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On This Day in History | 1978

Reggie Bar

“When you unwrap a Reggie bar, it tells you how good it is.” — Catfish Hunter (Photo courtesy of GottaHaveIt.com)

On this day 35 years ago it rained candy bars in the Bronx.

In the 1978 home opener the Yankees celebrated “Reggie Candy Bar Day,” handing out Reggie! candy bars to the 44,667 fans in attendance.  Adding to the buzz in the Stadium that day Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were honored before the game.

In the first inning, Chicago’s Wilbur Wood got himself into a jam, yielding a leadoff walk to Willie Randolph and a single to Mickey Rivers, bringing “the straw that stirs the drink” to the plate.  Reggie Jackson dug in and took the first two pitches for balls.  Then, Jackson connected with a 2-0 knuckleball, sending it deep over the right-center field wall.  As soon as the ball disappeared from sight it began to rain orange squares as the crowd threw the free Reggie! bars all over the field while chanting, “Re-ggie! Re-ggie!”  For several minutes the chocolate and peanut confection fell from every corner of the Cathedral, covering the hallowed ground of Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees went on to win the game 4-2 behind a complete game performance from Ron Guidry.  Afterwards Jackson said of the event, “I just appreciated it. It was a nice gesture.” Yankees manager Bob Lemon was less forgiving of the fans quipping, “People starving all over the world and 30 billion calories are laying on the field.” The other astonishing part of the feat was that along with Jackson’s 3 home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, this round-tripper gave him a home run in 4 consecutive at bats.

I was concerned the people didn’t like it.  Standard Brands and Curtiss Candy out of Chicago, they thought it was the greatest PR thing they ever could’ve dreamed of because they got like two and a half minutes of airtime on national television. They really thought that it was wonderful.  I was nervous that people didn’t like it.

| Reggie Jackson |

Off Day Notes: Rapada, Wells, Overbay, 25 Man Roster

It’s the day before Opening Day and the Yankees are putting the finishing touches on their roster by once again cutting and adding players. Here are the moves the Yankees made today.

1. The Yankees have designated Clay Rapada for assignment to make a spot for Lyle Overbay on the 40-man roster. I knew the Yankees had to make a move to put Overbay on the roster, but I didn’t see Rapada getting the boot, especially since the Yankees only have one lefty in the bullpen. This could be a way to get Rapada back into the minors like with the David Adams scenario or this is a goodbye to the side arming lefty. Still, I didn’t see this coming. Rapada released a statement via tweets after his DFA:

2. Vernon Wells changed his number before tomorrow. 56 originally belonged to Tony Pena so Vernon Wells will now wear #12.

3. The Yankees have finally released their 25-man roster. Here’s the roster for tomorrow:

ROTATION
52 CC Sabathia
18 Hiroki Kuroda
46 Andy Pettitte
47 Ivan Nova
41 David Phelps

BULLPEN 
42 Mariano Rivera
30 Dave Robertson
62 Joba Chamberlain
48 Boone Logan
27 Shawn Kelley
38 Cody Eppley
43 Adam Warren

CATCHERS
29 Francisco Cervelli
19 Chris Stewart

INFIELDERS
55 Lyle Overbay
24 Robinson Cano
36 Kevin Youkilis
26 Eduardo Nunez
17 Jayson Nix
33 Travis Hafner

OUTFIELDERS
11 Brett Gardner
31 Ichiro Suzuki
12 Vernon Wells
45 Ben Francisco
22 Brennan Boesch

15-DAY DISABLED LIST
65 Phil Hughes
2 Derek Jeter
25 Mark Teixeira
14 Curtis Granderson

60-DAY DISABLED LIST
71 Cesar Cabral
35 Michael Pineda
13 Alex Rodriguez

The roster begins to shape up for the Yankees

The Opening Day 25-man roster has to be set by Sunday, but the Yankees got a head start and started making some cuts and additions. Here’s what manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees did after the Yankees 4-2 win over the Nationals.

1. The Yankees optioned Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton along with newly acquired pitcher Sam Demel.

2. Lyle Overbay officially made the team today. Overbay’s defense impressed Joe Girardi enough that he will be the 1B against right handed pitchers while Kevin Youkilis plays third base.

3. Ben Francisco and Jayson Nix also made the team as the 4th OF and a utility guy off the bench.

4. David Aardsma was designated for assignment by the Yankees today. The reason behind it was that Girardi felt the Yankees already felt that they had enough one inning pitchers. Didn’t seem the need to carry another one.

5. Shawn Kelley made the team. Girardi liked his approach on the mound as well as the fact that he’s a strikeout pitcher.

6. Vidal Nuno along with a handful of other players were reassigned to minor league camp. I guess winning the Dawson Award didn’t mean much in the Yankees eyes.

7. Before the game today, Joe Girardi and Mark Teixeira were watching Brennan Boesch do first base drills while Teixeira was giving him pointers. It seems as if the Yankees plan on carrying Boesch as the emergency first baseman although the Yankees didn’t officially announce that as of yet.

8. After the Yankees released David Adams, he became a free agent today and the Yankees re-signed him. Seemed like a lengthy process to get him off the 40-man roster and back into the organization.

Final Spring Notes: Rivera, Boesch, Overbay, Mustelier, Francisco, Teixeira, Jeter, Granderson

Spring Training has come to close and GMS Field is done with Yankees games until next March, but the Yankees still have a job to do before Opening Day on Monday. That includes making cuts, adding people and setting their roster for Opening Day. Here’s what happened after today’s game.

Juan Rivera Juan Rivera was released by the Yankees following today’s game, so it’s apparent that he won’t make the Yankees. The Yankees had to pay $100,000 in order to keep him on Tuesday and cut him today. Hopefully he’ll attach to another team. Unfortunatley, that team won’t be the Yankees.

Ronnier MustelierRonnier Mustelier had a slim chance of making the roster but he was very impressive this Spring. Brian Cashman made it clear that Mustelier didn’t make the team after suffering a knee bruise. He was supposed to play last night in Sarasota but was scratched. Mustelier will stay in Tampa instead.

Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco & Lyle OverbayThe Yankees seem keen on having Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco and Lyle Overbay on the Yankees, and Cashman coy-fully suggested that the three of them would be at Yankee Stadium on Monday. I know we only saw Overbay for two days, but his defense was impressive and I wouldn’t mind having him on the team. Francisco and Boesch since coming to Yankees camp impressed, so it’s not surprising that they’re being considered for a role with the ball club.

Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson & Derek JeterThe Yankees are breaking camp today and only one of these three players will actually go north with the team. Mark Teixeira will go with the Yankees and will get checked on Monday by the doctor for his wrist. If all goes well, Teixeira can take off the brace and will start strengthening his wrist. Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter are staying in Tampa because they are closer to baseball activities than Teixeira. For example, Granderson can shag fly balls, pick up a bat and grip it without the arm hurting. Derek Jeter will get into a baseball game next week. Teixeira is a little far off from doing those quite yet.

Opening Day is coming, so how’s the team shaping up?

Brett Gardner could be a valuable player in the Yankees lineup...

Brett Gardner could be a valuable player in the Yankees lineup…

In a little less than three weeks, the Yankees will begin their home-opener against the Boston Red Sox with CC Sabathia on the mound. However, this year’s Opening Day lineup might be a little different than what we’re used to due to all of the injuries the Yankees were plagued with during the 2013 season. The Yankees are missing Curtis Granderson (broken forearm), Mark Teixeira (strained forearm) and Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) in their offense which is sure to look like the ‘Robinson Cano Show’ for the first month and a half. But with still some time to go, just how are the Yankees shaping up as they prepare for the season?

Lineup:

The Yankees lineup has many question marks after losing so many players to free agency and injuries. The bats of Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez will be with different ball clubs, while we will most likely have to wait for Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson to return to their post in early to mid-May. However, the lineup hasn’t looked as puzzling as it did when Spring Training started. The Yankees proved that they can manufacture runs by using a key element that they possess: speed. Players like Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez are capable of getting on base, going station to station on their own before a key teammate has to drive them in with an RBI. Speed will play an important part this season since the Yankees have lost over 100 home runs than in season’s past. But just because the Yankees are relying on speed, it doesn’t mean we should start calling them the ‘Bronx Bunters’. They will still find a way to hit home runs with Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira making their way back into the starting lineup.

Starting Pitching:

Throughout the course of Spring Training, the starting pitching has been one early glimpse of how our starters will perform during the 2013 season. It looks as if they left off from last season. Hiroki Kuroda looks to be in mid-season form, David Phelps has a 0.63 ERA 14 Spring appearances  Ivan Nova has an ERA of 1. Andy Pettitte has still proven that his pitches are effective although he’s the oldest starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. And as expected, there is no concern over CC Sabathia, whatsoever. The starting pitching looks to be one of the Yankees strong points like it was in season’s past. Let’s hope that the pitching can carry the Yanks this season.

