Love ’em Or Hate ’em They’re Still Baseball’s MVP

Love ’em Or Hate ’em They’re Still Baseball’s MVP

They’re the team that everyone either loves or hates as there’s no in between when it comes to the New York Yankees . Having won an unprecedented 27 World Series titles this is an organization that simply doesn’t rest on its laurel as it strives for excellence , the way that a new born baby thirsts for knowledge having taken its very first steps. Well for the Yankees this season may well be one where they’ll have to take baby steps as they try and figure a way out to be battle their way through the AL East and the rest of the AL as a whole . Never mind the fact that in the postseason that AL pennant isn’t a sure thing as some would like to believe.

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So much is expected of the team by their erstwhile fans that any slight hiccup won’t be necessarily tolerated but then again when it comes to being a fan of this organization you’re either thought of as being obnoxious or simply devout in your belief that they are the best thing in the game bar none ! In the AL East boasting a 27-21 record they (lead) stand a mere 1/2 game ahead of their most hated rivals the Boston Red Sox with the Tampa Bay Rays 1 1/2 games behind in third place. And as we have come to expect this division as usual will become a highly contentious and competitive one throughout the course of the season . So much so that to my mind I do believe that the wildcard entrant for AL will most definitely come from within this division ! To some that might not be a foregone conclusion but it has become a rarity for the wildcard to come from outside the division. That being said anything is possible and the improbable has been known to happen within the game , so why not this season ?

Coming off a convincing 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium the team now has a three game series facing the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. That series promises to be a very interesting one with the Mariners looking for some objectivity to their season given the inconsistency of their play overall . It remains to be seen whether or not Eric Wedge and his coaching staff can turn things around with this team and make the competitive within the AL West . Parent company Nintendo through its US subsidiary Nintendo USA have made a mockery as owners of this ball-club . Ambition and the will to win it would appear are the furthest thing from their mind. And it’s a pity to see the talents of Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez being wasted by an organization that simply is bereft of creativity and intelligence within their front office . It may well be that I’m proven wrong but I sincerely doubt it at this juncture !

In the Yankees 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays , pitcher , Mariano Rivera made his 1,000th pitching appearance for the New York Yankees a team record for the most appearances by a pitcher in team history and with it came his 572nd save for the team , the most ever by a pitcher and the most ever for a single team. Add in the fact his teammate Derek Jeter also looks to add to his own valid legacy within the organization as he approaches the 3,000 hits plateau . He now stands at 2974 a club record . But that in of itself isn’t the primary reason that both of these dominant figures within the Yankees’ dynasty still play the game. This duo have epitomized what the game has been about in terms of integrity and the fact that they’re well respected by their peers as well as the vast majority of baseball fans across the game’s panacea. I doubt the same can be said of the most recent players to have donned the Yankees’ pinstripes over the last decade and a half !

As the season unfolds and with it approaching the month </a? of June it will be very interesting to see how the team handles itself and whether or their pitching which I believe to be their Achilles’ heel can still be a threat . Beyond CC Sabathia and closer Mariano Rivera , there is nothing that would lead me to believe that this picthing rotation is a scare to anyone within the league ! Granted , there’s plenty of offense within this lineup with the likes of Curtis Granderson , Mark Teixeira , Alex Rodriguez , Nick Swisher , Robinson Cano and even that wily veteran Andruw Jones who seems to have found a new lease of life with New York Yankees. And that’s even with Jones platooning the DH position with Jorge Posada who seems to be undergoing struggles of his own , not just mentally but also physcially as well.

The one thing we can be sure of concerning the Yankees with the advent of both Hank and Hal Steinbrenner having taken over the reins from their late father George Steinbrenner III , no stone will be left unturned as this organization chases glory , no matter what the expense is said to be. GM Brian Cashman even though he’s said to have become somewhat frugal in terms of the team’s payroll we all know when push comes to shove he’s been given the go ahead this organization usually goes after a target and they usually end getting what they want even if it means having to overspend or delve into their top 10 prospects or for that matter within their minor league farm system in order to acquire a prospective free agent or to implement a trade. Money is of no object with a cash cow such as the YES Network there to provide the organization with a monetary treasure chest and the very fact that the team is still the biggest draw in the game by far let’s you know why it is that the organization remains the financial behemoth that it is . One of the most recognized and most valuable professional sport’s franchises in the world the organization hasn’t let the financial imbalance within the game impede its relentless steady march away from their MLB competitors. So much so, that I for one cannot see how the MLB league hierarchy led by Commissioner Bud Selig can actually come to a decision , wherein they will ever try to mandate a hard salary cap within the game of baseball. And it certainly isn’t as if the team owners within the game possess the common sense to actually realize that it may well be needed if they are to stave off financial ruin for some teams .

While the Yankees are in the midst of their usual perfunctory season their crosstown neighbors , the New York Mets continue to do their best impression of the Titanic. What that organization and team brings to the game in terms of competency bears about as much comparison to the genuine belief that either the Democrats or Republicans in Congress actually has any idea as to what ails the country at present . It’s now being widely reported that hedge fund manager David Einhorn has bought a $200 million stake in the team . Given the Mets’ financial situation and the very fact that cash liquidity is needed with the organization and its two most prominent owners being defendants in a civil suit that involves team President Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon and their involvement in the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme scandal . I’ve got to ask myself what assurances were given to Einhorn that his investment is indeed safe ? Two hundred million dollars is nothing to be sniffed at and with the plaintiffs in this case said to be seeking the return of somewhere between $700 million to $ 1 billion said to have been received by the duo through an associate company under their ownership and command __ Sterling Equities Inc . I can only believe that Katz and Wilpon have assured Einhorn that his investment will not be at risk. But herein lies the caveat as the mediation process unfolds Katz and Wilpon have been economical with the truth and they certainly haven’t been completely compliant with the requests of the plaintiffs’ attorney in this suit .

Irving Picard representing the plaintiffs has stood steadfast in suggesting in that the defendants ( Katz, Wilpon , Sterling Equities et New York Mets) were aware the profits received were part of Madoff’s scheme that has defrauded some 7,000 plus investors of some $59 billion . Do you get the feeling that this story and the case still has a long way to go before it all comes to a satisfactory conclusion ? It’s not as if anyone is actually concerned with the achievements of the Mets on the field of play at present . With Wilpon in his recent interview granted to Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker Magazine gives you every reason to believe that the beleaguered owner must be at his wit’s end if he is now criticizing several players on the team . But then you simply cannot buy the sort of stupidity shown by Wilpon and then GM Omar Minaya as well as former manager Jerry Manuel ! The actions of that trio during the team’s slide into mediocrity might well give hope to the likes of the Kansas City Royals , Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners . But would that be asking too much also of the teams mentioned ? I will let you be the judge of that !

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In light of the points raised within this piece how do you see the New York Yankees’ season going and are you of the belief that they can make a serious challenge and quite possibly win the World Series ? And what thoughts if any do you have on the investment made by David Einhorn in the New York Mets ? Has he been duped into a false sense of security or will his investment in the team be a worthwhile one ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on the matter .

Alan aka tophatal ………………….

http://tophatal.wordpress.com

Picture and slide show details below .

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(1) New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera delivers against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, May 1, 2011. AP Photo/Kathy Willens …..

(2) New York Yankees’ Andruw Jones hits a two run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II ………..

(3) New York Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada hits a double in the ninth inning off of Toronto Blue Jays closing pitcher Frank Francisco in the ninth inning of a baseball game that started a rally of runs to defeat Toronto 5-4 on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in New York. AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek …..

(4) Mark Teixeira (25) of the New York Yankees celebrates with his team after hitting a game winning RBI in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images ……

(5) Alex Rodriguez(13) of the New York Yankees looks after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images ……

(6) Derek Jeter (2) 2 of the New York Yankees hits a two run single in the seventh inning to tie the game a three against the New York Mets on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeat the Mets 9-3 . Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images ……

(7) David Einhorn President, Greenlight Capital : The 39-year-old fund manager for the hedge fund Greenlight Capital has brought short selling into Wall Street’s lap with his public criticism of Lehman Brothers (LEH), the embattled Wall Street bank that has seen two top executives resign and its shares plunge roughly 50% since Einhorn made public his short position in April. His $6 billion fund has also waged a long-standing open battle against Washington-based small-business lender Allied Capital (ALD) since 2002; Allied’s share price has fallen by half since 2007. Getty Images / Paul Sprouse ……

(8) (L – R) Saul Katz, CEO of the Mets, Fred Wilpon, president of the Mets, Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon , chief operating officer of the Mets pose for a photo during Alderson’s introduction as the general manager for the New York Mets on October 29, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images North America …….

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16 thoughts on “Love ’em Or Hate ’em They’re Still Baseball’s MVP

  1. David Einhorn doesn’t even look old enough to buy a six pack but somehow he’s dumping $200 million into the friggin’ Mets ? Go o figure !

    I guess that’s what happens when you’re still being breast fed ? He obviously isn’t lactose intolerant .

    tophatal …………….

    1. Haha, the Mets are such a damn joke. As for the Yanks, I’ve always been a big fan so I’m perfectly fine with their winning ways…

      1. smurfed

        Give the Mets their due at least they’re trying to be god-damn awful ! Ain’t nothin’ wrong in that is there ? LOL ,LOL,LOL !!!

