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Good Joba, Old Timers, John Henry Trash Talk, Hurts to Laugh



By Mike Silva ~ July 20th, 2009. Filed under: Morning Digest.

- Didn’t seem if the fans were as into Old Timer’s Day as normal. Could it be because it was on a Sunday? I know some of the pomp and circumstance is nauseating, but the Yankees do a great job. Especially how they honored the deceased members of theirs, and the baseball, community.

- Just like with Oliver Perez, I will call Joba’s day “baby steps”. He was very good, topping out at 97 MPH, but I need to see about a month of decent pitching before I go back off saying he should go to Scranton.

- David Cone looks like he might be able to throw a few innings in relief still! Some say that he threw a laredo on the Saturday first pitch. I still would have liked to see him really drop down.

- This blog piece at CNBC is patently ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with bringing back obscure guys like Pat Kelly and Mike Easler, for Old Timers Day. Easler, who has been on the show, was actually a pretty good player. Not a Hall of Fame player, but pretty solid. Of course, the “kid” who writes the CNBC blog probably started watching baseball in 1994 so forgive him. On top of it, he is a Mets fan, and makes a ridiculous comment about the Mets. Yes I would like to see Rico Brogna at Old Timers Day. He was one of my favorite Mets from the mid nineties and it would be nice to see what he is up to.

- Add Fernando Nieve to the disabled list. This has become so bad you have to laugh, but it might hurt if you do.

- Can we now do what I asked for a week ago and bring up Jonathan Niese?

- Only the Mets would leak that they are releasing a player (Tim Redding), alienate him in the clubhouse, than ask him to keep them in a game on Sunday. Dysfunctional has finally met its perfect mate.

- What in the world does Nick Swisher think in the outfield? I love the guy, think he is a nice backup for this team, adds some character to the clubhouse, but his antics in the outfield are bizarre. You see this type of outfield play on softball teams, or the 2009 Mets, not the Yankees.

- Could the Mets help the Yankees at the deadline? You remember they traded Armando Benitez back in 2003. That didn’t work out, as the Yanks sent him to Seattle for Jeff Nelson, but would they be interested in maybe Sean Green or Brian Stokes? Pedro Feliciano has too much value next year to give him away, although he would be perfect for the Yankees. Considering that Cashman wants to “stay inside” any dealings with the two teams seems unlikely.

- I know that Tampa has a surplus of pitching, but what were they thinking giving away Edwin Jackson? They couldn’t do better than Matt Joyce? Geez, couldn’t the Mets or Yanks steal this guy from them?

- Looks like John Henry is up to his old tricks again. The Boston owner loves taking shots at the Yanks over twitter. He had this to say: News from Yankees’ Universe. Big upsurge in membership. Apparently coming mostly from Pluto. Not doing nearly as well on Mars. I suggested last week on twitter that Yankees fans should unite together to trash talk Henry on twitter (nothing nasty, just clean). If there is one person on Mars it’s Henry, not Yankees nation.

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5 Responses to Good Joba, Old Timers, John Henry Trash Talk, Hurts to Laugh

  1. Leonora

    Regarding the CNBC piece, is Pat Kelly really the best obscure when you want to point out someone ‘obscure’? I remember him clearly and I assume everyone else who watched the Yankees pre-1996 does too.

    OTD is good times for everyone involved once you get past the typical Yankees huff and puff.

  2. Mike Silva

    In comparison to the usual “stars” Kelly is obscure. I meant it in the context of Yankees history, not that fans would not recognize him.

  3. James K.

    The “kid” at CNBC is in his late 20′s. How old are you? 50?

  4. James K.

    Also:

    “I know that Tampa has a surplus of pitching, but what were they thinking giving away Edwin Jackson? They couldn’t do better than Matt Joyce? Geez, couldn’t the Mets or Yanks steal this guy from them?”

    Forgive me if I’m forgetting, but did you post last offseason recommending a trade for Jackson? If so, then props. If not, then this is just Monday Morning QB’ing.

  5. Mike Silva

    Demayo said the Mets had interest for maybe Heilman. Never got serious, but yes you have to wonder if they could have tried a bit harder to pry him away. The Yankees probably had not shot (same division), but we do know the Mets had some interest. I will have Joe follow up.

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