Friday, February 21, 2014

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 2/21

Masahiro Tanaka started off Friday morning by throwing his first live batting practice session since coming over from Japan. Also for the first time Tanaka was throwing to Brian McCann, who is assumed to be his every day catcher.

CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Hiroki Kuroda also faced live batters sometime this morning at Yankees camp. Ramon Flores, Antoan Richardson, Adonis Garcia, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy, and Francisco Cervelli all rotated in and out of at bats against the top Yankees four pitchers.

Speaking of CC he wen't to Dr. James Andrews over the offseason and we didn't hear about it. Not because he needed Tommy John surgery but because he wanted to get his delivery and mechanics digitally analyzed, something he did after the 2003 season as well when he was with the Cleveland Indians. Everything looks basically exactly the same from then and to now except for a little more hip movement. It's not mechanics or delivery that made CC "bad" last season, what now?

Kelly Johnson is taking ground balls at first base today after fielding grounders at second base and third base yesterday. As you probably remember Joe Girardi has said the Yankees backup first basemen is Mr. Johnson.

Speaking of Joe Girardi he announced today that he would not skip or push back Masahiro Tanaka starts this spring just to avoid American League East opponents. This is something that he has done in the past but will not tinker with Tanaka with it, awesome.

Alfonso Soriano was sidelined again today with flu like symptoms and was kept off the field. He did do some indoor drills and the such and is expecting to be on the field with the team tomorrow.

Chad Jennings once again has the bullpen assignments and such over on Lohud:

Early morning batting practice
Ramon Flores, Antoan Richardson, Adonis Garcia hitting
(catchers rotating for at-bats as well)

Bruce Billings (to Austin Romine)
Masahiro Tanaka (to Brian McCann)
Ivan Nova (to John Ryan Murphy)
Hiroki Kuroda (to Francisco Cervelli)
CC Sabathia (to Cervelli)
· Bullpens
David Herndon (to Jose Gil)
Yoshinori Tatayama (to Pete O’Brien)
Jose Campos (to Gary Sanchez)
· Infield drills
(team scheduled to stretch at 10:30 before beginning drills)
Group 1: Russ Canzler (1B), Corban Joseph (1B/2B), Brian Roberts (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), Scott Sizemore (3B/2B), Dean Anna (3B/SS), Zealous Wheeler (3B/2B)
Group 2: Mark Teixeira (1B), Jose Pirela (2B/3B), Yangervis Solarte (2B/SS), Brendan Ryan (SS), Eduardo Nunez (3B/SS), Kelly Johnson (1B/3B)
· Batting practice
(only change is moving Pirela from an overcrowded infield group to to last outfield group)
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brian Roberts, Austin Romine
Group 2: Kelly Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann
Group 3: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Francisco Cervelli
Group 4: Corban Joseph, Yangervis Solarte, Zealous Wheeler, John Ryan Murphy
Group 5: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki, Jose Gil
Group 6: Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Francisco Arcia
Group 7: Tyler Austin, Antoan Richardson, Mason Williams, Pete O’Brien
Group 8: Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Jose Pirela, Gary Sanchez

I've Got Til 5! - Breakout Players

I visit a website called Cracked at least once a day, either at home or on my phone. If you haven't been there before I highly recommend it. The site has a lot of great and funny writers who post lists as well as videos. That website is actually the reason why I like to include photos in my articles. Although I probably fail at the humor part of them a lot more often than they do at Cracked.

Okay, a LOT more.

Well, I've taken that inspiration to another level, as I'm going to start writing lists. I have a few of them in mind already, but am open to list ideas from you.

My first list includes five players that I believe have the best chance at breakout seasons. Players having breakout seasons could mean the difference between the Yankees going deep into the postseason, and the team missing the postseason entirely. If I had to bet I'd say the Yankees miss out on winning the American League East, and instead earn a Wild Card berth. I say that because while I think the outfield and starting pitching look pretty good, the infield and bullpen have me a little worried.

So let's get to it, starting with a player I've talked about before...

