June 2009

The Lighthouse of Hope

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Surely, you can’t be serious. I am serious and don’t call me Shirley. The Yankees had someone in the Dominican Republic watching, “Mr. Who’s Your Daddy” himself. Should we read anything into this? Well, according to the New York Daily News, no we shouldn’t. They reported that someone close to the Yankees believed the team was just doing a solid for agent Fern Cuza. He also represents Mariano Rivera. I highly doubt Pedro Martinez will EVER come to the Yankees. After what he pulled with Don Zimmer, and sending Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano to the hospital in the same day. Oh by the way, he and Jorge Posada aren’t the best of friends either. That would be an interesting battery to watch. It would kind of be like Jerry pitching to Tom, before the cartoon went absolutely stupid when they became friends, ugh.

Yankees drop two to the Nationals – World to end – read all about it!
I thought about this a lot today. Does it absolutely stink on ice that the Yankees dropped two of three to the worst team in the major leagues? Does it reek of month old milk left out on the table for a week, when three starters from said worst team, and the worst bullpen in the league come into your house and own you? The answer to both of these questions is yes, but this is baseball. If you have played it at any level in your life, you know as well as anyone, that you are going to go through spells where you don’t hit worth a lick and you cant pitch to save your life. Right now that’s exactly what’s going on with the Yankees.

We are all guilty of being Veruka Salt, the spoiled little girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The old one with Gene Wilder, I refuse to even acknowledge they made a new one.  We are all running around and screaming, “But, Daddy, I want a Yankees’ win nowwwwwwwwww!”

There are 96 games left. 96. Again, let me reiterate, I am not excusing this team from taking a beat down by the Nationals. All I am saying is take a chill.  It took the perfect storm for the Nats to come in here and do what they did. Sometimes baseball teams all have some hitting issues at once. The Yankees just picked the wrong team to go cold against. This is a team if you remember that won eight in a row.  I know they are 3-6 in their last nine. I know the 3-6 could be 2-7 or 1-8. It happens. It’s baseball. The 1998 Yankees – one of the best teams of all time – at one point of the season lost 11 of 19 games. Did the world end? We are here right?

They lost to the White Sox who finished 80-82. They lost to the A’s who finished 74-88. They lost to the Mariners who were 76-85. They also lost to the Twins who finished 70-92.

We all have to learn like Joshua from Wargames.  The world almost ended in that 80’s classic because of snot nosed computer geek Matthew Broderick, the world is not going to end because the Yankees lost a series to the Nationals.  Besides, it’s not 2012 yet.  The waters may seem troubled, but look to the “Lighthouse of Hope.”  That would be my bald head.  All of you fans are out on a boat and all you see are choppy waters in the “Sea of Negativity” that is this area.  You see huge waves about to crash on top of you and the Yankees season.  96 games.  The ship your on has plenty of time to right itself and it starts tonight in Florida.  

Ninety-six games.  Look to the lighthouse and let me bring you back in to seeing the glass as half full.

Joba Chamberlain – Again Chris?  Really?
Sorry, just a couple of things.  I just have a couple of questions.  Why is it that Phil Hughes, who is supposed to be a starter, is working out of the bullpen now and no one has a problem with that?  Meanwhile Joba continues to not be lights out in his starts and he gets a free pass?   “Chien-Ming Wang is killing the bullpen!”  This can be heard echoing all over the radio in this area.  Joba isn’t?  I love how people want to bury a guy who won 46 games in two and a half years.  Yeah lets just throw him on the scrap heap.  Watch how fast other teams come in like a flock of seagulls (not the haircut) to pick him up.  If you are going to be patient with Chamberlain, give Wang the same respect.  Notice how I didn’t say Joba should be back in the bullpen.

One more thing – just curious – do you know how many games are left in the season?  Here’s a hint, sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall, but make believe you’ve already took down and passed around three.

Squish the Fish.

End of Transmission  

A Day in the Life of … well … me

7:26 – Rise and Shine

7:27 – Into el bano to do the shaving ritual – first the face – then the head

7:35 – Brush the choppers and swish around some mouthwash

7:37 – Get dressed – Flash Gordon t-shirt (the cheesy 80’s movie) Yankees pullover – jeans

7:47 – Glass of OJ in the kitchen

7:57 – In the car leaving house – pouring rain – top stays up for obvious reasons

8:12 – Stop at Dunkin Donuts  to purchase Box O’ Joe and a dozen donuts for Mike Francesa and his crew – they have a remote at the Hard Rock Yankee Stadium. The line was out the door, but “Wrapped Around Your Finger” was playing by the Police (favorite group of all time). I was fine.

