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New York Yankees: Top 3 non-baseball reasons Opening Day was awful

I hate to admit this, but 2013 Opening Day at Yankee Stadium was awful.

“YANKEES FANS CATCH EARLY TRAIN HOME FROM TODAY’S OPENER” – BustedCoverage.com

Forget the 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, and that the Yankees could not muster up a hit after the fifth inning.

The only smart thing I did yesterday was exit the game early with the rest of the Stadium because honestly no one could watch any longer.

The Yankees were clearly outmatched by Boston, but the lack inspiration was what got to me and talking to my Mets fan friends didn’t help either.

Here are the three things that got to me:

1) Dónde estaba el Capitán?

(translation: Where was the Captain?)

Even my mother knows that Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle is not healed yet, but he should have showed up at Opening Day.

Jeter is rehabbing down in Tampa, as I presume Phil Hughes and Curtis Granderson are too but Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are hurt and they came.

Red Sox veteran David Ortiz was there, and he is on the DL, but the Yankees Captain couldn’t make it to New York to be with the team?

Why aren’t he, and the other two not rehabbing in NY in the first place?

Could it be related to Jeter officially claiming residency in the state of Florida?

I can attest that many New Yorkers do this, as there is no income tax in the Sunshine State. But the law states that you have to spend six months out of New York State, and it is strict.

For example, let’s say Jeter was on a flight with a layover at JFK, but he did not get off the plane. Doesn’t matter that is counted as one entire day spent in New York by the IRS.

So Jeter has to keep tabs on the number of days he spends in New York, or else Uncle Sam will make him pay up.

2) A-Rod not getting introduced in the pre-game ceremony really bummed me out.

I found out afterwards via the New York Daily News that this was A-Rod’s own request, but can you blame him?

Injured Teixeira got a big ovation from the New York crowd during the player intros, as A-Rod hide inside the clubhouse.

After having a restraining order issued to stay away from Spring Training, I hoped the Yankees would have insisted that A-Rod be introduced with his teammates. I would expect any player at the Stadium in full Yankees uniform to be acknowledged, but I get why A-Rod asked not to be.

A-Rod is a player on the New York Yankees, and in my opinion all should be treated accordingly.

I felt bad that A-Rod was not once seen with his teammates during Spring Training.

He was nowhere to be found at Mariano Rivera’s retirement press conference, while the injured Curtis Granderson was front and center in an arm cast to support his teammate with his team.

I recognize that A-Rod is amid another slew of PED allegations but nothing has been proven. The only fact thus far in the case is that A-Rod has not failed any drug tests conducted by MLB since he came clean in 2009.

A-Rod says these accusations are bogus, so why have the Yankees abandoned him completely?

Did the Brewers not introduce Ryan Braun in Milwaukee?

Sure the Yankees brass must be frustrated, as A-Rod cannot seem to stay away from the drama, as it is always something.

Bottom line is regardless of everything else A-Rod is a Yankee. And until that uniform is off, both ownership and fans should treat him correctly.

I presume that A-Rod would not receive the warmest welcome from Yankees fans, but those that boo him are complete idiots. They are just jealous folks who need to get a life.

I would have stood and cheered for A-Rod yesterday, like I always have and will continue to do.

Why?

A-Rod is a player who works so hard to please the fans, and almost to a fault.

If AJ Burnett’s success in Pittsburgh is not enough proof of what the booing can do to a player mentally, than I do not know what else to say.

3) Receiving a phone call from my Mets buddies who were over in Queens just iced the cake.

Let me just say after the phone call, I was jealous.

They were having a blast watching their Mets beat up on the Padres 11-2, I also learned about the new video called the Citi-Field Shake

I did not tell them that all I did was pray for Brett Gardner not to get injured. I was covering my eyes when balls were hit in his direction because I was frightened Gardy was one play away from doing something reckless and getting hurt.

Bottom line is I wish the Yankees did something fun like the Mets did.

I know the Harlem shake is so two months ago but who cares, the effort in itself was the awesome part.

There’s an old saying: “When it comes to teams, either we’re pulling together or we’re pulling apart!” 

The Mets look to finally be on the right road.

 

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22 Comments

  1. lolo says:

    Jeter, Opening Day, Fl Taxes. Only you Kate could come up with something so stupid. So if he was not on the DL he would have been there, right? But because he was not there it's because of taxes. Priceless.

    • LLP says:

      Lolo – The point is Derek Jeter was not there and in my opinion he should have been. Excuse me…Jeter should have wanted to be there for his teammates, the fans and because he couldn't imagine not being there. A-rod is the most injured of all the wounded Yankees, and he made sure to be there. Big Papi was there and he is on the DL.

