Posted tagged ‘NY Yankees’

Kevin Youkilis Done for Season

August 5, 2010

Sorry Red Sox fans. It’s being reported that first baseman Kevin Youkilis will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow to repair a torn muscle in his right thumb.

So, how will this affect the Red Sox run for the playoffs? Can they win the AL East or a Wild Card slot without Youk?

From ESPN:

“They took another MRI right in the [thumb] area that left no doubt surgery was necessary,” general manager Theo Epstein told ESPNBoston.com. “Youk is a big part of our heart and soul. He’s one of our best players and one of the best players in the league. It’s a big impact but it creates an opportunity for other guys to step up and help offensively.

“If there is a silver lining, it is that it’s pretty routine surgery. He’ll be 100 percent and have a normal offseason.”

When asked if the procedure would end any chance of Youkilis playing in the postseason as well, Francona said the team would “have to drag this out to around Thanksgiving” for his star first baseman to be available.

George Steinbrenner Dies at Age 80

July 13, 2010

UPDATE: Here is the official statement from the New York Yankees organization.

As a Red Sox fan, you’d probably expect me to not care about the death of George Steinbrenner. I’ve spoken to a few people this morning who feel that way and I don’t understand why. No matter what team you support, you have to admit, he knew how to build a winner.

Until the past year or two, George Steinbrenner was the visible leader of the Yankees organization. He brought in the talent needed to win a number of World Championships. He was loved by some, and hated by many.

But he always did what he thought needed to be done to win, and the baseball world has lost one of its most regognizable faces and the game will not be the same without him! I wonder what George Costanza is thinking today :)

RIP George Steinbrenner.

From the New York Times:

George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign, placed his formidable stamp on 7 World Series championship teams, 11 pennant winners and a sporting world powerhouse valued at perhaps $1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning, the team announced. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla.

“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Mr. Steinbrenner’s death came nine months after the Yankees won their first World Series title since 2000, clinching their six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at his new Yankee Stadium, and two days after the team’s longtime public-address announcer Bob Sheppard died at age 99.

From the Wall Street Journal:

George Steinbrenner, the 80-year-old owner of the New York Yankees, died in a Tampa hospital after suffering a heart attack early Tuesday morning.

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80,” the family said in a statement released to ESPN.

Steinbrenner’s health has been declining in recent years, and he had reportedly given up daily control of the team to his children.

From USA Today:

Here are some of our favorite quotes from George:

On whether he liked owning race horses more than controlling the Yankees: “I like horses better, because they can’t talk to sportswriters.”

On his personality: “I’m like Archie Bunker. I get mad as hell when my team blows one.”

Reacting in 1978 to commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s criticism that he paid too much for players: “I don’t agree with free agency, but it wasn’t my leadership that created it.”

On baseball players: “(They) should be the happiest guys in the world. They’re getting paid magabucks for playing a kids’ game.”

His plan when as president of the American Shipbuilding Company, he bought the Yankees in 1973: “We plan absentee ownership. I’ll stick to building ships.”

His self-parody, on Saturday Night Live, in 1990: “Where is it written that if you don’t get results right away you fire somebody? . . . Only a jackass would do that.”

Cliff Lee Heads to Texas

July 9, 2010

Great news for those of you (like me) who did not want to see Cliff Lee in Yankee Pinstripes!

From SI.com:

The Rangers have completed a deal with the Mariners for ace Cliff Lee only hours after a potential Yankees-Mariners trade fell through, sources said.

Texas is sending Justin Smoak in a package to Seattle. The switch-hitting first baseman entered this season as one of the most coveted prospects in baseball. In 70 games with the Rangers this year, Smoak is hitting .209 with eight home runs, 34 RBIs and 29 runs.

Mariners reliever Mark Lowe will join Lee as part of the trade to Texas. Seattle will pay the remaining $4 million on Lee’s contract, which expires after this season.

New York Yankees to Acquire Cliff Lee?

July 9, 2010

Sad…but true! It’s a definite possibility at this time as the teams are in discussions to send the All-Star/Cy Young Award winner to New York. Could Lee be in a Yankees jersey before he leaves Seattle?

As a baseball fan, this news absolutely kills me. To allow the Yankees to “buy” another one of the best players in baseball is just plain wrong.

With no salary cap in place, and the freedom to obtain anyone they want, signings like we have seen over the past few years are ruining the game of baseball. It’s not even fun to watch teams like the Yankees and Red Sox (and I’m a Red Sox fan) play anymore when they’re playing against teams who obviously can’t compete.

