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01-07-2009 10:34 AM #106
01-07-2009 10:34 AM #107Bowie
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But I'm done with the Tex story...until Opening Day, that is
01-07-2009 10:46 AM #108GCL O's
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Yeah, I noticed he wanted to play with the Yanks so bad that they way overpaid to get him. Give it six months before Yankee fans smell the stench coming off this guy. As in certainly not worth the money the stupid Yankees paid.
I think AM did the right thing here. You can't put all your marbles into one basket. The fact is the O's don't have/won't spend the money on one player or two. There's nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong when you don't spend the money you were going to pay for one player, and make serious upgrades in the position of need. Like pitching. I'm not confident AM is even going to do that this year. His moves thus far haven't exactly stunned the world of baseball.
At any rate, Tex was always about the money. He used the O's and the Nats, and Sox, to drive up the price on the Yankees. So the more despicable aspect to me about this circus, is that he used his hometown to drive up the price. That's not going to over real well when he comes to OP. I'm not a booer usually, but I'll bring a megaphone when I see that man play.
We should oughta be thanking our lucky stars that we didn't add this mercenary clown. And I'd pay millions to see the look on Tex's face when, not if, the O's end up in the WS before the Yanks ever do. Because the good news is, the Yanks haven't caught on to the fact that they're buying bad karma along with all the FA stars.
There's a reason they've gone Ofer's as they spend spend spend but don't win win win.
01-07-2009 10:48 AM #109Bluefield
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Mackus, warped universe? While you are accurate saying that The Yankees only made the playoffs twice in the 1980's, I DISAGREE with everything else you said. The Yankess were, at that time, and have always been, a bandwagon/front runner team for people across the entire nation.
Before Teixeira graduated high school, the Yankees had;
*Won 23 World Series (22 before 1996)
*Won 34 AL Pennants
Lets' look at the decade of the 1980's;
*The Yankees of the 1980's had more wins than any other MLB Team
*The Yankees of the 1980"s had the highest winning perecentage of all MLB Teams
You've got to also remember that Teixeira was born in 1980, which puts him at age 15 in 1995 when the Yankees beagn their more recent string of domination. The O's were good then as well...
Half of my friends growing up in Baltimore County were Yankees fans, none of which had ties to New York in any way. The reason behind this was that their front running parents had passed along their bandwagon jeans to them. Their parents had witnessed the domination of the Yankees from years passed.
And YES, I would consider someone growing up in Baltimore right now a Cowboys fan an ABSOLUTE front runner. Alot of public perception has to do with the national media, and we all know how much everybody loves "America's Team."
01-07-2009 10:54 AM #110
01-07-2009 11:13 AM #111
01-07-2009 11:16 AM #112
01-07-2009 11:19 AM #113
Were the Yanks even front runners in the 80's? I mean come on. You like who you like when you're a kid. Don't get the hate at all for him being a Yankees fan but that's just me I guess.
edit: guess I should have read the thread because the fact that the front running thing wasn't accurate has already been pointed out.
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01-07-2009 11:23 AM #114
The hate isn't, on my part at least, on him being a Yankee fan as a kid. The hate is on the adult making a point to diss his hometown and its team instead of just praising his "adopted" one.
01-07-2009 11:26 AM #115
01-07-2009 11:28 AM #116Plus Member since 12/08 Major Leagues
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What I can't get over is when he made the quote that it would be a DREAM to play for the Orioles. How can you make that statement then turn around and say what you said yesterday?
Another thing, how can you love Cal & Eddie & Don Mattingly. All true O's fans are taught to hate the Yankees.
Tony, don't let this guy alter your opinion of my alma matter. I don't think Tex will be attending any Alumni Bull Roasts anytime soon.
01-07-2009 11:35 AM #117
01-07-2009 11:41 AM #118
With an MVP award, a couple World Series rings and gushing praise from his peers, Teixeira could've (but probably wouldn't have) been something closer to this generation's Frank Robinson - a slugger acquired mid-career to push the team forward. Considering all Frank did on and off the field, Teixeira would need a lot more than some fancy OPS numbers to even make that a conversation worth having.
He made his choice. Let the NY mediots rip him for not being a "true Yankee" when he's watching the Rays, Red Sox (and in a few years, the Orioles) battle for October glory while he figures out how to spend his pinstriped cash.
01-07-2009 12:21 PM #119
He could have created a legacy here, this is true. But he's already become a part of one, simply by donning pinstripes. And he's got a bigger chance of adding to that legacy, simply because the Yankees will always be contenders.
As for Mussina, I think he saw that the writing was on the wall and that the ship was going down.
In the end, I can't really blame anyone for taking the Yankees money and trying to become part of that legacy.
Does it suck for us? Absolutely, I'm not trying to say it doesn't. I was pissed at Mussina leaving as anyone else was. I can't blame Tex for making that decision, either.
But Tex severed his ties with the Baltimore area after high school. Yet we were still bumbling around acting like he cared about this area when it's clear that he didn't.
It's like heading to your 10 year high school reunion wondering what happened to that really hot girl you had a crush on back in the day. Secretly you're hoping that she's still hot, single and remembers you.
Well, she sorta remembers you. And she's still smokin' hot, but she's married a really rich doctor. A lot has transpired over the years and to think that she'd come bursting through the high school gym doors looking for you would be a bit foolish, perhaps naive.
As far as the late 80's Yankees...eh. They never finished better than 2nd after 1986 through 94. They had some good teams though.
But they're the YANKEES. Always have been, always will be. Sucks to be us that we have to be in the same division as them...but we need to get better on our own before having a hope of attracting good free agents.
01-07-2009 12:24 PM #120