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Yankees: Captain Derek Jeter speaks

Every ship has a captain, and the New York Yankees are no different.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Of course it takes an entire team to win and that is what is important, but the captain steers everything.

It is imperative whether on a ship or a baseball field for the captain to have a clear vision for a team to meet success.

And yesterday down in Tampa, Florida, Yankees Derek Jeter proved once again why he is one of the greatest examples of a captain during his Q & A with the media.

In case you missed it, here is the video for you to watch for yourself.

All I can say is Derek Jeter ain’t dead yet, so I suggest we all stop acting like it and focus on the season ahead. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Captain Derek Jeter speaks’ »

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Sorry Mark Teixeira! The Yankees aren’t back just yet

“We’re back to being the Yankees again. Last year, we weren’t the Yankees.” 

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game b...

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 26, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That is how first baseman Mark Teixeira described the state of the 2014 Yankees yesterday to ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand.

Regardless if you agree or not, it is tough to knock a guy who has an attitude of positive expectation.

Following an injury-riddled season, Tex’s confidence in his ability to produce is almost a necessity even if it sounds a tad preliminary in my opinion.

His words made me pause, bringing back some haunting memories from this time last season.

If you recall, the 2013 Yankees roster read a lot different at the start of Spring Training then it did on Opening Day. As key players, like Tex, got hit with serious injuries and the Yankees were not ready for it. Continue reading ‘Sorry Mark Teixeira! The Yankees aren’t back just yet’ »

Baseball Basics: New instant replay confusion

I have been asked to explain MLB’s new expansion of instant replay enough times now that it warranted a Baseball Basic answer.

English: An umpire, the referee in baseball.

An umpire in baseball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, here is a breakdown of the new instant replay system for the newbie baseball fan.

Please keep in mind that MLB wants this to be efficient so 2014 season is sort of a test run.

Why did MLB need to expand the use of instant replay?

Humans make mistakes.

Umpires are human, and sometimes they make bad calls.

And since the use of modern technology can cut these inaccuracies there is no reason not to make some use of this in baseball.

Hence, MLB has been under pressure to develop and expand the use of instant replay for some time now.

Until now instant replay in MLB consisted of umpires being able to check what they considered to be a questionable home run. This called for the game to stop, the umpiring crew to leave the field and re-watch the disputed homer before coming to a decision.

The expansion is hoping to eradicate controversial calls like when Jim Joyce’s obstruction call against Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks that ended Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. At least that is the goal. Continue reading ‘Baseball Basics: New instant replay confusion’ »

Yankees: Top Tweets about Jeet

It has only been 24 hours since New York Yankees Derek Jeter publicized that his official retirement will be at the end of the 2014 season, but no one can stop talking about it.

If you ever questioned Jeter’s popularity, don’t, as out of all the wave of reactions I have read, literally all have been beyond encouraging.

Over the short lifespan of the Internet, I have never saw such support for a person who is hogging all the newswires like this.

It undoubtedly solidifies just how iconic Jeter truly is.

And it is also a reminder of just how lucky New Yorkers are to have had this man love our great city with such respect.

Here are 10 top tweets about Jeet:

Rays David Price changed his twitter profile picture (@DAVIDprice14) to this: Continue reading ‘Yankees: Top Tweets about Jeet’ »

Yankees: How to say goodbye to Derek Jeter

New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter broke his own news yesterday via Facebook that he would be hanging up his Nike

English: Derek Jeter

English: Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

cleats at the end of the upcoming 2014 season.

Knowing Jeter’s end was close doesn’t make its reality any easier to grasp without a feeling a bag of mixed emotions.

Understandable, melancholy, humbled, and proud all at once is the best way I can describe my response once I confirmed this was true.

Many people might not understand that Derek Jeter is more than just a famous athlete playing for the most storied franchise.

Jeter bestowed limitless pride to an entire city like no one, or nothing else ever has.

So fittingly, winning a World Series Championship seems to be the only proper way to for the Yankees to bid the Captain’s greatness adieu.

It was unfortunate that Mariano Rivera last pitch was thrown in September and not October, but last season’s Yankees did not have the pieces needed to compete.

This time the Yankees head into season with added talent but not without questions. The odds of an implosion might be far less but is still possible. Continue reading ‘Yankees: How to say goodbye to Derek Jeter’ »