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Looking Ahead to 2006: New York Yankees New Years Resolutions
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Happy New Year, baseball fans and fanatics! Shake off that hangover and kick the Red Sox chick you picked up last night out of your bed, it’s time to look to the year ahead and what it will bring for the Yankees and its loyal fans.

With the start of a new year comes the exciting opportunity to make resolutions. Paying off debts, getting in shape and kicking that nasty meth-smoking habit are all good choices, but I thought the Yankees might need a touch of help thinking of some team resolutions. At the risk of opening a can of worms and/or lawsuits, here are my resolution suggestions for the 2006 Yankees.

Trade Carl Pavano for pitching prospects...or Fritos. Whatever you can get.

Start the season with Wright in the bullpen; make him prove he’s back in shape before letting him start a single game

Send Bubba back to Columbus.

Give Andy Phillips time at first base.

Be careful with Bernie, but don’t let him rot on the bench too much. He still has talent to offer as a DH.

Stop caring about A-Rod’s poker playing. No one else cares. He’s not hurting anyone.

Use David Justice in that broadcast booth. He’s good.

Keep an eye on Damon. Make sure he isn’t mowed down by Bostonians. I don’t know if I like him just yet, but I still want him on the team.

Get aggressive with Clemens. If he’s not going back to Houston, he should be in the Bronx. He’s still incredible and could be our number one starter.

Don’t forget about Toronto. They haven’t been in contention for years, but they’ve made some good moves this off season and will be tougher to beat this year.

Forget about Boston. They simply won’t be the threat to us that they have been in the past. Don’t be intimidated as we have been in the last few years.

Don’t forget about the playoffs. It seems that the Yanks waste too much brain space on winning the World Series and forget that they’ll have to win the playoffs first. Don’t celebrate too hard after winning the division - - get into hardcore work mode and kick ass in the playoffs.

Good luck in 2006!
posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, January 01, 2006  
  • At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…

    If Boston trades Manny before Spring Training, they've pretty much put up the white flag for this season. That's good news for Yankee fans in 2006, but it gives the team with the second biggest payroll plenty of room to spend when the strong 2007 free agent crop comes up.

    Say what you will about the Sox having a less powerful lineup this coming season, but I admire the fact that they're willing to rebuild, and their fans understand this.

  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger Theresa (TrulyMadlyDeeply) said…

    I have a feeling, 2006 will be a good year. Though I can't help but be a bit...nervous that it will start off shaky. I have faith in the Yankees to get it together, but the memory of the horrible month of May they had in 2005 made me a bit paranoid to these "losing" spells that they can find themselves in. Hopefully, pitching will come together and the offense is on the dime, as it usually is!

  • At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    - I wouldn't trade Pavano, I'd stick with him and see what he can offer him. If we are able to trade him for prospects we'd get stuck with a large chunk of his contract. I like a rotation of Johnson, Moose, Chacon, Wang & Pavano.

    - Bubba is out of options, there's no sending him to Columbus. If he doesn't make the team out of ST he'll have to be DFA.

    - Aaron Small isn't that young, he's 34yrs old. I'm not against starting him in the 'pen, but more so because I think long relief is the spot he could best fill on this team. He showed last year he can handle the pressure.

    - I personally HATE Justice in the booth, he talks more than Michael Kay which has to be really hard to do. He rambles on and on and onnnnn. I'd rather someone like Girardi (obviously not Girardi since he isn't available) who will break down the game. Or even O'Neill just because I love to listen to him bust Kay's balls.

    - The biggest mistake we could do is forget about any team. We need to be agressive and take every team seriously. We saw this year what a big difference a W or 2 can make. We need to beat the crap out of teams like D'Rays and the Royals.

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Theresa (TrulyMadlyDeeply) said…

    "I personally HATE Justice in the booth, he talks more than Michael Kay which has to be really hard to do. He rambles on and on and onnnnn. I'd rather someone like Girardi (obviously not Girardi since he isn't available) who will break down the game. Or even O'Neill just because I love to listen to him bust Kay's balls."

    I couldn't agree more. Paul is my favorite commentator..the rest are so dry and they act like TOOLS..sometimes I have to put a game on MUTE...because they are so bad.

  • At 6:18 PM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    That first paragraph made me giggle enough that I had to quote you over in my MySpace blog. :P

    Thanks for the laugh.

  • At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Captain Scurvy said…

    I'll mute the telecast and turn on the radio to hear what Sterling and Waldman have to say. Or I'll just call my Dad.

    I agree with anonymous regarding Pavano and Crosby. Further, I feel that while Carl showed us nothing special last year he was clearly injured. Let's see if he can be healthy-- and effective-- for a change. If he gives us a good season we can probably move him before his contract expires and get more for him by way of prospects or even MLB-ready pitching talent.

    Yankees Chick, I know you can't stand Crosby, but consider his value as a fourth outfielder. His defense is superb and he gives us a stolen base threat off the bench. If that illicits a "feh" from you, consider: Dave Roberts, 2004 ALCS.

    Phillips will get his chance. Giambi is not an every-day player and will probably see time at DH in the event that Bernie struggles.

    You're not sure if Small can handle pressure? How many must-win games did he go out and win for us last year? I'm not worried about his ability to withstand the heat. However, I agree that his best value is as the long man out of the 'pen.

    Teams have to worry whenever players openly gamble. It's not A-Rod the Yankees are worried about, it's the guys that he's rubbing shoulders with at the casinos and private clubs. All it takes is some arrogant braggadicio gambler to be seen with him and then make the wrong statements to the press, and suddenly our MVP is distracted by an investigation or, worse, serving a suspension in the midst of a tight pennant race.

    Happy New Year all y'all! Let's Yankees in 2006!

  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger John said…

    Small is old and not-talented. He will regress to his career mean in 2006, which will be a mediocre 4.50-5.00 era.

    Crosby will make the team and be mediocre as he usually is. Phillips won't get a shot, no matter how much he deserves it while Torre is in charge. Torre has only allowed two rookies to play since he's been in charge - Soriano and Cano - and both were forced on him by injury.

    Pavano is a league average pitcher and would be helpful as the #3 or #4 guy in 2006 if they keep him.

    Wright has only had one adequate season in his entire career. Trade him to Baltimore and maybe Mazzone can re-claim him a second time.

    But I do think Justice is a good commentator. He certainly doesn't stumble over every statement like Waldman does.

  • At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wright has only had one adequate season in his entire career. Trade him to Baltimore and maybe Mazzone can re-claim him a second time.

    Granted the Orioles don't appear to be much of a threat... but why help a team in your own division?

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