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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Twitter / Ken_Rosenthal: Yankees sign Youkilis, one year, $12M.

This news will disturb a lot of Red Sox fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM | 92 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4322334)
This news will disturb a lot of Red Sox fans.


Reading some Yankees fans' thoughts about this possibility in a thread a few days ago, it might disturb them more.
   2. Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4322343)
Oh man, I don't even want to look at those gnarly jowls clean shaven.
   3. Cowboy Popup Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4322358)
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
   4. I am going to be Frank Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM (#4322366)
One year sounds like a good deal - how bad is he at third?
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:42 PM (#4322369)
The Magic of Pinstripes may have to work extra hard on this one.
   6. Blastin Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4322372)
I don't mind. I'll root for him, and I hope he does well.
   7. RJ in TO Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4322373)
The Yankees have a rule against facial hair. Do they have a rule against masks?
   8. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4322374)
#### FUCK #### FUCK #### FUCK #### FUCK #### FUCK #### FUCK #### THIS
   9. karlmagnus Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4322375)
He's always seemed to me a player likely to go over the the Dark Side. All the grittiness and harassing Manny was very unattractive.
   10. salajander Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4322377)
I think this is a signing that fans of both teams don't like.
   11. Blastin Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4322383)
Seriously, people really hate the red laundry that much? The Red Sox just don't get under my skin like they do for others, I guess.
   12. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4322386)
Boy, I'm not looking forward to seeing him on the Yankees.
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4322397)
Eh, he's just another former Sawk. Give him a haircut and a bath and he should fit in ok.
   14. Cowboy Popup Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:06 PM (#4322403)
I'll root for him, and I hope he does well.

I won't and I hope he sucks and gets cut, like immediately.

Seriously, people really hate the red laundry that much?

Nope, just the person. The whole Red Sox-Yanks thing doesn't bother me these days and even when it did, I liked plenty of Ex-Sox. This guy just sucks.

I will be equally upset when they sign Piersnynski (I don't care enough to spell it right). Those two and Pettitte, gross.
   15. Dale Sams Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4322417)
Nope, just the person.


I normally don't do this here...but you're an idiot. Youk is an intense, 98 IQ guy, who used to pound the ground with his bat.. holds his bat funny and shakes his ass. AND THAT'S IT. He's not A.J. He's not a guy who loafs and if he ##### up, the first guy to get onto him will be himself.

I hope he gets an 8 WAR. I hope every starter the Sox trade or let go*, go to the AS game...though it's going to be hard to top the cumulative seasons Lowrie, Reddick, and Scutaro had compared to Mortenson, Bailey and Melancon.

*In moves I disapprove of, of course. Yes I'm petty, I don't think that was ever up for debate.
   16. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4322420)
Whatever dislike I have for Youkilis is balanced by my delight that the Yankees have a Jewish player, and a pretty damn good one.
   17. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4322425)
The Dodgers can put down the money for 8 starting pitchers, but no third baseman. Boo.
   18. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM (#4322430)
I will be equally upset when they sign Piersnynski (I don't care enough to spell it right). Those two and Pettitte, gross

Well between those 3 and A-rod, NY could pretty much have the all, "boy these guys are real arseholes" team going.

As a Sox fan I generally don't get bothered by the whole rivalry either, but those 4 guys are pretty unlikable. Guys like Granderson, Mo and yes, even captain perfect I can respect.
   19. Guapo Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4322431)
The Yankees should put him in a cage in a room off Monument Park and charge people $20 to go in and heckle him for 30 seconds
   20. Dale Sams Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM (#4322435)
Yessss...Centaur purse swatting, blue lipped guy...psychopathic catcher...and guy who yells at himself. Triplets!
   21. joeysdadjoe Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4322438)
I like this more then most of what I have heard. Keppinger, Schierholz.
   22. Cowboy Popup Posted: December 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4322441)
Well between those 3 and A-rod, NY could pretty much have the all, "boy these guys are real arseholes" team going.

It's not all the ########. Soriano just left. Padilla isn't on the team. I'm sure there are plenty of others still out there I can't think of off the top of my head.

I'm not even sure I would call Youkilis an #######. I just find him thoroughly unlikeable and the though of him being on my team makes me like my team less. Laundry is mattering less and less to me as each year passes.
   23. Dan Posted: December 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4322461)
One year sounds like a good deal - how bad is he at third?


