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Of Course, It’s a Yankee Hat

Calcaterra cues up the ugliest, most vile looking hat you’ve ever seen in your life.

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Late Night Links

The WSJ takes a closer look at Mr. Strasburg’s efficiency.

Meanwhile, Dave Cameron over at FanGraphs wants to see Ubaldo Jimenez get some love. (Right, Mountain Frank?)

The Phillies are one step closer to being back at full strength.

Weaver’s Tantrum compares the ghost of George Sherrill past to the ghost of Will Ohman present.  Why?  Trade bait, of course.

The LoHud Yankees blog makes an awesome Counting Crows reference.

The Common Man ran down all sorts of opinions on the replay debate.  Talk about doin’ your homework.

From three days ago, Murray Chass whined so much that I discontinued reading about three paragraphs into his latest screed.  Read if you dare.

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Dog Bites Man (Again)

Nick Johnson will miss significant time due to a [fill in the blank].

The NYT can do that for you:

A torn tendon sheath in that same wrist required surgery in 2008 and limited him to 38 games for Washington, but it was unclear whether Johnson had injured the same tendon. Even before receiving the results of the M.R.I. test, the Yankees anticipated losing him for a while, and they recalled the utility player Kevin Russo from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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When asked how many weeks Johnson was expected to miss, Manager Joe Girardi said, “Several is more than two and less than many.”

Also in today’s Times, we learn that David Ortiz is grumpy.  And so are Sox fans.

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American League Survivor: An Occasional Series

A few days ago, I indicated that I’m in the market for an American League team.  Starting today, I’ll eliminate teams from the American League one-by-one until I find my new team. 

Team Eliminated: New York Yankees

Seriously, was this any shock at all?  There are few things I find as beautiful in the sports world as the pureness of irrational hatred for a particular sports team.  In all honesty, what have the Yankees ever done to me?  Sure, many Yankees fans can be ignorant louts and the owner of the Yankees is a convicted felon.*  However, the Yankees have set the standard for greatness in all professional sports.  They’ve won 27 world championships and may just make it 28 this year.  And yet, I could never bring myself to root for the Yankees.  As the “Yankee-Haters Handbook” I had as a child remarked, “Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Standard Oil.  Or a yacht.”

*He’s a convicted felon for donating to Richard Nixon’s campaign for crying out loud!

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that there was a short time in my life that I rooted for the Yankees.  A certain Yankee-fan in my family baby-sat me when I was young child when my parents went out some place.  When they returned, he had turned me into a Yankee fan.  I was six years old.  How do I know I was six years old, you might ask.  How can I place something so surely in time?  That’s easy.  Returning from a family vacation, I listened to Andy Hawkins’ no-hitter on the radio.  I can recall rooting for Hawkins to complete the no-hitter and my dad rooting for the Sox.  Incidentally, my dad is a huge White Sox fan.  He idolized Nellie Fox and wouldn’t step foot in Cooperstown until he was inducted (If Rizzuto was in, then Fox should be in, dammit!).  I can recall coming down the stairs from my room each day that summer and asking my father who won the Mets and Yankees games.  I’d subsequently break his heart by responding “good” to Yankee wins and Mets losses and “darn” to Yankee losses and Mets wins.  At some point, thankfully, I woke up and the universe returned to its natural order.

Now, one might question me: You’re a New Yorker, shouldn’t you root for both teams?  This is just plain nonsense.  You’re American do you root for both the Democrats and the Republicans each election?  Did you pull for two different wrestlers?  Go Sting!  And Andre the Giant!  Of course not.

I should also note that it left a bad taste in my mouth when Yankee fans accused me of being un-American when I rooted for the Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series. 

Then again, much of this is about Yankee fans isn’t it?  Why should I hate the message because of the messengers?

Perhaps jealousy factors in too.  It’s easy being a Yankee.  It’s easy being a Yankee fan.  It’s easy being a Yankee.  They have the coolest new toys all the time.  Then again, there are some disadvantages to being a Yankees fan: you need to listen to Susan Waldman and John Sterling on a consistent basis — that’d be enough to make anyone go batty. 

The bottom line, however, is this.  I’ll never root for the Yankees.  Never. Never. Never.  There are two particularly wonderful sensory/rooting experiences one can have as a fan: rooting for your team irrationally and despising another with the same wanton and carefree feeling.

Good-bye, Yankees.

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BAIP!

From THT, BAIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) leaders and trailers.

The day job is kicking DC Matt’s rear, so I’ll swallow my pride and link to a Yankees article.  Seems like Joe Girardi is misusing David Robertson. 

Looking for your Stephen Strasburg fix?  The WaPo “Baseball Insider” has the video and report.  This kid, by the way, says all the correct things all the time.

Richard Sandomir writes a business of sports column for the Times’ print edition.  Today, however, he’s on the “Bats” blog making note of the number of appearances the Mets have made (and will continue to make) on ESPN.

So, if Dave Duncan fought Mike Ditka, who would win?  Jamie Garcia keeps rolling up ground balls and DD is gettin’ more love.

TUCK! skewers Big Papi.  Hoffman next?

There are already “seller” whispers circulating about Atlanta.  Somehow, this wasn’t the farewell that Bobby Cox had planned.

Meanwhile, Barry Zito is tossing up 0’s again this year.  The answer, blogs Rob Neyer via Ann Killon, may be mental.  Oh, and he’s throwing harder this year: that might help too.

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Baseball Musings

  • Adam Dunn could become only second player ever to have higher number of strikeouts than BA (currently 157 K and .163). First was M Reynolds. 5 years ago
  • At least the New York Times remembers the Expos... http://fb.me/BhzEslEO 7 years ago
  • MLB Network on Sabathia: "CC is one of the few pitchers in the league who is his own batting eye." 7 years ago
  • Sabathia vs. Halladay tonight: noted hitting hurler Sabathia is hitting .500 against Cy Young winners (okay, he's 1 for 2 against Johan) 7 years ago
  • RT @jaysonst: Now that Stephen Strasburg has pulled into town, the most important era in Nationals history has officially begun. http:// ... 7 years ago

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