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New York, Offseason of Champions…Not So Much

This is what your used to as New Yorker's every offseason, not exactly the case this year.

This has been a particularly quiet off-season in the Big Apple, from the second Cliff Lee spurned the Yankees and signed with the Phillies, up until the recent signing of 3B Eric Chavez yesterday .

Both the Mets and Yankees are usually  thrown into the fire of the hot stove every offseason, one more successful than the other, but this year had a different feel.

Maybe it was due to the lack of quality (top 3 Free Agents were OF Carl Crawford, OF Jayson Werth, and SP Cliff Lee) with the exception of Lee, whom the Yankees did everything in their power to acquire, the other two guys, while being great players,  just aren’t superstars.

Or maybe it was the lack of money? In the Mets case this was definitely the reason. As you have probably heard the past few days about the Mets involvement in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi-Scheme, the team is in a big hole financially. Even before that came out, the team had said from day one there were to be no over spending of money and or big trades this offseason.

The Yankees on the other hand have money, and were willing to spend it. It just seemed that the Free Agent class was very weak, and with the two top FA offensive players (Crawford and Werth) who got HUGE deals from the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, the Yankees just didn’t feel they fit their need. From day one the offseason was pitching, pitching, and more pitching for the Bombers, with the question mark of AJ Burnett and the inevitability of Andy Pettitte retiring (just announced it yesterday) the Yankees staff behind CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes may look worse than the Mets 3-4-5 starters (Jon Niese, Chris Young, and Chris Capuano)

This offseason the big additions for each club are as such.

Mets- SP Chris Capuano, SP Chris Young, UTL Scott Hairston, C Ronnie Paulino.

Yankees- RP Rafeal Soriano, RP Pedro Feliciano (Ex-Met), (Minor League deals) SP Bartolo Colon, SP Mark Prior, SP Freddy Garcia, 3B Eric Chavez, INF Ronnie Belliard.

Sure both clubs had to resign key players such as SS Derek Jeter, RP Mariano Rivera, SS Jose Reyes (1 year option) and avoid arbitration with SP R.A Dickey, OF Angel Pagan, etc.

This offseason just never garnered the attention as it had in the past, maybe both clubs are feeling the wrath of the recession?

Doubt it.

The Mets have $51.5 Million dollars coming off the books next year owner Fred Wilpon *CANT WAIT* (Bart Scott Voice) with the likes of CF Carlos Beltran, 2B Luis Castillo, and SP Oliver Perez coming off the books. They could also save a big chunk of change declining the option of RP Frankie Rodriguez.

While both teams didn’t break the bank this year, I can honestly see both teams being competitive all year (barring injury obviously) and yes, I mean the Mets too.

So maybe money doesn’t buy championships……but it sure does help.

Bring on Baseball, and bring on the spring.

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Mickey Mantle Responds to Yankees VP Back in 1973

The Mick, Mickey Mantle (right) would like to tell you about his FAVORITE Yankee Stadium experience.

The year was 1973, and the New York Yankees Vice President at the time Bob Fishel was gathering thoughts from former Yankee Greats on their favorite experiences from the Old Stadium.

You may or may not know the 1973 season was to be the last season played at the ORIGINAL Old Yankee Stadium. In ’74 they did renovations to the ballpark and the Yankees didn’t return until the newly renovated building opened for the 1976 season. If you care they played those two seasons at the Mets ballpark, Shea Stadium.

So Fisher sent out a letter to many Yankees, but the one he sent to Mickey Mantle will live in infamy. The response Fishel got from “The Mick” was PRICELESS.

Take a look at the ORIGINAL Letter sent by Fishel and the Yankees dated December 1972.

A Letter from Yankees VP Bob Fishel in 1972

If you can’t read the writing, this is what it said:

New York Yankees Inc.

Dear Mickey,

As you probably know, 1973 marks the 50th anniversary of Yankees Stadium and we are going to have a season-long Golden Anniversary celebration. We hope to mark the occasion on our Old Timers Day, Saturday, August 11, as well as on individual dates during the season.

We thought it would be interesting to learn from you what you consider your outstanding event at Yankee Stadium. In many cases the answer is obvious, but because we are writing a large number of your former team mates, we are asking you to answer this question for us.

1973 will be the final season at Yankee Stadium as we know it. We will be located at Shea in 1974 and ’75 while Yankee Stadium is completely rebuilt to reopen in 1976.

Thanks for your cooperation. We are looking forward to seeing you in 1973 and wish you a happy holiday season.

