Question & Answer time….

25 02 2008

Starting now and ending on Tuesday at 6 p.m., submit a question for me to answer. Pete Abraham also will take questions for me at his blog. We’ll pick the best one and post the answers later this week. Please, only one question per person and make them original. 


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318 responses

25 02 2008
section37

phil,
i’ve tried writing several letters to mr. cashman and other people in the front office regarding looking into a job with the yankees. the team is my only passion in life and it would be a dream job to work for the team and have a direct impact in bringing a 27th championship to new york. can you hook a fan up??!!
-joe

25 02 2008
yanks9783

What are your thought as a pitcher throwing certain pitches in certain situations in the game? Do you solely trust your veteran catcher (Jorgie) or are you looking to go with what pitches are working for you on that specific day?

Basically how much of it is your call on the mound and how much do you trust your catcher?

Thanks Phil

25 02 2008
derekpeter

Phil, I heard you recently bought a house in Tampa with your bonus money….how do you like your new place? Is it “cribs” worthy?

25 02 2008
kwayluv

How often do you get hit on by someone attractive? How much does it help that you are a “hot new” Yankee?

25 02 2008
bosoxsucyanksroc

How is the change-up coming?

25 02 2008
teomcdohl

What kind of car do you drive? Are you a car aficionado, and if so what are your favorite cars? Since you’re traveling most of the year, how does that work? do you have your car moved to where you are, or do you just rent one when the need arises?

25 02 2008
bigtic01

Being down in Tampa for as long as you have now what are some of the interesting things to do and how is the night life like?

25 02 2008
mkennedy34

Phil, what is your favorite or most memorible game you have pitched in the big leagues so far?

25 02 2008
demarco5

Phil you grew up a red sox fan, is there a certain part of you that still roots for them?

25 02 2008
painttheblack23

Phil,
You threw a great change up in that Texas game last year, will we be seeing more of it this year?
Thanks.

25 02 2008
hball4su

Most baseball players have SOME superstition on game day. What’s yours?

25 02 2008
dynastynyy

Phil,

What’s your feeling about this new trend of innings and pitch-count limits, not just for rookies but in baseball in general? It seems as if 10 years ago, pitchers pitched more complete games, with little regard for pitch counts. Now, much is being done to protect arms and lengthen careers, leaving a starter’s 6 or 7 innings of work up to the bullpen to finish. How do you feel about this, being in the midst of the biggest “innings limit” conversation in all of baseball?

25 02 2008
naddeo20

Hey Phil,
I have some personality questions for you, I understand if you can’t be completely candid. Is Jeter as unfriendly as he seems? Is ARod as alienated as the media makes him out to be? Does Damon really prance around the locker room naked? Are you uncomfortable shaking hands with Posada (we all know how he toughens them up)? Can you or anyone else PLEASE throw a fastball under Ortiz’s chin, to at least make him think about something? Thanks Pip, I’m so glad you weren’t traded for Johan! Good Luck!
-Tom

25 02 2008
bronxbomber05

Hey Phil,

What’s it like going into you first full season as a Yankee? Has Mussina or Pettitte taken you under their wing to help show you the ropes?

Good luck this year

– Mike

25 02 2008
mmccarthy83

Hey Phil,

You have had the chance to pitch against a lot of great young hitters over the past few years at the minor league level. Who are some of the guys you have faced that you have had trouble getting out? They don’t have to be Yankees, just an idea of some guys who you have a lot of respect for as hitters.

Thanks,
McCarthy

25 02 2008
armand113

Hey Phil,

My question is a bit cynical, but i was really just wondering:

I believe that what you’re doing here is against the grain of what most would do in your place. Relating to fans in a global sense, but with an intimate touch. The question is, being that it is global and open to all, are you prepared for those rough days when the site will be flooded with negativity (e.g. trolls, etc…)? and how do you set your mind against such a possibility? Thank you for being so accessible Phil! I cannot believe i’m your age..

Armand
armandalfred.multiply.com

25 02 2008
yankees65

Phil,
Do you ever wish you could have attended college? Being drafted out of high school do you feel like you missed that part of your life? Also, if you did go to college, where would your first choice of been or who was recruiting you?

Thanks
Bryan

25 02 2008
nyyanks26

Who is the funniest guy in the clubhouse? Who is the best guy to go to the bar with after a game?

25 02 2008
longhornkhoa

Phil, I’m interested in what you’ve got to say about Mike’s question above (bronxbomber05). It seemed like Roger took you under his wing last year and this year it looks like Andy’s given you some guidance. How’s it going and how is there really a mentorship relationship with you and some of the vets?

25 02 2008
9nine9

Did the intensity of playoff baseball match what you thought it would be like?

25 02 2008
usgrant

To expand on demarco’s question about the @*!^#%&#(you know who!), what does your Dad think of you now being a Yankee? And on that note-it’s OK, Phil, because we all make mistakes(though let’s hope not as BAD as that! LOLOL).

25 02 2008
njyanksfan

Phil – Derek made some comments about testing for HGH…How would you fix this mess?

Thanks and have a great year!

25 02 2008
bigthree346231

phil,
did you play any other sports in high school? if so, then which ones?

25 02 2008
yankeeghost

I kind of have a two-part question. A lot has been written about the innings limit Joba will have placed on him when the season starts, but not so much about any you might have.

One, have the Yankees discussed what your limit will be, if any?

Second, what is your feelings on inning limits? Do you feel they are necessary or do you feel like the investments MLB teams make in their pitchers cause them to be overly protective with their pitching, especially their prospects?

Thanks Phil, it takes a pretty big commitment to have a blog like this and I’m sure fans appreciate the effort.

25 02 2008
defensewins

Phil

You played for Joe Torre a bit last year. From what you can tell, what is the biggest difference in the clubhouse, and just in the managing styles between Torre and new skipper Joe Giardi?

25 02 2008
conyermr

Phil,

You get dropped into the middle of an olympic-sized swimming pool full of tiny blocks of jello. Are you able to get out, and do you think that Joba would fair any differently?

Thanks

25 02 2008
manimal529

Hey phil,
Have you been working on any new pitches or are you still perfecting the same arsenal as last year?

25 02 2008
nyyfan366265

How old were you when you first realized that you might make a career as a pitcher? Also, how does your pitching style differ now from when it did in high school? Thank, Phil.

25 02 2008
usgrant

“Does Damon really prance around the locker room naked?”

And do you all say “Heeeeeere’s Johnny?” LOL

25 02 2008
energywins08

Hey Phil,

Growing up as a fan of the game of baseball, how has your perspective been warped since you are now part of the game rather than being a fan?

Also, favorite office episode?

Thanks again for putting yourself out there for us! We’re going to prove why NY has the best fans in the world!

25 02 2008
Tim

Who’s ranked higher in Halo, you or Joba?

25 02 2008
zellyanks91

How did you come up with your signature when signing autographs? What is it about New York and it’s fan’s that makes playing here so special? Kevin

25 02 2008
bethnyyfan

I’ve read articles where some players remember the moment they “put on the pinstripes” and how special it was whereas others don’t say much about it. What was it like for you suiting up the first time?

25 02 2008
bronxbomba

Phil,

What are your thoughts on fantasy baseball, does it have any effect on you as a player? Also do you play fantasy baseball, if so what players do you want to have on your team?

Thanks,
bronxbomba

25 02 2008
JobaRules

Hi Phil,
If you did not have your athletic abilities and therefor were not a baseball player, what career path do you think you would have taken?

Thanks,
– Jeremy

25 02 2008
njyanksfan

What is your Halo Gamertag?

25 02 2008
dahouse292

Phil-
When I followed you as a prospect through the minors, the scouting report never really was on your curveball or changeup, two pitches you used very frequently last year. Mostly, it talked about an above average fastball (I assume the velocity is back now that you’ve had time to rehab your hamstring) and a nasty slider with a ton of bite. Now that you are no longer in the minors, and should no longer be using a real game situation during the season to work on secondary pitches, are you going to go back to using the slider more often? Compared to you, I know little about pitching, but I feel like that slider could be a great compliment to your curve and change (also kennedy, you, and joba all throw the same 4 pitches, isnt that weird?). Have you, Joba, and Ian ever helped each other with your respective strengths? (Your curve, Jobas slider, Ian’s change.)

25 02 2008
steveking21

What exactly does the coaching staff tell you guys as young players in the minors about Boston. I mean, it’s not like they tell you how to act, but is there a little more emphasis on the games against say Pawtucket?

