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A Yankee Story: The Joba Saga

Joba, is the topic of the baseball world once again, today. What should the Yankees do?

Maybe I stand alone by saying that I don’t think you should count Chamberlain out just yet.

Here is my view on this special young man and his situation:

– I think the “Joba Rules” have caused such a stir in the media world and with the fans that Joba gets criticized very easily. It seems that the boundaries of expectations are much higher for Joba. I am guilty myself as pouncing on his every pitch. Talk about the stress on a 23 year old that must bring.

– Joba does not need special treatment anymore. Specifically referring to the extra days off, as this kid is healthy and loves to get out there so let him.

– Regarding the post season, unlike most, I think this guy will thrive. Joba feeds off the pressure and the competition of those big game spots. Two seasons ago the only thing both the team and the fans had to hold onto was Joba because of his passion. Give him a chance.

– Last night Joba faced one of the toughest hitting team in baseball, the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are also in a tight Wild Card race and cannot really afford to lose even one game right now.

– If you read the stats from the game Joba main issue was in the 2nd and 4th innings. The hits came with two outs and no runners on base so at least it was a pattern. This seems to be Joba’s problem area so it needs to be worked on. His focus needs to elevate in those situations.

– At home, Joba seems to be pitching with the idea to strikeout every batter. At Yankee Stadium he has a high pitch count, high strikeout rate, high walk rate which can all be attributed to his possible closer mentality.

Joba is young and needs to just calm down in front of the Yankee crowd. This is evident from this road stats having a lower walk rate but it is the OBP that is what is killing him in the Bronx.

All the Yankees have to do is work to help Joba just grow. The problem is contained, as far as I can see so that is better than a pitcher who is so erratic you don’t even know where to begin.

This can only come with time but no one can deny his talent. The Yankees know it and trust me Joba has the best group to help him.

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The Yankees Biggest Problem, Solved!

Another game, another nail bitter for the Yanks tonight playing the heavy hitting Texas Rangers.

It is starting to become almost surreal, win or lose the way this Yankee team fights till the end. Heck, watching the game I even gave-up when the scoreboard showed 5-10, bottom of the ninth.

For all Yankee fans out there, it is starting to make us look pathetic giving up when our team isn’t.

The team deserves us to be better fans and that must start today!

The Bombers are leading the AL East by six games and have the most wins in all of baseball right now with 78 in total.

If that isn’t enough our beloved Captain, Derek Jeter is looking like the MVP award is more in his reach now than when the talk started a few weeks back.

That is the ultimate dream for Yankees fan. Jeter is our pride. This man is on our team. I sure don’t like the fact he has been voted shy of this honor before when it was well deserved. Fans should scream the “MVP” chants louder then ever before for Jeter is out ego too.

The fans matter and it is easy to forget how true a statement that is. Fans inspire in any aspect and that goes for not only sports but in life. Winning is for all involved and this team deserves us to be better.

Listen to what Nick Swisher said after tonight’s lose, “Well, half the stadium left before the ninth inning started.”

Swisher summed it up. He noticed and with all of the above included, the Yankees fans heard it. At least this one did.

As of tonight, the races are still going. Yanks still have a comfortable six game lead over Boston Red Sox.

The Rangers, by winning keep themselves just a shy one and a half games behind in the Wild Card. You don’t have to look much further to see that the Tampa Bay Rays are right there and making a run at it.

The Rays still should be just as feared because the potential has been seen and no team wants to face last years Rays.

The Yankees didn’t worry me as much when the bats came to life in the ninth to almost have another come-back win.


The Yankee team is continually fighting. And when a team’s odds go up in situations, like tonight’s game against Texas, that can only be a good thing.

Let’s just cheer so the AL East divisional race gets won with a little room left to breathe. It can be gone so quickly that it will seem like it never was.

All the proof for that can be seen over in Colorado, as the Dodgers are about to be dethroned by a determined team known as the Rockies.

Wouldn’t mind seeing our old Joe get some new material for book #2….How To Collapse.

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"Go Big Blue" (my fantasy football team)

Ok, my draft just ended and it was stressful the whole time.

I ended up with a team that is pretty good. Would love any opinions or suggestions.

One problem I might have is that I grabbed Carson Palmer in the later rounds, when reserve QB’s were being drafted.

Yes, it might seem unbelievable and that’s because it makes no sense. This is a top ten rated QB in all cheat sheets.

Look, I am fully aware that this pre-season Palmer had a “mild to moderate, high ankle sprain” but the Bengals claim that Palmer has improved. Enough so that he will be taking part starting with the team’s next practice.

