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Who knew: BRUT, For Men

Someone must be an editor as a day job or just wayyyy too much time on their hands:

These are things that let me know the photo was taken in The Bronx. But the most common background item–the one that makes you recognize Yankee Stadium instantly, is the Brut sign. Above the bleachers, all around the outfield, between the electronic message boards, are ads. Each section of frieze has a corresponding panel below it. The Brut sign took up two panels in left field. It was a picture of a cologne bottle, and in big, black, bold, capital letters, the word Brut.

There was something about that sign–the way it snuck in to the posed pictures so often. It couldn’t be missed. The other signs were sometimes visible, but a big, short word was most likely to be recognized. Unless you’ve got a very distinct logo, nobody’s gonna recognize your ad way in the blurry background; BRUT had the power to bust through.

Click thru for the pictures. Worth the visit.

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Nothing ever ends well

Every now and then, I’ll just point you to a really well-written article or commentary or whatnot. This is one of those. If you have an opinion about Torre and his coming book, it’s worth a read. The entire thing is worth reading (it’s brief) so I am not quoting the entire posting.

My favorite line, since I use it often:

Root for the laundry, that’s the best you can do. Just root for the laundry.

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Pettitte to re-sign, finally?

According to Buster, it’s imminent:

The New York Yankees and Andy Pettitte are close on a deal that will bring the veteran left-hander back for a year, Major League Baseball sources told Buster Olney on Monday.

The deal, sources told Olney, could be done as soon as Monday afternoon. It would pay Pettitte nearly $6 million, with incentives that could make it worth as much as $12 million.

I have NO idea what Sheets’ MRI’s look like and even if I had a peek at them, I couldn’t read them. I have to trust that the Yanks’ brass doesn’t like what they showed. I know it’d be blasphemy to even utter this, but if Pettitte and Sheets were equal in terms of health risk, I’d rather have Sheets on a one year deal (with a team option for the 2nd).

Nonetheless, I am happy that Andy’s coming back. It’s only a shame that we had to run through so many walls, shed the tears and whatnot. Woulda, coulda, shoulda been done earlier.

Your 2009 Yanks rotation: Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Pettitte, Joba/Hughes.

UPDATE: It’s final. He’s back.

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Book excerpt: Torre's distrust of Randy Levine

Well, it appears that my disdain and distrust of Yanks President Randy Levine was shared by Joe Torre (in third person):

On How the Yankees Do Business
If Torre’s relationship with some of the higher-ups in the Yankee organization was sometimes strained, the book suggests that it was most difficult with Randy Levine, the Yankees president. The book paints a stark picture of a genuine, trusting Torre clashing with the savvy, calculating Levine, who was at one time a trusted adviser of Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Torre was particularly disturbed, it seems, by Levine’s willingness to find a way to avoid honoring the contracts of players struggling with issues off the field. As the book puts it, “The Yankees’ reaction to a player in crisis often included exploring the possibility of getting out from under the responsibility of having to pay the player.”

Good ol’ Randy. Endearing himself to the lower ranks for decades. Continue reading Book excerpt: Torre's distrust of Randy Levine

Staggering picture of the day

In case you missed it, as most have, Jose Canseco “fought” Danny Bonaduce over the weekend. Canseco’s about 6’4″ and from the looks of this picture, Bonaduce must be a foot or two shorter. The fight was a draw. No, really. (No drug testing for either “boxer”)

And what the hell did Canseco do to his body? Spend every last cent on a full body tattoo? That explains why he’s doing celebrity boxing, I guess.

Good lord man. He looks like Ralph Feinnes’ character in Red Dragon:

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Sheets an option?

If the “cost” to the Yanks is merely a 4th round pick plus salary/bonus to land Ben Sheets, I continue to say that’s a worthwhile risk.

While the Rangers have met twice with Sheets, the Yankees are one of a few teams considering the talented righthander. Sheets has provided a second medical report for teams to review but it isn’t known how it differs from the first. His market has been slow despite a career full of accomplishments.

If Sheets would take a “prove it” contract (say $5m guaranteed this year plus incentives with a $12m team option for 2010), that’d be a great thing for the Yanks. It’s not dissimilar to the Smoltz/Penny contracts the Sox just signed. Or, as I have referred to them, “Lieber contracts“. The Yanks are already eyeballs deep in risk; Sheets’ risk would add little more at little financial burden.

