Q&A regarding Jacoby Ellsbury

Q: What is Jacoby Ellsbury’s new number?

A: Jacoby Ellsbury’s new number is #22 because for some reason, #2 was taken. In a coincidence,Robinson Cano‘s number with the Seattle Mariners is #22. #22 was also the former number of Roger Clemens and was the number Vernon Wells wore last season.Q: Why did Ellsbury choose 22?A: Ellsbury: ”Two is my favorite number, so why not have two of them?”

Q: What tempted Ellsbury to sign with the Yankees?

A: Ellsbury: “The tradition, the great players who have played here. The commitment to winning.”

Q: Did Ellsbury turn to anyone for advice before signing with the Yankees?

A: Ellsbury said he called Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira for their opinions about playing in New York. The both of them assured Ellsbury that he would love playing in New York and he wouldn’t regret it.

Q: Why did Brian Cashman sign Ellsbury in the first place?

A: Cashman: “He’s a dynamic player. someone who can make a difference on the offensive and defensive side.”

Q: How does Joe Girardi feel about having Ellsbury in New York?

A: Girardi: “Seems like each week my job gets a little easier. You’re no longer a thorn in my side. You’re a flower in our clubhouse.”

Q: Did Ellsbury have anything to say about his former team, the Boston Red Sox?

A: Ellsbury: ”It was seven great years. Unbelievable first part of my career.”


Holiday news and views

Item 1: Please don't get mad at Grandy for his comment about true New Yorkers being Mets fans. What he is obviously doing is playing the company line. For all we know, since he is from the Midwest, Grandy is just as likely to identify with his old team (Tigers) best. For Mets fans, the truth is that they are getting a fine all around player who is less likely to see as many breaking pitches with the NL staffs. He could produce wonderful stats for the Mets - he is a baserunner with good instincts, a decent glove and arm, and he is well spoken.

Item 2: The Mets have signed Colon. His biggest test for the Mets might come when he pees in the cup! At 40, I think he's got at least one more year in him.

Yankees acquired a minor league pitcher yesterday to complete the Stewart trade.

Next, we may get a trade off, losing Grandy but gaining Beltran (a switch hitter the Yankees desperately want in their lineup). But that would leave an overcrowded OF - don't be shocked if a package gets done involving Gardner, especially if not with an AL East team.

If the rumor mill is accurate, Papelbon is clubhouse poison - the Phillies can't wait to lose him. They will also trade Cliff Lee if they can get something tangible in return. Why did Oakland abandon Balfour? Did this Aussie want the Moon for those last two seasons? Yankees had good luck with Aussie Graham Lloyd in 1996, so if the price is right, Balfour is younger than Bob Barker!

Item 3: MLB has about as much real chance of stopping home plate collisions as a one legged man in an ass-kicking contest!


Ellsbury cashes in - plans to play "real hard" for the Yankees

Jacoby Ellsbury is set to make 153 million over the next 7 years in New York. The Yankees decided signing the 30 year old former Boston outfielder was the right move.

Despite Ellsbury having already won 2 World Series titles with Boston, Yankees officials feel he is still hungry for more and will continue to play hard.

"Are you kidding? Of course he will!" Says one Yankees official. "Are you trying to tell me a 30 year old professional athlete would sign for that much money and then not give it his all?"

hmmm.......


If Cano goes to Seattle, can Beyonce handle the rain?

Jay Z's first order of business appears to be taking Robinson Cano out of the spotlight of New York and stashing him where no one will ever find him again.

Reports are that the Seattle Mariners are going to sign Cano to a ridiculous deal which will cost them every other player and require Cano to play all 4 infield spots himself.

The deal also means Jay Z and Beyonce will be spending alot of time in the Pacific Northwest.

Umbrella salesman Gipper McGroin is thrilled.

"If I can get Ms Knowles to use my umbrellas in her songs and trips out shopping or to the many Starbucks we have, the sky is the limit for my business!"

Gipper has visions of teen girls and urban youths across the globe sporting his umbrellas.

We will keep you posted on the latest.


Bronx Goblin remembers Joey Napolitano

Although we never actually met Joey in person, he has had a great impact on our blog. Joey, a professional Chef, guest posted a number of tailgating recipes for Bronx Goblin and won a number of our contests.

The picture above (Joey in the middle) was at Finnertys Bar in NYC. Joey won a keg and threw a party for his friends.

Joey was a very nice guy and will be missed.

RIP


Cano say's he didn't ask for 300 million. It was only 250 million. Oh...

Cano is starting to feel the pressure of the market or lack there of. No one seems to be bidding for him right now and his asking price is starting to come down a bit. When I say a bit, I mean a lot.

Here is what he had to say about the whole thing.

“I’ve never asked anybody for $300 million,” the free agent second baseman told the Dominican website El Dia on Thursday.

Cano went on to say in Spanish that “nobody has ever heard that come out of my mouth ($300 million) and you’re never going to hear it.”

Interesting indeed. The reason no one is going to hear it come out of his mouth, because it will be the agent saying it.

At this point, Can is starting to look a little foolish. We will have to see what happens.


Black Friday Special from the Yankees!

The New York Yankees are the premier franchise in all of professional sports having won an unprecedented 27 World Series Championships throughout their storied history. As such they have rarely offered discounted ticket specials. However for 2014 season they have decided to reward their loyal fan base by offering some fantastic deals for the upcoming season. Beginning at 12 pm EST on Black Friday (November 29) and lasting until December 24th the Yankees, in conjunction with MasterCard, will offer three different promotions for fans to purchase tickets.

