Tagged: El Capitan

The Sweet Smell Of Redemption And Barbecued Mitt

… specifically the mitt of Jose Molina, which received a lot of heat from what A.J. tossing today in his second start and second win of the season.

Though I didn’t know it’d be brought by A.J. Burnett, or that it’d even brought tonight, I told you it was coming.. payback.

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It was probably only fitting that after a complete disaster, we’d get a near
no-no, but boy was that satisfying. There’s not even much else I can
say about it except can we see that again? [preferably by Andy
tomorrow..]

Side Notes:

– Though it’s probably far from becoming official just yet, it’s sure looking like Molina will be [or at least should be] A.J.’s personal catcher this season.. Their chemistry during the game is obvious.

– If Red Bull ever becomes labeled as a PED in the baseball’s future, it’ll clearly be because of Swish. Another bomb hit by the man tonight and if he keeps it up.. well, Jeet may have to fight to keep his most beloved Yankee status.


And clearly not ready to let someone take that from him, DJ bashed a
homer of his own in the 9th to  finally put his recent slump to rest.
Though the homer forced Mo to sit back down in the pen, I’ll take it.
The 0-fers were not pretty.

– What was
pretty though was Bruney’s appearance in the 9th, which brought results of the white supremacist variety: K.. K.. K.. and ballgame.


I forgot to address it the other day, but when interviewed on Monday A-Rod
made a couple statements that suggested he is renewed and will be
keeping his head in the game this season, saying things like he’s going
to “cut some of the fat” and “refocus [his] career”. Currently, he’s
still working on getting people to believe that:

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If
A-Rod somehow manages to have a no nonsense season [without another
scandal], I will be the first to applaud him [if I don’t die of shock],
but right now, my brain can’t even imagine it.

– Oh, and apparently Nady might be injured [and the fun begins..], though it is unsure yet. He will have an MRI tomorrow on his right elbow to see if it’s serious, but the words “sharp pain” aren’t reassuring..

On Deck: Hopefully
another gem and the series win for us, with Andy on the mound for the
Yanks facing  another Andy [Sonnanstine] for the Rays at 4:08 p.m.
before the big home opener at Yankee Stadium tomorrow, which can’t come
fast enough..

P.S. – After
being reminded today by Pete Abraham that the Yanks got Nick Swisher in
the deal that shipped Wilson Betemit, I spent several minutes in awe
of the fact that that may very well be the greatest trade ever made.

In Retrospect

About two weeks later… here’s what I missed:

America: The Land of The… Losers?:

We were all optomistic at first, but in the end, the World Baseball Craptastic winded up ending
the same way it did 3 years ago… with team USA brushing off their
elimination and team Japan heading home with this bad boy:

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Surprised?… I’m not. Yeah, I admit I was one of the many who were hopeful and arrogant, thinking our boys had to take it this time around… but part of me knew the Baseball Gods would be playing the same cruel trick on us it had before, having the U.S. beat at its own game, just so they can get a good laugh.

To state the obvious:

Bad News: We lost again. We should be embarrassed.

Good News: The baseball we actually care about is starting up in a little over a week so… ehh, whatever.

[[Btw, I did enjoy watching the WBC though, despite the slight tinge of bitterness.]

Batting #2 In The Two-Hole… Leadoff:

Yeah,
Joe G. isn’t done shaking things up just yet. Apparently, he has
decided to switch DJ and JD’s slot in the batting order, trying Jeet as
the leadoff man for size this season. Though it will feel odd seeing El
Capitan’s name somewhere other than the two-hole [for more than a few
games], according to Peter Abraham, the move makes sense. Why? He says:

1.) Because of Jeter’s frustrating tendency to ground into DP’s.

2.) Because Jeter has supposedly become a singles hitter.

3.) Because the change gives him more opportunities to reach base, which is a plus, with Jeet having a higher career OBP than JD.