His range usually ends up being about 5-10 runs below average over a full season, but he typically makes most of that back with his low error rate. If he's healthy for most of the season (not likely), he could be above average over there honestly. He looks a lot worse than he actually is over there. He's very awkward looking but he makes the plays. His range has suffered over the past few years while he played with ankle injuries, but when he's healthy his defense over there is at least average.

I really hate this. Seeing Youkilis on the Yankees just sucks. I fully expect him to have an OPS between .850 and .900 over 120-140 games while playing reasonable defense at third base.
   24. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4322462)
Silver Lining: Youkilis is .417/.462/.833 against the Red Sox.
   25. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: December 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM (#4322506)
Did Yankees fans roll out the same welcome mat for Damon? ANTI-SEMITES!
   26. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: December 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM (#4322510)
Silver Lining: Youkilis is .417/.462/.833 against the Red Sox.

I'm going to guess this is in about 12 AB.
   27. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM (#4322522)
I certainly get why folks who aren't Sox fans wouldn't like Youkilis, but I'm betting you'll come around very quickly.

So long as he's hitting at all, Youkilis is a really calming presence in the lineup. It's not that he's the greatest hitter, or that he's any better in the clutch than anyone else, but he always puts in a good at-bat. He might get beat, he might swing through a ball with his ridiculous uppercut, but he very rarely ##### up an at-bat by going after the wrong pitch at the wrong time. For a fan, it's really quite pleasant.

I'm also horrified by the thought of clean-shaven Youk. That beard is hiding something awful.
   28. robinred Posted: December 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM (#4322534)
This seems like a pretty good idea for the Yankees on the field to me and it will obviously make for a nice BTF talking point all year.
   29. Depressoteric Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM (#4322546)
I think I may the only non-White Sox fan in the world who actually likes A.J. Pierzynski. I dunno...I've seen his TV color commentary appearances and he always -- invariably so! -- comes across as smart, thoughtful, articulate, and polite. For whatever reason I've come to believe (without any real evidence) that his whole "most hated man in baseball" rep is really a pro-wrestling-style schtick, him playing the designated heel because he knows it gets inside opposing player's heads.

For all I know he really is a true 100% purebred assh*le. It's just a weird hunch on my part. But right now, I sorta like him for reasons that I can't entirely defend.

EDIT: Meanwhile, Kevin Youkilis can go #### himself. I don't like his jerk-off name, I don't like his jerk-off face, I don't like his jerk-off behavior, and I don't like him. Jerk-off.
   30. frannyzoo Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM (#4322559)
Youkilis: Prays like Jesus, Throws like Mary, Snitches Like Judas

Actually, I kinda like the guy and understand zero of the Yanks/Sox laundry wars. Still...
   31. jyjjy Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM (#4322560)
@8 - I think you gave the cyber nanny a stroke.
   32. Depressoteric Posted: December 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM (#4322565)
@8 - I think you gave the cyber nanny a stroke.
Huh, I just noticed that.

I really wish somebody would share the apparently super-secret trick to getting curse words by the cybernanny. I see some people doing it, and I feel like there's a 'cool kids' club that I've been excluded from.
   33. SoSH U at work Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM (#4322592)
I think I may the only non-White Sox fan in the world who actually likes A.J. Pierzynski. I dunno...I've seen his TV color commentary appearances and he always -- invariably so! -- comes across as smart, thoughtful, articulate, and polite. For whatever reason I've come to believe (without any real evidence) that his whole "most hated man in baseball" rep is really a pro-wrestling-style schtick, him playing the designated heel because he knows it gets inside opposing player's heads.


I'm a non-White Sox fan who lives in White Sox territory, and I've come to love A.J. for many of the reasons you describe. He's been doing a weekly spot on one of the sports radio programs and I don't know if I've ever heard an athlete more consistently funny and engaging and self-deprecating as Pierogi. And I agree that much (but not all) of the actions are designed to get under his opponents' skin.
   34. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM (#4322598)
Just insert a tag in the middle of the word.

