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Monday, March 19, 2007

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I've said a few times I think the Sox fan blogs are better than the Yankee blogs, but LoHud's a very good blog.

Great interview. My favorite part was about Rivera, and reading the interview with him that Pete did, it seems like he's not ruling out spending his life in baseball, instead of becoming a missionary like he's maintained over the past several years.

Rivera, pitching after Jeter and A-Rod's contracts are up? Happiness. Rivera becoming the Yankee pitching coach after he retires? Bliss.

You didn't close the italics, YF.

great interview. I agree with his analysis of Girardi as successor to Torre. I just don't think Joe G is a good fit for a veteran ball club. Personally, I've never been drawn to Girardi. Kind of feel he's humorless. I'm rooting for Mattingly to take the job when Torre's gone.

The "house of cards" answer is hilarious and I will make sure it haunts him all year long..by the way "nancy" just happens to own five tools...

I just can't get over the unnecessary, unsubstantiated hostility toward J.D. Drew. Is there a back story there?

Is there a back story there?

Yes. It's called his history of collapsing in the clutch and somehow magically landing on the DL year after year. Plus, the whole stunt he pulled in his draft days with Boras never really endeared him to the fans or writers.

"Yes. It's called his history of collapsing in the clutch and somehow magically landing on the DL year after year. Plus, the whole stunt he pulled in his draft days with Boras never really endeared him to the fans or writers."

Yawn. Wake me when you've got something worth responding to.

Pete does a great job, and this is nitpicking, but why the "Nancy" comment? It seems beneath him.

Drew's Dodger teammates were the ones who started the Nancy thing.

the red sox offense could be a "house of cards". varitek, crisp, and pedroia aren't scaring anyone. and i have no idea what peter abraham has against nancy drew comparing her to DL drew. her fans are going to really upset.

Drew's Dodger teammates were the ones who started the Nancy thing.

So what? That's even more reason for him not to engage. It simply not a dignified comment from a beat writer.

Again, I am nitpicking. Pete's otherwise fantastic.


These featured interviews are really enjoyable. Pete sure doesn't back away from making controversial statements.

Fellas: The Nancy Drew thing was started by the Dodgers. It's just funny, you have to admit. That's all. I have nothing against J.D. But I do know the people who sit in the seats at Fenway and his emotionless style will not play well in the Hub.

Then again, if he hits nobody will care. Manny is a clown and he walks on water there.

"Then again, if he hits nobody will care."

That's definitely the crux of the question. Considering the course of his career, this could easily be reworded: "If he's healthy, nobody will care," because when Drew is healthy, he hits. He's had a great spring, and I'm betting he has a great season, but we shall see...

Thanks again for taking the time, Pete. We SFs enjoy yoiur work and respect you, even if we quibble from time to time.

I don't know, Pete. If the Dodgers players started this as an insult then I don't see why it's dignified for a reporter to continue to repeat the insult, particularly as an insult. On the other hand, if Drew isn't bothered by it and actually found it kind of funny, then it's no big deal. Do you have an insight as to how the "Nancy" quip was received? Or is Drew so emotionless that you could call him "Himmler" and he wouldn't care?

As for the "emotionless" thing driving Sox fans nuts, I think it all depends on the way the player exerts effort on the field. If he hustles, I don't care if he smiles, I don't care if he spits and curses. Jack Clark was pretty emotional, and his act tired quickly. Wade Boggs took time to emerge from a kind of robotic shell, and I (along with most people I knew) revered the guy and relished watching him play. So there's no hard and fast rule for what kind of player is loved. "Emotionless" and "lazy" are not synonymous, but I fear that this is the subtext of the deployment of the "emotionless" tag with regards to Drew. If he is, in fact, lazy, then there's going to be a big problem. If he works his ass off but doesn't emote, then so what, and I think Sox fans will get this. Not all of them, but a good number of them.

Sox Fans, I can't help but think that if Pete Abraham had called A-Rod "A-Fraud" you would think it is hilarious. Lighten up on the "it's undignified" thing. Your own Boston media will be saying much worse about Drew if (when?) he lands on the DL this season.

Blech. If a professional beat writer called Rodriguez "A-fraud" I'd wince. That's the territory of certain kinds of sportswriters, and I can't stand that type of stuff.

This isn't a Yanks/Sox thing.

That was me.

Yawn. Wake me when you've got something worth responding to.

You asked; I answered. I didn't say it was my view of Drew. I think that, when healthy, he's one helluva a ballplayer. Seriously, there was no need for you to be a such a prick about it.

Your own Boston media will be saying much worse about Drew if (when?) he lands on the DL this season.

Sadly, our own media already have said some of this stuff about Drew, and we've called them for it too. It's a respect for the people who play the game thing, nothing more or less.

Peter, this is the most important question in Yankees history which has never been answered. If you're in spring training and run into Whitey Ford, please ask him this question. What happened during spring training of 1960 when he and Mickey Mantle were rescued from St. Peterburg Bay by the coast guard? Supposedly, the yacht they were on caught fire and sank. There was a party on the yacht. What happened on board? How did the fire start? How many people were on board? Why was this subject never in any of Mantle's books for Ford's book "Slick." I bought the book solely for the purpose of finding out. Did they both have too much to drink and forgot the details? I think this question is more important that Babe Ruth's illness during spring training of 1925.

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