In my not so intelligent opinion, I say:

1.)
In 37 at-bats batting in the leadoff spot over the past 3 seasons, Jeet
hit .216. In 10 at-bats batting second over the past 3 seasons, Damon
didn’t get a hit. [Note: I’m fully aware you can’t tell much from 10 or
37 AB, but it’s the only statistical evidence available, since both
have played nearly all their games in their regular slots.]

2.)
Girardi is primarily enthused about this decision because of what he
has seen of Damon in the two-hole during Spring Training, while Jeet
was off playing in the WBC. As far as I’m concerned the only real
decisions that should be made during Spring Training are those
regarding rookies, a position left to fight for, or players coming back
from injury/surgery that you aren’t sure will be ready for Opening Day.
Why? Because otherwise, it’d be like scouting high school ballplayers
based on how they hit in a batting cage. Can’t judge on practice.

3.)
Though the importance of a batting order may or may not be bloated
these days, it is a change from the norm for these guys, so it could
spark a change.. for good or bad will be determined this year I guess.

Abraham’s Verdict: It makes sense.

Mine: It’s promising.. but a toss up.

Double C Gets Double The Pleasure, Double The Fun…:

… with the call to start both the season and stadium openers, so hand the man some doublemint gum.

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Though
it was obvious C-Sab would be starting the season, I thought perhaps
Girardi would manage to figure Pettitte into the April 16th stadium
opener somehow, considering the fact that it will be a historic start in a new monument to the Yankees franchise and CC has just recently donned the pinstripes, but I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Side Notes:

– Though Melk has turned it up now in S.T., it’s looking more and more like Brett The Jet will be winning the outfield
job over the Melk Man with the lineup swap of DJ & JD,
which would separate the lefties… Though I love Melky [the kid has
a lot of energy and brings a great vibe to the team] I think Brett
taking the job would be better a choice, as he brings another level to
his game with his dangerous speed on the bases to add to his abilities
in the OF, as his show of the bat. The only question is will he bring
it all season at the plate.


It was hard to keep up with the headlines while I attempt to not fail
any classes during my last semester of high school, but I caught the
front page story regarding some self-loving pics of A-Rod that were a
little… well… no comment. The only thing I will say is I thought
he’d be out of the spotlight after the surgery because he wouldn’t
likely be involved in another scandal… but how did I not anticipate
that?

– Seems I also neglected to consider that the leeches we call “the press” would still be pining
for stories with his name on it enough that they’d go looking for more on his
past… However, I gotta give it to the reporter who found out the latest reason why people are baffled he, of all people, was blessed with the greatest talent in the game. Though linking him to Spitzer was probably bound to happen, impressive.

**Can’t believe I forgot this, but the new Yankee Stadium is looking beyond gorgeous. Add that to the fact that it will have a Johnny Rockets [whose cheese fries and onion rings I wish I could have on a daily basis] and what do you get? Me panhandling on the subway in the near future after spending all my money on as many Yankee tickets as I can get. **

In Retrospect

The World Is Coming To An End:

Okay.. not really..
but mine is. I’ve been without cable for the past two-ish weeks
[because the cable company is full of retards and the people I
surprisingly get my genes from are… well, I won’t go there] and
oxygen is running low. This is the reason I have failed to
update for a week [along with the fact that I’m lazy].. but I’m going
to attempt to cover it [simply because Jeff oh so politely demanded me to entertain], though I’m sure I’m the one that needs to be filled in and he and Allen are the ones better at the entertaining.

The Week In Retrospect:

Manny Apparently Not Completely Unwanted:


which was a surprise to me. I actually put money on him not signing for
at least another week, because we all know he’s the kind of idiot that
would hold out that long, but props to him for realizing he had no
other option. Extra props to the Dodgers for being the only team that
even cared.

A-Rod:

Yeah,
that’s it. His sole name is, and will always be, a headline. The
multiple reasons why it’s bold today are a) because D.R. might not see
him play for them [yet again] and b) because A-Rod displayed his intelligent ability to never phrase his words correctly [yet again].

