What an exciting and competitive first half of baseball in the 2009 season. Never short of drama both on and off the field but keep in mind we are only at the mid-point of the season. Now starts the second half which gives all teams almost a fresh start to regroup and attack. Even teams in dead last realize that anything is possible. Plenty of teams have been under .500 baseball at the all-star break and made the playoffs. It looks like a lot of the old rivals will be going head to head hoping to be crowned the division champion. This is going to be exciting and I am sure the way sports are today the drama will continue. Sadly, in order to get a player attention from the media or press, off-field antics are what gets you the headline; remember when it was actually how a player preformed at the sport of baseball, not who you date or what party you might have attended till 3am when all thought you needed a few days off from fatigue. I know that some of my “headlines” are so slim but not out of the question and in the MLB you just never know. Please click on ‘Begin Slideshow’ below and it will take you to my most recent article with a slideshow. Featured on the Bleacher Report. Thanks, enjoy!! Begin Slideshow
Another series, excuse me another series won is more direct. The Yanks took three of four from a fellow AL East team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Let me just commend both New York and Toronto, who were both subject to the hot, humid sun that was over Yankee Stadium. I went to the game and I couldn’t bare it anymore myself and spilt after the seventh inning stretch. Shhh….
I know my Yanks deserve better from me because the team has been playing their hearts out. As just an observer I was so drained from sun I was dizzy for hours after I had left.
I wrapped a sweater over my seasonal Yanks hat like I was in the desert. My hydration technique was desperate. I drank one beer, chugged two waters, had a fountain Pepsi but once a lady five feet from me fainted I waved the boys adios.
A few questioned my loyalty as I charged to the subway as the thought of AC was on my mind. Why you ask……here are the facts:
This team can never be counted out until the last out of the game is called.
Here are some future deserved headlines….”The Come-back Club”, “Yankees: Team That Never Quits”, “The Team That Plays To Win”, “Yankees Motto: Win Today”, “Watch Out Here Come The Yankees”. If that does not explain why whether you watch, listen or whatever form of technology one might use to see the Yanks game, you stay focused till its over.
Petite was not horrible today at all. Toronto is a great team cemented by being in first place in AL East for most of the first half of this season.
I try to keep up with as much general baseball as I can absorb. A few non-Yankee players I always keep up with, one being Alex Rios. I had just read over the weekend that Rios was in a slump and got moved down the batting order to sixth or seventh. Rios is a darn good player and that cannot feel good for any athlete so he was bound to get hot. Today “hot” was Rios’s middle name.
Eric Hinske seemed a little random at the trade deadline. I had that pit in my stomach that Cashman has given me before. Gladly, it was just obvious dehydration as Hinske made a diving catch that will be a definite ESPN Play Of The Week. This guy left Pittsburgh and never looked back. He was loving it in right field and the fans loved him back. Is Cashman some kind of psychic as each addition seems just add more team spirit and on this hotter than heck afternoon it was nice to see. Continue reading ‘I’ll Take The Loss Today, Boys: Hot Air Clouds Judgement in New York’ »
I will start by congratulating both the Yankees for another win this afternoon. Even if the brooms don’t come out and sweep the Toronto Blue Jays right out of the Bronx, another series is already won. Come on, anyone who lives in the universe knows that the Yanks are about to add a nation to their list. If you don’t get what I am talking about here ya go….…The $&#*$ Boston Red Sox won today as well but the boys in pinstripes have closed the AL race to just a game separating the two rivals. The bigger sports event today (can you imagine there is one….…LOL!) Was the men’s singles at Wimbledon final match between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer? Congratulations to Roger for winning this tough opponent and winning his 5th Wimbledon title but also becoming the player to have won the most grand slams in history, this was #15 for him. Poor Pete Samparas watched his record be broken. Samparas was my absolute favorite tennis player ever and I miss him playing dearly. Tennis was classier when it was Pete, Ivan, Jimmy and Mac. I did fall in love alongside the whole world with our beloved Andre Agassi. This champion’s farewell speech at the US Open is a link in one of my past posts and it is so inspiring and humbling. The final today was all class. I love Roger and Andy alike and they keep the sport old school. “Respecting the game” in all sports are scarily working its way out. With all the rain in the Northeast to have everyone at my parents beach house was watching, pacing and screaming along with each point on the third gorgeous day we have had should be say enough. How does this match compare to Red Sox/Yankees rivalry? Huge example is who’s heart did not go out to Andy Roddick just a few hours ago. This guy has been in four championship appearances at Wimbledon, even more is that he lost all of them to Federer. I have faith that Roddick will have his name on the cup as a grass court champion before his career is over and he still has some time. I guess Andy can relate to the Red Sox up until 2006 and in the same regard the Yanks are the Federer’s of baseball, still 26 is not going to be caught anytime soon. The difference with this 2009 Yankees team are finally acting like Federer by being a classy team again. The last few years it was not their at all. Hey I live and die for my Yankees but a fact is a fact and that my friend, was what the Yankees had transformed into actuality. Times have changes as it’s not happening in 2009, and not the Yanks anymore. Tough is being kind to how much work it is going to take. I hope I can even bare to watch. I sure fantasize about winning the world series again because I am proud of the Yankees team camaraderie, that is why not one person I watched the tennis with was mad that Federer won. How could you unless you had some personal issue with Roger? Federer is the Mariano of graciousness when defeated and gives his sincere credit to any opponent no matter the outcome. I can say that the Yankees finally are comparable to Roger again and who would not want to be. He deserves to be the greatest as did Pete Samparas who’s record of 14 grand slams he broke today. Both tennis players are just the example of grace, elegance, sportsmanship and a purely, genuine respect for the game they play. This is why I love sports so much; it is these performances that intoxicate people. The glass is never half full, half empty, overflowing or dry for this theory is not needed to describe the examples displayed from athletes like Federer and Roddick today. It makes me as a fan proud to be one. And a fan of both sides, men, teams competing today with utter disregard for loyalty. It was abolished, like it had never e
ven existed as either outcome would be adequate. The Yankees are acting like they are just proud to be playing baseball. Undeniably doing it everyday giving the actual sport the attention it rightly deserves. Boston has been doing this and their best effort won them two championships in the last four seasons. Like a proud parent watching her Yankee team finally realizing that the pinstripes are a uniform they wear and it did not include a light-saber sword. Finally playing with regarding that it comes with such a history attached and an honor. I was honestly so discouraged at the end of 08′ season and the beginning of this one that it was starting to get insulting. Along with sadly having to watch as it unfolded onto the Yanks new home that deserved much better start then that. The Yankees are consistently displaying the great Federer whom was crowned the king and a champion again today. The Red Sox are the ever tough opponent earning it with such dignity to be deemed “the nation”. That was Andy Roddick today, vowing to get there soon and he will just as Boston did. Even though Roddick lost he still has the fight in his eyes and so do the Red Sox. For me, now you know what I do half the time (probably more like 80%) I am awake. I want it for my team to be honored again. The Yankees making the playoffs is on the brain. I dream it, eat dinner with it and obviously needed to vent about it. Aka This blogger blog that never changes the subject on me and I can say anything about my Yankees cause the stress is mounting. I want everyone to know I care not just as a happy fan but for my team, the players, managers, bat boys , etc. I truly want the New York Yankees to win! Federer has grand slams galore, Andy just one US Open but who can say that they were pissed that Federer won? Both of these superior men gave us an awesome sunday of tennis and I am forever thankful for ever minute of it. I think the same will be given to us fans in the second half of this baseball season. Finally it’s about time my Yankees realized they are vital part and for real again. Hats off to all champions who respect the sport with the humble attitude of being a leader….…I thank you.
What a nice seven game win streak the Yankees had been on till our loss tonight in the third game to Seattle Mariners. The Yankees won two out of three to takes the series.
In response to the loss just as Girardi said after the game these athletes are human beings who can’t win every game and I could not agree more. As a fan I think I forget that sometimes. Wouldn’t it be nice if the streaks would go on for 40 or 05 games? Of course it would but that would make it boring and pretty uneventful.
Lets pretend that the one team won 120 games cruised on to win their division and continued to be champions of their respected division. This super-human team of athletes would be the projected winner in the world series by such odds, obviously. The city this team called home had already started celebrating and the only thing not prepared for the ticker tape parade was just contingent on how quickly they would win.
Does it hurt more to let’s say if this team lost? I can tell you from experience that beating the team that seemed unstoppable is one of the best feelings I have ever had as a fan. Can you guess what two teams I am referring too?
Why the hell am I bring this up now? I am referring to this because I want that feeling again for the Yankees this year.
Yes, I am talking about the 26 ringed dynasty that was the franchise a decade ago to aspire too. I know so many haters of the Yankees who hate them for becoming what the team represents today. So I wonder is it the big payroll or the loyal fans that makes so many root against the Yanks? Do the players on the Yankees not play as hard as the rest cause they go home to bigger houses and drive a Ferrari or at least have one? Continue reading ‘Hey Yankees Motto Is You Win Some, You Lose One’ »