Guest Blog: Morgan Ensberg

25 04 2008

        Morgan ran across my blog one day and about a week ago asked if he could guest blog. Of course I agreed. Hope you enjoy.

 

So here we go…
 
        This is the first time I have ever blogged anything.  To be 100% honest with you, I don’t really know what to write about.  This was an incredible discovery for Seinfeld.  Heck, he made a whole TV show about not having anything to talk about.  But the whole purpose of a blog is to give a point of view and for that matter, give you a point of view about baseball.  So here you go. 
 
        TV contracts are a really big deal in baseball.  So much so that the umpire at second base has a stop watch and starts it immediately following the last out of the inning.  We all sit and warm up and wait until a minute and 30 seconds (I think that is how long) has passed.  You will see the home plate umpire standing and waiting, the batter will be outside the batters box waiting, and you will see the pitcher standing behind the mound and looking at second base and waiting for the umpire to move back into the outfield or put his hat on (the signal that we have passed the time needed for commercials) and that tell us we can start.  It drives all of us crazy. 
 
        The next idea that I have is about opposing fans.  I love it when a fan is yelling at me and says something really witty.  Not just yelling to be heard by the people around him, but something really funny.  If it is good, I will laugh at it myself.  I want it to be funny.  But let me tell you this, if you say “you suck” we know that you don’t know what to say and you probably aren’t very funny.  To us it is like saying “um”.  We hear it all the time and it is just a sound with no meaning.  Take your time and don’t get caught up in the moment.  Timing is everything and if you can think of something genuinely funny, you will have my respect. 
 
Finally, the Office is the greatest show on the planet, and I would like to pose this question to all of you….
 
Would an average sized row boat support phil and me without capsizing?
 
        One more thing, I love reading and I really love to read non-fiction.  If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.  Just email Phil and he can pass them on to me.  Hopefully you will send enough recommendations that we shut down the internet!  Later!  Morgan

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25 04 2008
zib9

morgan made some sick plays last night
thanks for the entry
see ya

25 04 2008
cbon9

FIRST COMMENT!!! Morgan – That was a great blog. I honestly had no idea about the whole “commercial thing”. I am going to watch for that during a game. Finding out these little bits of information is why I love Phil’s blog (and indea for “guest bloggers”).

As far as witty comments, sitting in the bleachers you can usually get some good one liners. What was the closest you ever came to saying something back? Have you ever (you dont seem like the type). What was the best one-liner you ever heard?

Now with the boat – Sit in the middle and stay still. Just please don’t go fishing during the season. We cannot afford to lose any more players this year, never mind to a fishing accident in a boat.

25 04 2008
eugiethegreat

lol I’m sure opposing fans will try and accomidate you Morgan.

25 04 2008
bigdogg48

Hey Morgan & Phil,

I loved these quotes from the office:

Woman: Well I’m gonna head out.
Michael Scott: Oh. Okay. Well, um, I enjoyed this, conversation. It was very nice. It was like talking to the sweet old lady on the bus.
Woman: That’s incredibly rude.
Michael Scott: Now you ruined it. [walks out]
—-
Michael Scott: Hello Oscar Meyer Wiener -lover. I bet, that you have a bunch of very liberal girl-type friends, who trust you implicitly, because they know you’d never touch them given your condition.

25 04 2008
mmarkz26

You and Phil are officially my favorite people ever.

25 04 2008
philfan34

i never knew that about the t v but i would get annoyed also. i will think about saying something funny 2 u. a good book is the holocaust writen in 1987. also phil u had a good outing last night not ur fault of the lose no disition i no u wouldve done better if it didnt rain. Also morgan now i no y u never wrote blogs be 4 lol jk it was great

25 04 2008
philfan34

also the office great show

25 04 2008
yanks2119

I had a feeling that whole commercial thing bothered you guys.

I completely agree about the fans. That is why I love Yankee fans, most of the time they have great comments and are usually very witty. The fans who are boring and uncreative, but think they are funny, get annoying fast.

The Office is beyond amazing!
I can’t stop laughing at the image of you two in an average sized row boat trying not to capsize.

Thanks Phil and Morgan! I have been a fan of Morgan since his days with the Astros so I absolutely love this.

25 04 2008
yankiesboi

The second part of the blog is brilliant and reminds me of a game last year at the stadium, when Tigers closer Todd Jones enjoyed what myself and the other bleacher creatures yelled at him. So, he was talking and laughing and decided to come up and watch b.p. from the bleachers. It was great to see him in the bleachers acting like a fan with his glove.

Anyway, I honestly wouldnt advise you and phil going in the same row boat. Im sure its not very safe. haha

OH, Phil, please make sure that Morgan payed his Cell Phone ticket that he got. Those late fees could really be a pain.

25 04 2008
bosoxwschamps

I really want to go to a sox-yankees game and throw a bag of twizzlers on the field. But that’s just me.

25 04 2008
semperfi1860

Morgan,

Your post made my day :) I’m a huge Astros fan, but I read this blog all the time anyway as Phil seems like a great guy.

When the Yankees come to Houston over the summer I’ll make sure to think of a good jeers.

25 04 2008
defensewins

Morgan, what was the funniest thing a fan has said to you?

25 04 2008
diamond23dust

Thanks for blogging Morgan…I loved your entry!

To answer your question, I do think an average sized row boat would support you and Phil without capsizing….but if Joba jumps in too…well, that’s questionable. Haha—just kidding ;-)

Anway, nice job playing 3B these past few games…you’ve really made some awesome plays!

25 04 2008
rfarren

“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fairly fascinating triple biography about Lincoln and his cabinet. Its a good read, and written really well. Also Malcom Gladwell’s “Blink” and “Tipping point” are great non fiction social commentary. You may also like “Freakonomics” which is another social commentary, and might be the most fun read I’ve had in 3 years. Fun book! but a warning, you’ll be disappointed, it ends too soon!

25 04 2008
misplacednewyorker

Morgan that was awesome — everything a blog should be.

I took my 7 year old to the Braves-Marlins game last night and she was wondering the same thing…..”Daddy, why are they all just standing around?” But, of course, the TV money (1) keeps the cost of tickets somewhat reasonable — Yankee Stadium excluded — for the fans and (2) puts money in your pocket (and those of the owners) so it can’t be all bad.

“The Office” rocks…my favorite all time comedy, though is the British version of “Coupling” —- laugh out loud stuff…you can rent the DVD’s from Netflix

The most inventive in-game taunts of opposing players I have heard were both at Yankee Stadium (1) while sitting in the right field bleachers back in ’91 fans were taunting Dante Bichette with a “Dante B’Sh*t in his pants” chant….kind of gross but effective. He gave a casual wave at some point during the game and (2) during the late 80′s —- not the best time in Yankee History, there must have been only 12 or 13 thousand fans on a chilly Monday night in April. The Yanks were losing badly to Minnesota and were serenading a position player named Pedro with, “Pedro, the revolution has begun” — a bit racist perhaps but with the silence in the crowd I know they could here it on the field

For books — try “From Beirut to Jerusalem”, the best book in history on the Mideast. My favorite baseball book ever was probably Summer of ’49 by David Halberstam. For Yankee History try “The Bronx Zoo” — might provide some insight into the psychological makeup of your current employer or Peter Golenback’s well written biography of Billy Martin.

25 04 2008
jetersgangster

That was actually pretty funny. Wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m not dissapointed.

25 04 2008
gary200102

It’s fresh to see Ensberg.

25 04 2008
yankeefan26171

Thanks for the insights, Morgan, that’s a great blog! I enjoy watching you play and am happy you had a little time at 3d base this week.

Re: opposing fans – I went to my first Yanks/Sox game on 4/16, and boy those fans are OBNOXIOUS! Even on the subway home, they were still taunting the Yankee fans and it took a lot of gall because they LOST that game! Anyway….

Re: books – I also love nonfiction. A Civil Action is one of my favorites; I also like books about corporate greed like Liar’s Poker, Den of Thieves and Barbarians at the Gate (they really capture the heyday of the roaring 80s). The Glass House was great – tells the story of a woman whose childhood was spent wandering around the country with her parents who are now homeless. Oh and how could I forget Bringing Down the House which is about the MIT kids who made cash beating the casinos’ systems.

I’m going to see you at the Stadium on 5/1 and 5/6, so I’m looking forward to those games for sure!

25 04 2008
dfox

Great entry! I know what you mean with the opposing fans thing. I was at Phil’s first start against the Blue Jays, and I was sitting in right field right near the field, and these guys right near me were just giving it to Alex Rios the entire game. Apparently his given name is “Alexis” and they just kept saying you have a girls name. It wasn’t very funny, but one thing that was funny was when Abreu got that huge hit, while everyone was watching the play, the guys turn to Rios and say “don’t worry Rios, we didn’t forget about you”.

And the thing about the TV contracts is crazy, but yeah, I know it’s true. I remember a number of years back there was a Boston v. Yankees game and I was listening on the radio, and Sterlling said that they were going to throw the first pitch and an executive from Fox actually ran on the field to stop them because Fox wasn’t back from commercial yet.

Anyway, awesome hit last night, that really made the game exciting. Hope to see more entries from you!

25 04 2008
zellyanks91

Nice entry by Morgan. I liked the Seinfeld reference. You made a nice diving play on that ball that was ripped down the line, which could have easily beeen a double.

http://zellspinstripeblog.wordpress.com/

Kevin

25 04 2008
9nine9

Morgan, I agree with you as a fan who has been known to sport Yankees gear in enemy ballparks. “You suck” and “Yankees suck” are as boring as they come. But if you make me laugh, I’ll tip my hat and maybe even buy you a beer.

25 04 2008
norcross77

I just finished reading 21: Bringing down the House – it was a good read, really interesting how they could coordinate their card counting and beat Vegas for so much money. I haven’t seen the movie yet, I imagine it won’t live up to the book.
7-8 years ago I sat 13 rows behind the Yankees on-deck circle at Fenway. The Sox fans were merciless, mainly taunting Jeter, Tino, and Paul O’Neil. Their go to chant was “Hey Paul, last train to Provincetown leaves at 11:30″ (If you don’t know about Provincetown, it’s a place in Cape Cod where many gay men congregate.) Maybe not the most PC chant, but the Sox crowd loved it. Fortunately the Yanks won, but it still didn’t shut up the obnoxious Boston fans.

25 04 2008
yanks4ever13

Loved the post Morgan. It definitely put a smile on my face :)

As for books, you should read “Mountains Beyond Mountains” – it’s a good read about a doctor and what he’s done with his life helping people with TB and other ID (infectious diseases). And I’m about to start reading “The Boys on the Bus”. It’s about coverage of the 1972 elections. Don’t know how it will be, but I’m told it’s good… no guarantees though. Enjoy :)

25 04 2008
gmoon7

Great entry Morgan…very entertaining!

I love sitting in the stands around fans who yell funny things so it’s good to know you have a sense of humor.

Non-fiction is great – must mean you’re smart! Good book recommendation: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

25 04 2008
manimal529

Morgan great perfomance yesturday, signing you to the yanks was a great move.

Only thing was trying to backhand that in-between hop was probably the worst thing you could have done. Anyways it was relieving to see you fist pump after the single and everything. Why don’t you just make your own blog? If you enjoy this then follow Phil’s footsteps.

25 04 2008
gayle3r1

Here are my book recommendations:

The Operator – By Tom King (biography on the rise of David Geffen)

Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars – By Jack Germond and Julkes Witcover – about the presidential race of 1988 (george Bush and Dukakis)

Veil – by Bob Woodward about the secret CIA wars that took place from 1981-1987 ie Irangate etc

And the Sea is Never Full – By Eli Wiesel his memoirs from 1969 to present talk about how someone can overcome anything a true inspiration on forgiveness etc

Mad as Hell – by Jack Germond and Jules Witcover about teh 1992 Presidntial election ie Clinton, Perot and Bush

Long Walk to Freedom – Nelsom Mandela’s autobiography agin like Elie Weisel true inspiaration

and my highest recommendation is a book called The Children by David Halberstam about 8 young students from the civil rights movement and follows their lives from that time until present day, They inckude the students who fought to go to university in Arkansas ,the sit ins, freedom rides etc. One of thoise children is JOhn Lewis current congrssman from Georgia who was one of the leaders of the movemnt with King

25 04 2008
thehugeunit

Thats cool, I was excited when Morgan signed on as a free agent this past offseason. He’s really doing a great job. I’m going to all the games this weekend and can’t wait for another sweep.

25 04 2008
dewey23

Morgan, start up your own blog!!

and remember, stay off your cell while driving in NY ;)
those ticketing bastards!

25 04 2008
rebeccaoptimist

That was a great entry.

Reading suggestions? Oh, I can probably come up with a few of those…

25 04 2008
acm1986

You should hit up Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. If you liked the show, you’ll love the book.

25 04 2008
hughes2joba

hey Philly check out HULU.com you can watch any office ep you want

25 04 2008
saucyflossy

if you really are “The Blowfish” (according to Phil), does it really matter if a row boat would support you both?

25 04 2008
Steph

Nice entry. I like the guest blog idea. Pretty neat!

25 04 2008
joekliq

Morgan here is a great book. “Please send me an autograph” written by joekliq@yahoo.com

25 04 2008
Travis G.

i dont like the TV commercials either, but that’s how the players/teams make money. us fans get nothing from it. the players at least know it’s supplementing their salaries.

if the MLBPA gets together and say “we’ll cut our salaries in half so in order to stop commercials”, i think you’d have the full support of every baseball fan out there. ;)

25 04 2008
giambino0522

HAHAHAH this was a fantastic entry! HAHHAHBABHH it was hilarious…particularly the section about the office. i literally blasted into laughter omg. HAHAHAHAHA

you know what was so great about seinfeld? it def was a show about nothing (technically speaking), but all those events that happened in the characters’ lives was of utmost importance to THEM. i think that’s what made it so good — seeing how much tiny occurrences or upsets mattered to them and seeing the changes they underwent after experiencing the various incidents. that’s just me being a tv dork who’s obsessed with screenwriting i suppose…

i would recommend sacco and vanzetti must die! by mark binelli. it’s based on true historical events combined with fiction (quite a bit of fiction). so it’s really interesting and even funny in certain parts

25 04 2008
ilovenyy

This was a really fun blog Phil! Well I guess it was Ensberg’s idea, so way to go! Yall both did good last night. I know what you mean about the people yelling stupid stuff. Not sure if you heard one particular guy everytime Melky went to bat during the White Sox series but it was SO annoying. Next time I’m at a game and you happen to be playing, I will be sure to yell something funny :)

25 04 2008
generationtrey

Morgan,
I really enjoyed watching you last night. I stayed up until 1 (our time 12 yours) hoping you would do something amazing. It payed off, your great. Love the blog. And I’m defenitly going to keep that commercial thing in mind when I come see you and the Team against Detroit. Can’t wait.
Phil,
I did great last night! I know it was only two innings, but you were sick out there. It stinks! I’m not seeing you next week. Sure I’m seeing Pettitte, but I saw him againt Boston already, I wanna see you. Btw my picture next to my comments is your first Major League pitch!! I remember. First pitch, ball (low and away). Second pitch double (Alex Rios). Next batter Strike out!
Lets Go Yankees
David

25 04 2008
jennacapgar

Loved, loved, loved the office last night- esp. how awkward it was with Toby.

Morgan- I would suggest 1776 by David McCullough- if you thought John Adams on HBO was a good series (not sure if you watched it or not) then you will really love that book…

25 04 2008
wolfking65

some quality reading are

“WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR” -DAN MILLMAN great author…kinda a personal growth book but with ideas that make you mentaly strong for quite sometime…im on my 3rd go with the book and im not the most avid reader but its addicting when you get a good one…

“The Alchemist” – PAULO COELHO (spell check on the last name) another personal growth book with awesome meanings.

on a dark side theres ” the ice man” which follows the life of RICHARD KUKIINSKO…you know that maniac you prob saw on HBO bout 3 or 4 years ago? well thats a fun one especially since your in NY now….fast read

25 04 2008
bigjf

Morgan, I suggest you learn how to throw the baseball to home plate. All the best!

25 04 2008
montyplease

Clutch hit indeed last nite, Morgan, but lets not forget you blew that throw to home. More work on arm strength, less time watching tv and reading non-fiction. Get to work!

25 04 2008
matt28waters

I also prefer nonfiction myself. Don’t know why that is… anyway Morgan, the best book I’ve ever read in that genre was “The Westies” by T.J. English. It’s about the Irish Mob in Hell’s Kitchen New York, and is so well written it’s ridiculous. The juxtaposition between the smooth writing and gangland stuff made the book really stand out in my mind.

Your swing looks great by the way. Mechanics are really compact. I think you’d do some real damage with consistent AB’S. Best of luck the rest of ’08.

25 04 2008
mantlemurcer

Everyone wants a piece of the action. Great posts Morgan. Do you hear the noise at all when 50,000 people are screaming during your at-bat or can you tune it out?

25 04 2008
joba62

Great job at 3rd last night and the base hit up the middle was terrific. If you try to take every pitch up the middle you’ll do some serious damage, but duh I guess you know that.

A terrific non-fiction book is “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”.

25 04 2008
Morisseau

just for kicks, tell Morgan to check out Hunter S Thompson’s first book of letters, the Proud Highway. Fascinating.

25 04 2008
jetergirl211

you’re too cute…

haha

And I agree, wittiness is key. I live my life by it

Alrighty, take care you two!!

Alex

25 04 2008
dynastynyy

I clapped in glee when I saw this this afternoon. You’re quite the writer, Morgan! I enjoyed the little insights. I was really excited when the Yanks signed you and then when you made the 25-man. Nice plays last night!

As far as non-fiction goes, Augusten Burroughs’s memoirs are phenomenal–funny and irreverent. Geez, now I sound like the New York Times! I recommend Dry, though. It chronicles his efforts to stay sober, but it’s rarely anything like its title.

And, um, errr…no! Okay? No you wouldn’t fit in a rowboat! :-D

Best of luck! I really enjoy watching you play!

-Elizabeth

25 04 2008
jetergirl211

oh, ps: …..blowfish?

25 04 2008
mallori612

Try “The Glory of It All” by Sean Wilsey.

25 04 2008
cdeete01

Yay! Thanks Morgan! I’m in South Bend, Indiana right now for school, and when I’m not there I’m home in Indianapolis, so we don’t get a lot of games on TV here, but I’ve been able to watch all of the White Sox games this week, so it’s been awesome!!!

As for books, one of my favorites is “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. It’s a true crime story that’s pretty sweet. It’s by John Berendt.

25 04 2008
seanecurran

Hey Morgan, last weekend at Baltimore I got real close to the batting cage during saturday’s batting practice and I yelled to you. The only problem is that I was yelling “Hey Chad Moeller!” Just wanted to apologize for that. I’ll get you with the right name next time!

