Juan Rivera, Yankees? Seriously?

January 28th, 2013 by Jane Heller

It was suggested to me the other day on Twitter that I write another article for the New York Times announcing my divorce from the Yankees on the grounds of mental cruelty. I replied that I had reformed and no matter how much the team might piss me off at times I would never threaten to divorce them again.

However, today’s minor league signing of Rivera, yet another right-handed outfielder/has-been, managed to get my attention – and not in a good way. I used to think teams needed a power-hitting outfield. Apparently not. As of now we have Ichiro, Gardner and Granderson (who does hit for power, granted), along with the minor league signees. I am not inspired.

Nor am I inspired by our choices at catcher.

Ditto: third base.

Ditto: backup infield.

But here’s what I am excited about: how soon spring training will start. Once that pesky thing called the Super Bowl is out of the way, our countdown can begin in earnest. I can’t wait.



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5 Responses to “Juan Rivera, Yankees? Seriously?”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    Can’t disagree with any of your points, Jane. I could see this as being a rebuilding season if we weren’t acquiring a bunch of has-beens. There is good news, at least that Jeter seems to be getting back to form and should be ready for Opening Day. Haven’t heard anything recently about Mariano but I’m presuming that no news is good news. Excited about Spring Training – I noticed already this week that its not pitch black outside at 5:00 PM, so we are totally heading in the right direction. I am happy about The SuperBowl, though. We always have a big party and its always fun. GO HARBAUGHS!!!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    I agree about the rebuilding idea, Diane. If we were bringing up a bunch of homegrown kids, it would be one thing. But our “kids” are now the veterans and we seem to have added more veterans. Have a great time at your SB party. What’s on your menu?

  3. Diane Anziano says:

    Pigs in a blanket, chili, grandma ala vodka pizza, quacamole and lots of snacks, followed by desert and coffee. WooHoo!!!

  4. Bob Cerv says:

    Diane — inquiring minds just GOTTA know — what’s “Grandma Ala Vodka” Pizza? Sounds FASCINATING…!!!
    (of course it’s probably followed by “desert” and coffee because your mouth will be that DRY afterwards!).

    Given the uninspiring news of all the Old Geezer Vets being signed (reminds me of going to the bargain bin at the record store for old LPs at great sale prices)…I could suggest that hey, maybe the Yanks shoulda signed Delmon Young after all, and put him on a weight-loss incentive, like the Phils…but that might agitate Miz Jane, so I won’t.

    Anecdote: my son Alex got a nice home-plate-shaped plaque for Xmas that we found at the beach… features “Yankees, World Champs 2009” and a complete listing out of EVERY world champ in their history. On New Year’s Day, we were invited to an old friend’s house for an afternoon party. He’s a big baseball fan, altho’ of the local teams. On a wall in his basement was a similar plaque for the Baltimore Orioles — with BIG lettering, stating “World Champs” and all 3 of their years. I had to chuckle, and point out to Alex how much larger was the lettering on this plaque…and a lot LESS of it, too!