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Just the other day, my family went out to celebrate my brother’s birthday. We decided to check out Darryl Strawberry’s new restaurant, which is called Strawberry’s Sports Grill. It’s located on 42-15 235th street (next to the LIRR train station) in Douglaston, NY.

We had no trouble finding a parking spot, as they had a parking lot close by and offered valet parking. As we walked in the place, we were greeted by Mike Strawberry, who happens to be Darryl’s brother. He was very nice and even shook my hand. I was amazed by all the memorabilia and autographed items they had on the walls. Darryl’s old locker is even in the restaurant. The waiters and waitresses walked around the restaurant in Yankees (#39) and Mets (#19) t-shirts, which I thought was pretty cool.

Darryl has stated many times that he would be involved in the restaurant and he would pop in from time to time to mingle with the fans, and even surprise some people by serving them food. Apparently, he was at his restaurant the day before, but left for vacation when we went. No hard feelings, but hopefully I’ll get to meet him one day. Check out the Menu

Great food, good service and a really nice atmosphere for any sports fan. I’ll be back soon. Two Thumbs Up!

From Strawberry’s Website:

“Strawberry’s Sport Grill features a menu of high quality yet casual fare, including an extensive burger menu, mouth-watering steaks, house-smoked BBQ, fresh-colorful salads, and firey chicken wings. The Grill offers a full bar, including 16 draft lines and a wide selection of expertly crafted cocktails. Guests can cheer as they watch their favorite team on any of our 16 HDTVs.”

 

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Back in early April, Craig Mahoney started to work on this project of mine. Over the last week, Craig did some minor touch-up work on his head, glove and pinstripes and now it’s finally complete.

The main picture on the canvas shows Phil Hughes delivering a pitch, and to the left, you can see him kneeling on the mound (which is a pre-game ritual of his).  It took a while, but he really put his time and effort into it, and it shows in the finished product. It came out great.

You can check out Craig’s blog at: Craig Mahoney Studios. He runs his own podcast, and hosts a Pinstriped Podcast (Yankees-related) once a week. You can also subscribe to his podcast on iTunes (Search: Craig Mahoney Podcast). Be sure to tune in. If you’re interested in his artwork, you should take a look at some of his other projects. He’s available for commission work. Feel free to contact him. He’ll be re-launching his site in September. Follow him on Twitter: @CraigMahoney

The Phil Hughes Project: Part 1  l  Part 2  l  Part 3  l  Part 4

 

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I ran a topic on Twitter…called: #ThingsYankeesFansHate and I got a ton of responses. It even became a trending topic in New York City. I thought I would share a bunch with some of you guys. I don’t agree with all of these, but I’ll let these fans speak out (so, don’t get offended). Here is a list in no particular order:

Things Yankees Fans Hate

  1. The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation
  2. The Wave
  3. Dallas Braden and “His Mound”
  4. West Coast Night Games
  5. Fox, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
  6. Fans who wear Yankees jerseys with a name on the back
  7. ESPN, ESPNNewYork.com, Joe Morgan, Jon Miller, John Kruk
  8. Morons who say Jonathan Papelbon is “the best closer in baseball”
  9. Playing in Anaheim
  10. Fair weather/Bandwagon fans
  11. Games televised on MY9
  12. The Rally Monkey
  13. “Rays Fans”
  14. Luis Gonzalez and his bloop single off Mariano & Game 7 of the ’01 Fall Classic
  15. Listening to Sterling & Waldman on the radio
  16. The Cleveland Indians drum
  17. The “Yankees Suck” Chant
  18. Joe West. You sir, are a disgrace to umpires everywhere
  19. The Zales Fan Marquee & people who actually pay money to be on it
  20. W.B. Mason Commercials
  21. The suits sitting in the expensive seats
  22. Mike Lupica, Ian O’Connor
  23. People who really believe you can buy a championship
  24. When girls say yes to marriage proposals at Yankee Stadium
  25. Carl’s Steaks with a 20-minute line and 67 hot dog stands with no line
  26. Outrageous facial hair
  27. Fans of other teams doing a roll call
  28. Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee
  29. Carl Pavano, Chan Ho Park, Hideki Irabu, Kyle Farnsworth, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, John Rocker, José Valverde
  30. Fans of other teams sitting in the bleachers
  31. Mascots
  32. John Henry
  33. Rainouts and off-days
  34. Flash doing commentary
  35. Michael Kay and his man-crush on Paul O’Neill
  36. Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America
  37. Josh Beckett’s Game 6 performance in the 2003 World Series
  38. Giuseppe Franco
  39. Yankee Stadium Parking Garages $
  40. Derek Jeter double plays
  41. Fans who really think Cervelli is Posada’s heir apparent
  42. Empty Legends seats
  43. The price of the Lobel’s Prime Rib Sandwich
  44. YMCA and Cotton Eye Joey
  45. Not being able to hit a pitcher we haven’t seen before
  46. People who bring gloves up in the grandstand
  47. Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Francisco Rodriguez
  48. The 2004 ALCS
  49. Pink Yankees hats
  50. Jimmy Rollins talking shit during the 2009 World Series
  51. The B Train
  52. Bill Mazeroski
  53. The Rays tank at the Trop, The Green Monster
  54. A-Rod (Pre-2009)
  55. Stupid Yankees Fans
  56. Losing
  57. Stub-Hub Saturdays
  58. Box Seats, according to the Bleacher Creatures
  59. ROGER CLEMENS IS IN GEORGE’S BOX AND ROGER CLEMENS IS COMIN’ BACK. OH MY GOOD–GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS–OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN, ROGER CLEMENS STANDING RIGHT IN GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX ANNOUNCING HE IS BACK! ROGER CLEMENS IS A NEW YORK YANKEE!