Very truly yours,

(Signed, ‘Bob Fishel’)

December 14, 1972/m

Now this is the famous quote from Mickey Mantle HIMSELF.

Mickey Mantle's HILARIOUS response to Fishel's letter

Again, here is what it said.
I consider the following my outstanding experience at Yankee Stadium: 

— I got a blow-job under the right field Bleachers, by the Yankee Bull pen.

This event occurred on or about: (Give as much detail as you can)

— It was about the third or fourth inning. I had a pulled groin and couldn’t fuck at the time. She was a very nice girl and asked me what to do with the cum after I came in her mouth. I said don’t ask me, I’m no cock-sucker.

Signed: Mickey Mantle, The All-American Boy

How Awesome is that, I think I may have found my new favorite “Old Timer” Do Work Mick.

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Top 10 Sexiest ESPN Female Employees

FloppingOut is offering you a BETTER top 10, an ESPN Top 10 Sexiest Females

Ground breaking poll here at FloppingOut, were going to go a different route. I’m going to give a list of 10 Female Anchors/Reporters that are STILL employed by ESPN, and you are going to vote on who is the sexiest. I already know my vote, and I know where my Co-Blogger Francesco is going with his. Now its time to see who really gets your Bat and Balls warmed up for Baseball season.

Now I’m not ranking these women in MY personal order, just alphabetically. “Less Gett It

Erin Andrews

1. Erin Andrews– What can you say, from “peephole” videos to flaunting her sexy self on College Campuses while doing College Gameday, this sideline reporter is HOT!

Michelle Beadle

2. Michelle Beadle– This chick is awesome, down to earth and just a cool girl, looks like she’d be a lot of fun! ;). Beadle co-host SportsNation on ESPN with Colin Cowherd.

Bonnie Bernstein

3. Bonnie Bernstein– One of my favorites, Bonnie actually is fantastic at her job, used to be a sideline reporter for Sunday Night Baseball, but recently she works on 1050 Radio ESPN NY, New York Football Live with Greg Buttle (Ex-Jets Linebacker)

Linda Cohn

4. Linda Cohn– This one is interesting, she JUST made the top 10, Linda is a very famous and respected SportsCenter anchor, been at ESPN forever and even with her getting up there in age, she sexes up the show a bit.

Colleen Dominguez

5. Colleen Dominguez– 2nd mention of the week here on FloppingOut not to shabby sweetie! This Spicy Latina flies under the radar a bit, she is a Sports Reporter, covers breaking news stories, and other reports for ESPN.

Rachel Nichols

6. Rachel Nichols– Ahh Rachel, just looking at her, you can tell she gets down. Rachel is an intrigal part of NFL Sunday NFL Countdown as well as Monday Night Football. You can also catch her on E60 and SportsCenter.

Wendi Nix

7. Wendi Nix– Wendi primarily handles coverage for NFL, and College Football games featuring teams from the New England area. Wendi at age 36 can still get it.

Sage Steele

8. Sage Steele– Sage is another great SportsCenter anchor, whether it’s that curly hair, or the hottest african-american host, Sage just does it for me.

Hannah Storm

Hannah Storm

9. Hannah Storm– You’d never guess Hannah was 48 years old by looking at her, she is fine. Those sexy legs that she has no problem flaunting will captivate you, just ask Tony Kornheiser. Hannah does the AM editions of SportsCenter and also covers the NBA along with Stuart Scott.

Michelle Tafoya

10. Michelle Tafoya- Michelle is a fox, I’m not sure whether its my obsession with Marisa Tomei that does it because I think they have a lot in common looks wise, or that she is usually on the other side of Suzy Kolber (who i can’t stand) as sideline reporters on Monday Night Football, either way, Tafoya is a hot piece of ace.

Now it’s all up to you guys, vote away, vote multiple times who cares? Let’s see at the end of the week, who you think is the finest chick at ESPN.

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E Poll’s Top Ten Most Disliked (Assholes) in Sports

E Poll Market Research conducted a survey amongst 1,000 adult sports fans asking them to rank active players, coaches, owners or commentators on a dislike scale ranging from “Dislike Somewhat” to “Dislike” to “Dislike a Lot.” Each person that was surveyed needed to have at least a 10% minimum awareness score in order to be included, so Peter King for example would probably not have his score counted.

The Top Ten Most Disliked People in Sports….