MasterCard Preferred Pricing
•$15 off select seats when purchasing tickets with your MasterCard.

•Available for every home game through June.

•New for the 2014 season!

MasterCard Holiday Buy 2, Get 2

•Save 50% on select seats (Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers) for the following games:

•Must be purchased with a MasterCard between 12 pm EST on Black Friday (11/29) through Cyber Monday (12/2).

•Entering the promo code “MCB2G2” at check out.

Offer available for these games:
•4/8 vs Baltimore Orioles
•4/9 vs Baltimore Orioles

•4/15 vs Chicago Cubs
•4/16 vs Chicago Cubs

•4/29 vs Seattle Mariners
•4/30 vs Seattle Mariners
•5/1 vs Seattle Mariners

MasterCard $5 & 1/2 Priced Games


Can Cano go?


When he burst on the scene, he was twice pulled aside for "motivational training" because he failed to hustle (on the field - not the dance).
 
But the "day of infamy" for the Yankees might have occurred when Cano won the All-star game HR derby because he was suddenly convinced that he was a super power hitter - and with that, deserving of mega-dollars.

It didn't help at all that guys like Pujols were getting ridiculous money by idiots? on the left coast in search of old glory. (They were better off just buying an American flag at a thrift shop!)

Now Cano wants 300 million - What is he, Morton Thiokol, Lockheed, or any of several defense or space exploration companies who have just ONE customer, but through lobbyists, contacts, and favored legislators they constantly get contracts they don't deserve or even completely honor?

That the Yankees play their "over-hype" game has come back to haunt them, since the demands from the Cano side, and his new agent(s) are tyros with an exaggerated sense of worth for their client.

Cano din't even win his own position's gold glove in 2013, but in all fairness, he HAS won the silver slugger for the last three years.

Several years ago, the Yankees had a player who hot dogged his way to Chicago because he was the carrot in the A-Rod to NY deal. He (several times) went into his HR trot on balls that didn't even leave the park, duh! So the Yankees translated that into lack of hustle and were only too happy to land A-Rod, who they are now damning by faint praise. That player was Alfonso Soriano, who has suddenly become "milk & cookies" again.

But Soriano's hole in his swing was shown to America in the 2003 World Series, and it took him several years to learn to lay off those pitches, to a playable degree. (That same problem has crept into A-Rod's swing, but he has had soooooooo much time off to work on that.


The state of the state with the NY Yankees

Who will the Yankees sign this off-season? Your guess is as good as ours. First off, Curtis Granderson decided to play hard ball. After missing most of last year, he has decided that he is worth more than a 1 year 14 million dollar contract. The Yankees still could sign him, but it appears that it will be a little longer of a deal.

Derek Jeter. Who knows what we are going to get out of him. It now appears that he started a book publishing company, so people are starting to wonder if he has checked out. Naturally people will always question every move he makes, but at his age, he is under the microscope more now than ever. What about pitching? Everyone is going to roll the dice and gamble for Tanaka. Sports betting dime might have the odds for this one.

At least the Yankees don’t seem to have any bullies in the locker room. Is the Incognito story ever going to end? Is Jonathon Martin ever going to speak about it and put it to bed? I am sure ESPN will have converage first on any breaking story. We will have to wait and see how it unfolds.

The main pitcher the Yankees are interested in is Tanaka. See stats below.

Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for Rakuten this season, is expected to draw the biggest posting fee of all time. There has been speculation that the fee could even exceed $100 million, and that’s before the winning team negotiates a contract with the right hander, expected to be in the range of six years and $65 million-$70 million. Source: Go Here

Everyone is starting to get antsy on what the Yankees are going to look like in 2014. We will have to wait and see.


The year in review

Chapter one - emergency room!

His first pitch of the Spring takes out Curtis Granderson's wrist and so begins an incredibly arduous team journey.
A-Rod won't be ready until (it turns out) August.
A seemingly innocuous wrist tendonitis turns into an entire season's nightmare for Teixiera.
Captain Derek keeps trying too hard for his body to keep up and he becomes a no show for the season, and this type of injury allows writers to question whether Derek is done for his career!
Grandy comes back and is promptly drilled AGAIN!
Youkilis' back drops him out of the lineup before he even gets any head of steam.
I'm too tired to dwell any further on this.

Chapter two - Smoke & mirrors!

After losing four of their first five, the Yankees go berserk in Cleveland after winning the get away Detroit game, and their record stands at 30-18 on May 25th, good enough for the division lead! But the magic fades with a thud and the Yankees lose four straight to the Mets! That's when we knew the season was a bust. More pain in a West Coast trip begins to seal the Yankees' fate, unless all other contenders become "nolo contenders". (all, that is, except Boston "on a mission"!

Chapter three - At least, we have Mo.

Yes, his juice had 1-2 less MPH on it. Yes, he was 44 and making his valedictory grand tour ... But all that and the blown saves aside, on September 4th, Mariano was TIED for the MLB lead in saves!! He had less blown saves than Johnson and would finish the season with less. Reasonably, repeat, reasonably, had the Yankees contended down the stretch instead of folding like a Kabuki fan, Mariano might just have led once more in saves, even while in his retirement year!


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