25 02 2008
californiaxdan

DON’T YOU HATE PANTS??

25 02 2008
orbj

Since you’ve been in Tampa for a while now, what’s your favorite Restaurant or Bar down there?

25 02 2008
mattangry

Phil,

This being the last year in what will be the “old” Yankee Stadium, what (if your allowed to) do you plan on taking with you, as memorobilia, to the new stadium or just to have as a peice of history.

Matt

25 02 2008
throwstrikes

Tell us your favorite joke?

25 02 2008
hughes65

Do you have a certain routine you do before every game you pitch?

25 02 2008
dtsheets

What is the funniest thing you have seen happen on a diamond?

25 02 2008
minihughes65

Since you lived in California, did you view the Yankees as the “Evil Empire” or were you always a Yankee fan?

25 02 2008
stephaniewilson

Hey Phil I ws just reading about your performance at BP today (way to go) but it led me to my question.. Do you ever notice who you are facing on the mound or is it all about the glove??? Thank for the blog Phil We love it!!

Stephanie in PA

25 02 2008
robfromny

Hey Phil I know the Yankees and im sure other teams were looking at you probably since you were a Junior in High School, did you ever plan on going to pitch in college? And if you did, where?

25 02 2008
robfromny

well mine is a repost lol sorry. Apple F is my friend.

25 02 2008
sethmurphy

What was your ‘welcome to the show’ moment? That one moment that made you realize, holy crap, this is the big time?

25 02 2008
jlatter

Tim,
I think Ian already answered your question.

4. Who’s better at HALO, Phil or Joba?
Phil, hands down.

25 02 2008
nyhighlanders

Phil,

How does it feel being labeled as “Phil Franchise?” There are such high expectations for you, being referred to as the future of the yankee franchise. Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the hype and expectations of success?

25 02 2008
mikemcg25

P-Hughes,

If the you and your teammates had a “battle royal” WWE Style, who would win and why?

25 02 2008
lisa

Are there any hitters currently in the League that you are leary of facing?

Thanks,

Lisa
http://miscreantmind.wordpress.com

25 02 2008
96yanks

I see all the young guys, including yourself, at camp this year. Do you think the increased competition will give everybody an edge once the season starts? It may feel more like the regular season given that only a few jobs are set in stone in the pen.

25 02 2008
mayday2

If you could play with one of the legendary Yankees- Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, etc- for a day who would you choose and why?
Or who was person/player you were most excited to meet in your career and what was it like meeting them?

25 02 2008
briankelley24

The Red Sox are champs. Uggh. Is that as much a motivator for you and other players as the Yankees not being the champs?

25 02 2008
purewaves

Who was the craziest teammate you had in your pro career?

25 02 2008
num23dam

A lot of people have said your outing against Cleveland in the ALDS was really the first real glimpse we had of your stuff and your potential (Don Mattingly/Peter Gamons). I was wondering what felt so right in that game? And what do you think you need to do this year to maintain that level of consistency?

Oh and I plan to draft you in Fantasy Baseball so make me look good.

Steve
NY NY

25 02 2008
beaver04

P-hizzle,

You and Easy-Ian are the captains in ‘Yankees” beer chugging contest. You each get 3 picks. Who are your top 3? Who’s Mighty Mouse taking (Ian)?

-Beaver

25 02 2008
kanderson74

For us Yanks fans outside of NYC, what do you think (or would you even want it?) that we (your blog readers) should come up with as a unique way to greet you while you’re on road trips? A chant, catch-phrase, nickname, etc?

Ken, Yanks fan in Chicago

25 02 2008
mmarkz26

Situation:
If you were pitching against the Sox, and all of a sudden, STEVE CARELL came up to bat [since he’s from Massachusetts] what kind of pitch would you throw him? Would you want to strike him out??

-thanks, Marissa

25 02 2008
jesser312

If you had the chance to pitch in any game in MLB history, which one would it be?

25 02 2008
kidofkevinmaas

A significant number of Yankee fans have been following your career since you were drafted, and have been analyzing your performances for several years. Within this online community, one of the central debates has centered on your fastball velocity, with some minor league fans claiming you used to regularly sit at 95-97. They argue that a combination of your hamstring injury and a change in mechanics resulted in a drop in velocity. Please put this debate to rest.

Three part question: Have you noticed a significant drop in velocity? If you have, what do you attribute it to? And, finally, do you believe your future success hinges on your ability to sit in the mid to high 90s, as you allegedly used to when you achieved so much success in the minor leagues, or do you think fastball velocity is over-regarded by baseball fans and your future success hinges on other factors?

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.

25 02 2008
paddyo6

I know your favorite show is the Office but what is your favorite movie? Thanks for having such a cool blog and good luck this season.

25 02 2008
bjmartin27

Phil,

What do you do to get prepared for each start? Do you have a pre-game ritual such as eating the same thing at the same time before each start, listening to the same playlist, stretching at an exact time, etc etc. Also do you have any superstitions?

Thanks,
bj

25 02 2008
Canada Day

I see you’ve never started an interleague game in the majors, would you be looking forward to having the opportunity to start in a National League ballpark and getting the opportunity to bat in a big league ball park?

25 02 2008
bjmartin27

I meant to add, I got your 34 nyy grey authentic in the mail today, I feel kinda cool knowing I got to wear it before you do🙂

25 02 2008
xspike21

Phil

If you could have dinner with five people, famous or not who would they be and why?

Thanks

Spike O
(xspike21)

25 02 2008
legendsfield

Did your parents support you when you told them that you wanted to be a baseball player? and do they come to Tampa or Yankees stadium to see you pitch?.. and do you have any brothers and sisters? DONT TAZE ME BRO!!

25 02 2008
lukem5

Question (Dwight Schrute reference): What is your favorite episode(s) all-time of The Office?
I’m a huge fan… I’d have to go with “Basketball,” “The Injury,” and “The Convict”

25 02 2008
lukem5

Question (Dwight Schrute reference): What is your favorite episode(s) all-time of The Office?
I’m a huge fan… I’d have to go with “Basketball,” “The Injury,” and “The Convict”

Luke from Montrose, NY

25 02 2008
jnr98

I love the number change but it really sucks for fans that bought your #65 jersey. Don’t you think each team/league should have a way for fans to “trade in” jerseys of players who changed numbers (see also: Kobe Bryant) or changed teams? Maybe send the old jerseys to a 3rd world country and give a 30% discount towards a new jersey?

or, if that’s too “off the beaten path”:

Tell us one thing you learned about Yankee stadium that you didn’t know before and most non-ballplayers would ever know

25 02 2008
34master1029

Do you think that more players should have blogs to respond to there fans.

What are the chances that Joba starts his own blog

25 02 2008
gogamecocks2001

Hey Phil,

You seem to understand that there are a lot of people out there who love getting autographs from their heroes… sports and otherwise (hence the buckets of mail you get).

Whose autograph do you own that you prize more than any other??

Thanks,
gogamecocks2001

25 02 2008
thor44

hey phil,

I too am a pitcher and was just wondering what a normal day of pitcher workouts consist of during spring training? I know for my high school in the only week we get as pitchers and catchers to work out we do a lot of running.

25 02 2008
yanksfantilldeath

Phil,
When you get the Millions do you plan to be as down to earth as you are today?

25 02 2008
kimmyankees

Mr. Hughes,

What is your favorite charity and how did you first get involved with it?

25 02 2008
yankeesdaily

I submitted my question to Peter already so I hope it gets answered. It’s a pretty good one.

YankeesDaily

25 02 2008
jlatter

ditto

25 02 2008
tloh28

Phil, what kinds of recreation do you enjoy in the offseason and during the off days in season?

Terry, Milford, CT

25 02 2008
Travis G.

what is the true FB velocity in which you sit? i’ve read 91-95, but it seemed a bit less last year. was it the injuries? was it a change in mechanics? did the return of Dave Eiland in September help?
(http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/chamberlain-or-hughes-whos-got-better-mechanics/)
how hard are you throwing so far in camp?

25 02 2008
dwalsh587

If you had gone to college instead of pro ball, what do you think you would have majored in?

25 02 2008
dwalsh587

^ Dan, CT

25 02 2008
Travis G.

what is the true FB velocity in which you sit? i’ve read 91-95, but it seemed a bit less last year. was it the injuries? was it a change in mechanics? did the return of Dave Eiland in September help?
(http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/chamberlain-or-hughes-whos-got-better-mechanics/)
how hard are you throwing so far in camp?

