Watch out Jerry, you won’t like Brian when he’s angry!

In case you haven’t heard, Jerry Hairston Jr. recently signed a 1 year 2.13 million dollar deal to play with the San Diego Padres (and his brother). Reportedly the Yankees had never even made an offer to Hairston, and today we hear what Jerry had to say about the situation. According to Jim Bowden Hairston Jr. said the following on XM radio, “Brian Cashman’s going to get mad at me, but Yanks didn’t make me offer because he’s waiting on Damon price to come down.” Woah, be careful what you say there Jerry. I do hope this is true, but c’mon Jerry did you have to give Cashman’s plan away like that? Jerry should be careful what he says, maybe he didn’t know Cashman is a deadly ninja. On a serious note, although this is just coming from a player who’s not really in the know with the Yankees front office, I would imagine this gives Damon and Boras some leverage. Oh well, what do we know about the Yankees front office anyway? In the end it seems highly unlikely Cashman actually told Hairston that the Yankees are waiting for Damon’s price to drop, but it makes for a good story.

The wrong man to anger.

Update

Cashninja shot down the report, which is not surprising, but to me the cat is out of the bag. And I don’t think it’s really Hairston who broke the secret, it has made sense all off season that the Yankees should be interested in Damon.

Link Stampede: Nady, Marlins, Gardner, Damon…

It’s been quite a while since I last posted, and it would be tough to write a full post on each story that emerged since the last time I posted, so I’ll just throw a bunch of links at you guys to sum everything up.

Xavier Nady the Yankees top target?

According to Joel Sherman, Nady is the Yankees top target for left field. “The player that most entices the Yankees is Xavier Nady, who, like Damon, is represented by Scott Boras. As long as they are comfortable Nady is playable in left field after a second Tommy John surgery then the Yanks would love how his right-center power projects to their park.” Sherman does mention that other teams are likely interested in Nady as well, and that he may end up being too expensive for the Yankees, but I his price would be too big of an issue. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing the Yankees signing Nady, but I’m still dreaming that Johnny Damon and the Yankees will come to an agreement.

Only 2 million left to spend?

Joel Sherman also said the Yankees are telling agents that they only have 2 million dollars left to spend this off season. While it is unlikely the ceiling is at 2 million for the Yankees, they could very well only have around 4 million (just a number I picked) left to spend. Let this be a reminder that the Yankees, like all other teams, do have a budget and can’t just go out there and sign anyone us as fans want them to sign.

Dreaming of Damon…

I know many Yankee fans, myself included, would love to see Damon resign with the Yankees. While this seems unlikely with the way things are going, I still can’t see how it doesn’t make sense for Damon and the Yankees to re-up with each other. To me it makes sense for both sides. It looks like the only other team that Damon has a shot at signing with is the Braves, and they might want to save the money for the future, leaving the Yankees as Damon’s only option. According to Mike Silva, Damon could return to the Yankees at 5-7 million, I don’t know where he got those numbers from, but they seem plausible. The only question is do the Yankees have 5-7 million left to spend?

Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe has two worthwhile quotes from Damon. Talking about the free agent market Damon said, “Well, I knew I’d have to wait until some of the bigger hitters like Jason Bay and Matt Holliday went places , and now I’m just waiting to see what’s in store for me. I knew I’d probably have to take a pay cut, just based on the way the economy is in this country and baseball, but I thought I had a productive season and I think I showed people I can play and still do something at a high level.’’ When asked about returning to the Yankees Damon said, “I don’t know. I haven’t had any conversations with them recently. Nothing would surprise me, but there’s nothing there right now.”

Is Gardner really that disciplined?

Throughout Gardner’s short career, he has been criticized for his offense, and rightfully so. However, one thing he has been praised for is his discipline. People tend to think that Brett has a very good eye, and without really analyzing him, it appears that he does. However, Joseph Pawlikowski asked an excellent question today, “Is Brett Gardner disciplined, or does he just not swing at pitches?” This is something I’ve always though about myself, to me it seems like Gardner takes way too many pitches, and many of them for strikes. If a batter takes a very large amount of pitches, he’s bound to take a lot of balls early in his career until he is figured out by the league. Is this the case with Brett Gardner? I believe it is, how about you? Make sure you head on over to River Ave Blues to read the full story.

Marlins told to spend more money

It’s about time! However, there could be some negatives to this involving the Yankees and every other team. If the Marlins have to spend X amount of money, and they just decide to overpay one player to meet X, then they are raising the price tag for all players, making all free agents, etcetera more costly which would hurt all 30 teams.

Stop knocking the strikeout!

Many people critize players who strike out a lot, but I’ve never really understood this. Joseph Pawlikowski wrote a great post about this basically saying that strike outs are just like any other out. Sure you can argue that strikeouts never can advance a runner, but then you can counter-argue that strikeouts do not cause double plays. Make sure you check out the full post.

McGwire admits to using steroids

What? This can’t be true! Next you’re going to tell me Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa took steroids! On a serious note, sure it’s sad to see another player fall but in my mind he didn’t fall he was already down, there was no way you could believe this guy was innocent. Whatever, I don’t like to dwell on this topic.

Only 36 more days until pitchers and catchers report!

“And in centerfield for the Yankees, Curtis Granderson”

Curtis Granderson is set to become a Yankees, pending physicals and things of that matter. So, what did the Yankees give up? Well, in this deal they are losing Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy, and most importantly Austin Jackson. This was a three team deal involving the Yankees, Tigers, and Diamondbacks. Let me break this down in an organized manner:

Heading to the Yankees: Curtis Granderson

Heading to the Tigers: Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Max Scherzer, and Dan Schlereth

Heading to the Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson

So is it a good deal? Well, the Yankees are acquiring a pretty good center fielder in Granderson. He is fast, plays good defense, can hit righties pretty well, though lefties have been a different story, but that can change. So overall its clear the Yankees are getting a very good player, but did they give up too much. Well, Phil Coke was pretty expendable especially since he has a knack to give up big homeruns. I feel Ian Kennedy still has a good chance to become a good starter, so so that stings a bit in my opinion, but he was expendable. So those two aren’t huge losses. But, what about Austin Jackson. Going into 2009 Jackson was the Yankees number 1 prospect, and he had a pretty good season, he hit .300 with 65 RBI’s, but what stands out was his drop in power. He only hit 4 home runs in 2009, and this was a cause for concern. Despite the drop in power, Jackson is still considered a pretty good player, who probably would have seen a good amount of playing time in 2010 with the Yankees. But, it is really too early to tell what he will end up to be. Curtis Granderson is more of a guardsmen, and that is why I feel this a good move by the Yankees.

Another thing that makes this move a good deal, is that it gives the Yankees great leverage with Johnny Damon. Right now the Yankees could go into 2010 with Melky in left, Granderson in center, and Swisher in right. And I think that would be a pretty good outfield. So the Yankees don’t really need Damon, which brings his price way down. Now the Yankees can take their focus completely off of Damon, and shift to only foccusing on Andy Pettitte and other pitchers.

However, this deal does represent the end of an era. What era am I talking about you say? Well, I mean the era of silly fans coming up with insane trade proposals that usually went like this “Let’s trade Melky and Ian Kennedy for player X”. Oh well, we still have Melky so we just have to find out who to substitute for Ian Kennedy. Maybe Anthony Claggett?

Game 142: Orioles at Yankees

Here is tonight’s starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter – “I hear he’s about to break some record or something”

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

Yankees to remember 9/11

There is supposed to be a ceremony before the game remembering September 11, 2001.

Johnny Damon hurting

Johnny’s back is “locked up”, but it doesn’t sound too serious.

David Robertson may return sooner than originally thought

Robertson saw Dr. Andrews the other day, and was told rest should heal his troubled elbow, and he could return before September ends.

No matter your feelings on George Bush, this was a touching moment.