Bullpen:

...while Mariano Rivera could be a dynamic piece to the Yankees bullpen

…while Mariano Rivera could be a dynamic piece to the Yankees bullpen

The Yankees bullpen was another one of their key pieces that helped define the Yankees last season. With pitchers such as David Robertson, Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and Joba Chamberlain, it seemed like an easy task to get the ball to the 9th inning before handing it off to the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera. Last season’s bullpen dynamic was different since there was no Mariano in the bullpen due to an ACL injury, giving the Yankees a glimpse of what it would look like if Mariano Rivera wasn’t there. With Rafael Soriano, the Yankees were able to still close games with a dominant force but this year there is no Rafael Soriano. Mariano Rivera plans to retire after the 2013 season, which gives Yankees fans one last look of the greatest closer before he hangs up his cleats and says goodbye to the game. The bullpen is expected to be a strong part of the Yankees once again, and from Spring observations, I wouldn’t be surprised if Shawn Kelley and David Phelps get spots in the bullpen. With both of their arms this spring, the Yankees bullpen could become an iron gate to prevent runs from scoring.

There’s only 17 days until Opening Day so from now until Spring Training is over, it would be a good time to start watching the games to see who has a legitimate shot of making the team. And from what I’ve seen all Spring so far, there are quite a few who have a chance to go north.

Mariano Rivera officially announces retirement following 2013 season

Mariano Rivera 2

When the press conference started at 10:00 a.m, Mariano Rivera started off the conference by joking thanks to Brian Cashman, he was able to get a two-year extension for the 2014 and 2015 season, even saying that it was out of the norm for the Yankees organization to make extensions during the year. However, his emotions turned serious when he said that after the 2013 season, the greatest closer would announce that he was retiring after the season ended.

From Brian Cashman, Hal Steinbrenner, the entire Yankees roster to his family, they each filled their seats in order to hear the iconic closer, begin his swan song, saying that although it was a difficult decision, the time to retire was now.

The factoring decision was there was only a little bit left in his tank, and he would use every “bullet” he had left this season. He got tired of the constant traveling, the hotel rooms but he would put his tiredness aside when it came time to get on the diamond and close games. The situation was different last season as Mariano tore his ACL and was sidelined for the rest of the 2012 season. He did say that if he didn’t have the injury, then he would have retired but of course a prideful Mariano Rivera wouldn’t have wanted to go out on a low note.

He thought of his teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter as his brothers, and even told his teammates to cherish every moment they have on the diamond together. He also said it’s not a sad time for him, and he thanks God for allowing him to play America’s favorite past time.

Players had their thoughts on Mariano Rivera retiring, but one player that stood out was Rivera’s teammate for so many years; retired catcher, Jorge Posada. Posada released a statement about Mariano Rivera retiring:

“There is only one Mariano Rivera. There won’t be another person who will come along and do what he did. No one does it like him. It was an honor to catch him and play alongside him for as long as I did. He made my job as a catcher so much easier. Mariano is a special person and obviously a special player.

“I’m so happy he is going out on his terms. Now every time he steps into a ballpark this year, teams and fans can celebrate and appreciate what he has meant to this great game we play.”

But just because Mo plans to retire after the season, don’t expect him to pull an “Andy Pettitte” and come back after retiring. For him, for the greatest closer…this is it. It’s Mariano’s personal 9th inning, and at the end of the season it will be Game Over for the sports greatest closer…forever.

The Ol’ College Try: The Yanks’ History vs. Amateurs

Ruth & Gehrig at West Point in 1927 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Ruth & Gehrig at West Point in 1927 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

On March 30th the Yankees will travel to West Point for a final exhibition game before their season opener with Boston on April 1st, reigniting a familiar matchup that has occurred nearly two dozen times over the years.  The first meeting between the two fabled institutions occurred on May 26, 1927 when the Murderers’ Row Yankees of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Earle Combs beat the cadets 2-0.  Ruth’s Yankees returned to the academy six times over the next seven years. In 1934, during his final game at Doubleday Field, the Sultan hit a colossal 500-foot blast over the right field wall, still regarded as the longest ball ever hit at West Point.

