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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.

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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 (15-10) vs. Mariners (10-14)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.78) vs RHP Chris Young (0-0, 3.50)

Yankees Lineup

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

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 the YES ands MLB Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

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Jimmy Fallon aired a great segment with former Yankee, Robinson Cano tonight. Yankees fans strolled through Bryant Park and booed a cardboard cutout of Robbie. Little did they know, the former New York star was standing right behind it. Let the ass-kissing begin.

One Fan: “I’m gonna boo the shit out of him…….BOOOOOOO, YOU SUCK!!!”…(Robinson walks out)….”How ya doin’ Robbie? Welcome back to New York!”

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Yankees (14-10) vs. Angels (11-12)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-0, 2.15) vs RHP Garrett Richards (2-0, 2.52)

Yankees Lineup

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

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. 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 (13-10) vs. Angels (11-11)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.75) vs LHP Hector Santiago (0-3, 3.68)

Yankees Lineup

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

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 Fox Sports 1. 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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