FU<i></i>CK

(except with [] instead of <>)

becomes

FUCK
   35. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM (#4322626)
No shit, it fucking works.
   36. Blastin Posted: December 12, 2012 at 01:45 AM (#4322661)
Yeah, to wish he does poorly is insane. It's not a bad idea. Worth a shot, one year is fine.
   37. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 12, 2012 at 02:54 AM (#4322690)
Silver Lining: Youkilis is .417/.462/.833 against the Red Sox.

Use small sample sizes much?
   38. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM (#4322703)
So who's going to be HIS injury replacement?
   39. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:48 AM (#4322708)
Chavez out, Youkilis in, the Yankees know that thirdbasemen come in flavors other than old, injury prone,skills rapidly fading right?
   40. Walt Davis Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4322721)
#### fuck?

Just testing a different strategy

Well between those 3 and A-rod, NY could pretty much have the all, "boy these guys are real arseholes" team going.

It will save you time if you just assume pinstripes = arsehole. I woulda thought an Aussie knew that sort of thing.

EDIT: Like the 12-year-old boys we are, I assume we'll have nothing but profanity-laced posts for the next week until Jim calls in Supernanny.
   41. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:47 AM (#4322731)
Are there any good books about the history of swear words?

Sort of related, I've always been fascinated by the fact that a certain form of Tourette's leads to uncontrollable swearing. If it's neurological in form, why does the brain go toward taboo?
   42. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4322732)
EDIT: Like the 12-year-old boys we are, I assume we'll have nothing but profanity-laced posts for the next week until Jim calls in Supernanny.


Good point. I'd better get my licks in while I still can. Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck.
   43. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4322762)
Youkilis: Prays like Jesus, Throws like Mary, Snitches Like Judas


A good friend of mine had the plausible theory that it was Scutaro who was the snitch. His argument in short form was "why else would they pick up the option then trade him two months later?" For all the talk that they needed the money for Cody Ross or weren't sold on Scutaro as a shortstop it was certainly an odd sequence of events.
   44. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4322766)
Ah, the Onion. Youk is one of their favorite characters.

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   45. Nasty Nate Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4322772)
"why else would they pick up the option then trade him two months later?"


It saved them from paying him a buyout and they received a pitcher who gave them 42 innings or 136 ERA+
   46. Nasty Nate Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4322774)
I'm also horrified by the thought of clean-shaven Youk. That beard is hiding something awful.


It will remind Yankees fans of how he looked as a clean-shaven young bench-rider during the '04 ALCS.
   47. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:57 AM (#4322776)
fuck

edit: I can learn!
   48. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4322789)
I think I may the only non-White Sox fan in the world who actually likes A.J. Pierzynski.

I kind of like him, and would have no problem rooting for him as a Yank. (The Pierzynski storry about punching the trainer in the nuts is just too hilarious to hate the guy; "Q. How does it feel? (taking a foul ball to the nuts). A. PUNCH "That's how it feels!")

Just like I'll have no problem rooting for Youkilis. Hell, I rooted for Reggie and Clemens. There aren't two big asses than those two.

   49. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4322793)
Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck.


Look at Frosty go!

EDIT: While we're at it, might as well mention the seven dirty words.


....How did "tits" ever make the list? Carlin had a point. "Tits" doesn't sound profane at all. Was it ever really naughty? I can't imagine it being so, but then I'm a Millenial.
   50. Depressoteric Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4322800)
Hey, can we stop the needless cursing? Turns out, it actually IS annoying when it's purely gratuitous.

I blame myself for all of this, of course.
   51. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4322918)
....How did "tits" ever make the list? Carlin had a point. "Tits" doesn't sound profane at all. Was it ever really naughty? I can't imagine it being so, but then I'm a Millenial.


When I was a lad, it was definitely NOT a word said in polite company, and it would CERTAINLY not been allowed on TV. But then, this is back in the day when you couldn't show a woman wearing a bra; bra commercials had to use dummies. So, yeah, things have changed.
   52. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM (#4322947)
It would be pretty funny if this is the only thread where people go crazy with the fucking swearing.
It's like the smoking lounge, but only with people saying "FUCK" instead of having a puff.
   53. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4323180)
Hey, can we stop the needless cursing? Turns out, it actually IS annoying when it's purely gratuitous.

