New York sports fan, losing is something I haven’t gotten very used too.
New Yor Post – Back Cover – 10/01/2013
See, I was born into a Yankees and Giants fan-family.
And fortunately, thanks to my age, I did not give a hoot about either team until the mid 1990’s.
So my sports fan hood started at a pretty ideal time.
The Yankees won their first of five World Series Titles from 1996 to present, and
the Giants brought home Super Bowl Championships in 1995, 2008 and 2012.
This might explain why Yankees-Giants fans have always felt superior in the
Big Apple to our nemesis the Mets-Jets fans.
As there are exceptions to every rule, I admit to consorting with a few Giants-Mets and Jets-Yankees fans but secretly they are viewed as almost problematic people.
So please try to understand that I have had superior fan status in my hometown of NYC my entire life.
Literally, I have known nothing else until now.
As 2013 has been a numbing reality check for both Yankees and Giants fans.
It started about a month ago with the Yankees missing the postseason for the only the second time in 19-seasons.
Continue reading ‘Yankees – Giants fans are starting to panic’ »
New York Yankees inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner was on the Mike Francesa Show yesterday, and all I can say is he still doesn’t get it.
Hal Steinbrenner thanking the fans… (Photo credit: JeffreyPutman)
Hal acknowledged that the 2013 season was a disappointment.
He also admitted that the Yankees development within their farm system has not panned out as they were hoping.
And once again, Hal reiterated his late father’s mantra over and over that fielding a championship caliber team remains the Yankees first priority.
Francesa asked Hal a few times about his well-publicized wish of keeping the Yankees payroll under
MLB’s $189 million salary cap for 2014 season.
Hal said there are many reasons for the Yankees to keep the payroll below the $189 million next season.
This is true as paying a 50%
luxury tax on every dollar they spend above the cap is a solid reason.
But what I don’t get is if implementing this frugality negates fielding a championship caliber team, why the heck is Hal even considering it still?
And this is why either Hal just doesn’t get it, or else thinks us Yankees fans are idiots as his two ‘goals’ cancel each other out.
If the #1 priority for 2014 is to field a
World Series championship caliber team, Hal is going to have to spend, spend and spend some more to do it. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner do you think us fans are idiots?’ »
As a member of the
Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I get a vote in their Annual Awards for the 2013 regular season.
The Lady…in NYC. (foam hand was added.)
Since Lady Loves Pinstripes is primarily a
New York Yankees blog, I voted for the American League winners.
BBA Annual Postseason Awards will be announced after the conclusion of the World Series.
Here is who I voted for, please feel free to disagree.
Connie Mack Award:
The Connie Mack Award is given to the top manager each year.
Joe Girardi, New York Yankees
Willie Mays Award:
The Willie Mays Award is given to the top rookie each year.
Wil Meyers, Tampa Bay Rays
Goose Gossage Award:
The Goose Gossage Award is given to the top reliever each year.
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Walter Johnson Award:
The Walter Johnson Award is given to the top pitcher each year.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Stan Musial Award:
The Stan Musial Award is given to the top player each year.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Continue reading ‘Lady Loves Pinstripes: BBA 2013 Post Season Awards Ballot’ »
Rays vs. Red Sox – 022 (Photo credit: OkiGator)
The only encouraging thing to come from this ALDS series for the
Tampa Bay Rays thus far is that they are getting the heck out of Boston, and Fenway Park at least for Game 3.
Red Sox up 2-0 in the five-game Divisional Series, the Rays have their backs against wall, a spot Tampa Bay is familiar with.
Anyone watching the first two games would be hard pressed not to agree that the Red Sox are the superior ball club, just as they were all throughout the regular season.
The Red Sox have manhandled Rays pitching scoring 19-runs in total in the first two games. The Rays drove in six runners in total.
Bottom line is the Rays have their hands full. And unfortunately, unlike the 29 other MLB teams, home field advantage is meaningless down in Tampa Bay, as the Rays play in a dump and a minuscule fan base.
But in the words of Rays skipper Joe Maddon following his team’s 12-2 to start the ALDS:
“I’ve learned one thing, or a main thing regarding baseball — 24 hours can make a huge difference. That’s just one game, baby. That’s just one. We’ll be back tomorrow, I promise you. We’ll be ready to play. We will not be affected mentally by tonight’s game. We’ll be ready to play.” ( mlb.com) Continue reading ‘ALDS Game 3 preview: Yankees fan talks Red Sox vs. Rays’ »
The first priority on GM
Brian Cashman’s extensive off-season checklist is resigning skipper Joe Girardi, as his contract expired at the end of this past season.
English: Joe Girardi presents President Barack Obama with a New York Yankees signed team jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Keeping Girardi is absolutely vital more than ever, as he was the team’s nucleus through all the ups and downs that this last year doled out.
The Yankees exclusivity over Girardi until October 31 st and then other team are free to tempt him away.
And for the few Girardi-haters, here is some advice… stop your nonsense because you sound senseless by saying to let this man walk even one step away from the
Let me tell you, this is a wanted man across baseball as any team needing a new voice to lead their team will be after Girardi.
Cubs, Reds and Nationals are all said to be interested in making Girardi an offer if he decides to hear them come November.
David Kaplan of CSN Chicago tweeted that the Nationals already asked the Yankees for permission to talk to him and I think you can figure out that Cashman said absolutely not. Continue reading ‘Yankees: What team isn’t trying to steal our skipper?’ »
MLB Postseason has officially started, as the starts of the Divisional Series are already underway.
baseball nuts, like myself, made their playoff picks days ago.
But as a
Yankees fan, the reality of the situation took a little longer to set in.
Calling me a sore loser, spoiled or just in plain denial is fair as it was probably a combination of all three.
Plus there is nothing like heading to the
Bronx on the 4-train, and watching Postseason baseball at Yankee Stadium.
Hopefully the Yankees come back with a vengeance like they did in 2009 after not making the 2008 Postseason.
You remember the other time there was no baseball in the Bronx in the last two decades.
Ok I will stop now….here are my 2013 MLB Postseason picks:
My 2013 MLB POSTSEASON PICKS.
As I am watching Game One of the ALDS between the
Rays and Red Sox up in Boston, I am starting to second guess my choices.
Look the bottom line is, I am no dummy.
Continue reading ‘2013 MLB Postseason Predictions: Who did this Yankees fan pick to win?’ »