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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yankees (35-33) vs. Blue Jays (41-30)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-1, 2.02) vs RHP Marcus Stroman (3-1, 5.18)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran DH
Suzuki RF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on MY9. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

 

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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.

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Yankees (15-13) vs. Rays (14-16)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-0, 2.27) vs RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.85)

Yankees Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Suzuki RF
Solarte SS

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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Yankees (6-6) vs. Red Sox (5-7)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 8.68) vs LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 9.00)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Ellsbury CF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Solarte 2B
Johnson 3B
Cervelli 1B
Anna SS

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. The game is scheduled to start at 8:05PM ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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Yankees (5-6) vs. Red Sox (5-6)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.92) vs RHP John Lackey (2-0, 1.38)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Ellsbury CF
Beltran DH
McCann C
Soriano RF
Johnson 1B
Solarte 3B
Anna SS

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network and Fox Sports 1. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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Yankees (5-5) vs. Red Sox (4-6)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 7.50) vs LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 2.51)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
Cervelli C
Solarte 3B
Suzuki LF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 1B

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES & MLB Networks. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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Yankees (4-5) vs. Red Sox (4-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Michael Pineda (0-1, 1.50) vs RHP Clay Buchholz(0-0, 12.46)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Beltran RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 1B
Solarte 3B
Anna 2B

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES & MLB Networks. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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The 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series is coming up at the end of the month, and it looks like Henrik Lundqvist will be making a new fashion statement. On the right side of his new mask, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig are pictured. It’s only fitting because the two games will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It looks as if Henrik’s custom crown logo (from the Crown Collection) will be on the front of the mask.

Update: 7:00PM ET: Here is a full shot of the complete mask in all it’s glory:

The Henrik Lundqvist Blog also pointed out some interesting pinstriped goalie pads (made by Bauer) that he might be using in the upcoming series. This isn’t set in stone, but these could be the pads he wears:

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Brian McCann

Brian McCann

Sign on the dotted line! Brian McCann is headed to the Bronx for $85 million over 5 years. His contract will include a 6th year option, bringing the grand total to $100M if he so chooses.

Don’t worry Yankees fans. You’ll no longer have to worry about whether Chris Stewart or Francisco Cervelli will be starting behind the plate. McCann will be the first offensive force behind the dish since Posada left the team back in 2011.

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Phil Hughes

Yankees (81-73) vs. Rays (71-83)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 5.07) vs LHP David Price (8-8, 3.43)

Yankees Lineup

Nunez 3B
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Wells RF
Reynolds 1B
Granderson CF
Ryan SS
Stewart C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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Over the last few days, there were a lot of rumors in the online media outlets that Metallica was set to play “Enter Sandman” live at Yankee Stadium to honor Mariano Rivera on his special day. They were playing the Apollo Theater in Harlem the night before, so they were already in town. Those rumors were confirmed yesterday, as a concert stage was set up in front of Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. And they put on quite a performance. This is the best footage I could find (I’ll update it if I can find something better):

Metallica - Yankee Stadium - Mariano Rivera Day

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