      Bottom line is I was at the game yesterday and expected to see Jeter there with the Yankees. Jeter claiming residency in Florida allots him only 183 days in New York, and if he spends one day over all of his income is subject to New York tax.

      There is no personal income tax in Florida so why do you think so many people do this? Jeter did this because he will save millions not paying NY taxes because there is no other reason to do it in the first place.

      • lolo says:

        The one year of his Yankee Career he did not make it to Opening Day and it was over taxes. You need to medicate Dear. Better yet, show this to your Dad.

        Jeter serves the Yankees better getting treatment in Tampa and working out than trying to please you by being there. Apparent;y the Yankee brass agree. You are so naive, I'm sorry.

        • LLP says:

          Actually Lolo, Jeter had a quad injury at the start of 2001 season and he missed Opening Day that season too. Jeter wasn't the Yankees Captain until 2003, and with that comes a different set of responsibilities.

          And I never said Jeter missed Opening Day over taxes, I just was starting the facts because it could have factored into his reason for not coming. Did you personally talk to Jeter, as you make statements as if they are true.

          Please explain to me how Jeter better serves the Yankees in Tampa? And why me wishing he came to the Stadium to show support for his team and the fans is "naive"?

          People are allowed to workout in New York City… you know. You do not know what the Yankees brass is thinking as they would never admit the truth anyway to keep the drama away. Still the one thing I have seen in the sports world of today is that the super-stars do, what the super-stars want to do.

          • lolo says:

            I think missing Opening Day and not being there for Opening day are 2 different things. You have this bizarre way of saying things are facts when there only your opinion.

            Your naive to think the Captain would want to miss Opening day. But it's only 1 of 162. His goal is to get ready as fast as he can and hobbling to NY to make you happy ain't one of them. Did Boomer mention taxes as well??????

            • LLP says:

              Actually, yes Boomer mentioned the tax situation with Jeter a few times and I had already written this post so I was not alone in my thinking.
              I was merely pointing out a fact that Jeter's residency was officially changed to Florida about a week prior to Opening Day. I never said that was the reason he decided not to show-up just that the timing was ironic. The point is Jeter was not there to greet fans and support his teammates. The tax situation might have factored in to his decision is all I was implying.

            • lolo says:

              Now that's a distinction without a difference. You went on and on about Florida and Jeter. Trying to have it both ways.

      • Pete says:

        183 is half the equation. The other is maintaining a residency. Now that he has the house in Fl and has his Homestead Exemption he is not liable for NY taxes. Therefore he can spend more than 183 and NOT PAY. Your 183 argument has no merit.

        • LLP says:

          First, Jeter has had a house in Florida since 2001. If you recall he tried to claim residency in the Sunshine State when he failed to pay NY taxes for 3-years and got in trouble for it back in 2007.

          Second things you were wrong about Pete is that everyday Jeter is in New York, playing or practicing, he gets taxed for it. So there are benefits for him NOT to be in New York when he can. So rehabbing in New York would fall under means his pay gets taxed for every day he is here.

          You wrote, "Therefore he can spend more than 183 and NOT PAY. "

          Think about it Pete…..it makes no sense for New York State if what you stated was true. Jeter gets taxed for any day spent in New York, so you are incorrect as Jeter has to PAY for every day he is here.

          Here is an explanation given by Forbes:

          By filing for the exemption, Jeter is stating that the Tampa mansion is his primary residence. As a result, it should cement Jeter’s status as a Florida resident, and thus the real value in seeking the exemption is in the potential income tax savings. If New York respects his change in domicile, the state would be reduced to treating Jeter as a nonresident, which would permit them to levy tax only on the income earned by Jeter on “duty days” — basically, days on which the Yankees play or practice — within the state. Any income not taxed in New York — or allocated to another state in which Jeter plays for the Yanks – will be sourced to Florida and escape taxation.

  2. Pele says:

    Scouring the blogs and came across this dribble. If a mainstream sportswriter had the gonads to write your Tax Theory they would be barred from writing. If this were true Jeter would have a PR nightmare – which he doesn't.

    • LLP says:

      So why was he not at Opening Day?

      His doctor is in North Carolina so that is not the reason. And the Yankees team doctors are here in NYC, but I presumed that Jeter would not want to miss Opening Day because he is the Captain of the team and everything is better when he is around. He could have come; he could be rehabbing here in NYC as the best orthopedics in the World are here.

      There is no excuse other then he didn't care to make the effort, or he didn't want to waste one of his 183 days.

      Look if Jeter had just gotten injured I might understand it more, but his ankle is swollen and they are taking pre-cautionary measures. That is fine, but he should be healing in the Big Apple.

