Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Jonathan Papelbon may be a pitcher, but he sure seems comfortable handling the wood. At least that’s what Philadelphia fans discovered this weekend when the Phillies closer grabbed his crotch in reaction to boos after blowing a three run lead in the ninth to the Florida Marlins.

Papelbon maintained his innocence in a post-game interview stating his shock over the umpires ejection after his lewd gesture, "He said I was doing an inappropriate gesture, and I didn't know what he was talking about. And that's when I got pretty upset.”

Yeah, right.

Papelbon has made no secret that he is unhappy with Philadelphia’s train wreck of a season. After signing a four-year deal for $50 million back in 2012, the Phillies missed the playoffs in 2013 and are currently in dead last in the NL East. Here’s a clip of him talking about the club’s troubles:

Though Papelbon is no Jack Parkman, his shimmy certainly does make Philadelphia fans sick.

I have no sympathy for fans of any Philadelphia sports team, but Papelbon’s gesture is the mark of a sore loser. It’s also a sign that he’s letting his frustrations affect his mental game—and that’s the most offensive part about his little display. As any Yankees fan can attest to, chatter from the stands is part of the game and it’s up to the player to have the mental toughness to tune it out.

Do you think Derek Jeter would let a little heckling throw him from his game and show emotion directed toward the crowd? I doubt it. Can you imagine Papelbon in pinstripes?

There’s other famous instances of players taking their frustrations out on those in the stands. Back in 1995, Yankee Jack McDowell left the game after a dismal performance on the mound against the White Sox and figured since he couldn’t throw strikes he’d  throw fans the bird instead. And then of course there was Chad Kreuter of the Los Angeles Dodgers who went into the stands after a fan after they reached into the bullpen and swiped his cap.

Papelbon is suspended for 7 games.  You gotta wonder if the suspension should have been more severe.

--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
Twitter:  @heylexyg

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It has finally happened. After six long, excruciating months I just can't take it anymore. I can't sit here and watch this team suck and not live up to its potential. I want to grab some of these guys in the clubhouse and shake them violently. I want to walk up to Kevin Long and  beat him with a bat (a foam bat....but still). I am a very patient person but even I have my breaking limit.

I reached that last night because I really have lost my damn mind. I walk in late from work and come in in the 7th inning. I sit on the couch and I am literally crossing every body part I can seeing the score tied at a big goose egg. By the time the 8th inning came I was twitching...literally. There is NO REASON for the 8th inning to end the way it did. For crying out loud Mark Teixeira started the inning off with a walk. A WALK ladies and gentlemen....the fact that NO ONE could do anything good behind him makes me want to spit bullets right now.

To watch the Rays walk off the way they did made me go postal....literally. I was on the phone with one of my friends back on the east coast when I literally dropped my phone and threw a pillow at my television. I wish I were kidding.....but I am not (I am sorry Tellie, please forgive me. The Bronx BUMMERS made me do it). Somewhere along the line I snapped and yelled something about making a Voodoo doll of Kevin Long. Needless to say the person I was on the phone with hung up pretty quickly and I may have traumatized them for life. I am sorry for that, too.

Look, I am so far past being "In Love" with this team it isn't even funny. I think these guys are so accustomed to losing....they aren't upset about being losers! In fact, I think they like it. They don't care. They have no pride. They don't care about those little kids watching them on the TV who want to be just like them. Seriously, last night I didn't see anyone pissed off that we lost by a walk-off. Show me that you are as pissed off as I am! Where is Paul O'Neill when you need him?! Complacency is a disease! If you can't get your crap together get off of the bench and make room for someone else who cares and will actually play. Right now....there is ZERO leadership. I wish Jorge Posada was still here to light a fire under these guys, maybe scare them for next year should they be LUCKY enough to still be around.

There is no more time for this "you have to tip your cap to the pitcher for pitching an outstanding game" bullshit. It's a broken record. I have been listening to it for six months and it is as tired and played out as these stinkers are.

