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Baseball players have been known to have their own superstitious ways when it comes to getting the best production out of themselves on the ball field. These players get stuck in these ridiculous routines and they keep it the same when things are going good for them. Can you imagine if people in other professions were as superstitious as baseball players? Like, your boss would insist you wear a purple thong for board meetings? I don’t know, call them stupid..but I happen to enjoy these stories and I find them very interesting.

1) The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition that fans had for the failure of the Boston Red Sox not winning the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 until 2004. The curse was said to have begun after the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. The curse ended in 2004, when the Red Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series to beat the Yankees in the ’04 ALCS.

2) Jason Giambi wears a golden thong when he’s desperate to get out of a big slump. the thong was given to him by a company as a joke, but he’s been using it ever since 1996 when he was with the Oakland Athletics. “It works every time,” Giambi told the Daily News. Giambi claimed he hung his thong in the lockers of teammates Bernie Williams, Robin Ventura and Robinson Cano when they had trouble generating runs. Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon also wore his golden thong. “The News showed its support for the sagging Yankees by delivering 26 golden thongs to the clubhouse – one for every player on the team and manager Joe Girardi.” He also didn’t shave for a couple of days during the 2008 season, and decided to grow a mustache. He wound up going on a major hitting streak and he kept it. The Yankees had “Jason Giambi Mustache Day” at Yankee stadium back in 2008. They gave away replica mustaches to the first 20,000 fans.

3) Wade Boggs was famously known for eating chicken before every game. He famously became known as the “chicken man.” He was also known for the very precise schedule he kept. He woke up and took batting practice at the same time everyday. Boggs took exactly 100 ground balls in practice. Although Boggs was not Jewish, he also drew the Hebrew word “Chai”, meaning “life”, in the batter’s box before each at-bat. He did it in hope for good luck, and in hope that he wouldn’t jinx himself or his team. (more…)

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Yesterday the Yankees brass started their annual organizational meetings, while Joe Girardi would be in attendance today. Most likely the topics to dominate the meeting would be the budget for 2010, whether or not to re-sign either Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui (What, no Jose Molina love?) whether to go after free agents John Lackey or Matt Holliday and whether to go after Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay.

According to ESPN.com, The Boss has taken part in some of the meetings so far. I don’t know if it’s me, but in years past you would have figured that Big Stein would have been hot on Doc Halladay’s trail by now. Now, we have the Yankees trying to appear to be ‘fiscally responsible’ which is all good, but when the best pitcher in baseball becomes available, acting like you don’t care won’t win. However, the Yankees may come out of their meetings and go after him, which makes my above statement null and void.

The Winter Meetings in Indianapolis begin on Monday, so the outcome of organizational meetings might be obvious then. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I am not sure how many of you have heard of Batting Stance Guy, but he is hilarious and literally on the mark. The first video was described as ‘An Ode to the 2009 Yankees’ and the second video is Yankees past and present. Enjoy!

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cervelliYet another issue on the Yankees hot stove plate this off season is what to do with their backup catcher spot. Now, I am not a fool, I don’t see the Yankees carrying three catchers on their 25 man roster. We’ve heard it for a while now, the Yankees want to get younger and more athletic, which is understandable. Though their backup catcher situation provides quite a quandary.

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matsuimvp The champagne is barely cleaned from the carpets in the Yankees clubhouse and the confetti is not even cleaned from the Canyon of Heroes, yet some important decisions need to be made about the Yankees’ three free agents. I am of course referring to Matsui, Damon and Pettitte. I am not worried about Pettitte, he will receive a well received pay bump and be back next year after thinking over the decision in Texas for a little while. What most analyst’s seem to be torn over is whether or not to decide between Matsui or Damon. I will lay out the pros and cons to each side and then give my personal opinion afterwords. Ready? Lets go!

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The Yankees could have the bases loaded and no outs in an inning, and Molina could step up to the plate and ground out into a double play. That’s what worries me. Some will say that the Yankees have enough hitters to get through this series without him, but you never know how the other players will perform. Every at-bat counts in the playoffs. I know most Yankee fans would agree that they don’t want Molina stepping up to the plate in a crucial part of the game, and that can certainly happen. He is a rally killer and he’s slow as molasses.

As IATMS said, Burnett’s ERA with Molina catching is 4.22,and with Posada it’s 4.51. Big deal. Who is to say that when he pitched poorly..that it was Posada’s fault? I think it’s more based on how bad he was pitching, and not who he was necessarily throwing to. He just might have not had his best stuff on some of the days that Jorge caught him.

The thing that bugs me the most is that Girardi is going back on his word, when he said earlier in the season that there wouldn’t be any personal catchers. The Yankees never did it for Mike Mussina, Randy Johnson, and Orlando Hernandez. Torre didn’t stand for the complaining and made them deal with it.

Bobby Cox had to convince Greg Maddux years back to have Javy Lopez catch him, because they weren’t the same team without his bat in the lineup. Let’s not even compare Burnett and Maddux. AJ hasn’t even earned the right to have a personal catcher. (more…)

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