25 02 2008
kiddiabetes

Hey Phil,

Who do you think would win in a fight:

Hideo Nomo or Don Drysdale?

25 02 2008
kiddiabetes

Hey Phil,

Would you rather go through life with Stadium hot dogs for fingers or a cracker jack box for a left shoulder?

-Pat

25 02 2008
barkley16

Phil,

I just finished watching Cribs, so I thought that I would ask what is in your fridge and what is your ride?

Thanks

25 02 2008
markus34nyy

Hey just want to give you props for your nice performance out there today, I was reading about it, http://yankees.lhblogs.com/, nice. Keep it up man, keep living the dream!

My Question: How many gloves do you have a year and how long does it take to break one in?

Mark, Upstate, NY

25 02 2008
markus34nyy

OH Phil,

Personal highlight of my own, Sept of last year when you guys were in Detroit I toured the stadium and got to hold one of your old gloves. It’s a little childish but hey, I thought it was cool. I guess it was going to Steiner Sports or something.

25 02 2008
canoforlovers

What was it like having a promise of being picked by the Angels, only to fall to the Yankees?

25 02 2008
meeechiganny

Hi Phil,

2 part question here, Who is the most intimidating hitter you have ever faced? And also, do you pitch hitters a certain way based on who is on deck? For example, would you throw Youkilis a “hittable” pitch to make sure you don’t walk him and Face Ortiz with a man on? Or are you going after him with something nasty and if you walk him then so be it, you battle Ortiz?

I think the “He’s sees more fastballs cause of who’s on deck” argument just isn’t true as I think most pitchers attack every hitters weakness regardless of the On deck circle….. Some friends disagree, so I need you to settle the score!!

Thanks Phil- Good Luck this year.

25 02 2008
cbon9

Assume that you are pitching a night game, how do you prepare to take the mount from the moment you wake up in the morning? What are some of your routines and superstitions? How do you handle a possible “break” in this routine?

25 02 2008
doraemon25

Hey Phil,
which version of The Office do you like better, the incredibly funny original UK version or the not as funny US version?

If you haven’t seen the UK version yet, what are you waiting for? Run man, run!

Brian

25 02 2008
mrbill187

Has the Yankees organization discouraged you from throwing your slider? Have you shelved that pitch for fear of injury or do you ever plan on reintroducing it into your repertoire?

25 02 2008
nyyankees6265

Hi Phil,

I read an article were Jose Molina said you have more pop in your pitches. Do you feel that working out in the winter really helped get your legs back to where they were before the hamstring injury and do you think the new found trust in your legs and your velocity will make you a more dominate pitcher this season?

Thanks – can’t wait to see what you bring to the mound this season!

25 02 2008
tpetter

Hey Phil,

I’m a big Twins fan and was really hoping you would have come to Minneapolis in a deal for Johan. Unfortunately for the Twins that didn’t pan out. Would you have been dissappointed if the rumored deal had gone through?

25 02 2008
jpmatrixfan88

Phil, with all of this new young talent emerging (Cano, Wang, Melky, yourself, Shelley, Joba, Kennedy, etc), which Yankees farmhand do you think will make the biggest impact in 2008 that we haven’t seen yet?

25 02 2008
adriaann

What is your favorite part about Spring Training?

25 02 2008
ilovephil

Phil, do you know how hot you are?

25 02 2008
jnak

hey phil,
your from california do you miss being in california.
And now that you have been to a nascar racer are you a fan now.
and i Was wondering if you play my High school team in califorina the school Pennisula high school in the south bay. And i was wondering what is favitore dog breed.

25 02 2008
yankeelor

Hi, Phil!
Like you, I’m waiting for the new episodes of The Office. So, who’s your favorite character and/or episode from the show?

25 02 2008
yankeepankee

Where is your favorite place you’ve vacationed and why?

And someone above asked about Phil’s sibs – he showed pics of his 2 sisters at Xmas time.

25 02 2008
watersportgurl11

Ok phil I have a couple of random questions for you. First if you had to come up with a catchy phrase for your self what would it be ( for example Jorge has hip hip Jorge and Melky has the melk man or got melky)? Secondly what is your favortie movie ( I know really random but not everything has to be about baseball)? And lastly what is your favortie sport besides baseball and who is your favorite player in that sport?
I would love to hear you answers phil!!🙂❤ Sarah

25 02 2008
yankeefanjj

Phil,

I’m not sure if this has been asked yet.
I am curious as to your thoughts on some of the lower talent in the Yankees system. What pitchers do you see being good for the team in the coming years? We all know about the big 3, but what other guys do you think have the ability to make the yanks have a big 4 or 5?

thanks again for being good to the fans

25 02 2008
joeymobboss

Hey Phil,

What’s the best or most surprising “perk” that comes with being a major league baseball player? Do you frequently get complimentary dinners in NYC and/or other nice gifts? Thanks for being so generous with us fans!

25 02 2008
philrules34

Hi Mr. Hughes

I was wondering why you decided to change your number to 34.

25 02 2008
nyyankfanken

Hi Phil,

Where would you like to see your career 5 years from now? Yankee Pinstripes, World Series Champion? Thank you for being here for the fans.

Ken

25 02 2008
vilmafan15

Hey Phil I was wondering if you were not playing baseball what would you be doing?

25 02 2008
shoegirl18

I live in daytona beach and I’m going to a spring training game at legend field ..I was just wondering were the best place would be to get an autograph?? where to stand??
P.S.~are you single??

25 02 2008
klite285

Hey Phil, thanks for taking the time. I thought of this question the other day when in a sports store and saw them selling your autograph…

How does it feel being a big league pitcher? Going into stores and seeing a picture of you which you signed being sold for a crazy amount of money. Do you think its strange that people would spend this money, I mean you were a fan growing up, now people are fans of you.

Thank again for your time!

25 02 2008
joelefko

hey phil, which would you rather have for breakfast: A Taylor ham egg and cheese sandwich, or chocolate chip pancakes?

25 02 2008
brettm25

Phil, can you describe your workout details in order to let us know what areas you targeted to improve this year versus last year?

-Brett

25 02 2008
yankeesrule2413

Who is/was your favorite athlete outside of baseball?

25 02 2008
Ron Davis

Who is the 1 person not in the Hall of Fame that you think should be?

25 02 2008
yankees2134

Seeing how you play video games..whats your favortie one and do you like too play baseball video games?

25 02 2008
gruli15

Phil,

Can you talk a little bit about the Yankees Red Sox rivalry? You have yet to face the Red Sox at the major league level. Do you feel there will be any added pressure to perform at a very high level against them?

Greg (a Yankee fan in Boston, MA)

25 02 2008
eclclieg

Hey Phil,

Just wondering, is there any teammate of yours at Spring Training that is on the bubble as far as making the team, that you personally are pulling for?

25 02 2008
condobil2

Hi Phil
I was at Legends field (GMS)…yesterday watching you all work out & get ready
for a new season. I love it since I moved here 3yrs ago……But as I watched I saw A Rod behind home plate near the stands talking with a woman & her daughter for nearly 15 mins…he was having a blast..WHO WAS SHE…Never seen a player inact with a spectator before………no less A Rod

25 02 2008
thunderfangabe

Hey Phil!

What was your favorite part of your season in Trenton?

Gabe

25 02 2008
skba91

Phil,

What’s the best workout for a high school pitcher?

-Skylar

25 02 2008
zib9

can you share with us the workout you do with pettitte?
thanks
alex

25 02 2008
gehrig818

Can you share a funny story or comment from a manager or pitching coach during a mound visit? As fans we always wonder whats being talked about on the mound. Thanks!

– Scott

25 02 2008
jyelvington98

What are the some of the things you say to yourself while you are on the mound to maybe keep your focus or adjust your mechanicss?

25 02 2008
jessicayanks

so many questios already! my question is. if you werent playing baseball. what would you be doing right now? going to college? graduated and maybe working, do something else? besides baseball what was another career choice for you?
& thanks for another q&a!

25 02 2008
bigbronxballs77

Hey Phil–

What do you think is the component, be it tangible or intangible, that is crucial to a championship-caliber team? Is it a strict, regimented clubhouse, a chill clubhouse, team chemistry, good pitching, etc?

And, considering this team has had some of the same characters for a few years now (Moose, Giambi, Pettitte, Jeter, Mo, PLUS you ‘new’ guys, etc), do you think this team has what you answered the above question?