#5 Brian Roberts

When Brian was healthy earlier in his career he was a very good player. His triple-slash between 2004 and 2009 was .290/.365/.438, he averaged 12 home runs a season, and also stole 35 bases a year. However, as we all know, injuries have hit Roberts pretty hard the past four years, so it's hard to count on him to be around for very long. But if he stays healthy, then I believe he'll make a fine player. Perhaps he won't hit to an OPS+ of 111 (his mark between '04 and '09), but I believe he'll do a lot better than most Yankees fans think he will.

#4 Hiroki Kuroda

It's crazy that a pitcher who threw to an ERA of 3.31 the year before would be included in a list of breakout players, but keep in mind that Hiro's ERA was 2.65 in the first half of 2013, and went up to 4.25 in the second half. In fact, #18 took the loss in seven of his last eight decisions. And I'm going to show you why we shouldn't worry about the way he finished the year.

Taking a closer look at his statistics, I found only one real problem. While the velocity of all his pitches remained relatively unchanged, there was one pitch in which the movement went down... his fastball. A quick look at his PITCH f/x data shows that the horizontal and vertical movement on that pitch went down a lot in the final two months of the season. That there is likely the reason why Kuroda's line drive percentage went way up to 23%, as opposed to a career mark of 17%.

Now, we can't ignore the fact that Hiroki isn't young anymore. He just turned 39 years old, and has thrown over 200 innings in each of the last three years. While I don't have any statistical evidence to back me up, it wouldn't surprise me if the only thing Kuroda and the Yankees have to do to avoid a repeat of last season is cut back on his work. Let's hope that Sabathia gets back on track, Tanaka is as good as advertised, and Nova continues to be a strong contributor to the rotation, as those things could help keep Kuroda at around 175 innings for the season.

#3 Dean Anna

Before I get into my reasons for including Dean on this list, I wanted to make sure you had the chance to read our short interview with him here.

Let me make one thing clear right off the bat... when I say Dean Anna is a "breakout" candidate, I'm not saying he's going to appear on anybody's All Star ballot. For starters, the word "power" has probably never been uttered when it comes to the guy. His .151 isolated power percentage in AAA in 2013 would have ranked 81st in MLB last season (among qualified hitters), and let's not get into the .122 mark he got in AA in 2012.

And chances are Anna won't be in the running for the American League batting title this season, either. But I'm going to point out a couple of reasons why I think Dean is going to surprise some people this year, and be a solid piece in the Yankees offense.

1. In the previous three seasons, two of which were played in AA and one of which was played in AAA, Dean Anna had a walk percentage of 12.6%. Of the 140 qualified hitters in Major League Baseball in 2013 (based on number of at bats), a walk percentage of 12.6% would have ranked 12th.

2. Over that same time period, Dean's strikeout percentage was 14.3%. Looking at those same 140 MLB hitters, that 14.3% strikeout percentage would rank 40th.

I'm not dumb enough to believe those rates wouldn't get worse in MLB, but I don't think they will get that much worse. So don't be surprised if, a year from now, Dean Anna's name is on a lot more of Yankees' fans tongues.

#2 Manny Banuelos

Manny Banuelos first appeared on Baseball America's list of the Yankees' Top 10 prospects back in 2010, when he was 6th. Manny rose up to 4th in 2011, then 2nd in 2012, before falling to 8th in 2013. This season, after having Tommy John surgery, he's completely off the list. However, that doesn't mean we should dismiss Banuelos. Not at all.

Some of you may not realize that Manny's only 22 years old. It's not often that a guy will appear on Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects list four years in a row, have another year go by, and still be under 25. So there's a ways to go before anybody should give up on the guy.

Kerry Wood, John Smoltz, Josh Johnson, Chris Carpenter, Tim Hudson... What do they all have in common? They have all had ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, better known in baseball as Tommy John Surgery, and returned strong. That same procedure is what cost Manny Banuelos the entire 2013 season, and what he has now fully recovered from.

Chances are Manny won't be starting in the Majors this season, as there's a nice list of guys ahead of him (Phelps, Warren, Pineda, Nuno). But that's okay, because a year starting in AAA may be a great way to get ready to make a statement in MLB in 2015. However, with a very questionable bullpen this season, there's a chance Mr. Banuelos shows up there sometime in 2014 too.

