Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

Game 30 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Rays:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise LF

David Phelps RHP

Start Time: 7:05pm
Stadium: Yankee Stadium
T.V: YES, ESPN
Radio: WCBS 880

Enjoy the game everyone! 

Mickey Rivers Interview

Mickey Rivers was one of the catalysts to the back to back Yankees World Series champions in 1977 and 78. Mickey was generous enough to grant me an interview.  He would like it if you guys would check out his website www.mickthequick.com. There is a lot of great stuff there.

Q: What was your relationship like with George Steinbrenner?

A:  I love George. We had a good relationship.

Q: What is your favorite George Steinbrenner story?

A: One day I got thrown out stealing. That night George called my house and said if you don’t give 100% you are out of here.

Q: For fans that never saw you play how would you describe your game?

A: I just did everything I could to win the game for my team.

Q: What is your number one tip for stealing a base?

A: Watch the pitchers feet.

Q: What was it like to play under Billy Martin?

A: He was a great motivator.

Q: Was the turmoil inside the clubhouse in 1977 exaggerated or was it as crazy as people made it out to be? How did the relationship between Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin affect the team?

A: Reggie and Billy did there thing. It didn’t affect me or anyone else.

Q: What is your favorite moment during your time with the Yankees?

A: The 1977 World Series.

Q: How special was it to win back to back championships with the Yankees?                                                                 

A:  Awesome. Something I will always cherish.

Q: What was your reaction when you were traded from the Yankees to the Texas Rangers in 1979?

A: A little surprised but it was fine.

Q: What is it like to come back every year for Old Timers Day?

A:  I like seeing all my old buddies.

Q: How is the game of baseball played differently today from when you played?

A: It’s not much different.

Q: What is your opinion on this year’s Yankees team? Do you think they can bring a 28th World Series back to the Bronx?

A: They can definitely win it this year. It comes down to pitching.

Morning Bits: Pettitte, Mariano, Ortiz, iPads, Robertson

Good morning all.  Nice win last night hopefully it continues tonight.  Game time is 7Pm and Phelps will be on the mound. Enjoy the day.

Let’s get right to the links….

— Daily News writer John Harper says the Yankees made the right call by having Pettitte start this Sunday.

Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees expect Mariano to be ready for 2013.

Joel Sherman of The New York Post is imagining if the Yankees signed David Ortiz.

— The Yankees now allow you to bring your iPads to the stadium.

— For Robertson, new inning but same goal writes Spencer Fordin of mlb.com