As he walked off the mound, pumped his fist at seeing that last out was made and he got his last win of the 2013 season; Andy Pettitte finished his long career the way it began.
Andy Pettitte has been a pitcher who played with heart and class. All season it seemed Andy was leaving it all on the mound. That final game, Andy gave everything he had left. Like his friend and teammate Mariano Rivera, he emptied the tank. As the game went on you could see Andy became more intent on winning this final game of his career, ensuring he would never have a losing season in all the years he played the game professionally. By the ninth inning, Andy knew in his heart it was his game to win or lose. He was determined to reach down and find that last bit of gas to get those final three outs and not leave it on the shoulders of anyone else but his. Heart and class.
I watched Andy’s final game with my mom and dad. Together we watched the game as if it were the final game of a world series. During those last four batters in the ninth, my mom with her fingers crossed seemed to be wishing and willing Andy to get those final three outs. “Come on Andy, you can do this” she muttered over and over. As Andy walked off the mound and gave his final interview, I looked over and caught her wiping tears from her eyes. “That’s it, no more seeing my Andy pitch” (She has never made a secret of the fact that Andy was her all time favorite player). It wasn’t just his good looks (let’s face it, the man is good looking) but his intensity and talent she loved.
I too will miss watching Andy Pettitte pitch. For you knew every start Andy gave you, he never mailed it in. Whether it was spring training, the middle of June or the sixth game of the world series he played, as he did that final game of his career, with heart and class.
Thank you Andy for giving us 18 years of amazing baseball. I wish you all the joy in your life after baseball you gave us every time you took the mound.Read More
Twitter. The website that basically changed the way we interact. Although there are various other types of social media, Twitter is the most familar to everyone on the planet. So, Twitter – Saint or Sinner?
The upside to Twitter is our ability to connect with those we otherwise may not be able to. People with the same interests (for me it’s mostly sports) get to share their frustrations and exhilirations of their team. It allows us to share moments in our lives – good and bad. For some it may be, for one reason or another, a way for them to have contact with the outside world. Ten years ago I broke my ankle and was completely homebound (my parents home, no less) for six weeks. Twitter would have kept me a much more sane person!
Twitter should never completely replace human contact, but enhance our social world. Bottom line is, Twitter can’t make you anti-social, only you can do that to you.
We, as a society need to remember the same rules in life apply to Twitter. Posting on Twitter is no different than talking to someone in public; and that being insensative to people, whether it be in person or on Twitter, makes you a jerk – plain and simple.
Granted, there is (or should be) a whole differet set of rules for children. I think kids need to be closely monitored when it comes to any kind if social media.
As with people, Twitter is neither all saint or sinner. It is what you make it, just like life.
Besides, if you are reading this most likely it is because of Twitter.Read More
After the events of 9/11 in NYC and baseball resumed, fans held signs like “Today we are all New Yorkers”. They were from cities like Chicago and Boston. Sports has a way of uniting us. We root for the same team or cheer on our city. Sadly, tragedy also unites us, as a country.
Boston has been a notorious rival of New York. Yankee/Red Sox games have gotten ugly and fans can be brutal towards each other. However, after the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon, we are united by tragedy.
Despite the rivalry I feel for Boston, the city itself is beautiful. I almost moved there 15 years ago. It’s steeped rich in tradition. It’s people are hard working and many are blue collar folks. They love their sports teams as much as any other city’s fans, that take “no shit” from anyone.
Am I now a Red Sox fan? Not a chance! I bleed Yankee pinstripes. But like after 9/11 and the support we got from Boston fans; Yankees fans, New Yorkers and the country stand united with Boston.Read More
Today we celebrate in baseball Jackie Robinson Day. On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first african american player in major league baseball and thus breaking the color barrier in America’s pastime. All the death threats and name calling endured by Jackie can never be imagined; but with the release of the movie “42″ there is an opportunity to show many who were not yet born, what that time was like and how much courage it took for Jackie and those who came shortly after to run out onto that field or to stand in the batter’s box.
