Does Size Matter In Baseball? I Think Not!

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In today’s New York Times, Tyler Kepner muses about CC’s 300-pound frame and brings up other players of “girth.”
To me, one of the great things about baseball is that the players come in all shapes and sizes, which makes them easier to relate to than athletes in football or basketball. The Yankees may be opening the season with a giant on the hill, but then there’s scrappy “little” Brett Gardner in center field and players of every body type in between.
What will happen today in Baltimore? We’ll know in a few hours. I’m hoping my 300-pounder gets it done and then has himself a celebratory dinner.
Oh. Does that mean chicken again for me?
(Sorry for the quick post today, but I’ve got to run. Will do a complete Opening Day recap later!)

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Big, small, drunk, sober, smokers, non-smokers… baseball knows no limit!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

[Hmmph! I’m having a helluva time getting and staying signed in today! Not your fault though.]
I suppose it’s a good thing that your new lucky meal is chicken – relatively healthy. Well, as long as it’s not fried!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I hope the weather doesn’t interfere with you having a chicken dinner tonight, Jane. They’re getting some light rain in Baltimore right now…rain and thundershowers are in the forecast for this afternoon. The sun has come out here in the DC area now, so maybe the same will happen in Baltimore. *crosses fingers*
Shelley
http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

Chicken, Schmicken! (that’s like a Diet Schmerler with sauce…!) Let’s hope you’re on a steady diet of Turkey Burgers (with no grinding of teeth, please), and SOON!!

the sun is out and birds are chirping, at least at the DC metro area, is seems to me the game will be going on!

I’m going to the game on wednesday with some of my colleagues here at the embassy… don’t know where we’re sitting, but I will take pics.

Hey, Jane …

That’s why Baseball is the geatest game even invented — anyone can play no matter what size they are … From Phil Rizzuto’s MVP season in 1950 to CC Sabathia’s Cy Young performance in 2009 [yes, I have high hopes for Mr. CC], as long as a player can compete at the highest levels of the Major Leagues, he will get a chance to prove himself on the field and at-bat !!!
“Go CC”, “Go Tex”, and “Go Yankees” !!!
I look forward to a big win by the Yankees on “Opening Day” !!!
— Take care, Jane; and, enjoy the game !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Hey, Jane …

That’s why Baseball is the geatest game even invented — anyone can play no matter what size they are … From Phil Rizzuto’s MVP season in 1950 to CC Sabathia’s Cy Young performance in 2009 [yes, I have high hopes for Mr. CC], as long as a player can compete at the highest levels of the Major Leagues, he will get a chance to prove himself on the field and at-bat !!!
“Go CC”, “Go Tex”, and “Go Yankees” !!!
I look forward to a big win by the Yankees on “Opening Day” !!!
— Take care, Jane; and, enjoy the game !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Got lucky in Philly last night; rain waited until today! Lost the game, but at least I did not look like a wet poodle when it was over :O) Just posted photos!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

It’s so cool that size doesn’t really matter in baseball. Take Dustin Pedroia for instance…haha.
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Drunk/sober. Maybe I should post about that, Jeff. Mickey Mantle and David Wells come to mind….

I’m having tech problems too, Sue. It’s maddening.

Shelley, the sun came out! Looks cold and windy though. Brrr.

Watching the game right now, Dave, and wondering what’ll be for dinner.

Latinyankeerebel, that’s so cool that you’re going to the game on Wednesday. Let us know where you’re sitting when you find out and hold up a big sign! And yes, take pix.

I’d be enjoying the game a little more if we were ahead, Jimmy. My stomach’s in a knot. Hopefully, we’ll storm back.

Will go look at your pix, Jenn. Sorry your boys lost but glad you were there and the rain held off.

Kaybee, we love them in all their sizes – big, small and everything in between.

I love Opening Day so much and it was great to see the Mets start with a win. Sorry to see CC got a bit battered, but I’m sure he’s going to be one of the best in the AL this year. I think everyone does. When’s your first trip to see the new ballpark in all it’s glory?Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

Congrats, Ash! It does feel good to get that first win under your belt. CC got battered all right, and now we’re down 8-5 with bases loaded with O’s. I feel sick. Not sure when I’ll be in NY to see the new ballpark, but I’m shooting for next month. Can’t wait.

Gee, NO chicken tonight?? LMAO
At least in YOUR case, the game was close. I can’t say the same, after watching this train wreck today.
Lucky for ME Adam Dunn smacked one into the upper deck in RF that would’ve made Frank Howard proud. (And he was playing LF, too, just like Hondo.) That was the ONLY saving grace today.
Wonder how everybody ELSE’S Opening Day went??
Gary
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Wasn’t Babe Ruth, the greatest Yankee a man of girth too?
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

No chicken tonight, Gary. I’m switching to spaghetti.🙂 Our game was only close for awhile and then the bullpen took care of the rest. Ugh. Oh, do I ever remember Frank Howard. Hondo could smack the ball into the next galaxy.

the chicken solution.. didn’t work😦
well, at least you can have beef or a salad or something, Jane.. we’ll get ’em next time

Today’s game was depressing. Way too much like last year.
Our starter is driven out early. Our bullpen heroically tries to keep us in the game only to finally lose it (a la Marte, epecially last year). We can’t get the big run (I yelled something obscene when Jeter grounded out. Jeter, Jeter, Jeter, lay down a bunt. You had a good hitter coming up behind you, it made sense). This depressed me.
I like Coke, though. He pitched quite well before the homer. Girardi just should have stuck Mo in there and forgetten about it, though.

Good point, Aaron. Ruth was not lean and mean. I wish we’d had his bat today.

Yeah, screw the chicken, Levelboss. But I think I jinxed CC in that NY Times article by using the word “shelled.”

Depressing for sure, Letsgoyankees. But Girardi couldn’t use Mo. Bruney and Marte were just plain bad and they need to get it together.

Jane,
THey were commenting during the game about how there has never been a 300 lb player in the Majors before and how CC may be pushing that. But you’re right… size doesn’t matter. You have Tim Lincecum and CC Sabathia, and both are great pitchers. Can’t wait to hear your re-cap! What went wrong with CC?
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

I love how your posts always have so many pictures! Love it!And I completely agree with you! Stephaniehttp://steponme.mlblogs.com

Not too great today, but neither was Lee. Wouldn’t worry. It takes a few games for the aces to find their form. I think everyone was pressing a little bit–this off-season seemed so much longer than the rest, it was probably just a matter of nerves getting in the way.

Jason
http://jmays.mlblogs.com

Size doesn’t matter in many things, others it sorta kinda does. Take for example the Dodgers Raffy Furcal, all 69 inches of him. And our all star Russie Martin is a towering 5 foot 10 inches. The pitchers cast a shadow over him when they meet on the pitchers mound.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

CC couldn’t locate his fastball, Elizabeth. He just had nothing. But nobody seems too worried. Apparently, he takes a while to get going and is much better in May. I hope he figures it out before that!

Thanks, Stephanie. Glad you stopped by.

You make a good point about the long spring training season, Jason. Even Halladay wasn’t Halladay today, although he got the win.

Raffy is 69 inches, Russ? Did you measure him? LOL.

That stupid Sabthia is a 6’7 And weights 300 pounds And lost yesterday..

http://junior13.mlblogs.com/

I don’t think the problem was his weight, Tyco. I think it was his fast ball.

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