Either way, I sense that we're in for something nice from this Mexican lefty.

#1 Michael Pineda

Manny wasn't the only Yankees pitcher that is coming back from injury. But unlike Banuelos, who is recovered from a procedure that has had a lot of successful comebacks, Michael Pineda is finally healthy after surgery to repair a torn labrum. And that recovery didn't just cost him most of 2013, but the entire 2012 season as well.

Right off the bat things didn't look good, as Pineda showed up to camp in 2012 overweight. Then, after the labrum surgery, he was throwing 91-93 mph as opposed to the 97 or higher before. Thankfully, all that's changed.
"I thought the ball was coming out easier [than in previous years]. I know he’s had time to clean up a couple things, too, mechanically, in this two-year span. He just looked like it came out free and easy to me. Didn’t look like he put a ton of effort into it, or that he was overthrowing it. To me, it looked different than what I saw a couple years ago when he got hurt and was pitching in games. I’m anxious to see him obviously get in some games in the next 12 days or so." - Joe Girardi
And don't dismiss what Girardi said regarding Pineda having time to clean up some mechanical stuff. While a lot of pitchers have to figure things out during games that matter, Pineda has been able to do that without the pressure of having to win. That pressure can make pitchers try too hard, which can not only mess up their effectiveness, but lead to re-injury.

Other than the fact that Michael Pineda appears to be 100%, and knowing how good he was before the injury, I don't have any other reason to be this optimistic about him. So just chalk it up to a gut feeling.

I'm close to penciling in Pineda with CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Ivan Nova for the 2015 rotation. And feeling really good about it.

Since I've done a list of breakout players, next week I'm going to give you my list of letdown players. After that I have a couple of ideas for lists, but I'd love to hear your ideas.

And one other thing... can anybody tell me where I got the name of this column?

The Price Out Of The Fans Continue In Yankee Stadium

The price out of the general Yankees fan that made the old Yankee Stadium so great continues with the news of the latest additions to the house that the boss built, the Field MVP Outdoor Suite Boxes and the Field MVP Club Seats. Slowly going by the wayside are the "cheap" Yankees tickets that you could buy the day of the game and have a great time with your family at the stadium and moving in are the big wigs in their big suits entertaining their potential clientele.

The Field MVP Club Seats are essentially replacing the Field MVP Sections of the stadium, Sections 116-124 and rows 12-21, and are coming at a higher price. You can buy year by year plans for this section and obviously, like anything else, the more and longer you buy or commit the cheaper it is. If you buy a one year plan for this section the Yankees tickets start at $235 per game and per seat and can get as low as $190 per game and per seat if you buy a 10 year installment. You do get certain new benefits, including the climate controlled Field MVP Club Lounge, including sitting behind home plate on Field Level in these seats. Are the complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, not being in the 100 degree sun next to a guy sweating without enough deodorant, a Audi Yankees Club, New York Yankees Legacy club, and Mohegan Sun Sports Bar membership, preferred parking, and a ton of other perks the more and longer you buy worth it? When you put it that way it probably is worth the cash truth be told.

If the price out of the Yankees fan hasn't been blatantly obvious enough the Field MVP Outdoor Suite Boxes, located on the upper level of the home first base side, are sure to convince you. even promotes these private suites as "built to impress" and "provide an intimate setting to entertain clients." What happened to the days when the stadium got so loud it rocked? These suites are nice no doubt, they are open aired, they have an in-suite waiter, they come with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, and can sit six to eight people per suite box. The suites run in the thousands of dollars per game and a pretty hefty deposit is required for these suites. Basically unless I get lost going to the bathroom and stumble upon one of these I will never get to see one from the inside.

The fans are being priced out, Yankees tickets are rising, but so is the product on the field. The Yankees are a brand and baseball is a business at the end of the day and Hal Steinbrenner and company are doing what they have to do to continue to open up their purses every offseason bringing us fans our shiny new toys. We'll always have the bleachers and the Bleacher Creatures to hold on to.