For
those who may not know, I am Puerto Rican. For those who have
miraculously managed not to know, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans have had
a friendly, sometimes not so friendly, Boskees type rivalry with one
another for what seems like forever… and considering that nearly my
whole school is Dominican, and most of the guys I argue baseball with
are Dominican, naturally, after hearing Alex would be playing for D.R.
this time around, I heard a lot of this: “We got Alex. D.R. is taking it
this year! [Blah blah blah] Haha.” [They emphasized that last part.] Now, I
honestly couldn’t care less which WBC team Alex chose to play for, so
long as he came back to the Yanks ready to kick a**, but now, with the
news that he has a semi serious hip injury, I’m saying: take no chances. If Joe G. follows my advice [which he better], I’ll hopefully be lying saying: Haha, he doesn’t really have an injury, Alex just ditched you again. =P

For
that second bit about A-Rod, let me lay down the official quote: I
wish (Reyes) was leading off on our team or playing on our team. That’s
fun to watch. I don’t know about everyone else, but to me, that didn’t
sound like a direct shot at DJ… however, what it did sound like to me was complete stupidity. I would normally call it ignorance or a slip of the tongue if it were anyone else, but by now,
it’d be unfair to say that Alex said that, like so many other things,
without thinking. It almost never ceases to baffle me the fact that he
is completely incapable of predicting how the media will spin things
beforehand. You’d think he would’ve learned.

El Capitan Becomes El Capitan For A Different Team:

…that has an unsettling feeling in your stomach doesn’t it? With DJ’s contract expiring semi-soon, at the end of 2011, many are daring to envision him possibly in another uniform. Though I take the same stance as Joe Auriemma, “Derek Jeter is and will always be a Yankee“, Yankee fans got a little taste of what the minute possibility of him playing against the team he was born to play for would feel like yesterday, when he sat in the opposing dugout
at “GMS Field” [Legend’s Field sounded 10 times better]. When he was playing for the U.S. in the last WBC, it
was okay.. and I thought it’d be fun to see him play the Yanks,
instead of on the Yanks, for once, but let me say this: I don’t care
how competitive you are, if you’re joining forces with Pedroia and
Youkilis against your own team, you make sure you lose [and not go 2-4
with 2 RBI’s], because  in no way is this a pretty sight:

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Yanks,
never let ^that^ happen again.

Start writing the contract now [and don’t
be stingy] so that the thought of Jeet declining doesn’t have a chance
to cross people’s minds.

Latest Leaders:

I
won’t even make a separate post about this one because I dropped to
#41… but considering I posted once  the entire week, I have to say,
not bad at all. Thanks to everyone for continuing to come back.

Side Notes: [Sorry I forgot these..]

– For what real artistic MLB photography looks like, check this pic out here. Better than those other ones no? [It’s JD for those that can’t tell.]

– For the reason why all males are probably jealous of Yankees, check this out here. Yeah, Joba can rock the dorky glasses.

P.S. I seriously don’t know what else is going on in baseball.
P.P.S. Turning the big 1-8 next Thursday. Soooomeone should get me a Yankee uniform without the name on the back.

Taking It All In

The Press Conference:

Naturally,
because this involved Alex Rodriguez, a lot has already been said about
this one.. and naturally, because this involved Alex Rodriguez, a hell
of a lot more negative things have been put out there than positive..
which shouldn’t surprise anyone. However, I think this time it was
possibly taken to a whole new level.

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A-Rod
has been the front and back page story more times than I can count, but
yesterday was probably the first time I felt as if many had their
articles written before A-Rod even said a word. Granted, it was pretty
much inconceivable to think that whatever A-Rod had to say or whatever
answers he gave was going to be powerful enough to take the stench
created by this latest ‘roid news away, but a lot of times power comes
not only from what is said.. and yesterday, for some reason, along with
some things I too found unpleasant, I also saw some things I
felt were commendable. For one, it was evident that Alex attempted to
prepare as best he could, as pretty much everyone knows he’s not a
great public speaker to say the least, realized that he did
this to himself and had to deal with it, was honestly sorry for it and
was probably more vulnerable than at least I’ve ever seen him. However, with that said, I know that the news of Alex’s use of steroids was a stab in the heart and
back to many, but I’ll let everyone else spend years criticizing him.
For the most part I pretty much take the stance that if it is not who you are now,
I don’t care.. and because A-Rod has not failed a drug test since ’03
[obviously not needing ‘roids to play at the level he has] and can’t
change the past even if he wanted to, I don’t see a reason to continue
picking this apart [his credibility/character may be a different story]. Judgement Day will still come for him 14 or so
years from now whether he likes it or not.