8:20 – Arrive at work and immediately begin preparing the YES Network Sports Sprint, which airs right before Francesa at 1p.m.

8:36 – Take a break from the Sprint so I can re-trace my steps for the morning and I write down everything I did to this point so it is fresh for the blog.

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8:37 – Received the ratings e-mail – checked to see how BP did last night – I’m pleased.

8:38 – Back to Sprint preparations which consist of printing out the stories that I will cover in my update today: the Yankees, the Blue Jays and the Padres

8:40 –  Wrote my Sprint lead – based on the home run happy Yankee Stadium

8:46 – As I continue the Sprint preps, thunderstorms are rolling in off the Long Island Sound and the thunder is shaking the building – nothing like a good strong thunderstorm!

9:01 – Finished with the office portion of writing the Sprint – I write my highlights to the scripts I get from our feed service – Sports News Satellite

9:02 – Cup of coffee number one – and breakfast – two Special K cereal bars

9:03 – Head upstairs to edit the highlights for the Sprint

9:29 – Done editing the highlights

9:33 – Apparently it’s a four-minute walk from the third floor – down the stairs and back to my office on the first floor

9:40 – I didn’t get a Yankees script in my e-mail – so I had to cut those highlights and then write them down in my office after editing. Now the Sprint is completed – just have to wait for the Francesa crew to get here to tape – probably around 11:00.

9:42 – Starting to get Flash Forward rundown ready – I am taping it with John Flaherty as we do every week for YESNetwork.com – Flash will call in around 11:15.

9:42 – Second cup of coffee – 9:42 was a busy minute.

9:45 – Researching graphics for Flash Forward – Wang at Fenway in his career – 3-3, 5.11 ERA..

9:55 – Researching Mets vs. Yankees since interleague started – Yankees are 39-27 vs. Mets.

10:15 – Research and graphics are done – printing out Flash Forward rundowns.

10:18 – Take a break to input the first part of my day into the blog for your enjoyment.

10:38 – Done with the blog writing – now it’s time to suit up and head upstairs to tape – be back later.

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10:46 – Got dressed for the Sprint and Flash Forward in what I like to call my mullet outfit – business up top – party on the bottom

10:50 – Went upstairs to tape the Sprint and Flash

11:11 – Started taping the Sprint and finished at 11:15

11:17 – Still waiting for Flash to call – he accidentally deleted my text with the number – I left my cell in my office – Neal Baker – Producer of the Francesa show went to my office to get my phone – I texted the number to Flash again

11:18 – Flash called in and we started – to find out what we talked about you’ll have to wait and see when it shows up on YESnetwork.com later

11:26 – Flash Forward ends – I wrote an intro for the Francesa Show – they are live at the Hard Rock Cafe at Yankee Stadium

11:30 – Handed off my microphone and IFB to Joe Parrino in the audio room

11:31 – Grabbed the tape with me and Flash on it and headed downstairs

11:35 – Back in my office typing up the blog – going to hand off the tape to get fed – then change into the gym clothes – then its off to NYSC for a little shoulder work out

11:58 – Dropped tape off to get fed – and gave Kevin Sullivan our internet guru the rundown for Flash Forward

11:59 – Glasses off – contacts in

12:02 – Left for the gym

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12:10 – Arrived at gym – got situated and hopped on the elliptical

12:40 – 30 minutes on the elliptical – 2.66 miles and made some room for lunch with the calories burned

12:41 – Shoulder work out begins – 12 sets – four exercises – light weight – lots of reps

1:09 – Left the gym

1:20 – Back at work – picked up my free lunch – THANKS YES!  When the Francesa show is on a remote we get catered lunch – work perk – holla – anyway I chose Chicken Remo from Remo’s in downtown Stamford – it’s a melange of arugula (its a ve-ge-ta-ble – My Blue Heaven reference) tomatoes and their house dressing over some breaded chicken – make me chicken any way and I am eating it

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1:30 – Eating lunch and listening to Mike Francesa in the background in my office – lunch is good

1:40 – BPTV Producer Steve Goldberg came in for a little pre production meeting – Coney will be joining me for the entire first block of the show – you will here his thoughts on tonight’s pitching matchup and the closers

1:51 – Reminder – game is on MY9 tonight – but we are doing BP/Pre/Post on YES

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1:58 – Intern Heather “The Big” Walkowski stopped by my office after her morning of transcribing tapes for five hours – good egg this kid – she is going to make it. Mark my words.

