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What It’s Like To Be A Baseball Fan During The “Steroid Era”

Dear Mr. Selig,

I will get right to the point as this needs to be addressed immediately. What is going to be done about the “Steroid Era“?

The whole thing is turning into a soap opera and it sure didn’t have too. Here are some points that are very on:

  1. The survey conducted by Major League Baseball in 2003 was to see how widespread the use of performing enhancing drugs was in the game. All the players who agreed to the partake in the surveys testing were under the assumption that the results were going to completely anonymous. In addition the tests were supposed to be used to aid in making the use of these substances illegal. No fan disagrees that rules about the use of performance enhancing drugs needed to be implemented in baseball and that it should be completely against the sport. Fans want to know why the need to lie too players? Only to have their names released or leaked to the media years late just seems completely unfair. Fans idolize these athletes and dreams are being broken all over the world; so realize whats at stake please. Continue reading ‘What It’s Like To Be A Baseball Fan During The “Steroid Era”’ »

Three Quick Thoughts, Five Minutes Before Critical Tampa Series Starts

1. The Tampa Bay Rays seem to be creeping up. It has been a slow process but Joe Madden is making sure his team is in reach. My bet is that this young, talented ball club will pounce and it will happen fast. Lets not forget where the Yankees just were in the standings at the All-Star break. Either team cause their division peers will take the lose as one whole and with Boston still lurking in the middle critical for the Yankees to put themselves ahead.

2. Now the Boston Red Sox are struggling. This is largely due to injuries. As any one familiar with baseball knows that it happens and it is unfortunate but it can kill any hope for a teams future. The Rays just got back two of their best pitchers from last season recently and Evan Longoria‘s bat is heating up.

3. Also keep in mind that Tampa is not the rookie team it was of two seasons ago because the players have gone the distance. Being aware of what it takes to get through this long season. Imagine making it to the World Series only to lose has got to be a huge motivation for these athletes. What a way to start a winning streak then to take down the almighty New York Yankees.

The Yankees need to win this series for mental reasons just as much as where the team will stand in the toughest divisional race in baseball, the American League East.Tampa will attack any weaknesses and the Yanks need to continue to play consistent baseball in which all aspects play a part.

If the team happens to revert back to the pitching doing their jobs but the hitters are stranding runners on base or vice-versa it will be worrisome.

The Yankees need to prove themselves in this series as next week it is Boston and the team needs to go in with the most confidence possible!!


I Am A Proud Fan of The New York Yankees

So my question is why do we constantly get a reminder that the Yankees are the devil or anti-Christ of the sports world? And that Arod is a cheating, self-absorbed, Jeter obsessed, overpaid player who is the cancer of any team he plays on?

Manny Ramirez is more popular than ever. Mark Maguire is still a hero in St. Louis. Jason Giambi is considered a man of dignity by the fans.
Petite has been forgiven. Selena Roberts gets a pass when it comes to fact checking. And how is Joe Torre still a hero?

I guess my frustrations about the ‘Haters’ seemed to be starting to fade again until yesterday. The Yankees are in first place, winning games with consistency as a complete team and starting off the second half winning nine out of ten home games. Even my Yankee fan-hating doorman, Pat was smiling and nodding that the Yanks got it this season.

Then my father came into the TV room and asked if I had read the NY Times book review section this weekend and I replied no. He continued to inform me there was a 2-page spread about three books all on the Yankees and Arod.

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My shock was that there were three more books this season about the Yankees. What more could be done to a team in which their old skipper, who was worshiped in my hometown sold them out as cheaply as celebrity tabloid?

To my disbelief two of the three books have been out for months, Selena Roberts and Joe Torre’s books. And a third one that is called ‘The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime’ which has been out for three months.

Why now? Haven’t these books been out long enough or is the writer really Torre and Roberts using a ghost name to trash the Yankees and attempt to make fans question the team. The team that made them both rich too; forgot to add that part in the article.

It seems to be the same idea of the books by shredding all aspects of the historical franchise and trashing Alex Rodriguez but still worshipping our beloved captain.