One more thing though…

Rodriguez said he knew that what he was taking wasn’t Tic Tacs…

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but ehhhh, I don’t know… they look pretty much the same to me.

El Capitan’s Response:

Though
Jeet had not said much about the situation since the story broke out,
when he spoke to reporters yesterday, I think all that came from his
mouth was pretty much expected. Unsurprisingly, he stated that he and
the team would be behind him, supporting him even though they do not
condone what he did, that Alex admitted to his mistake and now it’s
time to move on. However, probably the only thing really worth noting
is Jeet’s defense of the game, assuring all that not everyone
was taking at the time. I do wish many more people would realize this
and not state that ‘well, everyone was doing it so it really shouldn’t
be a surprise’ or something like that, because though many were, much
more weren’t and shouldn’t be put in the same boat.

The Death Of A Ballpark:

Yes, Shea’s demolition is done…

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Ding dong, the witch is dead!

Sorry, just had to say that.

Manny Still On The Market?:

This guy does know that spring training is literally days away right? Hmm… should we start a pool?

Mark Teixeira:

Does the boy look good in Yankee blue or what?

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Then again.. who doesn’t?

[Besides maybe Sal Fasano.. but we will not speak of that..]

Yankee Bats Seal The Sweep

jeter.jpg        With Hughes on the DL and Kennedy being sent down, all eyes, with hopes high, were on Rasner at the start of the game but the eyes quickly turned to the Yankee offense before the game’s end. The bats made their return official today with 8 runs on wait for it… 14 hits [seriously]. The top of the order kicked *** today, scoring 6 of the 8 runs. Damon, Jeet, Bobby and Matsui were a dominant relay team, each just handing on down the baton and keeping it moving. Johnny & Hideki had 2 hits, Bobby had 3 and El Capitan had 4… not bad. The C&C boys also made a reappearance today, as the Melk Man, Cabrera, and Cano had back to back homers [yes, I said Cano.] Nice to finally see the Bronx Bombers live up to their claim to fame again. I was honestly starting to forget what the ball looked like going over the wall… good times.
       With the burst of offense, Rasner’s start got somewhat lost in all the chaos. Even though the kid gave up 2 on a home run in the first, he didn’t do too shabby. All he needed to do really was go 6 innings and keep the score under 5 and he would’ve done better than Hughes & Kennedy have been doing. He did just that. After the mishap in the first inning, he settled down, had a bit of trouble but kept the Mariners scoreless for 5 innings after that. The bullpen had no problems either. Ohlendorf came in with a lead for a change and sat them down. Farnsy did the same. As did Mariano, who I don’t think should’ve been in the game, considering the 6 run lead, pitching two days ago and other guys in the pen who need work, but what-ev, no harm no foul.
       The Yanks get their second day off of the season mañana and face Cleveland. The starter for tomorrow is not up yet on yankees.com, but I’m assuming it’s Pettitte. He finally does not have to be the stopper with the last three wins, but it’d still be nice to see his stopper-esqe A-Game.

Other Notes:
– I am seriously willing to bet $100 that if you pick a random guy off the street, he’ll get more hits than Big G. They say even the worst hitter in the world will get a hit
once in a while… Giambi is the one exception. It’s okay though, he’ll do better when he sees the present I got him.
– The prices for the All-Star Game are seriously outrageous but as I said in the HDLR, I am willing to sell my liver… even my soul for those tickets, but I will take under consideration Mike’s suggestion of selling my kidney instead… I do have two of them.