I don't fucking think so.
   54. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4323209)
Belgium.
   55. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4323370)
Aaaand there goes the neighbourhood.
   56. Don Malcolm Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:26 AM (#4323659)
Nothing like being awakened at five by the fucking dogs barking, then turning on the computer to discover all you cunning linguists with your fellatious reasoning...

So, historically speaking, who has gotten the better end of it when a Sock becomes a Yank and a Yank becomes a Sock?
   57. BDC Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4323669)
So where were these nanny-avoiding skills when we were trying to have a serious scholarly discussion of Special Instructions to Players? No, y'all save y'all's indecent and infamous inventions of depravity for The Greek God of Walkfucking.
   58. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM (#4323674)

So, historically speaking, who has gotten the better end of it when a Sock becomes a Yank and a Yank becomes a Sock?


Anecdotally the Yankees in a pretty big way. The only Yankee who came to Boston and did well that I can think of is Don Baylor. Well, Alfredo Aceves had a very good year in 2011 then a nightmarish 2012.

Just looking at the top 50 players in WAR for each (seriously, how great is BBRef?) I don't see anyone who was a Yankee then became a Red Sox and cracks the Sox' top 50 hitter or pitcher lists. The Yankee hitters of course are led by such a player and Boggs actually cracks the Yankees' top 50 at number 47. The pitching features Ruffing, Clemens, Mays, Lyle, Pennock and Hoyt.

I eyeballed the list so I may have missed a couple but I think that's a pretty accurate reflection of the split.
   59. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM (#4323705)
Anecdotally the Yankees in a pretty big way. The only Yankee who came to Boston and did well that I can think of is Don Baylor. Well, Alfredo Aceves had a very good year in 2011 then a nightmarish 2012.

Just looking at the top 50 players in WAR for each (seriously, how great is BBRef?) I don't see anyone who was a Yankee then became a Red Sox and cracks the Sox' top 50 hitter or pitcher lists. The Yankee hitters of course are led by such a player and Boggs actually cracks the Yankees' top 50 at number 47. The pitching features Ruffing, Clemens, Mays, Lyle, Pennock and Hoyt.

I eyeballed the list so I may have missed a couple but I think that's a pretty accurate reflection of the split.


You answer that question and don't mention BABE RUTH!?!?
   60. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM (#4323716)
You answer that question and don't mention BABE RUTH!?!?


The Yankee hitters of course are led by such a player
   61. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4323721)

The Yankee hitters of course are led by such a player


Sorry, I don't do subtlety well in the AM ;-)
   62. Nasty Nate Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4323722)
I think this will be the 6th member of the aught-four Sox that the Yankees have subsequently acquired.
   63. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4323725)
I think this will be the 6th member of the aught-four Sox that the Yankees have subsequently acquired.


He is, though it's generally understood that Ramiro Mendoza never left the Yanks' employ.

Edit: Damn, forgot about Bellhorn's brief visit to the dark side.
   64. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4323726)
I count 7.

Embree
Bellhorn
Lowe
Damon
Youkilis
Myers
Mendoza (one game in 2005. I thought he pitched more than that).
   65. Nasty Nate Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4323728)
I count 7.


I forgot about Myers.
   66. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4323737)
I forgot about Myers.


How could you forget about Mike Myers on Halloween? That's like, the first rule of horror movies, don't forget about the homicidal maniac.
   67. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4323745)
Prediction: If Youk starts hitting like he did just two years ago, every Yankee fan will suddenly become a Youk fan. And if he ever started hitting like he did three years ago, he'll quickly be (temporarily) anointed a True Yankee. Only morons care about personalities when your player is producing. The Yankees have had a million redasses over the years, and what's the big deal about adding one more?

Oh, and BTW show me a Red Sox fan who says he wouldn't have loved Paulie if he'd wound up in Boston during the 90's, and I'll show you a liar of comic proportions.
   68. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4323751)

Oh, and BTW show me a Red Sox fan who says he wouldn't have loved Paulie if he'd wound up in Boston during the 90's, and I'll show you a liar of comic proportions.


Don't speak for the rest of us. It's unbecoming.

I never liked Beckett, who did more to deliver the 2007 title to Boston than O'Neill ever did for New York. I rooted for Josh to do well because he wore the right laundry, but that doesn't translate into automatic love, or even like, if the gentleman is loathsome enough. And believe me, O'Neill is the Rickey Henderson of loathsome. You can split him in two and have two players worthy of my complete dislike.

