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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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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.

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RE2PECT.

Michael Jordan’s brand and Nike and have teamed up to launch the “RE2PECT” campaign in honor of Derek’s last season.

Via DefPanRadio.com:

“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.

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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.”

You can by RE2PECT tees to support Jeter, which can be found at at Nike.com and Footaction.com, Flight 23 at Footaction and Niketown New York starting tomorrow.

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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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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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Larry David

Mayor Bloomberg

Michael Jordan

President Bill Clinton

Martha Stewart

Keith Olbermann & Garbage Can

Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier

Kristin Chenoweth

  

Jay-Z

 

Beyoncé

Minka Kelly

Jack Nicholson

Tom Cruise 

Paul Simon

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ZellsPinstripeBlog.com has reached a major milestone. Just recently, the site reached the 500,000 hits milestone and I think it’s a good reason to celebrate. I started this blog back in March of 2008 thinking it would just be a hobby, but it’s turned into much more than that. When I first started this blog, it was a struggle to just get a few hits per day on this site. Now, we have a forum, a great team of writers, and loyal readers. It just shows you how much this site has grown since then. I’ve gotten to know new people, learn knew things about the team and realize how great the Yankees fanbase really is. I just want to thank all of you for making this possible.

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Steelers head coach Chuck Noll once said his biggest mistake as a coach was sticking too long with the great players who were pivotal in winning him four Super Bowls. It was loyalty. It was comfort. They were proven winners and great guys. It made sense at the time. But they all got old at once, and the dynasty ended. Fast forward to after the 2007 season:

  • The Yankees off the negative public outcry from Joe Torre’s exit, felt pressure to placate the fans. Cashman despite taking a hard line against ARod, had Hank Steinbrenner foolishly handed him a 10 year albatross of a contract. ARod should have been resigned, but not double the money another team was willing to offer.
  • That same offseason, Jorge Posada already 35 years old used Omar Minaya and the Mets to extract a 4 year contract from the Yankees. It was another illogical signing given his age and likelihood of breaking down, but feeling the “heat” from the NY baseball media and fans that were mostly in Torre’s corner, Hank/Hal as neophyte owners caved to public pressure….Fast Forward to the present:

Hal is now the clear lead owner of the Brothers Steinbrenner and has empowered Cashman to fully run the baseball operations (without having Hank around to botch things up). Jeter has been a great player, but no longer is. Given his captaincy and status on the current team, the Yankees offered Jeter double his true market value. Yet, this offer was deemed “baffling” by his agent Casey Close. What’s truly baffling about this negotiation is Jeter’s/Close’s thinking that they’re deserving of 4-5 years and $85-100M. If that’s the case, the Yankees should avoid repeating their sins of the past by caving to fan and media pressure. Similar to what the great Steelers players meant to Chuck Noll, Jeter represents winning, loyalty and comfort to Yankee fans. However, giving him a “blank check” or paying him an exorbitant amount of money for his past achievements and/or future milestones is bad business. I applaud Cashman and Hal for their stance in these negotiations. Sorry Derek as Michael Corleone said, it’s not personal, it’s strictly business. Hopefully offering to make him the highest paid middle infielder in the game isn’t too much of an insult to Jeter/Close.

What do you think of the current Jeter negotiations? Do you side with Jeter or Yankees ownership?

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“I want to get the fans into the action. I don’t look for the glory for myself.” -Freddy ‘Sez’ Schuman

As most of you have heard by now, Freddy ‘Sez’ Schuman passed away at Lenox Hill Hospital yesterday after suffering from a heart attack on Friday night. He was 85.

In the same year, the Yankee family also lost George M. Steinbrenner III, Bob Sheppard and Ralph Houk. He was a “Super Fan”, a Yankee Stadium fixture and was said to be one of the most genial people you could ever meet. With frying pan and spoon in hand, he would walk up and down the stairs of the great cathedral, stirring up the crowd. He would interact with the fans, pose for pictures, and sign autographs. He couldn’t believe that others wanted his autograph, considering he was only a fan of the team. Just last week, people were banging on his shamrock frying pan and shaking his hand, so this caught people by surprise. He was even in a recent Nike commercial (at the 52 second mark). It seemed like he would always be there. I think I can speak for all Yankees fans, in saying that he will be deeply missed. He was as passionate as they get.

Will the Yankees organization have a moment of silence tonight to honor one of their most dedicated fans? According to a bleacher creature, they did it for original Cowbell King Ali Ramirez back in 1996.

Update: 5:00PM ET: According to Kim Jones, the Yankees will honor Freddy “Sez” Schuman with a moment of silence before tonight’s game.

An old friend of Freddy Schuman, Howard Goldstein, recently contacted me after he heard the news of his passing. This man used to take Freddy out for lunch in Manhattan (and then over to the stadium for the game). Howard wanted to share some memories of his friend, and I thought it would be a great idea. I would like to thank him for sharing these stories.

Fond recollections of my friend, the one and only Freddy Schuman  By: Howard Goldstein    

 

I met Freddy “Sez” in the early 1990s, around the time that my son David was born.  This was about the same time that I began to resume being a serious baseball fan, after having been only a casual one for the prior decade.  When I first saw Freddy do his frying pan thing at the old Yankee Stadium (the only real Yankee Stadium in my opinion), I immediately was reminded of the stories that my Dad (a lifelong Brooklynite) had told me about the uber-fan Hilda Chester of his beloved Dodgers.  Freddy appealed to my sense of baseball as a game which, above all else, was supposed to be about having fun. Freddy also appealed to my sense of passion since, when it came to the New York Yankees, I knew of nobody who had greater passion.
 