25 02 2008
yanksgal07

Candobil2

From all the articles I read …I believe that was Alex’s wife Cynthia and his daughter Natasha. If the woman was pregnant it definitely was them.

Question for Phil…the old favorite …Where do you see yourself 10 years from now ??? (I’m hoping at least a 3 time Cy Young winner and at least 5 Yankee Championships under your belt …lol)

Go Yankees 2008 !!!!

25 02 2008
bigbronxballs77

Hey Phil… I guess I didn’t pay attention to the directions on Pete’s blog. My name is Big Bronx Balls77, but the handle my loving mother gave me is Shamus…

P-Abe said to include name and town, so :

Shamus
Hope, Maine
(The Redneck Backyard of Red Sox Nation)

25 02 2008
jakstra

What was your earliest baseball memory?

Was there any profound moments in your youth that really drove your passion for the game?

Thanks for such a cool blog!

Jay

25 02 2008
betsypaige

Hi Phil

When did you first know you had the right stuff to become a major leaguer?

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!

25 02 2008
kristi1981

If you could trade places with any professional athlete in another sport, who would it be and why?

25 02 2008
jakethesnizake

Phil,

I am getting married this October and was wondering whether or not you’d like to join us for my bachelor party in South Lake Tahoe in mid-August.

You up for it?

Sincerely,

Jake

25 02 2008
39poolshark

Phil, being as young as you are in one of the toughest teams to make it on in MLB, what was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it?

25 02 2008
mookyanks

Phil, what was your favorite part about Scranton during your time in AAA? I’m from Clarks Summit, live in New York now, but still go back home to see the AAA Yanks play. Just wanted to hear how you enjoyed your time in the area

25 02 2008
brianna24

How is the East coast compared to the West coast? Do you feel like a New Yorker yet?!

25 02 2008
chocolateaddict706

What is one largely unknown fact about yourself that people are generally surprised to hear when they find out?

25 02 2008
dan12

If baseball ceased to exist, what would you be doing right now? Or what would you be studying/preparing to do?

25 02 2008
scottishgigolo

Arguably the hype over you reached new heights last season when Jason Giambi compared you to a young Rodger Clemens. Since then you recorded an almost no-hitter and your impressive post season performance have only raised the expectations of fans across the country. How do you maintain your composure knowing that thousands of fans view you as the “next big thing” and what’s it like knowing that despite your own remarkable achievements there are two other pitchers as young as you who have their own laundry list of accomplishments that have earned you three the nick-name “The Big Three”?

Thanks Phil, good luck this year.
Rich in Ct

25 02 2008
allstarkitty2112

Phil,
With the Easter Holiday coming up, what is your favorite Easter memory?

25 02 2008
ywjames

Hey phil, What are the relationships between you and the other pitchers? Do you all hang out a lot? Wang seems to be so quiet. Do you talk to him and joke with him?

thanks for answering the questions phil, REALLY REALLY appreciate this!!

Yankee fan for life.

25 02 2008
ch7885

Hi ~~Phil~~

Asked what you do have to the oneself first complete big alliance ball season to anticipate,

three inspires perhaps the victory throws,

the defense rate king?

Thanks~~~

Comes from Taiwan’s fan 小琪

25 02 2008
blackjaws19

phil,

thanks for the great blog!

here is my question: what is the best advise you’ve ever received?

thank you!

go yankees!!!!

25 02 2008
flashing007

Boxers or Briefs?

25 02 2008
megenthal

Do you realistically think you’ll be a major league ace?

25 02 2008
love2cheer30

sorry if someone already asked this, I tried to skim through the other comments to see if it was asked already…What’s it like standing on the mound to pitch with the entire yankee stadium crowd cheering for you? Do you try to tune it out or do you use the fans as motivation?

25 02 2008
mrbassman9090

Hi Phil, love the blog, it’s nice to hear how a young player such as yourself is adapting to the major leagues.

Question: what were your favorite sports team growing up? Did you stay loyal to SoCal teams, or did you stray into other territory?

25 02 2008
yankeechick78

There is an article in the nyt about Phil’s blog.
giambino0522 You are famous! You were mentioned for winning one of Phil’s contests.

25 02 2008
kent72

Great blog Phil!

I’ll be going to my first game at Yankee Stadium this summer on my daughter’s 8th birthday. Any ideas on some things I could arrange to make the game more memorable for her? If you’re pitching, a no-hitter would be fine. Just kidding.

Thanks for spending so much time with this blog.

25 02 2008
yankeechick78

What is your typical day like when you pitch?

25 02 2008
larry528

When and what was said the first time you met George Steinbrenner?

25 02 2008
lovethozyanks

What do you miss the most before becoming a well known figure at the major league level? For instance, fastfood, concerts, girlfriends? I could imagine its hard to travel anywhere!!

Thanks Phil. love ya!!!!!

25 02 2008
yanks34

Hey Phil!
Besides Ian and Joba is there anyone else you are especially close to? What do you guys do to pass the time in the clubhouse?

25 02 2008
bobby622

do you plan on getting any more tattoos in the near future?

25 02 2008
johnnymac11

hey phil,
I was wondering what your “hey i am a mlb player//yankees moment” like somebody recongizing you and have you gotten use to it yet?
thanks
johnny mac

25 02 2008
mezzd98nyy

Phil,

What pitcher did you idolize when you were growing up?

25 02 2008
kabbabex29

heya phil,

i know that most guys have a routine before a game to pump them up, whether it be listening to a song, or doing some sort of exercise. what’s your “pre-game ritual” ?

later,
amanda.

25 02 2008
hughes34

i got the best question. do you really read all these comments, or just look at a few in pick the easiest ones to answer!ha. but my real question is do you think you would of thrown a no hitter last May if you hadn’t been injured?

25 02 2008
arod2008

hey Phil,

Its got to be a crazy experience for you that so many Yankee fans like myself fully expect you to be a great pitcher. My question is..considering this is your first full season in the majors what would you say would be realistic expectations for yourself in 2008?

25 02 2008
slader4881

Phil,

In your eyes what would be considered a successful season for you personally?

25 02 2008
bogsbogs

Ok Phil…if you were stranded on a desert Island and could only have 3 CD’s which would they be…and oh yeah…if you had to be stranded with only one person who would that be?

25 02 2008
jzeidenb

Its the 7th inning stretch of a non-throwing game and you are the hungriest you’ve ever been in your life. You look to the left and there is Joba’s hotdog sitting there all nice and juicy while he’s out on the mound doing warmups. You look to the right, theres Carl Pavano’s Cheeseburger.

Do you:

A) Eat Joba’s Hotdog
B) Eat Carl’s Cheeseburger
C) Make the clubhouse get your favorite in game food which is….

25 02 2008
billc8

Phil, do you still trade cards? If so, any way I can contact you about swinging a deal?

25 02 2008
will9989

Mr. Hughes,

Why is it that MLB players rarely talk publicly about politics? With a few notable exceptions (Curt Schilling comes to mind), players rarely let on about their political leanings. Other celebs do it all the time.

25 02 2008
jgallant99

Since you are a East coast and West coast kind of guy, there’s only one question that I can think of

Letterman or Leno?

25 02 2008
hardwired

blonde or brunette? btw, often over-looked gem: Ninja Gaiden Black. check it out.

25 02 2008
jt15118

Thank You
As a dad, i applaud your website [although i now have the entire 1959 Dodgers Topps bb card collection, grrrr]. Yeah, i have cards [and kids] older than you. I saw a Yankee stadium game for my first time 2 yrs ago, when visiting my daughter in NYC. [We also saw a Brooklyn Cyclones minor league game; in Coney Island – nice place; worth checking out].

Here’s the q: when you are my age [60], what do you want as your best memory?

thx
-jt

jtillett@mindspring.com

25 02 2008
pressjem78

Hi Phil,

This is the one of the more creative blogs around. Thanks for letting the fans into your word just a bit.

Have you ever thrown inside intentionally to protect your teammates? Inferior teams like to go up and in to Jeter and A-Rod and a during the season and the pitchers need to respond back to let them know that you don’t mess with the franchise players on the squad. Just curious about a pitcher’s perspective on this.

25 02 2008
russw210

Hey Phil, new to the blog. Good luck this season.

My question: What is the most influential piece of advice Andy Pettitte has given you thus far, whether it be a lesson passed down that he picked up from another ballplayer or something he has learned through years of growing up in the NY limelight?

25 02 2008
emobassfoo

I know you like Halo and those “types of games”, but have you ever played The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion? It may be single player, but it’s loads of fun.

