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Posted in Tales & Legends, Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, tagged HBO, HBO Sports, Legends and Legacies, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees on March 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankee Stadium, Yankees Memorabilia, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Hannah Davis, Hideki Matsui, Idaho, Japan, Joe Torre, John Sterling, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Mitchell & Ness, New York Yankees, Reggie Jackson, Wyoming, Yankee Stadium on March 25, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
- Not everyone in Japan knows who Derek Jeter is. Some think he’s a catcher. Others have no idea who he is. That must be refreshing for him.
- John Sterling unfortunately lost everything in an apartment fire. He lost all of his World Series rings in the blaze, except for 2009 (which he was wearing). Alex Rodriguez even offered him a place to stay.
- Hannaah Davis landed the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Swimsuit Issue. I met her at the “Swim City” event in Manhattan and I got a chance to meet her. She was absolutely beautiful. I even asked her to take a selfie with me and she gladly did. She’s got my approval (not that she needs it).
- Joe Torre wants everyone to keep quiet about A-Rod and let him play. Mr. T stated, “Obviously, what Alex did was wrong. He admits that. There’s nothing left for him to do but play baseball.”
- Mitchell & Ness put together a map showing their best selling vintage jersey sales by state. Mickey Mantle’s 1951 Yankees jersey lead Idaho. Lou Gehrig’s 1932 Yankees jersey took Wyoming.
- Alex Rodriguez enrolled in a marketing class (Marketing 644) and scored a 44 on a test.
- Reggie Jackson is selling the old Yankee Stadium letters in Sotheby’s auction house.
- Derek Jeter went to Japan to assist Hideki Matsui in an effort to raise money for the 2011 tsunami and earthquake relief that hit the Tohoku area.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Humor, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Spring Training, Yankees Videos, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Babe Ruth, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Ham Porter, Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees, Smalls, Squints, The Beast, The Sandlot on March 24, 2015 | 3 Comments »
I can’t count how many times I watched ‘The Sandlot’ as a child. Whatever number it was, it was an unhealthy one. With some time to burn in spring training, some players on the Yankees roster re-enacted the classic scene in the movie when Smalls realizes the ball he handed over to “The Beast” was autographed by the greatest ballplayer who ever lived, Babe Ruth (and not some wimpy deer). The video stars: Dellin Betances, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. McCann deserves an Oscar nomination for playing Ham Porter.
Click here to watch the video.
Posted in Nonsense, Tales & Legends, Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Humor, Yankees Media, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Billy Martin, Cows, David Letterman, George Steinbrenner, Late Night With David Letterman, Mickey Mantle, Mule, Texas on March 18, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, tagged ALS, Brian Cashman, Captain, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, General Douglas MacArthur, George Steinbenner, Graig Nettles, Keith Olbermann, Lou Gehrig, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Mike Lupica, New York Yankees, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson, Willie Randolph on March 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Brian Cashman recently told Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio that “the captaincy should be retired with number two.”
No more captains for the Yankees? Please. I love Derek Jeter as much as the next guy, but enough is enough. Yes, that’s right…I said it. Derek Jeter is a mortal being…just like Lou Gehrig and Thurman Munson before him. There’s nothing that make Derek any more special or deserving than those two, so I don’t see why the New York Yankees shouldn’t have another captain.
Keith Olbermann has called Cashman’s comments as the “dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
After Lou Gehrig passed away from ALS (now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Yankees manager Joe McCarthy stated that the club would never have another Yankees captain. Years went by and the organization didn’t have a captain. In 1976 that changed, as George Steinbrenner appointed Thurman Munson to be captain. Just three years later (1979), Thurman died in a tragic plane crash, leaving the Yankees captainless. Nettles, Randolph, Guidry, and Mattingly followed him. What I’m trying to say here is…nobody is bigger than the interlocking NY on their chest.
George Steinbrenner once said:
“I have always been very, very careful about giving such a responsibility (Captain of the New York Yankees) to one of my players, but I can not think of a single player that I have ever had who is more deserving of this honor than Derek Jeter. He is a young man of great character and has shown great leadership qualities. He believes, as I do, what General (Douglas) MacArthur said, that ‘there is no substitute for victory.’ To him, and to me, it’s second only to breathing.”
