cinema_democratica's Comments

Posted Wednesday November 17, 2010, About: Lee open to suitors beyond Yankees, Rangers
I wonder if I'm alone in taking this blurb to imply that, first, the Rangers "educated" Mr. Lee as to how far they would be able to go, and, second, that Mr. Lee responded by widening the search to ensure the Yankees didn't get off too easy?
Posted Wednesday November 10, 2010, About: Jeter may see Howard money by Thanksgiving
Why am I the only baseball fan disappointed by ESPN's decision to relieve Jon Miller and Joe Morgan? I learned a lot about the different types of pitches listening to Joe, and I thought the two of them had an excellent repartee. Indeed, reading over this thread I was really *quite* surprised to hear so many fellow baseball fans sound so happy at the duo's demise. Have I really been missing that much? Is there a baseball telecasting team that's better? Michael Kay and John Flaherty? I'm not arguing the point--just the opposite. The rest of you please educate me on what was so annoying about Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, 'cause I thought they were doing splendidly.
Posted Monday November 01, 2010, About: Fired Yankees coach denies Girardi feud
Sorry - meant for previous post to quote this one. Log-in procedure removed the quote but not the post, since that makes perfect sense....
Posted Monday November 01, 2010, About: Fired Yankees coach denies Girardi feud
BOO-yeah. The real problem was never Eiland; it was Girardi and his not-only-stupidly-inflexible-but-also-happen-to-be-statistically-wrong book moves. Did everyone see the article in which it was pointed out that Hughes' supposed invincibility in Arlington had been based on a series of innings he'd pitched there to people who aren't even on the Rangers' team anymore? Joe Girardi is an idiot and, worse, he's an idiot who's insecure about being called an idiot, and so has to pretend he's some kind of lab-coat-wearing rocket scientist. He *completely* wrecked the Yankee postseason by throwing his veteran hitters out of rhythm with too much rest, screwed up Boone Logan by making him feel like he can't be trusted to get a righty out, contributed mightily to screwing up Joba by repeatedly leaving him in too long, and somehow *still* can't manage to consistently bat the best leadoff hitter in the game anywhere other than ninth. And to think, we've got three more years of this s--t, now.
Posted Sunday October 24, 2010, About: Will Yankees trade Swisher?
CC's friendship with Lee, and the chance to skip the Texas summer heat, would sweeten a tie offer -- and it isn't going to be a tie, anyway. Yanks will get Lee *and* Crawford and will be in serious contention for R. Soriano, to boot.
Posted Thursday October 14, 2010, About: Yankees to make offer Lee can't refuse?
Personally I *love* the fact that the article a few months ago -- y'all remember, the one that said the small-market owners were putting all of their revenue-sharing money in their own pockets? -- hasn't made a *DENT* in all of this apocryphal, "buying-their-championships" baloney. In case you missed the article, it was conclusively proven therein that the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, and Kansas City Royals all reported end-of-year profits last season that were within pennies of the exact size of their revenue-sharing checks from the league. If the Yankees are willing to put their money to better use than the Pirates, that doesn't make the situation unfair. Indeed, rather the opposite.
Posted Thursday October 14, 2010, About: Yankees to make offer Lee can't refuse?
I look at the "truth and rumors" section every morning. And most mornings there's at least one teaser-headline that incites me to want to click and see if there's anything interesting. This story's teaser-headline was "Yankee Strategy for Getting Lee." And what do I get for my clicky-clicky? "If the Yankees want Lee, they'll bid highest for him."

And to think, other users frequently log in to these pages to complain about how little content there is, in these stories!
Posted Saturday September 18, 2010, About: Burnett refuses to discuss black eye
Jorge finally took things to the next level between he and AJ?
Posted Saturday August 14, 2010, About: Former Harper teammate believes he'll sign
There is just an *awful* *lot* of hype about this kid, who hasn't -- let's face it -- *hasn't* shown that he can do anything against quality pitching. The league he comes from in Nevada (made entirely of community colleges) is notoriously soft even by those standards. He hit a monster long-ball at Tropicana Field, but it wasn't a ninety-three mph fastball on the corner, either. I'm not saying the Nationals are wrong about him (draft picks are always just this sort of unknown quantity, of course), but rather that we are wrong to be paying this much attention this early. He'll need *a* *lot* *of* *work* before he's ready for big-league pitching.
Posted Wednesday August 04, 2010, About: Cashman overrated?
Well, Gold, it won't silence anyone because people will never confront the wrong-headedness of their own argument, even when it's self-evident. The Dodgers spend twice as much as the Padres, for example, which -- in some alternate universe where people were even *theoretically* capable of admitting when they're wrong -- would already be the silencing retort to the whole "buy their championships" nonsense, on a sample of one.

That having been said, and as a die-hard Yankee fan, I also think that Brian Cashman is nothing short of abysmal as a GM. Never mind the guhbillion-dollar deals for such nobodies as Loiza and Pavano and Brown, just look at this past off-season: We had to get younger, we were told, so what we did about it -- in substance -- was replace Matsui with Nick Johnson and Damon with Granderson. That isn't how the deals were actually done, mind you, but that was the upshot of them, and, here's the thing, I don't know a *SINGLE* *YANKEE* *FAN* who didn't predict that Nick Johnson would spend most of the year on the DL.