  1. Al Davis (68% dislike)…No surprise here, the guy is a straight up jackass. “Creepy” was the most common word used to describe Al and I could not have described big Al better myself.
  2. Michael Vick (56% dislike)…His dislikedness dropped 13 points from last year but the PETA faithful  is still at no.2. I mean I guess I am a little surprised because I thought Vick helped turn his image around after this year….but when you treat dogs as if they should play Jesus in the Passion of The Christ I guess there ain’t much sympathy for you out there, and rightfully so.
  3. Jerry Jones (53% dislike)…Although I like that Jerry genuinely cares about his BOYS, he is just flat-out annoying. Jerry, hire some coach with discipline because unlike some teams in the NFL your team needs a coach that has discipline written all over him. Then you should go hang in your box seat with a martini, watch the game, maybe get a massage at halftime (with a happy ending of course :)), and watch your Cowboys blow it in the final 2 minutes of the game because it is inevitable, so at least enjoy it.
  4. Tiger Woods (52% dislike)…I actually like Tiger more now than I did before his whole “balls to the wall” campaign. But it is the opposite with America, especially since Tiger is playing as good as John Daly the past two years. Tiger I think you need to get back out on the market player, and get some women back in your life because “YOU ARE SINGLE AGAIN” (Austin Power’s voice). Tiger is clearly sexually frustrated and that is effecting his game on and off the “playing field.” Tiger call up Big Ben after the Superbowl, I am sure there are some college bars with pretty big bathroom areas that you two can have a “blast” in.
  5. Manny Ramirez (50% dislike)…Come On America. Manny is the Man. But apparently his lazy, I don’t give a shit attitude does not sit well with some Americans. The only thing that got me to dislike Manny was when he was taking fertility pills, I mean C’MON MANNN…but it was pretty sweet how he fell asleep in the Green Monster and wouldn’t run full speed to first while with Boston.
  6. Terrell Owens (47% dislike)…According to E Poll individuals either love or hate TO. Understandable. I just hope he doesn’t get another VH1 reality TV show because not only did the TO Show BLOW but TO has no game with the ladies. Nothing like the man himself FLAVORRRR FLAVVVVVV! TO you need to honestly GO from my life and probably most Americans.
  7. Albert Haynesworth (46% dislike)…No surprise here. When you are the Highest Paid Defensive Player in the league and refuse to participate in offseason drills, conditioning, and practice because you do not want to play noseguard in a 3-4; you truly are a jerkoff. Albert would have been higher on the list if (A) more people knew who Albert Haynesworth was and (B) if more Washington Redskins were included in the survey.
  8. Mark McGwire (43% dislike)…I plead the 5th.
  9. Bob Knight (43% dislike)…WHATTT? Bob Knight is not only my DUDE but he has also made the media side of college basketball that much more entertaining. I mean who else throws chairs on the court, curses off reporters and calls out and scares his own players.
  10. Randy Moss (41% dislike)…After being dropped from two organizations (Patriots and Vikings) where your play was superb it may indicate that you (Randy) may have lost it upstairs. America seems to agree.

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Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field Start Their Collapse Early

Here is a picture of the damages to Wrigley, can't really see it too well but use your imagination.

Wrigley Field, home to the “Lovable Losers” no not the New York Mets, we’re talking about the REAL lovable losers the Chicago Cubs. Today the Cubs had parts of its roof blown off and damaged last night. No, the stadium wasn’t rocking because the Cubs had finally ended their 102 year winless drought, relax Cubbie Fans it was because of the Blizzard that ripped through the Chicago area.

Chicago was blasted by part of the big storm that has caused havoc on most of the country, but Chicago was one of the harder hit areas. Wind gust up to 60 MPH and snow drifts about 6-8 FEET high. The wind and heavy snow led to damages to panels above the press boxes at the 98-year-old stadium, that opened up in 1914. Of course there has been upgrades and major renovations since, but none good enough to withstand the powerful storm.

Here you can see street views of Wrigley Field, pretty cool.

Thankfully, no one was reported to be injured from the roof panel collapsing, or if you asked long-suffering Cubs fan, unfortunately they weren’t. Kidding of course. Gotta love the Cubbie Fans!

Wrigley is said to be fine structurally and will be good to go as the Cubs open up their season on April 1st. Here’s to the chase for 103.

*No word as of yet if the Minnesota Vikings are expected to use Wrigley Field to play their home-games in 2011.*

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Famous Free Sports Streaming Website SEIZED by HOMELAND SECURITY! WHAT?

Great Job Homeland Security, I heard theres some kind of war or group of terrorist your supposed to be looking for.