25 04 2008
zimster6205

for starters, I think that an average size row boat would hold you both, but I think Eric Gagne might have issues. Has anyone else noticed how “big boned” he has become? And what’s with that oversized uni? You ain’t foolin’ anyone, Eric. (okay, I didn’t post this planning to dog out Gagne, it just happened)

for non-fiction, I loved a book called Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNabb, a former British special forces soldier in the first Iraq war.

btw, ever hit Phil in the face with a football from point blank range? watch last night’s Office and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m still chuckling over that one…

loved your post. very interesting. hopefully, Phil will bring you back by popular demand.

25 04 2008
berniepaulntino

try “the blind side” by Michael Lewis or
“imperial life in the emerald city inside iraq’s green zone”

25 04 2008
bethnyyfan

Morgan!!!! Glad to see you here!!! You made some very nice plays the past few nights. Philly looked real good in 2 and I could see why Girardi didn’t want him to go out after the rain delay. No sense in getting hurt on that soggy mound.

I loved the remarks about the fans. Jeter did a top ten list on Letterman a year or so ago and it was the Top Ten Things You Don’t Know About Derek Jeter and one was “When Red Sox fans yell ‘Yankees Suck!’ it really hurts my feelings.” I almost fell down laughing!!!

Nonfiction ideas for you:

David Halberstam wrote wonderful books (he died last year). He wrote a FANTASTIC book on the Red Sox / Yankees rivalry called Summer of ’49 and it’s a great BASEBALL book even if it didn’t cover the rivalry….and an outstanding book on Vietnam “The Best and the Brightest” which is still hailed as the greatest book written on Vietnam.

Donnie Brasco is still one of the best. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote never gets old. Same for Helter Skelter.

The Center Cannot Hold by someone Saks about his psychotic breakdown…great book! Into Thin Air by James Krakauer (don’t know if that is the right spelling).

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burrows is funny/sad but I REALLY liked it.

Now for lighter fare: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (his autobiography), Freakanomics is a fun book. I think everyone should read Freakanomics. It’s just one of those books.

Zimster: Eric Gagne has ballooned into Eric Cartman!

Morgan: come back soon! Keep playing well and Let’s Go Yankees! clap clap clap!!!

25 04 2008
bethnyyfan

Oh yeah and I was switching back and forth between the Office and the game last night. My favorite line: Michael tells some woman he’s trying to pick up that he’s a bank teller and then she leaves and he looks at the camera and says, “Ryan said to be successful with women tell them you work in finance.”

A BANK TELLER. LOL!

25 04 2008
yankeegirl2

Hey Morgan for someone who has never blogged before that was good. As for you and Phil in a boat it could hold the two of u but I wouldn’t recommend it would want to lose two good players lol Books…. iv been reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote if u haven’t read it I would suggest it. Great game last night :}
Brittany.

25 04 2008
dahouse292

Morgan i would just like 2 say that u r the man. I completely agree i play 4 my schools basketball team and I hear “you suck” all the time, but if i hear something unexpected, like a team playing jonas brothers during their warmups, i get throw off, and its hilarious. great blog.

PHIL- tough luck about last nite u looked like u were in the zone striking out thome. i cant believe girardi didnt send u back out. w/e i guess ull just hav 2 finish it off next time out. good luck 2 both of u guys

25 04 2008
jessicaedwards

Loved this post..Morgan is the man. When we were at Spring Training (Yanks vs. Rays), he would talk to the fans…my friend was telling us stories about how nice he is. Of course, he proved it to us by responding to our SCREAMS of “MORGANNNNNNNNNNNN…MORGANN!!!!”

Thanks again Morgan, you’re the man!

25 04 2008
dahouse292

also phil this was a great idea can u have some1 not many fans know about guest blog? like ross ohlendorf or brian bruney? Alberto gonzalez?

25 04 2008
generationtrey

Morgan/Phil,
Oh I’m sorry, I forgot to give you some ideas on books. I’m not so big on non-fictions, but I do know about a great historical-fiction book called “My Brother Sam Is Dead”. Its really good. Another really intresting book that I know you’ll love is called “Freakanomics”. Its pretty much all the wierd things in life and they tell you more about it.
Happy Passover Phil, Morgan The Blowfish
Lets Go Yankees
David

25 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

haha that was pretty random but some very interesting stuff anyway, thanks for posting this morgan, i like what you bring to this yankee team and i hope you stay around for awhile, you were really pumped after that game tying hit and i like that intensity, i also think the guest blog is a good idea, it’d be awesome to hear from someone like damon shelley duncan or joba

25 04 2008
iheartny22

Morgan!! Great job! I certainly appreciate the “inside information” and I’m sure everyone else here does as well. As far as non-fiction suggestions, I’d have to say anything by Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Of course, if you’re not a fan of history, then please disregard my suggestion :) Otherwise enjoy! Take care guys!

25 04 2008
pinstriped lady

Awesome post!

Love The Office- hope you guys have been able to keep up with it, the new episodes are great and Phil said he was having trouble watching them.

Rowboat- go for it. Just don’t lean over the sides too much. Or if you do, lean over opposite sides at the same time to balance. Either way, I hope you guys know how to swim. Wear your life vests. Just in case.

I was at a game a few weeks ago and I heard some pretty funny drunks cheering, but no clever comments. More like, “Morgan. Morgan. Morgan,” over and over, getting more and more offended the longer you didn’t answer. Not exactly witty.

Not sure I can help you with any kind of nonfiction books except horseracing and baseball ones. Baseball-wise, Roger Angell is boss (A Pitcher’s Story, Game Time, etc.). Obviously, The Boys of Summer is a good choice. My friend suggests The Numbers Game by Alan Schwarz. Birth of a Dynasty and The Last Best League are two of my favorites. The Great Rivalry is a good one. Right now I’m reading The Psychology of Baseball, which is pretty complicated but really interesting. Ruffian by Jane Schwartz is a great book even if you’re not into horseracing, as is Funny Cide (by the Funny Cide Team and Shelly Jenkins). Unless you think carrying around a book with a cute little puppy on the cover would detract from your manliness, Marley & Me is a very good non-baseball nonfiction book.

Thanks for the post, Morgan!

25 04 2008
neildo84

Another vote for The Blind Side by Michael Lewis – My second favourite book behind Moneyball.

Thanks for your contribution Morgan!

25 04 2008
baseballlab

You guys are great. Try Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. STELLAR read about the Lewis and Clark expedition trying to find the Northwest Passage

25 04 2008
gayle3r1

Another great Halberstam baseball book is the Teamates which chronicles the journey that Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doer and Dom Dimaggio made via car to Florida to say goodbye to Ted Williams.

25 04 2008
10dwlove

“But let me tell you this, if you say “you suck” we know that you don’t know what to say and you probably aren’t very funny. To us it is like saying “um”. We hear it all the time and it is just a sound with no meaning.”

I was laughing so hard at this, you seem like a very dry humor sort.

As for books:

The Seven Pillars of Truth by T.E. Lawrence

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Sorry I can’t offer much, most of what I read is fiction, but both of these are very insightful and amazing reads.

25 04 2008
yankeechick78

Hey Morgan it is really cool of you to guest blog. Just watch that Joba and Ian don’t call you a geek like they called Phil. :P

Did you pay your ticket yet? FYI Jersey has the same law.

25 04 2008
yankeechick78

Hey 89 no one gives a hoot what you think.

25 04 2008
ngueterman

Dear Mr. Ensberg,
as far as non fiction books go, I’d highly recomend “Sixty Days that Shook the West.” It’s about the Fall of France in the Second World War, and as a man that’s read a great deal of non-fiction, it’s one of the best, most compelling books I’ve ever read. Also, Baseball is the greatest thing ever and I’m most envious of you and Mr. Hughes and the rest of the New York Yankees

25 04 2008
hewes25

Hey Morgan, good game last night. You made some great plays. By the way, good blogging. I think you should come on here and write some more. It’s always interesting to hear what baseball players have to say about the game.

25 04 2008
longhornkhoa

Morgan, thanks for the great insights and great game last night. You were a vacuum out there at third.

25 04 2008
bronxbomber05

Hey guys,
I like the guest blog idea,
good luck this week

25 04 2008
rammknight

Hey Ensberg,

Great post, i love hearing the “behind the scenes” of a game (and of a player’s mind while being heckled)… i think it’s hilarious that you’re actually giving your hecklers advice on how to heckle better. I remember once this season i heard someone yell at Giambi, after he slid into second, “nice slide, Giambi, you look like a ballerina out there.” I heard this on the TV while sitting in my living room, so the guy must’ve been loud as hell for people who were physically there (like Giambi himself). Classic.

As for nonfiction book recommendations… you could try “the office and philosophy,” which is exactly what it sounds like, and pretty funny too. Or if you’re in the mood for something more serious, and you have an interest in genes, evolution, and just human interaction in general, you could try “the selfish gene.” One of the most enlightening books I’ve ever read.

Great having you on the team this year!

And Phil, the “guest blogger” idea is awesome! Good luck tomorrow, fellas.

25 04 2008
megenthal

i think u have a future morgan ensberg. i imagine u and phil are fast friends because of the office bond. ur in good favor with fans so far – u’ve hit well. welcome!

25 04 2008
rastaseed0731

Check out “Free Lunch” by David Cay Johnston, very insightful stuff about greed and corruption of corporations in America. (Ignore the passage about the New Yankee Stadium)

25 04 2008
phdtony

Morgan,

Give some fiction a try, you may like it.
Given your occupation, I’d suggest reading “Bang the Drum Slowly” by Mark Harris.
However, if your really interested in reading some non-fiction, I’d suggest a novel called “The Game” by Neil Strauss. Very interesting read about an underground society. Give it a shot.

-Tony

26 04 2008
throwstrikes

Hey Morgan

Thanks for sharing with us.

Not sure what genre of non-fic you’re into but here’s 2 suggestions

An Innocent Man by John Grisham is the true story about a death row inmate. It has all the drama of a Grisham novel but it’s a true story. Has a little bit of a baseball theme in it too.

Relentless Pursuit, a Year in the Trenches with Teach For America by Donna Foote. Teach for America is a non-profit that recruits college grads from prestigious universities to teach in inner city schools. The book chronicles the lives and experiences of 4 of the teachers. It is an eye opeing experience for the college grads, the inner city students and everyone who has never attended or knows someone who has taught at an inner city school.

26 04 2008
baileywalk

Morgan said to E-mail Phil, but I’ll just throw out a few nonfiction recommendations here:

“Newjack” by Ted Conover.
“Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life” by Jon Lee Anderson.
“Saint Therese of Lisieux” by Kathryn Harrison.
“Hell at the Breech” by Tom Franklin* (total cheat, but it’s based on fact and it’s pretty damn amazing).

Those came to mind off the top of my head. The first one — about a writer who spends a year as a guard in Sing Sing — is highly recommended.

26 04 2008
trex34

Phil;
Thanks for bringing a guest. It’s good to see that Morgan bought into the theme of not too much baseball. I don’t like to talk work all day either.

Morgan;
My son got the change to get an autograph in Tampa Bay last week. Thatnk for being so accomodating. We’ll see you at some home games before our next road trip (Texas and Baltimore in two August trips.)

As for the boat, scrap the row boat and go for something with some HP and a few companions…

26 04 2008
nymetsgrrl94

I know it is somewhat random but I send all the luck in the world to Brian Bruney after reading about everything that happened to him.

I love the post by Morgan!

26 04 2008
larrydavid1

Phil, did you know that when you made the 3rd out by striking out the White Sox batter in the bottom of the 1st inning, it was at exactly 9:00…just in time for The Office. GREAT TIMING!

26 04 2008
usgrant

Phil, you’re back!! And you’ve brought Ensburg! Really nice to see you get in on this, Morgan. And your Seinfeldian blog was great. I’m sure you appreciate that commercial break when you need to take a bathroom break! That’s what commercials are always good for. And I imagine the Boston fans are a great bore like an Affleck movie. As for the rowboat, just remember to not rock the boat and bring ducktape because ducktape fixes everything. And good choice in non-fiction. I love reading history, biography and autobiographies. Depends what you’re into but you can’t go wrong with US Grant’s Memoirs. Great man, great insight into the Civil War from one of the greatest men in American history.

26 04 2008
melkyway28

That was really cool:)

26 04 2008
melkyway28

Wow,this is acool,Phil Hughes and Morgan Ensberg blogging together!!! Thanks fpr keeping us posted guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

26 04 2008
dgcpsu

Morgan, if it’s sports nonfiction you’re into, I recommend Tom Callahan’s biography on Johnny Unitas (“Johnny U”) to anybody. But if you like history, the one I’m reading now is pretty good. Someone mentioned David McCulloguh earlier, and his work on John Adams is now on the shelves. Really terrific.

Anyway, I’m moving to Costa Rica. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and I think I’m just going to hop the fence and do it now…

26 04 2008
mrsvickid

LOVED your blog, Morgan! thanks for sharing with us!

26 04 2008
34phil

Phil I have a blog to on wordpress. Maybe you could read it. The website is kaleenaraine.wordpress.com

26 04 2008
kadesha

Now how much beer exactly would you have in that rowboat?

I love this new phenom of blogging baseball players. I love getting to hear a baseball player’s point-of-view (except for that pompous PITA Schilling). Thanks guys.

26 04 2008
Canada Day

Morgan…first off, I would like to thank you for your terrific campaign in Houston in 2005. Not only did u help lead Houston to the series, but you contributed to the beginning of CANADA DAY’s fantasy baseball dynasty…so thank you.

Now, time to get to the nitty gritty…I took a look at your split stats, and see you have played 3 career games vs Toronto and 30 vs Montreal/Washington (SHAME ON BUD FOR THAT MOVE). But I gotta ask you, it must’ve been somethin special to hear “O Canada” being played prior to a ballgame eh? was it somethin special when you went up to bat vs a Canadian ball club? According to your career splits, you’ve never played a game in the Rogers Centre (in Toronto), which you will get to soon enough this season, but you have played in 5 at Olympic Stadium (we call it Parc Olympique) in Montreal. I bet seein those metre signs on the outfield walls really baffled you eh? I see you’ve even hit a homerun there! I bet that was something special eh? touchin’ em all in good ol’ Canadia must be a memory that lasts for a lifetime!!!
Thank You Morgy! Best wishes and good luck the rest of the journey!

From the brother up North,
-Canada Day

26 04 2008
yankeegirl65

morgan your a pretty funny guy haha and your improving so much now that your playing more as for the row boat youve got a good shot of not capsizing unless phil finds it funny to stand up and jump on it to make it sink haha just kidding best of luck to you this year see you at a game soon!

26 04 2008
kellabella

Wow that was great.Haha and the whole “You suck” thing was the best thing I’ve read in a long time.The book Twilight is really good if you’re into that kind of thing.And yeah that boat would totally capsize.Much love <3

26 04 2008
txfight08

Ok, for books that are non-fiction, I completely recommend anything by David McCulloch (author of John Adams, 1776, The Brooklyn Bridge (my favorite but the engineering was definitely a little bit tough to understand!), etc.). Also, Bill Bryson is hilarious and non-fiction at the same time. His take on Australia is particularly amusing.

26 04 2008
cgarct

Why’s everyone so positive about Morgan?

He’s the most obvious no talent ex juicer ever.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/ensbemo01.shtml– his stats SCREAM STERIODS.

This guy is awful.
People like Andy and Roger have at least proved they can play without the roids, this guy has not. I wish the Yanks never signed him.

26 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

my god i wish phil could find a way to keep the negative people off these boards

26 04 2008
bethnyyfan

We all know they are classless Saux fans. We know that. Morgan knows that. Phil knows that. True Yankee fans know that. True Yankee fans would never come on the blog of a Yankee player and dis someone wearing the pinstripes. We know this is not a true Yankee fan and if this is someone who says they are: please shut up and go away.

Morgan: love ya guy! Don’t listent to the haters. I totally appreciate you coming here and chatting with us.

26 04 2008
cgarct

I love the yankees and i love phil. my grandfather raised my father a yankee fan, my father raised me a yankee fan. I’ve been a season ticket holder my whole life.

To say I must love everyone in pinstripes is dumb. I can hate all the druggie ball player i want.

26 04 2008
cgarct

The Tri State has the most opinionated fans in the country. Yankee fans are ruthless. Every player that ever played for the Yanks know this. So it’s strange so many kiss asses are in a yankee blog.

This is full of girls who think phil is hot or girly men. Just becuase I have a negative opinion about an ex riod head doesn’t mean im not a true yankee fan.

I bet 1 million he’s gona get cut this year

26 04 2008
theboldest

Thank you Phil And Morgan. That was a good blog for talking about nothing.. haha.. i mean you gave me a bit of info about the commerical thing.. never knew there was a stop watch nor the signals that the commerical was up .. just knew you had to wait.

As for the boat thing. .you both will fit as long as you on land… cause if you put it in the water you will be swimming ! ..

I never screamed “you suck” its always something creative,Thats if i say anything at all …. I’m there because im a Yankee fan (season ticket holder)..But not only for that but i am a huge fan of baseball as a sport. Oh can one of you guys please tell Robby and Melky to stop swingin at the first pitch when there is bases loaded or men in scoring postion…The PITCHER is in trouble not the batter !!

26 04 2008
melkyway28

Dont listen to these rude, obnoxious,nasty people that are saying mean things on here,they are just jealous and they have nothing better to do with their lives other than judging others. go ensberg!:):):)

26 04 2008
cgarct

If you don’t like “rude, obnoxious,nasty people” it must be hard being a yankee fan. You’re probably a bandwagon fan from florida.

NYC is a tough place, not for the weak hearted.

Plus i dont think im being “rude, obnoxious,nasty”. Morgan was in the 60 mins piece training with roger. He trained with Mac. There is no question in my heart that this guy is a fraud. The fact that we have Morgan instead of a young clean player is disgusting.

You are right about one thing.. i have nothing better to do.

26 04 2008
yankeechick78

Phil really needs to have someone go through the comments and delete the obnoxious ones. It is funny how big and bad they are when they can hide behind a computer.

26 04 2008
californiaxdan

that blog by morgan was actually really good and fun to read. good guest blogging

26 04 2008
cgarct

Can I get an answer to why all opinions have to be lovey dovey? Why can’t I state Morgan Ensberg is an ex juicer who is still living off his juiced stats.

Shelly and Gonzalez (who just made the best double play of the year at 3rd replacing Big M little organ) are way better then him and should remain on the roster once Wilson comes off the DL.

This is a sports talk blog. All opinions should be heard. You all act like commies.