Game 121: Yankees at Athletics

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

C Jose Molina

And on the mound (making his first start as a Yankee), Chad Gaudin

Ian Kennedy progressing

As you know Ian Kennedy had surgery to remove an an aneurysm in his arm, now Kennedy is back to throwing off a mound, albeit restricted to only fastballs and change ups. Kennedy will not return to pitching in the minors this year, but he will pitch in the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League according to the AP. Good luck to him, he could be a valuable piece of the 2010 Yankees.

You didn't forget this face, did you?

You didn't forget this face, did you?

2009 draft a success

This past Tuesday (August 18th) was the deadline for signing draft picks, and when it was all said and done the Yankees were able to sign 13 out of their top 14 picks, including the two top picks Slade Heathcott  and JR Murphy. Slade Heathcott received a 2.2 million bonus, which double the recommended amount for his slot (29th overall) by the Commissioners office, good for him. JR Murphy received a 1.25 million bonus, his slot money is about $478,000, Bud Selig can’t be happy with this. Anyway, now that Heathcott and Murphy have officially joined the Yankees, I’m sure you are wondering when they will play. Well, according to Lane Meyer Slade Heathcott is currently in the Gulf Coast League with the Yankees affiliate and he hopes to play in a game tomorrow. And according to a blog from JR Murphy’s high school will also be playing immediately in the GCL. You can learn more about Slade Heathcott here.

Johnny Damon wants to stay, Yankees to comply?

We all know that Johnny Damon ,who is a free agent after the year, wants to remain a Yankee. And according to Tyler Kepner, the Yankees are willing to resign him.

Before the season, there was a sense that the Yankees would allow Damon to move on and turn over his left-field spot to a prospect like Austin Jackson or a younger free agent like Matt Holliday. But Yankees officials seem to understand Damon’s value on the field and in the clubhouse, and now they would like him to return. When the Yankees want to keep a player and the player wants to stay, that is usually what happens.

“I don’t know where else I would want to go to,” Damon said. “Obviously, that’s not the right thing to say when you’re about ready to approach free agency, but I’m very happy with playing in New York, and my family’s happy I play for New York. There’s no bigger place to go. If you play well here, you’re going to get paid. New York has the resources.

“But we also have the chance to win every year. I don’t want to attempt to go make more money elsewhere, for more years, with a chance to be out of the race by the first of June.”

If Damon will sign a cheaper contract than the one he currently has, I think he might be the best option for the Yankees going into next year. While his defense has deteriorated, his offense and his clubhouse influence remain strong, and he would much cheaper than other options such as Matt Holliday (who I think is probably overrated), Jason Bay (who the Red Sox will want to resign), and Carl Crawford (who the Rays have an option to keep him).

Is this possible?

If you haven’t realized the type of season Joe Mauer is having, you must live under a rock. He is hitting an astonishing .383 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI’s (all this on a not so great team!). The way he is hitting right now puts him up there statistic-wise with Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and other world class hitters. Lately there has been a lot of talk about how Mauer and Teixeira are the top two candidates for MVP, if you ask me, I don’t even think it is close. With all respect to Mark Teixeira, I think if Joe Mauer doesn’t win the MVP something is seriously wrong, who cares that he is not on a great team, what control does he have over that? Just look at these two stats…Joe Mauer’s batting average is .383 as a mentioned before, that is higher than Mark Teixeira’s OBP! That means Mauer gets a hit (not a walk or anything, just a hit) more often than Teixeira gets on base (including hits, walks, and everything)! That is just amazing. The other stat I’d like to point out is WAR (wins above replacement, basically how many wins a player was able to add to his team). Mark Teixeira’s WAR for the season is 3.8, which is very good. Joe Mauer’s WAR is 6.5! Oh, and he is a catcher, and a pretty good one. Enough said.

Look at that beautiful swing.

Look at that beautiful swing.

The real deal?

You may or may not know that the Yankees have a ambidextrous pitcher named Pat Venditte down in the minors. It is not clear whether he should be considered a real time prospect or just a novelty, but anyway here is a great video about Venditte:

Melky

Sorry Melky, I had to show this.

No comment. I'll take the high road.