Cincinnati has one of the best offenses in the league so did I just happen to be so lucky to have Aaron Rogers and Carlson Palmer? Let me know if I need to get real, please.

Here is the my “GO BIG BLUE” roaster (for now):

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MLB: This Seasons Surprises

The baseball season is coming into the last few weeks of the regular season. Playoff spots are about to be clinched and already some teams

In the beginning of the season I thought of few things were almost a given to happen.

Injuries, failed expectations are just some the issues to have caused expected and almost guaranteed teams to fail. Presumed headlines that never happened, nor ever will.

For players, a completely wasted season filled with disappointment. For fans, going to games now is almost like torture and the talk is of the next season where hope can be reality once again.

And whoever says baseball is boring???

#1 – The Mets have more problems then just the injuries of star players. The team is a bunch of undedicated and unruly athletes who seem to say and do whatever they want, whenever they want.

By airing their dirty laundry about fellow teammates is just trouble and disrespectful for the players who care. Like the captain, David Wright who must want to succeed as a team.

Maybe the way Willie Randolph was let go set the bar that the team used as an example of the disregard that seems to have no boundaries?

Did anyone think that Randolph actually demanded these highly paid players to listen, respect and learn from his knowledge? Instead the team acted like children and it worked as Randolph got let go in the most despicable way.

That kind of behavior is just not allowed on the Yankees. The fans to the captain to the manager to the owners would not tolerate it for a second. The Steinbrenners’ still require short hair for all players (aka Damon) and rules on how they represent the Yankees as an organization. And I am proud of it!!Just a thought for next year…..Mr. Wilpon.

#2 – This young talented group made it all the way to the World Series last year to lose to the Phillies.Everyone in the sports world thought for sure that the message had been sent, the Tampa Bay Rays are as good as it gets and will only get better.

Disappointed by the World Series loss last year, I was convinced of the this ball clubs season was only yo be better. Even undoubtably thinking that the Rays would be the ones to be beat in the tough AL East.

Evan Longoria was the AL’s MVP for the regular season and the rest of the team was talented all around. The age average on the Rays was a mere 26 years and it seemed that this team was just getting started.
Well, they are struggling to just keep their heads above water but it seems that the WIld Card is pretty much about to be unachievable. Made the Yankees and the Red Sox a little relieved.

The Rays are just proving age before beauty or experience might be more appropriate term.

#3 – As a Yankee fan I had to include this.

I was certain that any player who had used PED’s in baseball never seemed to have used them when playing for the Red Sox. Yes, Senator Mitchel’s report stated this but this man was on the board of the team for years. Funny, huh?

Once again the Red Sox were the holy of holyiest who won for real, without the free spending attitude of the cheating guys from New York.

Rodriguez has not won a championship with the Yanks and was not on the team at the time he juiced-up. Cannot say the same for Big Papi who made some pretty heavy comments about where he stood on the subject.

Can I put my “what happened here in 1918?” sign back-up? Does it really count because Big Papi and Manny were the reasons for the curse being reversed…..

#4 – The reining World Series Champs were not just at the right place, at the right time last season.

The Phillies are still hot and never cooled down as expected. This team was called “lucky” and “hot at the right time”.

Well I guess I should join the others and put my foot in my mouth.

The Phillies have dominated the NL East this season. The team has worked together to be successful and pulled each other up through a lot of struggles. It has been a tough season for the champs with their ace, Cole Hamels just not the same pitcher to count on, Brad Lidge the dominant force to close their games for wins fell apart but the other areas stepped up to the plate, literally.

This team plain out wins and I thought it was a fad but that the Rays were the real deal. My mistake and hats off to a team that will be a force in the post season.

Repeating? Oh you bet the Phillies odds are good. They are just as hungry as if the team had finished an embarrassingly awful season (aka Mets) and this team wants more.

I never thought this would happen…..

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Fate, Football, Fantasy and Two NFL Teams…..

Two NFL teams that fate in choices made will determine their success.

One has added an aging star, while the other team has lost one. Both the impacts of the situations will play a great role for fantasy owners.

Here are the plans laid out with what could happen and most likely will.

The Minnesota Vikings had a QB battle going in which the results would have been detrimental either way.

Hey but then superman flew in and broke it up. As Brett Favre knew he could be the first QB turned hero.