Now, I’m sure you could come up with a lot more. If you want me to add more to the list, feel free to drop more in the comments section below.

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Hope Week stands for: Helping Others Preserve & Excel

Throughout the week, the Yankees organization reached out to a few individuals and an organization they felt was worthy of being recognized this year. The whole Yankees team was involved, including coaching staff. According to Jason Zillo (the Yankees’ director of media relations), said that the team was really looking forward to participating in this event. When it was time to sign up, the players rushed to the sign-up sheet to choose which event they wanted to participate in. When watching the videos and looking at all the photos taken during the week, it was nice to see the enthusiasm from the players and how involved they really were.

The Yankees organization is the only one involved with this HOPE WEEK event. The other teams in Major League Baseball don’t do this. Jason Zillo (and all those who helped him) deserves a lot of credit for putting this event together.

Jane Lang, Jorge Grajales, Mohamed Kamara, Johanna & Melida Arias and all those involved with Beautiful People experienced something that they will never forget. They delivered five inspiring stories that made this week stand out among all the others this season. They opened peoples eyes, and showed us what real problems are all about. They give hope and inspiration to others. 

Jon Lane has got it all covered on his blog, Life in the Fast Lane:

Hope Week: Jane LangBeautiful PeopleJorge GrajalesMohamed Kamara

The last event Hope Week event was today: Johanna and Melida Arias

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Claude Godfrey of Wichita, Kansas attended the Royals vs. Yankees game on August 15th at Kauffman Stadium. He wasn’t shy when it came to displaying the tattoos of former New York Yankees legends on his back. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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It looks as if some fans have created a campaign to move “The Bat” across the street to Yankee Stadium. You remember the “Save Gate 2” campaign that created a lot of publicity during the demolition of Yankee Stadium? So, don’t laugh. You never know what this might turn into.

The original Yankee Stadium had a lot of traditions. One of the many pre-game rituals fans would follow, would be “Meeting at The Bat” just outside Gate 4 of the remodeled stadium. This was considered a popular hangout, where people could meet friends and family and talk baseball before entering the stadium.

The structure was a 138-foot tall boiler stack in the shape of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat (specifically designed to look like a Babe Ruth model). It has a knob, tape unraveling at the handle and Babe Ruth’s signature on it’s barrel. This exhaust pipe released the built-up of steam from inside the stadium. The structure was sponsored by Hillerich & Bradsby Company, which were the creators of the famous Louisville Slugger line of baseball bats.

From what I can tell, it looks like “The Bat” is expected to stay as is. If you look at the plans for Heritage Field, you can see the smoke stack at the entrance of the park.

What do you guys think? Should “The Bat” be moved across the street, or should it stay put? Do you even care? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section.

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This just in from Jack Curry (Via Twitter):

“Nick Swisher has won the last man All Star vote over Youkilis. it was closest vote ever”

Congrats to Swish! This is his first All-Star Game selection of his career.

Update: 6:27PM ET: From Mark Newman of MLB.com

Swisher, the Yankees’ right-fielder and social-media titan, held off Kevin Youkilis of the rival Red Sox in the closest race in the nine-year history of the Final Vote to claim the 34th and final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 9.8 million votes. Swisher and Youkilis were followed by Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of the Twins.

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Swisher had the all-time campaigning day in Final Vote history on Wednesday, par none. Using baseball’s most-followed Twitter account (1,220,890 followers) to his advantage, he sought out and got endorsements from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress Jessica Alba and “The Apprentice” co-star Ivanka Trump (among others). Then that night he was a triple shy of the cycle in leading the Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Athletics.

On Thursday morning, it was announced that he held a narrow lead in a “virtual tie” with Youkilis. It didn’t take Swisher long to tweet another kick in the rear to voters. He typed: “We’re in the final stretch. Can’t thank yall enough for your support. Let’s finish strong!” And naturally he used the #SENDSWISH hashtag so that as many fans as possible could find his tweet, along with a link to the ballot.