I don’t believe they need to appoint a new captain right away, but when the right person comes along I don’t see anything wrong with giving that rank to a deserving player. I think you can safely bet that the Yankees will find somebody to be named captain in future years. And if you like to bet like me, you should check out: www.SportsBettingInfo.com. Life goes on, and so do the Yankees.
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Opinion, Yankees Outlook, Yankees Spring Training, tagged 2015 MLB Season, A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, New York Yankees, Spring Training on March 11, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Alex Rodriguez is already dominating the sports headlines as he makes his return to the New York Yankees. After having surgery and missing all of 2014, Rodriguez is hoping for a triumphant return in 2015. As expected, fans have mixed feelings on his return. Many still view him as a cheater, and some fans of the New York Yankees feel like that could become a distraction.
The attention is already starting to build for the former MVP and fantasy baseball star. He was the talk of spring training early on, and he made national headlines just for getting a hit in his 1st at-bat. With Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera retired, Rodriguez has turned into the face of the franchise. Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is up for fans to decide.
Rodriguez is a big reason why New York has not been all that successful in recent memory. Since they are paying him so much money, it cripples even the richest team in the game. That is also the reason why they have not just decided to cut him loose. They want to see if they can get some value out of him, even if it is that designated hitter or 1st base.
So far this spring, Rodriguez does appear to be a little bit healthier and ready to attack the season head-on. He knows that he is about to be 40 years of age, so he can no longer play anywhere near MVP level. With that being said, he can still provide value for the New York Yankees in a positive way if he goes about it the right way. The media and fans are going to be hounding him for most of the year, but if Rodriguez just focuses on the game, he could shut them up by the middle of the year. Helping New York win and stay in the playoff race is also the best way to turn this negative into a positive. All in all, it seems like Rodriguez understands the situation and is trying to get all of these distractions out of the way before the season starts.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, tagged Cover, Derek Jeter, Jeter Farewell Tour, Jeter On Jeter, New York Yankees, NYY, Season 2 Watch, SI, Sports, Sports Illustrated, The Exit Interview, Tom Verducci, Yankees, Yeah Jetes on September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Derek Jeter dons the latest cover of Sports Illustrated. Say what you want…that this whole “Jeter Farewell Tour” is over the top…”it’s excessive”…blah blah blah. It’s for the fans. It’s not for the media and it’s not for everyone. I get it. Let us Yankees fans enjoy it.
Tom Verducci writes the cover story, “Jeter on Jeter”: The Exit Interview. Be sure to pick up a copy, or maybe 100.
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees Community, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Bronx, Commercial, Derek Jeter, Frank Sinatra, Gatorade, New York, New York Yankees on September 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Gatorade just released this terrific commercial starring Derek Jeter, as he is about to begin the final home stand of his career. Sinatra, The Bronx and Yankees fans…quintessential New York.
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Opinion, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Baseball, Bronx, Brooklyn, Derek Jeter, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, New York, New York Yankees, NYY, Yankees on July 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Growing up in Brooklyn in the 50’s and 60’s, my father grew up a Yankees fan. Every young Yankee fan grew up idolizing him. Bill Crystal once said, “Mickey Mantle just was everything.” After Joe DiMaggio left, Mantle became the main attraction in the Bronx. He was the guy that drew crowds into the stadium. Mickey was the player young kids waited for by the press gate to just get a glimpse of, or maybe even an autograph.
Mantle broke into the big leagues in 1951. I wouldn’t be born for another 40 years. When I was around 5 years-old, I recall Charlie Hayes closing his mitt down the 3rd base line and the Yankees winning the 1996 World Series. It was the beginning of “the last dynasty” and the “Jeter Era.” Being a 90’s kid, every boy dreamed of growing up to play shortstop for the Yankees. It was all about Derek.
From 1995 to the present, Derek has stood as a model of consistency on and off the field. Say what you want about him, but the numbers speak for themselves. I’m not here to say that Jeter was on Mantle’s talent level, because that would just be unfair. Mickey was the superior talent. It was in the way they represented the Yankees pinstripes that mattered. And during their respective eras, they were arguably the face of baseball and dominant talents at their respective positions. Mantle and Jeter are the guys who could do no wrong by New Yorkers. Inside the baseball diamond’s chalked lines, they stay baseball legends in the minds of fans.
