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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo reunited for a segment on Mike Francesa’s show on Radio Row in Indianapolis. It’s almost as if the two never split up. I don’t know about you guys, but I wish these guys were still back on the air together. It just seems so right.

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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.

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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…)

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Was in Borders the other night, and came across this sports issue of a magazine called “Out.” Little did I know, it was a gay/lesbian magazine (not that there is anything wrong with that). Quite frankly, I’ve never even heard of the magazine before. Before realizing it, I read the table of contests and saw that on page 60, there was a piece entitled “The 21 Biggest Dickheads In Sports.” As the curious person I am; I turned to the article and saw this:

“#13 The Bleacher Creatures (a group of Yankees fans) Until 2010, the folks in Section 203 cheerfully sang a homophobic version of “Y.M.C.A.” (“Why Are You Gay?”) to opposing teams.” [August 2011 Issue]

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I attended the last game of the Yankees/Red Sox series on June 9th at Yankee Stadium. After waiting at the ballpark during the rain delay for over three hours, I took my seat in Section 203 and saw Bald Vinny lead the Bleacher Creatures in roll call for the very first time. It was an experience.

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With two hits in last night’s game, Derek Jeter now remains 17 hits shy from joining the 3,000 Hits Club. A feat that hasn’t been reached by the likes of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio or Mantle. Derek will be the first New York Yankee to do so.

The club will be on the road for four more days, and will come home for a 10-game home stand, where they will host the Red Sox, Indians and Rangers. New York fans are hoping he will reach the plateau on their home turf in the Bronx.

2,983 hits and counting.

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The shirt is entitled: “Tedsicicle.” A joke on the Red Sox and the Williams family, as they decided to freeze the corpse of Teddy Ballgame years ago.

The new t-shirt will be available before tomorrow’s game outside Yankee Stadium. Vinny will be on River Avenue, outside Billy’s Bar..in his usual spot. The shirt costs $15 (AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. SHIRT WILL SHIP ON 4/1). The same artist (Craig Mahoney) who did that Phil Hughes painting for me did the artwork on this shirt. Major props to Vinny on this clever design. 



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Now I know Opening Day is right around the corner! At 10am, Yankees single game tickets go on sale. It’s a great way to pick and choose the games you want to see!

Visit Yankees.com, the box office at the Stadium or Modell’s to get your tickets!

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Hey, Yankees fans: here’s your chance to check out your seats for season tickets. RSVP is required, but this Saturday the Yankees are holding an open house for all fans to view their seating options:

“On Saturday, March 5, from 10:00 a.m. ET – 3:00 p.m. ET, the Yankees will host a Season Ticket Open House event at Yankee Stadium. At this event, fans that are interested in acquiring new Season Tickets will be able to personally view and choose from select seat locations.

“This Open House event is free and open to the public.

“Season Tickets are the best way to guarantee your spot for the entire 2011 home schedule.

“Everyone attending the event will be required to sign a “Waiver and Release.”

“You must RSVP to attend this event.”

Interested? You can RSVP here.

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Marty Appel took this great photo just a couple of days ago at Yankee Stadium. Spring Training is right around the corner. 20 days until pitchers and catchers report to Tampa.

Photo Courtesy of Marty Appel

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With 31 days left until pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, the Yankee Stadium grounds crew is already hard at work. With the bowl games and snow storms this off-season, it looks like they’ll have some extra work to do.
  
 

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From the Yankees Official Website:

The Yankees put up a statue of late owner George Steinbrenner at their Spring Training complex in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.

The bronze, life-sized statue — a duplicate of the one that sits in the Gate 2 lobby at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx — weighs more than 600 pounds and has been placed on a three-ton granite base at the entrance of Steinbrenner Field, according to the Tampa Tribune. It depicts Steinbrenner in a suit, wearing his 2009 World Series championship ring, the 27th in the organization’s history and the seventh in an ownership stint that saw Steinbrenner return the Yankees to prominence.

The Tribune added that the statue cites the Yankees’ record under Steinbrenner and some of his other accomplishments, such as his tenure as vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, his time on the board of the NCAA Foundation Board of Trustees and his charitable donations.

An accompanying plaque reads: “A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity.”

The Yankees will have a public ceremony at the statue on Feb. 26, the opening home game of their Grapefruit League schedule.

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