If you told me that Sheets and Joba would combine for 300 good innings behind CC, Burnett and Wang, with Hughes and others filling in the rest, I’d be pretty excited.

I remain disappointed in Pettitte. I’m not riding him out of town on a rail, but I am disappointed in his stance. The only thing teams “owe” its players is the number on the contract. The other stuff (respect, etc.) must be earned from both sides. Pettitte was hugged by the organization last year, right after the Mitchell Report was released. And despite his claims, he did have a mediocre year and a lousy 2nd half. For him to say last year that he was only interested in signing with the Yanks and it wouldn’t be about the money and to now have him holding out due to money is just disappointing. Continue reading Sheets an option?

Joba's 2009 workload, predicted

After a weekend of book sneak-peeks that made me equally disappointed and disgusted, I’m chomping at the bit for some real baseball “stuff”. Anything really that discusses the on-field product for this coming season.

So when I noticed this article about Joba’s predicted 2009 innings, I couldn’t help but consider it a beacon that Spring Training is indeed less than three weeks away. I can’t wait. This comes from MLBTradeRumors.com leader Tim Dierkes’ article on RotoAuthority:

I asked eleven of my favorite baseball writers to predict Chamberlain’s 2009 regular season Major League innings total. Here are the results:

If Joba pitches 143 innings as a starter (which isn’t mentioned above), that roughly translates to 24 six-inning starts, or 29 starts of 5 innings. From LAST year’s Verducci Year-After-Effect article, Joba’s limit was 149 innings. I think I’d be pleased with 150 quality innings from Joba and fill in the balance with kids from the farm (Aceves, etc.). If Joba makes it to the 100, 125 inning marks unscathed and feeling strong, I’d let him expand his target. He’s got the body to do so.

I continue to maintain that Joba’s got the most value for the Yanks as a starter, at least until Mo retires. Then, if Joba’s still struggling to maintain a 200 inning workload at that point, he could be transitioned into Mo’s replacement (unless there’s some kid —Melancon?— who identifies himself as the heir apparent). Continue reading Joba's 2009 workload, predicted

Dishing dirt "below" Torre

It’s a shame that former Yanks skipper and current Dodgers manager Joe Torre is coming out with a book that seeks to dish dirt; it’s just so “below” what I’d expect from the always-classy Torre. Nonetheless, it’s disappointing to read some of these quotes attributed to his book, from the Daily News article:

In “The Yankee Years,” due to be released on Feb. 3, Torre describes general manager Brian Cashman as a less than supportive ally who betrayed him on several fronts, and says that his star player, Alex Rodriguez, was often referred to by his teammates as “A-Fraud” and was obsessed with his perceived rival, shortstop Derek Jeter.

However true it might all be, couldn’t/shouldn’t this have been saved until Torre was out of the game? It reeks of bitterness. Torre has fashioned a sterling reputation in and out of baseball as a wonderful manager of people. I wonder if that will change, at least IN the game, if his lockerroom recognizes that he’s probably taking notes for his next edition?

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Radomski contraction helps Clemens (sort of, maybe?)

Evidently, this contradiction could be helpful to Clemens and possibly troubling to Sen. Mitchell:

During questioning behind closed doors in a Capitol building office, McNamee said that as part of his job as Clemens’s trainer, he had injected him with steroids and human growth hormone. McNamee gave the deposition under oath. He was asked several times if he had ever informed Kirk Radomski, a steroids dealer, that he was injecting Clemens with drugs. In each instance, McNamee answered no, he had not.

That assertion has been contradicted by a passage in “Bases Loaded,” a new book by Radomski, in which Radomski says that McNamee indeed told him that he was injecting Clemens. That contradiction and others have raised concerns that Radomski has hurt his credibility as a government witness in the perjury investigation against Clemens, and that he might have damaged McNamee’s credibility as well.
In a perjury case a prosecutor’s worst nightmare is for a witness to make public statements that contradicts another witness, especially the key witness in the case,” said Mathew Rosengart, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in New York and a former federal prosecutor. “Perjury cases are almost always a he-said, she-said dispute, and there usually isn’t a smoking gun, so corroboration of witnesses is essential. The questions about Radomski are a good thing for Clemens’s defense.”

For a lawyer’s perspective, check in on ShysterBall. He’s got it covered. Continue reading Radomski contraction helps Clemens (sort of, maybe?)