   69. Nasty Nate Posted: December 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4323752)
How could you forget about Mike Myers on Halloween?


It's not halloween.

Oh, and BTW show me a Red Sox fan who says he wouldn't have loved Paulie if he'd wound up in Boston during the 90's, and I'll show you a liar of comic proportions.


I won't comment on that, but I certainly hated that the Sox got David Wells and I disliked that he was on the team even though he had a productive year.

You can pretend all you want that you enjoy having all these reminders of the 2004 ALCS on the team over the years.
   70. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4323756)
I think I may the only non-White Sox fan in the world who actually likes A.J. Pierzynski. I dunno...I've seen his TV color commentary appearances and he always -- invariably so! -- comes across as smart, thoughtful, articulate, and polite. For whatever reason I've come to believe (without any real evidence) that his whole "most hated man in baseball" rep is really a pro-wrestling-style schtick, him playing the designated heel because he knows it gets inside opposing player's heads.


He kicked his own team's trainer in the crotch on the field during a game. I feel comfortable in believing that he's really as much of an ####### as he seems.
   71. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM (#4323758)
####

edit: I can learn!


With the help of a patient woman? Sure.
   72. Depressoteric Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM (#4323761)
He kicked his own team's trainer in the crotch on the field during a game. I feel comfortable in believing that he's really as much of an ####### as he seems.
Well he shouldn't have asked such a dumb question, then. "How does it feel?" HOW DO YOU ####### THINK IT FEELS #######??

(seriously though, you're right -- that's literally the sole incident that I can think of that just can't be glided over.)
   73. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4323766)
Oh, and BTW show me a Red Sox fan who says he wouldn't have loved Paulie if he'd wound up in Boston during the 90's, and I'll show you a liar of comic proportions.

Don't speak for the rest of us. It's unbecoming.

I never liked Beckett, who did more to deliver the 2007 title to Boston than O'Neill ever did for New York. I rooted for Josh to do well because he wore the right laundry, but that doesn't translate into automatic love, or even like, if the gentleman is loathsome enough. And believe me, O'Neill is the Rickey Henderson of loathsome. You can split him in two and have two players worthy of my complete dislike.


Problem is that you're basing your O'Neill hatred on what you saw of him in New York, when he was helping to grind your pets into the ground year after year. I can understand that.

But I find it extremely hard to believe that if O'Neill had come directly from Cinci to Boston in 1993 and had put up the same sort of numbers he did for the Yankees, that you'd be singing the same tune. Beckett was a first class jackass within the Red Sox organization. O'Neill's jackassery was directed against umpires and himself (in the form of water coolers and bats), which translates more to intensity than jackasssery from the POV of a home team fan. And from what I've seen of Youkilis, he fits much more into the O'Neill category than the Beckett category.
   74. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4323768)
You can pretend all you want that you enjoy having all these reminders of the 2004 ALCS on the team over the years.

I'll enjoy any player who produces, and I won't enjoy any player who doesn't. All that then was then, and all that's now is now.

And of course if Youk by some miracle helps sink his former teammates in a big game or two, that won't hurt his cause. Johnny Damon never had much of a problem being accepted in New York, did he?
   75. Nasty Nate Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4323780)
But I find it extremely hard to believe that if O'Neill had come directly from Cinci to Boston in 1993 and had put up the same sort of numbers he did for the Yankees, that you'd be singing the same tune.


I can say I would have probably loved O'Neill if this had been the case. Part of why I disliked him at the time was that it seemed as if he was a .240/.250 hitter who went to the Yankees and all of a sudden decided to try and could hit .300 (and .360!). Granted, I was underrating his Cin production, but that's how I thought back then as a boy.

I'll enjoy any player who produces, and I won't enjoy any player who doesn't. All that then was then, and all that's now is now.


You are twisting yourself into an RDP-like stance of claiming your liking and enjoyment of a player is directly proportional to his production on the field.
   76. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4323797)
But I find it extremely hard to believe that if O'Neill had come directly from Cinci to Boston in 1993 and had put up the same sort of numbers he did for the Yankees, that you'd be singing the same tune. Beckett was a first class jackass within the Red Sox organization. O'Neill's jackassery was directed against umpires and himself (in the form of water coolers and bats), which translates more to intensity than jackasssery from the POV of a home team fan. And from what I've seen of Youkilis, he fits much more into the O'Neill category than the Beckett category.