The famous free sports/live TV website ATDHE.NET has been shutdown and seized by US Homeland Security.

I for one used to use the site whether I was at work, or trying to follow my fantasy football team during the season instead of paying my life savings for Dish-Network and the NFL Sunday Ticket. Good to see that the Government is more occupied with shutting down a website that most college students used to follow their TV Shows or Favorite Sports team, then trying to save them money in student loads. Great priorities!

I posted the news on my twitter account, and with-in the first 5 minutes I’ve had 10+ replies expressing their frustrations, as most of them ARE College Students and or people under the age of 30, who financially can’t afford the very expensive packages (NBA League Pass, NFL Sunday Ticket, etc)

This sucks, oh well, off to find the next underground streaming website. Stupid Government!

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CitiField to Host 2013 MLB All Star Game

Looks like an excellent park to host a Home Run Derby right?

 

Although unofficial, Major League Baseball is expected to award the New York Mets’ new ballpark CitiField the 2013 MLB All Star Game and all the other festivities. (Home Run derby, Celeb All Star Game, etc) The Mets haven’t hosted an All Star Game since 1964, the first year of their old home Shea Stadium.

If you follow baseball you know that CitiField isn’t exactly a launching pad for Home runs. That will DEFINITELY turn all the major stars onto the Home Run Derby. Not! …. CitiField’s dimensions have been heavily criticized by fans, and other media in New York, so much so that Management had to discuss whether or not to make some adjustments….didn’t happen. CitiField is home to a ridiculous 16-foot wall in Left Field, stretching all the way to left center. Then turn your attention to right field, and we’d like to welcome you to the Grand Canyon, a deep gap that goes 378 ft deep. Yeah, this will be a very entertaining Home Run Derby. Your winner, Jeff Francouer with 1 HR. Jeff just LOVES CitiField.

While it’ll be excellent to have all this in NYC, this maybe your last chance to see something exciting in this stadium for a long time, don’t miss it!

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BREAKING NEWS: Wilpon’s to SELL Minority Stake in the Mets.

1st Step Complete, these Clowns are slowly but surely on their way out!

We have breaking news here on FloppingOut, sources tell me that Fred Wilpon and the Mets have agreed to sell a minority share of the METS organization. If you’re a Met fan, and have been for years you know this is FANTASTIC news.

Update: 3:30pm- Mets Owner Fred Wilpon, and COO Jeff Wilpon held a conference call today to discuss todays announcement that they’re exploring the possibility of bringing in a strategic partner. ( help out with money, because Bernie Madoff ran off with a few Mill)

The Wilpon’s both said they plan to continue being the major owners and are looking to sell about 20-25% (minority interest)

All of a sudden they want to be “Honest” even though dating back about 2 years today, we ALL knew that they got hit hard by the Madoff Ponzi-scheme, so honesty isn’t exactly the Wilpon’s best trait.

The Wilpon’s issued this press release about an hour ago on Mets.com:

As Sterling Equities announced in December, we are engaged in discussions to settle a lawsuit brought against us and other Sterling partners and members of our families by the Trustee in the Madoff bankruptcy.

We are not permitted to comment on these confidential negotiations while they are ongoing.However, to address the air of uncertainty created by this lawsuit, and to provide additional assurance that the New York Mets will continue to have the necessary resources to fully compete and win, we are looking at a number of potential options including the addition of one or more strategic partners.

To explore this, we have retained Steve Greenberg, a Managing Director at Allen & Company, as our adviser.

Regardless of the outcome of this exploration, Sterling will remain the principal ownership group of the Mets and continue to control and manage the team’s operations.  The Mets have been a major part of our families for more than 30 years and that is not going to change.

As we have said before, we are totally committed to having the Mets again become a World Series winner.  Our fans and all New Yorkers deserve nothing less.”

Just so were all on the same page here, the Mets AREN’T for sale, the Wilpon’s will still control the majority of the team, but hey! it’s a great start. Us Mets fans can officially change the favorite slogan of “Wilpon’s, sell the team” to “Wilpon’s give up your final 75 percent” Were getting there!

As you may or may not know, I’m a Met fan and for me, this is SWEETTTT news. I was never on the Wilpon bandwagon as they’ve done nothing but run this team into the ground since the Wilpon-Nelson Doubleday divorce. Here’s to hoping they can find a great match (PAGING MARK CUBAN) and we can get this Mets team back to where it belongs.

How could you NOT want Mark Cuban's Money?