Have we completely wiped out racism? Not at all. But we have made strides and with every generation that comes after we can only hope to evolve and look beyond race, gender or sexual orintation. As Dr King famously said:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character
What Jackie Robinson Day should remind us, is that the civil rights movement did not begin with a march from Selma or on a bus in Montgomery; but on a ball field in Brooklyn New York. That truly makes me a proud to be a fan of baseball.Read More
The Yankees went 1-4 their first five games of the this season. The only win coming off a fantastic start by Andy Pettitte. Starters CC, Nova and Hughes all struggled in their first starts. Kuroda bruised his finger on a come backer and existed early. The offense didn’t fair much better. The bats of Gardner, Cano and Ichiro all went cold. Was there really going to be no joy in Yankeeville this season?
Well, first off it is, after all, the first week of the season. Second, and more importantly, after a dismal 1-4 start, the Yankees’ offense and pitching seemed to have picked it up. In the final game against Detroit it was CC versus Verlander. What looked to be a sure loss for the Yanks, turned into a 7-0 win. CC went seven shut out innings, then turning over the 8th and 9th to Robertson and Mariano respectively. The offense got to Verlander getting three runs off him in the 2nd.
The first game against the Indians proved to be just as fruitful. Kuroda and his bruised finger went 5.1 innings, giving up 3 runs in the first but managed to get through those remaining innings without giving up any more. The bats of Cano and Ichiro started to heat up. The Yankees scored 11 runs off 13 hits. The only hiccup seemed to be the 8th and 9th. Girardi put in Kelly, who gave up 3 runs in the 8th, cutting the Yankee lead to 5. Joba pitched the 9th and seemed to have trouble throwing strikes, but did not allow any additional runs.
Tonight, once again Andy takes the hill. Hopefully the Andy we saw in his first start is the same guy we see tonight.
So, for now, with the Yankees 3-4 and still without Jeter, Teix, Granderson and A-Rod we have found a little bit of joy in Yankeeville.
As usual, GO YANKEES!Read More
Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.
Opening day is always an exciting day for baseball fans. Just like spring, it is the beginning of a season. A chance to start fresh, shake off the cold of winter and a look ahead at the warmer days to come.
As the Yankees prepare for their 2013 season, some are concerned how well they will do and for good reason. Injuries and a lack of off season player signings give Yankee fans a reason to worry. But today, opening day, it’s about baseball being back..FINALLY!
As usual, GO YANKEES!Read More
When Mariano Rivera emphantically stated he would return and pitch again for the Yankees, after a season ending ACL tear on May 3, 2012, fans had no doubt he would. They just didn’t know it would only be for one more season.
This Saturday Mo is expected to announce he will retire after the 2013 season. As much as this news lay heavy on the hearts of Yankee fans, it is the way it should be, the way it was meant to be – Mariano going out on his own terms. Not being carted off the field of Kaufman Stadium; but to standing ovations at stadiums across the country.
As amazing as Mo’s stats are (most notably 608 saves – the most ever in baseball) that isn’t the only reason Mariano is one of the most respected players in baseball. It’s also his personality on and off the field. The calm Mo brings every time he enters a game, the ability to shake off any blown save and his desire to share the skills, knowledge and wisdom he has acquired in the 18 years spent in major league baseball, with any young pitcher willing to listen. He has a look of determination jogging from the bullpen to take the mound, get three outs and walk off the field with a team win. Lastly, he has in my opinion, one of the best smiles in baseball.
For Yankee fans, every “Enter Sandman” will be bitter sweet, every save Mariano gets memorable. For as Shakespeare’s Hamlet said “He was a man. Take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again”.
As usual, GO YANKEES.Read More
Less than one month into spring training the Yankees’ potential DL is starting to get a bit crowded. Granderson’s broken arm, Teix’s wrist problem and Hughes’ back issues have made Yankee fans wonder what the starting roster will look like on April 1. With good reason. Before he tried to act like GI Joe, Brian Cashman (along with the Yankee brass) was unable to resign some Yankee players or were unable to sign or trade for available players that would be valuable to the start of the season.
It cannot have escaped “Crashman” that with Granderson out a minimum of 10 weeks, not resigning Ibanez (who they lost over $500k) or putting together a trade for Justin Upton was a big mistake. The Yankee spin of course is the guys they have in the minor league system will fill the role until Grandy comes back. Left field for the moment, seems to held together with “hope for the best”, duct tape and glue. At this point, Johnny Damon’s offer seems pretty good to me.
Although many fans were glad to see Swisher go, he could have very well filled in for Teix if his wrist issue goes beyond April 1. The same goes for Chavez. The one thing the Yankees were good at was having great utility players. This year, they found Hafner, who came to camp without a baseball glove. You think Travis must have passed at least ONE Sports Authority on his way to Tampa.