This is utter nonsense Andy, a strange attempt to distinguish Paul O'Neill's jackassery from Josh Beckett's when no such reason exists. Great, you can find unconditional love for anyone who wear's Satan's Pajamas, as long as he "produces." Good for you. I'm not that way, no matter how hard that is for you to believe.

Paul O'Neill was an unlikable ######## when he was booting balls to the infield in Cincinnati. He was an unlikable ######## throughout his tenure in New York. And when he rests his head on his pillow tonight long after his last on-field pouting incident or shattered gatorade cooler, he will wake up an unlikable ######## tomorrow.
   77. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4323806)
I don't think Andy's viewpoint is particularly unusual. I think the great majority of fans, no matter what they say, only care how a player performs. There are extreme examples at either end of the spectrum but for the most part fans root for players and if they do well they are beloved and if they do poorly they are not.
   78. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4323807)
I don't think Andy's viewpoint is particularly unusual.


I imagine so. It's his contention that his viewpoint is universal that's full of ####.
   79. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4323904)
But I find it extremely hard to believe that if O'Neill had come directly from Cinci to Boston in 1993 and had put up the same sort of numbers he did for the Yankees, that you'd be singing the same tune.

I can say I would have probably loved O'Neill if this had been the case. Part of why I disliked him at the time was that it seemed as if he was a .240/.250 hitter who went to the Yankees and all of a sudden decided to try and could hit .300 (and .360!).


And I think that made up much of the Boston reaction, the fact that his production was in Satan's Pajamas. Carlton Fisk was a bulging-veined New Hampshire redneck supreme for his entire career, and yet I never noticed any Fenway fans complain about it, since he was also a great player. The idea that Paul O'Neill was somehow uniquely obnoxious in any objective sense is laughable.

I'll enjoy any player who produces, and I won't enjoy any player who doesn't. All that then was then, and all that's now is now.

You are twisting yourself into an RDP-like stance


EASY, Nate! Back down a little and take a deep breath. That's going too far even considering the gravity of the subject under discussion---no matter whose pajamas he previously used to wear.

of claiming your liking and enjoyment of a player is directly proportional to his production on the field.

Not directly proportional, and sure, a "likable" player (which is in itself a subjective concept, as witnessed by the amount of complaining I've seen here about Cal Ripken's "selfishness") gets a little more slack from me when he's down. But as a general rule, I "like" productive Yankees no matter what their baggage may be (Giambi, A-Rod), and when even some of my subjectively favorite Yankees (Granderson, Swisher) start becoming automatic outs in the postseason, I'm screaming at them as if they were wearing Tea Party buttons. IOW my reaction is 90% related to productivity and 10% to everything else, at least in the heat of battle.

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But I find it extremely hard to believe that if O'Neill had come directly from Cinci to Boston in 1993 and had put up the same sort of numbers he did for the Yankees, that you'd be singing the same tune. Beckett was a first class jackass within the Red Sox organization. O'Neill's jackassery was directed against umpires and himself (in the form of water coolers and bats), which translates more to intensity than jackasssery from the POV of a home team fan. And from what I've seen of Youkilis, he fits much more into the O'Neill category than the Beckett category.

This is utter nonsense Andy, a strange attempt to distinguish Paul O'Neill's jackassery from Josh Beckett's when no such reason exists. Great, you can find unconditional love for anyone who wear's Satan's Pajamas, as long as he "produces." Good for you. I'm not that way, no matter how hard that is for you to believe.

Paul O'Neill was an unlikable ######## when he was booting balls to the infield in Cincinnati. He was an unlikable ######## throughout his tenure in New York. And when he rests his head on his pillow tonight long after his last on-field pouting incident or shattered gatorade cooler, he will wake up an unlikable ######## tomorrow.


So how many times was Paul O'Neill referred to as a clubhouse cancer in New York? How many of his teammates slammed him behind his back? How many times did the not-exactly-fanboy New York media slam him for his attitude towards the game, the way Beckett was roasted over the coals in Boston?

