Matt Holliday would play in New York

 

Matt Holliday hits a home run during the 2008 All Star Game at Yankeee Stadium.

Matt Holliday hits a home run during the 2008 All Star Game at Yankeee Stadium.

According to Ken Davidoff, Matt Holliday was recently asked if he would play in New York and he responded, “Yeah, I would play here, I’d have no problem playing here.” Wow, big shocker! Of course he would say that, his agent Scott Boras has trained him well. If he said he would never play in New York his value this off season (when he is a free agent) would go way down. I do think the Matt would actually want to play in New York and he is being honest, but it just does not mean that much.

 

Back in the offseason Tyler Kepner spoke to Matt’s father, Tom Holliday. In his telephone interview with Tyler, Tom went as far as saying, “If someone would have called me today and said Matt had gotten traded to the Yankees, I’d have been hunting for a place to celebrate.” I think that is pretty cool.

The thing is, as great of a player Matt Holliday is, I do not know if I want the Yankees to add another long term contract to their team. A year ago I would have signed him in a heartbeat, but now with the addition of CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, I do not know if the Yankees should give another long term contract away. I  would definitely consider it with Damon and Matsui coming off the books, but at this point I would just see how Matt does this year in the AL. After the year, the Yankees can evaluate how Holliday did in Oakland and make a decision from there.

Advertisements

Game 14

Via Pete Abe:

Yankees

SS Derek “past a diving” Jeter

LF Johnny “rockstar” Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick “swishin scissors” Swisher

DH Hit-Deki Matsui

3B Cody Ransom

CF Brett Gardner

Pitching for the Yankees Andy Pettitte

Athletics

RF Ryan Sweeney

SS Orlando Cabrera

1B Jason Giambi

LF Matt Holliday

DH Jack Cust

2B Mark Ellis

3B Eric Chavez

C Kurt Suzuki

CF Rajai Davis

Pitching for the A’s Dana Eveland.

Interesting to see Giambi back in the Bronx. He deserves a loud applause, and even a bleacher creature roll call.

Also, tonight could be an mini audition for Matt Holliday if the Yankees are even slightly interested in him.


Update 7:37
It’s the second inning. Swisher walked. Hideki doubled, first and third. Ransom pops out, no runs. Gardner gets a 2 run single and then steals 2nd. Gardner on 2nd, 1 out.

Update 7:46
The Yankees batted around, and managed to score 4 runs. End of the 2nd.

Update 8:39
The A’s got the bases loaded in the top of the fourth on three consecutive singles (two of which were by Holliday and Giambi). They managed to score 2 runs. Now going into the fifth 4-2 Yankees.

Update 9:01
The A’s brought in this kid named Andrew Bailey in the 5th. It is now the 6th, he gave up a solo home run Damon. Well, anyway this kid has filthy stuff. The Yankees should get him, ha!

Update 9:32
5-2 Yankees. Top of the eight, Mr. Bruney is in.

Update 9:38
End of the top of the eight. Bruney actually gave up a run on a single, then wild pitch, then double.

Update 10:00
Start spreading the news…Yankees win! Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera tied the record for most wins-saves combination with 57.