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Cameron Diaz is Dating A-Rod? Really?

A-Rod Cameron Diaz

Cameron Cameron Cameron. What have you done? You’re dating Alex Rodriguez? And doing things like paddle boarding and feeding him popcorn at the Super Bowl? All of the good feelings I used to have about you just flew out the window. Justin Timberlake to A-Rod. Seriously? Talk about a fall from grace. I’m ashamed of you.

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Andy Pettite — Thanks for the Memories

Andy Pettite

By Jimmy Cunningham, howiGit New York Writer, Manhattan, NY

Andy Pettitte is scheduled to announce his retirement today. As a Yankee fan this hurts for two reasons, one because the Yankees pitching staff will suffer and two because its Andy Pettitte.

Andy has been a warrior during his two stints with the Yankees winning the World Series 5 times. When the Yankees faced a team in a series clincher fans always felt comfortable with Andy on the mound, as is shown by his record 6 series clinching wins. Another record Andy hold is all-time playoff wins by a pitcher with 19.

Andy’s career is not without controversy with him being outed as using performance enhancing drugs. But Andy was a man about the whole thing admitting to using HGH twice in 2002 to recover from an injury while with the Astros. That does not excuse his use of performance enhancing drugs, he used them and will go down in history as one of those who used. I would rather players do things the way Andy did though and stand up, admit their mistake, apologize, and move on. Something his good buddy Roger Clemens, among others *cough Papi cough*, should learn from.

I will miss Andy Pettitte’s fire and post season “clutchness”, I will miss his staring down of the catcher and lethal pick off move, and I will miss him when his spot in the rotation comes around this year.

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Athletes on Twitter = Tweetletes

Athletes on Twitter

By Thalia Bardell, howiGit Contributing Writer, Boston, MA

Twitter. I’ve resisted it for a long time – perhaps because the first time it was described to me was as a constant series of Facebook stati. Good God. I block most people’s Facebook stati because I just don’t care if you’re out at the mall wit the girlz or at band practice ‘till 5 and then getting pizza with the boys and probably hitting the bars after that – please, spare me. Before I sound too pompous I am aware that not many people care when I update my status, which is why Twitter didn’t appeal to me. What do I have to Tweet about – just ate a turkey sandwich! Just got out of the shower! Doing laundry! Everyone reading just got a sneak peek into my sweet life. Boring. However, I acknowledge that social media has become a huge part of our modern lives and that Twitter is something I’ll need to get on board with just like everyone else has – including athletes.

First, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew takes a jab at Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Twitter. Then, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wants to know if Jet cornerback Antonio Cromartie knows what CBA (collective bargaining agreement) stands for. Cromartie then needs to defend his turf by telling Hasselbeck that he’ll “smash his face in.” All on Twitter, all in the public domain. Seriously, what happened to simply calling up your best friend and bitching to them over the phone where no one else can hear? Haven’t any of these guys heard the expression “save the drama for your mamma?” Then my SportsCenter broadcasts would not be crowded with all this he said, she said, they said back, so we said nonsense and I could get my Top Plays in peace.

Lately it’s the Green Bay Packers. You would think that a team that has been well respected all year, a Cinderella story from game one, would want to keep a foolishness-free record going into Super Bowl week. But no, injured linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finely decide that Twitter would be the appropriate place to complain about not being included in the team Super Bowl photo. This is not the seventh grade, which is what irks me so much about all the comments that these players have been making. If you’re upset about not being in the team photo don’t put a snarky and passive aggressive comment on Twitter, tell your coach that you think that players on the Injury Reserve deserve a place in the picture. This is not hard. As a professional athlete you are supposed to be an adult and moreover you are an adult that is constantly in the public eye. Stop calling each other out over Twitter like fourteen-year-old girls over AIM. Then we can move on to more important things like, oh yeah, playing sports.

I guess the complaint I have with athletes is the same complaint I have with everyone else. If you’re going to use Twitter use it right. Like Shaq, who recently tweeted, “daaaang everyone is tryn to lose weight n look good. u could train wit my people n keep ur new years shaqalution.” Now that’s a Tweet I can get behind.