I can see, though, why a fan of a certain other team would react the way you do towards O'Neill, as he compounded his offense by putting up a .909 OPS against the Red Sox.

But yes, I'm sure that if he'd put up those kind of numbers against the Yankees for 8 straight years in Boston, your opinion of him would be exactly like it is today.

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I don't think Andy's viewpoint is particularly unusual.


I imagine so. It's his contention that his viewpoint is universal that's full of ####.

It's not universal except among sane people. Of course not every fan is sane, and more power to the lunatics. From what I've observed, there are a lot more of that latter group in Boston than elsewhere where it comes to maintaining rather comical blood feuds long past their expiration date. Which is fine as long as they're not really taking it seriously.

But I'd still like you to name one example---just one---of a consistently productive player whose own team's fan base didn't embrace him as long as he was productive.
   80. Nasty Nate Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4323912)
But I'd still like you to name one example---just one---of a consistently productive player whose own team's fan base didn't embrace him as long as he was productive.


Alex Rodriguez
   81. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4323917)
Here's a short (but not exhaustive) list of Red Sox players I didn't particularly care for:

Roger Clemens
Josh Beckett
Carl Everett

The first is the best pitcher in club history, constantly productive when he wore the uniform. The second was the biggest contributor to the 2007 WS run. The third doesn't believe in dinosaurs.

I rooted for them to succeed when they wore the right laundry. But I didn't embrace them, for one reason or another. That you insist I did is quite DiPernaesque. And if you don't like being compared to him, then stop ####### acting like him.

   82. asinwreck Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4323925)
I like Youkilis. Liked him before he came over to the Sox from Boston, and certainly preferred him to the fumes wafting off of Orlando Hudson's corpse last season. That said, he seemed pretty toasty by the end of September.
   83. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4323947)
But I'd still like you to name one example---just one---of a consistently productive player whose own team's fan base didn't embrace him as long as he was productive.

Mike Schmidt
   84. JJ1986 Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4323957)
Armando Benitez as a Met put up an ERA+ of 159 and was despised.
   85. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4323968)
But I'd still like you to name one example---just one---of a consistently productive player whose own team's fan base didn't embrace him as long as he was productive.

Mickey Mantle, Randy Johnson (Yankees), Ted Williams
   86. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4323981)
Here's a short (but not exhaustive) list of Red Sox players I didn't particularly care for:

Roger Clemens
Josh Beckett
Carl Everett

The first is the best pitcher in club history, constantly productive when he wore the uniform. The second was the biggest contributor to the 2007 WS run. The third doesn't believe in dinosaurs.

I rooted for them to succeed when they wore the right laundry. But I didn't embrace them, for one reason or another. That you insist I did is quite DiPernaesque.


I didn't insist that you "embraced" them in the sense that you found them likable. I said that as long as they were productive, your pajama preferences overrode Miss Manners.

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But I'd still like you to name one example---just one---of a consistently productive player whose own team's fan base didn't embrace him as long as he was productive.

Mike Schmidt


Armando Benitez as a Met put up an ERA+ of 159 and was despised.

Benitez had a knack for picking some of the most visible times to blow his saves, and his habit of arguing with the auxiliary scoreboard's speed gun in Baltimore made him a rather unique case. Benitez might be one exception I'd allow, since he managed to combine a hot temper, extreme vanity, and high profile blown saves in a way that made him almost impossible for even the most pajama-hugging fan to embrace. So JJ1986 wins the first annual Armando Benitez Speed Gun Award.

Schmidt was roasted during his slumps and cheered when he produced. Mike Schmidt, meet Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle (pre-1961) and Roger Maris (post-1961). All those examples (and there are countless more where they came from) show is that some players are allowed less slack than others for reasons having to do with perceived personality shortcomings.** I never will deny the existence of fair weather fans.

**On a career basis, Paul O'Neill was far more popular with Yankee Stadium fans during his time in New York than Mickey Mantle. Rose-colored hindsight hides a lot of reality from fawning retroactive eyes.
   87. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4324000)
Mickey Mantle, Randy Johnson (Yankees), Ted Williams

I mentioned Mantle above. Johnson was simply on a short rope**, but he wasn't being booed while he was winning. And Williams was booed by a segment of the fans, at times when he either loafed on the field or openly spat in their direction. But none of that stopped them from going right back to cheering him whenever he came up with a big hit.

