If it's Tuesday, it must be bury the Yankees before they play a second of meaningful baseball day! Brandon Tierney, formerly of The Wheelhouse on SNY and who is now a radio host out in San Francisco wrote a eulogy for the Yankees this morning. He called "Decaying With Dignity." He goes on and on about the Yankees and how awful they'll probably be this year. He talks about how lucky we are as a fan base to have experienced the past 20 years or so, and he's right, we are but what really gets me is this passage:
Truthfully, the easy thing to do is pile on, to kick dirt on the Yankees grave before the first meaningful pitch of the season, to attempt to be ahead of the curve on the inevitable demise of the Yanks.
That’s the easy way out.
Exactly. And that's what he ultimately ended up doing.
The Yankees could be absolutely awful this year. They could be mediocre this year. They could even surprise the hell out of everyone and somehow by the grace of some God somewhere make the playoffs. You can't know until the games are actually played.
It's not a bad piece, I just thought it was amusing that he spent nearly the whole time burying the Yankees and somehow saying that wasn't what he was actually doing.
Next up, Lonn Trost went on Mike Francesa's show yesterday and basically took back everything he said a month ago about Stubhub. Remember how the Yankees said people who used Stubhub to buy tickets were going to have to have an actual ticket, not just a printout? Yes, well, that's no longer the case. Interesting, right? Could it be that the Yankees are having trouble selling tickets?
Speaking of that, I just got the email to let me know that the Yankees Ticket Exchange is in fact, up and running. You can access it by going to www.yankees.com/ticketexchange to view available tickets for Yankees home games this season. I'll let you know how that goes, if I choose to utilize it.
Our friends over at Pinstriped Bible on SB Nation posted Part Two of their "How Bad Are The Yankees At Developing Pitching" series. (You can read Part One which was posted last week here.) It is thoroughly researched and a really interesting read. It also may depress you a tad if you're one of those people who loves pitching prospects.
Also, from PB, their newest writer Keith R.A. DeCandido wrote a piece yesterday about why he can't watch Spring Training games. I have a feeling he's not alone.
This next story I'd like to put in my OMGWTF category because it's the kind of story that makes me say, "OMGWTF!" (not the abbreviation but the actual words) Anyway, Coca Cola Park, home to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are installing "urinal gaming systems."
"These games are sure to make a huge splash," exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. "Our fans are always looking for the next big thing and these 'X-Stream games' are another example of our commitment to providing an unparalleled entertainment experience in all aspects of Coca-Cola Park, including our restrooms."
Guys, I have to ask this because I don't venture into men's rooms all that often, okay, ever, but is this really necessary?
And this description? Well, to be frank, it almost made me pee my pants because it's absolutely hilarious:
When a user approaches the urinal, the video console flips into gaming mode, using patented technology that detects both his presence and stream. Algorithms then allow the user to engage with the screen by aiming in different directions to test their agility and knowledge. The games are 100% intuitive and custom-built to provide a unique user interface along with an easy and seamless experience.
I get it, video games are fun and not just for kids but putting them on top of urinals seems to be a bit much. But hey, if you venture out to the ballpark and actually use one of these things, email me and let me know how it goes.
And one final, and pretty rad story comes courtesy of Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk. Old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, which is a former Minor League park that has been out of commission since 1996 is going to be turned into an apartment complex.
I wanted to an architect when I was a kid until I realized how much work went into it besides drawing. I used to draw floor plans all the time - on graph paper, in notebooks, on the back of dittos, etc. - so this kind of story is really fascinating to me and I like the idea of recycling old structures and changing them into something completely different in an innovative way.
Hey, maybe the city of New York could have converted old Yankee Stadium into apartments?
Some quick notes:
- Michael Pineda was scheduled to throw a 45-pitch bullpen session today and as was reported yesterday, he may throw to live batters in a couple of weeks.
- The Yankees are playing the Houston Astros tonight at Steinbrenner Field. The game is at 7:05 p.m. and will be shown on the YES Network and MLB Network for the out of towners.
The "in case you missed it" IIATMS edition:
- Brad was positive this morning.
- Tamar previewed the Tampa Yankees.
- Domenic took a look at the AL West.
And be sure to look out for Domenic's look at the NL West, which is scheduled to go up at 2:30 p.m. and Michael Eder has a post ready to go at 6 p.m. which looks at the relievers who are still available.
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