The closest the Pointers came to besting the professionals was in the 1966 tilt when the Yanks eked out a 1-0 victory thanks to a first inning RBI groundout by an aging Mickey Mantle. Between 1927 and 1976 the Yankees played the cadets twenty-one times, winning each contest:

  1. 5/26/1927 | 2-0
  2. 5/3/1928 | 20-9
  3. 5/23/1930 | 20-2
  4. 4/17/1931 | 15-1
  5. 5/31/1932 | 9-3
  6. 4/10/1933 | 9-0
  7. 6/11/1934 | 7-0
  8. 4/22/1935 | 5-1
  9. 6/1/1936 | 6-2
  10. 4/19/1937 | 19-4
  11. 5/8/1944 | 14-0
  12. 4/14/1961 | 14-0
  13. 5/7/1962 | 8-4
  14. 4/22/1963 | 15-2
  15. 4/27/1964 | 8-2
  16. 4/29/1966 | 1-0
  17. 5/9/1968 | 9-0
  18. 5/22/1969 | 4-0
  19. 4/27/1972 | 10-1
  20. 4/23/1974 | 7-0
  21. 4/19/1976 | 2-0

Over the years the Yanks have played a number of amateur squads, including last season’s victory over the University of South Florida. Perhaps the most legendary matchup between the Yanks and an NCAA club occurred on March 26, 1951 when the Bombers faced the University of Southern California during a pre-season, west coast barnstorming tour. During the contest a young, relatively unknown ballplayer from Commerce, Oklahoma began his 17-year foray on pitching with two blasts that remain an indelible part of Trojan lore.

In the first inning the fresh-faced, 19-year-old outfielder strode to the plate and cracked a right-handed moonshot that left the stadium via left field, soared over a street and hit a house. In the 6th the rookie dug in against the Trojans’ Tom Lovich. On the fateful pitch the catcher, John Burkhead, thinking it was a wild pitch, dove to his left but found nothing but dirt. The batter, stepping out of the box and across the plate, had sent the ball hurtling toward right-center field. When the projectile finally came to rest it had cleared Bovard Field, entered the football team’s practice field, and rolled into the huddle. After the game a relief pitcher named Ed Hookstratten walked off the shot and placed its distance between 600 and 650 feet. The 3,000 in attendance were stunned by the raw power of the lithe teenager and wouldn’t soon forget his name.

Before the game’s end, Mickey Mantle added a bases-clearing triple to the deepest part of center field in the 7th and showcased his blinding speed in the 9th, beating out a routine grounder to shortstop. His final line:

5 AB | 4 H | 2 HR | 1 3B | 1 1B | 7 RBI

Rod Dedeaux simply christened it, “The greatest show in history.” The next morning’s Los Angeles Times led with the headline, “One for the Mantle, Yanks Dismantle Troy.” Though it came against a college team, Mantle’s display was so dazzling that it may have been what finally convinced the Yankee brass to place him on the big league roster. When the Mick arrived for spring training, manager Casey Stengel was looking to groom him for another year to become Joe DiMaggio‘s successor in center field. Mantle was not expected to make the squad, but after putting together a string of solid play during their west coast swing, punctuated by his offensive explosion in Los Angeles, it was clear that the kid was ready for a crack at the big time. Mantle made the roster for the 1951 season and hit 13 home runs while manning right field. The rest, as they say, is history.

On March 30th the Yankees will add another chapter to their longstanding tradition of competing against amateurs. Who knows? We may just see some fireworks.

Sandman Returns

Mo (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Mo (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

298 days.

That’s how long it had been since Mariano Rivera faced live batters until throwing a batting practice session yesterday. On April 30, 2012 Mo picked up his fifth save of the season in a 2-1 victory over Baltimore at the Stadium. Three days later he tore his ACL shagging flies in Kansas City. The 20-pitch effort is a small body of work, but Rivera was optimistic afterwards saying to MLB.com’s Adam Berry, “[It was] the first BP that I threw in almost a year, so I’m real happy with the results. It will get better. The longer I keep throwing, it will get better… It’s good, man. I feel real good. I feel real good with the results.”

Others at Yankee camp voiced similar optimism after witnessing the Sandman take the mound. Manager Joe Girardi said he looked “like what you expect him to look like, which is a good thing. Delivery, the ball movement, the strikes he’s throwing, he’s throwing it where he wants to, not taking a lot of time in between pitches — he looked normal to me.” Jorge Posada may have spoken the four most prolific words of spring training when he said, “The cutter’s still cutting.”