Keith Law Ranks Yankees Farm #20 In League

Keith Law has posted his annual list ranking all 30 Major League Team's farm systems and apparently Mr. Law is not a fan of the New York Yankees farm system. The Yankees farm, even with Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez, was ranked #20 in the league. A subscription is required to read his ranking unfortunately so we will just have to go with this paraphrase and also included is a quote from Law as to why he ranked the Yankees so low:

“It seemed like everyone who mattered in this system got hurt in 2013, and of those who didn’t had disappointing years.” 

The Houston Astros are ranked as the top team followed by the Twins, and the Pirates in the top three. The three worst teams on the list in order were the Tigers, Angels, and Brewers. Surprisingly I thought the Cardinals would be higher and the Brewers not so bad but that's baseball I guess.

Meet A Prospect: Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury was born on September 11, 1983 to his full blooded Native American mother Margie and father Jim Ellsbury. Ellsbury spent his High School years at Madras High School and was a four year letterman in both football and baseball and a three year letterman in basketball. Jacoby spent his college years playing baseball for three seasons at Oregon State and is 50% Native American from the Navajo descent. Ellsbury was the oldest of four children and often played with teammates up to three years older than himself in Little League. Ellsbury is now taking his heritage and his game to New York with the Yankees but that’s not where it all began.

Ellsbury was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball First Year Player’s Draft but did not sign. Ellsbury was drafted again 23rd overall by the Boston Red Sox in 2005 after playing three seasons at Oregon State. Ellsbury finished his debut season in 2005 with a .317 average with 23 stolen bases in 35 games and saw himself ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Boston system before the 2006 season. Ellsbury made it all the way to AA in 2006 and made the Carolina League All Star team with a .299 average with 25 steals in 61 games. Ellsbury was also named the Minor League Defensive Player of the Year and Base Runner of the Year that season and earned a spot in the Arizona Fall League that year. Ellsbury finished 2006 in the AFL with a .276 average in 25 games and a spot in the AFL Rising Stars All Star Game, Ellsbury was on the rise. Ellsbury was invited to Red Sox Spring Training camp in 2007 and made it all the way to March 9th before being reassigned to the minors and was ranked as the top prospect in the Boston system and the #33 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. Ellsbury destroyed AAA pitching that season to tune of a .452 average, he was awarded the Eastern League Player of the Month for April, and was also chosen to participate in the 2007 All Star Futures Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Ellsbury finished the 2007 season winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award and Baserunner of the Year Awards for the second consecutive time.

While Ellsbury’s Major League debut was June 30, 2007 after a Coco Crisp injury, a second call up for a doubleheader on August 17, a September call up where he hit his first home run, a American League Rookie of the Month Award, and a Game 6 start in the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians which led to him starting in centerfield for the Red Sox for the rest of the postseason. Ellsbury became the first rookie to hit two doubles in the same inning of a World Series game when he did so in Game 3 of the World Series against the Colorado Rockies and became the fourth rookie to ever hit three doubles in one World Series game when he hit another one later in the game. He added a single in the first inning of that game making him only the third rookie to ever accomplish the feat in the World Series while compiling a .438 average with four doubles, one stolen base, and a World Series ring. Ellsbury was still considered a rookie in the 2008 season and was ranked #13 overall by Baseball America and the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system behind Clay Buchholz. Ellsbury broke camp with the Red Sox and was their starting center fielder on Opening Day in 2008 when they traveled to play the Oakland Athletics in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. Jacoby also broke the Red Sox rookie record for steals in a season, a record that had been held by Amby McConnell for 100 years, when he stole his 32nd base that season finishing with 50 overall which was good for third on the all-time stolen base leaders in a season for the Red Sox. Ellsbury would finish third in the American League Rookie of the Year vote that season behind the Rays Evan Longoria and the White Sox Alexei Ramirez and finished the season with a loss to the Angels in the ALDS.

