unbeLEEvable

With headlines like that- sometime I wonder if I missed my calling as headline writer for the New York Daily News.

So Lee took $40M less to head to back to Philadelphia. Hard to hate on that.

The man took $40 Mil less to go back to a city that he never wanted to leave in the first place, and join a rotation that will be among the very best. The likes of which we have not seen since “arguably” the…

1998 Yankees?? (Wells -18 wins, Cone – 20 wins, El Duque – 12 & 4, Pettitte 16 wins).

Several of those Orioles rotations in the 70’s?? (Palmer, Flanagan, El Presidente- Dennis Martinez, McGregor, Qatar, etc).

Or your Braves of the 90’s? (Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz, Nagle/Millwood/Avery/etc.).

Regardless, Lee took less to join a great team / sports city. A team who has a chance to be historically great. Hard to be angry at a man for that.

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Finally A Yankee Says What He’s Feeling

From ESPN New York

By Andrew Marchand
ESPNNewYork.com

 

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher wants to face Cliff Lee in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, but he is sick of talking about him. Swisher cannot stand hearing another question asked about Lee.

With the Yankees facing Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis in Game 6, Swisher did not take kindly to a reporter asking teammates a couple lockers down about Lee.

“You guys are talking about Cliff Lee?” said Swisher out loud in a room full of reporters. “[Expletive], who cares?”

As he walked off, Swisher said, “I can’t wait to hit against his [behind].”

Later, when a reporter asked about saying this out loud with reporters present, Swisher cut off a reporter when the words “Cliff Lee” were uttered.

“I’m not talking about Cliff Lee,” Swisher said. “I don’t give a [expletive].”

Lee is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in three postseason starts the last two years.

Swisher vocalized annoyance among many of the Yankees in the clubhouse leading into this series when they were constantly asked about Lee before Game 1 even though Lee wasn’t starting until Game 3.

Don’t Sleep on The Giants

I’m not saying the favorites going into the 2010 NLCS are the San Francisco Giants. After all you would be some sort of oddity to say something as STUPID as that. But let us not sleep on the San Francisco Giants one bit.

Game 1 should be a crap shoot. Going into this season you probably would have said the most likely two Cy Young winners in the National League would be Lincecum and Halladay- and both pitchers have been lights out as of late. Halladay and his no-hit dramatics in the NLCS v. the Reds, and Lincecum’s huge pressure starts down the stretch to put the Giants in the playoffs.

One can argue that Cain v. Oswalt in Game 2 is even more in the favor of the Giants since Cain has been blindingly good down the stretch and Oswalt had a “what was that??” performance in Game 2 of the NLDS verse the Reds.

As for Game 3, the way Jonathan Sanchez has been dominating and pitching with all the pressure of the world on his shoulders down the stretch of the regular season is something hard to dispute. Despite how great of a year Hammels had, Sanchez the last month, to me, has been if not the top- one of the top starting pitchers in baseball.

Game 4? Madison Bumgarner v. who? Joe Blanton?. I wouldn’t trust Joe Blanton v. a juggs machine. Even Bumgarner has delivered for the Giants of late.

OF COURSE, the Phillies have a more dominating lineup- but it’s also a lineup that loves to strike out, and with the Giants sporting 3 great strikeout pitchers… I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna do it!

I’m taking the Giants in SIX. Yes SIX.

I feel the hot lights they’ve played so well under the last two-months is a huge advantage. I also like Brian Wilson out of the pen, and feel like Lidge is STILL a ticking bomb in that pen.

So yes, Giants in six… Final Answer

I Hope I’m Wrong, But 1st Round Exit Looms For Yanks

The 2010 Yankees have had 3, “Holy Cow” moments this season…

1) The Walkoff HR by Thames v. The Red Sox in May

2) The Come from behind win v. Los Angeles in July

3) The come from behind win in the two-game series at Arlington, vs. The Rangers in the late summer.

Come to think of it, this Yankee team has had many of the symptoms of Yankee Teams from 2002-2008.

Cold slumps, players not playing at their all-star potential, game after game being nearly indistinguishable from the rest, not much adversity, a lack of close games, losses in several regular season games that were deemed “big games”, and mediocre starting pitching as a whole (CC has been fantastic, Hughes has been as good as you can ask).
Taking all that into account, I believe the Yankees are staring a 1st Round disappointment square in the face. As a Yankee fan I hope I’m wrong, but the fact remains this team (with this payroll) has had a very “ehhhh” season.

Take into account all the fantastic moments the 2009 season left Yankees with, this 2010 team has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the 2010 playoffs.

Time will tell, but the playoffs start next week… very exciting.

Charlie Finley’s Love For The Old Yankee Stadium

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We all know Charlie Finley, owner of the Oakland A’s franchise from 1960-1981, was as colorful an owner as any Major League Baseball has ever seen.

Recently I heard about this story about Charlie Finley, that I found interesting about his “affection” for the dimensions in the Old Yankee Stadium.
From my main source of everything… Wikipedia (so I know it must be true)……

After supposedly being told by manager Ed Lopat about the Yankees’ success being attributable to the dimensions of Yankee Stadium, he built the “K.C. Pennant Porch” in right field, which brought the right field fence in Kansas City Municipal Stadium to match Yankee Stadium’s dimensions exactly, just 296 feet from home plate. However, a rule passed in 1958 held that no (new or renovated) major-league fence could be closer than 325 feet, so league officials forced Finley to move the fences back after two exhibition games. The A’s owner then ordered a white line to be painted on the field at the original “Pennant Porch” distance, and told the public address announcer to announce “That would have been a home run in Yankee Stadium” whenever a fly ball was hit past that line but short of the fence. The practice was quickly abandoned after the announcer was calling more “would-be” home runs for the opposition than the A’s.

That’s the sort of antics that would even make Mark Cuban tip his cap.

A salute to Charlie Finley… A man who once proposed that the Major Leagues use orange baseballs.
A man who created the idea of  a mechanical groundhog behind home plate that would bring the umpires new baseballs- and used it in a few spring training games.

The man who discovered MC Hammer, when he hired him as a ball boy.

Yet oddly one of the most successful owners in baseball history.

Crazy like a fox, Charlie Finley

Pitching Is Back

With Roy Halladay’s Perfect Game on Saturday Night. It’s become incredibly evident that Pitching is back.

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

Anyone else notice the extreme amount of Perfect Games, No-Hitters, No Hit Bids, Near Perfect Games, and high strike out performances we’ve seen from pitchers this season? Anyone notice that the Top-5 in ERA in both leagues are all anemic?

I wonder if baseball new strict stance on steroids has ANYTHING at all to do with it…..I wonder…

Two Tell-Tale Signs Of A Casual Baseball Fan

1) They ask on a Saturday if there was ‘a game’, last night.

For Example:

Scene: Saturday Morning

Joe Schmoe: Did the Yankees play last night?

Only days of the week a Major League Team will have off is Monday and Thursday. Unless it’s due to weather or some other unforeseen cancellation.

2) They constantly refer to any and all player acquisition/movement as a “trade”.

For Example:

Jane Schmoe: What did you think about the Yankees’ CC Sabathia trade?

A player can switch teams in several ways, almost all of which do not involve a trade.

Not saying anything is wrong with people or casual fans who make this mistake, unless they CLAIM to be a “HUGE FAN”- BUT, it is a common mistake that is a tell-tale sign that someone isn’t too in to baseball. If you find a person who claims to be a “HUGE FAN”, who makes these mistakes, perhaps getting him a different color hat for his next birthday would be appropriate.