Rivera’s outlook has remained entirely positive since first throwing a bullpen session on February 13th. After that 25-pitch performance in front of some 40 reporters, Newsday’s David Lennon quoted Mo at a press conference saying he was a “9 out of 10” and would be a 10 by the start of the season. During his entire time in Tampa Mo has reported feeling no discomfort, has not appeared to be favoring his left knee at all, and by all accounts seems to be back to his old self, right down to his pinpoint accuracy.

For those of us who have watched Mariano during his 17-year, Hall of Fame career the positive news is what we were hoping for last May, but were not sure was possible. Seeing him writhing on the warning track in pain was almost more than we could bear, because if you’ve watched Mariano for any amount of time, you become a fan not only of his supreme talent but of who he is as a person. There is simply not a classier player in baseball. While a cold-blooded assassin on the mound, Mo is a humble and quiet man off of it, always ready to deflect praise to God or his teammates. He has built churches both in his native Panama and locally in New Rochelle and has given back in a myriad ways through his Rivera Foundation.

We wanted him to come back healthy not just for the service of his beguiling cutter, but because hurting his knee while shagging flies would have been a far too ignominious end for one of the best players and people in baseball history. For those of us that are fans of Mariano, beyond our own selfishness to have the best closer in baseball back in the bullpen, we simply wanted him to be able to go out on his own terms. If the early reports from Tampa hold true it appears he will be able to do that, if only for one Mo go around.

Spring Training Notes 2/19/13: Hughes, Montgomery, Ichiro, Gardner, Phelps, Teixeira, Cano

Phil Hughes

There are a lot of notes from a lot of players today, so let’s skip the chit-chat for today and review everything that went on in Yankee camp.

Phil Hughes has been shut down by the Yankees for a few days after experiencing soreness in his upper back. However, according to Girardi, we shouldn’t worry too much about Hughes’s injury since its in the upper part of his back.

“It’s upper back, up here by his shoulder blades, so we’ll see how he is in a couple of days. The good thing is he was ahead of where he probably would normally be at this time which helps. You’re usually more concerned about the lower lingering. But until it’s gone, it’s going to linger. That’s like, a Yogi-ism.”

— After experiencing discomfort in his back, Mark Montgomery played catch today. Montgomery was also throwing to hitters earlier in Spring Training, and the Yankees should expect to get the young pitcher back soon.

Ichiro Suzuki is known for his behind his back catches when he’s shagging fly balls in the outfield, and Brett Gardner wanted to see it for himself. After the media spotted Ichiro making a catch from behind his back, they went to Gardner who was in the outfield with him during outfield drills, and Gardner admitted that he was the one who told Ichiro to do it, with a smile on his face.

“It’s my fault.” Gardner laughed. “I told him to do it.”

Gardner is already one-up on Joe Girardi, since Girardi has heard of the catches but never had seen one in person. I guess all he has to do to see one is ask Ichiro. Honestly, Ichiro sounds like a lot of fun to be around.

— Joe Girardi chose David Phelps as the starter for Saturday’s game (which is not televised). Adam Warren will pitch in Sunday’s game (which is televised on YES).

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano are preparing for the World Baseball Classic, meaning that they both would leave camp earlier this year. Robinson Cano is leaving camp March 2nd while Mark Teixeira is leaving camp March 3rd. That gives both players to get in some Yankees games before heading out and representing their country. Don’t worry Yankees fans. Robinson Cano will be back on March 6th when Team Dominican Republic plays the Yankees at GMS Field. Should be a lot of fun.

Yankees individual tickets go on sale March 5th!

It’s that time of the year again, Yankees fans! Individual tickets will go on sale soon and you can get in on the action to claim your seats for the 2013 season.

If you are a MasterCard holder, the Yankees will have a special pre-sale staring February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The general public will be able to purchase tickets on March 5th at 10:00 a.m. For more details visit http://www.yankees.com/priceless.

For more information you can call the Yankees at 212-YANKEES or email tickets@yankees.com

 

 

On This Day in History | 2004

A-Rod strokes his 600th HR (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

A-Rod strokes his 600th HR (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

On this day 9 years ago the Yankees finalized a deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to New York for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later.  The framework of the deal included Texas agreeing to pay $67 million of the $179 million left on his contract, giving A-Rod roughly $16 million a year, or $14,403 per nine innings.

Has it really been 9 years?