On April 12, 2009 Jacoby played his 179th consecutive regular season game without an error breaking the franchises record for outfielders held by Mike Greenwell. On April 15 Jacoby got six chances, making all of them, passing Coco Crisp for the most errorless total chances by a center fielder setting a new Boston franchise record with 433 total chances. Ellsbury also stole home off of the Yankees Andy Pettitte that season, something I remember all too well,  the first “pure steal of home” without a bunt or a squeeze or the such since 1994 when Billy Hatcher did it. Ellsbury finished 2009 leading the AL in stolen bases for the second consecutive year, this year with 70, and also led the league in triples with 10 while winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award from’s This Year In Baseball Awards ceremony. Jacoby changed his uniform number from #46 to #2 before the 2010 season and was moved to left field when the Red Sox signed Mike Cameron to a deal. On April 11 Jacoby collided with then third basemen Adrian Beltre which resulted in hairline fractures to four of his left ribs and landed him on the 15 day disabled list for more than a month. Six days later on May 28, Ellsbury was back on the 15 day DL with residual soreness in the ribs and had to meet with a specialist and would not come back until August 4 of that season. By August 14, for the third time in 2010, Ellsbury was right back on the 15 day DL after he re-injured himself that ended his 2010 season. 2011 saw Ellsbury become the first member of the Red Sox to join the 30 home run and 30 stolen base club and saw him finish the season with career highs in home runs, 32, hits, 212, RBI’s, 105, runs, 119, and batting average with a .321 average. Jacoby also won his first Gold Glove Award, finishing with a 1.000 fielding percentage, and his first Silver Slugger Award, and won the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award. Ellsbury also finished in second place in the MVP voting behind Justin Verlander.

Another year, 2012, and another injury for Ellsbury as on April 13, while trying to slide under Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac in an attempt to break up a double play Jacoby injured his right shoulder. Brignac actually fell on top of the shoulder when the two collided and Jacoby was placed on the disabled list with what is called a subluxation of the shoulder the next day. Jacoby only saw 74 games that season and looked to bounce back last season in what was his contract season. Ellsbury made it all the way until August before suffering an injury, and August 28 game where he suffered a compression fracture by fouling a ball off his foot, and missed a month. Ellsbury led his Red Sox teammates into the playoffs and posted a .500 batting average in the ALDS and a .318 in the ALCS. In the World Series Ellsbury started the series winning rally in Game 6 with a single and the rest is history, his second World Series ring.

Jacoby is officially a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to play in the Major Leagues. Jacoby is currently only one of three active non-Hispanic Native American players in the Major Leagues with Kyle Lohse of the Milwaukee Brewers and Joba Chamberlain of the Detroit Tigers.  Jacoby boasts an impressive resume which includes two World Series rings,  2007 American League Rookie of the Month, 2008 Red Sox rookie single season stolen base record and American League stolen base leader, 2009 Red Sox single season base stealer of all time and MLB stolen base leader, and in 2011 was the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Now Jacoby has signed a seven year deal with New York worth $153 million including an option for an eight year that could bring the total value of the contract up to $169 million. Now hopefully Jacoby can get his 3rd ring and maybe one for the other two fingers as well in the Bronx.

Yankee Stadium Legacy: #38 Roger Maris (Again)

Roger Maris came over from the Kansas City Athletics and was named the American League MVP in his first season in pinstripes in 1960. Maris obviously followed up that MVP season with his record breaking season of 1961 which included him hitting 61 home runs that season, an all time single season record that many still consider to be the mark today. Maris won back to back MVP Awards for the Yankees in his first two seasons in pinstripes and hit a combined 100 home runs and drove in 254 RBI's.

38 days until Yankees Opening Day.

Prospects Month: Top 28 Yankees Prospects List #8

Continuing our look at The Greedy Pinstripes Top 28 prospects list as a part of Prospects Month we name our #8 prospect, Eric Jagielo!

Here is the complete up to date list. Check back every day as the list fills out and we continue our look at the prospects in the New York Yankees system during Prospects Month here on TGP.