Chris Capuano did his job last night. Once again, the starting pitching does their job and this lineup of misfit toy baseball players can't hit worth beans. It's frustrating. It's a waste of a good start, and Capuano deserves an apology. Hell, I will apologize to him for his team. Capuano, I am sorry you have a sorry bunch of hitters that can't support you. Shawn Kelley, right now I want to tie cement blocks to your feet and throw you in the East River because I am irrational and pissed. I am sure in the morning I will feel least I hope.

This team is an underachieving bunch of lifeless bench warmers. I just can't take it anymore. I hope one day my sunny disposition comes back. I hope that my Kevin Long Voodoo doll never comes to life but right now I want heads to roll. I want the Yankees to feel my rage because I need to know that they feel SOMETHING. Yes ladies and gentleman....I have lost my damn mind and I am truly sorry you had to witness this. I hope to return to you as a rehabbing individual later today.....

 Final:  Rays 1 - Yankees 0

 --Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
Twitter: @NyPrincessJ


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Monday, September 15, 2014


Here at BYB, we are fans of David Phelps.  And many of you have shown your support of the young Yankee pitcher through your readership and comments to the number of posts we have written about him.  Our piece, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DAVID PHELPS got record reads here on BYB.  So, what I am about to share with you now may hit you a little hard, as it has us.

The other evening, while watching the coverage of the Yankee game, there was talk about Larry Rothschild's latest assessment of Phelps.  The broadcasters stated that Rothschild believes that Phelps can't throw more than a couple innings because he is prone to elbow swelling, therefore he is better suited for the bullpen.  What?  Didn't he come in and take over for our ailing pitching staff for most of the season until he got hurt and was forced to hit the DL on August 4th?  He had a ERA under 4, which for most of the summer, was the leading ERA for our starters.  What thanks does he get?  He gets, what I believe is a kick in the teeth from his pitching coach.  Seriously?

Earlier last week, the YES Network reported that Phelps will be returning to the team as a member of the bullpen.  "He never imagined it would take more than a month to get back on the active roster, but he knows now that he will be coming back as a reliever, so it's more imperative to make sure he's 100 percent rather than good enough to make a couple starts," stated the report.  Patch him up and send him in for active duty- it sounds so terrible.

Phelps is a young guy with a big future in front of him.  Why do I know this?  It's in his mindset.  He has a "mastery-oriented mindset," which educator and psychologist Carol Dweck, author of the best selling book Mindset, states is when people "think about learning, not about proving how smart they are. When they experience a setback, they focus on effort and strategies instead of worrying that they are incompetent."  Phelps is that kind of person, who values effort, uses feedback to improve, relishes challenges and focuses on the value of learning.  Here's the concern: if he is listening to Rothschild and thinks he is not starting material because he is prone to "elbow soreness" then he may accept that.  And you know what, Rothschild could be wrong.  He doesn't have the best track record with our pitchers- they all got hurt, except for maybe Hiroki Kuroda.  He signed with the Yankees in 2010 and signed a one-year extension to his contract in October 2013.  Yankee management: Please don't offer him anything else in pinstripes.  I am afraid he is mismanaging our pitchers and leading them down the wrong path.

As for David Phelps, I hope this injury and new position is not a major setback for the young pitcher's career.  I often wonder if pitching is a thankless job.  Nobody cares unless you are screwing up and if you are screwing up, it is your fault- you suck, not anyone else! You are a king if you are hot but you are nothing more than a court jester if you are not.

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @suzieprof


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Today's report on Masahiro Tanaka is positive, but it depends on who you read. The headlines are interesting.  I mean, overall, the big news for Tanaka is he pitched 5 scoreless innings, and that comes from several news outlets.  We'll demonstrate with 2 headlines:

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: Masahiro Tanaka one step closer to pitching for Yankees before season ends, throws 65 pitches in simulated game 

ESPN's headline: Masahiro Tanaka throws 5 innings

But it's interesting. Check out USA Today's headline: Masahiro Tanaka hit hard, but pitches five scoreless innings

Hit Hard? What does that mean? We're going with Chad Jennings and USA Today, because I want the real story.  Getting "hit hard" peaks my interest. Let's find out what happened:

"Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings in Monday's instructional league game. He struck out four, gave up six hits and was hit hard several times while playing with and against a group of mostly teenagers, including several of this year's international signings. 'Feels good,' he said. 'I feel alright.'"

