Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Door To Johan Is STILL Open For The Yankees...More From Senator Mitchell

Hank Steinbrenner had a few things to say to the NY Daily News this past Friday concerning the state of his club and the Yankees' continuing but seemingly waning interest in Johan Santana. Seemingly. Here is a little bit of what he had to say, and then I'll be back with a comment or two....

"We're all still very much pleased with what we've got," Steinbrenner added in a telephone interview. "As far as the door (to a Santana deal) being open, who knows? At this point, Chamberlain, Hughes, Kennedy, Cabrera and Cano, they're as close to untouchable as you get.
"The only reason I made a point of a deadline on Santana was that I didn't want to get caught up in the circus of the winter meetings. The purpose of that deadline was trying to get something done before the winter meetings."

Peter here, and we hear ya, Hankie (if I can call his Dad George...Georgie, I annoint his son Hank...Hankie!). I must say that if the Twins have looked at what the Red Sox are offering them, a plate headlined with a center fielder they SO need after the departure of Torii Hunter, and haven't pulled the trade trigger yet, they might not. But they would be fools. I'm in love with our 2008 rotation without changing a soul. And Ellsbury in center, for a decade, if not more, catching anything hit his way and batting leadoff, using raw speed and baseball path awareness to be the perfect guy up there with Pedroia kneeling in the on-deck circle. And then Papi, and Manny, and......well, you know the rest.

I hope your Sunday will be a great one. Here in interior Connecticut and Southern New England we are dealing with a Nor'easter, a storm with a track that takes it too close to us, bringing in milder ocean air and a quick change to sleet and then the dreaded freezing rain before changing to all rain, and then back to snow as the easterly winds change to those cold ones from the northwest. Confused? It's one of a Nor'easter's typical and completely normal behavior. It all depends upon the storm track, and this one is too close...100 miles to the east and south, passing over Cape Cod, and, well, that's a horse of a different color, and that "horse" would start with a "B." For blizzard. No chance...not this time.

OK, enough weather stuff. Please click on the title of this post for the Globe's report containing the very latest on the incompleteness of the Mitchell report, from the man himself, Sen. George Mitchell. So have fun, go Pats...beat dem Jets. Be safe, my readers. Thanks for stopping in. As always.


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