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Is Brian Cashman Losing It?

It's been a tough year for Brian Cashman, will it be his last?

It’s been a rough last few months for the New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. First it was his teams early exit from the postseason at the hands of Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers. But that’s okay the Yankees and majority of the MLB figured Lee, the most sought out Starting Pitching Free Agent in the past few years was just going to sign WITH the Yankees this past December. Well to quote the great Borat, one of my favorite movies “NOT SO MUCH” Lee left the Yankees in the dust and signed a five-year contract worth $120 million and a vesting option worth $27.5 million for the 2016 season could bring the maximum value of the deal to $135 million over six years with the Philadelphia Phillies. Shocking in many ways because the Yankees had offered Lee his choice of a six-year, $138 million deal or a seven-year, $148 million contract, including a player option.

That’s Ok Cashman is a big boy, he’s the GM of one of the richest franchises in sports he can bounce back right?  Sure let’s take a look at the remaining Starting Pitchers…. Carl Pavano hmm can’t do that again, maybe Matt Garza from the Rays, NO Tampa would never trade him in the division. Cant bring Javy Vasquez back, looks like the Yankees are in a bit of a pickle.

Two weeks ago news breaks that the Yankees have signed RP Rafael Soriano to a 3-year 35 Million dollar deal to SET UP the great Mariano Rivera, shocking to say the least. Brian Cashman then says “I didn’t recommend [the deal],” it was the organization’s decision and he thought it was too much money to give to a middle reliever. Hmm interesting, Cash went on to say he was left out of the negotiations and Yankees president Randy Levine was the one who headed up the contract with Soriano’s agent Scott Boras.

Whatever no big deal, he lost out on the top-tier SP, now there is no one left on the market, and the Yankees over payed for a relief pitcher. So what? Whats that Andy Pettite guy doing? Today Brian Cashman reiterated almost out of desperation that the door has been left open for a return if the 38-year-old lefty wants to give it another shot after all but retiring this offseason. In fact Cashman said a 12 million dollar deal is still out there on the table if he wants to give it a go this year. Wow!

Brian Cashman, who is in his final year of a 3 year contract that pays him a little more then 2 million dollars a year, was  speaking at a breakfast Q&A session sponsored by WFAN, Cashman got into the topic of a possible position change for El Capitan, SS Derek Jeter. Cashman said he didn’t want Jeter making the switch from SS to 3B if he were to DH current 3B Alex Rodriguez. He then went on to say he likes his corner OF’s to be young and have a lot of power, so if a position change were in the future for Jeter, it would HAVE to be a “Robin Yount situation” as you may or may not be familiar with Robin Yount, he spent his first 10 full seasons in the MLB as a SS. He moved to CF  in the 1985 season. He went on to win an AL MVP while playing out the remainder of his 20-year career as a center fielder and designated hitter. No harm right? Welllll he was heard this morning saying he was obviously speaking hypothetically and said it was “baseball conversation, not a declaration, not an announcement, nothing of that nature.” Relax Brian who are you trying to convince here?

NOW the final screw has come popping out, Cashman has lost it. Today the New York Yankees have signed SP….. BARTOLO COLON to a 1 year MINOR LEAGUE deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Colon could make up to $900,000 if he makes the big league club. Colon, 37, didn’t pitch in the majors last season. He last appeared in the majors in 12 games for the White Sox in ’09, going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA. Colon hasn’t made more than 20 starts in a season since ’05, when he won the Cy Young Award with the then Anaheim Angels. He went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA that season.  I know I know big deal, it’s a MINOR LEAGUE contract they didn’t exactly give him Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, Kevin Brown money, but still this is the YANKEES were talking about, a far cry from CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson last offseason, YIKES.

Jeez Bartolo, looks like your giving Sabathia a run for his money on the biggest jersey award.

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AARP is calling, pick up the phone!

Well today in the MLB, 3 once solid MLB veterans found teams that are desperate enough to go to the well one last time for these guys.

Aww how cute? Reunited and it feels so goooood!

Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon both agreed to contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, yes the same Rays that wont fork up a few extra dollars to keep the likes of Carl Crawford and Matt Garza, but instead give old man winter (Damon) and Old Fertile Manny each 6+ mil.

NOW, the Baltimore Orioles have reportedly signed OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year deal, for a “humbling” amount, whatever that nonsense means, or what you want to believe.

Vlad maybe the only professional athlete with worse knees then Danilo Gallinari

Seriously, AARP is calling guys, pick it up, or have you….

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