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Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, tagged Ballfield, Baseball Glove, Bat, Brandon Steiner, Cardboard, Glove, Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, Panama on November 25, 2012 | 2 Comments »
I’ve never seen this video before, and I just found it very humbling to watch. We’ve sat in front of our televisions for years on end and watched Mariano Rivera simply dominate the game. He is, after all, a 12-time All-Star, the all-time leader in saves, with five Rolaiads Relief Man Awards and a three time Delivery Man of the Year. If there has ever been a sure bet for the Hall of Fame, he’s it.
But growing up in Panama, his own family didn’t have the money to buy him a bat or glove. Panama, like most of the world, is a country of haves and have-nots. Given it’s climate and large tourist industry, parts of Panama feature restaurants, casinos and nightlife to rival any vacation destination. But Mariano did not grow up privileged in Panama City. He was the son of a fisherman in Puerto Caimito. There were no fancy restaurants, no casinos and no lavish nightlife. It is doubtful that you can order take-out or play cards online at partycasino.com there to this day.
Mariano didn’t even have a decent field to play on. Kids from the neighborhood made balls from old clothing and nets; rolling the material up and wrapping it up with tape. But given how Mariano and so many other great Panamanian players turned out, it seems to have mattered very little. Baseball is still a lot more about heart and determination than equipment and trappings.
Using a knife and a small piece of cardboard, he created a baseball glove. It’s just incredible to see how far he’s come. From cardboard gloves and fields without grass to Yankee Stadium and the most prestigious franchise in all of sports is simply mind boggling. It just makes you smile. [talking about his cardboard baseball glove] “I was the happiest kid in the neighborhood with this thing.” – Mo
Posted in Yankees Memories, Yankees Postseason, Yankees Videos, tagged 2001 World Series, Bronx, New York, New York Yankees, November, Paul O'Neill, The Warrior, Yankee Stadium on November 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Game 5: November 1, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Posted in Yankees History, Yankees Humor, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, tagged Bill White, Broadcast, Funny, Phil Rizzuto, Rain Delay, Tarp, Yankee Stadium on October 7, 2012 | 1 Comment »
“Part of a Yankee telecast on WPIX TV, Channel 11 from 1986. Bill White and Phil Rizzuto broadcast a 4th inning rain delay as the Yankees played the Twins at Yankee Stadium.”
Posted in Yankees History, Yankees Memories, Yankees Videos, tagged 1995, August 15, Bob Costas, Dallas, Death, Eulogy, Funeral, Lover's Lane Methodist Church, Mickey Charles Mantle, Texas, The Commerce Comet, The Mick on September 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Bob Costas’ emotional eulogy at Mickey Mantle’s funeral on August 15, 1995.
“It brings to mind a story Mickey like to tell on himself and maybe some of you have heard it. He pictured himself at the pearly gates, met by St. Peter who shook his head and said, ‘Mick, we checked the record. We know some of what went on. Sorry, we can’t let you in. But before you go, God wants to know if you’d sign these six dozen baseballs.’”
Posted in Yankee Stadium, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, tagged 2001 World Series, 9/11, Derek Jeter, Joe Torre, New York, New York City, New York Yankees, NYC, President George W. Bush, Rudolph Giuliani, September 11th, Yankee Stadium on September 11, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” -Rudolph Giuliani
Posted in Nonsense, Yankees Humor, Yankees Media, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, tagged Boomer and Carton, Boomer Esiason, Broadcaster, Casey McGehee, Craig Carton, Funny, Jerry Recco, John Sterling, New York Yankees, Suzyn Waldman, TheMikeFrancesa.com, WFAN on August 9, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Boomer and Carton break down and analyze John Sterling’s terrible call during Casey McGehee’s 2nd at-bat during last night’s game. Johnny clearly wasn’t paying attention and listening to Suzyn try to cover for him makes you want to cringe.