        Kristy Joe

        Playboy model Kristy Joe

        tophatal …………

  2. Tophatal…

    I’ve officially joined the Florida Marlins bandwagon. This girl I work with calls herself a Braves fan and won’t shut the f*ck up so I decided to root for one of their divisional rivals. As for the Yankees, whenever my boy Matsui left, I could careless about them. Yeah, they are one of (if not) the best baseball franchise, but I would like to see someone else win for a change. Watchin’ them lose with that high payroll is always sweet. Oh yeah, the Mets are a joke!

    1. jgome

      I ain’t gonna ‘player hate’ the Marlins are playing great ball at present in the NL East . But I doubt they’ll win the division or make the playoffs as the wildcard entrant .

      As to the Mets both they and the Dodgers are a now a legitimate reason why there ought to be contraction within the league ! When an owner is so f_cking irresponsible and incompetent then they’ve no reason to be involved in the game . It’s literally rewarding incompetence ! But then again look at who’s the commissioner ? Not exactly a ring endorsement is he ? Bud Selig makes George ‘Dubya’ Bush seem like a doctoral professor who teaches at MIT !

      Playboy Jamie Ford

      tophatal ………..

    2. jgome

      Admit it you’ve a crush on the chick ? Simply bag it and tag it ! She ain’t ugly is she ? LOL,LOL ,LOL !!!

      Some Braves’ fans still hunger for the bygone years of Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux . The good ol’ days as they say .

      Me, I look to the past but it’s the future that tends to matter and how you acquit yourself . And I think that they are heading in the right direction with a great coaching staff , great front office and core group of players who can actually play .

      tophatal ………….

  3. The loveable Mets. 1960 Casey Stengle and the boys. This time the Mets are a joke. Not loveable like they were in the 1960’s. The entire organization is a total bunch of idiots.
    Yankees are class. I hate em but respect em. Ruth Gerig, Mantle and the rest.

    1. Bobby Gee

      It’s all well and good but the sixties are a thing of the past , what their fans want is a winner now ! And the Mets are as close to winning as you consider Wilpon to be a viable candidate in becoming the President of the United States .

      The Yankees stand head and shoulders over the rest without a doubt simply look at their history and accomplishments ? It speaks volumes as to what they’ve been about . Can’t put it anymore succinctly than that !

      tophatal …………

  4. smurfed

    The Mets have been a joke and there are idiots within this medium who claim they know about the game from the business side but when in reality they know about as much about the economy of baseball as Sarah Palin could be considered to have an IQ above 140 !

    Einhorn had to have been guaranteed a great deal to agree to pump $200 million into a piece of crap like the Mets ! None retaining partner in the team more my ass ….. like once the Mets ever dig themselves out of this shit Einhorn wants his investment back ……. principle plus interest .

    Daniella Mugnolo

    The Yankees will be the team that others within the game will have to be judged against . No ifs but or ands about it ! You may not like them but fu_k it you have to respect them because of their achievements it's as plain and simple as that !

    tophatal ………………

  5. The Ynakees have the bats to win the A.L. East, but their pitching will sink them in the playoffs (if they get that far).
    I liked that part about the Mets doing their best Titanic impression. That was funny right there.
    Thanks for the grin and have a good one brother!

    1. aero

      That’s simply the one thing that you can say about the team (Yankees) their bats have some real pop but beyond that in terms of their pitching well that’s been their Achilles’ heel this season .

      What have the Mets done in the last five plus years to give anyone a reason to think that they’re actually about winning ? They’ve built Citi Field and they can’t even fill that bitch to capacity but that team has simply been absolute crap ! I’d have said ‘sh_t’ but that would be doing the word sh_t ….. a real disservice in making such a comparison. Sh_t smells a whole lot better than what the Mets have been serving up to their fans over the past five years !

      Go Lightning !

      You and the family have a great weekend and do stay safe !

      Playboys’ Miss October 2007 Jo Garcia

      tophatal …………

  6. I used to be a Yankee hater, but for some reason they’re less hatable than they were in the past. I’d actually rather see them do well than Boston. There’s something about Boston’s fans that I’d like to see them knocked off their high horse.

    Ugh, the Mets. Not even sure where to start so I won’t delve into that one…

    1. chappy

      I think that with the death of George Steinbrenner the hatred of the organization may well have declined somewhat. I think that some fans may well have felt that George epitomized what was good and bad about the organization .

      As to the Red Sox after the start to their season they’re now on a serious tear . They lead the division and now with Crawford and Gonzalez playing top notch ball they could well put a damper on the season for both the Rays and Yankees .

      The Mets ? Someone needs to ask if someone in the Mets’ front office if they’ve got some inappropriate pictures of Einhorn engaging in some ungodly sexual acts with a barnyard creature ? Because it may well have come down to them blackmailing him where he’d now agree to invest $200 million into that piece of crap ! .

      tophatal ……………

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