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Yankeemetrics abound this week: Katie Sharp has some really interesting stats on Yankees baseball over the last few days. Here’s just one: “Javier Vazquez has now allowed a home run in eight straight games. That is the longest single-season streak by a Yankee since Andy Pettitte allowed a HR in eight straight games in 1999 (19 straight, combining 1999-2000).”

Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos have both been promoted to Double-A Trenton.

You remember I told you about that man who was trying to deliver a photo to President Barack Obama? Well, he completed his mission. Barack Obama gets a gift from Yogi Berra.

From Politico.com:

“One man, standing at the edge of the yellow police tape, handed POTUS something (it looked like a maroon 8.5×11 folder but pool was too far away to tell.) POTUS looked at it, then handed it to Nicholson [Obama’s trip director],” read the report.

So who was the man, and what was in the envelope? Turns out it was Tom Murro (a.k.a. the “Celebrity Magnet” from New Jersey) who had a gift for Obama from baseball legend Yogi Berra: a photo of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson coming in safe after stealing home during a 1955 World Series game against Berra and the Yankees. Berra wrote “Dear Mr. President, He was out!” and signed his name in blue pen. Here is the video.

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Attention Yankees Fans. You now have the chance to own a baseball signed by C.C. Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Bucky Dent and Joe Torre!

They’ve all signed baseballs to be a part of our SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS tour, a collection of baseballs decorated by Little Leaguers and signed by professional athletes and celebrities. The 40-baseball display has been making tour stops across the country and is currently set up at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, PA. The baseballs are also viewable at SubwayKids.com and the Official SUBWAY® Facebook page.

The balls are up for auction NOW on eBay through its Giving Works program.  All the proceeds generated will go to support the Little League Urban Initiative. Go ahead and Bid! The auction ends on SUNDAY Aug. 29. (more…)

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From 103.3 WODS-FM:

Helping a hall of fame baseball player get a present to the president.

Since President Obama is vacationing locally on the vineyard we’re trying to help our friend, Tom Murro (aka The Celebrity Magnet) deliver a present for Hall Of Famer Yogi Berra. Here’s the story…

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (7/29/10) — Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra has met every sitting U.S. president since 1945 – except for Barack Obama.

He has, however, met first lady Michelle Obama, and the Yankees did send him a ceremonial throw out ball signed by the president. But to date, he has not had the opportunity to shake hands with the Commander in Chief.

Mr. Berra is just one of the many interesting celebs I have encountered. When Berra learned of my chance meeting in 2009 with President Barack Obama (pictured above), he agreed to sign a photo for the President and I have since been trying to get that picture to him.

With little luck, I might add.

The photo is a classic shot of a sliding Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers safe after stealing home against Berra and the Yankees during the World Series opening game at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 28, 1955.

Calling Robinson safe led to the Dodger’s victory.

A very difficult defeat for any team.

Well, Berra has had a different perspective in regard to that call, so he signed the photo,

”Dear Mr. President, He was out! ”

So I have done everything I can to get the photo to the president.

The White House cannot guarantee if I mail it, or even special deliver the photo, that it will make it to the president’s hands. And, without a reoccurrence of the happenstance meeting of Mr. Obama with my daughter and me last year on Martha’s Vineyard, I am at a loss on how to deliver Mr. Berra’s gift.

Needless to say, the photo sits on my desk and I keep hoping for a good idea while watching for the president’s return to Martha’s Vineyard in hopes we might reconnect.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas on how to get this photo into the president’s hands, let me know.

Tom is planning to try and deliver the photo to President Obama on the Vineyard this weekend.

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Let’s hope none of the Yankee players drink too much Dr. Pepper (like Forrest Gump did, before meeting John F. Kennedy) prior to meeting President Barack Obama.

The New York Yankees will take a trip to the White House today, as they were invited by President Barack Obama to congratulate and honor the 2009 World Series Champions. He will be welcoming the team through the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Yankees ball club have met with some of the most recent U.S. presidents, including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, but those trips occurred over a decade ago.

Not only will they be meeting with the President Barack Obama, but they will be making the rounds in the D.C. area:

Prior to President Obama’s reception on Monday afternoon, Yankees players, coaches and executives will take the trophy to Walter Reed Medical Center and the Malone House. Led by managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman, the Yankees party will visit with wounded soldiers.

With the official White House visit as the primary event, the Yankees will turn their three-day presence in the vicinity of the capital into a showcase tour of the World Series trophy, highlighted by a Tuesday visit with Supreme Court Justice and Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor.

The trophy tour will continue Tuesday at various Washington, D.C., locations, highlighted by an afternoon audience with Sotomayor.

Prior to the Tuesday game against the Orioles, the Yankees will be joined on the field during batting practice by 20 invited wounded veterans from Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital — which Yankees players will be visiting the next day, the 2009 World Series Trophy in tow.

Some of the Yankees thoughts about Obama and the White House trip:

“I think everyone enjoys trips to the White House, because not everyone has the opportunity to do it,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “If you have that opportunity, I think it’s something that people remember.”

“It’s a privilege you get whenever you win the World Series,” Pettitte said. “It’s definitely going to be fun, for sure.

“Growing up, seeing the Oval Office, you see the president talking and stuff like that. All of a sudden, you’re standing there. It’s like the first time you go to Fenway [Park] or the first time you go to Wrigley Field — that’s what it kind of was for me.”

“Not too many people get an opportunity to meet the president,” Jeter said. “It’s kind of awkward when they know who you are, you know what I mean? That was probably the weirdest thing.” (more…)

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From George A. King III of the NY Post:

It hasn’t been made official but the Yankees will spend part of their day off a week from today at the White House, where they will be honored for winning the 2009 World Series by White Sox fan President Obama.

Yankees Notes:

It will be the third time since 2001 the Yankees will be honored at the White House. They were honored by George W. Bush that year for winning the 2000 World Series. In 1999, Bill and Hillary Clinton begrudgingly toasted them for sweeping the 1998 World Series. Last April, after failing to make the playoffs in 2008, a small group of Yankees that included Joba Chamberlain and Nick Swisher, took a tour of th White House.

The Yankees open a three-game series against the Orioles the next night

It’s always nice to have your team honored by the President of the United States. You kind of missed this kind of news, as the team was without a championship the previous nine seasons.

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