No comment. I'll take the high road.

Game 70: Yankees at Braves

The Yankees have played their last two series against the Nationals, and the Marlins. They have lost both series, going 2-4. The Yankees have not looked very good lately, and surprisingly it’s more their hitting than their pitching that has looked bad. For the most part the Yankees pitching has been pretty good, minus some bullpen appearances (cough…Brett Tomko…cough) and CC Sabathia who had to leave Sunday’s game in the second inning. The good thing about baseball is that there are many games left in the season, and the Yankees still have time to get back on track. Tonight, they look to do just that as they send the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Tommy Hanson, the highly touted Braves prospect who has looked good in his first 3 major league games (4.08 ERA):

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Chien-Ming Wang looks to go out and solidify his rotation spot after a fairly good outing last time out against the Nationals in which he would have only given up 1 run if it wasn't for a bad play by Ramiro Pena, and a blown call by the first base umpire. Oh well, no need for excuses. "Go get em Chien-Ming!"

Chien-Ming Wang looks to go out and solidify his rotation spot after a fairly good outing last time out against the Nationals in which he would have only given up 1 run if it wasn't for a bad play by Ramiro Pena, and a blown call by the first base umpire. Oh well, no need for excuses. "Go get em Chien-Ming!"

Damon still day-today

Johnny is on the bench today still nursing that pain in his calf. He is day-to-day and can pinch hit tonight if necessary.

CC still in question

After being removed from Sunday’s game in the 2nd inning, CC took yesterday off, today he received treatment, and tomorrow he will throw a bullpen session. At first he was said to have “left biceps tendinitis” now it’s being called a sore arm. When asked whether or not he thought this was a result of throwing 253 innings last year, CC said, “No, that’s not it, It could be the 120 pitches this year.” To me that is code for, “Yeah Joe has been using me a bit too much this year, and I feel that is the reason why I have this issue right now.” Take it as you want, but if the extra pitches towards the end of his pitched games this season is the reason CC has this “sore arm”, then Joe Girardi has seemingly made two mistakes in handling prized players (Alex not getting days off, and now CC). However, it is not right for me to point fingers, because nobody except for the Yankees themselves know why CC has a “sore arm.”

Give us a break

On Sunday, the Marlins had a mistake with their lineup and defensive positioning. The Yankees played the rest of the game in protest. If the protest was won the Yankees would have been able to replay the game from the point where the Marlins made the mistake. However, as expected MLB denied the Yankees protest.

Scott Proctor, a recovering alcoholic

Tyler Kepner has an interesting article about Scott Proctor. The article contains many things, that we as Yanke fans had no idea were going on. Make sure you read the article, it is very interesting.

Flip Flop Fly Ball

Thanks to River Ave Blues, I just discovered a great baseball website. The name of the site is Flip Flop Fly Ball, and it is run by Craig Robinson. What he basically does is create infographs relating to interesting baseball information. It is a great site, and a must read for all baseball fans.

Cody Ransom will be back

Cody will be back with the big club tomorrow according to PeteAbe. Either Berroa will be DFA or Pena optioned down. I really hope Berroa gets the axe, I feel like I have something against him that I was born with. It’s weird.

Batting Stances Guy

Whether you have heard of him or not, the batting stances guy is a dude who mimics hundreds of ballplayers’ batting stances. In my opinion, he is funny to watch, but he kind of over-exaggerates players’ stances, which I guess he means to do. Anyway, the other day I saw a video of him doing the 2009 Yankees batting stances, and I thought I’d share it with you.

By the way, 161st Street is on Twitter

However, I will not be posting excessively like some people do. I just plan on having automatic “tweets” whenever I create a new blog post. So, the real reason 161st Street is on Twitter is to make the blog more accessible to people who are on Twitter very often. Here’s the link, in case you are a “Twitter” or whatever a user of Twitter is called.

Sorry for not posting a new edition of “Off Day Musings”. I did not have computer access yesterday.

Game 69: Happy Father’s Day as the Yankees take on the Marlins in Florida

That's little Mark Teixeira driving a boat with his dad and his sister.

