Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mom, if we stayed in the US then maybe I'd be playing for the Yankees and we'd be frigging rich!

Talk about Christmas shopping.

The New York Yankees just signed up 1B Mark Teixeira from the California Angels for $180 million! A week or so ago, they broke the bank and picked up CC Sabathia for $160 million and AJ Burnett for $85 million. And it's not yet Christmas!

As Luke Cage would exclaim, "Sweet Christmas!"

Teixiera gets a $5 million signing bonus. Hey, Mark, all I want is Playstation III. That don't cost much anyway, right? No wonder that guy is smiling!

Despite all that money, their payroll will still fall below $200 million per year now that Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, and Carl Pavano are no longer wearing pinstripes.

And what does their starting line-up look like come spring? This would be the batting order:
LF Johnny Damon
SS Derek Jeter
1B Mark Teixiera
3B Alex Rodriguez
DH Hideki Matsui
RF Xavier Nady
C Jorge Posada
2B Robinson Cano
CF Melky Cabrera

Off the bench, they have utilitymen Nick Swisher and Shelley Duncan. Brian Cashman probably figured that there was no way they could pry Manny Ramirez away from the LA Dodgers so they settled for another big bat to replace Giambi's.

The starting pitching now looks like this: CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettite, Chien-Ming Wang while the bullpen will feature the ageless Mo Rivera, Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Edwar Ramirez.

Of course, spring training is still a long ways to go. So here's hoping they knock off them Red Sox.

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