As big of a Mantle fan as my father is, he always told me, “they’re not heroes, look up to your father.” And I guess you could say he’s right about that. But I also don’t think he looked at Mickey that way when he was a young kid. This was the same guy who stapled posters of Mickey onto his bedroom walls and stuck his baseball cards into his bicycle spokes. A lot of people are looking up to professional athletes as role models and they probably shouldn’t be. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong in admiring a ballplayer, as long as it’s for the right reasons.
There’s a certain innocence in watching a young child sit on the edge of his seat as he roots on his favorite player. He doesn’t have a care in the world. Because in the end, it’s not about how much money they’re making, who the star is dating or the trouble they might be getting into off the field. It’s about being entertained. I don’t really care how old I get, I think we all have a bit of that kid inside of us who just loves the game for what it is. A game.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Community, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, tagged Air Jordan, Andy Pettitte, Billy Crystal, Bob Sheppard, Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter, FDNY, Jay-Z, Joe Torre, Jon Lester, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Michael Jordan, Mr. Met, New Tork Mets, New York City, New York Yankees, Nike, NYPD, Phil Jackson, RE2PECT, Red Sox Nation, Rudy Guiliani, Spike Lee, Tiger Woods, Tino Martinez, Tip Your Captain, Yankee Stadium, Yankees fans, Yankees Universe on July 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
This new Derek Jeter commercial is set to air tonight during the MLB All-Star Game tonight. Much like last year’s Rivera tribute, tonight will be more like a “Derek Jeter Special” than an all-star game. All eyes on Derek.
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankee Stadium, Yankees History, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, Yankees Videos, tagged 1993-1994, 1994, Bronx, Eastern Conference Finals, Mark Messier, Montreal Canadiens, New York, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, The Cup, The Stanley Cup, Yankee Stadium on May 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
As it stands now, the New York Rangers are up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. They’re just two wins away from advancing to the Stanley Cup. For all of you who were old enough to appreciate the 1993-1994 Stanley Cup Rangers, here’s a trip down memory lane as the champs take “The Cup” to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Community, Yankees Gear, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, Yankees Products, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Air Jordan, Derek Jeter, DJ, El Capitan, Michael Jordan, MJ, New York Yankees, Nike, RE2PECT, Respect, Season 2 Watch, The Captain on April 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Michael Jordan’s brand and Nike and have teamed up to launch the “RE2PECT” campaign in honor of Derek’s last season.
“After 19 seasons, Derek Jeter announced in February that the 2014 season will be his last. Widely recognized as one of the greatest ball players of all time, Jeter has led a storied and decorated career, with five championships, 13 All-Star appearances and enough individual awards to fill numerous trophy cases.
Although Jeter has become synonymous with his team over the past two decades, he transcends traditional rivalries and team loyalties. While No. 2 is known for his brilliant on-field performances, he’s always matched that with a quiet confidence, relentless focus, and deep respect for those he competes against.To celebrate Jeter, the mark he’s left on the game, and his relationship with the brand, the Jordan Brand kicks off the RE2PECT campaign. Baseball fans around the world can participate and share their support for Jeter throughout the season by tagging social media posts with #RE2PECT.
Jeter—handpicked by Michael Jordan in 1999—was the first Jordan Brand-endorsed baseball athlete. Outside of Jordan himself, Jeter is the longest-tenured signature athlete for the brand, and has been a great example to subsequent members of the Jordan Brand family.
“Derek is everything we hope for in a member of the Jordan Brand family,” said Jordan. “He’s the ultimate professional, dedicated to hard work, and driven by a desire to be the best. In short, he embodies all the key attributes of the brand.”
At the beginning of the partnership, Jeter was a rising star, and the Jordan Brand, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike in 1997, was on a similar trajectory to establish itself as a major player in the world of sport. There were only a small handful of athletes associated with the brand, and Jordan stressed that his vision was to select a group of athletes comprising what the brand now describes as “the family.”
“We want there to be a mystique connected to being part of the Jordan Brand,”Jordan said. “Not something everybody will be involved with.”Today, although the family has grown, it maintains the same close-knit feeling Jordan envisioned when the brand was in its early days.”