That's little Mark Teixeira driving a boat with his dad and his sister.

As the Yankees take the field at 5:05 this evening, they send the following lineup via PeteAbe out to face Chris Volstad:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

LHP Carsten Charles Sabathia (who happens to be a decent hitter with a lifetime .261 AVG with 3 home runs and 13 RBI’s)

Mark Teixeira signs his first professional contract in 2001 as his father proudly looks on.

Mark Teixeira signs his first professional contract in 2001 as his father proudly looks on.

Burnett’s suspension lowered

A.J. Burnett’s suspension has been reduced to 5 games, and he started serving it today.

Damon out of the lineup

I haven’t seen any stories yet, but I get the feeling his headaches and fluttering eyes have not gone away. The dropped fly ball last night only further supports my theory.

The boys are back in town

Well, they never really left town, and they came in late last night during the game, but whatever. Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner are back in the starting lineup. Obviously Brett won’t be there every day, unless there is something wrong with Damon.

Happy Father’s Day! Make sure you talk to your dad today.

Update 5:45
Oh no. CC out of the game in the 2nd inning. He was getting pounded but only gave up 1 run. He left with an injury but it was not clear what was wrong.

Update 6:18
CC has left bicep tightness. No tests scheduled. Let’s hope he’s okay.

Game 61: Mets at Yankees

PLASMA YANKS METS

subwayseriesLast night the Yankees lost the 3rd and final game of a series against the Red Sox. It was a game that could have easily been managed better, Mo should have came into the 8th when the game was on the line. However, he didn’t, and the Yankees ended up losing. Some fans were fuming, saying that Girardi should be fired, the whole team should be traded, the Yankees will never win a game again, and so on. Some fans go overboard, and while I’m not too fond of the job Girardi has done lately, he has done some good things. The book is not closed yet on him, at this point in my book he is neutral, maybe a bit on the negative side (bit I’m not saying Torre should be here). Still, I can’t knock all fans in general. There are many fans who, like me, realize that what has happened…happened, and there’s no way of changing that. Sure, if some dumb decisions weren’t made the Yankees could possibly have one a couple of those games, but they didn’t. That doesn’t mean that the Yankees are done. Let’s put all the negativity away, and have a fun, enjoyable series against the New York Mets. For me, things like the first 8 games are easy to put behind, yes they were extremely frustrating, but now they are over. Let’s hope the Yankees go out and fun against the Mets tonight. Oh, I almost forgot, here’s just a little reminder…

I'm just kidding...all fans are welcome and thier opinions are highly appreciated.

I'm just kidding...all fans are welcome and thier opinions are highly appreciated.

In the first game of the 2009 Subway Series, the Yankees send out the following lineup via PeteAbe at home in the Bronx:

SS Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeria

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui (Who turns 35 today)

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Melky Cabrera

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

Where’s Johnny?

Something tells me Johnny Damon is not feeling well. He did not look well when he dropped that fly ball last night, he stayed in the game. but to me he looked a little sluggish. If I see anything, I’ll let you know, but I doubt the Yankees will say anything besides “he’s just getting a day off.”

Series Preview

The first two pitching match-ups look promising for the Yanks. Livan at Joba. (insert call up player here because John Maine went on the DL) at Pettitte. Then the third game doesn’t look as good, Johan at Burnett. Two out of three ain’t bad. Head on over to River Avenue Blues for a more complete Subway Series Preview.

Great Story

You may have heard the story about Brett Gardner and Alyssa Esposito, but if you haven’t  it is really an incredible one. Do you remember the night when Brett hit an inside the park home run? Well, before that game Brett went to go visit patients at a hospital, and Alyssa Espositio who at the time was waiting for a heart transplant made Brett a bracelet and she told him that when he wears it he will hit a home run. Anyway, that night Brett wore the bracelet and hit an unconventional home run. However, there’s more to it. That same night, Alyssa learned that she would be recieving a heart donation. Well, today Brett visited Alyssa and she is doing well after recieving her heart transplant. Great story, here is the full story over at MLB.COM.

