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The movement toward cloud computing continues to gain traction and wide scale adoption. I'm really getting into this.

OK, on to baseball. Here's a recap of an interview he had with new Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson. The interview is very well done.  I don’t remember seeing Jackson’s name before now, but he’s a good writer.

Jackson peppers Granderson a lot about how life will be different in New York, and I like some of Granderson’s answers…but also have concerns about a few.  I think he understands the magnitude of playing in pinstripes, but I think he underestimates the pressure of the fans, media and blogs.  I don’t think he gets the idea that he will be under a microscope.

In fact, he says at one point that he thinks his life will have to change as a result of being in New York.  “

Now, the one thing that I am afraid of are things that I’m going to have to change in order to stay the same. Things I’m going to have to change because of the question you just asked earlier. You know, just being aware of little things that I do so that nothing can be taken the wrong way. The little things I might have to change in my daily life. Like hanging out at a coffee shop, just having some coffee with a friend versus a friend or friends coming in town and us just going to a bar just to have a cocktail — you know, basic stuff.”

I’m a little torn on how to interpret this.  Is Granderson going to enjoy this “change?”  Will it be better for him?  We have to remember that he was traded to the New York Yankees, he didn’t sign with them as a free agent.  He does not seem upset to be here, but one has to wonder a little bit how much he really is ready for this.  Life will have to change, it always seems to have to for every player who comes from a smaller market team to the Yankees or Red Sox.

I guess only time will tell, but hopefully Granderson’s “changes” are for the good and he is happy about them.  New York will be tough to play in, but it can also be very, very rewarding.

Johnson gets a $5.5 million salary next season, and the deal includes a $5.5 million mutual option with a $250,000 buyout. He can earn $1 million annually in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 400 and 425 plate appearances, $75,000 each for 450 and 475, and $125,000 each for 500 and each additional 25 through 625. The option price would increase to $6 million with 500 plate appearances, $6.5 million with 550 and $7 million with 600. If he has at least 550 plate appearances, the buyout would be $500,000.

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My Two Cents:  I like deals with some incentives in them.  I’m in sales and have worked on commission for a long, long time, so I can appreciate the idea of working harder to make more money.  Sure the money is not “guaranteed” to Johnson, but if he stays healthy he can make up to $1 Million more in 2010, not to mention, more money in a mutual option for 2011.

That being said, I don’t see Johnson in pinstripes beyond 2010.  The Yankees are most likely going to sign Joe Mauer in the 2010 off season, pushing Jorge Posada to DH if he does not retire.

Today the Daily News of NYC announced that shortstop and Yankee Captain Derek Jeter is their New Yorker of the Year.  Calling him a “prince in pinstripes,” the News writes that although Jeter did not do something spectacular like saving 100+ lives by landing a plane in the Hudson River, or become the first Hispanic appointed to the Supreme Court, he is Beloved in the city of New York and does amazing work for his charity.

Derek Jeter (center) celebrates the Yankees 2009 World Series Championship this past November with the rest of the Yankees team, including Jorge Posada (left), Mariano Rivera (right) and Andy Pettitte (behind)

In the article, the Daily News lauds his work with his charity, the Turn 2 Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children in Michigan and New York and his honor and integrity as an athlete during times when many of his fellow athletes are carrying guns into nightclubs (Plaxico Buress) or taking steroids or making big contract demands in the media.

The paper goes on to say:

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This is a man who has the qualities adults admire and children can look up to. Somehow he combines enormous talent with hard work, riches with responsibility, fantastic success with confident modesty and intense competitiveness with true sportsmanship.

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Although I have a lot of respect for the man,  I am not sure if Jeter should be the New Yorker of the Year.  In its simplest form, the story of Derek Jeter in 2009, is the story of a man who humbly and respectfully did his job well and used his influence and deep pockets to benefit charities.  Jeter is truly an exceptional man, one we will all remember for the rest of our lives and decades after he has left the limelight of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Instead, I feel the New Yorker of the Year award should be given to someone more deserving, such as Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States; a woman who rose up from the projects in the Bronx, overcame the death of her father at age 9 and has persisted with diabetes her entire life.

But when it comes down to it, the Daily News wants to sell papers – and which paper would sell more?  Obviously, the one lauding Jeter, instead of Sotomayor or another.

That being said, all the congratulations to Mr Jeter.

Ninety years ago on this date, George Herman Ruth was sold from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000 in cash.

And as everyone else says, the rest is history. Under Ruth’s mega-sized sports celebrity status, the Yankees went to the World Series in 1921-1923, winning the 1923 series in the spankin’ new Stadium that was called “The House that Ruth Built.”

Mark Newman at MLB.com writes up this brief story about Ruth’s sale.

Ruth wasn’t sold by Sox owner Henry Frazee because he was bankrupt or needed to finance his Broadway show. These were myths. Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the owner of the Yankees, needed a marquee player to compete against John McGraw’s Giants, and Ruth was that person. He offered a price that Frazee could not turn down. Funny because Ruth had led the majors with 29 home runs during the 1919 season.

Only a few athletes deserve to be called immortal. Babe Ruth is one of them.

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