**Remember, too, that he was coming off a 176 ERA+ year in Arizona, which promptly plummeted to 112 and 90 in New York, with back-to-back postseason ERAs of 6.14 and 7.94. It wasn't as if he wasn't giving them plenty of reason to get on his case.
   88. Dale Sams Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4324009)
I count 7.


8, Dougie Alphabet.
   89. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4324018)
I didn't insist that you "embraced" them in the sense that you found them likable. I said that as long as they were productive, your pajama preferences overrode Miss Manners.


No, you said we'd embrace them in the sense that we would love them. As found here:

Oh, and BTW show me a Red Sox fan who says he wouldn't have loved Paulie if he'd wound up in Boston during the 90's, and I'll show you a liar of comic proportions.

Then you tried to insist that somehow Paul O'Neill's jackassery was appealing while Beckett's was a turnoff, then you said something about sanity and clubhouse cancers, but by this time we were into one of your multi-quote, multi-hued, multi-type face posts that are too damn hard to follow, so I'm not really sure what you were going on about by then. (-:

Now, if you want to insist you misquoted you or that you didn't mean what you wrote, be my guest. But I've been saying the same thing from the start: Paul O'Neill is a destatable turd. If he had been on my team, I'd have rooted him to get hits and catch fly balls and steal bases, but at no point would I have stopped thinking he was a detestable turd. That you can turn off the part of your brain that recognizes that No. 21 was an insufferable brat, more power to you. I don't work that way.
   90. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4324089)
I didn't insist that you "embraced" them in the sense that you found them likable. I said that as long as they were productive, your pajama preferences overrode Miss Manners.

No, you said we'd embrace them in the sense that we would love them. As found here:

Oh, and BTW show me a Red Sox fan who says he wouldn't have loved Paulie if he'd wound up in Boston during the 90's, and I'll show you a liar of comic proportions.


You got me there in my own exaggerated prose.

Then you tried to insist that somehow Paul O'Neill's jackassery was appealing while Beckett's was a turnoff, then you said something about sanity and clubhouse cancers, but by this time we were into one of your multi-quote, multi-hued, multi-type face posts that are too damn hard to follow, so I'm not really sure what you were going on about by then. (-:

Of course you never did answer the question about how those two players (O'Neill and Beckett) were perceived by their own home town fans and media, which might shed a bit of objectivity over the dispute.

Now, if you want to insist you misquoted you or that you didn't mean what you wrote, be my guest.

I plead guilty to the misuse of "loved", since it clearly wouldn't have applied to a minority of holdouts like yourself. But don't kid yourself, most Boston fans would've embraced O'Neill every bit as much as they embraced Fisk. He may still have been acknowledged to be a piece of work, but he would've been their piece of work. Just as Yankee fans embraced the equally redneckky Thurmon Munson, Fisk's ugly separated-at-birth brother.


But I've been saying the same thing from the start: Paul O'Neill is a destatable turd. If he had been on my team, I'd have rooted him to get hits and catch fly balls and steal bases, but at no point would I have stopped thinking he was a detestable turd. That you can turn off the part of your brain that recognizes that No. 21 was an insufferable brat, more power to you. I don't work that way.

I have no reason to doubt that, just as I've never noticed that fans with your take on the O'Neills and the Bondses and the Youkilises and the Variteks of the baseball world have ever constituted anything but a small minority, the minute those players donned the right pajamas and started taking it to the opposition.
   91. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4324115)
Of course you never did answer the question about how those two players (O'Neill and Beckett) were perceived by their own home town fans and media, which might shed a bit of objectivity over the dispute.


I don't know if Beckett was widely despised by either the media or the fans in Boston, at least not until the chicken and beer thing. His off-again, on-again performance was frustrating, of course.

Then again, I don't really read what Shank and co. are saying, nor do I listen to talk radio (not that I could) so he may well have earned the ire of those respective groups and it would have slipped right past me.

How anyone could watch Paul O'Neill act like an ill-behaved toddler whle wearing the home uniform and not feel embarrassed, not just for that person's favorite team, but for the entire species, will remain forever a mystery to me. And apparenly me alone. I'm OK with that.


   92. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM (#4324683)
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