October 14, 2011

NY Daily News sportwriter John Harper disrespects Prince Fielder.

He's worried the Yankees will try to sign him when he becomes a free agent this winter.
The Yankees need an aging, slow-footed, full-time DH like they need higher ticket prices. But it was pretty funny to hear David Ortiz wax poetic about the team he killed for so many years because, well, honestly - did you ever think you'd hear a player talk about the Bronx as a place to get away from all the drama?
Whatever. Hey, this is cool: Watch Jerry Hairston make a great slide into home plate. (That happened in the 4th inning of last night's Brewers/Cardinals game.)

And here's what Ortiz said: "There's too much drama [on the Boston Red Sox]...  I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year.... [The Yankees] lost just like we did; they just went to the first round of the playoffs... I ain't heard nobody coming out killing everybody just because they lost."

37 comments:

David said...

Next for Prince--Dancing with the Stars.

Fred4Pres said...

A player saying he is going to the Yankees is like learning your sister is turning tricks to make a few bucks.

Bob Ellison said...

I guess this is the kind of drama Big Papi doesn't want to be part of anymore. As a Red Sox fan, I say perfect riddance.

Maguro said...

He's not disrespecting Fielder. He just believes that the Yankees just need other things, like starting pitching, more than they need a Designated Hitter.

I know you're kind of new to the baseball thing, but wouldn't you agree that Prince is pretty slow afoot?

ricpic said...

Cashman's too bright to be looking for anything but southpaw pitching for the Yanks, lots and lots of southpaw pitching.

Lem said...

"There's too much drama [on the Boston Red Sox]... I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year....

How was the drama when you had a horrendous start in 2009 (1 home run, .188 batting average through 49 games).

I love you Big Papi.. but after blowing a 9 game wild card lead like you guys just did.. please go and crawl under a rock and shut the F up.

Beta Rube said...

Might be a nice fit for the Yanks. Prince could buy his clothes from Trooper.

Patrick said...

Between Pujols and Fielder, there is going to be a lot of money spent. I don't think the Yanks are in the market for 1B or a DH.

Still hope Prince re-signs with the Crew, but he seems to me to be the type who wants more of what the big city has to offer.

Unless he thinks he can win it all.

Brewers over Cards in 7.

Kit said...

Sounds like they need pitching - you can never have too many good pitchers. Boy, though, if I had to pick between Ortiz, Pujols or Fielder, I'd take Pujols in a second.

m stone said...

I think you misread. The "aging, slow-footed, full-time DH" he refers to is Ortiz. He's 36 and slow.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

This is what happens when America's Pastime is perverted by a stupid rule like the DH. American League sissies!

EDH said...

Makes me ask at what point do you have to return to the basepath after rounding third? And was he in in the basepath sliding into home?

And speaking of running outside the basepaths and Red Sox "drama"...

Reports that Josh Beckett often led a group of Red Sox starting pitchers in eating, drinking and playing video games in the clubhouse during games didn’t come as any surprise to former Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon.

McKeon told the Palm Beach Post that he had to lock the clubhouse door during games in 2003 to keep Beckett and fellow starter Brad Penny from leaving the dugout during games.

“In between innings they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out,’’ McKeon told Palm Beach Post Marlins reporter Joe Capozzi. “I said, ‘Hey, I got no rule against going up if you have to go to the bathroom or something, but get back.’ A couple of times I looked down the bench to talk to somebody and they weren’t there. They were in the clubhouse. So I went up and got them out and said, ‘OK, boys that’s it. We’ll lock the door.’”

On Sept. 29, one day before manager Terry Francona parted ways with the Red Sox, multiple sources told the Herald that several starting pitchers had taken to drinking beer in the clubhouse during games on days when they didn’t pitch. Today, a story in the Boston Globe confirmed the Herald’s report and named Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester and occasionally Clay Buchholz as the pitchers who used the beer to wash down fast-food fried chicken and biscuits, in addition to playing video games.


wv - "papto" = pink bismol medicine for when "Big Papi" upsets your stomach (honestly)

E.M. Davis said...

One of those two (Fielder or Pujols) will be a Cub.

E.M. Davis said...

Makes me ask at what point do you have to return to the basepath after rounding third? And was he in in the basepath sliding into home?

It's odd that runners can be called out for being out of the basepath anywhere but rounding third and near home.

Maguro said...

Shocking stuff, baseball players drinking beer. In other breaking news, bears have been seen shitting in the woods.

ndspinelli said...

It's not a dis professor..just analysis. I don't think CC will leave the Yanks. Boston and The Yanks will be in the bidding for Prince. Although he has improved in the field, Prince is not a fielder[pun intended]. That makes him the consummate DH. If he stays in the NL I'll be surprised. The only way he stays w/ the Brewers is if he gives them a hometown discount, and that's an anathema to his agent, Scott Boras.

Ann Althouse said...

"I think you misread. The "aging, slow-footed, full-time DH" he refers to is Ortiz. He's 36 and slow."

Have you been watching the Brewers games? Maybe I made a leap there. Obviously, it refers at least to Ortiz.

Patrick said...

That was some quality base running. Guy's having a good series. Season wasn't bad either. Nice to see him pick up for Casey.

Quayle said...