2:05 – Mike Francesa is interviewing John Flaherty – Flash very busy today – don’t forget Flash Forward will be up later on YESnetwork.com – so I am chilling in my office watching this interview – getting ready for BP going over the scripts and graphics – When Goldy (Steve Goldberg) produces he likes to write the show – so he does – when anyone else produces BP (there are three other producers – I write the show – I prefer to write – but Steve likes it too and we have the same style).

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2:20 –  The Original BP Producer – my rock – and my confidant here at YES – Jared Boshnack stopped by – when he produces I write the show – he is producing tomorrow and Thursday – so I will be using the keyboard overtime the next two days.  Jared has really taken this show to the next level from its humble beginnings and always challenges my writing when he produces – He is the “Big Toe” of the YES Network – yup – he’s our Sergeant Hulka

bosh.jpg2:30 – Flash interview with Francesa ended – they go to break – and this is how I know I am getting older – Lee Majors is on a commercial promoting a “bionic” hearing aid – oh Six Million Dollar Man – where is Oscar Goldman and the technology when you need them


2:43 –
In a bit of a holding pattern in my office – going over my scripts again – David Cone is in the house!

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3:05 – Finished going over scripts – called home to check in on my girls – they are good

3:15 – Goldy tells me we are taping a weather segment with Jim Kosek from accuweather.com at 5:00

3:30 – Goldy stopped in again – and told me that we will probably – most likely have BP in the show now – we were not optomistic for the cages to come out in Boston with the weather – but as it stands – the cage is out in Boston as you can kind of clearly see from me taking a picture of Fenway from our live truck up in Boston  

IMG00114.JPG3:46 – Sitting in the office – its quiet – all I can hear is Pre-game producer and Old Bridge, NJ native Bill Boland calling for Steve Goldberg – I’m from South River, NJ which is right next to Old Bridge – Boles as we call him and I are from similar backgrounds – he went to Trenton State College – I went to Rowan – good guy

3:53 – Updated my Twitter page – Like the little back and forth I have going with Chris Carlin of SNY – doing Ron Burgundy lines back and forth – you can’t beat that

4:00 – Lineups are in:

Yankees

Jeter SS

Damon DH

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Posada C

Swisher LF

Cabrera RF

Gardner CF

Burnett P

 

Red Sox

Pedroia 2B

Drew RF

Youkilis 1B

Bay LF

Lowell 3B

Ortiz DH

Varitek C

Kotsay CF

Green SS

Beckett P

4:08 – Time to man up and put my makeup on – first the foundation – and then some powder to make me look like I have a little bit of color – damn my Irish blood

4:09 – Before Makeup
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bptv2.JPG4:38 – Okay fun seekers – its off to the studio where I will take some more pictures for you and report back after BP is over and I wrap up my day – until then!

5:15 – Taped weather segment with Jim Kosek of Accuweather.com he was great!

5:30 – Taped Coney’s segment and he was awesome as always!

5:45-6:00 – Talked to the crew about sports talk radio and how I need a show

6:37 – Show is over!  About to take my makeup off and call it a night!  Try to get a good night sleep and do it all over again tomorrow!  Wouldn’t trade this for anything!

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my day as it unfolded – Here are a couple pictures of the BP set – have a great night everyone!  Go Yanks!


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The Great Debate

Well Yankee fans, both sides of the Joba debate got exactly what they wanted last night in Cleveland. Chamberlain started, and pitched through the eighth, bridging the gap to Mariano Rivera.

I have to stand my ground though on my stance to put him back in the bullpen. As Ozzie Guillen said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “I’d rather face him once every five days then every night.” You get the idea.

John Flaherty talked about this very topic in Flash Forward this week on YESNetwork.com. Find out what the Yankees catcher thinks about the Joba situation by clicking here.

All of you out there who are sick of this topic, well I’m sorry. Some people like to beat Brangelina or Brittany to death in the figurative sense, I am in the business of beating the starter-reliever thing to death. Like it or not, it will be around the whole season. I suggest you get used to it.

There are times this season Chamberlain left you looking at the glass as half empty, and other times like last night, he left you looking at the glass as half full. When he was a reliever the glass was overflowing.

The more Chamberlain is inconsistent, and the closer he inches to his pitch counts every night and his innings limit for the season, this Great Debate will continue to rage on.