Ironically, the concerns fans had regarding Jeter and Mariano seem to be a distant memory. Let’s face it, everytime the word “scratched” is put next to any Yankee player before these pre-season games, collective groans can be heard throughout Yankee fandom.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am always a “glass half full” kind of fan; that attitude still remains. Although the feeling of doom and gloom is a bit premature, it may also not be that far off the mark. Even my 73 year old Mom, a life long Yankee fan, has her doubts. Her quote was “I think this Yankee team is going to really suck this year”. Let’s hope not Mom, let’s hope not.
As usual, GO YANKEES!Read More
Derek Jeter spent the beginning of his career showing them what he could do. He apparently is going to have to do the same at the end of his career. Now, that is true for any athlete in any sport. But as Yankee fans know, Derek is not just any athlete.
Many have wondered about the ankle he broke in October. There is no doubt it was a significant break; but I can tell you, he will have absolutely no problems playing on it. It’s probably the strongest part of his body. The inside of his ankle has a permanent plate, the outside has pins and screws (which, I’m guessing, he will have removed). He will not lose any range of motion or speed while running. The jumping, sliding and spinning he normally does on the field will still be all the same. I have no doubts. Why, you may ask. Because I have the same thing in my ankle. In 2003 I broke my ankle just like Derek did. Although I do not play professional ball, it has not restricted me what so ever.
What I think people sometimes forget, is the resolve to be the best Derek has. He has never walked away from a challenge, quit on himself or the Yankees or not pushed himself harder than anyone else could. As far as Derek is concered, father time can kiss his…well, you get the point.
John Harper, of the Daily News, recently wrote that Jorge Posada once said to him “Derek looks for reasons to prove people wrong”. Anyone who has followed Derek’s career with the Yankees knows that is a perfect description of the captain.
So, bring on the nay sayers and haters. Those who, once again, are calling Derek Jeter old and finished. I’ll stick to what I know and what I have watched since 1996, Derek Jeter.
As usual, GO YANKEES!Read More
So, it’s been a little over a month since the World Series ended and the Yankees have not done that much thus far. That is not to say the Bronx Bombers have been without some drama..
JETER IS FAT
It apparently was a really slow newsday last week. The NY Post had a picture on the front page of a seemingly “overweight” Jeter. Twitter (and apparently the world blew up). Brian Cashman for his part said that the doctor had not indicated Jeter had gained weight. Unless Jeter is a baby and went for a well visit, I highly doubt the doctor (an Orthopedist I assume) remarked on his weight. Proving once again, Cashman has no clue what he is talking about when he speaks. Turned out, it was MLB’s Harold Reynolds who while having lunch with Jeter this week, took a picture of a slim Jeter and settled any debate on what condition the Yankee Shortstop is in. Whew!
A-ROD IS BROKEN
Today the Yankees (and Ken Rosenthal) broke the news that, well A-Rod is broken. Bottom line is he needs hip surgery and probably won’t be back until June or July. The good news is, this won’t effect his pending cover shot on AARP magazine. Why anyone is surprised is beyond me. He is breaking down and people its only going to get worse the longer into that tsunami of a contract we go. This is something Yankee fans are going to have to get used to. At least the surgeons will get to rebuild him…we have the technology.
MARTIN TO THE PIRATES
This guy went where the money was and I can’t blame him. The Yankees left him swinging in the wind and he decided not to wait for Cashman to finish repelling down the side of a building to make an offer. Fret not Yankee fans, someone will be behind the plate come April. After all, MLB doesn’t allow pitchers to use the backstop like when we were kids….
CASHMAN AND BOBBY V
The LAST person I would ever go down the side of a building with is Bobby Valentine. Bobby is the type to panic, grab your line and send you plumating to Earth. Bobby is just lucky Kevin Youkillis does not live in Connecticut (where this idiocy took place), or else it may have been a very different ending for Bobby V (splat!).
YEEHAW WINTER MEETINGS HAVE STARTED
The winter meetings have begun in Nashville and I’m sure staggering around opryland is Droopy Dog (Cashman) in an oversized cowboy hat, asking folks if they know where he can find a catcher, third baseman, outfielder….oy vay, y’all….Read More