Bronx Goblin remembers one of its writers Edward P. Salvesen aka ZZTURK of Kearny, N.J., who passed away on Feb. 24, 2014. He was 63.
We first connected with Ed on Twitter when he would approach us with Yankees Trivia and some comical analysis. After a few exchanges, we asked if he wanted to contribute to our blog. He accepted and Yankee TidBits with ZZTurk was born.
Turk's vast Yankee knowledge, sense of humor and posts were well received within the Yankees community and his stories were very detailed.
We appreciate all that he did and hope you enjoyed his posts.
RIP Ed aka ZZTurk. Thank you
The Yankees are getting ready for the 2014 season and are tightening up a few loose ends. First Brett Gardner. He wasn't feeling too safe a few weeks ago after the Yankees announced that they have 55 outfielders.
But with recent news, the Yankees decided to hold on to the speedster offering him a 4 year 52 million dollar contract.Some people were looking at how this may impact the Yankees odds of going far in the 2014 playoffs. But a glance at the current MLB Futures at TopBet.eu state that the odds of that happening, are pretty low. There are no responses as of yet as to how the lines will be impacted by the recent move.
Here is what he had to say about that:
"I don't want to be anywhere else," Gardner said. "There's no better place to play baseball than in New York. I've never been anywhere else. I got drafted here almost nine years ago, and I love it here. I love everybody in the organization, the coaching staff and all my teammates, and this is where I want to be."
After hearing the news of Gardner, we feel that the Yankees are moving in the right direction. Let's see how he produces under the pressure of a good contract, or will he have less pressure knowing that he is staying put?
What about Teixeira and Jeter? What will the Yankees get out of them? Jake Salsbury says absolutely nothing.
"You can't count on them for anything. I don't expect Jeter to get a hit this year and Tex probably won't either. Then again, maybe they will get hits. You can't predict this kind of stuff. In fact, I think they will get hits." he added
It is unclear how this season will end up. There are a lot of question marks that need to fall into place.
Will they replace Cano? Is Tanaka a bust? Will Joe Giardi announce that he is of Camel decent? Who knows. This is looking to be an interesting year with some twists and turns.
While the signing of Jacoby Ellsbury appeared to signal the end of Brett Gardner's days with the New York Yankees, the left-hander has agreed a new long-term deal that could keep him with the Major League franchise until 2018.
Despite not playing much throughout spring training, Gardner has seemingly done enough to convince the Yankees he is a player worth hanging onto, signing the 30-year old to a four-year contract extension worth $50 million, despite many Betfair fans tipping the nine-season veteran to leave New York at the end of his contract.
The 2009 World Series champion has a $2 million buyout clause if the Yankees decide not to exercise the option brings the total value of the deal to $52 million, and Gardner does not have a no-trade clause in the deal, although the Yankees are obligated to pay him an additional bonus of $1 million in the event they do trade him.
Gardner has admitted he never thought about leaving New York despite the arrival of Ellsbury and the Betfair odds tipping him to leave, insisting he has always seen his long-term future being with the Yankees.
"I don't want to be anywhere else. There's no better place to play baseball than in New York. I've never been anywhere else. I got drafted here almost nine years ago, and I love it here. I love everybody in the organization, the coaching staff and all my teammates, and this is where I want to be."
Ellsbury's presence on the roster is likely to result in Gardner switching to play left field and likely bat at number nine, although will still be an important part of the Yankees' hopes of challenging for the World Series this year and proving those Betfair punters who have tipped them as champions this season.
"Its plain and simple. Give me my money back." he said to a crowd of two people and a poster of Mariah Carey. "He was supposed to be a Yankee for life and that didn't happen. I want redemption i says... REEEEDEEMMPTTIOOOON!."
We aren't sure why the man is taking to social media with his complaint. I mean, if he has a receipt the store will probably just honor his request.
"It's the point of the matter. Cano wasn't supposed to take the extra 70 million. Instead, he was supposed to play on the Yankees. What am I gonna do with this jersey. What I asks you?."
What would add insult to injury is if Robinson Cano and his new team mates take revenge on the Yankees by beating them the next time they both face off.
"Absolutely. I mean it crossed my mind a bunch of times. Why wouldn't it? It is a very valid reason. What am I supposed to do now? What am I supposed to do? Wear a Brendan Ryan jersey? I guess Jeter will play for at least another 5 years, so I can get that"
We weren't sure what to tell him, seeing that Jeter just announced his retirement. What did Jeets have to say that he wants to do after retirement?