During that span we have seen one of the greatest players of all-time (even if you don’t like the guy you have to admit this) win two MVPs, destroy everyone in the 2009 postseason, and hit his 400th, 500th, and 600th career home runs. We have also seen him disappear in more than a few postseasons, admit to taking PEDs, date Madonna, and slap the ball out of Bronson Arroyo‘s glove. Has there ever been a more schizophrenic career in the history of baseball? (Don’t say Milton Bradley because he may have actually been schizophrenic.)

There are two interesting subplots to this story that are often forgotten. The first is that the Yankees were not even in the market for a third baseman until Aaron Boone tore his ACL during a pickup basketball game in late January, an unfortunate injury that not only ended his season but violated his contract with the Yanks. All of sudden there was a hole to fill.

Secondly, Boston blew it. They had A-Rod locked up and I spent most of the ’04 Christmas season petrified that A-Rod would end up with Sox and hit pop flies onto Lansdowne Street for the next ten years; but Boston couldn’t get out of its own way. They nearly landed Rodriguez in December, but a proposed deal fell through that would have sent Manny Ramirez to Texas. Boston was golden until the Players’ Association stymied their attempt to restructure Rodriguez’s monster $252 million contract that apparently would have lowered its value by roughly $32 million. Ten months later the Sox didn’t look so foolish as they wrapped up their World Series sweep, giving them their first title in 86 years, nevertheless, it’s an interesting backdrop to one of the biggest trades in Yankee history.

What are your favorite/least favorite A-Rod moments? Share them in the comments section below.

MLB on FOX to air eight Yankees games this season

MLB on FOX

It’s that time of the year again where MLB on FOX releases their dates and times for games they plan on airing during the 2013 season. As we all expected, the Yankees are there with eight games this season (the Red Sox have the most in the AL East with nine. Don’t ask me why.) The Yankees are slated to take on the Red Sox five times during the “Game of the Week” which starts on April 6, 2013. The Yankees will open up MLB on FOX against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Here are the list and times for each game.

April 6, 2013

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
Air Time: 12:30pm
First Pitch: 1:00pm

June 1, 2013

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Air Time: 7:00pm
First Pitch: 7:15pm

June 15, 2013

New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels
Air Time: 7:00pm
First Pitch: 7:15pm

June 29, 2013

New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
Air Time: 7:00pm
First Pitch: 7:15pm

July 16, 2013

2013 MLB All-Star Game from Citi Field – Flushing, NY
Air Time: 7:30pm
First Pitch: 8:00pm

July 20, 2013

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Air Time: 3:30pm
First Pitch: 4:00pm

August 17, 2013

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Air Time: 3:30pm
First Pitch: 4:00pm

September 14, 2013

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Air Time: 12:30pm
First Pitch: 1:00pm

Mark Teixeira admits he’s overpaid

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Mark Teixeira is a key piece to the Yankees organization. He’s one of the best first baseman defensively and he’s a good home run hitter, but during an interview with Dan Barbirisi from the Wall Street Journal, Teixeira had a shocking (okay not really) confession to make: He’s completely overpaid!!

“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am.” Texieria said. “We all are.”

“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it, you’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 Million. When you’re Mike Trout making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 Million contract.” Teixeira added.

In the interview, Teixeira also spoke about him being almost past his prime. Teixeira turns 33 in April, meaning that he’s slowly accepting the fact that his body will start to break down.

“Maybe I’m slowing down to a tick. Look, I’m not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don’t want to say declining but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 homers and 100 RBI’s.”

Teixeira had admitted that he had tweaked his swing in order to please the fans, wanting to be that .290 hitter that he was when the Yankees signed him to an 8-year deal in 2009. The reality is, Teixeira realized that he wasn’t playing to his strengths, getting off to another slow start before changing his adjustments again in order to fit the way he plays the game. 

“You can’t make everyone happy.” Teixeira said. “I need to concentrate on what I do well. And what I do well is hitting home runs, driving in a lot of runs and playing great defense.”

“I’d love to be the player who hits home runs, drives in runs. I’d love to get back to the player that I’ve always been, but if I hit .250, .260 instead of .280, so be it.”