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According to Marla Diamond of WCBS 880, the Heritage Field groundbreaking took place at the end of last month (June 29th). It looks like an empty field of dirt right now, but come 2011, it will feature three championship grass baseball fields. These kids will have a chance to play at the same site where some of the greatest athletes of all-time used to play. 

Rendering of Heritage Field
Groundbreaking

(Photos Courtesy of the Yankees PR Staff & WCBS 880)

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Do you want Nick Swisher on this years American League All-Star team? He’s seeking his first All-Star birth and he needs your help. If you want him on the team…Vote Swisher on the American League final vote ballot. Voting ends on Thursday at 4PM.

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From the Yankees Official Website:

On Tuesday (June 15th), Girardi joined the Alliance for Downtown New York in unveiling a granite sidewalk marker in the Canyon of Heroes commemorating the ticker-tape parade held in November after the team’s 27th championship.

“There are almost no words to describe the energy and excitement that was in the air on that special day we all shared last November up the Canyon of Heroes,” Girardi said in a release. “We are so grateful that each and every member of our team was able to share that feeling with our fans and the great people of the City of New York.”

Girardi joined Elizabeth H. Berger, president of the alliance, and members of the Downtown Little League Yankees at the ceremony to add the latest ticker-tape strip on Broadway.

The Downtown Alliance started its series of black granite strips in 2003 to commemorate parades for all ticker-tape honorees, not just sports championships. Soldiers, heads of state, politicians, journalists and athletes alike are all honored on one of New York’s most famous streets.

“The iconic corridor of lower Broadway has provided a dramatic setting for 204 parades, and we’re thrilled to count the 2009 world champion Yankees among the heroes who have been showered with ticker tape and confetti,” Berger said. “This marker will remind New Yorkers for generations to come of the Yankees’ magical run in 2009 — their first world championship in the new Yankee Stadium.”

The commemorative strips are part of the Downtown Alliance’s Streetscape Program, which aims to give the streets a more modern look and feel.

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Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano have pretty much locked up their respective positions on the All-Star ballot. Teixeira, Rodriguez and Posada all stand in 2nd place in their races, but it seems like Teixeira is the only one that is close enough to overtake the #1 slot. Not one of the Yankees outfielders are in the top 4 positions in the Outfield class (Swisher [5], Granderson [6], Gardner [8]).

Even though you can’t vote for these guys, you have to figure that Girardi picks Hughes, Pettitte and Rivera for the All-Star team.

Vote Yankees

 

2010 MLB All-Star Balloting : American League
1st Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Justin Morneau Twins 1,752,276
2. Mark Teixeira Yankees 1,507,769
3. Miguel Cabrera Tigers 1,426,973
4. Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 805,244
5. Carlos Pena Rays 620,001
2nd Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Robinson Cano Yankees 2,330,278
2. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 1,227,495
3. Ian Kinsler Rangers 1,075,296
4. Orlando Hudson Twins 848,402
5. Ben Zobrist Rays 648,641
3rd Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Evan Longoria Rays 2,534,967
2. Alex Rodriguez Yankees 1,571,831
3. Michael Young Rangers 1,007,165
4. Adrian Beltre Red Sox 608,447
5. Brandon Inge Tigers 530,882
Shortstop
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Derek Jeter Yankees 2,692,418
2. Elvis Andrus Rangers 1,319,827
3. J.J. Hardy Twins 770,373
4. Jason Bartlett Rays 639,244
5. Alex Gonzalez Blue Jays 556,965
Catcher
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Joe Mauer Twins 3,280,565
2. Jorge Posada Yankees 1,043,748
3. Victor Martinez Red Sox 689,568
4. Taylor Teagarden Rangers 433,413
5. Gerald Laird Tigers 366,922
Designated Hitter
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Vladimir Guerrero Rangers 2,316,229
2. Hideki Matsui Angels 1,009,648
3. David Ortiz Red Sox 746,316
4. Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners 736,918
5. Jason Kubel Twins 654,269
Outfield
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 1,567,788
2. Carl Crawford Rays 1,445,615
3. Josh Hamilton Rangers 1,431,013
4. Nelson Cruz Rangers 1,377,399
5. Nick Swisher Yankees 1,049,047
6. Curtis Granderson Yankees 967,003
7. Torii Hunter Angels 943,814
8. Brett Gardner Yankees 942,338
9. Magglio Ordonez Tigers 869,231
10. B.J. Upton Rays 831,580
11. Vernon Wells Blue Jays 820,377
12. Michael Cuddyer Twins 774,088
13. Austin Jackson Tigers 764,488
14. Bobby Abreu Angels 703,134
15. Denard Span Twins 691,164
Results updated: Monday, June 21, 2010

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I asked a bunch of my female followers on Twitter how they would you sum up the 2010 New York Yankees in 140 characters or less. This is what they came up with:

How would you sum up the 2010 New York Yankees?

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