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>Yahoo Sports- Mariano Rivera isn’t the type to throw shade at people — teammates, ex-teammates, rivals, whoever it may be. So it’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser to find out that Mo slams ex-New York Yankees teammate Robinson Cano in his new book, “The Closer,” which is out Tuesday. It’s not surprising, really. Just juicy. Rivera, who retired from the Yankees last season as baseball’s all-time saves leader, questions Cano’s drive and passion in the book. It’s not new criticism for Cano, who had a reputation for not hustling enough by the end of his tenure in New York. It is, however, new to hear this from Rivera, who’s usually Mr. Say the Right Thing. From the New York Daily News (whose Wayne Coffey helped Rivera write the book):
In his new autobiography, “The Closer,” Rivera writes about how much affection he has for his former teammate, but adds, “This guy has so much talent I don’t know where to start… There is no doubt that he is a Hall-of-Fame caliber (player). It’s just a question of whether he finds the drive you need to get there. I don’t think Robby burns to be the best… You don’t see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players.”
As for his favorite second baseman, Rivera says Red Sox Dustin Pedroia is “at the top of the list” of players he admires, adding: “Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for twenty-seven outs. It’s a special thing to see.”
He later writes, “If I have to win one game, I’d have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman.”

Back to back days being able to post about Mariano is pretty sweet, even if this is supposed to be him talking shit. Listen the guy shared a locker room with Cano for years and he, like everyone else who watches baseball, knows he doesn’t try hard. He doesn’t have to. There are certain dickheads in this world that are so naturally good at shit they don’t have to try hard and for Cano it’s baseball. Someone like Pedroia who is a short, balding white guy, on the other hand, has to give it their all at every single at bat. He had like two broken legs and was sitting down in the field throwing infield catch before a game, the guy is a nut. And if you just take natural ability and put them side by side, Dustin wouldn’t even come close. But he busts his fucking ass and that’s how he won an MVP and is the preferred 2nd Baseman across the league, not just in Mariano’s eyes. It’s also why I hate his fucking guts and hope he dies. Go Yanks.

-Jesse

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Bleacher Report- Adding an extra letter to a sign was an easy way to pay tribute to a baseball legend. River Avenue runs right past Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Given that former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in baseball history, it made sense to just throw on an “a” to the street sign. Rivera racked up 652 saves over 19 seasons with the Yankees, so it’s only fitting that the street right outside of the stadium was renamed in his honor.

I’ve always been conflicted on renaming things after players after they retire..until now. Of all the Yankee greats there ever have been or ever will be, Mariano is probably the greatest human being among them all. That includes Derek Jeter who is probably taken over the spot of ‘Favorite Yankee’ from Don Mattingly in my heart. All the way from Ruth to DiMaggio to Mantle to Jeets himself, there will never be a better dude that Mo. No booze, no drugs, no scandalous chicks. Just his wife, his Jesus and his cutter. Never will there be a better closer and he deserves to have that street named after him and more. (Please come back Mo, you still got it!)

-Jesse

While this was really funny, it’s not exactly a good look for Yankee fans. Basically just saying “Hey tough guys, you wanna boo him as a picture or even from the upper deck, do it in person” and everyone pussies out. Kinda makes us look like Rays fans. God damn Jimmy Fallon just fucking everyone in the ass in late night television.

Fallon is so likeable I hate the Red Sox with my whole heart yet I always watch Fever Pitch. Fuck him.

-Jesse

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ESPN- Jacoby Ellsbury wasted little time reminding the Red Sox how he used to help them win. He did it for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday night. The boos had barely subsided when Ellsbury tripled leading off the game, his first as an opponent at Fenway Park. Then in the bottom of the first he stole a hit from Boston leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore with a sliding catch in left-center field as his cap flew off. New York won 9-3 and Ellsbury, who spent seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees, was a major contributor. “You want to go out there and put on a good performance,” said Ellsbury, who received a mixed reception. “It was nice to get a triple right off the bat, just allow us to score right from the get-go.” The two-run double in the fifth also was pretty satisfying. It gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead one inning after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers for the Red Sox. That was a “big hit,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “They had climbed a little bit closer to get it to 4-2. I thought he played extremely well.” Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he’s walked just two batters in 29 1/3 innings. But this was his first game at Fenway. “I understand it’s a stadium rich in tradition,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Going up on the mound, I did feel that.”

I used to fucking HATE Ellsbury. Pure, blind, uninhibited hate every single time I saw him in the field, at bat, or on the bases and it was because he did shit like this. He can turn a routine single into a triple. He can steal home. He can run down a fly ball and ruin a potential RBI situation for the other team except now he is doing it in pinstripes. It almost feels like with Ellsbury and Gardner in the outfield there really is only right field as an option for a fly ball. Gotta love that White Speed (not Power, I repeat not White Power). I’m sure in the long run we overpaid for Jacoby but as long as he stays healthy and keeps hitting the ball I will be a very happy fan.
Now to the pitching of Tanaka. I don’t care if we rename the fucking Bronx after this guy. If he keeps pitching this way for the foreseeable future he will be the best in baseball and I will get his name tattooed on my forehead. He throws strikes while giving up very few hits and even fewer walks, something that just ruins the oppositions chance to put up runs. And he does it on the biggest stages in New York and Fenway. Love the pitching, the hitting is starting to pick up, 1st in the East. It’s Murdddaaaahhhhhhhh

-Jesse


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I love this list because it always makes me laugh. GMs and Executives always think they are so fucking smart signing someone who has a big year or two to a decade long contract where the biggest pay days are WELL past their primes. Let’s break down some of the more interesting people on the list.
Floyd has basically dominated the list every year since Tiger got divorced.
Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being 2nd and 3rd makes since because people who have never watched soccer know how good they are. Simple as that, worldwide stars.
Aaron Rodgers being the highest paid football player may not seem right to some people but I don’t mind it. 40 million for last year is a little nuts for on the field performance but he is the face of the NFL. He is the future and he will be a/the top QB for years to come.
Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco being in the top 10 is fucking great. These are the guys who cashed in on a few good years (only Flacco has anything to show for it) and are now banging the buttholes of their teams cap limits. Good job boys.
The Phillies have 3 guys in the top 25 and they are in last place. I honestly don’t think Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee even play baseball anymore and I refuse to look it up for the correct information. There are 6 guys above anyone on the Yankees at all so all those “you buy your players” people can suck a dick under a bridge. (Thank God A-Rod is suspended and doesn’t count)
Gilbert Arenas. He may not be in the top 25 total but he is the 3rd highest paid NBA player and WASN’T IN THE LEAGUE. There is always someone like that and this time it’s Gilbert. Play on playa.

-Jesse



Jesus Christ, settle down you freaks. Do we need to send out the Godzilla sized cameras every single time one of these guys makes it to the majors? How is this not old news by now? You think anyone from America gave a shit when Allen Iverson was playing hoops over in Turkey? Once you’re gone, you’re gone. I don’t want to see any more Japanese people with giant cameras unless they’re taking 6,000 pictures of their family in front of every tall building, zoo, sign, store, statue, and tree in America. I can only handle so much.

-Ken

Gonna get those tots out of the oven just as soon as I swipe second.

Yeah, that’s a goddamn mitten.

What the hell is going on around here?! Are the Yankees throwing in the towel already?

-Ken