  • Tarvaris Jackson is not efficient enough to be a starter and would have been the weakest link that would be a domino affect on the receivers fantasy values; considering he was losing the #1 spot to Sage Rosenfels regardless and that is depressing to think about.
  • The QB is not in question as #4 (Favre) is playing again.
  • Watch for Bernard Berrian fantasy points to go up this season because of Favre’s throwing ability and experience incorporated with the respect he commands from opponents which Jackson and Rosenfels would fall flat.
  • This is in addition to opposing defenses being all wrapped up with RB Adrian Peterson; leaving wide receivers open with a reliable QB like Favre just cemented the Fantasy impact it will have.
  • Favre should add Fantasy value all around the Vikings from backs to receivers.

Favre is getting to much criticism for his lack in ability. Instead for the way he has made a media circus around himself the last two seasons which is disruptive. Favre should be called narcissistic but it just doesn’t seem to fit the persona he brings to a football team, both on and off the field.

No one can see what the future holds but I would be surprised to hear that the Vikings were better off without #4 anytime in the near future.

The New York Giants are shooting themselves right now, sorry Plex but the battle is to fill your talented shoes at wide receiver.

Eli Manning has proved he’s got skills. Playing behind, hands down the best offensive line in the NFL and has a tandem at running back that will be the earth on fire.

That all sounds like a dream, right? Except who is Manning going to throw it too with the lose of Plexico Buress at WR? This is a battle where hard work and Eli’s leadership will come into play.

Let the battle begin:

  • Ramses Barden vs Domenik Hixon vs Mario Manningham vs Sinorice Moss vs Hakeem Nicks vs Steve Smith vs David Tyree where the outcome has to fill a huge hole.
  • Ramses Barden is 6’6 foot rookie that might have the break out season; he didn’t miss one practice in camp (Coughlin lover already), he caught passes when covered significantly, running down field and over his shoulder; this player seems to be smart and hard working which will only help the rookie thrive under the coaching of Coughlin; if Barden can utilize his size he could see a lot of catches in the cramped end-zone.
  • Barden and Nicks just need to get used to the plays and to Eli and they could be the go-to over Smith.
  • If one or both rookie Wr’s, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, have a break out first season their fantasy numbers could sore but these are deep sleepers.
  • The “O-line” of the Giants is the template in the NFL. Gives Eli time in the pocket and holes for the Rb’s to use is a key element for this team.
  • Up, up, up will go the fantasy value of Bradshaw and Jacobs because the WR position will take some time for Eli to trust so expect running game to be big, literally; Bradshaw shined in all aspects in first pre-season game.
  • Osi is back after a season ending injury last year. He was the only player from the Superbowl winning team to have been named to the pro-bowl. And let’s not forget that was before the Giants got the respect of being the champs in 2007; this guy is that good.
  • Steve Spagnuolo is a football genius who single handedly reformed the Giants defense into a force. The hero of NYC was bound to be a head coach, as any team would be lucky to have this guy as a leader. He will be missed but his line backer coach, Bill Sheridan will fill his shoes nicely; Sheridan knows Spag’s aggressive style of defense and familiar with players; Giants Defense still an A+ report card.

Pre-season games, just as Spring Training in baseball really does add to the predictions made before. The only thing it can add too it the injury list of a team, which can impact someone’s fantasy draft decisions immensely.

Other then me worrying about the toe of a player named TO, it has to be clear that almost all the players are playing hurt in the NFL.

Would you expect anything else? It’s football, wouldn’t expect anything less.

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For Sale: Derek Sanderson Jeter

In Major League Baseball, the MVP award goes out at the end of the regulated season. It goes to the athlete who has stood out as being the most valuable, above all the rest. To an individual player, it is a huge accomplishment and honor considered being the elite in your field.

Within baseball, two players one from the American League and the one from the National League respectively, receive this prize each year.

The awards terms join the obvious, which are stats and production for the season. Baseball has more stats than any other sport but this at least provides an idea of who is in contention.

However, for me, a fan, the MVP means so much more than just that.

A player selflessly plays the game by the game as part of the team not for his own personal goals. This is by no means a wimp, nor a loud mouth. His personal goals are for the team and to help the team win.

It is an athlete, proud of their sport’s history, as well as respects the veterans who played before him by learning from their wisdom.

The MVP is an athlete who discovers it is not his right being a professional athlete but a gift that get treated as such through hard work and dedication.

Anyone will agree that the first lesson taught in gym class is being a good sport and a team player. It is the fundamentals of displaying sportsmanship. Continue reading ‘For Sale: Derek Sanderson Jeter’ »