Well, we've got the monetary anchor A-Rod sinking the boat for the next bunch of years.

I don't think need any more weight.

Besides, the Yanks have Jesus for DH.

Kit said...

American League sissies!

Agreed.

Curious George said...

Ann Althouse said...
"I think you misread. The "aging, slow-footed, full-time DH" he refers to is Ortiz. He's 36 and slow."

Have you been watching the Brewers games? Maybe I made a leap there. Obviously, it refers at least to Ortiz."

Not "at least"...entirely. He actually says nothing negative about Fielder...only positive "Or would the Yankees be better off paying huge money for Fielder, whose lefthanded swing just might produce 50 home runs a year with the help of Yankee Stadium..."

As far as the JHJ slide...yep awesome. Plays at the plate from the outfield are the most exciting in baseball. That said, if the catcher had been Mike Scioscia, Hairston would never have gotten to the plate.

Ron said...

What, no mention of El Tigres winning on a hit that cleverly uses the 3rd base bag?

ndspinelli said...

Curious, Molina is no slouch..he had the plate covered, Hairston just had the balance and agility to get around him. Hairston also had the good sense to know he couldn't go through Molina.

Alan Smithee said...

Fielder to the Yankees makes no sense whatsoever. They have a first baseman in decline (and signed long-term) and are married to ARod at $30M or so per year until 2017. No team can spend that much money for a DH, especially with ARod a season or two away from becoming a full time DH. This is simply Boras's attempt to jack up Fielder's price when the three biggest spenders (Yanks, RSox, and Phillies) will not bid on Fielder and hence lower his price.

PaulV said...

The baseline is the the line beginning at point where a player is and ending at the base he is going to. He is out if he goes 3 feet out of that baseline to avoid a tag.

Curious George said...

"ndspinelli said...
Curious, Molina is no slouch..he had the plate covered, Hairston just had the balance and agility to get around him. Hairston also had the good sense to know he couldn't go through Molina."

Didn't say he was...he is the best catcher in baseball. But Scioscia would have made sure he didn't get to the plate. He would have blocked that path completely first. Caught the ball second. Tagged the runner third. He was unique and the best ever at it. Unlike Molina who was standing, he would have had his left knee on the ground in foul territory up the line. This would have forced Hairston to go too wide, or be stopped cold.

By strict adherence to the rules you aren't allowed to impede the runner if you are not in possession of the ball...but no umps ever call that at the plate.

Michael said...

Never use "disrespect" as a verb.

Joe Schmoe said...

I love you Big Papi.. but after blowing a 9 game wild card lead like you guys just did.. please go and crawl under a rock and shut the F up.

True. Not only that, but Papi burst into his manager's post-game press conference earlier this season to protest a call that had turned one of his hits into an error. Papi was happy to stir up drama on that occasion and he looked very selfish in the process. Not his finest moment and makes him look a little hypocritical.

Papi will always have a place in my heart, but he should heed the old maxim that it's better to keep your mouth shut and appear a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

DADvocate said...

Great slide by Hairston. It's amanzing the level these guys can play at when they get serious.

Roy Lofquist said...

Fielder made three or four very good plays at first last night, and congratulating Theriot for robbing him of a hit was real class.

ndspinelli said...

Curious, I agree w/ you on Scioscia. He was the best I ever saw @ blocking the plate. However, in his days the main way to get the plate was through the catcher..not around him. It was a tougher game. With the increasing salaries there is more of a gentleman's agreement about knocking catchers on their ass, breaking up dp's, etc. Just look @ all the shit that Marlins player got for taking out Buster Posey earlier this year. In Scioscia's era that was just hardball.

ndspinelli said...

Roy Lofquist, You are correct sir. I saw Prince tip his cap to an outfielder who robbed him of a HR.

Curious George said...

"ndspinelli said...
Curious, I agree w/ you on Scioscia. He was the best I ever saw @ blocking the plate. However, in his days the main way to get the plate was through the catcher..not around him. It was a tougher game. With the increasing salaries there is more of a gentleman's agreement about knocking catchers on their ass, breaking up dp's, etc. Just look @ all the shit that Marlins player got for taking out Buster Posey earlier this year. In Scioscia's era that was just hardball."

No doubt. Like I said, no "dis" on Molina. And I understand the "new rules". Just my first thought...no way Sciosca let's Hairston get to that plate. He would have made him go through him. And that would have ended up with Hairston hitting the wall, Sciosca catching the ball, and Hairston being tagged.

Sciosca once was knocked out in a collision at the plate...I forget who hit him...and he hung on to the ball. Dude was tough.

AJ Lynch said...

Fielder would fit in with the Dodgers or Cubs or Braves [if Freddie Freeman can play the outfield].

Calypso Facto said...

Open letter to "Prince and Albert" in the Journal Sentinel, lobbying for them to stay put.

Jose_K said...

Neither Bosox nor yankees are a fit for him. Bosox have Adrián González in first. Fielder wont be a DH.
Yankees have Texeira , third to last in clutch but the best defensive 1b of MLB.And Jeter and ARod will be sharing DH role soon.Jeter must be DH by now. He is beyond 25th in range at SS
For the same reason the wont sign Pujols, almost as good in defense as Texeira.

Jose_K said...

I mean Nobody will pay 200$ for a DH