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Click to read the entire Mark Teixeira interview with quotes from Brian Cashman on the Wall Street Journal
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Hop Aboard the A-Rod Coaster

Rodriguez in 2008 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Rodriguez in 2008 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

If a roller coaster was created with the same sharp rises, abrupt plunges, and spine-bending curves of Alex Rodriguez’ Yankee career, its G-Forces would kill anyone foolish enough to ride it.  Here are some of the rises and falls of A-Rod’s nine seasons in pinstripes. [Rises in bold]

  • Feb. 15, 2004 | Traded to NY from the Rangers.  He chooses #13.  No one finds this ominous.
  • July 24, 2004 | Brawls with Jason Varitek at Fenway
  • Oct. 9, 2004 | Finishes ALDS with .421 BA
  • Oct. 19, 2004 | Swats the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove in Game 6 of the ALCS
  • Apr. 26, 2005 | 3 HR and 10 RBIs vs. the Angels
  • Nov. 14, 2005Wins 2nd AL MVP, 1st with the Yanks
  • May 30, 2007 | Shouts while passing a Toronto 3B, causing him to drop a pop up
  • Aug. 4, 2007 | 500th HR
  • Oct. 8, 2007 | Dating back to Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS he is 0 for 29 with RISP in the postseason.
  • Oct. 28, 2007 | Opts out of his contract.
  • Nov. 19, 2007 | Wins his 3rd AL MVP, 2nd with the Yanks.
  • Feb. 9, 2009 | Admits to using steroids from 2001-2003
  • May 8, 2009 | Returns after missing first month of the season, hitting a 3-run HR on 1st pitch.
  • Aug. 7, 2009 | Walkoff 15th inning HR vs. Red Sox
  • Oct. 9, 2009 | Ties Game 2 of the ALDS with a 2-run HR in the 9th inning
  • Oct. 17, 2009 | Ties Game 2 of the ALCS with a 2-run HR in the 11th inning
  • Oct. 31, 2009 | HR off a camera in RF in Game 3 of the World Series
  • Nov. 4, 2009 | Wins World Series, finishing postseason with 18 RBIs
  • Aug. 4, 2010 | Hits 600th HR
  • Sept. 29, 2010 | Record 13th straight season with 30 HR/100 RBI
  • Oct. 22, 2010 | Finishes ALCS with .190 BA
  • July 11, 2011 | Undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Aug. 4, 2011 | ESPN reports he participated in illegal, underground poker games
  • Oct. 6, 2011 | Finishes ALDS with .111 BA
  • June 12, 2012Hits record-tying 23rd grand slam
  • July 24, 2012 | Breaks hand on HBP
  • Oct. 13, 2012 | Reportedly hits on female fans during Game 1 of the ALCS
  • Oct. 18, 2012 | Finishes 3 for 25 in the postseason
  • Jan. 16, 2013 | Has surgery on his left hip
  • Jan. 29, 2013 | Linked to PEDs again through his connection to a Florida clinic
  • Jan. 30, 2013 | The Yanks look into voiding his contract

It’s anyone’s best guess what tomorrow will hold.

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Yankees Offseason Notes: Alex Rodriguez will not retire; Yanks sign Travis Hafner

Once again, the main focus of the day belonged to none other than Alex Rodriguez in his ongoing saga about the PED report. For fans that were hoping that Alex Rodriguez would retire out of shame–it’s not happening. A source close to Rodriguez spoke to the press today, addressing the fact that Rodriguez will not retire, meaning that it would take a bigger effort to strip A-Rod of his contract, should the report be true.

“Alex has no plans to retire at all.” The source told ESPN New York early Thursday morning.

While the media continues to buzz about the story of A-Rod possibly using PED’s again, a spokesperson for A-Rod spoke on behalf of A-Rod’s, discussing his rehab and him possibly returning to the field–if he’s not caught cheating and suspended first.

“Alex says he’s working diligently on his rehabilitation and is looking forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible.”

If A-Rod is working to get back on the field and if all of the allegations are proven true, I believe that this could be the last we see Alex Rodriguez in Yankees pinstripes. It would be hard to strip them from him, but if true, a man that repeatedly cheats the game of baseball isn’t worthy of wearing the sacred pinstripes that stand for all that is good to the New York Yankees.

Yankees sign Travis Hafner to one-year deal

The Yankees have signed Travis Hafner to a one year deal, filling the role for the DH–at least against right handed pitching. The numbers of the contract haven’t been revealed as of yet, but he will don pinstripes for the Yankees, filling a vacant role that previously belonged to Raul Ibanez during the 2012 season. Hafner spent nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians, before the Indians declined his option for the 2013 season, sending him to the free agency market.

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