26 04 2008
cgarct

The way Gonzalez and shelly have played they have to stay on the roster. That means wilson or ensberg will have to be cut. My money is Ensberg.

CYA

26 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

it’s fine to have opinions but don’t go making accusations without proof, that’s wrong, and if you’re a yankee fan you should be a little appreciative that morgan came on here to post something, it shows that he cares a little about the fans, so you’re out of line dude, no way around it

26 04 2008
sillydivagirl

yes — an average size rowboat could hold you both.

26 04 2008
cgarct

Morgan seems like a very nice guy.

As a Yankee fan, who watches every inning, being a nice guy just isn’t cutting it. Shelly D has spent the last few weeks in Triple A (thank god he’s back) b/c of Ensberg and that makes me mad. As all REAL fans should be. he’s a waste of a roster spot. Plus he’s taking money outa shelly’s pocket which isn’t fair.

It’s like Cashman is dreaming this guy is going to have the season he had in Houston when he trained with Clemens and MacNamee (however it’s spelt). This is a fact guys. They trained together his great year. Do you honestly think they were not shooting up together?

26 04 2008
ssclemsonyankees3387

Haha, great post Morgan. I agree. “You suck” is unoriginal and makes you look stupid. I’d like to add one to that, yelling and screaming at the guy for 5 minutes straight doesn’t work either. If anything, that just annoys everybody around you.

26 04 2008
holladollas

There’s no doubt in mind Ensberg is a former steroid user. it’s common knowledge he trained with Clemons his Glory Year but unlike CGARCT i could care less. I say he and Giambi find a top of the line bio chemist and start cycling again, NOW, so they can actually help the team.

Alberto Gonzalez has passed him on the depth chart at 3rd and Shelly has passed him on the chart at 1st, so he better do something or he’ll be outa town soon.

Phil, You DA Man! I have no doubt you’ll turn things around! Unlike Ensberg people believe in you and will have patience.

26 04 2008
yankeechick78

Some of you “people” and I use that word very loosely are nasty. I don’t really even know how to reply to some of the idiotic comments that are being written here.

26 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

whether or not he took steroids, i just don’t think it’s worth discussing, it shouldn’t be an issue at this point, let’s just let him play and leave it up to management whether he stays or goes, come on guys

26 04 2008
bethnyyfan

It’s not okay to come on HERE and discuss it. It’s totally classless. It’s just being a tool.

I’ve been a life long New Yorker and I understand the FERVOR of Yankee fans and we are not rude to each other.

To just be a troll on a blog is just tasteless and classless and you need to get a LIFE.

Morgan, please don’t let the trolls keep you away from schmoozing with the fans. We appreciate you being here.

Trolls: Go away jerks!

26 04 2008
bethnyyfan

Morgan did not have to put himself out here to take this garbage. If you don’t have something nice to say, then go away.

He was trying to be friendly and do something nice. You guys are unappreciative jerks. Just stay off Phil’s blog. Jerks.

26 04 2008
ciggaman

Steroids will be a hot topic for baseball fans for the rest of time. There is no way to hide the subject. Ensberg put himself in the position where it will always be an issue talked about when his name pops up. People have every right to be suspicious of him. Some people need to be more mature in voicing their opinions.

I was surprised when Brian Cashman signed Morgan because of his past connections to Rog and Mac. The Yankee’s should be doing their best to distance themselves from any suspicious characters. I personally think it taints any accomplishments.

That being said, I wish Morgan the best and enjoyed his blog.

26 04 2008
yankeechick78

bethnyyfan

Agree 100%. These idiots are trying to ruin a good thing for everyone. Why would any other player want to come and post anything here, thinking that idiots would come and post stupid things.

26 04 2008
tabari77

Hey, long time reader, first time poster …

No offense to Phil, but Morgan – that was hilarious. I always wondered how they coordinated the TV time and just how much athletes paid attention to hecklers (as a stand-up comic, you kind of have to!)

Phil, I hope the starts start going a little better for you!

TabariMcCoy.com

26 04 2008
robfromny

Well Morgan I have to assume you’re going to read the comments at some point since you took the time to write a pretty interesting entry; you ignorant slut. Speaking of hecklers, i’m not sure if you noticed it while you guys were in Chicago but did anybody on the team hear the schmuck in the stands absolutely screaming at Melky the whole time? He did it for the whole series and I couldn’t tell if it was just where the crowd mic was or if the guy was just ‘that’ obnoxious. (I have to assume anybody watching the games heard it same as I did.) “HEY, HEY MELKY, ITS A FAST BALL MELKY. HEY MELKY BETTER SWING MELKY.”

Thanks for the insight and good luck the rest of the way.

26 04 2008
throwstrikes

cgarct
As a born and bred NYer I can affirm that we are tough. However, I am neither rude nor obnoxious.

For example, I would never be a guest at someones house and insult them so therefore I would never comment on someones blog and insult them. That would be rude.

I would also never damage anyones reputation based on rumor or speculation because that would be obnoxious.

26 04 2008
astronyankeefan

Hello Phil and Morgan!

I just wanted to say to Morgan that I really enjoyed watching him play as a Houston Astro and just wished the Astros would have given you more time to prove to them that you are worth the time and the effort that you put in. Keep up the outstanding job your doing with the Yankees and here’s hoping you have a greater year this year then you did in 2005.

27 04 2008
johnmichaelmatthews

office is the best show ever.

well morgan and phil you are infielders and not catchers so an average rowboat may fit you without capsizing.

good luck on your next start phil its always hard at the start but gets easier as it goes on…….thats what she said!

27 04 2008
johnmichaelmatthews

hey cgarct

see if you can make it to the majors even with using steroids.

wow a major leaguer is here talking to us and you cant even respect the guy, wow if you were talking to him face to face would you say the same thing? no. you are probably some fat wannabe eating double stuffed oreos who couldnt fit on an average sized rowboat w/o capsizing!

27 04 2008
johnmichaelmatthews

ensberg is not a steroid user anyways

27 04 2008
mdgforce

Thanks for the great blog entry Morgan! You should get your own blog…I’d definitely read it! We miss you down here in Houston. I was always a huge fan when you were with the Astros! Good luck up North!

27 04 2008
nyyankeefan185

great job morgan i loved it and phil you should start up a guest blog once a week and your next guest should be shelly duncan

27 04 2008
Canada Day

O CANADA!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O CANADA, WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEEEE!!!

27 04 2008
Canada Day

TEAM CANADA:
Men’s Hockey:
Olympic Bronze: 1956, 1968
Olympic Silver: 1936, 1960, 1992, 1994
Olympic GOLD: 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 2002
IIHF World Championship GOLD:1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007
Retired Numbers: 19 Yzerman, 66 Lemieux, 99 Gretzky

Men’s Curling
Olympic Silver-1998, 2002
Olympic GOLD- 2006
World Championship GOLD: 31- 1959-1964, 1966, 1968-1972, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985-1987, 1989, 1990, 1993-1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008

PRIDE.TRADITION.EXCELLENCE.CANADA

27 04 2008
emily17

haha idk about the boat thing
but it would be hilarious to watch you guys find out
and yes
please please please please ask Shelley if he’d do a guest blog

27 04 2008
thebronxstop

Morgan.

Thanks for spending the time to write that…we all appreciate it.

But seriously dude…why does Phil call you “The Blowfish”???

27 04 2008
kaitlyn482

the worst is during a playoff game since the bigger channels cover it there is an even longer wait

27 04 2008
kellabella

I think Shelley Duncan should guest blog next.

27 04 2008
mport5150

Great post Morgan!! If you are looking for a great book that is a relatively easy read try Flags of Our Fathers. It is much better than the movie that Clint Eastwood made.

27 04 2008
hughesd

Paul “The Warrior” O’Neil would take practice swings in right field between innings.

27 04 2008
dimagg5

Morgan,

I was at the game in Cleveland yesterday…very nice of you to give that kid your bat and gloves.

(I’d take one for the team for a bat and gloves!)

-Joe

27 04 2008
rastaseed0731

Right now the offense umms.

27 04 2008
theironhorse4

Hey Morgan…great non-fiction book is “Rumor In Town” by Matt Dahlgren. It’s about Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at the end of his 2,130 consecutive games streak. Good swing today in your first AB against Sabathia…you almost had a dinger! Take care and Go Yanks.

27 04 2008
thejasper

‘The Bronx is Burning’

great non-fiction book about Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner, and also the mayoral race of 1979, the Bronx falling apart, and the Son of Sam

Also ‘Dreamworld’ about the early 1900s in downtown manhattan and coney island. that’s more historical fiction, but it’s creatively written.

27 04 2008
thejasper

and is anyone else watching the House marathon right now?

27 04 2008
yankscheer

Phil: awesome idea about guest blog entries!

I loved Morgan’s entry! I never knew that about the timing for commercials…I can see how that must get really annoying.

I would suggest you read David McCullough’s John Adams…it’s non-fiction, well-written, and very interesting.

And I do think an average sized rowboat could support you and Phil without capsizing!!!

27 04 2008
psuyank

I love this whole guest blogger thing! It’s another great way for us to get to know the players. By the way Phil, I saw you at Baltimore and I thought you were pitching really well. But I still hate Orioles fans. They’ve picked up on the whole “Yankees suck” cheer from the Red Sox…real creative! Anyway, good luck for the rest of the season!

28 04 2008
lizzie220

Morgan, you’re hilarious! You and Phil should combine more often on these blogs, they’re really great.

I always want to yell something out to you guys (or opposing players) to see if I can get any reaction, but I always assume you can’t hear many of us. I guess you’re just concentrating on the game. Ever say something back? That’d be a great story for whoever you’re talking to.

I would recommend anything by David McCullough. He’s a fantastic American history non-fiction writer. If you like American history, you’ll like his books. Also, David Sedaris is absolutely hilarious! He’s really witty and sarcastic and light, but everything he writes is full of humor. IF you like short stories then he’s the guy for you.

Great play the other day on that hit down the line! Saw you play in Tampa during Spring Training – I’m really glad you made the roster. Good to see you on the field.

Looking forward to hearing from you again soon!

Phil – good luck in Detroit. Will be cheering you on from New York. I love the guest blogs, any chance we can get every member of the team to chat? I hear you guys have a new video game in the clubhouse, I think you guys should get Guitar Hero. Great way to relieve stress.

28 04 2008
bethnyyfan

First of all Ciggaman, you need to read stories where there’s actual evidence of which there is none here. Just vague allegations and jerks like you keep it going. Second of all, this blog is for fun and conversation, not heavy PED discussions or, accusations, to put it in context.

What is with the Canadian dude? Here in New York we don’t really care about hockey or curling eh. Canadian spam. It’s what’s for lunch!

Morgan, dude, we appreciate you coming here.

Phil: saw the Joe Girardi show last night and he says he has complete faith in you and Ian. We do too!!! You guys are young and developing…nice stuff! Bet you can’t wait to get back home!!! I’ll be at the Stadium this weekend rooting for the Bombas!

28 04 2008
section39

Classic post Morgan. Love the insight from your perspective on player thoughts during commercials.

I’m a big fan of David Halberstam, especially Summer of ’49 and October ’64.

For non-baseball books try these (subjects seem dry but they’re true page turners):

- The Pentagon, Steve Vogel: Vogel is an excellent Washington Post reporter who took on this american icon and artfully walks you through the decision to build it, as well as historical passages such as the march on Washington in ’67 and what really happened inside the building during 9/11 and its ulimate rebuilding.

- Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer: Dives into the founding of the LDS Church, but really writes about the Fundamentalist Mormons. A shame more people didn’t pay attention to what this book uncovered before the recent activities in TX.

- Up in the Old Hotel, Joseph Mitchell: Mitchell was immortalized in New Yorker magazine back in the 30′s and 40′s and this is a collection of his short stories and essays. A poignant introduction for you to the roots of NYC. He lovingly describes haunts like the Fulton Fish Market and McSorley’s, one of the last bars in America to admit women, and profiles various fisherfolk and colorful denizens of New York City’s nether regions.

Many others, but these stood out quickly amongst others I’ve read over the past year.

Hey, didja get an ear piece for that cell phone yet? Might not matter as the NYPD certainly know who you are now.

See ya at the ballpark…

28 04 2008
littlekittynyc

Hey Phil~
Get Shelley to guest blog! Glad he is back! And, enough already with all of the speculation on steriod usage. God, it is sooo old news! And, really…….who cares!?? I am a girl and I don’t even whine that much about stuff!!

~Rebecca

28 04 2008
jerekdeter

morgan dude u made some awesome plays in the feild this week
im reall happy we got u
but hey u shuld chck out scar tissue by anthont kiedes from the chilli peppers its a great read or also check out its not easy being me its an autobiography by rodney dangerfield wriitn months before he passed its a very funny book if u like his comedy

good luck dude

28 04 2008
Canada Day

First of all BETH, people do care about hockey in New York. And up in the mainland of the state, it is of higher priority than baseball, I dont think you have the right to speak for all New Yorkers. To all the “Fake Blue” New York Ranger fans out there: it looks like Marc-Andre Fleury is “King of The Castle”…”King of the Castle!! I’ve got a chair!! Go do this! Go do this!”….if you want to watch North American sport at its finest, please tune into the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge! Le Club de Hockey Canadien! 24 time champions of Lord Stanley’s Cup…you could MAYBE (and i stress MAYBE) call the Yankees “The Candiens of Baseball”, but right now–ehhhh…not so much. Now to any of you wanting a good read: Canadiens Legends: Montreal’s Hockey Heroes by Mike Leonetti. The book can be summed up in this quote from the great Jean Beliveau: “All of Canada follows hockey religiously, but in Quebec the most successful franchise in hockey history also carries the flag for a nation within a nation – the proud Québécois. It isn’t easy to carry this burden for representing, not just a city, but an entire people.”

28 04 2008
Canada Day

I AM CANADA DAY!!!

28 04 2008
gbontnf

“Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley is very good. It’s the story of the soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The author’s father was one of the soldiers, and he was struck by the fact that his father never talked about that moment. Excellent book.

28 04 2008
kfas66

cgarct-
I don’t necessarily agree with your comments, but thanks for at least voicing an actual opinion instead of just fawning over Phil. And everyone let’s be a little realistic- Ensberg is a smart man, he knew if he posted something he was putting himself out there for ridicule. For that matter I doubt that Hughes created this blog so everyone could tell hims how “cool” he is. What, we aren’t allowed to say what we really think? That yes, I am nervous about his performance on the mound. I understand, hell, every Yankees fan understands that New York is a big stage to grow up on- but for all the faith put in him- I for one would like to see some product. He might be young, but he’s not a baby, and he can handle pressure and questions. It’s literally hard sometimes to read the comments section in this blog because I feel like I am stuck in a “Who loves Phil More” contest. Knowing Phil is an Office fan is nice and all, and giveaways are great, but at least Ensberg offered genuine insight into how players feel about things from tv time to fan involvement…that is why I read this. For something real, not just some prize I can buy on Ebay.
You know when you are at a Karaoke bar and you see those people who get up and sing every other song because they honestly think that they are going to be discovered at Karaoke night at Joe’s Crab Shack…? I seriously think some of you are waiting for Phil to get on the comments section and declare his undying love for you because of your witty comments, let’s get over the love affair and talk some baseball.
Phil- good luck and I hope you find your footing. As much for your sake as mine because I am tired of having to defend you in that “trade that never happened” with Santana.

28 04 2008
kfas66

bethnyyfan-
WHAT?! Of course people in New York are hockey fans! I think I may have lost IQ points reading your comment. I understand that this is a baseball blog, so if you would have said “save those comments for a hockey site” that would have at least been legitimate- but dismissing hockey, and then saying something ridiculous like there aren’t hockey fans in ny is moronic. Hockey is a beautifully aggressive sport that lost fans due to the lockout, and fails to get enough coverage on tv in the States. Considering I am a pens fan myself I always had something to look forward to considering we had 66, and then the Kid, and now Geno. Anyway:
Canada day- I am hoping desperately that Montreal knocks the Flyers out of contention. The only thing worse than ignorant fans making ignorant comments are Philadelphia hockey/football fans. :-)

28 04 2008
littlekittynyc

Hey ‘kfas66′– your comments are one of the few comments on here that I actually enjoyed reading! I agree with what you had to say….and yes……let’s actually talk some baseball !! I, myself, actually enjoy a good hockey game! (And, I am a NYC girl…for 11yrs…Upper East Side).

28 04 2008
nyyanks71377

Good stuff Morgan!! I have to agree with you on the fans that say you suck, I think the fans get sick of hearing the same old heckling to!!

28 04 2008
calvin418

Hey Morgan,

Nice to have you as a guest blogger. I enjoyed reading your comments about hecklers. I once heckled Garrett Anderson when he was in town with the Angels. The Yanks were winning, it was late, and I yelled to Garrett who was playing leftfield, “Hey Garrett! I know what you’re craving… you want a burger from In ‘N out. You know you want a double-double. You know you want one!! Cuz I want one too!” He smiled.

A couple of interesting books that I’ve read recently but aren’t very new: “Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City” by Jennifer Toth. It was written in the mid ’90s and is a documentary by a journalist about her search for the people who live in the vast tunnels underneath Manhattan and the communities where they dwell. Pretty riveting stuff, esp. if you live in NY and ride the subway on a daily basis.

The other one is probaby something you might have already read and heard of. “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Maybe you saw the film already, but I just thought it was a great read.

Looking forward to seeing you continue to contribute to the team.

Good luck on your next start against Detroit, Phil.

28 04 2008
zellyanks91

Kenny Rogers, LHP (1-3, 7.66) vs. Phil Hughes, RHP (0-3, 7.85) tomorrow…

If he pitches well and gets decent run support he should get his first win. Kenny has struggled this year, so it looks good for Phil who did well in his two innings of work in his last outing.

http://zellspinstripeblog.wordpress.com/

Kevin

28 04 2008
4italianfood

I personally loved the blog and obviously most people did too since the positive comments far outweigh the lame, self-righteous negative comments.

Oh, and my favorite line from last week’s episode of The Office was Kelly’s: “Yeah, I have a lot of questions. Number one – how dare you?”

Good luck in Motown, Phil!!!

28 04 2008
loveyankeebaseball65

cool….guest blogging. anyway welcome morgan!! hope you had a good time writing to us! keep up the good play. i know you are subing for Arod lately cause of the quad injury and your doing great. im sure your glad to get in some play. you did a pretty good job considering you had nothing to talk about, right.=] and yes…..the office is very funny.

28 04 2008
garyg123

It’s great hearing the inside stuff from you guys. There’s an insult I’ve been hearing from the bleachers for years, starting at least as far back as Ricky Henderson: “Hey, Ricky, you even suck in the video game!”