“There are many things I want to do in business and philanthropic work, in addition to focusing more on my personal life and starting a family of my own,” he added. “And I want the ability to move at my own pace, see the world and finally have a summer vacation.”
Stay tuned to see what jersey this guy decides to get next, if the store will give back his money or if Cano will weigh in on it.
Think of it what you will, but Derek Jeter's announced retirement at the end of this season doesn't mean he can't play anymore. (Another .190 average might)
Derek said this should help the team going forward because they won't have any distractions about 2015. (Or, he wants to do the grand tour like his great buddy Mariano did, last year.)
I think it's a combination of things, the latter items mentioned, plus only Derek knows the true and lasting effect of his ankle injury, a type of injury which does not easily heal at his age.
His leadership skills may help him through the rough times. So unless he is far South of the "Mendoza" line, expect Jete to DH more often as the team tries out potential replacements, or trades for the next shortstop.
The closer we get to Derek's last day, if I live to see it, I will well up, having seen him during his first cup of coffee in 1995.
Then, I'm guessing, it will be time for another uniform retirement ceremony, (Since Joe Torre will be there, maybe the Yankees should spring for two retirement ceremonies.)
Non-breaking news - Tanaka either had trouble getting a smaller plane or he's ostentatious - He flew chartered here using a 787 (full size jetliner) and his entourage was no more than ten or twelve. I hope he got his ass out of town before the storm strikes. Florida, here he comes..
Today, they replayed an earlier game from last year in which Tanaka pitched. Odd that the three hits against him were all crisply struck, but he looked so hit-able I thought it was just liked Catfish Hunter!
Now if he overcomes the change in ball size ...
Of course, few mention that he will now be pitching in larger stadiums and also without astroturf. That's in his favor.
Despite limited credentials, our crack reporter was able to do what no other media person was able to - sit down for a one on one interview with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Our reporter was sure to ask the really important questions that all the top reporters ask.
BG: Are you happy to be playing in the Superbowl?
BG: Do you expect the Seahawks to beat the Broncos?
BG: If Seattle scores more points than Denver, do you think they will win?
BG: Do those dreadlocks get hot in the summer?
Well there you have it
The Superbowl this year will be played at Giants Stadium and sports experts have been debating if having the championship decided in cold and snow is fair.
One fan, Quint Bottomsworth, who isn't an expert at anything, not only thinks a cold weather Superbowl is great but wants baseball to do the same.
"No more of this back and forth between the cities of the teams playing. It's time these million dollar cry babies man up." Quint told us. "I say we make a World Series Field in Kaktovik. It will be great!"
Where the hell is Kaktovik?
"Uh gee, it's the northern most point in Alaska stupid. The average temperature is 2 degrees. It once got to -65. And they have Polar Bears. Make these wimpy ball players man up and earn their keep."
Sources confirmed, no one at MLB is even considering Quint's proposal.
Man bets on Pro Bowl, then realizes he has gambling problem
Sherman Crackers of Watertown NY has been betting on games his whole life. His success rate at winning is 7% and he prides himself on consistency. Some of his buddies told him that Sportsbook Review has a complete rating guide that could help him out, but he never seems to listen to anyone.
"I once won $4,000. I think I am doing pretty darn good for myself." he said.
As we talked to a little longer we quickly realized that he may have won $4,000, but in total, he has lost $284,000. In other words, he is kind of in the hole for $280,000. That is a Lamborghini for Pete's sake.
"Big freaking deal. So my kids won't be able to go to college. People are skipping it anyway now a days." added Sherman, who bet his school tuition that he would graduate. As you can probably tell, he lost that too. "I think that I am a new aged person
It wasn't until Sunday that he realized that he may have a problem. No one even watches the game, more less bets on it. What a fool.
"Well, I guess the fact that I bet on the worst, most useless game in the universe and lost, woke me up a bit." he added. "I've woken up with my face in pizza boxes before, so I know how low I can go. Hey that rhymes."
With that interview, we did come to the realization that at least one person actually watched the game. We are guessing that is probably the extent of it. Most were watching the Grammys and we were in total shock that people actually bet on the Pro Bowl. Betting on the Pro Bowl is like betting on a sitcom. They are both fake. Anyway, Let's see if Sherman can stay strong during the Super Bowl.
A rumor that was started by a completely unreliable source is saying that Cano also worked in a trip to the Grammys in his contract.
"I definitely think he could have or not done this." Said expert detail mixer upper Don Hanigans. "If he did, he is positioning himself good. I think or not."
It looked like Cano had some fun... and wouldn't you if you were making 240 Million?