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Are Yankees Fans Tired of the Nineties?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

It’s always hard to take the temperature of an entire fan base. The internet is a great tool to accomplish this; however it’s hardly scientific. Talk radio? The cream of the crop usually doesn’t wait on hold during working hours. These tools are all I have to go by on a daily basis, so for […]

Colon’s Performance Has Positive Ripple Effect

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Three starts and 33 innings into the baseball season I may have my first “eating crow” moment of 2011. When Brian Cashman signed Bartolo Colon this winter I thought Omar Minaya had somehow stolen Cashman and made the move. Colon had missed all of 2010, and hadn’t started more than 20 games since winning the Cy […]

Enough of the Winter of Discontent

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I realize, in what has been a legitimate Winter of Discontent for both Yankees and Mets fans, my writing has been, for the most part, absent from NYBD presentations. The reason is my recent pursuit, that of Director of Media Relations for the Trenton Steel, a new Indoor Football team which will begin play in […]

Can Niese Step Up Like Pettitte Did?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Perhaps it’s an obvious, and lazy, comparison, but Jonathon Niese often reminds some of the recently retired Andy Pettitte. This is largely due to the fact he is left handed and throws a cut fastball. Pettitte was a solid 12-9 with a 4.17 ERA in his 1995 rookie campaign with the Yankees. Niese was 9-10 […]

NY Post’s Kevin Kernan Tonight at 8pm

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I will be joined by Kevin Kernan the sports reporter for the New York Post. Kernan is down in Florida preparing for spring training. Hear him talk about the retirement of Andy Pettitte, memories of covering the Yankees lefty, his Hall of Fame candidacy, and what is left of the Yankees rotation. He will chat […]

Vote: Will Pettitte Pitch Again

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I think everyone would agree Andy Pettitte didn’t completely close the door on pitching again after this season. It made me think the rumblings we heard down in Tampa about a possible arm injury could be very valid. Why work out and then call it quits? I do remember MILB’s Jed Weisberger coming on the […]

Is Pettitte the Next Jack Morris?

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Just 48 hour after Andy Pettitte announced his retirement, the internet has been ablaze debating his Hall of Fame candidacy that is five years away. The dialogue is predictably taking a stats vs. eye test position. The pro Pettitte supporters point out his wins and postseason success. The detractors point to his ERA, advanced metrics, […]

Vote: Pettitte and the Hall of Fame

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Andy Pettitte and the Hall of Fame is not a new topic to this site. The first dialog about this happened in September of 2009, a night after Pettitte nearly threw a perfect game against the Baltimore Orioles. Adam the Bull and SI’s Jon Heyman were hosting a show on WFAN, and debating the topic. […]

Watch: 1996 World Series Montage

Friday, February 4th, 2011

A couple of ’96 Yankees are in the news today. Of course, Andy Pettitte announced his retirement today. Another member of that team, Jim Leyritz, is back in baseball as he will serve as the hitting and pitching coach for the Newark Bears. Newark has been part of the Atlantic League, they will shift over […]

Did Andy Pettitte Save the Yankees Dynasty?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

I believe the Yankees dynasty started on October 24th, 1996 when Andy Pettitte beat John Smoltz in Game 5 of the World Series. Smoltz has gone on record saying that he might have had the best stuff of his career that night. Neither pitcher gave up an earned run, but it was an error by […]

Pettitte Retirement Due to Injury?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Despite the feeling from the mainstream media that Andy Pettitte is retiring to spend more time with his family, there is buzz the real reason behind his decision is due to his health. I was informed by a Tampa source there are rumors that Pettitte’s arm “is shot,” and he realizes surgery will be necessary. […]

Cashman’s Plan Thwarted By Soriano Signing

Friday, January 21st, 2011

In reaching out to my Tampa source, we received some clarification on the Rafael Soriano/Brian Cashman/Steinbrenner circus that has been discussed since the press conference earlier this week. Yes, as has been reported in numerous outlets, the Soriano signing was the work of Hal Steinbrenner. In a move reminiscent of his father, he actually contacted […]

A Half Season of Pettitte a Good Thing?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Regardless of what happens with the Yankees starting rotation I anticipate there will be a need for starting pitching this season. Although Andy Pettitte is now out of the equation, I wonder if he will make a return mid season ala his buddy Roger Clemens. If so, that may be the best mid season acquisition […]

A Further Look at Andy Pettitte and the Hall of Fame

Friday, December 31st, 2010

After the 2008 season—a season where he pitched better than he had in years—Mike Mussina abruptly retired. Never mind that his ERA was the lowest it had been since 2001; likewise his WAR—the lowest since 2001. And never mind that Moose had won 20 games for the first time in career, putting him at 270 […]

If Pettitte Retires Yanks Should Push for Blanton

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

According to Pete Caldera, Andy Pettitte is spending the holidays in Hawaii, and a decision regarding his future may be near. Pettitte is the best “post Cliff Lee” option for the Yankees, as he still can provide top of the rotation quality at age 38. Although there have been reports the team is holding out […]