28 04 2008
bklynkid

Hey Phil! I’m a big fan and I wish you all the best this year. Anyway, I really think it’s cool that you blog, even if you don’t know what to write. But it’s great that you just do it and I would love it if you could convince some of the other guys to start blogging too and then make sure you all link to each other. How awesome would that be?

Hey who are you cool with in the clubhouse, who do you hang out with on the regular? Who’s the big joker that runs around and tries to make everyone laugh? I kind of imagine either Damon or Shelley as that guy, but you tell me if I’m close.

Hey keep it up man, on and off the field, we are all pulling for you!

28 04 2008
cassius21

Morgan,
A few good reads would be Stephen Hunter’s “Time to Hunt” , “Green Light” and “Dirty White Boys”. You would have to read “Time to Hunt” first. If you are a golf fan, a great read is John Dobson’s “Final Rounds”

My brother Carl Paradis entered USC the same year you did. He is a big fan and was psyched when the Yanks picked you up. Take Care and good luck.

28 04 2008
philiproxmysocks

MORGAN! I just heard your postgame interview on WCBS. :lol:

Well that’s Morgan Ensberg. What a funny dude! – Sterling

28 04 2008
slayercommathe

Your postgame interview was hilarious Morgan…you rock xD

28 04 2008
alex4yanks

Hey Phil! good luck tomorrow! pullin for ya allll the way:)

28 04 2008
albanyyankeefan

Canadians are gay

28 04 2008
albanyyankeefan

Oh yeah……GO YANKEES!!!

28 04 2008
bobber21

Phil,

I was just wondering maybe you can get some other guest bloggers like maybe Chien-Ming Wang. Wang is one of my favorite pitchers on the team of course besides you and i would really like to hear what Wang would say on your blog.

29 04 2008
Kaitlin

1. Phil, I’ll be at the game tomorrow, wishing you luck live from the Stadium. Hope you guys got out of Cleveland without running into the storms behind you. And I hope you get some sleep!

2. Morgan, loved the post. Someone has already recommended Mountains Beyond Mountains about Dr. Farmer, who is truly, truly incredible. The only non-fiction books I’ve read of late are baseball books, and I think it might be too surreal to read Moneyball, but I’m throwing it out there anyway. Oh, and there’s a book by Samantha Powers (which has a title I can’t remember) about American foreign policy decisions regarding genocides in the latter half of the 20th Century. It’s fascinating, if upsetting.

I know non-fiction literature is definitely not like documentaries, but if you get the chance, watch the Ken Burns’ documentary: The War. It’s such an amazing mini-series about WWII, and it altered my whole view of America, patriotism, and life itself. It was that powerful. Whenever you guys leave town again and you have a long flight, see if you can find the DVDs somewhere. $150-$200 well spent.

Great job on the guest blogging, both for the idea and the execution!

29 04 2008
joemama81

Nice Post, you should start your own blog, or at least have a weekly spot on this blog.

Good Job on being Jeter’s bodyguard on the field today. That Ninja comment, now someone could come up with something really funny about that one.

Try reading Donnie Brasco by Joseph D. Pistone

Hughes, try to get through six tomorrow, you guys are killing the Pen.

29 04 2008
yanksfan20

Welcome home, boys!!!! Good luck tonight Phil. Pick up right where you left off last game.

29 04 2008
sparkyfan

To read: Anything by Chuck Klosterman–Fargo Rock City; Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Killing Yourself To Live

29 04 2008
zippy49

Late to the party here, but two books I’d highly recommend are The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, which describes the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in great detail, and Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. (Actually any book by Jon Krakauer; he’s one of my favorite nonfiction writers.)

29 04 2008
sweetestgurl24

hey guys – keep it coming with the guest blogs. i love getting to know the team better, and personally. it’s awesome.

Keep it up guys – Good luck tonight Phil, and see you guys on Wed and Thurs at the stadium, i’ll be there – rooting from tier 20 :D

29 04 2008
xsandman42x

Between this blog and Ensberg’s post game interview last night how could you not like the guy. Not to mention he’s Jeter’s personal ninja.

29 04 2008
JobaRules

Morgan – Thanks for having Jeter’s back yesterday.

Good luck tonight Phil!

29 04 2008
ilovenyy

good luck tonight! hope the weather is working in your advantage tonight! bet it’s nice to be back home finally!

29 04 2008
kateinnyc

Good Luck tonight- I’ll be there cheering for you guys!

Best line from the episode with Kevin and Andy walking from the far parking lot, “I lost a penny out of my loafer!”

29 04 2008
jdc19

Good luck tonight Phil and Morgan. I love the guest blog thing, it is fun!!

29 04 2008
Canada Day

Good Luck Phil!!! May Canada be with you!

29 04 2008
yankeesdaily

Hey Phil. I just wanted to let you know that all of us Yankee fans are behind you and when you go out there, give it your best. There are 2 people I’d like to see you have as guest bloggers. That would be Derek Jeter and Hank Steinbrenner. Morgan, I promise to yell something towards you the next time I’m at the stadium.

YankeesDaily

29 04 2008
xsandman42x

Good Luck Tonight Phil.

29 04 2008
melkyway28

Good Luck tonight with the tigers! :)

29 04 2008
jillybean426

Phil don’t worry at all about tonight! The catcher’s brand new and you did your best. Just don’t let it get to your head!

29 04 2008
jaydog187

phil time to hit the minors man…your killing the team and the bullpen you avg what? 3.2 innings a game? and never give a chance for the yanks to even stay in the game ..like tonight u give up 2 in the first yanks tie it up you come back out and cough up 4 more…..and now you are gettin booed at yankee stadium …time for you to go back to the minors and polish up cuz you are a shell of what you were in AAA…..breaks my heart…i thought u were gonna be that guy we needed this year…its just not your time

29 04 2008
nicejob34

Another great performance, Phil!

Thanks a lot for doing more to ruin a season for my favorite team than any single player I can ever remember.

The fans at Yankee Stadium were WAY too easy on your sorry ace when you walked off the mound.

How you have managed to stay in the bigs pitching like THIS is beyond me…. I can only assume you have pictures of Hank Steinbrenner with farm animals.

I think I have an idea that would help you AND the Yankees… Let’s see if we can just forfeit everytime your spot in the rotation comes up.

That way your ERA doesn’t continue to skyrocket, the bullpen is spared having to get 15-21 outs in a lost cause, and the Yankees get exactly what they were going to get anyway – another loss.

Every time I see you pitch, I keep asking myself the same question: THIS is the guy we wouldn’t trade for Johan Santana???

How is that possible??? We had a chance to trade this incompetent loser for one of the best pitchers of his generation, and we didn’t do it. I honestly cannot believe it.

29 04 2008
jaydog187

i have to agree with nicejob 34 above me….wow….and thats horrible phil….we had a chance to get johan santana…and didnt …..cuz cashman and everyone had faith in you….even the yankee faithful were kinda happy we held onto you…now…we gotta watch you struggle every time out…just getting pounded each start..watching your era skyrocket ….and now….instead of havin a proven cy young award winner santana ..we are in a worse situation with a young hyped bust…..and an even more depleted and tired bullpen…and your trade value…is now that of a barry zito..thanks phil…our young yankee pitchin savior…ugggg

29 04 2008
dewey23

I still have 110% faith in Phil. He is still very young, too soon to be so harsh. There is no need for any of us fans to come on here and talk like this.

Phil, you are supported by thousands and thousands of fans. Keep your chin up, it will get better. You are better than this, it just might take some time back in Scranton until you are ready. I still believe keeping you over Santana was the correct move as I believe you will be pitching for us for the next decade+

and now that you’re back in the bronx, post some more!!! we all miss your blogs.

29 04 2008
nicejob34

Yes, Phil, By all means, please BLOG more… Perhaps you can start an acting career… Lots more to take away from your REAL job because you are just so damned good at it!

I have a better idea… Why don’t you pack up your all your things and catch the next bus to Scranton, you no talent, overrated hack!

And when you’re packing, don’t forget to take your 88 mph fastball with you.

“The next Roger Clemens,” indeed!

29 04 2008
pete59

don’t listen to them phil, i still believe in you kid.

you just need to work on your mechanics, thats all. you’ll be fine.

29 04 2008
nicejob34

I believe, too, Phil…

I believe you are as overrated hack…
I believe you belong in the bus leagues…
I believe you are ruining the Yankees’ season…
I believe if you stay in the majors all year you will lose 20 games…
I believe we should have dealt you for Santana when we had the chance…
I believe your trade value is right up there with Sydney Ponson’s…
I believe you’ve have FIFTY STARTS in the minors to “figure things out” and you STILL SUCK!

See??? I believe LOTS of things.

29 04 2008
jaydog187

hahahaha

29 04 2008
joelefko

johan santana through age 21: 86 innings, 6.49 ERA, phil hughes: 91 IP, 5.14 innings. you people know nothing about baseball and you people are not even fans.

29 04 2008
superjob34

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have brought all the guys home we put on base!

There is no I in team.

29 04 2008
ilovephil

you suck Phil.. you don’t deserve a blog… you have done nothing in baseball…

if the yankees miss the playoffs this year… and they probably will.. IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT.

29 04 2008
joelefko

(i was defending phil, in case you couldn’t tell)

29 04 2008
philiproxmysocks

Tough night, Phil. It didn’t help that your manager kind of set-up you up with a new catcher and a poor defense. But I think that’s beside the point.

You looked utterly dejected. You might need a little time in Scranton, just to get your confidence back. I really hope you would do well, but you and Ian are kind of hurting the team right now.

We all know you’ll be very good someday. We are all hoping sooner but it’s not really working out that way. I hope better days are coming.

29 04 2008
ansky628

Don’t worry, Phil, you still have time to improve. Just don’t let your bad starts or the negative comments here get to you. You’re gonna get better.

29 04 2008
garyg123

Phil, I bet you never thought when you started this blog that you’d be off to such a rocky start. Now’s your chance to show what you’re made of. Anyone can blog when things are going well…a real man will face the fans when things are going badly. Be a man…keep on blogging…let us know what’s on your mind, what you’re feeling. It will only make us respect you more if you face the music. Remember as Don Corleone said to Johnny Fontaine: You could be a man!

29 04 2008
nicejob34

For the guy who questioned some fans on this board:

I am a fan of THE YANKEES!

I am enough of a fan to get pissed when I see some punk kid ruining the season for the Yankees!

To Phil: Trust me when I tell you this; you have not heard ANYTHING yet!
You think you heard boos TONIGHT??? Pitch like this a few more times in Yankee Stadium and see what happens.

29 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

hey phil this must be real tough for you, but try not to feel too pressured out there, because remember, we all know you’re 21 and i think most of us will be patient, and also, just remember that lots of proven veterans come to new york and struggle early on, so just remember that you’re in good company when it’s going rough out there, guys like clemens giambi and arod have gone through the same thing

and don’t listen to these guys knocking you, they’re just frustrated and in premature panic mode

30 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

nicejob34, i know you’d be too scared to trash talk phil to his face, but you sure have lots of guts when you’re safe at home sitting behind your computer screen, you SAD SAD PERSON

phil is trying his best and it’s the yankees’ decision to pitch him every 5 games, and if you’re a REAL fan you will lend struggling players your support, this is a time when phil needs support the most so all you wise guys are doing is making things WORSE, you IDIOTS

30 04 2008
cdeete01

I think it’s really unfortunate that so many people have abused and taken advantage of Phil’s willingness to give us adoring fans an insight into the Yankees we don’t normally get and can’t generally get elsewhere. Do you really thing that disgusting and disrespectful comments will make Phil want to share more with us? Yeah, right.

I, for one, support Phil and the how many catchers to whom he’s pitched in how many games? If you don’t want to support him, or his living of the dream, then bad mouth somewhere else and stop ruining this for the rest of us.

Keep your head up, Phil. It’s only April, and you’ve already accomplished so much more than most of us ever will!

30 04 2008
rpillai

Hey Phil!

Saw the game today, you had a pretty good curve working today. I follow all your games closely and yes its been a little bit disappointing to not get off on the right foot but don’t put pressure on yourself. Your stuff is good enough to be dominating and I think your pressing a little. As a Yankee fan, I’m glad to see you on the mound and I’m okay with the struggles because after all your going to learn from this.

Don’t lose hope. We love ya Phil!!

30 04 2008
89mphfastball

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

…BUUUAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

THIS CLOWN GETS WORSE AND WORSE EVERY TIME OUT! “95+ MPH FASTBALL, KILLER CURVE, PLUS SLIDER, AND PLUS CHANGE”…YEAH RIGHT!! MORE LIKE 89MPH FASTBALLS, HANGING CURVES, AND NO GUTS!!

HUGHES HAS YET TO TOUGH OUT A START. EACH START HE JUST SPREADS HIS LEGS AND ALLOWS THE OTHER TEAM FREE ENTRY. HUGHES HITS THE SHOWERS BY THE 4TH INNING MORE STARTS THAN NOT! WHAT AN OVERRATED LOSER! I LOVE IT!!

BTW YANKEE FANS, DID YOU SEE JOHAN SANTANA PITCH A 2 HITTER FOR THE METS TODAY?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30 04 2008
89mphfastball

rpillai said:
“Your stuff is good enough to be dominating”

HAHAHAHA!! 88-90 MPH FASTBALLS AND HANGING CURVES?! DOMINATE WHAT, LITTLE BOYS?

HEY PHIL, THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES STARTS UP IN ABOUT A MONTH, YOU READY? I’M SURE YOU’LL HAVE SOME FAT 12 YEAR OLD CATCHER SHITTING HIS PANTS FACING YOUR 88MPH HEAT!

…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

30 04 2008
johnfromthebronx

everyone just ignore 89mphfastball…he’s begging, CRYING OUT, for attention…so seriously, just ignore him

30 04 2008
kath08

As a 21-year-old myself, I could never imagine being in the position that Phil is in, and has been in for the past year now. To see him going out there with the composure he has, and at the age that he’s at, is impressive…even if the starts aren’t as impressive. Phil deserves SOOOO much credit for going out there at his age and doing what he’s doing. He’s the youngest pitcher in the majors. Most guys his age are going out and partying almost every night, maybe going to a college class on occasion, but Phil’s working hard to improve. Maybe he does need to go down to the minors for a few starts to work on mechanics, but he’s shown in the past that he has what it takes to pitch for the Yankees. Don’t forget about his post-season performance against the Indians last October.

Thanks for keeping this blog, Phil. It’s really enlightening to hear firsthand from one of the players. I can’t wait to move back to Long Island in a few months and go to some Yankees games, and hopefully see you pitch.

30 04 2008
joelefko

nicejob34: “I am a fan of THE YANKEES!

I am enough of a fan to get pissed when I see some punk kid ruining the season for the Yankees!

To Phil: Trust me when I tell you this; you have not heard ANYTHING yet!
You think you heard boos TONIGHT??? Pitch like this a few more times in Yankee Stadium and see what happens.”

Listen man, you really have no clue what you’re talking about. Giving up on a 21 year old because of a few bad starts? do you have any idea how pathetic you are? why would you come on to phil’s blog to badmouth him? does that make you feel like tough shit or something…honestly just think to yourself, “why the fuck am i doing this? is this something a normal, decent contributing member of society would do?”

if phil was out there laughing, or being lazy, i could understand booing him…but when a young kid gives it his all and comes up short, you’ve got to be a complete lowlife douchebag to boo then. fuck fans like you. who do you think you are…why do you think you should be allowed to behave like such a dick? fuck you man.

good luck next time out phil.

30 04 2008
nicejob34

Oh yes… I would NEVER have the guts to say this to Phil’s face… He might hit me with one of those fastballs… Who knows, if he hits me in the same exact spot with 4 or 5 of them, it might actually leave a bruise.

You guys keep kidding yourselves…

This guy SUCKS with a capital “S”!

This idiot was SUPPOSED to have a 95mph fastball… He THROWS 88! That has NOTHING to do with “experience”… It has to do with he is not what was advertised.

And I for one could not give a tiny rat’s ace that he’s out there “trying his best.”

This isn’t some kid trying to get a merit badge in the cub scouts… This is PROFESSIONAL SPORTS… This is MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL!

The only thing that matters is RESULTS! You either win or you lose… Phil Hughes does nothing but lose!

He MORE than deserved every boo he heard tonight… And, as I said before, he deserved worse. And if the Yankees allow him to start again, he will get worse.

And that’s a good thing. This guy has had FIFTY STARTS in the minors to “figure things out” and he STILL sucks!

The sooner the Yankees send his sorry ace back to ride the bus, the better.

30 04 2008
sehguhlihp

how soon we forget and what ye of little faith my friends. phil was basically our best pitcher in the playoffs (came in relief got the on W) last year and in the month of September. he really shouldn’t even be in the majors this year but because of poor upper management decisions and because carl pavano is the sorriest excuse for a ball player ever we had to rush him up. phil has a major mechanical flaw and if i can see it on tv i dont know how dave eiland cant. when he is following through on his pitchers he isnt going hard all the way through but basically popping up as soon as he lets the ball go, hence the flatness and slower velocity. this is something that he should be able to work through in bullpen sessions. you dont just lose your fastball in 6 months at the age of 21. and great idea guys send him to scranton. we all know how much better kei igawa is. what do u think we got nolan ryan sitting down there but we are just content with our struggling pitching staff. everyone needs to realize that there is no savior down in Scranton. phil needs to work through this and booing and heckling is not going to help. yea yea i know you pay for tickets and are allowed to do what you please but id like to think that us yankee fans are better than mets fans who boo santana after one poor start. It is a month into the season we have 130+ games to go so CHILL. and what about our offense are we sending cano down too? jeter isnt hitting .300 is it time for alberto gonzalez to take over? arod got hurt bum fire the trainers? True fans realize a dynasty is being built the right way, fair weather fans check the box score and see we lost and moan and compain. Pick a side.

30 04 2008
roaddawg71

No offense, but could you give up #11. I have an 11 jersey that I got when Sheff was on the team. Its not cool to have people yell “YEAH Morgan Ensberg jersey”

30 04 2008
upstateyanksfan

Hang in there Phil. What was Girardi thinking to match you up w/ a catcher you hadn’t worked w/ before. This is where it really hurts having Posada on the DL. And where was the run support? 13 guys left on base.

30 04 2008
steveking21

Keep throwing Phil, we got your back

30 04 2008
jaydog187

im sure here with one more bad start phil will be bloggin from scranton PA…to give us great insight on the minor leagues

30 04 2008
bosoxwschamps

maybe hes to young to be in the majors…maybe he wasnt ready…hes 21, its definitely a possibility. anyone think of that yet?

30 04 2008
nicejob34

Oh yes… The CATCHER was the problem…

Oh wait, that guy wasn’t here for Phil’s first five starts!