I went to the Yankees series against the A’s this week, and although the A’s can only muster up a team of AAA players, there was no competition. The games weren’t even close. It’s the same in cities across the country. Pretty soon, other fans are going to give up and Major League Baseball will be left with only one team who can consistently draw fans (but at least teams will bring in crowds when they come to their towns).

Thoughts?

From the New York Times:

The Yankees and the Mariners have made progress toward a Lee trade, according to an official involved in the talks, who added that the final decision is now up to the Mariners. The official was granted anonymity because the deal has not been completed. Joel Sherman of the New York Post broke the story, reporting that the Yankees’ trade package would include catcher Jesus Montero and infielder David Adams.

Lee is scheduled to pitch against the Yankees at Safeco Field on Friday night, so a deal could be finalized quickly. Lee would give the Yankees four All-Stars in their starting rotation, joining C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. It would also free the Yankees to trade another starter – presumably Javier Vazquez – for offense or bullpen help before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline.

Yankees Move One Game Away From World Series Title

November 2, 2009

It looks like Alex Rodriguez is finally going to get his elusive World Series ring as the New York Yankees moved one win away from the championship with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies last night.

The Phillies looked to have all the momentum in their favor going into the 9th inning when Johnny Damon got on base, and pulled off a perfect double steal of 2nd and 3rd base when no one was covering the 3rd base bag. The rest is history as the Yankees piled on 3 runs to take the lead and Mariano Rivera came on to close it out, giving the Yankees a commanding 3-1 series lead.

From the New York Daily News:

Tell the truth, what are you going to remember most from this 7-4 victory over the Phillies that pushes the Yankees to the doorstep of a championship?

You can make a case for A-Rod’s clutch hit, but how many times do you see a guy steal second and third on one play?

Yes, Damon’s daring steal of second and third, after a memorable nine-pitch at-bat against Brad Lidge in the ninth inning, was as unique as it was brilliant. The bottom line was the Phillies went to sleep on the play, forgetting that third base was wide open because of the shift they had on Mark Teixeira, but it was Damon who saw the potential for how it could change the game dramatically.

Mainly he was thinking of how much pressure it would put on Lidge.

“I felt like being on third base, it possibly takes away his slider – that tough slider in the dirt,” Damon said. “Alex got two fastballs so it did work out for us.”

Ted Williams Head Used For Batting Practice?

October 2, 2009

According to a new book, workers at an Arizona cryonics facility mutilated the frozen head of baseball legend Ted Williams, going so far as using it for batting practice.

Wow! I can hear Red Sox Nation getting really pissed off right now! If true, they, and the family should be too!

From the NY Daily News:

In “Frozen,” Larry Johnson, a former exec at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., graphically describes how The Splendid Splinter” was beheaded, his head frozen and repeatedly abused.

The book, out Tuesday from Vanguard Press, tells how Williams’ corpse became “Alcorian A-1949″ at the facility, where bodies are kept suspended in liquid nitrogen in case future generations learn how to revive them.

Johnson writes that in July 2002, shortly after the Red Sox slugger died at age 83, technicians with no medical certification gleefully photographed and used crude equipment to decapitate the majors’ last .400 hitter.

Williams’ severed head was then frozen, and even used for batting practice by a technician trying to dislodge it from a tuna fish can.

The chief operating officer of Alcor for eight months before becoming a whistleblower in 2003, Johnson wrote his book while in hiding, fearful for his life.

Oakland A’s Release Jason Giambi

August 7, 2009

Jason Giambi, who made his return to Oakland but has struggled throughout the first half of the season, was unconditionally released today.

Anybody need him? Yankees?

From MLB.com:

When A’s general manager Billy Beane reintroduced Jason Giambi to the Bay Area media last offseason, seven years after the charismatic first baseman left Oakland for the big money and bright lights of Manhattan, Beane cracked that he was “getting the band back together.”

On Friday, the reunion ended on an exceedingly sour note.

Brought back as a free agent to the team that selected him in the 1992 First-Year Player Draft and developed him into one of the game’s premier run producers, Giambi, 38, hit 11 home runs with 40 RBIs in 83 games before when he was placed on the DL with a strained right quad on July 20.

At the time, his .193 batting average ranked last among all qualifying Major League hitters, and he had the fourth-lowest slugging percentage (.364) in the American League.


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