Al Aceves will start for the Yanks tonight. Phil Hughes Wednesday. We look towards 2009.
Any takers that Jeter passes Gehrig on that Stadium hits list first time up tonight?
Pretty damning articles, here and here on Robbie Cano. Girardi should have done it earlier (remember Billy/Reggie 1977?) It’s why I’m not sold on Cano and wouldn’t mind dealing him if they sign Orlando Hudson as a free agent. I know Hudson is older. He’ll be 31 in December.
I forget who wrote it, could have been Sherman in yesterday’s Post, but whoever it was made an excellent point. In committing to a young player for an extended period of time, you are telling other youngsters, we are committing to him. He is our “face” for the next several years. This is who we want you to emulate. Committing to Derek Jeter for a long time when Jeter was 25, fine. The guy is class, hustles, and is truly a guy you want your rookies to emulate. Same with someone like Mo. Can you really say that about Cano, who is seemingly taking plays and at bats off? If you feel that his attitude is cancerous, then the cancer has to be treated (tough love from Girardi, Jeter, Alex, Rivera, Posada, etc.) or excised. I don’t think you have to worry about where Hudson’s head is at, should the Yanks sign him as a FA. But young players seeing Melky and Cano this year (or Kennedy?) have not seen the right attitudes, and the manager, coaches, front office and teammates all can and should be taken to task on it. You nip attitude problems in the bud, and early, and it’s what we may have seen with Tabata when he was dealt. The “old school” Yanks in the time of DiMaggio, Henrich, etc. wouldn’t have stood for it, and the Yanks need to get back to that. I remember when Carlton Fisk had to tell Deion Sanders off about professionalism when Sanders was a Yankee. It should have been done by his own teammates (but did you really expect Mel Hall to do that?), not the opposing team’s catcher. I’m all for acquiring talent (as Tim suggested on YFCR last night) but that talent must also come with smarts. With professionalism. You can’t (as Giambi said of certain players, and I think Melky and Cano are who he was talking about and maybe Kennedy) feel “I’m a big leaguer now” and have a cocky, nonchalant, “I can get by on my talent” attitude. I heard the damning, “all we have to do is take the field” quotes from the big G and wasn’t happy. As fans, we want effort. You try, you lose, it happens. The best teams generally lose at least 60 to 70 games a year. 102-60 is a record any fan will take. A .333 hitter still makes out 2/3 of the time. Effort. Eliminating Mental Mistakes. Knowing you gave it all you had. That’s not too much to ask. Going 0-4, seeing 8 pitches all night and making a bonehead mental error? Stuff like that is “mailing it in” and we won’t stand for it.
I’m not saying trade Cano. I am saying that if the Yanks can upgrade by doing it, and have the person to replace him, then fine, I’m Ok with it. If Hudson is signed (3 year deal?) and Cano is used to get pitching or upgrade CF, then… I realize the .342 of 2006. I also see the .260 and OPS+ of 81 of now. I don’t expect .342 again. Could he get back to .315 with a 115 OPS+? Quite possibly. That wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t think we’ll ever see 50 walks a year from him. He has 24 right now, only one since August 13th. NONE since August 20th. What I really want to see though, is a “Robbie Alomar type” headiness. The kind we’ve seen so often from Jeter. Yes, Cano is 25. But this is his 4th full season. Rookie mistakes aren’t to be tolerated anymore; from the fans, the teammates or the manager and coaches.
If you are wondering down the road, who knows in three years what 2B would be available. As for the minors, Bernie Castro, 83 G at AAA .266-1-21-21. Kevin Russo at AA 71 games, .307-2-33 (going to winter ball). Reegie Corona, AA. .274-3-39-24. Luis Nunez at Tampa (A+) .280-3-40-16. Justin Snyder, low-A Charleston, .288-7-59. God only knows if someone like Snyder develops. Just saying who was down below.
Reading Serby’s column in the Post. Let me get this straight. Jets have 1st and goal from the 3, and run the ball up the middle three times, then settle for a FG. Ok, I’ve seen Paterno do it at PSU a few times, and it still haunts my sleep. But (and I know Jets fan Tim the Wizard would back me on this)….WHAT THE HELL DID YOU GET BRETT FAVRE FOR? Shoot, I could have stuck the ball in someone’s gut three times. You get a HOF QB and don’t allow him to win the game for you? You take the ball out of his hands in that spot? I’m all with Serby on that one.
Watching the Steelers eke out a 10-6 win last night in gale force winds kind of reminded me of the 3-0 “Heinz Field Swamp” win of last year. I do like football played in bad weather conditions. Heck, the first game I remember watching was the Ice Bowl, so there you go.
Catch you later. Have a good day until lineups and game time.