      FYI….in 2007 Jeter got in trouble for three years' worth of back taxes that he did not pay NY State. He tried to claim Florida residency as the reason, but he wound up paying millions to Uncle Sam. Why do you think he sold his apartment in Trump and now rents in NYC? Owning an apartment here neighbors were questioned and said they saw him all the time. This is one less thing the state can use against him. Trust me, NY State will be counting Jeter by the hour…..this law is seriously enforced in NY, I know this from numerous personal experiences.

    • LLP says:

      Oh and Boomer & Carman said the same thing I did this morning….Where was the Captain?

      Jeter gets a pass with the NY press a lot, but this was BS and he should without a doubt be called out for it.

  3. lolo says:

    Per Forbes" If New York respects his change in domicile, the state would be reduced to treating Jeter as a nonresident, which would permit them to levy tax only on the income earned by Jeter on “duty days” — basically, days on which the Yankees play or practice — within the state. Any income not taxed in New York — or allocated to another state in which Jeter plays for the Yanks – will be sourced to Florida and escape taxation.

    Kate, your point as usual is baseless. Jeter gets taxed on all his duty days in NY. So missing opening day means nothing – except to you. Why don't you blog for the Dodgers since you spend 80% of your time moaning and complaining about the yankees.

    • LLP says:

      Did you read what you wrote Lolo?

      " Jeter gets taxed on all his duty days in NY."

      Since Opening Day would be a "duty" day, Jeter would get taxed for being there.

      So Lolo it is your point that is baseless……you completely contradicted yourself in the your comment. It gave me a good chuckle because you live to tell me I am so wrong all the time.

      Lolo…I embrace when readers debate me on all topics but you exasperate everything I write so your points become fruitless in a sense. I am not always wrong but you interpret what I write the way you want too, which is your prerogative but I hope your live life more positively.

      • lolo says:

        I think you mean exaggerate. You're not wrong all the time, just most of the time. Now I have a real headache. Your crusade with Jeter and taxes is exasperating.

    • LLP says:

      You forget the first line in the Forbes article:

      "By filing for the exemption, Jeter is stating that the Tampa mansion is his primary residence. As a result, it should cement Jeter’s status as a Florida resident, and thus the real value in seeking the exemption is in the potential income tax savings."

      The above was at the beginning of the paragraph you quoted….

      If New York respects his change in domicile, the state would be reduced to treating Jeter as a nonresident, which would permit them to levy tax only on the income earned by Jeter on “duty days” — basically, days on which the Yankees play or practice — within the state. Any income not taxed in New York — or allocated to another state in which Jeter plays for the Yanks – will be sourced to Florida and escape taxation.

      • lolo says:

        Your words" So Jeter has to keep tabs on the number of days he spends in New York, or else Uncle Sam will make him pay up."

        That's the point!!!!! He doesn't have to keep track. Duty days he pays. Now that he has established residency in FL the 183 does not exist. He plays in NY he will pay. Therefore, taxes had zilch to do with him not showing up. In fact to suggest it even played a role is insane at best.

        Don't comment I won't read it. You live in a world few want to visit.

  4. Pete says:

    Gee, whose smarter, those that stay and pay more taxes so the government can waste them or the nice people that live in FL?

    • LLP says:

      To be honest Pete…..but in Jeter's case do your job as the fans expect the Captain to always be present, now more then ever.

  5. coolnewyorker says:

    Forget it guys.

    Kate is a total total total idiot. TOTALLY. Whether nitpicking or bashing or dissing or doomsaying, she is an absolute personification of yankeephobia in all her idiocy. The only person more idotic than Kate is whoever from YB picks her garbage trolls to rile up Yanks fans.

    Just ignore her. No point getting an aneurysm.

    • LLP says:

      CNY – Could you please elaborate instead of name calling? It is much more constructive and mature to debate someone instead of just lash out at them.

      I do not see how wanting to see some Yankee prospects get the nod is idiotic. Watching the Red Sox Bradley and Middlebrooks made me jealous, and I want the Yankees to give some youngsters a chance. Did you even read my article? I was just comparing the Yankees prospects to the two we just saw in the Red Sox series.

      I always want you to feel free to debate me CNY, but comments like the one above show a person with an anger issue. Please try to articulate what I wrote that made you so upset, as it is hard to respond otherwise.

  6. coolnewyorker says:

    How can you expect me to debate with you? I do not dwell on idiocy. This whole article is a typical example of your trademarks: bashing, dissing, doomsaying and now this, idiotic irrelevance.

    Go away. You belong to Red Sox website. Fenway. Take along whoever it is in YB who picks up your yankeephobic trolls.