Archive for March 27th, 2008

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Mrs. Matsui | Not Bad, Just Drawn That Way

Yankees Rumors & News

So evidently Hideki Matsui was married in a small private ceremony in New York yesterday. The announcement caught many of his teammates by surprise, particularly Bobby Abreu and Derek Jeter, who each had a bet with Godzilla over who would get married first. Said Jeter: “He what? Seriously?…How do you say ‘sneaky’ in Japanese?”

But wait, it gets more bizarre. Matsui held a press conference today to announce the nuptials, refusing to identify his bride except to state that she “is a 25-year-old civilian and had formerly been working in a reputable position at a highly respected company. I cannot go into further details at this current time.”

Matsui, however, was willing to display a pencil sketch of the newly-annoited Mrs. Matsui. No, seriously. See below:

Don’t take this the wrong way, Japanese folks, but you guys are weird.

Rangers Rumors & News

The always informative and indispensable Blueshirt Bulletin have a great “scoop” today, alerting fans to a report out of Russia that Avangard Omsk general manager Anatoly Bardin is coming to New York with the “main obective” of opening negotiations with Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.

If you recall, Jagr played for Omsk during the NHL lockout, and vowed to return to the Russian League one day.

Another item on Bardin’s agenda will almost certainly be to jump-start negotiations with the Rangers concerning Avangard forward Alexei Cherepanov, who fell to the Rangers in last year’s draft amid concerns about signability due to the 19-year-old’s obligation to Avangard Omsk. Evidently those concerns have proven to be legitimate, as reports indicate that talks have stalled between the two clubs. Via the Blueshirt Bulletin:

There is still an awful lot of negotiating to be done, both with Jagr and Cherepanov. How Jagr and the Rangers fare in the upcoming playoffs will have a lot of bearing on where Jagr ends up next …

Hankenstein Weighs in on A-Rod, Canseco

Yankees Rumors & News

In his spirited defense of A-Rod on Wednesday, [Hank] Steinbrenner told The Record that “if [Sandy] Koufax, [Mickey] Mantle, [Babe] Ruth, [Willie] Mays or [Hank] Aaron were playing today, they all would be suspected of doing something — and of course, they didn’t do it. There was no such thing in their day.

“This is the age of paranoia.”…”Consider the source, that’s No. 1,” Steinbrenner said of [Jose] Canseco. “He wouldn’t have been able to hit the ball out of the infield without steroids.

“And No. 2, if Mantle or Ruth were playing today, with the 550-foot home runs they hit, everybody’d be saying they were on something. They didn’t even lift weights in those days. They played on alcohol and hot dogs.

“There are certain naturals. There are guys who can just do it, and Alex is one of those guys,” Steinbrenner said. “He’s just friggin’ great.”

Source: The Bergen Record

Yankees Rumors & News

On his blog for the New York Times, Yankees beat reporter Tyler Kepner makes a bold prediction that figures to rub a lot of fans the wrong way. While Kepner predicts a “resurgence in ’09 and ’10” for the Bombers, he views the Red Sox as the favorites to win the AL East, and predicts that the Angels will grab the Wild Card. Kepner picks the Mariners to win the AL West, and the Indians to win the AL Central, leaving both the Yankees and the Tigers on the outside looking in.

As much as I delight in this sort of prediction as a Mets fan, I would be remiss if I didn’t call into question Kepner’s sanity. The idea that neither New York or Detroit will appear in the American League postseason is just bonkers. I could see one of those juggernauts falling short, but certainly not both, and if any team is blocking the way it clearly isn’t the Angels. In fact, if the Wild …

Taking a peek at Kiper’s positional rankings

Giants Rumors & News

I won’t often rely on the work of ESPN’s Mel Kiper, but he is still the dean of draft experts.

Kiper yesterday updated his list of the Top 5 players eligible for the draft at each position.

Here is his board at the positions of the most interest to the Giants.

Offensive Tackles
1. Jake Long, Michigan
2. Ryan Clady, Boise State*
3. Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
4. Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
5. Sam Baker, USC

Inside Linebackers
1. Jerod Mayo, Tennessee*
2. Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma*
3. Dan Connor, Penn State
4. Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt
5. Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech

Outside Linebackers
1. Keith Rivers, USC
2. Bruce Davis, UCLA
3. Cliff Avril, Purdue
4. Geno Hayes, Florida State*
5. Erin Henderson, Maryland*

1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
2. Leodis McKelvin, Troy
3. Aqib Talib, Kansas*
4. Mike Jenkins, South Florida
5. Justin King, Penn St.*

1. Kenny Phillips, Miami*
2. DaJuan Morgan, NC State*
3. Reggie Smith, Oklahoma*
4. Marcus Griffin, Texas
5. Josh Barrett, Arizona State
* denotes underclassman

For a little more on the draft, check out Todd McShay’s breakdown of what he sees as six tiers of talent among likely first- and second-round draft choices.

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