8. Eric Jagielo
9. Greg Bird
10. Manny Banuelos
11. Jose Campos
12. Gosuke Katoh
13. Shane Greene
14. Jose Ramirez
15. Peter O'Brien
16. Aaron Judge
17. Ty Hensley
18. Luis Severino
19. Abiatal Avelino
20. Rob Refsnyder
21. Nik Turley
22. Cito Culver
23. Ramon Flores
24. Mark Montgomery
25. Rookie Davis
26. Jake Cave
27. Ben Gamel
28. Angelo Gumbs

Exclusive Interview w/ Yankees Pitcher Zach Arneson

Prospects Month is almost over here on The Greedy Pinstripes as we have one more Friday after this one. Today we bring you an interview with Yankees pitcher Zach Arneson who was gracious enough to do this interview for us. Enjoy!

The Greedy Pinstripes: Hello Zach, how are you today sir? How is your offseason going?

Zach Arneson: Hows it going, I am currently just throwing and feeling good and in shape for the upcoming season.

TGP:  How was your trip to Australia? Tons of good pictures posted on your Twitter account. Is it as "once in a lifetime" as everyone makes it out to be? 

ZA: Australia was awesome, the people there are very friendly and welcomed me with open arms. I would say for anyone its definitely a trip to take.

TGP:  What teams and sports did you root for and watch growing up?

ZA: My favorite sports teams growing up were the Yankees , Celtics and the Chiefs.

TGP: Being drafted before the new draft rules and slots were enacted what are your thoughts on the new rules? Do you think you would have benefited at all or suffered from the new rules?

ZA: I don't think it would have effected anything with me, as far as the new rules go I think that its a bit more competitive now.

TGP: Speaking of the draft what made you want to pass up being a member of the San Francisco Giants to go back to school?

ZA: With being drafted by the San Francisco Giants I was excited and happy I was chosen , I did not sign because it was not the right situation for me at the time and enabled me to pursue finishing up with school.

TGP: Do you have a girlfriend/wife waiting for you at home while you are on the road so much?

ZA: I do have a very loving girlfriend named Danielle who is always supportive and understands what it takes for me to pursue my goals and dreams.

TGP: What are you doing this offseason to improve on your 2013 season?

ZA: This offseason I am training harder and smarter, I am more focused on keeping my body healthy and working on my arm slot.

TGP: What do you do during the offseason to keep yourself occupied?

ZA: To keep myself occupied I do some pitching lessons , workout and spend time with my family.

TGP: Favorite restaurant to eat at?

ZA: My favorite restaurant is Las Casuelas in Palm Springs, California.

TGP: I think this answer may be obvious but in my time around social media I have noticed there are two kinds of fans when it comes to prospects. You have the "prospect humpers" (myself being a self professed prospect humper) and a name yet to be determined (due to my lack of creativity) describing those who want to sell all the prospects off for the 37 year old "sure thing." Which category do you think yourself as a fan falls into?

ZA: Hm I'm not sure which category I would fall into , I just respect a good players game when I see it.

TGP: What current Major League player do you think you compare to the most?

ZA: I'm not sure who I would compare to in the Major Leagues, I just work hard to someday be in a class of my own.

TGP: If you could be the Yankees GM for a day what would you do? Don't have to really be realistic here. 

ZA: That's a job that carries a heavy weight, I would leave that one to Mr. Cashman.

TGP: Do you consider yourself more of a relief pitcher or a starting pitcher?

ZA: I consider myself a late inning pitcher, I love coming in when the game is on the line. Starter or reliever I just like to pitch.

TGP: Red Bull, Monster, or Rockstar?

ZA: If I had to choose than Red Bull, but i stick with H2O and Gatorade.

TGP: Most famous person in your cell phone?

ZA: I have nobody famous in my contacts.

TGP: We'll finish with this one, where do you see yourself in life and your career in five years?

ZA: I see myself pitching in the Major Leagues and enjoying life with my family.

Thank you so much for doing this interview for us Zach. Good luck in the 2014 season and beyond in the Yankees system. Follow Zach on Twitter by following @ZachArneson

This Day In New York Yankees History 2/21

Two days in a row without any news to report really bothers me but that is the sad realization that late February is bringing us. Maybe we can make some history today in 2014 so I have something to write about next year. It's Friday, we made it.