According to John, these four things all occurred during one swing of the bat:
1) Cuts and Misses.
2) Cuts and hits a fly ball down the left field line and the ball is foul.
3) The throw comes in and McGehee is standing on 2nd base.
4) The ball must have kicked into the stands for a “grounds rules double.”
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees Humor, Yankees Memories, Yankees Transactions, tagged AJ Burnett, Bad Trades, Brian Cashman, Carl Pavano, Dave Collins, Dave Winfield, Doyle Alexander, Fred McGriff, Jeff Weaver, Kenny Rogers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Raul Mondesi, Roy Smalley, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Steve Kemp, Tim Leary, Toronto Blue Jays on February 17, 2012 | 2 Comments »
AJ Burnett‘s time in pinstripes seems to be approaching its end, and the cost to jettison the enigmatic righty looks to be around $13 million. While AJ failed to deliver on his $82.5 million contract, his biggest problem was never attitude or talent: it simply is that AJ remains as inconsistent today as when he first broke into the big leagues. While he certainly can’t be a signing that Brian Cashman considers a success, AJ is far from a total flop. After all, he did actually contribute to a World Championship, and his stand-up attitude and shaving cream pies were welcome additions to the clubhouse. No, the Yankees have made their share of horribly awful deals over the years and I thought it might be fun to remember some of them. Here are the five most miserable transactions, and excuses for baseball players, in Yankee history – at least during the Steinbrenner Era.
#1: Tim Leary (RHP, 1990-92). 18-35 record, 5.12 ERA. The skinny: Originally acquired in a trade from Cincinnati for Hal Morris, nobody expected Leary to be the staff ace. Nobody expected him to lead the league with 19 losses, either. The mystifying part is why, after that, the Yankees signed him to a 3 year, $5.95 million deal. He was so terrible that midway through the ’91 season, he was sent to the bullpen – and the boos were so loud at Yankee Stadium that he ceased pitching at home. Before the ’92 season was over, the “Six Million Dollar Man” was exiled to Seattle. In return, the Yankees received the utterly forgettable Sean Twitty, who never made an appearance in the majors. Morris, however, went on to a 13 year career in which he hit .304, won Rookie of the Year and was a key member of the Reds 1990 Championship team. Oops.
#2: Steve Kemp (OF/DH, 1983-84). .264 BA, 19 HR, 90 RBI. The skinny: Steve Kemp is the poster child for why guaranteed contracts aren’t necessarily a good thing. A two-time All-Star who averaged 21 HR and 98 RBI from 1979-82, Kemp was supposed to bring a left-handed power bat to Yankee Stadium. After two seasons in which Kemp seemed happier striking out than hitting home runs, the Yanks sent him packing to Pittsburgh for Dale Berra and Jay Buhner (yes, that Jay Buhner). Of course, Kemp’s 5 year, $5.45 million deal was guaranteed, so for the next three seasons the Bombers paid him to ride the bench in Pittsburgh, San Diego and Texas. I realize that in today’s baseball economy, middle relievers make more than a million bucks a season, so the money may not sound outrageous. But this was in 1983 – Kemp’s deal was worth more annually than Dave Winfield’s.
#3: Dave Collins (1B/OF, 1982). .253 BA, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 13 SB. The skinny: remember the Go-Go Yankees? Signed to a 3 year, $2.5M contract, Collins was supposed to team up with Rickey Henderson and Ken Griffey at the top of the line-up and let the Yanks steal a WS title. After stealing 79 bases in 1980 for Cincinnati, Collins only ran 21 times for the Yanks (and got caught 8 times, a miserable 61% success rate). He was traded prior to the 1983 season to Toronto and the Blue Jays demanded Fred McGriff as ransom. George’s attempts at recasting the 1982 Yankees as the 1959 White Sox cost the team more than a lost year and $800,000. It also wound up costing 493 career home runs. And it led to the Yanks signing Steve Kemp.
