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'Tis The [baseball] Season To be Jolly!
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
After an excruciating 10,895.87 baseball-free days (approximately...), during which time the Yankees managed to trade 2 starting pitchers, fire some coaches, watch a 3rd baseman bare his soul to the media for no discernible reason and drop the ball on one Japanese pitcher but sign another, Spring Training is at last upon us. The Yankees officially kick off the pre-season against the Twins at 1:15 EST tomorrow, and although the Yankees Chick will sadly not be in attendance (by some strange and unexpected twist of events, Yankees officials failed to fly me out [first class, of course] and give me an all-access press pass for the games; I'm sure my invitation got lost in the mail) I most certainly will be dialed in via MLB TV to enjoy every pitch and double-play ball the Yanks and Twins have to offer.

Now that the season is literally mere hours away, methinks it would be wise for us to take a walk down memory lane and review the excitement that took place out in the Bronx this winter. Let's take a peak at the goings-on over the course of the Yank's off-season to catch us all up - - just in time for tomorrow's game!

  • ummm....wright?November 12: Yanks ditch Jaret Wright in favor of Orioles' reliever Chris Britton, despite the fact that Jaret really stepped it up in '06. Britton is much younger, though - he's only 24, while Mr.Wright (who the Yanks found to be Mr. Wrong [god I'm hilarious]) is the ripe old age of 31.
  • November 28: The Moose gets a new 2-year deal worth $23 mil. Love his pitchinig (3.63 ERA, 1.177 WHIP in 16 seasons; 3.58 ERA in 22 post-season appearances), appreciate his fielding prowess (.979 lifetime fielding percentage), and admire his smarts (he's a Stanford grad, don't forget). Glad he'll be back.
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  • December 11: Promoted Don Mattingly to bench coach; named Kevin Long hitting coach. Mattingly's promotion has made many people anticipate a move to manager-status once Torre's time as Yankees' ruler ends (this is the last year of Joe's contract, but he could very well return...).
    • December 22: Andy Pettitte agrees to return to the Bronx for a 2nd tenure with the Yankees, making your Yankees Chick very happy - not just because I love A.P., but because this makes the likelihood of a Rocket return a very feasible dream. I'm crossing my fingers, toes, and hair on that one.
    • just a 90-mile swim from Key West!December 23: Infielder Juan Miranda joins the team and the 25-man roster as a benchman. I know nothing about him other than the fact that he's a youngster (23-years-old), which I like, and was a Cuban prospect, which I like because I love communists (and socialists. and totalitarians.)
    • December 27: The Yanks sign 26-year-old Kei Igawa from Japan in hopes of using him as a 4th or 5th starter. He's no Matsuzaka, but he was a much better deal and Cashman is on a lets-save-money-for-someone-really-worth-it kick, which is the best thing I've heard in all my years of Yankees fandom.
    • January 5th: Doug Mientkiewicz signs a 1-year contract to provide the Yanks with some much-needed defense at first base. Much needed.
    • why are you so angry, randy?January 9th: Randy Johnson heads back to Arizona and the Yankees acquire RHP Luis Vizcaino, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Steven Jackson and SS Alberto Gonzalez in return. I respect and admire his past accomplishments, but good riddance to the Unit and his back problems.
    • January 10: Bernie declines the Yankees minor league offer and invite to Spring Training. Everyone from Jeter to Torre to the Yankees Chick is very sad (as is Bernie), but there is just no room for him on the roster...unless Andy Phillips is injured in a mysterious accident within the next few weeks.
    • January 26: Miguel Cairo resigns to his post as utility-man extraodinaire, ready to play wherever he's needed, apparently including the outfield this season.
    • February 26: Bobby Abreu strains his oblique muscle and will miss 2-3 weeks of Spring Training, but according to all reports he will be ready in time for opening day. He better be, or I will personally fly out there and whip him into shape myself.
    • Ongoing Forever: I am not one bit confident in Pavano, and I won't be until he remains injury-free for 90 days. In other words, I will never be confident in him.
    My lovely readers, I really am waiting with bated breath for tomorrow's game. Wang will be starting and all of the usual suspects will be making an appearance for at least an inning or two, and a good start in Spring Training (and I'm assuming/hoping that it will indeed be a strong start) shall bode quite well for the '07 season. World Series, anyone?

