Saturday, February 05, 2011


Citing a lack of "hunger," Andy said goodbye to baseball. Well, that sure puts a hole in the Yankee's roster. That's two veteran pitchers that have retired while still on top of their game: Pettitte and Mike Mussina. At least 'Moose' left after achieving a personal milestone - a 20-win season, but Andy reached no such personal level and leaves himself well short of the stats needed to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Who knows? Maybe the fire is smoldering deep inside and we'll see him in June or July. I doubt it.

Pedro Martinez has the "fire," just no suitors. Martinez insists he's ready to give it another go. Yeah, right. You really can't sit out for a year at age 39 and expect to be able to perform at the ML level. Adios, Pedro.

***IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM,...***
...try a smaller pond. The Yanks might not have the pitching to get into the playoffs, but it looks like the Triple-A affiliate, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, might just have a powerhouse. Adding to the trio of supposedly sure-fire pitching stars, the Yanks have signed two former ML pitchers, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, to minor league contracts, with the idea that they toil away in the minors till someone gets hurt and fails at their shot in the big time. Now they've inked two former ML infielders to minor league contracts: Ronnie Belliard and Eric Chavez. It's as though Cashman has no idea what to do with his money.

At least the Syracuse Orange can still beat the teams they're supposed to beat. Let's see what happens when Georgetown comes to the Carrier Dome next Wednesday. I had trouble listening to the announcers the whole game. The analyst sounded just like Joe Morgan. I kept waiting to hear how the 1974 Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team was the best ever.

There's supposed to be a football game tomorrow. Must be an important one since the pregame shows start at 6:00 AM. The game itself is scheduled for 6:00 PM. This is like a telethon. Maybe Terry Bradshaw will bring his banjo. What? You say he can't play? That's all right, he can't talk either. Hasn't stopped him so far.


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