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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’ »

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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

Halladay: 3 Reasons He’s Not For The Bronx But Remember There Is Always Queens

It is about to start, the second half of the baseball season. Seems it is back to its paramount nature again. This is as exciting as baseball can get.

The race in the AL East featuring a rivalry fans have been craving to have back. This decades long dual has officially turned into a thrice. The AL East is just one of six leagues and each brings an amount of drama to it except for one.

To my dismay, this eminent battle is one I want to see again. It is the exception just not getting the thrust needed to ignite itself.

And it lies in the NL East, which has the Phillies. Most, better know them as the champs who are proving that last year was no lucky run. This ball-club is said to be a lock for October. This is where I see a Mets team that is pissed, fans that are frustrated beyond belief; a plague of injuries and no player has come up to the plate yet to rally this club.

You must be wondering how this is related to the title of my article/slideshow. Well, I believe that Roy Halladay could be the fire that makes the Mets fresh again.

My other theory is this ace could be the insanity that only my Yankees could miss the playoffs with.
  1. The Yankees need to learn from the past. Everyone knows the team has BIG money. Why? Cause we spend, spend, spend with the intent to win, win, win. Well its time to wake-up, as this has not worked, worked, worked. Finally, the team is fun again and adding a guy with the status that comes with a Halladay is going to overwhelm everyone. Its time to start sticking to what works suitably but it is not perfect by any means. Trying to attain perfection is the aspect to the Yanks routine that has been the hardest to break. Money cannot buy a world series….. Learn from mistakes and remember how much money was tossed to get this dynamic group already. And cheers Cashman because it is working and the haters can hate more but do not make your own fans join them please. Halladay would make me question Cashman’s sanity.
  2. The team is working harder for each other and things like 12 comeback wins in the ninth or whatever last inning it is does not just happen by coincidence. Motivation is behind the fight of not wanting to let the other guy down by getting lazy. I love Halladay but I think the Yankees will get lazy and expect to have to do less. And there is no denial that the subconscious damage it inevitably will bring will be hurt. Nothing screams lack of confidence more then desperation.
  3. What the Yanks would need to give up for Roy would be nuts. Toronto is in the same division but how much longer does Halladay have really. He is about to be 33, he has been injury recently placed on DL and he pitched horribly in the all-star game that almost slipped away because he gave up the hits. Plus I do not want Vernon Wells and his $100 million coming to my Bronx Bombers. The whole thing would be cause who else can pay that other then the Steinbreners’. Wait they still own the team, right? I miss George, I must admit. Then consider the players given to Toronto could become more of problem for the Yanks down the road. Am I psychic? No, but the Yanks do not fair well when similar deals have happened before. Faith in ability needs a chance to be proven first while in pinstripes and our younger ones have sure been great. Melky, Garner will probably get rookie of the year, Pena, Cervelli and Hughes has been lights-out, so what is the problem. Logically I think Cashman has really gotten the best fits that do not come into the spotlight of being a Yankee blinded. My hat is off to Brian, as he is good at his job.
  4. Now it looks like Halladay wants to go and Toronto needs to look ahead of this year as it not going to happen for this team. It is a smart and well thought out move. Halladay commands for so much and who else can The Blue Jays stick Wells and his overpaid self too better then Roy. Who could use this boost the most? It is the team that needs to get back to Amazin, again. Omar needs to do something BIG and this would qualify. Give Toronto Reyes and some prospects. Reyes is a thorn in the Mets. Reyes has the virus that Lebron James is spreading around sports; which is thinking that there bigger then the game itself. Wait, if you look at Jordon he was bigger then basketball but never acted it; Tiger is golf but respects its aspects; Federer is humble as the best tennis player ever to live so what is wrong with these young guys. The most important example for Reyes is Manny being Manny. Manny Ramirez is a pain, self-absorbed and ridiculous with his idealisms but the man has made the mark that makes it acceptable. Manny being Manny is no
    t anything to strive for or look up too but he has proven himself. I feel that Reyes needs a wake-up call and that will happen if the Mets get some courage to deal him.

My wish I guess as a fan I hope in the next two weeks when ESPN breaks the Halladay news it is for my other hometown ball-club. I am a diehard Yankees fan but I am fair as a person and its time for the Mets to have a big day on occasion as well.

Good luck to Mr. Halladay and whatever team should get the honor of such an ‘amazin’ player.

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