25 02 2008
jfersh

Hey Phil,

During a game last year on ESPN, one of the commentators was noting that Big Papi will go into the dugout between at bats to watch film. This seems like a great way for batters to analyze their swings, see what approach a pitcher has been taking against them, and to understand what’s working and what isn’t. On the same note, how do you think technology will impact the way pitchers make in-game adjustments in the coming years? Will using this technology become part of the job description of the pitching coach? Are pitcher like yourself already making use of new such technologies?

Thanks for your insider insight!

JF

25 02 2008
dustin563

It’s a 162 game season. How do players “get up” for each game? Starting once every 5 days probably makes it easier, but what do you and your teammates do?

25 02 2008
briancromer

What are your personal goals (not team goals) for the upcoming 2008 season?

25 02 2008
mantlemurcer

Nice article by Tyler Kepner in the Times and even a mention for giambino….forget the rest of your username, for winning the baseball!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/26/sports/baseball/26yanks.html?_r=1&ex=1361682000&en=7f779f9a7005f621&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

25 02 2008
wb2447

When you have a better season then Johan Santana, will you say “Johan Who?” Have a good season and bring home our next Championship so I can rub it in the face of Mets Fans Everywhere!

25 02 2008
TherapeuticRamblings

Who are the best and worst golfers on the pitching staff?

(Although I am a die hard NY Met fan, I can appreciate talent, and I hope you continue to do well with the Yanks.)

25 02 2008
cbeck3

Phil, your season was really set back by the leg injury last year. Then you came back and looked great at the end. Still many of us felt you may have more to show us.

How did you feel coming back off the injury? How close to full strength and full command were you at the end of the season last year?

25 02 2008
bobbykid

Hi Phil,
We all saw the practical joke the Phillies played on Kyle Kendrick. Just wondering what was the best practical joke either played on you, or on one of your teammates.

25 02 2008
abbyroadme

Hi Phil!

Is there any kinds of routine you go through before a game?

25 02 2008
flmd

1) What was your families and your reaction to being drafted by the Yankees? I ask this since I have read that you grew up a Red Sox fan and went to games when you visited your grandparents.

25 02 2008
buffnyyanksfan

Phil,

You look like you’d be the quiet deviant of the foursome (joba, kennedy, duncan & you) with all the fun you guys seam to have while you are together let us in on a CLASSIC prank you’ve pulled off. (Assuming my depiction is accurate)

25 02 2008
34and62

Phil,

I hear you started pitching as a sophmore in HS. What made you finally start to want to pitch at that age?

– Tyler

25 02 2008
pete59

Do you enjoy being a Yankee? Can you see yourself in any other uniform? In your opinion, what are the benefits of being a Yankee?

Thanks Phil.

25 02 2008
pete59

Oh sorry, i forgot to add this.

Are you a Nintendo Wii fan? Does anyone on the Yankees play Wii?
Thanks again.

25 02 2008
aquamanperu

( i didnt chek all the post , sorry if some already posted )

My question:

If you have to take 1 guy on the Team for a date who will it be and why?

Stay Healthy Franchise!!!

25 02 2008
andersenrw

Was there a particular Yankee you were particularly excited to meet upon coming up in the bigs last year? Which player’s personality contrasted most with what you expected?

25 02 2008
brams73

City or suburbs, and why?

26 02 2008
bxbomber44

ALCS 8th Inning Yankees up 3-1…Bases Loaded, Full Count to David Ortiz. What you going to throw and where? Oh and it’s in Yankee Stadium and this could be the last pitch you throw in the ‘old’ Stadium!

26 02 2008
dhnisky

What’s the emotional time of year and part of a game? The beginning of a season when everything is fresh and you want to get off to a good start or the end when you are in a race and the body is tired? At the start of a game when the adrenaline is flowing or toward then end when you want to make it through another inning? What are the emotions?

26 02 2008
triplew24

Many Yankee fans have been familiar with you for the past few years as you have made your way through the system. With this has come many deeming you the future of the Yankees. Do you feel any pressure to live up to that expectation?

26 02 2008
james5348

i got a question for you phil.its going to be non baseball related.

whats the most embarassing thing that has ever happened to you? that you feel like sharing,lol

26 02 2008
babyfishmouth

since you are such a fan of the office, were you for ‘team pam’ or ‘team karen’? [i had a whole question going here about the writers’ strike and your own union membership, but decided to scrap it. i’ll save it for the next one.]

26 02 2008
flashing007

I know I already asked one, but this one has to go up. So we all know how excited Shelley Duncan gets during the games. Are any of you guys afraid Slam is ever going to cause harm and how to you attempt to contain him (because as Stuart Scott says you can’t control him)?

Stay classy Phil, we’re all rooting for you.

26 02 2008
d0ntblnk

What is your favorite food Phil? And what about the up comming season are you most looking forward to?

26 02 2008
yanksrule191

Hey Phil,
I am not sure if somebody already asked this but I was wondering, what is your workout regimen? I am sure if you got some tips from Andy Pettitte it must be grueling because Andy works his rear end off! =]

PS: thanks for taking the time to do this…i am sure you must be busy with Spring Training and everything..I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that we greatly appreciate this!

26 02 2008
timecity

Hello Phil

I grew up in a non-baseball playing country and know very little of the game itself. However – in no small part due to the pervasiveness of American culture globally – the Yankees are still a familiar entity to me.

Staying and studying in NYC however, has introduced me to American sports and I find myself very intrigued. How then, would you try to convert a newcomer to the game?

I happen to be a soccer fan, by the way.

(On a non-related note, it’s great you’re communicating to your fans this way. It’s definitely appreciated ^^)

26 02 2008
10dwlove

Hey Phil! What is more important to you, the lyrical content of a song or the music (i.e. rhythm)?

-Carmen

26 02 2008
jimt711

What would you be doing (plan B) if baseball didn’t work out? Good luck this year.

26 02 2008
erniecat

Phil, what went through your mind when you heard the Mets had traded for Santana, and you would be sticking with the Yankees? Does the fact that the Yanks elected to keep you rather than make the trade make you feel like there is more pressure on you? Do you feel you must prove yourself with a solid outing every time out, or else people will think the Yanks made a mistake by not pulling the trigger on the deal?

For the record, I was thrilled we did not make the trade. I love that we’re building around you and the other young arms.

26 02 2008
thecaptain15

I am an avid card collector and enjoy your “preview” posts on cards you are autographing. My question is did you collect cards either when younger or now that you are in the majors? If so, what type of stuff do you collect?

Thanks again Phil for the access to you, this is an amazing thing.

http://www.madein1903.com/forum

26 02 2008
sslater88

many baseball players have certain aspect of the game that they love, which aspects of the game do you love the most? Is there any reason behind this love?

Stan

26 02 2008
gilteitelbaum

Baseball players are frequently on the road and have a lot of free time on their hands when they travel. What kind of tech “toys” do you and the other Yankees bring with them on the road (ipods, media players, laptops, psp) ?

26 02 2008
rikers

Does Vinny the clubby keep your uniform nice and clean

26 02 2008
nycyank

I’m a lifelong Yankee fan and New Yorker. I’m curious. How much time have you spent exploring NYC both during the day and at night and what are the best places you’ve hit so far?

26 02 2008
slidejoeslide

Phil,

Where’s your favorite fishing spot?

Slide, Joe! Slide!

26 02 2008
upstateyankeefan

I was wondering if you ever played with or against any other ballplayers who play professionally now, before you were drafted?

26 02 2008
fightingyankees

As a international Yankees fan, I enjoy learning different things from people from different countries. I have two questions…Sorry… I couldn’t choose one… Please choose one of them to answer if I have that honor to be choosen

1. Is it very hard for baseball players to talk to people without talking baseball? I mean, in your case, Do you like to talk to your friends about baseball? Do you like your friends talking baseball with you?

2. Why you want to become a baseball player? I mean… In Taiwan, Parents don’t want their children to become athletes…Do you have that problem from your parents? How do they think?

26 02 2008
mattdunn101

Hi Phil,

I’m curious about the political demographics of the Yankees. Anyone talk about Obama? McCain? I get the distinct impression that most wealthy players listen to country music and vote Republican? Am I right? What about management? Democrat, Republican or Indie? You blog and like “The Office” so there’s hope for you even if you don’t vote for Obama.

Best,
Matt Dunn
Washington, DC.

26 02 2008
jasondk

Are you an XM or Sirius guy? I hope you’re a Howard fan!

26 02 2008
rdj3

Phil,
What is it like for you being up on that mound in front of 50,000 people watching you pitch?

26 02 2008
thebum78

Who should I draft in my fantasy baseball league you or joba?

Just Kidding🙂

It is obvious you enjoy music from some of your post on this blog. Do you play an instrument yourself?

26 02 2008
jneuer19

Phil-

Great idea with the blog. Thanks for making yourself so accessible. Here’s my question. Which major league hitter are you most looking forward to facing…and which hitter are you least looking forward to facing in the upcoming season?

Thank you.
Jeremy Neuer

26 02 2008
garyg123

Does the Giant’s amazing Super Bowl win teach you anything about going deeper into the playoffs?

26 02 2008
ericspag

What’s your favorite late-night guilty snack?

26 02 2008
lstshp

Going to be in Tampa, watching spring training the week of March10-14.Any fan meet and greet?

Great Blog.

Rob
Ontario,Canada

26 02 2008
chaossolver

How does your leg feel? You are working out with Andy, so do you feel more prepared now for the season?

hey phil,
1st time on your blog. thanks for all the work

26 02 2008
pinkrocks688

Phil,
Is pitching the one thing that you have wanted to do since you were a kid?

26 02 2008
yankeepilot1285

Hey Phil!
I just read the article about what you’re on the Times’ online page, as soon as I finished the article I clicked right over. This is a great thing you’re doing, I hope you keep it up. Good luck this season everyone is pulling for you guys!
James

26 02 2008
crazyguysaysblah

Hey Phil- If you play the Mets in Shea, against Johan Santana, do you think you could hit a home run off of him? Good luck in 2008, and go kill the Sox, Mets and everyone else!

26 02 2008
yankeefaninorlando

Phil,

1. Who are the hitters that you dread facing in 08? Are there any hitters out there that you just can’t shake them off as “just another out” – that their persona is so big you can’t help think “man, i’m up against [so and so]”?

2. I have a 7 year old son in little league – he has mediocre talent and he runs like a girl. With hard work and determination, is there any hope for him to make the bigs – or if he’s not a natural at this point, should I prepare him for a life in a cubicle?

26 02 2008
lewsil

You’re in the midst of a losing streak. Pressure is mounting. To try to change your luck Coach Joe suggests that you carry six objects with you to the mound to try to change your luck. What would they be? (Sorry, nothing that MLB would consider against the rules).

26 02 2008
amallet27

Phil,
I’m glad to see all your hard work has made you a Yankee, I imagine there’s nothing better, you must’ve had some pretty good karma. I’ve been working my tail off in this cubicle and I still work in this cubicle; although I have to admit it’s pretty big like the AAA of cubicles in your terms and as a 24 yr old i’m still holding on to the hope that i’ll slip on a softball and get fixed up like in Rookie of the Year.

Anyways, my favorite part of my baseball playing days was definitely the ridiculousness of the dugout chatter, who’s the wittiest player on the team and any funny stories to exemplify his hilarity (i’m hoping the good vocabulary will make this question stick out).

Good luck this year, we’re all pulling for you.

26 02 2008
justinvarnes

Phil,

What is the one thing you think most the scouting reports seem to miss or at least misinterpret about your abilities?

26 02 2008
jyates129

Phil,

As a fan and pitching enthusiast, I always wonder what pitchers are tinkering with improving/adding to their respective repertoires. Is there a pitch that you have been working on this off-season to mix in with your Spike-Curve, Change and 4-Seamer? Thanks for being so accessible and good luck this season!

26 02 2008
misc1500

I for one think Joba should stay in the bullpen. He has the ability (stuff and mentality) to be one of the great set-up men (think mariano and wetteland) before he can transition to be one of the more dominant closers in all of baseball (with all due respect to Mariano – and there is a lot of respect there – he can’t pitch at his caliber forever).
What do you think? and have you discussed it with him?

26 02 2008
vtskibum

Which gave you bigger goose bumps: being drafted by the Yanks? Being called up to NY? Stepping out on the turf @ Yankee Stadium for your first outing?

26 02 2008
marco6915

Phil,

Regarding pitch selection, in an important situation in a close game do you tend to pitch to the batters weakness or your strength? Are these the situations when you might tend to shake off Posada/Molina?

26 02 2008
gregster87

As much as I love talking baseball….

If you could see any musician/band, alive or dead, who would it be? Extra points with me if your answer in any way includes rage against the machine.

26 02 2008
eh270

what are some of your favorite parts of nyc?

26 02 2008
bryceinbostonnyy23

How do you go about developing a new pitch? How long will you toy with it in the pen before you are comfortable enough to start mixing it in against live batters?

26 02 2008
dirtierwater

Phil, is it true you began questioning your masculinity last year because of a mancrush you have with Papi?

26 02 2008
arkeytec

Phil,

There are alot of posts to read through (so for this I don’t envy you – LOL) so forgive me if someone already asked this question.

How hard (or easy) of a decision was it to enter the draft and then pass up the opportunity to attend college once you were selected by the Yankees?

Thanks!

Frank

26 02 2008
wilsonw

Phil, though you are a newcomer to the Yankee organization, what do you feel is the mood in the clubhouse about leaving the original Yankee Stadium for the new ballpark? I saw my first major league baseball game with my Grandfather in 1962(I was 5 years old) at Yankee Stadium and have been a Yankee fan ever since. Thank you for your time and consideration given to all the Yankee fans!
Wilson

26 02 2008
yankeefaninorlando

If you could have dinner with 3 people – alive or dead – who would they be?

26 02 2008
ilmomof4

Hi Phil,
I was born in NY and now live in Central Illinois (Cub, Card, White Sox territory ;-*) I have remained a Yankee Fan throughout my life (pictures of Jeter and ARod on my walls here at work). I’m also a big fantasy baseball player.

My fantasy team didn’t do too well last year, so I have the #4 pick in our draft. My three keepers or Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and JJ Putz (I let Rivera and Damon go back in the draft this year). I would really like to have some Yankees on my team.

Can you tell me why I should pick you as my first round draft pick? How can you help my team? Thanks.

Lauren

26 02 2008
clovesnyy

Hi Phil,

Very important question: Who do you think would win in a fight between a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco?

Courtney

26 02 2008
howboutdemyanks

Phil,
I was wondering where you like to go out in the city when you get a night off and who you go out with? Gimme a call next time. Good luck this season I’ll be cheering for ya.

Chad

26 02 2008
tclarkin

Phil, I was just wondering how will I be able to get a ticket to the All-Star game so I can see you throw the first pitch? I was there to see your first ever pitch against Toronto last year, I looked for you everywhere to sign my ticket but I just missed you. Any info on this ticket would be greatly appreciated by your #1 fan… Go Get ’em this yr big guy!!!
p.s i thought you only like numbers that end in 0 or 5 – why did you choose 34 this year?

26 02 2008
norcross77

Phil, are you a golfer? I know a lot of pitchers like to hit the links on their days off, just wondering if you have picked up the game yet.

26 02 2008
sportscrank

Your name was in the papers all winter in connection with the possible Johan Santana trade. What is it like to have your professional future completely up in the air, while the whole world watches with you? I can imagine it might be a bit disconcerting after a while…

Sports Crank Blog

26 02 2008
johnnyyank

Phil,

Last year you had the opportunity of working with Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite. How do you plan on keeping up with the intense physical conditioning that is required of pitchers today? Do you have a workout partner and what is your approach? We were watching your no hitter last year and felt the pain of your hamstring pull through our TV set!! We are looking forward to seeing you return to where you were prior to your injury!!

Johnny yank

26 02 2008
daferm77

What’s your Xbox live username? Or Joba’s username?

26 02 2008
philfranchise84

Everyone was in a rush to dub you “mini-Rocket”, but which pitcher (past or present) are you most proud to be compared with?

Keep up the great work on this blog.

26 02 2008
07rclare

Phil, who is better you or Joba.

26 02 2008
dtisch30

Mr. Hughes,
I am curious what your “welcome to the show” moment was last year? Also, what kind of impact has Mr. Mussina had on you, Mr. Kennedy, or Mr. Chamberlain? As a veteran who has had to change his style over the years, i would imagine he and you talk alot about pitching and patterns for opposing hitters.
Thank you so much for your time.
Have a great season, we will all be rooting for you.

26 02 2008
jeff144man

Phil:
What is your most embarrassing moment?

26 02 2008
davidastoria

Whats been the most fun thing about playing in New York?

26 02 2008
polskayankee

Phil, do you enjoy a nice cold beer? If so, what kind?

26 02 2008
mjmahon623

As a 23 year old, just out of college and trying to make it in the real world, I stay motivated to work hard because I know I couldn’t live on my current salary for my entire life. Like most people, I would like to become rich and successful. But at 21, you’re already rich and successful, so how are you able to stay motivated? Is it something you even think about, or are you just 100% focused on being competitive in baseball?

26 02 2008
jzzskins

Phil

Do you own a “Joba Rules” t-shirt? And in your opinion does he truly Rule?

BJ
Sec 39

26 02 2008
castletownbere

Did you feel anything unusual when you came into the game last October against the Indians to replace Roger Clemens? It seemed poetic to me and I felt like I was watching something historic, at least as a Yankee fan. Do you remember anything about that moment and did you feel anything like that at the time?

26 02 2008
vernaschizz

Do you enjoy living in New York? Have you done all of the touristy things and what’s your favorite neighborhood?

26 02 2008
samiamsports

Phil,
I know I’m putting you in a tough spot by asking you this question but I would love for you to be honest with me and give me your thoughts on this topic.
In your opinion, would the New York Yankee organization have been a better team if you were involved in a trade for Johan Santana? Did the Yankees do the right move by not trading you? I know that you will be better off here, But was it the right move for the Yankee organization?

26 02 2008
yankeechick77

Hi Phil,

What kinds of things does Jorge say to you when he trots out to the mound for a visit?

Do you guys fly on commercial flights when you travel for games, or do you fly on a private plane?

I think it’s great that you keep up this blog!!🙂 Kick ass this season!

26 02 2008
andy46

Does the fact that your name was mentioned in the Santana trade rumors over the winter put more pressure on you or make you feel more confident since the Yankees did not want to part with you?

Good luck this season!

Andy

26 02 2008
tjrandall

Who swims faster – Aquaman or Superman?

26 02 2008
h8boston

You seem to be a bit of a metal head. Who’s your favorite band? Have you ever checked out local boys, for me, Slipknot or Stone Sour?
Here’s to kicking ass in ’08!

-Kenny

26 02 2008
dcbover

Every kid who plays baseball wants to grow up to be a Major League Baseball player. At what age did you realize this was not a dream, but that baseball was going to be your profession.

If it had not worked out, what profession would you see yourself in at the ripe old age of 22?

Glad the Yankees kept the young staff in tact. Keep moving along…you guys will be as successful as Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine. Enjoy FLA!

26 02 2008
waldenmaroon

Since your time in New York have you been able to get as good a burrito as you would in So Cal? If so where and chicken or beef?

-Matt

Floral Park, New York

26 02 2008
pistol27pete

Hey Phil,

I was wondering what kinds of preparation you do in terms of film, scouting reports and tendencies of the hitters you will face. Do you run through sequences and visualize what might get the hitter out on the mound right before the at-bat?

I am a senior on the NYU Baseball team and I was at your first major league start high up in left field. I love your attitude and determination and can’t wait to see how it pays off for you and the Yankees this year!

26 02 2008
nysportsfandotorg

It has been reported that you lost some weight in the offseason, was that do to a change in your workout program or a change in diet? And how will your workouts and eating habits change during the season?

Thanks for the Q&A.

26 02 2008
brook07

Phil,

They say if you can make it there you can make it anywhere! That being said. How do you think you will handle the scrutiny of the media? They can be a tough bunch! Sorry Peter… If you have a bad outing and you see your name on the back page of the tabloids how do you think it will effect you? I know that is difficult question to answer but I was wondering due to the fact you are from the west coast and it seems that you have a laid back persona do you need to adjust to New York? I know from just working in Mahattan you need to adjust!

Thank you and Good Luck!

26 02 2008
joeyvegas

Phil-

After being part of the Wizard of Oz costume event, do you have any ideas for this year’s cast of rookies?

-Joe in NJ

26 02 2008
weezerfan

Dear Phil:

If you could play a game anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be the opposing team?

-Jessica, Brooklyn, NY

26 02 2008
duckyboys15

Hi Phil,

Big fan of yours and major fan of the Yankees. Just wondering if you could let me know if the team ever works on the squeeze play. I know Joe Torre wasn’t a big fan of it and Girardi makes use of small ball so do you think you guys might squeeze a run here and there. The Suicide Squeeze is the most interesting play in baseball and it would be nice to see my team use it once in my lifetime.

Really glad you aren’t a Twin.

Joe

26 02 2008
rtb123

hey phil – i really can’t stand the “cotton eyed joe” song and dance between-inning routine during every home game, i feel the yankees need to come up with something new. what are your personal feelings on this, do you think it is played out and they should change it?

i’m a partial season ticket holder and am forced to sit through this about 15 times a year, i imagine it is more painful being a player and witnessing it 80 something times a season.

-RTB

26 02 2008
schteeve

Phil, I’ve decided that if I were a professional baseball player, I would shower and put on cologne before each game. It would sorta be my “thing.” My question is, are there any big leaguers out there who already do this?

Thanks,

Steve

26 02 2008
entersandman42

Phil,
As a long time fan, first let me say this is a great way to connect with your fans. I hope that as your fame and accolades grow, you will remain as down to earth and level headed as you appear.

As for the question…
In watching the ALDS last year, I remember seeing Clemens limping off the field in what I think was the 3rd inning and seeing you trot in (to my joy I might admit). Anyway, can you somehow put into words what that feeling was like to come in, in a must win situation, at Yankee Stadium, 55,000+ fans in the place going crazy, and taking over for one of the most accomplished pitchers of all time? Are there nerves at that point? Can you even hear the crowd or are you so zoned in that everything else is secondary other than you and Jorgie. I think that it is an extremely select few that ever get to experience anything close to that so to be able to hear what that feeling is like woud be fantastic.

Thanks and I can’t wait for the upcoming season. No pressure but in my opinion you are the key to the season!!

Howard

26 02 2008
nyy4life

I’ve noticed that you have signed many autographed baseball cards for card companies. Which are your favorite cards that you have signed?

Thanks…….Bob

26 02 2008
papem2

Phil, since David Cone retired Yankee pitchers have had a difficult time “owning” the inside part of the plate. Year in and year out big hitters like Ortiz, Manny, Vlad, Ordonez, Glaus, etc… have been able to hang over the plate with no fear of a plunking. I’m not advocating a rash of head hunting, but do you think with Gerardi at the helm there will be a concerted effort to pitch inside? Every time I think about Pedro Martinez in 2003 constantly plunking Jeter and Soriano I’m enraged, even more so when I recall Torre refusing to allow his pitchers to retaliate. Please tell me that you and Joba will fearlessly attack both sides of the plate and move Ortiz and his 12-inch thick body armor off the plate.

26 02 2008
Casey Lawrence

What do you like to do during your free time? What interests you other than playing baseball?

26 02 2008
billter101

Have you seen 2 girls 1 cup

26 02 2008
billter101

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26 02 2008
pdriggs2029

Phil,

Have you encouraged any of the other “young guys” on the team to start a blog like yours? If so, are you allowed to share their site addresses too? I think this is a great idea to open up to your fans like this. Of course it probably doesn’t help (or does, depending on how you look at it) that the NYTimes ran an article about your blog so I’m sure you will start to get a ton of even more hits! Can’t wait for the season to start!!
– Phil D.

26 02 2008
rammknight

Phil–

You should block that “billter101” fool. Trust me, his question was disgusting.

Now for a much better question: Is that a leopard print blouse that Kyle Farnsworth wears under his uniform? Cause on TV it looks like silk… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

26 02 2008
zib9

i have some pictures of you in BP throwing with Joba, want me to send the to you?

26 02 2008
amacvey

Who was your favorite model from the newest sports illustrated?

26 02 2008
bretfavre4

Hi Phil,my name is Emiliano,I’m italian “crazy for baseball” guy from Bologna and I apologize for my awful English!
My question is very simple and not so original..
What do you feel when you walk from the bullpen to the mound?
Congratulation for you blog..see you soon and good luck for your next season!

Emiliano

26 02 2008
marcosmokesdaganj

Hi Phil. My name is Marco Finocchiaro. I have been a diehard Yankee fan since I was a kid. I think you have great talent and I wish you great luck in the organization. I hope you’ll be in pinstripes for years to come. My question is concerning your debut in against Toronto in April of last year. How did you feel coming out of the game with your injury while knowing you were well on your way to a no-hitter? Did you feel cheated and demoralized or did it give you more drive to get back out on the mound and finish what you started?