 Although I did not have much of a rooting interest in those days for either the Yankees (who were my childhood team), or the Phillies (for whom I rooted since moving there in 1978), I nonetheless for a number of years had been a collector/budding historian of all things related to Jews and baseball.  It was Freddy’s Jewish roots which made him of particular fascination to me. I remember approaching Freddy outside the Stadium one day and telling him about my interest in that subject.  As someone proud of his Jewish heritage, Freddy liked hearing me tell him oddball stories about the Jewish ballplayers and others whom I followed.
 
 Over the years my interest in baseball itself, both in the Yankees and the Phillies, grew exponentially to the point that I now have season tickets in both cities.  As a result, I probably came to the Bronx (on average) at least a dozen times per season.  During this period I had begun to email with Freddy and then went to his apartment where I marveled at the incredible number of signs that he had stored from prior years.  I remember buying a few of those from the 1996 World Series and thinking what wonderful works of folk art they were.
 
 It was at this visit that Freddy and I had our first lunch.  I greatly enjoyed talking to him because his passion for the Yankees poured out of every pore.  Freddy regaled me with wonderful stories that day and I hoped it would be only the beginning of many such get-togethers.  From then on, I continued to email with Freddy and also would try to meet him at least once a season for lunch and then drive him to the Stadium for the ballgame that day.  At one of these get-togethers, Freddy graciously agreed to give me one of his precious frying pans so that I could use it when I eventually mount a museum exhibit on Jews and Baseball.  Such an exhibit probably will occur within the next several years, and at that time I will joyfully display the pan (and one of his unique signs) in honor of my warmly remembered friend Freddy.
 
 There will be nobody to replace Freddy “Sez”, and for that the new Yankee Stadium will be the poorer.  The type of daily dedication and passion which Freddy exhibited towards his beloved Yankees is basically a relic of the past (though the real Bleacher Creatures are similar in certain respects.)  What a year this has been for the Yankees. what with the passing of Steinbrenner, Bob Sheppard, Ralph Houk and now Freddy “Sez”.  I just know that Freddy is in heaven arguing with George about the over-the-top size of his Monument Park statue.  If it were up to me, I would put one there of Freddy because the joy that he brought to innumerable Yankees fans over the years was priceless.

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Met Freddy 'Sez' Schuman for the very first time this season

From the NY Daily News:

Freddy “Sez”, a Yankee Stadium staple for the last 20 years, has died at age 82, according to friend Chuck Frantz.

At almost every Yankee game, Freddy could be seen outside Yankee Stadium with his daily message for the Yanks and a frying pan he banged like a drum. He also let other fans bang it as well.

He became such an institution that his lucky frying pan and spoon, thanks to Frantz, were put into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Yogi Berra museum in 2004.

“He was a very close friend of mine,” said Frantz. “It took me by surprise.”

Freddy was also a big fan of the Manhattan and Fordham sports programs. 

Update: According to several other reports, Freddy was 85 years old…not 82.

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Alex Belth of Bronx Banter has come out with a new book, called Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories: Unforgettable Tales from the House That Ruth Built. Buy your copy today!

America foremost sportswriters and other personalities offer their favorite memories of Yankee Stadium, the world’s most famous ballpark. In Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories, editor Alex Belth of BronxBanterBlog.com collects personal essays by some of the most well-known and respected voices in sportswriting and entertainment today. In these revealing, sometimes hilarious, oft-touching essays, the contributors recount their favorite moments inside the most famed of all American stadiums. The book also includes a special chapter on the new Yankee Stadium.
 
Alex Belth is the author of Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories and Stepping Up, a critically acclaimed biography of Curt Flood, and a regular contributor to SportsIllustrated.com. After eight years spent working in the film industry for such notable filmmakers as Ken Burns, Woody Allen, and the Coen Brothers, Beth in 2002 founded BronxBanterBlog.com (now part of SNY TV’s blog network), which has become one of the most popular New York Yankees sites on the Internet. A lifelong Yankees fan, he lives with his wife in the Bronx, New York.

Contributors include: Bob Costas (NBC, HBO) • Richard Ben Cramer • Pete Hamill • Tony Kornheiser (ESPN) • Tom Boswell (Washington Post) • Dave Kindred (Washington Post) • Leigh Montville (Sports Illustrated) • William Nack (Sports Illustrated) • Joe Posnanski (Sports Illustrated) • Jane Leavy • Pat Jordan • Maury Allen (New York Post) • Bob Klapisch (Bergen Record) • Tyler Kepner (New York Times) • Allen Barra (Wall Street Journal) • Marty Appel • Jeff Pearlman • Alan Schwarz (New York Times) • Charles Pierce (Boston Globe) • Steve Rushin (Sports Illustrated) • Nathan Ward • Mike Vaccaro (New York Post) • Rob Neyer (ESPN.com) • Ken Rosenthal (ESPN) • Scott Raab (Esquire) • Luis Guzman (more…)

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I just received an email from the New York Yankees:

Dear Yankees Fan:

Thank you for registering for the chance to be included in an online Pre-On-Sale Ticket purchase opportunity for 2010 American League Division Series and American League Championship Series tickets …

Tickets for potential 2010 American League Division Series (ALDS) and American League Championship Series (ALCS) games at Yankee Stadium will go on sale to the public online at yankees.com on Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m.

So, get those computers fired up. I’ll see you there!

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