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Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon Sign with Rays?

Manny Ramirez Rays

I say……good for them! I don’t like this move because it obviously makes the Rays much more competitive than they would be without these guys. That’s a very solid lead-off hitter and an all-time great clean-up hitter. Sure, they are old, but I don’t want to hear it. Both of these guys are great players and have plenty left in the tank, although Manny is also an all-star head case. It’s good to see that the Rays aren’t simply dumping all of their players and are making moves to remain competitive in the AL East.

Both players signed one year deals, Damon for $5.25 mil plus incentives and Manny for $2 mil. In my book, both of those deals are straight up bargains. You can’t tell me that signing Manny Ramirez to the Red Sox for $2 mil wouldn’t have been a great move. Well played, Rays.

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Dustin Pedroia Versus Robinson Cano

Dustin Pedroia Versus Robinson Cano

Last week we briefly got into a little spat over the question of who is the better second baseman: Boston’s Dustin Pedroia or New York’s Robinson Cano. After our previous looks at David Ortiz versus Alex RodriguezTom Brady versus Derek Jeter, Tom Brady versus Peyton ManningMichael Jordan. versus Kobe Bryant, and Luke Harangody versus Shelden Williams, I couldn’t resist. So here it is….

I’ll start by saying this: Robinson Cano was a rookie in 2005, whereas Pedroia was a rookie in 2007 (Can0 is 28, Pedroia is 27). Given his past two seasons, you’ve got to give the edge to Cano. That said, for comparison’s sake, I think it’s much more fair to compare the first 4 seasons of each player’s career. Cano’s numbers popped in his 5th season, and Pedroia’s were beginning to pop last year until he was sidelined with an injury. A look at the first 4 years of each players career might be enlightening in telling how good each of these players could end up being.

Dustin Pedroia (2007-2010) – .307 AVG, 16 HR, 76 RBI, .374 OBP

Robinson Cano (2005-2008) – .304 AVG, 17 HR, 87 RBI, .336 OBP

Those numbers are adjusted 162 game averages for sake of comparison, and needless to say they are pretty damn similar. Let’s look at other accolades earned during that time:

Dustin Pedroia (2007-2010) – 2007 World Series Champion, 2007 Rookie of the Year, 2008 All-Star, 2008 AL MVP, 2008 Golden Glove, 2008 Silver Slugger, 2008 League Leader in runs (118), hits (213), & doubles (54), 2009 All-Star, 2009 League Leader in runs (115), 2010 All-Star

Robinson Cano (2005-2008) – 2006 All-Star, 2006 Silver Slugger

Pedroia clearly wins in this department by a landslide. Why is this, given their similar statistics? A great question. The common sentiment seems to be that Pedroia’s play had a bigger impact on his team. He certainly has displayed more leadership early in his career than Cano has. That said, he’s going to have a tough time keeping up with Cano in terms of power numbers, although he was off to a great start least year. Regardless of who you prefer, these are probably the two best second baseman in baseball. This will be an interesting rivalry to watch develop, that’s for sure.

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2011 World Series Predictions — Cliff Lee to the Phillies

Cliff Lee Phillies Trade

It’s beginning to look a lot like Chrrrrristmasss — well at least in Boston and Philadelphia. The Phillies shocked everybody yesterday, signing Cliff Lee to a 5 year $120 million dollar deal that instantly gives the Philadelphia the best starting rotation in baseball. I see this as a major setback for both the Yankees and the Rangers, as the Ranger have lost and ace and the Yankees have lost the best left-handed arm they could have gotten to help combat Boston’s new left happy line-up. This does mean, however, that New York will have deep pockets to sign nearly every other available player they want — and you know they’ll pull a big trade out of their hat sometime next season. All of that said, I think this move immediately makes the Red Sox and the Phillies the favorites for next season — I’ll predict here and now that they meet in the World Series. Let’s take a look at their starting rotations for 2011:

Phillies: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt

Red Sox: John Lester, Clay Bucholz, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lackey (Tim Wakefield)

Those rotations could create some fantastic pitching match-ups, but I think the Red Sox have a serious advantage offensively. That said, the average Philadelphia starter is a better pitcher and the Phillies have the advantage of playing in the National league — meaning the Red Sox won’t have nearly the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Phillies rotation, as they would, say, the Yankees. Still, I believe that Boston’s chances of beating the Yankees in a 7 game series went up substantially with the Yanks missing out on Lee.

