekend Round-Up – 5/8/2011

Tales from around the Yankee Blogosphere:

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Weekend Round-Up – 5/1/2011

Tales from around the Yankee Blogosphere:

Tales from around the Red Sox Blogosphere:

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