I have read Mr. Torre’s novel. It actually came out in stores on February 4th, the day after my birthday. Anticipating the greatness of Torre as a person, I pre-ordered two copies so I would defiantly not have to wait.

The eagerness and impatience very quickly turned to disappointment with each page of the “Yankee Years“.

The stories, thought maybe true were just flat out mean. Well, the years Torre won with the team were just as imagined, inspiring and nice pieces of history to hold onto.

The unsuccessful seasons had a different tune to them. It was a handful of insults individualized to specific players as almost trying to take the reader off the fact that post season was a failure. Damon was not wanted. Rivera lost the team the World Series in 2004 tight from Mussina’s mouth. Arod where to begin, Jeter lover and unaccepted, waste of talent who Torre really never accepted himself.

It was the lowest kind-of blame or distraction from the truth that the teams just not winning. And it was the journal from the man I got goose bumps at the mere mention of his name, skipper Joe Torre. By no means am I saying that he didn’t have the right to published his years with the Yankees but after he retired from the game he claims to have respect and love for.

There was no heed for timing. It was a selfish, money-making and just plain out mean to quote current teammates backstabbing each other. And if Arod is the insecure, in dire need for acceptance player as Torre claims then why would anyone who witnessed him struggling want to cement it as fact.

I guess money is the devil’s best weapon because I never thought that Joe Torre would trash the franchise that made him so rich and so famous. It makes one question all of Torre’s character and to me the better have been a huge check to sell out the players who idolized like a father.

On Selena Roberts book, I will not buy it as I don’t read trash. Regardless if any truth is behind some of the ‘facts’ Roberts writes about, I find it pretty pathetic to have to make a living off attempts that ruin other peoples lives. Roberts has made a career off making her presumptions into facts for no other reason then to profit from it. Hey, I just couldn’t live with myself. Ms. Roberts must have a lot of anger and I feel sorry for her as a person who is sick.

The third book I am not as familiar with but I will read it. Since everyone else seems to do it, I will presume the title speaks for it self, “American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime“; the pages will trash Clemens in all respects but might get the historical facts about the years known as the ‘Steroid Era’. Continue reading ‘I Am A Proud Fan of The New York Yankees’ »

5 Crazy Rants From A Die-hard Fan Yankees Fan About Being In 1st Place



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Yankees Trade: Kim Jones for Me?

I hate being so mean, but one of the most annoying parts about watching a Yanks game has to be hearing the YES Network‘s Kim Jones. In all honesty, I think her pre-game/post-game showcases and interviews are terrible. She wraps well with the guys in the booth but she doesn’t shed any perspective that keeps a viewer listening. I sometimes listen just to hear what comes out of her mouth.

I do not know Ms. Jones at all and I’m sure she brings something that keeps her in this coveted job. In my observations as the ideal fan she is supposed to connect with, she has yet to carry out anything but the complete opposite.

Just to keep this in perspective, I am sure Kim Jones is a nice person who works hard. That’s not my focus here. This is about the lack of what I presume the job description and outcome is supposed to be.

Maybe that’s why her product or intention seems so far-fetched; could be that she simply doesn’t care enough to waste the effort. Who knows why, and who really cares? I can tell you – I do. And, here are just a few reasons why I’m better suited for the job:

1. I actually like the Yankees. Ms. Jones has become the dreaded interview that one mandatory Yankee, usually the game’s MVP, has to partake in right before heading off the field. This looks like a chore for the player who has to endure this honor on any given night.

2. I would not jinx the Yankee Captain right before the first game of the post season against Cleveland (and the Yanks were the wild card too!). Ms. Jones has done this on more than one occasion where, as a result, she gets the “you’re kidding me, right?” look from the player who gets to answer her outlandish question. As a baseball fan and, more importantly, as the bridge between the viewers and the Yankees, shouldn’t’t she be more aware than anyone about how superstitious athletes and sports fans are?