It’s really sweet that so many want to support Phil and “have his back”… I’m sure it means a lot to him (as if he ever even reads these responses)…

You guys seem to ignore the fact that he’s NOT EVEN DOING THIS BLOG ANYMORE… The sissy struggles and immediately goes into hiding, and has other players do it for him.

Of course, there is always the possibility that after a couple of weeks this brick brain just ran out of things to say.

By the way, have any of you “supporters” ever considered what Hughes is doing to the REST of the team??? Pretending for a moment that he actually reads this… Phil, have YOU ever considered what YOU are doing to the REST of this team???

You are single-handedly destroying a very good bullpen, which is forced to record 15-21 outs every time you start.

If anybody wants to know what a REAL prospect looks like, watch Ross Ohlendorf pitch… But you better hurry… At this rate, our boy Phil is going to force Ohlendorf to throw about 200 innings this season!

And how about the lineup, Phil???
Do you realize there are many Yankees fans bagging on the offense this morning only because they were unable to completely dig themselves out of the massive hole YOU buried them in at the start of the game???

And how about your TEAM, Phil???
Do you realize how difficult it is to win when you have an automatic loss waiting every fifth day???
Do you realize there are a lot of REAL PRO’S on this roster who might not have many good years left and don’t want to waste one of them waiting around for the Yankees to figure out that you suck???!
Do you realize there are several of those vets that are in what will likely be their final free agent year, and your continuously putting them behind the 8-ball one every five days isn’t helping anything???

And how about Brian Cashman, Phil???
Do you realize that this guy fought tooth and nail to KEEP you here rather than deal your sorry ace away for Johan Santana???
Do you realize that Cashman believing in you is going GET HIM FIRED???!

30 04 2008
nicejob34

QUOTE: “maybe hes to young to be in the majors…maybe he wasnt ready…hes 21, its definitely a possibility. anyone think of that yet?”

Two things:

#1 – The guy has had FIFTY STARTS in the minor leagues… FIFTY!

#2 – As popular as this “too young” theory is, I am still waiting for ANYBODY who can tell me how “too young” or “lacking experience” magically takes 7MPH’s off what was SUPPOSED to be a 95mph fastball!

30 04 2008
yank34

I think the word your looking for after that entry is …Anyway… I was at the game last night against the Tigers and I noticed the second base umpire looking at his stop watch after each inning like Morgan said in his entry…I know once you figure it all out we will see the Phil Hughes we saw last season…Good luck and I am always rooting for you!
Rita

30 04 2008
nicejob34

Does “figuring it out” include magically finding what was SUPPOSED to be a 95MPH fastball????

This guy was advertised as a POWER pitcher, as “the next Roger Clemens” and he has CONSISTENTLY thrown 88-90.

30 04 2008
jyates129

Are you guys really debating this on his blog? Have some courtesy and some tact people. He understands that there will be people talking and he knows the media circus that is New York, but really? REALLY!? There are plenty of blogs discussing this, go somewhere else…trolls!

Phil, keep pluggin’ away my man, you’re younger than me by about 8 months and personally I’m amazed and oddly proud that you’re in the majors already. There are plenty of Yankee fans who believe in you and have enough patience to not call you out on your own blog for a few bad starts. We understand that you have to make mistakes in order to learn and are excited for you to get there, but we’re not in any hurry. Keep your head up man! Keep asking yourself, what would Michael do? Or Creed? I’m pumped for you and wish you all the luck in the world! Go Yankees!

30 04 2008
nicejob34

Hey dude, Phil STARTED this blog… And I can only imagine he’s getting a nice check from WordPress to do it – or at least to have other people do it in his place.

Screw him.

If he wants a blog, then have a blog… And if he’s going to drop trousers and take a giant dump all over my favorite team once every five days, then he should be prepared to hear about it.

30 04 2008
becca3

You people disgust me. Who’s fault is that the Yankees rushed Hughes from the minors at age 21? Without giving him a chance to develop before he faced major league hitters. You think that if you keep yelling and calling somebody names that help him overcame his problems? I had people telling me I’m stupid and I could never amount into anything. I came to believe that. They were telling my mom that it was too bad that she was so smart and that’s too bad I wasn’t like her. I left my country to get away from all those negative people. Not only I learned English but I’m graduating from college next month while working full time job, taking care of my family and dealing with all kinds of problems. People don’t flourish with negativity but with love and encouragement. Some of you are very cruel to came here and trash Hughes a 21 year old who should have been in the minors not in front of an ugly croud in New York.

30 04 2008
g1231

We keep our childs?

Nice speed —->90s (90~91)mph , While scouting report has it 95mph

Great location—->I SEE

Wonderful comparison —->Roger Clemens?Are you kidding me?

also . EXCELLENT RUN ALLOWED .

30 04 2008
nicejob34

50 STARTS IN THE MINORS!

That said, if you want to send him all the back to A BALL and let him get 500 more starts, that is just fine with me! We do agree on one thing: Phil Hughes has BELONGS in the minor leagues!

And results aside, if he were ANYTHING CLOSE to what he was advertised to be, he would AT LEAST have a good fastball… Inexperience has often prevented talented pitchers from being consistent. I’ve never once seen it stop them from throwing hard.

This is not the arm that was advertised!

30 04 2008
becca3

crowd

30 04 2008
jdigiprana

Phil, just wanted to let you know that we believe in you man, fight back from your rough start and get it going like we all know you can! You’re an ace, don’t forget that! Keep your head up!

30 04 2008
dan426

Hey Phil, don’t listen to all these morons who call themselves yankees fans that are insulting you. All of us true Yankee’s fans are willing to be patient with you because we know that someday you’ll be an ace. Just think, a few years from now, these trolls are gonna be praising you. So just don’t pay attention to your “haters”.

I know I can’t give you any advice or tell you how to pitch but I just wanted to say that sometimes after I have a bad game, I let my poor performance get to me. The only thing I can think about for the next few days is how bad I did. Then if i’m still in the same mindset carrying over into my next game, I don’t do that well again. So my only peice of advice to you is to keep your head up and don’t get down on yourself.

I beleive in you Phil and you will always be one of my favorite Yankees’ players. Good luck in your next start! I’ll be rooting for you!

30 04 2008
sarte11

John Smoltz at 21 2 wins 7 losses

Greg Maddux at 21 6 wins 14 losses

Curt Schilling at 21 0 wins 3 losses

Johan Santana at 21 2 wins 3 losses

Enough said……..Good luck Phil!

30 04 2008
ansky628

Hey, nicejob34: SHUT THE HELL UP! You said what you felt the need to say and repeated yourself about 5 times; we get it! Make this interesting and come up with better rebuttals.

30 04 2008
yankeegirl2

I can’t believe most of you!!!!. U call yourselves fans yea right, u don’t completely stop believing in someone who is a good pitcher just because he’s had some bad games. You guys don’t know what’s going thought his head out there and I can bet that all this bullsh** and the boos last night don’t help much, he knows he hasn’t been pitching that good he doesn’t need us to tell him that. When he starts pitching the way he can pitch u guys are all gonna feel like a bunch asshol** and some runs last night would have been helpful. Good luck Phil don’t let these morons get to you!!!.

30 04 2008
nicejob34

This is not the arm that was advertised, PERIOD!

“Tired of the same old comments”???? I’m still waiting for ANYBODY to answer THAT. What happened to 95???

And by the way, I am more of a Yankees fan than most I’ve seen here… You guys qualify as mugh bigger PHIL HUGHES fans, which is fine.

I, on the other hand, am a fan of the TEAM! There are 24 other guys on that TEAM, and Phil Hughes is doing more to RUIN their season than any other single player!

30 04 2008
orbj

nicejob34,

Hughes was never advertised at 95. Get your facts straight.

30 04 2008
mrvigs013

Morgan i bet you wished you were back in Houston with that long fly to left last night…don’t worry the dingers will come. keep swinging…

Hughes keep the faith, I still see you with at least 15 wins by October……

30 04 2008
ilovephil

Get Laser eye surgery, you bum.. you certaintly steal enough money from Yankees fans to be able to afford it.

30 04 2008
yankeescobar

WOW you guys are bunch of little spoiled “Yankee Fans”. What the hell is wrong with you NICEJOB34. Last year we had a worse record around this time and we still made the playoffs. Let me guess you became a fan of the Yankees in 96’ but had no idea what the team went trough in the 80’s.

Phil’s curve and change up were staggering yesterday, he just has to have more confidence in his “fastball”. I am not defending him because 1. He does not read this and 2. I am sure if he did he would ignore your ignorant posts. The guy does not need some punk or spoiled bratty “Yankee Fans” telling him how to pitch. He is in a bad funk and he will get out of it.

Just to let you know the season is very long and it is still very early. Furthermore, if you haven’t noticed no one is running away and every team in our division is having issues. All you are doing is listening to talk radio and/or watching ESPN. Then you bring their ignorant comments over here just so you can get some attention.

30 04 2008
gisia13

hey phil!

i just wanted to let you know that no matter what, us real fans will always have your back. i know you’ll regain your confidence and go back to your 2007 postseason form. soon enough you’ll step on the hill thinking “im gonna embarrass this fool!” and it’ll be fun watching you do it.

PS i’m going to the game on friday, will you be there early for auto’s?

-giselle

30 04 2008
di0ny

He allowed a HR from Curtis Granderson! <_<

I think he’s handling a lot of pressure right now, I’ve see him on the mound and the dogout, he always looks like he’s scared or afraid of something… He doesn’t have confidence on his pitches, his curveball is awesome but he also needs his fastball. The Yankees are currently in this situation just for Hughes/Kennedy.

We’re all Yankees fan, not Hughes fans, so we can consider other options. I think he needs to go to the Bullpen to work on his pitches to be aggressive and to lower the pressure. There’s lot of options like Darrell Rasner he’s doing awesome with Scranton. I’m just saying Phil can go to the Bullpen for a while. To work 2-3 Innings once in a while.

If the Yankees are on a bad situation near the trade deadline, Hank is going to do it, and you can all say goodbye to Phil Hughes.

30 04 2008
jcarr89

It bothers me that you’re not answering this question…
No! You wouldn’t fit alright!
YES, I knew it.

30 04 2008
jnak

Hey phil
Keep up the good work you will get a win soon.
I am 21 form southern california like you i Have fath in you .

30 04 2008
sehguhlihp

50 STARTS 50 STARTS just keep screaming it. Do the math and that is less than 2 full seasons in the minors and if you really look at the break down he cruised way too fast through the minors.
2004- 3 starts for the Yankee’ Gulf Coast squad 0ER
2005- 12 starts 7-1 with a 1.97 ERA for Class-A Charleston
2005- 4 starts went 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA for the Class A Advanced Tampa Yankees.
2006- 5 starts 2-3 with a 1.80 ERA while holding opponents to a .178 batting average and recording 30 strikeouts in 30.0IP at Class-A Tampa
2006- 21 starts In Double-A Trenton and went 10-3 with a Thunder franchise-record 2.25 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 116.0 innings
2007- 5 starts at Triple A Scranton, 4-1 2.20 era and 28 SO in 28 innings

He looked great in his start before his injury last year, then he came back and had a rough month getting his legs back in August-
6 starts 1-2 6.40 era in 32.1 innings
Then he had a great September and postseason-
34.4 innings 4-0 2.61 era

Phil is having a bad month. Everyone has bad months. If he had this month in July but got off to a hot start everyone would write it off to a bad month but because it happened at the beginning everyone is going crazy. Relax its a long season. And NICEGUY who would phil be getting a check from? there are no ads on here. Stop being such an ignorant fan and have faith…its a long season.

30 04 2008
sehguhlihp

and i would say the thing killing the yankees is that they are batting .236 with runners in scoring position..this is an offense that is suppose to score runs and there are only two people living up to expectations so far…matsui and melky…(arod and posada dont count because they are on the DL)

30 04 2008
manes86

hey nicejob34,

Have you ever played in any type of competitive baseball league throughout your life? And no, little league doesn’t count my friend. I’m guessing you didn’t play college ball, and at your prime you probably got cut from your high school team. You sound like one of those “fans” who thinks they know everything, but have never set foot on a diamond at a higher level than tee-ball. Unless you have played, you will truly never understand the game completely and it only makes your comments more childish. You claim you are a fan, but you are nothing more than a typical Yankees ‘bandwagon’ follower who just waits to see the final score and makes instant judgments based on the game’s end result. You don’t see anything beyond a “W’ or “L”. There’s a lot more to a TEAM than winning and losing, and until you graduate from your MLB diapers, you will fail to understand that.

Everyone else, don’t even bother responding to his posts, as you will just be appeasing him. For the ACTUAL fans out there: I look forward to watching Phil get back on the horse and dominate in the near future.

30 04 2008
89mphfastball

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I LOVE IT!!!!! FOR YEARS SKANKEE FANS SCREAMED “DON’T TRADE THE KIDS, DON’T TRADE THE KIDS”

THE YANKEES FINALLY LISTEN, THEY KEPT HUGHES AND KENNEDY AND LOOK! LOOK!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! HILARIOUS!! SKANKEE FANS CAN’T WIN!! THE CURSE OF ROBIN VENTURA WILL NEVER BE ABOLISHED!

THEY COULD HAVE HAD SANTANA, THE BEST PITCHER IN BASEBALL! BUT THEY DECIDED TO HANG ON TO HUGHES AND KENNEDY…GENERATION GAY….GREAT MOVE CASHMAN.

30 04 2008
mdecillis

This is my first post on Phil’s blog! If you are reading this, do not listen to these people. We all have faith you will improve. Good luck and I STILL look forward to your next start, whether it’s in AAA or in the bigs.

To nicejob34 and the rest of the nay-sayers talking about MPH, you do know that it’s cold and YES’s radar gun has been 5-8 MPH off for the past week and a half? Do you think Mo throws 89 instead of 94-95 and Joba throws 93 instead of 97-98 consistently? Get a clue people.

30 04 2008
nicejob34

orbj wrote:
“nicejob34,

Hughes was never advertised at 95. Get your facts straight.”

Please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

http://www.nomaas.org/hughesminorsreports.html

Points of interest from that page:
From Baseball Prospectus: “His (Hughes’) 92-96 mph fastball has good movement to go along with outstanding location”

From Scout.com: “Hughes, still months short of his 20th birthday, brings a fastball that sits between 93-95 MPH, topping out at 97 MPH”

From a 2006 Newsday story: “Hughes’ fastball is in the mid-90s, …”

From Baseball Digest: “displayed his lethal arsenal of pitches ranging from a mid-90s fastball…”

From Mark Feinsand story in 2006:
Alex Rodriguez said about Hughes: “I thought he was going to throw about 88 [mph], and he came at me with 95.”

Same story, Jorge Posada said: “He’s unbelievable. It’s effortless the way the ball comes out of his hand at 95-96.”

I’m sorry, what was it you were saying about “getting facts straight”???

Perhaps you should look up the definition of “facts”… While you’re looking, search for “hypocrit” and “ironic,” as well.

30 04 2008
rpillai

Get your facts straight if you look at MLB Gameday’s velocity numbers from Hughes start last week it was up to 93-94. I don’t get where you are getting 88, probably from the bad YES gun. Your annoying, stop posting this nonsense.

30 04 2008
hughestominors

Phil keep your head up! Go to the minors, stay off the cell phone esp. when leaving the yankee stadium parking lot, and get your stuff together.

See you soon.

30 04 2008
hughestominors

To NiceJob34,

Your points are valid, but you really need to relax. To everyone else: IGNORE HIM!!!!!!!

30 04 2008
bigtic01

I’m a huge Yanks fan and as Yanks fan I’m behind all Yankees whether in New York, Scranton, Trenton, Tampa, Charleston or Staten Island. It has been frustrating to see Phil not pitch so well because he is better than this and he had shown flashes of a consistently effective starter in the league last year and outside his 1st start this year vs. Toronto he has struggled. I love the Yanks and I love Phil and I believe in him and he is just having a tough month, his command and failure to get ahead in the count is really the main issue and it can be corrected. Phil is very bright and mature and I’m confident that he knows what is best for him and he knows what he must do to right his ship.

As for his fastball forget all these reports and such his fastball looks faster than what it is which is usually 93-94 he probably hit 95, 96 just messing around charting or whatever. Phil’s fastball has nice movement and is live so it appears faster but really 94 is where he is at. His 2 seamer is 88-89 and he has done ok with it. Obviously he has had some difficulty locating and working his off speed stuff and breaking ball. Phil has a devastating yellow hammer when he is on but he has left it up and hanging from time to time. I think a short stint in the minors would be good in terms of boosting his confidence like the Twins are doing with Liriano.

30 04 2008
jen1974

Phil, I hope you have a thick skin because there’s a lot of people posting on here that have no clue what they’re saying about you. I know you will be great and there’s bound to be a learning curve. You will be FINE!! Keep working hard and know that the true baseball fans believe in you. Forget the naysayers. They’ll complain about anything. Good luck and we know you can turn it around!

30 04 2008
nicejob34

Oh, I know what I’m saying… Look at the guy’s stat sheet!

By the way, the guy who said Hughes’ fastball “has a lot of movement”???
ARE YOU SERIOUS???
ARE YOU WATCHING THESE GAMES???

His fastball is AS STRAIGHT AS A STRING!

And by the way, Phil (and the rest of you nut-huggers), according to Michael Kay, off the record Yankees PLAYERS are telling him “Hughes looks like a #4 starter AT BEST!”

Perhaps Michael Kay is just making things up… Perhaps the PLAYERS who are telling him this don’t know what THEY are talking about…

More likely, Phil Hughes is a mediocre pitcher and many people who had convinced themselves he was “the next Roger Clemens” just can’t bring themselves to admit it!

30 04 2008
dfox

nicejob34, you just proved your as dumb as we all know you are. In case you didn’t know, Phil’s a pitcher on the Yankees. The Yankee batters don’t face Phil Hughes unless the way a baseball game is played since I last checked has changed. MIchael Kay is quoting OPPOSING players, not his teammates you idiot. That means the people telling Kay this were some of the offense superstars on teams like the Baltimore Orioles. Ah well, the Orioles all-star hitters have made their judgment on Phil Hughes and they know their pitching talent. Maybe they can become pitching evaluators instead of playing on a team everyone knows is going to fall on its face and probably finish in dead last place.

So yeah, I hope Jeter doesn’t get a hit off Hughes next time he faces him during the game… Oh yeah that’s right, he pitches against the OPPOSING lineups, you’re idiocy almost rubbed off on me there for a second.

30 04 2008
canofan42

Hey Phil, tough outing yesterday, but I’ve noticed something.

I was watching some footage of you earlier when you were in the Futures game, and some other stuff. I noticed you used your legs a lot more at that time.

