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Yankees future Hall of Famers continue to be compared to dogs

Feb 14, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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The other day Yankees president Randy Levine compared his show dog to Derek Jeter. Today Bob Klapisch compares Mariano Rivera to a greyhound:

There he was, long and lean as a greyhound, delivering one easy toss after another, straight out of a da Vinci ink drawing. There’s perfect and then there’s Mariano Rivera releasing a baseball, the image of which goes a long way toward preserving the Yankees’ mental health.

Setting aside the notion that that sentence ought to be taken out and shot by the Mixed Metaphor squad of the Drama Police, I eagerly await which Yankee will be the next to be compared to a dog.

  1. Stacey - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    “…the image of which goes a long way toward preserving the Yankees’ mental health.”

    Oh, Klap…

  2. deathmonkey41 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Francisco Cervelli is one of those little yippy dogs that bounce when their owners get home.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Would C.C. be a Saint Bernard?

    • cur68 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      CC’s more a Neapolitan Mastiff, I think. ARod’s the St. Bernard. One with hip dysplasia.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        I think CC is more of a Bassett Hound…at least he has the build of one, minus the ears.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        ARod’s more like a Great Dane…gangly, not beefy (also prone to the dysplasia).

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I’d put Jorge Posada in the Basset category.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This is a very fitting comparison the Yankees president is heaping upon his team. The Yanks are like a bunch of high-priced show-dogs, with all bark and no bite. By the end of each season it’s the same story…NY spends truckloads of cash on dogs that aren’t of the performance breed….they’re only for show.

  5. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Given that they haven’t got a prayer of making the playoffs this season – or so I keep hearing – perhaps the Borg ought to just dump all their veterans for carefully selected pedigreeds. If the playoffs are a nonstarter, the Crufts championship is still within reach.

  6. golfrangeman - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    People seem to get on the Yankees about underperforming but having the best record in the AL last year and making the playoffs 18 out of 19 years. I’d call that overperforming.

    • number42is1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      HEY! YOU! enough with your “facts”…. there is a narrative that is expected and we wont have you messing that up.

  7. golfrangeman - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Who’s we?

  8. mybrunoblog - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Tough for reporters to find many good stories. It’s February 14 th for gods sake. Most players won’t report for another week or two and we won’t see a meaningful games for 7 weeks. Now about those greyhounds……..

  9. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Someone sounds like they are actually offended that an athlete is being compared to an athletic animal. This has been going on for centuries. Great athletes have been compared of Dogs, Horses, Large Cats for a long long time, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone actually take offence till now. WOW

    I mean I can understand if someone compares an athlete to a mutt, a sloth as being offensive, but a Greyhound? An athletic sleek animal that can motor chasing after Lucky rubs someone the wrong way? Sad

    • mybrunoblog - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Im thinking that you are missing the point here. Calcaterra post is tongue in cheek. It’s a silly post about a small spring training story. Not much more to it.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        “Yankees future Hall of Famers continue to be compared to dogs” sounds like someone whining about….Yankees future Hall of Famers continue to be compared to dogs

  10. The Dangerous Mabry - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Too bad Olaf Henriksen only played for the Red Sox, because he was a pretty Great Dane.

  11. 4cornersfan - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    In defense of Randy, the greyhound reference was a simile and the Da Vinci remark is a metaphor, if anything.

  12. cackalackyank - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Hey did you hear what the breeders got when they mated a Bull-Dog and a Shih-tzu? The answer is the same as comparing (what should be) two first ballot Hall of Famers to canines.

  13. ctony1216 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I think Joba Chamberlain is more like a bear, a big teddy bear in a Norman Rockwell paining, exuberantly firing fastballs the way a teddy bear might devour salmon swimming upstream if a teddy bear had teeth and could walk.

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