Monday, February 25, 2008

That's what I'm talkin' about!

From Pettitte and Hughes throw some BP [Pete Abe]

"Hughes was, in a word, terrific. He made Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu and Francisco Cervelli look foolish at times. He got Abreu to swing and miss at a curveball and had Damon fouling balls off the other way, a sign of how late his swing was. Jeter only swung at 3 of the 10 pitches he saw and fouled all of them off.

Now, keep in mind, the hitters have been facing live pitching for four days and Hughes started throwing off a mound in Tampa in mid January. But what was encouraging is the confidence with which Hughes threw his curveball.

That was the pitch he was throwing when he blew out his hamstring in Texas last May. For Hughes to throw the curve the way he wants, he has to follow through with his body and 'snap' the pitch off. Without confidence that your legs will hold up, it’s a hard pitch to throw.

As he said later on, he never had his true curveball last year after the injury. Now it’s back. Hughes is working out with Pettitte six days a week and has dropped 10 pounds since last season. You can never say never, but all the work he has done should help him avoid leg injuries."

And there were actually people who wanted to trade this kid.

Is it March 31st yet?

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Crappiest 25-Man Yankee Roster of All-Time

After reading Ben's excellent post about how annoying Mike Mussina is (I seriously think the River Ave. Blues guys and I share a brain; their posts say pretty much exactly what I'm thinking about the Yankees at all times), my buddy and I thought it might be amusing to come up with a 25-man roster of our all-time most-loathed Yankees.

In executing this idea, I realized that it was actually even more entertaining to come up with a roster of my all-time suckiest Yankees. The roster is pretty much exclusively made up of players from the last 18 years or so, which makes sense given that 1990 was the year my nine-year-old self started paying closer attention to and actively rooting for the team. Despite the 1990 campaign being one of the worst in team history, I was born with Yankee blood, and my dad's love of the team ensured that I'd always be a huge fan regardless of their fortunes.

Picking position players was pretty easy, but narrowing down the starters and the bullpen was tough, considering the ungodly amount of terrible, terrible pitchers we've had during the last two decades. And actually, upon even further review, the list of crappiest pitchers is probably not all that different from what a "Most Despised" starting rotation would look like.

Anyway, here's my roster of All-Time Crappiest Yankees. Feel free to post your all-time crappiest Yanks in the comments.

Yankees | Crappiest 25-Man Roster of All-Time


C: Sal Fasano
1B: Miguel Cairo
2B: Enrique Wilson
3B: Andy “Stanky” Stankiewicz
SS: Alvaro “Career OPS+ of 66” Espinoza
LF: Terrence Long
RF: Ruben Rivera
CF: Bernabe Williams post-2003
DH: Ruben Sierra

SP: Kei Igawa
SP: Jeff Weaver
SP: Kevin Brown
SP: Andy Hawkins
SP: Kenny Rogers


IF: Mike Humphreys
IF: Wil Nieves
OF: Mike Figga
OF: Andy Fox


RP: Juan Acevado
RP: Felix Heredia
RP: Kyle Farnsworth
RP: Danny Rios
RP: Jay Witasick
Set-Up: Darrel May
Closer: Tim Redding

Manager: Stump Merrill
Bench Coach: Dallas Green

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dear fans of New England sports teams,

Suck it.

Save Phil Hughes

P.S. Red Sox, prepare to be owned by Hughes/Joba/Kennedy come October '08.