Are you still hesitant to use your legs because of the hamstring injury?

30 04 2008
Canada Day

Phil, when I went through slumps like this on the mound, what I would do is in between each pitch, sing a line of “O Canada”…it really works, it’s unbelievable how a little good ol’ Canadian luck will break a slump!

30 04 2008
4italianfood

Hang in there, Phil. You’re a great pitcher, and you’ll be an even better one because you’ve gone through this now. No matter what, I just hope you never doubt how great you are.

30 04 2008
melkyway28

Sorry about your oblique injury. Hopefully it will be healed soon!!!!

love,
jeana:)

30 04 2008
ajm23

It’s only April, Phil. You know can you pitch. Rest up – and come back with confidence.

30 04 2008
traininvain

Morgan, good stuff, try watching 30 Rock after The Office, it may actually be a funnier show. As far as books go, if you like music try “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon” or “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk”.

And Phil, hang in there man, things will get better.

30 04 2008
chaossolver

hey phil
just read over at lohud that u r headed to the DL man
just hang in there, I can’t imagine someone as old as me being crowned as the next savior of the yanks man
just remember yo, we got fans that boo hawk for wearing 21, but they are also the ones that booed O’Neal when he first came over; and we are the ones that will cheer the absolute hardest for you
good luck man

30 04 2008
Canada Day

Phil, the Canadian remedy for a strained oblique (and most other injuries) is to rub some maple syrup from the finest canadian maple trees on the area where you feel the most discomfort. Sure, it gets a little sticky, but it gets the job done!

30 04 2008
ansky628

“O’Neill” Sorry, huge Paulie fan, I couldn’t let his name go misspelled. :)

30 04 2008
rammknight

get well soon, phil!!!

30 04 2008
nicejob34

You people MUST be joking…

You REALLY think the Yankees didn’t just make this up to get this loser some breathing room???

The guy has a “strained oblique” that popped up TODAY!

No mention of it, not even a WHISPER that something might be wrong in his previous five horrible starts… NO mention, not even a WHISPER, of it last night… No mention of having Hughes even CHECKED for anything…

The ONLY thing mentioned is that the organization would talk about it and decide what to do…

They talked about it… They decided to invent an “injury” and give Hughes 15 days off.

Even David Cone, who WORKS for the Yankees, talked openly during tonight’s game about the injury being as fake as a 3-dollar bill.

30 04 2008
abrem

I read alot of non fiction – if you can narrow it down a bit – ie – Autobiography, biography, war o rhistory and what period I could give you some suggestions -

30 04 2008
pinstriped lady

Hi again, Phil. Hope you’re feeling better soon. I know you probably know this and who am I to tell YOU, but it’s completely normal to go through a rough patch when you’re as young as you are. Even some of the greatest have had horrible early seasons (not that the rest of this one will be). It’s still early in the season and your career and everybody knows you’re something great. Good luck and get back on the mound soon!

30 04 2008
yankeegirl2

Don’t worry about the injury u will be fine and back out there in no time… Remember its only April… Feel better!!!!

Lov,
** Britt**

30 04 2008
nicejob34

Hey Phil,

I have an idea for your next blog, and I assume you’ll have a lot of time over the next couple of weeks…

Why don’t you write a few graphs telling us how it feels to be SO pathetic that the decision-makers in your franchise had to MAKE UP a FAKE INJURY just to spare you from having to go back out to the mound Sunday!

No doubt there will be a “rehab assignment” coming at the end of this 15 days…

Oh no, it’s not that we sent Phil back to the bus leagues because he SUCKS… He’s just “rehabbing” a pretend injury.

One question: Since everybody on the planet (including former pitcher/current Yankees announcer David Cone) KNOWS this is a fake injury and you aren’t really going to be rehabbing anything, how will you spend the down time???

Will you be working on your stuff in bullpen sessions??? Will you go home to So. Cal and hide behind your mommy’s skirt???

What’s the plan???

30 04 2008
jdigiprana

I think we can all use a couple of weeks off; give Phil a break!

30 04 2008
sehguhlihp

for a yankee fan you really are obnoxious. you might want to take the train over to shea and be with the other ignorant cry babies. how can you say he sucks after a proven track record of dominating at every level he has been to. Name me a pitcher If you have been watching his starts he hasnt been following through on his pitches and especially in his last start he was favoring his one side. In the 4th inning in the dugout you can see him grabbing his side and wincing. Even if this is an imaginary injury it is the best thing for him and we get to call someone up to take his place rather than just send him to the bull pen and wallow and sulk. If you are a Yankee fan you better pray he fixes his mechanics because our season is resting on his and kennedys ability to adept to the major leagues on the fly. And the Michael Kay thing was about this year alone- he looks like a number 4 this year. You can not predict the next 15 years of someones career off one month. He is 21relax.

30 04 2008
nicejob34

WOW!

You should be a scout… or the manager… or the GM…

You watched Phil Hughes and could tell he was “favoring his side” when pitching… The MANAGER didn’t see it… The GENERAL MANAGER didn’t see it… The CATCHER didn’t see it… The PITCHING COACH didn’t see it…

And they were THERE!

But you sit home, watch the game on TV, and you see something nobody saw, and nobody mentioned…

Any chance you can show me a post ANYWHERE where you mentioned this PRIOR to word of this “injury” coming out???

Somehow, I didn’t think so.

This idiot is on the DL for TWO reasons.
1) The Yankees obviously think he needs a break.
2) Everybody on the PLANET knows what was going to happen if he went back to the mound in the Bronx on Sunday…

You think he heard boos last night… Send that loser back to the mound on SUNDAY and see what happens.

1 05 2008
sehguhlihp

read my post before the injury was announced smart ass. I did mention it PRIOR. and you think the GM, pitching coach, and scouts tell you everything. hell no. they tell you as little as possible. im glad you are such an expert on this though, maybe we should make you the GM.

1 05 2008
philiproxmysocks

nicejob34 – yo, easy bro. step away from the ledge. it’s just baseball. get a real life and stop stalking phil.

to philip – heal fast. the team still needs you. hope you get everything worked out.

1 05 2008
suckitnicejob

WOW. That’s all I have to say. I usually don’t write in these things, but had to today. For all you phil hughes haters go to the Red Sox’s blog and talk shit about phil hughes there. This is no way to back a team and for everybody that says there a TRUE yankee fan would not be talking this way. Go join the red sox nation.

For “nicejob” take it easy dude. What “nice” job do you have that you post every 5 minutes on this thing. Go get a life.

Look at Hall of Famer Greg Maddux , look at his first 2 year stats. Age 20 and 21 in his 1st year 2-4 and second year 6-14 with an ERA around 5.5.

Everybody in this world wants results now, no one is patient enough to wait. That goes for everything in this world not just baseball.

Give hughes and kennedy some time , BUT if you do want to get on some yankees get on the the veterans who arent playing well. Get on Girardi for not handling his team. Get on Cashman. Get on George Steinbrenner for bringing in all these old geezers the past ten years. If he brought in quality pitchers the yankees wouldnt expect Hughes, a 21 year old, to be the savor.

1 05 2008
tsiatis

“South” by Sir Ernest Shackleton. An incredible, true story of Shackleton’s attempt to reach the South Pole, and of human resilience and leadership.

I was glad when you made the squad out of Spring Training, Morgan, and, obviously, I’m even happier now that you stayed with the team.

And, Phil, get well! Ignore the haters. They’re just like the creative fans saying “you suck.” Just keep doing your thing–it’ll all come together for you.

1 05 2008
mhughes65

Hi Morgan,

Try Agent ZigZag, a pretty cool book about a double agent in WWII and another good one is Shadow Divers, the True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson, excellent story!

Mike

Good luck the next couple of weeks filling in for Alex.. we are goiing to need you!!

1 05 2008
nicejob34

“struggles” are one thing…

This goes WAY beyond “struggles”…

Phil Hughes is SUPPOSED to be a POWER PITCHER!

He’s out there throwing 88!

I can find TONS of young power pitchers who struggled early on… Nolan Ryan, John Smoltz, Felix Hernandez, etc, etc, etc… The list is ENDLESS.

I have never seen ONE who didn’t throw hard.

1 05 2008
littlekittynyc

You REALLY need to get a life, “nicejob34″. You are posting rude, hateful comments like every 5min.!! All Yankee fans are not pleased with the season thus far…and we are disappointed and want Phil to do better on the mound…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure THAT one out….but you are OBSESSED, dude! Chill the F*ck out!! I laugh when I read your comments! You amuse me with your immature rants!! You remind me of a girl who just got dumped by her boyfriend-complaining and whining–we all get the point….. that you are a loser. You have made that abundantly clear. I think you need a valium and some therapy…and a LIFE>

1 05 2008
suckitnicejob

After 6 games you gave up on hughes velocity? He could possibly never get his velocity back up?? Stop speculating on his career. You never know what’s around the corner. Everyone wants to speculate on every little thing. Look at Sportscenter, what use to be mostly game highlights, is know all Speculation on who will win the division, ws, win mvp, cy young. It’s too early to know and no one cares what these people think.

Give it a break. You act like the Yankees signed Hughes to 100million multiyear contract. We all knew this was coming, maybe not to this extent, but we knew this wouldn’t be a perfect season.

All we are saying is it’s ok to voice your opinion, but CALM DOWN. We all look at this site for the same reason. We all understand hughes is “struggling” (still on 6 games in, so yes struggling stil), so give the kid a break. We all know your upset, but go tell your imaginary girlfriend or something. We don’t need to read your posts every 5 minutes.

1 05 2008
jcmei

Hey “nicejob,” you’re obviously one of the jump-on-the-bandwagon fans that came aboard in 1996. This is what is known as building a team, you freakin’ yahoo. Quit acting like an uneducated, handwringing moron (if that’s even in your skill set) and go play with your legos. Or, better yet, get a job.
Phil, don’t think this mouthbreather represents the majority of the fan base. You’re gonna be fine and the rest of us look forward to watching you succeed.

1 05 2008
nicejob34

Make all the excuses you want… Give Hughes all the time you want… Suck up to him on this site and pretend you have some sort of real connection to him all you want.

But the bottom line is: This is NOT the arm that was advertised.

Struggling and lack of talent are two completely different things… This guy does not have the talent we were all told he had.

Doesn’t make him a bad person… Just make his somebody who has no business pitching in the Yankees rotation.

1 05 2008
nicejob34

From Jayson Stark’s column… He spoke to MAJOR LEAGUE SCOUTS… I think we would ALL agree that those guys have a better eye for talent than WE do.

From the column: “There’s also suddenly a school of thought among scouts that the Yankees may have highly overrated both of them [Kennedy & Huhges] — but especially Kennedy. “What’s the ceiling on those guys?” asked one scout who followed the Yankees recently. “For me, Kennedy, at best, is a fifth starter. Hughes can be a little better than that, but not a 1 or 2.”

That’s not talking what Hughes is NOW… That guy is say what his CEILING is… If he reaches his FULL potential…

ie. This is NOT the talent and this is NOT the arm we were all told was coming.

That’s not ME ranting about Hughes… That’s MAJOR LEAGUE SCOUTS telling you the guy is nothing close to what the Yankees said he was!

1 05 2008
hughes2joba

nicejob34 is a fuckin prick with no life…go back to boston or that dump over in queens and leave the real fans alone..go fuck yourself you fuck face…go back to sucking dick like your used to…anyway…phil I these chics man…hotties that are all about you…get at me n chin up…

1 05 2008
suckitnicejob

Go ahead and believe everything you read. Believe Bush when he said we were going to Iraq to protect the US.

This is my last reply. I’m wasting my day replying to this asshole. You are missing my whole point in replying to you. Great you think Hughes stinks. He’s 0-4 in 6 starts, can’t make it past the 3rd inning. Great! Why flip out and give up on this kid. It’s only May, let him have his imaginary injury time off and see if he can get his head back on straight. Yankee fans are optomistic. You need to be, to be a fan of any team. No team will win every single year. You just can’t give up on a team/players.

Your acting like a Mets fan, booing everytime Johan loses a game and Delgado doesn’t come out for a curtain call when he hit two homers.

Next reply from me will be when Hughes is back on top this year and see you posting how great he is.

PS. Who would of thought Morgan Ensberg’s blog would get this much response!!

1 05 2008
dfox

nicejob34, we’ve heard enough of your bologna. I have an idea. You buy plane tickets and hop a flight to Texas (I know this is probably impossible because from the way you’ve conducted yourself on here I would be utterly shocked if you were older than 13) and ask the players on the Texas Rangers who were getting no hit and were most likely going to get no hit what they saw in Phil Hughes. Ask them why they were unable to muster a hit against him in 6.1 innings. You quote all the scouts and opposing plays except you’ve never quoted a Texas Ranger… Why not? They’d probably have some objection to him being “over-rated” being that he made them look terrible and over-powered them.

1 05 2008
nicejob34

So THAT’S Hughes’ claim to fame??? He did well once against the TEXAS FREAKIN’ RANGERS???

What a fine program they have going.

Where’d the Texas RANGERS finish last season in the only 4-team division in baseball???

I’ll give you hint: It wasn’t first, second or third.

As for the other guy who is so obsessed with me he had to come up with a ID special, just for your’s truely, acting as if everybody should (or does) see things the same way you do is ridiculous.

i’m going to say this one more time, now write it down so you get it this time: 0-4 does not bother me… 9.00 era does not bother me…

NOTHING ON THE FASTBALL is what bothers me.

1 05 2008
jnak

hey phil
hope you get better.

1 05 2008
xsandman42x

Sorry to hear about the injury Phil. Get well soon.

1 05 2008
dfox

Uuhh, nicejob34, you take what the Baltimore Orioles say as absolute law, and then say the Texas Rangers are awful well… Compared to Baltimore’s record last year the Rangers looked great. They had some great hitters in the lineup that night like Lofton, Young, Teixeira, etc.

But I will give you one thing… On that night he was around 93 to 94 with the fastball, I checked the pitch by bitch records for that night. What’s up with that, I don’t know, it is a little troubling. But you would have to think he’ll get it back because I don’t see how someone so young could just lose it.

1 05 2008
dfox

Augh sorry, I meant pitch by PITCH records.

1 05 2008
yanksgal07

Why do people even deem to comment to a pathetic person like this nicejob character? His writing says just what type of a person he is ….posting a comment is one thing but it’s pitiful that he has to come on to Phil’s blog with his nasty remarks. Phil will be out most likely till end of June or July with a rib fracture….so much for the Yankees faking the injury. Stupid people make stupid comments …you just have to take it from where it’s coming from …apparently in the case of this person ….it’s not coming from much..

Just ignore him ..he will go away …

Get well soon Phil …Go Yankees 2008 !!!1

1 05 2008
yanks34

Feel better philly! Take it easy and rest up! I know you are very talented and I can’t wait until you are back!

1 05 2008
jetergirl211

Heya sweet cheeks…just read about the rib. That blows man :-(. Good thing Hershon and crew found it now while its early enough in the season, and before it got any worse. Just take care of yourself. I’m a missles you ’till then :(

Alex

PS: Morgan = awesomeness ….just sayin

1 05 2008
yankeesbencs94

Hey feel better
Its too bad your hurt but clearly your stuff is more effective when your healthy. Take your time and when your ready, there is still a spot in the rotation for you.

1 05 2008
ciaobabyx46

Phil and Morgan,

Just to let you two know, the American Office is good, buuut the British version is sooo much better! I have the entire season on DVD, and it’s awesome.

Also some book suggestions:
The Catcher in the Rye, but you’ve probably already read that.
The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty by Buster Olney was a good one, too.

Good luck to you both, and get better soon Phillyyyy! We miss you.

1 05 2008
bigtic01

Phil best of luck to you on your road to recovery your presence will be missed keep your head up Phil we are all behind you.

1 05 2008
chiquitachica6

We Still think your awesome and everything is gonna end up working out- so wishing only the best.

1 05 2008
ctlvyanks11

suckitnicejob (14:00:14) :

Go ahead and believe everything you read. Believe Bush when he said we were going to Iraq to protect the US.

Whoa buddy watch with that comment there I don’t know you or if you have ever been to the war but if you haven’t don’t make comments like that…..many people go over there believeing they are defending a nation, its people and way of life and r dying…..don’t step on their graves like that. I don’t agree with what nicejob is saying….but don’t bring that up man.

1 05 2008
rkap6

Get well soon Phil, no need to risk further injury with trying to speed up your return just come back when you’re all healthy. I’m sure it’s gotta be hard for you, but you just have to ignore the critics and just keep doing what you’ve done at every level pitched at till now, just dominate.

1 05 2008
txfight08

So sorry to hear you’re hurt! Hope you’re not in pain or something like that!

2 05 2008
TherapeuticRamblings

Non-Fiction Recommendations (in no particular order):

-The Tender Bar. by: J.R. Moehringer (@ growing up in Manhasset, New York….and being raised in a bar by a bunch of guys)

-Tales from a Traveling Couch. by: Dr. Robert U. Akeret (@ a therapist who catches up with his fav. pts. decades later to see how they turned out. The polar bear story is my fav. )

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (@ getting in ‘the zone’ and being in perfect rhythm with yourself)

-Coming Back. By Claire Fontaine and Mia Fontaine (@ a girl’s descent into substance abuse, and then how she came back. Written by the daughter and mom. Amazing story)

-How Soccer Explains the World. By: Franklin Foer (@ how global issues are reflective in int’l soccer clubs)

-Nothing’s Sacred. by: Lewis Black (@ his life growing up, funny and an easy read)

2 05 2008
bronxliaison

Good luck with your recovery, Phil. I speak for many baseball fans when I say it’s great to watch young pitchers like yourself, Buchholz and Kazmir pitch and progress.

- BL

2 05 2008
suckitnicejob

cytvlyanks,
if u only knew

2 05 2008
jackbam

Fractured Rib!! Why is nicejob so quiet today????

2 05 2008
briancromer

You definitely can’t fake a cracked rib…

Get better bro.

2 05 2008
yanks9783

Where you horseplaying with Joba and Giambi again…

2 05 2008
snx41

Cracked Rib??? That sounds painful and kinda tasty. I think I just ordered cracked ribs last night at the restaurant I ate at. Rest up with A-Rod and eat some ice cream so we can get you back out there.

Peace, Love, Recycle

Stamati

2 05 2008
snx41

BTW, tell Morgan that was a great post.

2 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Phil~
Sorry to hear about your injury…cracked ribs are the worst!!! I was in a coma, had 4 broken ribs, a punctured lung, burst bladder and crushed pelvis 13yrs. ago from an auto accident. I had to re-learn how to walk. (I am 100% healed and 110% back to normal!)…but the WORST was the ribs! It hurt just to laugh…so I know the feeling. If I can get over what I went through…you will definitely be A-Okay!! Take care and feel better!!