#4: Kenny Rogers (RHP, 1996-97) 18-15 record, 5.11 ERA. A classic example of a guy who simply couldn’t handle Broadway’s bright lights. When he pitched in small markets, Rogers was a four-time All Star, 5 time Gold Glover and a fixture in the postseason. For the Bombers, the Gambler just couldn’t get the job done, and he and his 3 year, $15M contract were shipped off to Oakland after only two years for the infamous Player to be Named Later. At least the PTBNL turned into Scott Brosius, who was anything but a dud for the Yanks.
#5: Carl Pavano (RHP, 2005-08) 9-8 record, 5.00 ERA. When Pavano hit free agency after the 2004 season, teams were lining up for his services. The Yankees outbid everyone and landed the former Marlin for 4 years and $38 million. We all know how that turned out. Pavano only made 26 starts over those four seasons as a myriad of strange injuries kept him off the pitching rubber (including the now infamous bruised butt). He probably would be more fondly remembered if he had done anything memorable in those starts, but he spent most of his time getting his ego as bruised as his tailbone. Like Rogers, once he left for smaller pastures he became a decent pitcher again, averaging 13 wins and 214 innings over the last three years for the Twins and Indians.
There are some notable honorable mentions who didn’t make the cut; guys like Raul Mondesi, Doyle Alexander, Jeff Weaver and Roy Smalley. AJ Burnett will undoubtedly join this list as a player who failed to live up to expectations, but he is a long way from being considered a flop on this scale.
So, what do you think? Are there any glaring omissions – or would you include AJ in the top 5? Let us know in the comments below. Fire Away!
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankee Stadium, Yankees History, Yankees Media, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, tagged 1968, 8MM, Al Downing, Andy Kosco, August 25, Baseball Diamond, Bleachers, Bobby Cox, Bullpen Car, Detroit Tigers, Doubleheader, Frank Fernandez, Frank Messer, Fritz Peterson, Gene Michael, Jake Gibbs, Lee McPhail, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, Obstructed Views, Original, Ruben Amaro, Scoreboard, Stan Bahnsen, Steve Barber, Summer, Yankee Stadium on January 29, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Here’s some terrific 8mm footage taken by a fan back in 1968 at the original Yankee Stadium. It was really cool to watch these old-time players, and how many of them took the time to greet and sign autographs for the fans before entering the ballpark.
The steel beams holding the stadium together are really noticeable to the viewer, and were clearly obstructing views for many of the fans. My father told me that when he went to the games as a child with his dad, they would slip the usher a few dollars to have them put in different seats. Some other noteworthy things in the video include: the bullpen car, old stadium scoreboard, the layout of the baseball diamond (especially around home plate), old advertisements lining the walls behind the bleachers.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankee Stadium, Yankees Media, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, Yankees Videos, Yankees: Off the field, YES Network, tagged Catcher, I will forever be a Yankee, Jorge Posada, New York Yankees, Press Conference, Retirement, YES Network on January 27, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Jorge Posada’s retirement press conference was quite emotionally stirring. It’s not often a player wears one uniform for their entire career. Posada put up phenomenal numbers in the most demanding position on the field and served as a great vocal leader for the franchise. He wore his heart on his sleeve and will rank with some of the greats to ever put on the Yankee pinstripes.
Posada stated that he grew up in front of the fans. The said can be said about myself. When Posada got the call up in 1995, I was 4 years-old. Seventeen years later, Posada is hanging ‘em up and here stands a 20 year-old Yankees fan. It’s hard to believe.
“Playing for the Yankees has been an honor — I could never have worn another uniform,” Posada said. (more…)
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, Yankees Memories, tagged New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Elston Howard, Joe Pepitone, Bobby Richardson, Tom Tresh, Moose Skowron, Vintage, Vintage Advertisement, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Drink, The drink of champions, Yoo-Hoo on December 6, 2011 | 1 Comment »