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In just three short weeks, the Yankees will take the field in the Bronx for Opening Day. They’ll be opening up the season at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6th (1:05PM ET). After this brutally cold winter, there’s nothing I want more than a beer in my hand, a sunny day and a seat at the ballpark. See-ya then!

Joe Girardi (Photo Courtesy of Kathy Willens | AP)

 

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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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The YES Network Instagram account released this photo with the caption: “A poem for Mariano Rivera from the #RedSox. #ThankYouMo” This is amazing on so many levels…

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Derek Jeter Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees warms up just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on March 7, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida.

Oh, Derek! The New York Post is reporting this morning that Derek Jeter sends his one-night stands home with gift baskets, which usually include an autographed baseball. This doesn’t sound like “The Captain”…does it? I wonder what Dr. Charles Jeter thinks about all of this.

Jeter is playing the field once again, as he broke up with Minka Kelly this past summer. Here are some highlights from the article:

“This summer, he ended up hooking up with a girl who he had hooked up with once before, but Jeter seemed to have forgotten about the first time and gave her the same identical parting gift, a gift basket with a signed Derek Jeter baseball,” the pal said. “He basically gave her the same gift twice because he’d forgotten hooking up with her the first time!”

“He normally doesn’t go out with girls. He will have them come to his house. He’ll have cocktail parties. His friends invite girls they think he’ll be interested in. He’s very shy,” another friend explained. “He’ll occasionally take girls to a restaurant. He has a couple of restaurants that he goes to that aren’t trendy,” the friend said.

“I know he’s been dating multiple girls. He likes a hole in the wall, or he likes a place that his friends own. He’s very cautious. He’ll only go out on off-nights,” the friend said.

“The girls go through the back-door entrance in the Trump World Tower to avoid the paparazzi,” the pal said.

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Just found this on YouTube…thought I would pass it along for all those who missed it.

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The Yankees Opening Day/Home opener is on 3/31/2011. They’ll be playing the Detroit Tigers. They close the season in Tampa against the Rays on September 28th. 

2011 New York Yankees Schedule

From @BryanHoch:Yankees host Mets (May 20-22) COL (June 24-26) and MIL (June 28-30) Interleague. @ Cubs (June 17-19), Reds (June 20-22) & Mets (July 1-3).” 

From @RiverAveBlues:  

  • “12 of the Yankees first 15 games next are at home. 20 of the first 27 as well.”
  • “The Yanks play 30 games from July 1st to August 1st next year, 21 on the road.”
  • “Last three series are home against TB (2 gms), home vs Red Sox (3 gms), then at TB (3 gms)”

From the Associated Press: 

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league baseball schedule for 2011 features a midweek start in March, a late September ending and the Chicago Cubs’ first visit to Fenway Park in nearly 100 years.       

Five openers are set for Thursday, March 31, although one of them is expected to be moved up to the night of March 30.

  

The regular season is set to end on Sept. 28. By opening and closing a week earlier this year, the 2011 World Series will finish in October, barring any postponements. Game 7 this year is set for Nov. 4. 

The Cubs will play a three-game series in Boston starting on May 20. The Cubs last played at Fenway Park in the 1918 World Series. (more…)

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Yankee Stadium: Written by Nils and Amy Lofgren

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Sergio Mitre (0-0, 2.79) vs LHP Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 3.99)

Tue: RHP Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.78) vs RHP Rick Porcello (2-3, 7.50)

Wed: RHP Phil Hughes (4-0, 1.69) vs RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 5.74)

Thurs: LHP C.C. Sabathia (4-1, 3.04) vs RHP Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50)

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My grandpa Danny passed away this past week a few months shy of his 89th birthday. This man was a real hero to me, as he helped out my father and grandmother raise me along with my brothers. I had a special relationship with him, considering he lived with me and it’s an opportunity most kids don’t get the chance to have.

My grandfather served our country in WWII, (although he never saw battle) and played baseball for the army. I found some old articles from a newspaper, in which my grandpa’s name appeared. He played 3rd base with the 3245th ordnance in a softball tournament, and this is what it said: “The big gunner for the 3245th was Rozell who came up big with a single and a double”. I actually still have his old Rawlings baseball glove which is over 70 years old, as seen in the picture below.

And boy..did he love the Yankees! He’s the main reason why I’m such a big fan of the Yankees today. My grandpa loved to do two things with his free time, play his harmonica and watch baseball. He always used to come to my little league games, have a catch with me in the backyard, and watch any ballgames he could.

The game of baseball creates a one-of-a-kind bond between fathers/grandfathers and sons/grandchildren, brothers and siblings, and friends. I felt like I definitely had that sort of relationship with him. Life is about a lot more than baseball, but it’s something I will always remember about him. Even though he didn’t understand what was going on with the Yankees this season, I’m sure he would have loved to see those Yankees claim their 27th championship. This one was for him.

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