26 02 2008
dudley15288

I have to believe that you and your teammates engage in some competitive non-baseball activities during your down time during Spring Training, and during the season, for that matter. Some possibilities I have in mind: doubles ping-pong, 2v2 Madden ’08, paper football, etc. What is the most popular down-time competitive outlet?

26 02 2008
beearl

Phil,

Here’s to a great season and a great career with the Yankees for you!

Having a personal blog can be a fairly time consuming/obsessive thing. Do you anticipate being able to continue blogging on a regular basis once the daily grind of the season comes about? Any of your teammates consider contributing and/or starting a bog of their own?

26 02 2008
clem21

Very important question. Do you watch LOST and if so, who’s your favorite character?

26 02 2008
bozman26

Phil,

Met you a few months ago at a Steiner signing on Long Island. Thanks for being so great to my family. Good luck this season… Were glad they didnt trade you!!

26 02 2008
leothetiger22

Phil,
How cool was it to hear the bleacher creatures call your name the first time you started at Yankee Stadium?

PS Protect the plate and go in high and tight…..Good luck this year and trust your stuff. My prediction….22 -5

26 02 2008
gr8fandave

how is your hitting?

26 02 2008
belluszyra

Phil

Probably difficult to answer but before you were drafted did you have a preference for which team picked you.

Good luck for a great season

26 02 2008
masanori

How does it feel to be in the middle of Yankee Stadium, with all of its history, in front of a packed house of New York fans?

Good luck this season.

26 02 2008
yanks4ever13

Hey Phil, I just read the article you linked us to on the post “Record Setting Day” and how the author described you as “a Californian living in Tampa”, which gave me my question:
How have the culture shifts, both from the move from CA to FL and from visiting a number of different states while traveling with the Yankees, affected (effected? I never know which) who you are, both as a player and a person?

26 02 2008
lubby44

Dear Phil,

Let me start off my saying that I am huge fan of you and the Yanks. My question involves some slight background info about me.
I can vividly remember, as a child sitting with my father watching Jeter and the team rise to the top, while I was undergoing my cancer treatment. At this time in my life, I also developed my love for music and have been studying voice. From then on, my dream has been to sing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium, and mix my two passions.

My question is: How do I go about this?? What is the process? Who do I speak with? Where do I send a tape? Are you able to help me with this?

Many thanks and good luck this season!

Alexandra, age 18— New Jersey

26 02 2008
nyatheart3

Hi Phil – Good luck reading through all these questions! One question I have is:

What AREN’T you looking forward to as a NY Yankee/high-profile baseball player. For example, are you worried about the fame, how people will treat you, losing your privacy, etc? Just wondered if you (or other up and coming players) every thought about this.

Hope you’re enjoying the warm Tampa weather. March 31st can’t come soon enough!

26 02 2008
ishotthejukebox

If you could face any batter living or dead, who would you want it to be, how would you pitch him, and what do you think the outcome of the at bat would be?

26 02 2008
yanksbabe13

Are you single?

26 02 2008
yanksbabe13

Clearly the most pressing issue: Are you single?

26 02 2008
chrislatt2

Today at school we got talking about you and the Yankees. I asked my third grade students if they could ask you a question, what it would be. After we got through all of the typical questions, (How does it feel to be a Yankee? Is he married? What does it feel like to be on the mound with everyone chanting your name?) A few of the boys asked, “When did you decide you wanted to play Major League Baseball? Were your parent’s and teacher’s supportive? What advice can you give to us?”

Thanks Phil for being so great to your fans!! Hopefully you will be pitching a lot of the Saturday home games!!!

26 02 2008
ollivr

Sorry for the bad English but i’m italian and at school i’m not very good in English…Why you don’t come to Verona and we will go around to pubs or nights??

26 02 2008
rhcp4life

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?

26 02 2008
thephughes

I know at the end of last season you had an opportunity to play with and learn from Roger Clemens. I was wondering if you would tell us what you think about Roger Clemens and his whole situation. Do you think he used steroids or HGH? Or do you think he is clean?

26 02 2008
mhyman

One major factor in pitching success is keeping the batter guessing, i.e., making sure not to tip your pitches. Do you review game tapes, rely on pitching coaches, or use some other mechanism for ensuring only you, your catcher, and middle infielders “know what’s coming”?

26 02 2008
plowmanyankees

Dear Hughes,
What motivates you? Is there that one thing or phrase that you fall back on to keep you going when times get rough?
Thanks Alot,
Joshua
Plowman
Greenville,North Carolina

26 02 2008
loveyankeebaseball65

ok i have a friend and she is my only real true girlfriend(i’m a girl) tht i can hang out with and watch baseball. she loves the yankees alot, just like me, and we go to games and hangout together, ect. anyway i told her about this blog and how cool you are and how you were looking for good questions to post. so we sat down and came up with this:

Do you enjoy talking with us(your fans) on this blog?

p.s good luck chooseing questions!

p.p.s hope your having a good spring training.<33

26 02 2008
nyanks5124

Phil,
Thanks for letting us ask you some questions. Its almost 3pm here in Cali, so that means its almost 6pm on the east coast and that you will soon stop taking questions….so i don’t have a lot of time to think of a great question….but the first thing that came to mind was…..have you ever considered have a Halo game on XBOX live with some of your fans??? Thanks for being such a cool guy.

-Lance
San Diego, CA

26 02 2008
yankeesdaily

Can’t wait to see the questions and answers.

YankeesDaily

26 02 2008
rasb528

Before a game how do u calm yourself down? I pitch at my high school league and i have a sorta calming ritaul before i pitch. do u have anything like that?
Thanks

26 02 2008
zoetemelk

how would you pitch to prince?

26 02 2008
doctordonut

Phil,

Two questions, the first one is fun…..
Do you recommend that I pick you as a starter for my Yahoo MLB fantasy team?

The second not as much….
Have you received any direct or indirect pressure from the Yankees front office regarding content dos and don’t for your blog?

26 02 2008
yanksfan456

Do you know why your mechanics are changing?

26 02 2008
thehugeunit

Do you partake in Fantasy Baseball Leagues?

26 02 2008
Mrs. T.D. Gaines-Crockett

Dear Phil,

Why is it I wonder that baseball isn’t played in cooler months. You boys look like you are about to burn up out there sometimes. It seems like if you started earlier you would be a lot more comfortable.

Thanks for reading my question and God Bless!

26 02 2008
txfight08

Would have asked earlier but was in a study session.

What’s your favorite food?

26 02 2008
yell13

Do you hire massage therapists personally or as a team? I am looking to get involved with sport massages on a team. Any tips?
http://www.selfcenteredllc.com

26 02 2008
njtrouble

Phil,

Do you agree with the special innings and pitch counts for you and Joba?

26 02 2008
justsing1

Greetings Mr. Hughes,
How long until being star struck wears off…and does it?

26 02 2008
stevemarcucilli

Hey Phil what do you think of the Hess theme bobble head that came out for you in the miniors?

27 02 2008
sec468rowe

After Joel Zumaya supposedly hurt his pitching hand (over)playing video games, do you think it’s a legitimate concern to limit how much repetitive motion you or any other pitcher does? I mean some people play games for hours at a stretch….

27 02 2008
tmbrguy

What is your criteria for rating a baseball glove? I am a rep for Kelley Athletic and I also maintain the Hirsch Group site where I post tips, news and <a hreft=”http://www.hirschgroupllc.com/index_files/baseballnewsarticle.htm”.articles on baseball.
Thanks for considering

27 02 2008
825bsar

Now that your one of the “Big Three” it must defenitly help with the chicks. But how do you know if she’s dating you just because you’re one of the Yankees top prospects and will (if not already) rack in some serious dow or because she genuinly likes you?

27 02 2008
flynn34

Hey PEEJ. How about contest #4😀

27 02 2008
arodmariano4213

Whats it like only being 21 and a pro athlete? Must be a crazy lifestyle.

28 02 2008
ssclemsonyankees3387

You turned 21 during the season, and I believe you had already been called up by the Yankees by then. Did anybody on the team take you out on the town?

7 03 2008
woody4213

wb2447, you missed the fact that the mets will again not make the playoffs, with or without Santana.
Phil, do you think there are other teams to worry about besides the redsox, and if you do, can you name them

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