When Nova returned from a minor league stint in the middle of 2011, he started 11 more games for the Yankees in July, August, and September. Nova may have been the best Yankee starter for the second-half of 2011, as he emerged with a new devastating slider and a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings. We expected a...
I thought this was highly amusing and had to share it with everyone in case you missed it.
Roger Clemens was asked about Mike Piazza‘s claim in his upcoming book that he took karate lessons in order to exact revenge on Clemens – I guess Piazza did it in case Clemens were to ever plunk him again. Clemens, to his credit, had a few funny quips in his statement, even one where he mentioned that Piazza would have had to have gotten in line behind at least three of his Yankee teammates at the time, who also wanted to slug him. I wonder who they were. Hmmm.
Anyway, I thought the most amusing line of the whole Clemens statement was this one:
“He chased some dude around the spring training site one time, didn’t he, or something?”
Do you guys remember when Guillermo Mota hit Piazza with a pitch in Spring Training and Piazza went after him? It happened ten years ago this Spring but to this day, it is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.…
ESPN just showed a snippet of Derek Jeter‘s press conference. Here are some highlights:
- He was asked about his rehab and stated that he’s “only been running on a treadmill to this point.” He added that he expects to be running on the field, “within the next few days.”
- On playing on Opening Day: “Why wouldn’t it be realistic?” and added, “Opening Day was the goal all along.”
- Jeter made a joke that he’s going to be “on Mo’s schedule this Spring.” In case you don’t get that reference, Mariano Rivera doesn’t really throw that much during Spring Training, usually under 10 innings.
- He said won’t be playing when the Yankees start playing next week and said “You can write that down.” He also said he believes you don’t need all of Spring Training to get ready. He mentioned past years when he’s played in the WBC as examples of that.
And now for some tweets/quotes from the beat writers assembled in Tampa:
Things are getting real and the end of winter is finally near. You know why? Because the position players have reported to camp! (I’ll give you all a moment to celebrate. Personally, I prefer to fist pump and dance in my seat but feel free to do whatever you like to do. Okay, ready?)
Derek Jeter will be speaking to the media this morning and will no doubt be answering about 150,000 questions. More than likely the questions will be about his surgically repaired ankle, how his rehab is going, if he’ll be ready for Opening Day and I’m sure some questions will be about that guy Alex Rodriguez.
Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog reported via Twitter that Ichiro Suzuki arrived to camp in a glitter NY cap. In Jennings’ words, “Ichiro has arrived wearing a glitter NY hat. It’s sort of amazing.” Guys, you can’t tease us like that. You can’t describe something as amazing and then not provide a picture!…
A few quick notes for you from Yankees camp:
- According to numerous tweets from the beat writers dispatched in Tampa, Florida, Francisco Cervelli will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic. He wants to stay in camp to try and win the starting catching job. Yeah, good luck, buddy. (I kid, I kid.)
- CC Sabathia had his first bullpen session and said his surgically repaired elbow felt fine. He threw 29 pitches and his arm didn’t fall off. That sounds like a good morning to me!
- Joba Chamberlain is growing a mustache. (In case you missed what it looked like, here’s a link to some video of him.) I’m not sure if Joba is doing this because he lost a bet or because he thought it would be funny or just because he felt like it. Whichever reason it is, I hope someone talks him out of it. Or that the itching from it growing in gets to be too much for him to bear and he shaves it off.
GEICO Sportsnite has all the coverage from Spring Training. Here’s new Yankee Kevin Youkilis clarifying his previous comments about the Red Sox and Yankees and also discussing Joba Chamberlain.
TAMPA — Free-agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw off a mound at Billy Connors’ Tampa area home recently and impressed the spring training pitching instructor.
According to Connors, Wang, who will pitch for Taiwan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, is looking for a major league contract.
GM Brian Cashman said he hasn’t had contact with Wang’s representatives. However, the club will have scouts watching Wang during the WBC, despite having six candidates for five starting spots.
Wang, whose Yankees career ended in 2009 after a shoulder problem, pitched for the Nationals last season and was 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA. In seven big-league seasons, the 32-year-old right-hander is 61-32. As a Yankee, he was 55-26. In 2006 and 2007, Wang went a combined 38-13.
I always had a soft spot for Wang and I enjoyed his time with the Yankees but I’m not sure the team, which has more than enough pitchers, especially if Michael Pineda returns mid-season, have room for him.…
Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger wrote about the Ivan Nova/David Phelps battle for the fifth starter role. Yankees manager Joe Girardi stated that Nova “has to go out and prove himself” in order to win the spot.
For his part, Nova understands why it’s going to be a battle for the position and he spoke about his struggles last season by succinctly saying, “I got hit.”
Why yes, he did.
Nova admitted he also began to press while in the midst of his struggles last season which made things worse:
“I’m not going to lie: Sometimes,” he said. “Sometimes. Because you’re trying to do your job, and you can’t. Because I was still working. I was working hard during the year. I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted.”
Ivan Nova is one of those pitchers who when he’s on, he can be really good but when he’s off, he falls off a cliff. Actually, there was one start in particular that encapsulated Nova’s career thus far: May 19 against the Cincinnati Reds.…