Lee’s move to the Phillies certainly was a surprise, and I can’t help but speculate on why he chose the Phils. He seemed to be happy in Texas, where he pitched the team to the World Series. The Yankees offered him crazy money and a chance to play in a huge market for a serious contender. His reasons for passing the Yanks by could have been the quality of life issue he raised, or it could simply have been the fact that he’d have to share a division with the Red Sox. Lee must have seen the Phillies’ rotation, wanted to get in on the action, and realized a playoff birth was more of a guarantee in Philly than anywhere else. His career numbers will likely be much better in the NL than the AL East, suggesting that he may have been concerned about his legacy. I’m sure his true reasons had something to do with getting a chance to win and his family’s quality of life — maybe his family has friends in the Philly area, who knows.

Regardless, the 2011 season should, without a doubt, be a competitive one.

Sox in 7 games.

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Carl Crawford To Boston? You Kiddin’ Me?

Carl Crawford

Theo Epstein made a statement yesterday, saying loud and clear — “We’re here to win in 2011.” You gotta give it to the guy, every time I start to question him he answers. You also got to love his sneakiness, stating after signing Gonzalez that his focus was now on the bullpen. He made moves in a major way, and he made them early. Gotta love it. After signing Crawford to a 7-year $142 million deal, the Red Sox have the best team in the Bigs. Here’s a look at my new proposed line-up for the Sox.

1) Carl Crawford, L, LF

2) Dustin Pedroia, R, 2B

3) David Ortiz, L, DH

4) Kevin Youkilis, R, 3B

5) Adian Gonzalez, L, 1B

6) JD Drew, L, RF

7) Marco Scutaro, SS, R

8)Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, S

9) Jacoby Ellsbury, L, CF

Yes, that is going to be 6 left-handed hitters if need be. This line-up has it all in my opinion, minus a good catcher (which is the second most important position in baseball). That said we’ve got a gold glove infield, an incredibly fast outfield, power, and two of the best on the base paths in the league. Coupled with our starting pitching and a bullpen that Theo is trying to add to — watch out.

Now now now. Shut up for a moment Yankees fans. I’ve already started to hear it. “The Red Sox sold out, the Red Sox are the Yankees.” Frankly, New Yorkers, you’re just making yourself look pathetic by saying these things. Your showing us Boston people that our comments get to you. Because if you sit back and look at the numbers, well, how about we do that?

Players making over $30 million in 2011 — Yankees 1 (A-Rod), Red Sox 0

Players making over $20 million in 2011 — Yankees 3 (CC, A-Rod, Tex), Sox 0 (Crawford may, but his contract likely increases by year)

Players making over $15 million in 2011 — Yankees 6 (AJ, Mo, CC, Jeter, A-Rod, Tex), Red Sox 2 (Lackey, Crawford)

As far as signing players to long-term, big deals I gave the Yankees hell for signing AJ Burnett, CC Sabathia, and Mark Texiera in the same offseason to the tune of $441 million. The Red Sox have really only signed Crawford, although it does seem very likely they will give Adrian Gonzalez a contract extension early in the season. Even if they pay his 150+ million over many seasons, that brings Crawford and Gonzalez’s signings to about 2/3 of the Yankees spending that off-season.  Which seems about right. Boston’s payroll will be less than the Yankees, significantly, as it always is.

Oh, and that’s not to mention the deal the Yankees will likely sign Cliff Lee too. That makes those numbers look even worse. Frankly, they have no option other than to get him now — they’ll need another lefty arm to pitch the Red Sox lefty-happy line-up.

Bring on the spring.

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