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MLB Clubhouse Ban on Alcohol Should be the Standard

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Why is the Red Sox decision to ban alcohol from the clubhouse a news story? It’s a rhetorical question since its Bobby Valentine’s first step in cleaning up the lax atmosphere that helped doom the Sox last September. I think Valentine’s response, however, tells you that this is a practice that is largely accepted around […]

A Sensible Yankees Offseason Plan

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We have been debating how many years the Yankees should go with CC Sabathia if he elects to opt-out of his current 7 year/$161 million dollar deal. I mentioned on Friday how the Yankees should see all the red flags displayed by C.J. Wilson this postseason and stay away. In reading Joel Sherman the last couple of days it may be […]

Is Boston the Worst Place to Play?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

I have long admired the city of Boston. It’s a beautiful city that I have visited a few times. I always wish we could see the unity of the sports fans here that occurs in Beantown. There aren’t Mets or Yankees fans, or Jets or Giants fans; there are Sox fans, Patriots fans, Celtics fans, […]

CC Joining the Red Sox, Evaluating Niese, Joe Torre Loves OTB, Underrated Byrdak

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The Yankees and Red Sox went to battle over Mark Teixeira in the winter of 2008. Could they be headed for another one-on-one rematch for CC Sabathia this offseason? Many believe Sabathia returning to the Bronx is a fait accompli. He loves the city, has a beautiful home that was featured in Architectural Digest, and has the Yankees limitless funds to […]

David Ortiz is the All Time Yankee Killer

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

When you have 100 plus years of history it’s hard to list every opposing player that tormented your organization. When it comes to the Yankees, a few from the last 15 years come to mind immediately: Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Mike Piazza, Cliff Lee, and Roy Halladay. I don’t think anyone would […]

MLB Doesn’t Need Flamboyant Trash Talk

Friday, June 10th, 2011

In a word, no. There is nothing wrong with joy and passion, but the clownish arrogance we see in the NFL and NBA serves no purpose in America’s Pastime. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports disagrees, as he believes the recent antics of Bryce Harper - where he stared down a pitcher and blew a kiss […]

A Rare Must Win Game in June

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Who really cares if David Ortiz flipped a bat the other night when homering off Hector Noesi? The real debate should be why do the Yankees not pitch inside to the guy? Why isn’t he forced to move his feet? Al Leiter was talking about this on YES after Ortiz started the Red Sox off […]

When Did Home Plate Celebrations Go Awry?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I was thinking about the injury to Kendry Morales a couple of days after he broke his leg in a home plate celebration and the question that kept coming up was when did the home plate pile on start? I was watching the 1988 Mets Yearbook on SNY this weekend and noticed pretty tame celebrations […]

Did the Yanks Wake Up the Red Sox?

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ever since they were down 5-0 to CC Sabathia, the Sox of won 7 of 8 and have picked up 3 games in the standings. I have been criticized for throwing dirt on Boston, but I still believe they are a distant third behind the Rays and Yankees. Of course, if the Yanks continue to […]

If Big Papi is Released Should Yanks Call?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The Red Sox are on the precipice of falling far enough behind in the AL East that they may consider moving on from stars of their past. Already you have seen Tim Wakefield sent to the bullpen and David Ortiz platooned at DH. In today’s ESPN Insider column, Buster Olney suggests Ortiz could be released […]