~Rebecca

2 05 2008
phughesrocks

I love Morgan Ensberg…

On another note, the Yankees are not giving me the year I had expected. And don’t tell me it’s early because this is clearly an indicator of how the rest of our season is going to play out. I’m not pleased with the performances of Kennedy or Hughes, in fact, I’m very disappointed. It seems like game after game we lose games that it seems like we should have won. Hopefully, we can still salvage this season and hopefully make it to the playoffs though.

Sorry for the negative post but I had to get my feelings out somewhere.

2 05 2008
ultimateyankeefan

GO OFFICE

2 05 2008
philiproxmysocks

Phil-

Forget about those Nate Robertson glasses – they are ugly. Get glasses similar to what Edwar wears. Now that’s hip. Let’s see if you’re cool enough to wear them. :lol:

2 05 2008
iheartny22

Hey Phil, I hope you recover well from your rib injury. You’ll have to keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing. I just read the story on Yankees.com about you getting glasses. I have worn glasses pretty much my whole life, so I think it’s kinda cool that you’re getting some. They have really great ones now for athletes. Back when I was in high school, I had to wear the big goggle-like Horrace Grant (the Chicago Bulls player) glasses when I played basketball. I’m sure you’ll look much better than I did! Have a good one.

2 05 2008
nyyanks23

Get Well Phil!! Hope to see you back on the mound with your new glasses in July or whenever you come back.

I still believe in you. Your still one of the youngest pitchers in the big leagues. Noone said it would be a walk in the park playing in the bigs. We have faith in you Phil!

2 05 2008
bronxliaison

nyyanks23:

He is THE youngest starter in the majors and I would hope Yankee fans “still believe.” How impatient a fanbase is this? Growing starting pitching does not occur in 2 months – more like 2 years – but the dividends far exceed the investment as guys like Hughes, Chamberlain, Buchholz, Gallardo, etc. will compensate with a potentially a decade or more of effectiveness.

3 05 2008
philiproxmysocks

Phil, one more thing. Can you tell Shelley to stop biting his fingernails or chewing on his hands during the game? You guys roll around in dirt – that’s an easy way to get parasites. ::p:

3 05 2008
misson27

Morgan Ensberg is the best!
At Friday nights game against the Mariners he gave me a ball autographed it and took a picture with me and my friend!!
Thanks so much Mr.Ensberg!

3 05 2008
usgrant

Hey’a, Phil! I know this season has been disappointing for you thus far, but keep the faith. You do have the talent and it’s all about how we come through tough times. Get your rest with recovering and come back to the game you love.

3 05 2008
robbiekeane

To Morgan: “Don’t you belong in a toilet you big piece of shit” Fellini’s Roma

Carl Jung

3 05 2008
89mphfastball

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

ANOTHER LOST SEASON FOR “THE FRANCHISE”!!!!! WHAT A PITY, ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER INJURY THAT’S GOING TO KEEP HIM OUT FOR MONTHS! THIS GUY IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE CARL PAVANO, ANOTHER CASHMAN GEM!!

YOU COULD OF HAD JOHAN SANTANA PITCHING LIGHTS OUT FOR YOU RIGHT NOW, INSTEAD YOU GOT A 89MPH THROWING LESBIAN WHO CAN’T STAY HEALTHY!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

3 05 2008
mwhoch456

Morgan you seem awesome

3 05 2008
39poolshark

Phil, I don’t know about anyone else here, but I would like you to write a blog letting us know how you are feeling about how you have played thus far. I also think it would be nice to hear about what you are doing for rehab when you start up. I think you telling your fans how you feel the season is going both for you, and the team, as well as how you are doing would be a great way to keep your blog up, and more importantly shut up some of these clowns. Take care dude.

3 05 2008
throwstrikes

Phil

2 words of advice for your rehab. Frozen Peas. A big bag makes a great ice pack, it can be re-frozen for the next use and it easily conforms to any body part.

It also makes it look like you’re eating your veggies when someone looks in your freezer.

3 05 2008
chiquitachica6

I think you’re awesome and I absolutly can’t wait till you show people what you got, I’m sure you feel the same. It’ll all work out…

3 05 2008
pb4ugo17

Go Phil!!!

Where can I get a Modell’s application?

my little cousin wants one.

3 05 2008
sarah99

89mphfastball how can you possibly compare Phil to Carl Pavano? Phil is making around $400,000 this year while Pavano is making $11 million to sit on the bench and refused to even help the team by accpepting the minor league deal the yankees offered him. Phil is trying his best and if the people criticizing him had actually read the posts defending him, you’d know that not every pitcher is dominant at 21, in fact, Johan Santana was worse at this age just like someone above me already said. And as for the other people telling him he sucks, you guys are a disgrace to yankee fans and I sincerely hope he does not listen to what you’re saying. He’s clearly not ruining our season because not like I want to have another year like last year, but we’re in better shape than we were then and we still made the post season. And you really need to stop obsessing over the mph of his fastball, Moose showed us today that you don’t need a 95 mph fastball to have a good outing, unless you consider one run over 6 innings and a win a disappointment, but from what I’ve seen of your judgement I wouldn’t doubt it. But that’s not even an issue because once Phil gets over this injury he’s doing to dominate, something was obviously wrong with his mechanics lately but we’ve seen he can do well so why don’t you have a little faith and stop being suck a dick.

3 05 2008
pinstriped lady

The rib thing sucks, Phil, but at least you’ll get a fresh start when you come back. Bought myself a Hughes Yankees T-shirt at the game last night. Get better soon, I’ll be wearing my shirt!

3 05 2008
mcrlover519

nicejob34-

my brother, who is also a pitcher (albeit a young one), had a stress fracture in his back and was out for 3.5 months. they’re not fake injuries and they’re not fun. until you’ve gone through it, you shouldn’t judge someone and make stupid accusations.

89mphfastball-
you try being a major league baseball player, let alone the youngest pitcher in the league, and get back to us.

phil!~
i’ve been reading your blog since january and i know you’ve read this a billion times but i think this is a great thing that you’re doing and i wish you the best of luck and get well soon!!! =]

mcrlover519

ps i love your taste in music lol. i saw rise against and alkaline trio in concert, they’re amazing!

4 05 2008
everythingbaseball

Amazing. I can honestly say that this is the first time that I’ve ever been able to say that a player offered “advice” regarding taunting an opposing player. Thanks Morgan.

4 05 2008
babybombers27

Dear Phil,

Just wanted to wish you a quick and easy recovery. I know you’re dissappointed, the Yankees are dissappointed, and so are the fan. But as a fan what means more to me is that you come back healthy. I know when you’re healthy, you’ll eventually get it together and the struggles of April will be a distant memory. Please pass this on to your buddy Ian Kennedy too…we still beliebe in both of you and cannot wait to see you both back.

Stay positive and just believe. Please tell Ian this too. Go yankees.

Your fan,
Mehwish.

4 05 2008
bocabart

The (really) old story goes about Dizzy Dean, who when walking off the field after striking out the last three batters of the home team, was yelled at by a woman, “Hey Dizzy! If I was yur wife I’d feed ya poison!”. Dizzy didn’t break stride as he replied ,”Lady, if I was yur husband, I’d eat it!”

4 05 2008
di0ny

Darrell Rasner is winning his game 8-2 now…

He’s not even a Yankees prospect…

See is not so hard Phil.

4 05 2008
yankeefan4422

Hey Ricky Vaughn, don’t worry about the rib thing, just take your time coming back. Hopefully the glasses will help and you’ll start mowing teams down again.

5 05 2008
Canada Day

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5 05 2008
Canada Day

AM

5 05 2008
Canada Day

CANADA

5 05 2008
Canada Day

DAY!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

O CANADA!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

OUR HOME AND NATIVE LAND!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

TRUE PATRIOT LOVE IN ALL THY SONS COMMAND

5 05 2008
Canada Day

WITH GLOWING HEARTS WE SEE THE RISE,

5 05 2008
Canada Day

THE TRUE NORTH STRONG AND FREE!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

FROM FAR AND WIDE, O CANADA,

5 05 2008
Canada Day

WE STAND ON GUARD FROM THEE.

5 05 2008
Canada Day

GOD KEEP OUR LAND GLORIOUS AND FREE!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

O CANADA WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE.

5 05 2008
Canada Day

O CANADA WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEEEE!!!!!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

Now, en francais everybody!! For all the Québécois out there!

5 05 2008
Canada Day

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits;
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

5 05 2008
briancromer

2 Words, Phil = REC SPECS

5 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Geez…….after thinking about it….what I went through in my auto accident…with my broken RIBS…(PLURAL),….and all of my other injuries…I wasn’t coddled or had top care, like YOU DO…and I am totally healed..but you still couldn’t pitch…even WITHOUT THE INJURIES. HHMMM> We need someone who will get the job done for the Yankees. I really don’t think you can handle the pressure of NYC, Phil. You are too focused on other things…(like your girlfriend) and not baseball. We fans deserve the BEST….because NYC is THE BEST…the YANKEES are the best. Rasner did what you AND IAN couldn’t. I am really done being nice…and I am sick of our pitching. We can only depend on Wang and Mo. Hank needs to bring in guys who have PASSION FOR NYC and the YANKEES…and most importantly….THE FANS!!!

5 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Oh, and Pettitte and Joba…..I am so sorry…I forgot to mention their names as well…..we, as fans, can only depend on Wang, Pettitte, Joba and Mo….and Rasner was good, too. Ian is gone…you need to go as well ….at least for a few years. Get focused…and really think long and hard if you can truly handle NYC. It is a special place for only a special type of person/personality.

5 05 2008
yankeeghost

Your clearly a special person…

5 05 2008
bigthree346231

talk about turning on phil so quickly

5 05 2008
littlekittynyc

bigthree346231– I am not ‘turning on Phil’…..I am being REALISTIC. The logical answer to our pitching problems is to allow the young guns to develop more in the minors or even trade to other teams. Baseball is also a BUSINESS, sweetheart. And, NYC isn’t for everyone…and it isn’t a bad thing, some people don’t fit in well in NYC….it’s just being logical and realistic.

5 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Sure…we could bring Phil back at the end of July/Aug.–END OF SUMMER…and have him (most likely) continue to “iron out his kinks”….screwing up what little is left of our season…I, for one, want to make it to the playoffs…AND the WS. WE NEED RELIABLE, FOCUSED, QUALITY PITCHING.

5 05 2008
upstateyanksfan

“MEOW” little kitty, your view certainly changed once you found out Phil had a girl friend. Phil does have the potential to pitch for the Yankees, lets not forget he was the ONLY Yankee pitcher to win in the post season last year.

5 05 2008
littlekittynyc

HA! I knew someone would say that! I still support Phil…and ALL of the YANKEES. I am thinking of the team, at this point. It is MAY now, if you haven’t noticed. We can’t keep saying it is early in the season..blah, blah, blah…. I still think Phil is a hot piece of as*!!….but he only 21 –I am 30 and date men 25-37yrs. of age, honey. and I could care less if he has a girlfriend, my statement was that he was focused on getting laid rather than focusing on baseball. Quit living in the past, ‘upstateyanksfan’. We need to think about the present…and the future of this Yankee team.

5 05 2008
yellowhammer

Calling Mr. Blanton. Crank Steinbrenner has purchased a cross country ticket…

5 05 2008
generationtrey

Phil,
So far I feel like the only optomistic Yankee fan out there. I said it as soon as it happened! Ok, a sweep is a sweep but I knew we would sweep the M’s. Just found out that we don’t have to face Johan (stinks) this upcoming Subway Series so thats good and I’ll be there for Sunday Night Baseball. Btw, New Stadium looking amazing can’t wait. Now only one last thing to mention, DL. Definition -unhappy place. However, when a Yankee starter goes on it, Definition – hell (for the boss). Phil, you’ve been on it plenty and only in your rookie season. However, in this case not only being on it is bad, but same goes for your pitching lately. I say this in every comment and I will keep saying it, your really good. So this isn’t going to work especially in the Bronx. I meen look at what happened to your good friend, he’s in Scranton now. I KNOW I sound Negative, but cmon. We’re over five hundred lets keep it that way. And I don’t know if Girardi threw a chair in the clubhouse or something but whatever it was keep doing it. I love this team.
Lets Go Yankees
David

5 05 2008
kbee

Ah yes, guys who think they know about baseball because they have a penis, and girls who embarrass their own gender. Listen up, Phil. Here’s what I want you to do: I want you to go to the Red Sox, be a consistently good pitcher for them, and help them win another World Series. Seriously, that’s what it’s come to for me. I believe that building a team to compete means some lean years. If you ingrates can’t be patient, you should wallow in 100 years without a championship.

I’ve been a Yankee fan all my life – starting in the early 80s when things were not going all that swimmingly – and I’ve never been as disgusted with our fan base as I am right now. This is the first time in a long time we’ve had a team I could actually like and you want them all to turn into no-personality, bitter a-holes like every other athlete? My grandfather is spinning in his grave.

First of all morons, throwing hard is not the key to everything. I’m sure you jackass guys love to spout about “throwing vs. pitching” when you’re having your “We’re know so much about sports” jerkfests. Pitching is hitting your spots – just ask Johan Santana and Josh Beckett who both throw hard and give up monster homeruns when they miss their spots.

Second of all, the people killing this team are not the ones out on the field. The Steinbrenners have no idea what they’re doing and even when they watch other teams do it right, they still respond by throwing buckets of cash at true losers like Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, and Clubhouse Cancer Sheffield. They are petulant, whining crybabies – kind of like you guys!

Lastly, to the skanks who think New York is the only city on the fucking map, please stop with the pathetic bullshit. The rest of the country thinks you are a bunch of idiots. New York doesn’t deserve anything just because a pretentious, starved-for-attention bitches live there. You pay $2,000 a month for an apartment the size of a bathroom stall. I’m not surprised that you can’t recognize a good core of young players who should be encouraged to keep learning and getting better.

Pitching is hard. Hitting is hard. Dealing with lunatics like you is hard. Honestly, Phil, I don’t know how you and Joba and Ian stay sane. You don’t deserve this kind of crap from people who push papers or hand out burgers and fries all day.

5 05 2008
superjob34

kbee: Word.
littlekittynyc: Time the pussy goes home.

6 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Kbee–
I probably make more money in one week than you do in a month, you fucking asshole. You have NO IDEA who you are insulting. And, my apt. is larger than your crappy shack than you reside in…..YOU are the one who flips burgers or pushes papers, my friend. IF YOU WOULD REALLY READ my comments intelligently, you would understand that I am not “AGAINST” Phil…or bashing him whatsoever. I am looking at the larger picture. And, I was just making suggestions. Jesus Christ. Take a fucking pill….relax and ALLOW OTHERS TO HAVE OPINIONS>>>THIS IS AMERICA>>>at least I THINK IT IS??? Freedom of speech??? Sorry I am not licking Phil’s ass anymore like the rest of you……I want to make it to the playoffs ….

6 05 2008
littlekittynyc

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT THAT I AM PISSING EVERYONE OFF!! HAHAHAHA!! It’s great to see a reaction from all of you!! I LOVE IT!!!

6 05 2008
yankeeghost

Everyone’s profanity laden rants come off as extremely immature. The more caps you use and swear words you shout aren’t making any of you sound grown up or intelligent. Quite the opposite actually.

In any case Morgan, thanks for the little bit of insider info. I didn’t realize that happened every inning.

6 05 2008
di0ny

Phil and Ian should be traded for C.C Sabathia

6 05 2008
entersandman42

Wow, this is so funny. I haven’t been on in a while because I think Phil began to realize how hard this would be once the season started and hasn’t posted in a while. But I come on and find this passionate back and forth and just couldn’t resist adding my two cents. So here goes.

First off let me just say that I wholeheartedly agree with yankeeghost that the more profanity you use and personal attacks you use the less intelligent you come off. This blog has basically turned into a forum to voice suggestions, concerns etc. (at least until Phil redirects the focus) and quite honestly there is nothing wrong in a little back and forth. But the personal attacks on both sides of the aisle make you look small, not sophisticated.

With that said, I actually think (and I’ll pause for the nasty comments to be flung my way) that littlekitty has SOME valid points. Overall I disagree with some of what she says also.

I disagree that Phil can’t handle the pressures of NY. He pitched for a little less than half a season last year with a lot of success for his experience and as someone else said was one of the only Yankee pitchers to pitch well in the all important post season on the biggest stage in all of sports. So I really don’t think that 4-5 poor starts necessitates a decision that he can’t hack it here. His prior performance suggests otherwise. Plus in at least one of the starts (I can’t remember them all) he threw 5 great innings and then sort of imploded in the 6th.

With all that said against what littlekitty wrote there are some valid points behind the madness. #1 is that right now, our pitching is not very good. Phil Hughes will be very good, but right now he is struggling. He’s 21, basically a rookie and is struggling to nobody’s surprise. You need to be able to control the plate in this league and throw first pitch strikes and he has struggled in doing that so far this year. Someone went on a rant about velocity and how it is not that important and I respectfully disagree. Location is equally important, I’ll agree to that, but anyone who watches the games has heard Paul O’Neill and John Flaherty say many times the difference between 91 and 94-95 is huge and last year in September, Phil was throwing in the mid 90′s and thus far this year he’s topping out at about 92. That is a big difference. It’s the difference between giving up a 400 foot HR and the hitter being a hair late and flying out. Big, big difference.

But back to the current pitching, I agree with kitty that right now you’ve got Wange, Pettitte (whose last 2 starts have not been good but I’m still comfortable with him), Joba and Mo. Moose has given a couple of good starts recently but if we need him to be a #3 we’re in trouble. Rasner is a stop gap and nobody expects him to perform like he did vs. Seattle. I think the only answer is for Phil to come back healthy in July and be the Phil Hughes we all need him to be. We can patch the rotation until then and when ARod comes back I’d expect the offense to be better but short of a trade which is highly unlikely, we need Hughes to simply be better to have a shot this year.

As for Kennedy, what concerns me most is not that he was bad but that he said that going to AAA would be welcome because they don’t scrutinize him as much there. That to me sounds like someone who can’t handle NY and that has me very concerned. That and the fact that he refuses to throw strikes. It’s like he is terrified of someone hitting the ball.

Someone will invariably bring up Joba in this discussion and anyone who thinks he is the answer is crazy. What makes anyone think that he is going to be any more effective than Hughes once you stretch him to 5-7 innings. He will struggle like everyone else and do you really want to lose him for a month so he can condition himself in AAA? No, I think Joba should stay in the bullpen all year and if they want him to be a starter, do it next year in Spring Training.