Meanwhile we let Doc Halladay get away because the Phillies' spring training facility is fifteen minutes closer to the guy's Florida home, when we could just as easily have sent a limo over there every day to pick the dude up, for blank's sake. Cliff Lee gets away three times in under a year (and by the way, there's no assurance that we get him at the end of this year, either), and the horrifically bad bullpen isn't going to be picked up too much by a guy with a 6-ish ERA whose best pitches were thrown in 1998. Personally I've seen enough. The time has come for Cashman to get his walkin' papers. He's a nice kid, but he's in over his head with that job, and it's time for him to go.

While I'm at it, the other thing we need to do is bring back Chris Chambliss as our hitting coach. The team has never hit better than it did under Chambliss, in terms of return-on-talent-invested, before or since. We'd be forty points higher as a team right now if we had him back and, here's the thing, he's completely out of baseball right now. All we'd have to do is pay him what he wanted when he walked in the first place because we treated it like a throwaway job.
Posted Saturday July 24, 2010, About: Yankees set sights on Haren
AJ Burnett? I'd like to introduce you to AJ Burnett. Mr Burnett, this is Mr Burnett. I'm sure you two fellas have a lot to talk about, so I'll get out of your way....
Posted Monday July 19, 2010, About: Manuel calling for pitching help?
The only thing worse than their rotation last fall was their own bullpen. And still, if Pedro beats Burnett in Game 2...?
Posted Tuesday July 13, 2010, About: Seeking 'no-trade,' Lee wants some control
Yankee chances of signing him in the off-season just went from 90% to about 99%, since anyone who would have considered bidding against them will balk at any suggestion of no-trade clauses. The question now is, did the Yankees catch a payroll break with this comment? I mean, if there are fewer bidders that means a lower ending price on your auction, now, doesn't it.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
...Oh and a great big shout-out to my newest idol of sports commentary, DirtyDennis, who went out of his way to make the explicit argument that the Yankees were only getting back what they had previously done to other teams, and then, when asked for a single, solitary html citation proving that they'd ever done any such thing, responded with the pathetic, flaccid, "this may come as a shock but I have better things to do" shtick. Stay classy, friendo -- either that or at least do the rest of us a favor and try not to be quite so blatant in your baldfaced lies next time.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
You got it, mav -- the thing to be irked about in all of this isn't that the Yankees were utterly flimflammed, because the Yankees will be better-off for it. The thing to be irked about is the list of people in here who think it's great that a team got utterly flimflammed, *just* *because* *it* *was* the *Yankees*.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
Hey, Dirty: Wanna post a link? A single html reference, dated from any period, at any time, ever, when the Yankees had agreed to a deal to the extent of exchanging the records, then backed out when they got a sweeter one someplace else? Oh, what's that, you can't be bothered but you know they're out there? Oh, mm-hmm. Got it.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
...Not that I disagree with those who've said that the Yankees will come out winners in this, because they will: They get to keep their prospects and, oh by the way, it's a long, long way from a foregone conclusion that the Rangers will get the chance to even face them in the playoffs: They ain't exactly world-series-caliber since their soft-schedule winning streak ended a couple of weeks ago.

Meanwhile, still waiting on the *first* *scintilla* of supporting evidence -- even a simple html citation -- supporting Hoos' assertion that the "reason" the Mariners backed out is because they learned that Montero had an ankle injury. That was about six hours ago, when that got written and... gosh, still nothing? Not one solitary outside reference? Oh yeah, that's right: only Yankee *fans* have to support what they say in here about the extent to which the deal had been agreed to; when we are instead hating the Yankees in here, that's all the fact-checking we need.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
Nope. Sorry, friendo, but that's precisely the point: That is *not* the game. You don't work out the agreement, agree to it, even swap the files, knowing full-well that you're not actually going to go through with it. In real estate that's called an "auction," and it is explicitly illegal. In sports, it's called playing dirty.

Only in the bizarre never-never land that is the anti-reality of the Yankee hater would willful negotiation in bad faith be shrugged off as de rigeur.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
Offer accepted, then shopped after-the-fact. No team does that to any other team. If it had been your team it had happened to, *****, you'd be writing letters to the commissioner's office right now. Please feel free to choke on something sharp, turn blue, and fall over, anytime you might happen to be free for it yet this afternoon.
Posted Saturday July 10, 2010, About: Yankees: Mariners pulled fast one
Yankee-hating on the basis of payroll is such a tired and easily shot-down argument that it makes my teeth ache. Are the Dodgers winning their division because they spend twice as much as San Diego? Are the Red Sox in second place ahead of the Rays because they spend more than twice as much as the Rays? The fact is, the Yankee offer was *accepted*, and then the Mariners shopped that offer, *after* *the* *fact*, back to the Rangers. That's dirty any way you slice it and if it had been anybody else we wouldn't even be having this conversation because it would go without saying.

Incidentally, the assertion by Hoos that the deal fell through because Montero has a sprained ankle is, as far as I can tell, a *complete* *fabrication* by a guy usually classy enough not to vent his Yankee hatred with utter nonsense. I've been following every typewritten word about this deal, and there's not a scintilla of substantiating evidence that the deal fell apart because Montero is hurt. It's a shame that people have to hate a winner bad enough to resort to actually lying in here, but there it is.
Posted Friday July 09, 2010, About: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays covet Werth
A chance to get Cliff Lee is something no team with as much muscle as the Yankees is going to pass-up unless the price gets ridiculous. All this talk about how they're going to wait until he's a free agent is predicated on the assumption that nobody else can lock him up, which might be the modal outcome but certainly isn't assured. My guess is that Lee becomes a Yankee and, as long as I'm at it, wouldn't it be fun if the deal happened today and Lee got his regular start tonight in the *OTHER* *UNIFORM*? I don't think that part will happen, but wow would that make for a storyline for tonight's game, or what?

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