It's a hard and honest report, and now the question is, what comes next?

Well, the big thing is we need to see how he feels.  If he feels good tomorrow, I will speculate right now that I bet he returns to the Yankees this week.  I'd like to speculate more and suggest maybe he turns to start this Sunday, because selfishly, I'm going to the game and I'd like to see him live. But again, that's just selfish speculation on my part... nothing more.

It's clear the Yankees want him back to help their club down the stretch, even though many Yankee fans have already written off the Yankees in 2014.  But with the recent energy of guys like Martin Prado and Chris Young, and some solid pitching lately from the likes of Shane Greene and Brandon McCarthy, it's the believers that are attempting to lead the charge here. You know I like that.  Maybe Tanaka helps, but remember, this return for Masahiro is not so much about the Yankees, it's about Tanaka.  I mean, as long as he feels good and doesn't need surgery in his comeback of 2014, hopefully he'll work out of it.  We'll just have to see, but I feel good about Tanaka, and I am looking forward to his return... whenever that will be.

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It's a nugget that's really been unreported, but it should be.  Luckily for us, ESPN just wrote about it and I wanted to share it.

 According to ESPN:

"Dellin Betances struck out two in his one inning of relief Sunday. That gave him 130 this season, tying for most strikeouts by a Yankees reliever ever, a record that Mariano Rivera set in 1996. Betances’ 130 K's have come in only 86 2/3 innings. Rivera needed 107 2/3 innings to set his mark."

Betances has found this thing, and I applaud that. I look forward to this guy in the future.  The Yankees need to hold onto this guy. 

As you know, there is a ton of talk about whether or not Bet will be the new Mariano Rivera, totally disregarding everything DRob has done this year. 

While it probably doesn't faze Robertson, you can't ignore his 36 saves so far either.  I mentioned once that I wonder if the Yankees would let DRob walk after this season.  Read THE YANKEES MIGHT BE WILLING TO PART WITH DROB. It was merely a speculation piece.  I in no way want DRob to leave. In fact, quite the opposite. I believe a future of Betances and DRob could prove to be as dominant as Mariano and John Wetteland.  The difference is... we could have our new combo for several years if the Yankees would be smart about it.

Anyway... nice nugget from Jeff Seidel of ESPN.

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ARod: Hey D. I meant to text you last week. Congrats on Jeter Day!

Jeter: Shhh. don't start telling people ur texting me. you're suspended LOL

ARod: Dick

Jeter: I'm playing man. How you doing

ARod: I'm alright man, Working out a lot.  I'm out of the spotlight. its weird

Jeter: Yeah, that's gotta be weird for you. Haha

ARod: I even did the ALS Water bucket challenge and I didn't even get press!

Jeter: Maybe you should do it with a blonde. lol

ARod: No, that's you man. bachelor with the gift basket parting gifts.

Jeter: at least I give a gift. What do you give???

ARod: A signed photo of me kissing myself in the mirror. LOL

Jeter: haha

ARod: I'm looking forward to coming back

Jeter: Yeah. I bet you planned it this way so you could have the spotlight next year with out me getting in your way.

ARod: How'd you know? 

Jeter: LOL. We've known each other for a long time. Your ass is as old as mine, don't forget that. 

ARod: True.

Jeter: Whatever u do though, don't slip up. Make sure people think we hate each other. That rumors been going on for years. I cant believe its still out there

ARod: Wait, we don't hate each other?

Jeter: maybe bro. maybe

ARod: So, your last year.  You've done it all D. You're unbelievable. 

Jeter: Thanks, but we had great teams over the years. it was a great run.

ARod: well, despite what people think, I think you're a great guy, great teammate and I'm proud to have played with you.

Jeter: Thx bro. ditto

ARod: Ditto?

Jeter: You know, like Ghost.

ARod: LOL. OK man, whatever.

Jeter: Thanks again for reaching out. typical Alex. a week late.

ARod: I was looking in the mirror alot this week... leave me alone

Jeter: True dat. Later bro. 

ARod: later

Jeter: Thanks


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