Finally, for the person who wrote to trade Hughes and Kennedy for Sabathia, why would we trade two potential top end starters for a guy who can be a free agent in 5 months and we can get him for free? Which btw, is a distinct possibility.

That makes absolutley no sense.

So that’s my two cents. Take it for what it’s worth.

BTW, my 2009 rotation prediction is:
Wang
Sabathia
Pettitte
Hughes
Chamberlain

Yes, I think Andy comes back at a reduced price for one more season to pitch in the new stadium.

6 05 2008
upstateyanksfan

All good points Sandman. I think part of Phil and Ian’s problems (not to make excuses, you still need to attack the zone and throw strikes) have been the lack of run support (which has also hurt Andy and Moose) and the parade of catchers. Hughes has worked with 4 different catchers in 6 starts; a young pitcher especially needs to have trust in and guidance from his catcher.

We will see what happens w/ Phil after he comes off the DL. I think he still has potential. Ian’s fate is in his own hands, he needs to stay focused and prove himself in AAA if he wants another chance. I also agree w/ you about Joba. He is valuable in the bullpen and couldn’t just jump into a starting position.

6 05 2008
entersandman42

Extremely fair point re: the lack of run support and the catchers. At least they have 2 catchers now, even though Posada isn’t one of them at the moment.

I think the run support thing is a great point. Especially with young pitchers, if they feel they have to be perfect because their offense isn’t scoring, then they tend to be too fine and end up either walking too many people (Hughes is a perfect example of this) or giving up the long ball b/c they put themselves in a hole.

It’s a lot easier to pitch with a 4-0 lead. Good point.

6 05 2008
kbee

@Sandman – I may have gone overboard in my rant because I don’t think people view these players as human beings. They think they are just machines out there for their enjoyment. I don’t necessarily agree that using swear words makes you ignorant – I tend to use them for emphasis.

That said, I have to disagree a bit about the velocity question. The difference isn’t necessarily between your fastball and everyone else’s fastball but between your fastball and your off-speed pitches. Guys like Mussina and Maddux have had pretty good careers, not because they threw gas, but because they developed a substantial differential between the fastball and their other pitches.

As for Kennedy – I agree with you. Those comments make me nervous. And about Joba – good god, please don’t rush him into the rotation. I don’t want him to need Tommy John surgery in a couple of years.

@the girl who thinks she’s pissing people off and only wants to go to the playoffs, tell me this: have you enjoyed the last few years where the Yankees have made the playoffs with no chance in hell of making it out of the first round? Of course not. That’s why you need a couple of years of rebuilding so that you actually have a chance to win. Just being there isn’t all that exciting to me.

6 05 2008
toxictoast8790

i still love you phil. youre the man. my yankee shoes have your number on the back and ill wear them till they fall apart

6 05 2008
714yf

alright duder, I signed up for this account specifically to request that you get yourself a pair of rick “wild thing” vaughn glasses..
how rad would that be?
(while you’re at it, tell Giambino to get teh Jobu shrine out of his damn locker…)

6 05 2008
714yf

alright duder, I signed up for this account specifically to request that you get yourself a pair of rick “wild thing” vaughn glasses for your return to the BX..
how rad would that be?
(while you’re at it, tell Giambino to get teh Jobu shrine out of his damn locker…)

6 05 2008
nyyanks71377

Phil, what’s new? Just a heads up to anybody interested, Ike is throwing a no hitter in the 6th inn. of his 1st start down in Scranton!

6 05 2008
yankssuck2000

this is so funny, watchin y’all fight n crap…just accept that you guys SUCK!

6 05 2008
YANKEES SUCK 2000

the curse of 2000 will carry on!

7 05 2008
akharaz

Hey Phil,

How are the ribs feeling?

7 05 2008
bosoxwschamps

Yankee fans, are you worried yet?

I read an article on Page 2 of ESPN’s website that talked about how Yankee fans shouldn’t be worried at all yet because they’ve started off slow for the past 10 years. And while I totally agree with the fact that they usually start slow and then pick it up, I think this year is different. To me, I think the Yankees have been playing well with what they have. Their team is extremely old and the only young players that are making an impact are Melky Cabrera and Justin Chamberlain. While I also admit that I think Cano will get back to being his normal self due to his annual slow starts, the Yankee’s offense just clearly isn’t what it used to be. Their rotation is falling to pieces and their bullpen is even worse, with the exception of the back end. The biggest reason I think the Yankees just don’t have it this year is very clear… The Yankees didn’t improve over the winter and the defending world champs basically brought back the same team.

7 05 2008
berniepaulntino

phil are you only going to post on this blog when things are going good. i cant imagine your doing much now with that rib, you should have plenty of time to provide a new post.

8 05 2008
auschick86

I can’t exactly imagine him wanting to post with all the negative comments being left- everybody just needs to back off!!

8 05 2008
yankeeghost

The curse of 2000? The Yankees won the series in 2000. I suppose I’m confused as to what the curse is.

8 05 2008
nyyanks23

Hey, give Phil a break it was his first full season. He is 21 years old and the youngest pitcher in baseball. It will TAKE TIME!!! SAME THING GOES FOR IAN KENNEDY.

I APOLOGIZE PHIL FOR SOME OF THE RUDE FANS LIKE BERNIEPAULNTINO OR ANYOTHER RUDE POSTERS HERE!!!!!!!!

8 05 2008
wysem

Hey this is the first time ive seen tha blog. u guys are so funny w/ tha office. im from scranton! i was actually in tha episode about the st patty’s day parade. its weird seeing ur hometwn on tv. but i agree… watching it is tha best way to waste ur time. (besides bein @ SWB Yankees Games – i have season tickets.) I really really hope to see u again, phil, if you come through for rehab later in tha season. <33

8 05 2008
YANKEES SUCK 2000

YES, AND THAT WILL BE THE LAST TIME! MUAHAHHAHAHAH

9 05 2008
berniepaulntino

you posters are pathetic this is the worst blog on all the internet

9 05 2008
entersandman42

I know I shouldn’t do this because it is exactly what bosoxwschamps wants but I am on the hook and can’t resist. First of all, isn’t it just like a red sox fan to pay more attention to a Yankee blog than anything related to hmm, I don’t know…the RED SOX? All you are doing is reinforcing that this is a Yankee world and you are just living in it. We don’t worry about anyone else other than the Yankees. We might have spirited conversation about our team but it’s all about the Yanks. You would never catch a Yankee fan going onto a Red Sox blog because quite honestly we simply don’t care.
But for some reason, Red Sox fans are obsessed with the Yankees. I mean you won the freakin’ World Series and your searching out the Phil Hughes blog to bash the Yankees! You’re 4.5 games up and you’re not happy to be in first, you’re worried about the Yankees! Maybe you need to see a shrink regarding your Yankee obsession!

Anyway, just to put some sanity to your insanity, the last time I checked, Melky Cabrera, Joba Chamberlain, Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Ross Ohlendorf are all under 26 years old. If you want to say that the young Yankees are struggling then I can live with that. Hughes, Kennedy and right now Cano are struggling although there isn’t an analyst out there who doesn’t think that Cano will find his stroke eventually (see two hits yesterday including a HR). But out of the main core of players on this team right now, nearly half are kids. Oh, and I didn’t mention that the “old” guys you refer to are Derek Jeter (33), Bobby Abreu (34), Hideki Matsui (33 and 2nd in the league in hitting right now) and let’s see, who else…oh yeah, this guy named Rodriguez who is 32, reigning MVP and overall best player in the game. Not to mention that even though Mariano (you’ve heard of him right) is 39, he still hasn’t given up a run this year!

Now lets’ look at the Red Sox. Schilling and Wakefield are 41. Varitek is 36. Manny, Ortiz, Drew, Lugo and Lowell are older than 32. In terms of the youngsters you’ve got Buchholz, Lester, Dice-K, Beckett, Papelbon, Pedroia and Ellsbury. Jed Lowrie is young but only has 38 AB’s so he doesn’t count right now.

So before you open your mouth do a little research and make sure you’re not just spouting garbage.

You want to say that Lester and Buchholz are outperforming Hughes and Kennedy you’ll get no argument from me. You want to say that right now the Sox are a better team than the Yanks it would be hard to argue. But to say that the Yankees are old and washed up is just stupid because the only difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox right now is that Lester and Buchholz have pitched better than Hughes and Kennedy. Lester and Buchholz are both 2-2 I believe. If Hughes and Kennedy were both 2-2, the Yankees would be tied with the Sox for first! You’re argument just doesn’t hold water. These two teams are remarkably similar and right now the Sox have gotten more out of their two young starters than the Yankees have. It remains to be seen whether that holds up at the end of the season.

But being that you are so obsessed with our team, we can be rest assured that you’ll be right here every step of the way trying your hardest to spend as much time on a Yankee site as you can.

One final parting shot, next year the Yankees have $87m coming off their payroll (Farnsworth, Hawkins, Pavano, Mussina, Petitte, Giambi, Abreu), aside from Manny and Schilling, not sure how much the Sox have coming off. All I know is that Mark Texeira and CC Sabathia are both free agents and how about that, we will be in the market for a SP and a 1B. (BTW, both are under 30). How about a rotation with Wang, Sabathia, Hughes, Chamberlain and either Kennedy or a resigned Petitte? I’d match that up with anyone.

9 05 2008
jerrydon

Morgan, If you like non-fiction, “John Adams” is a great book. It is very readable and is a very interesting life story of a very underrated Founding Father.

9 05 2008
yeagermeister

entersandman42,

u couldnt be more correct. the day any yankee fan is worried about a red sox fan’s comments is the day hell freezes over. im not gonna consider the redsox (reigning WS CHUMPS) a threat to us until they win another 20 world series rings. by that time though, the yanks should be approaching 2-300 more ws champs. Im still pretty much thinkin we’re gonna be in the playoffs this year again. so until september and october roll around…redsux fans need to chill.

get well hughes. u’ve got the stuff to be an ace

9 05 2008
bosoxwschamps

entersandman42,
First off, you’re right, I missed Chien Ming Wang when I said the only young players making an impact are Justin and Melky. But the key word there was impact, and all the other young players you’ve named haven’t made an impact. I also would like to point out that I did say that I think Cano will find his swing again, but as of right now, he hasn’t made an positive impact. I also want to say that when I said the Yankees are old, I meant that they are earning salaries they deserved when they were in their prime, but most are past that. Of the seven players you named coming off the Yankee payroll (Pavano, Hawkins, Pettitte, Farnsworth, Mussina, Giambi and Abreu) do you see just ONE player that is earning his salary? 87 million for that bunch is ludicrous. One final point. I’m not on this site because I’m “obsessed with the Yankees”. I’m here and I read Phil’s blog because I like Phil as a person. Really, he’s a cool guy. Also, why wouldn’t I want to support a fellow Red Sox fan in Hughes?

9 05 2008
missh34

Hey Phil, keep your head up. Don’t listen to all these negative people. It’s sad to see that u try to do something nice for your fans and they bash u the second u start to struggle but then again i guess u wouldnt really call them fans now would you? I read these comments and it makes my stomach turn to read such hateful things being written about someone they know nothing about, I’m sorry u have to read these things that must not be easy for u to handle. I say get rid of the blog, you dont owe these people the satisfaction of being able to run there mouth. it is disgusting and there parents should have taught them better! for one im sure you are probably younger then most on here and that in itself says enough, you have accomplished more in your 21 years then people do in a lifetime! so leave this all behind, and start over. You will be in my prayers.

9 05 2008
berniepaulntino

phil even if you never pitched again in your life… youd still have contributed way more than carl pavano or kei igawa ever have… you should ask the yanks for a bonus. those guys are cashing in.

9 05 2008
dagmen17

Wow, nicejob34 has no life at all. I bet he lives in his parent’s basement and jacks off all day.

9 05 2008
jetergirl211

Soooooo, just saying….I miss you. Thats all.

Much Love,

Alex

10 05 2008
bosoxwschamps

I miss Phil too:(

10 05 2008
peterfny

It’s funny how there are guys like bosoxwschamps that are generally good baseball fans, and then there are inbred chowdah guzzlers like YS2000 that still live in momma’s basement cashing SSI checks.

Baseball is a funny thing.

10 05 2008
melkyway28

Phil I miss you SOOOOOO much!!:(Hopefully you’ll be back soon!!

:)love,
Jeana

10 05 2008
melkyway28

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10 05 2008
melkyway28

It is not the same without Phil!!!:(

10 05 2008
melkyway28

Dont listen to the member “yankeessuck2000″ Phil!

10 05 2008
melkyway28

Poor Betemit. Hamstring issue…

10 05 2008
johnfromthebronx

come on phil, just because you’re hurt and not pitching doesn’t mean we don’t wanna hear from you, don’t leave us all hanging like this phil!

11 05 2008
ilovephil

Phil, are you mad at us? Please don’t hide. We still love you. =(…

when you left a piece of my heart left as well… you are my favorite player and now I know you were hurt and that wasnt you out there.

please dont hate us PHIL.

11 05 2008
yankeepride13

whoever the dark haired girl on the yankees.com splash page is in the picture with you phil, she’s got some big ol’ titays. If it’s your sister, mind if I tap that azz?

11 05 2008
ilovephil

shut up your pervert, thats his sister.

11 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Yankeeghost–I totally agree with your comments of the profanity and CAPS I had used in my past comments. (I know that you are referring to me)….I do apologize for that, but I, at that particular time, was just so incredibly frustrated with the Yanks losing, and most of all…our pitching. Also, it is very difficult to write when one isn’t thinking clearly.. (i had a few drinks, but that is no excuse) I absolutely love Phil and think that he is incredibly talented,….BUT, I do think he needs to go back down to the minors and work on stuff. I tend to look at the macrocosm of a situation. I am just worried that a young kid like that with so much talent is focused on other stuff WAY too early in his young career..(I.E.>girlfriend, blog, adjusting to NYC, etc.)….I have guy friends in the minors, who gave up quite a bit, in order to be a Big Leaguer….and it frustrates the he** out of me when a great, young talent like Phil may be lacking the tenacity and extreme focus it takes to play in NYC.
It seems that people were reading more into what I wrote than what I ACTUALLY said…and it angered me.
It is what it is….people keep saying “don’t forget what Phil did ….etc. etc. etc. but, if I were to recant and retort all of the past Yankee accolades, players, Phil in particular…it just wouldn’t solve or answer our CURRENT problems as a team. As I previously stated, lest we forget baseball is also a business.
I really hope this clears up what I was trying to say……I am very passionate about baseball (my FAVORITE sport)!!!

11 05 2008
fantasyyankees123

Morgan…..you are a great player….when we picked you up I was overcome with joy =]

11 05 2008
littlekittynyc

Check out the band Me & Heath. The lead singer is pretty talented, great songs/lyrics…a few baseball references because his father played for the Majors.

11 05 2008
rpillai

Hey Phil, where are you? It would be nice if you could let us know how you are as some of the fans care about the best pitching prospect in the game.

11 05 2008
reese0220

Hey Phil,
I know you’re in Tampa rehabbing with Alex & Jorge and I hope that’s going well. I have to agree with some of the other posts saying that we miss hearing from you. It’s gotta be tough being hurt, but we would definitely like to hear what you are up to.

12 05 2008
wastedtalent

I want to see you pitching back in pinstripes ASAP….so heal faster please.

How’s rehab in Tampa treating you?

12 05 2008
yellowhammer

Should have pulled the trigger for Johan….

12 05 2008
thisgirllovesyankees

Don’t listen to the haters posting here. They don’t have anything better to do with their time. Good luck in rehab, but don’t push yourself too hard. I’ve had the pleasure of watching you pitch a few times in person, and I was not disappointed. Can’t wait to see you back in pinstripes!

As for Morgan…I was very happy when we picked you up. Keep up the good work!

~Natalie~

13 05 2008
yellowhammer

Is this Phil Humber’s or Phil Hughes’ blog?

13 05 2008
philiproxmysocks

Hey Philip:

I heard from PeteAbe that you got some new specs. Pics please. :)

To echo what someone said earlier, please heal fast. We all miss you.

13 05 2008
mrob21202

Morgan,
I enjoyed your first blog posting. Long time reader first time blogger as well. Just curious if you remember when you were playing third in Baltimore for Alex. It was a Friday night game and a couple of knuckleheads were yelling at you about talking on your cell phone…if so that was a couple of my buddies who happen to be O’s fans. I fed them a few lines despite the fact that I am a Yankee fan. Just wanted to see your reaction and it looked as if you acknowledged us. Would that qualify as a good one liner? Anyways, we thought you were a good sport and we all immediately decided to become Morgan Ensberg fans. Good luck with the rest of the season. If you are into biographies, check out John Adams if you haven’t already seen the miniseries on HBO.

13 05 2008
gomezm3

Hey, Phil and Morgan. The Office is indeed the greatest show since Seinfeld. And as far as books go, there’s a book that I read last summer called ‘Shantaram’. Recently, Johnny Depp signed up to play the role of the protagonist in the movie. Its quite a large book, but I guarantee you’ll enjoy it and will be quoting it for years to come. if you decide to read it, drop me line telling me what you thought.

Sincerely, Manny

16 05 2008
YANKEES SUCK 2000

HAhaHAhaHAhaHAhaHAhaHAhaHA….YANKEES ARE IN LAST PLACE!!!! AHAHAHHAAHHA….Not Really a suprise there (IMO).

gonna get swept by NY’s TRUE TEAM this weekend…The NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BASEBALL CLUB!!!

LAST PLACE YANKS!!! AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

16 05 2008
iheartny22

Where are you Phil?! Come back and SAVE YOUR BLOG!!!

17 05 2008
yankeefan27

morgan ensberg is the worst player ive seen in a long time i cant beleive he made the roster.

blew the game for us today.

25 05 2008
ncbri

Book Recommendations for Morgan:
“Confessions of an Economic Hitman”
“Heavier Than Heaven”
“Catfish Hunter My Life in Baseball”

2 06 2008
bobber21

Hey, Listen yankees suck 2000 . First of all why the # 2000 cause if i remember right the Yankees won the wolrd series that year and they beat the mets who u said are the real METROPOLITAN team yah that shows wat little you know about baseball. Also if you hate the yankees why are u on Phil Hughes blog who is a yankee pitcher. YOu have nothing better to do with your life than make stupid comments on a players blog i mean really that’s pathetic. Wow i didn’t realize how pathetic people are in this world.

13 06 2008
89mphfastball

MORGAN ENSBERG WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO READ BOOKS NOW THAT HE HAS BEEN RELEASED!

15 08 2008
hughesrules94

hey phil,
i think that your really cool. I saw your yankees on deck interview and it is so cool how you actually respond to people. I think you should have more guest stuff that was really cool.

Your fan,
megan

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