3. It’s time for a new face for the Yankees pre/post game. And, come on, how much could her contract be tying up the YES Network for money? The Yankees organization hates the idea of not keeping the fans interested, and I’m definitely not interested and almost dread what has become an expected face for each and every game. I could be just that new face the Yankees need as this team is fun and different, so YES should follow. Continue reading ‘Yankees Trade: Kim Jones for Me?’ »

From The Heart Of A True Yanks Fan: Just A Few Simple Thoughts

Wow! The second half could not be starting out much better then sweeping the Tigers and a walk-off by Matsui to beat the Orioles tonight.

All around the Yankees look solid. Pitching seems to be straightening itself out as Joba pitched great last night. Now maybe he can prove all of us wrong. Joba used all four pitches last night. His fastball was 95 in the first and 97 in the seventh so that speaks volumes for Cashman holding out.

Maybe I should realize that Brian knows what he is doing, some of the time. In addition to his genius I think all the attention on Phil Hughes probably got to Joba’s inflamed head. Hughes became the hero and Joba was the one he was saving. That would sure motivate me to get my act together. Also realizing that the fans and media were starting to not care if I was traded because when you are hurting the team thats not good. And not to admit it afterwards makes an athlete seem entitled and with no past of being productive it it just not going to work.

Over the weekend I was nervous because of the whipping the Yanks got just a week prior. Detroit is a solid ball-club with great hitters and good pitching, with one of the best starters in Velander.

I was encouraged and hopeful for the future of this season. Here are the postitives that have served the Yankees well in the first four days of the second half:

  1. Girardi has rested the pitchers by not overusing the bullpen. Have not totally agreed with every move but all seem healthy and that will be the demise of collapsing teams to come.
  2. Joba has seen the light. I know it is just one start but it is at home where he has struggled. I can say this is expected from Joba because he has been dynamite before so time to show it. Maybe the four days off helped by his family telling him that in order to act like a superstar you have to first be one!
  3. Can anyone get enough of Phil Hughes. Lights-out and for two solid innings against Detroit on saturday cemented him in the fact that this guy came to play. I have always been a Hughes advocate even when he was horrible last year I wore my Hughes shirt with pride cause I could see the potential in his stuff.
  4. Andy Petite will pitch like this the most of the second half. He is of the old school and he knows what is expected of him. Moreover it is what Andy expects of himself and my faith in him does not waiver.
  5. Hopefully Cashman is sitting back with his legs up on the desk until July 31st. Have not heard anything trade-wise and trust me the media would embellish anything regarding Halloday or my Yanks. Please I have nightmares of this grave mistake being made.
  6. The Red Sox are losing and looking at stats of both leagues Boston’s OBP has taken a dive each month. Watch for Theo Epstien to pick up a batter before trade deadline.
  7. I can thank Mark Teixeira for the best quote I have heard in years. That the Yankees will have home field advantage in World Series this year. I cannot find the exact words he said so not in quotes but what a player he is and I commend Teixeira for his spirit.
  8. Alex Rodriguez is not at his full capacity but he sure is getting better and his presence helps for sure.
  9. How important attitude is in regards to sports in general. Especially when you play for the Yankees franchise the pressure is on and it can get the best of you. After th

    e Angels took all three I did not know what to think but the worst was definitely looking like a reality of the Yankees I have known the last five years. I am a believer now and that is because if the team is not effected then as a fan I have to let it go, which is much harder to do than one can imagine. Nothing gets this team down and that is amazing to watch as a fan.

I just hope that all the hater Yankees fans start to believe a little more that this is something that is real. For a minute stop trying to find something wrong and relish in the great things that this team is showing each game played.

Old habits are hard to break and no amount of money can truly change someone’s mindset. Money can make someone fake a good thing but its never works. Finding faults is the easiest way out of facing something defeat because change is always the more difficult if at first it fails.

For the not only the haters but for all to learn from, here is one of the greatest athlete’s quote about team:
If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them. Negative people can sap your energy so fast, and they can take your dreams from you, too.” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson