Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Serious Question

With Derek Jeter slowly making his way back from injury and Eduardo Nunez filling in for him at short. The Yankees are playing exceptional baseball without their captain. The question that had been posed by many around baseball is; are the Yankees playing better because of Jeter's absence or in spite of it? Many sports writers and analysts want to know if the team is better off with Nunez at short.

My serious question is; is everyone on crack? Nunez is batting .250 and despite having better range than Jeter in the field, he has 9 errors on the season so far. Jeter is batting .264 and has just 4 errors. The bottom line is, Eduardo Nunez is a good player and has the talent to be a starter, but he has not carried this team. The lineup is clicking in spite of Jeter's absence, not because of it.

I don't understand why some people get paid to write about baseball and yet I do it for free. Some sports writers have no clue what is going on. Cough SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cough. Oh my, excuse me. I think I'm coming down with a little something.

Jeter is 6 hits shy of the exclusive 3,000 hit mark. Lets not quit on him yet.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


As some of you might know, yesterday was flag day. So, having tickets for the Yankee game, I decided to buy a small flag at Duane Reade. Little did I know that I was setting myself up for an altercation I will never forget.

As my friend and I were entering the stadium, a Securitas security guard informed me that I was not allowed to bring the AMERICAN FLAG into the stadium. When I asked why I couldn't bring in the flag on Flag Day, I was told " you just can't." He told me he was confiscating the flag and I asked what he was going to do with it. He told me he would give it to his supervisor. I asked if he was sure that his supervisor would end up with it. The guard then became very rude and told me that he wasn't going to give the flag as a gift to a family member. I explained that I just wanted to make sure it didn't end up in the trash considering it is an American Flag.

He did not respond to my statement and instead told me that my two choices were to quiet down and go inside or to leave. At this time, I demanded my flag back and walked over to a traffic cone and placed the flag in the traffic cone. I then walked inside.

Outraged over the whole situation, I asked a security guard inside why flags were not allowed in. He told me that they were allowed in but just not on the stick. Had I been told this by the guard at the gate, I could have easily removed the flag from the stick. I told the security guard I was currently speaking with about my run in at the gate. He instructed me to respectfully ask for their names while leaving and then write a letter about the issue to the Yankees.

So after the game, I did just that. I calmly approached the guard at the gate and asked him for his name. When he asked why, I explained that I intended to write the Yankees about the issue. He refused to give his name.

I then asked to speak with his supervisor and he pointed me to him. I explained to the supervisor what my intentions were and asked his name. He told me his name is Wendell. When I asked for a last name, he told me that Wendell was all I would get. So as I typed on my phone "Wendell from Securitas," another guard had walked over and sarcastically and insultingly started slowly giving me the spelling of "Wendell." I responded by getting my first attitude of the night. I said "I can fucking spell buddy, thank you." I then turned to leave.

In my mind, the situation was over, it didn't benefit me or anyone else to continue to talk about the topic. I had taken a step out of Yankee Stadium when the security guard who was sarcastically spelling decided to get tough. He yelled out as I was already walking away "That's right! Don't get fucking smacked!"

My head whipped around and I shouted "Who's going to smack me? You?" He then insisted that he would smack me in the face. All the while instead of doing his job, the supervisor tried to lie to me and tell me that he had said "don't get smart."
I demanded that a police officer come over. The officer came over and I told her everything from A-Z. She told me that she did not hear him say he was going to slap me and asked if I was leaving, I told her I had already turned to leave when the guard got tough. I then informed all the guards that their office, the Yankees and the news would all be notified of their behavior.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

History On Hold

I think I speak for every Yankee fan when I say, THIS SUCKS! Last night after getting 1 hit and knocking his countdown to 6, Jeter was pulled from the game with a grade 1 calf strain. Grade 1 strains are known as the least severe on a scale of 1-3.

A timetable is not yet known but rumors are swirling about a possible trip to the DL. If that is the case, the soonest the captain could be back is June 29th against Milwaukee. They are at home the 29th and the 30th. However, the following 3 games are played at Citi Field. It is likely that if this is the case, Jeter could get 3,000 in New York but not likely that it will be at home.

However, if Jeter only misses a couple of games, the chances of him reaching the milestone at home are likely gone. After this 3 game set with the Rangers, the Yanks will head to Chicago for a series with the Cubs and from there they will head to Cincinnati.

Derek Jeter will get his 3,000th hit, but some other group of fans will be present, not the Yankee Faithful.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011


Last night in the Bronx, the Yankees came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Red Sox in what surely looked like another crushing defeat. Instead, the Bombers seized opportunity and turned it into the biggest win of the season.

That's what the papers could have looked like this morning. Hell, that's what the papers should have looked like this morning. Maybe had Martin's back not locked up the night before, we could have had him in there instead of Cervelli. But Cervelli went 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Ok, maybe if Posada was with the team last night instead of with his family, A-Rod wouldn't have had to DH and Nunez would have never been in the game. Oh but Nunez had a big hit and a run scored. Well maybe if Joba wasn't on the DL. But Boone Logan threw three scoreless innings.


Maybe the Yankees lost another heart breaker last night because they do not have any heart as a team. AJ Burnett showed last night that he does not care to protect his hitters and further, that he doesn't care to even pitch inside. God forbid making a Red Sox hitter uncomfortable in the box. Personally I think Lance Pendleton deserves a little bit of credit. Yes, he was the guy that gave up a Solo shot followed by a 2 run shot but he was also the only guy who had the balls to come up and in on some hitters.

They have no fight, all they have is " tremendous respect for the Red Sox" according to A-Rod. A-Rod clearly doesn't realize that this isn't a time for civility and class. This is a time to get pissed off. Thus far this season, the Sox are 5-0 against the Yanks IN THE BRONX! Congratulations Bombers, you are all nothing but a chew toy to the Boston bull dogs.

Tonights game becomes a must win for the simple fact that after tonight, the Indians come to town for a 4 game set followed by the Rangers for 3 games. This home stand is not getting any easier and the Yanks need to start playing better at home. This team better start showing some heart, because June or October, winning is very difficult without it.

SIDE NOTE: With Joba, Feliciano, Soriano and Marte all on the DL, it is time to bring up Banuelos and Betances and see what these kids can do. A bullpen equipped with Pendleton, Ayala, Sanit and Logan will not get it done for the month that Joba will be gone.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sports Illiterate

The sports publication "Sports Illustrated" has once again proved that they are not interested in what is really going on in baseball. If there ever was a magazine that wrote about facts and current events, SI might go out of business.

Instead of focusing on real stories to circulate their magazine, they rely on horrible predictions, tabloid-like gossip and apparently, anonymous polls. Forget about the fact that every year they predict the Twins will beat the Yankees in the playoffs, and it never happens. The editors over at SI put out an anonymous poll of the most over rated players in Baseball.

The poll is said to be the results of asking 185 players around the league. Now the fact that three Yankees round out the top 3 is annoying enough. Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest players to play the game but yeah, he's over rated. That makes plenty of sense. Joba was number two on the list and I fail to see how a relief pitcher is over rated. The man hasn't been hyped up since 07 when he was a rookie phenom. And of course, Derek Jeter makes the list at number three. Jeter being the greatest Yankee hitter of all time and a man that wears 5 rings, over rated.

Sounds to me like the Yankees aren't very well liked around the league and that's fine. But to stoop to such a juvenile level is absurd. Shame on SI for conducting a poll of this nature but its to be expected when the publication itself is HIGHLY over rated. Most of all though, shame on the 185 players that took part in cowardly attacking their peers and hiding in anonymity while doing it.

Might I add that all three players handled their rankings with class. A-Rod said that he had made the list before and that it doesn't bother him. When asked if he was among the 185 players polled he said that he had too much respect for his fellow players to ever partake in something like that.

Joba joked about it by saying that he was disappointed that A-Rod beat him out for number 1. And Jeter just shrugged and asked if "we were doing this again?"

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. What ridiculous thing will they think of next?
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