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    posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, February 28, 2007  
    11 Comments:
    • At 9:39 AM, Blogger Mantlemurcer said…

      10,895.87 days? Is that all? It felt longer.

       
    • At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Sir Jorge said…

      All I want is for Ichiro Suzuki NOT to leave Seattle next year and go to the Yankees. I know they have him on their radar...especially since The yankees were scouting Safeco Field last year for new building tips.

      Grrr....

       
    • At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Rich said…

      Sorry - pinstriped princess - Moose is a Stanford alum, not Haavad.

       
    • At 1:25 PM, Blogger YankeesChick said…

      thanks rich....all those fancy shmancy schools are the same to me [schools that done want me]

       
    • At 11:48 AM, Blogger public enemy mike said…

      Great site you have here. I am sooooo happy that the Yankees are back. I even bought XM to make sure I get every game.

      Let's Go Yankees

      p.e.m.

       
    • At 7:35 PM, Anonymous JB said…

      Forbes: Best GM's in Sports



      http://www.forbes.com/2007/03/02/sports-greatest-gms-biz-cz_jg_0302gms_2.html

      This rankings are Joke and Kevin McHale ranks #1? . Are you kidding me? Theo Epstein rank are higher than Brian Cashman at #61. After Evil Empire Jr aka Redsox, spends loads amount of cash on freeagents this offseason. I think Cashman should rank higher than Theo. He did wonderful job as Gm calling young players from minors for the past two years like Wang and Cano and Melky . Also, Cashman replenish and rebuild the farmsystem by trading Old Veterans for young pitching.

       
    • At 8:06 PM, Anonymous biz said…

      Schilling opens his mouth again


      http://www.startribune.com/509/story/1032333.html

      [quote]
      And speaking of his team's starting rotation, Boston's Curt Schilling said: "I expect to be the ace of the staff. I expect these guys to have phenomenal years, and I'll barely outpitch 'em, and we'll win the World Series."[/quote]

      Redsox will Win the world series with awful bullpen? Maybe next decade. Sarcasm... lol. I think the Yankees players put these words by Schilling on their lockers and use it as motivation. Please Curt, Shut f*ck up. I hope the Yankees don't go after him this offseason

       
    • At 9:08 AM, Blogger randy said…

      what does forbes know about baseball anyway? that said, billy beane,kenny williams, and terry ryan are all better gms than cashman or theo. it's all the money that the great yankee fans pour into the coffers that makes cash look good. it's not who's better with cashman and epstein. it's who's worse. they both have so many resources it would be hard come up with a bad team although theo did his best to bury the red sox in 2006 when he did things like trading away the national league rookie of the year in hanley ramirez, bronson arroyo,josh bard, clay meredith, and passing on abreau. red sox management says they had to to get beckett. the problem with that is theo also threw in anibel sanchez who had a better year than beckett. cashman hasn't done anything that stupid so i guess he gets the nod over theo. i'd still rather have a smart gm who played the game.
      in cash's defense he's done some good thing with cano, melky, and stockpiling young pitchers.

       
    • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Brian said…

      "World Series anyone?"

      Damn right baby, 27 in '07!


      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

       
    • At 7:17 PM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said…

      Kevin McHale probably had the #1 sense of humor

      Torre makes $7.5 million per year Cashman makes?? $2 million or so my guess. Who's more valuable?

      Curt Schilling has a new blog!!
      http://38pitches.com/

       
    • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Carissa said…

      world series win #27 yes defiantly. Jeter will not stand by and let another year go by without the world series going through his stadium.
      And on another note it is go to see I’m not the only chick that loves the Yankees.
      please check out my blog at http://yankeebaseball-bycarissa.blogspot.com/ and will cheer for our Yankees together.

       
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