Bruney, we need you!

According to PeteAbe, Bruney could be activated tomorrow. Good news, please don’t just hide your injury Brian.

Update 6:28

Damon is out of the lineup with “fluttering eyes.’ He also said he felt like he would pass out last night. Let’s just hope this is not linked to the concussion he suffered a few years ago. Get well, Johnny.

Game 38: Twins at Yankees

The last three games the Yankees have played have ended in dramatic fashion. On Friday night Melky hit a walk off single, on Saturday afternoon Alex Rodriguez hit a walk off home run, and yesterday on a good ol’ Sunday Johnny Damon hit a walk off home run. I was lucky enough to be at yesterday’s game, it was technically my first game at Yankee Stadium (I went to the stadium on May 3rd but the game was rained out). Tonight the Yankees take the field against the Twins at the stadium which is really starting to feel like home. Ron Gardenhire must really hate the stadium, he has probably been having nightmares about all three walk off wins. Anyway, hopefully the Yankees can win tonight to take game four of the series and come out with a sweep, and Joe Girardi pencils in the following lineup hoping to do just that:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Alex Rodriguez

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Melky Cabrera

3B Ramiro Pena

C Fransisco Cervelli

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

 

 

Hmmmmmm?

I don’t quite get why Girardi has been hitting Swisher fifth instead of Cano, but the Yankees might as well stick with it unless they start losing.

We Need You

Brian Bruney is expected to be activated off the DL tomorrow. He will most likely settle back into the setup man role, pushing everybody else back an inning which will really help.

Another injury (sigh)…

 

Brett Gardner is day to day with a contusion in his right shoulder, most likely a result of the collision with Mauer yesterday.

Why do they always end up on the Pirates?

Steven Jackson, who was recently designated for assignment, was claimed off waivers by the Pirates. Is it just me or do our cast-away pitchers always end up on the Pirates…Jeff Karstens…Ross Ohlendorf…Eric Hacker…and now Jackson.

 

Ohlendorf as a Yankee. He is actually pitching tonight for the Bucs.

Ohlendorf as a Yankee. He is actually pitching tonight for the Bucs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 34: Yanks at the Rogers Centre

First let me start off with the starting lineup

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Brett Gardner

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia

Jeet is back

Derek Jeter rejoins the starting lineup tonight. He missed the last two games with a sore oblique.

No Melk today

Melky is not in the starting lineup tonight, he has been hitting very well of late, but I guess Girardi wanted him to have a day off.

Burn Damon Burn

Johnny Damon has been on fire lately! In the last nine games he is batting .477 with 16 RBI’s. In addition, over that span of nine games he has hit 16 extra base hits (5 of them homers), with a least one each game. He is making a strong case to be resigned. However, it is early and the Yankees look like they are leaning against it.

A Teixeira spotting?

Reportedly, Mark Teixeira was spotted at the Yankee game last night going 2-4. We will see if he shows up to the rest of the Yankee games this year. In the beginning of the year, a man with similar looks to Teixeira played for the Yankees and batted to a sub-.200 average.

Pick on someone your own size

Yesterday Brett Gardner hit a 2 run home run, the first homer of his career. When Brett got back to his locker after the game he saw a baseball lying there and it read,  “First career home run, solo shot of Sam Richman for Brett Gardner. 05-14-09.” The problem was that Gardner actually hit a two run home run, off of Scott Richmond, on 05-13-09. After seeing the ball, Gardner said, ” I hope that’s not really the ball.” Fortuanetly for Brett, it was not the ball. The real ball with the real information was given to Gardner later on.

Vote Swisher

Don’t forget to vote for Nick Swisher for the 2009 All Star Game. I know he is not doing well lately, but vote for him anyway. Make the guys over at VOTESWISHER.COM happy. Click here to vote (you have to write-in Nick Swisher).

Brett and Johnny

I am still without my computer (I am currently using a friend’s computer). I should recieve a new computer on or around Monday, and once I do posts will appear regulary again.