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Artie Lange took a trip down memory lane last night on Conan telling a story about when his dad tossed him on the field after the Yankees won the 1977 Fall Classic. I’ve heard this story a few times before, but I felt this one was a classic.

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Well-known sports author, Les Krantz, has come out with a new book entitled: Yankee Classics: World Series Magic from the Bronx Bombers -1921 to Today-. This is really a one-of-a-kind book, as it delves inside each World Series the Yankees played in. The design of the book, and the pictures inside will blow you away. They also include a DVD, which is narrated by Yankee great, Reggie Jackson. This book would be a great gift for any Yankees fan. 

Editorial Review:

No team, in any sport, enjoys a championship legacy as celebrated as the New York Yankees—and no book provides as thorough an exploration of that legacy as Yankee Classics. With year-by-year recaps filled with stories and photos, the book goes through all 40 World Series the Yankees have participated in, including the seven-game classics and the four-game cakewalks. Profiles of the biggest stars of the Fall Classic—from Ruth and Gehrig, to Berra and Mantle, to Jeter and Rivera—and detailed sidebars on the memorable moments, the October rivalries, and the lesser-known heroes round out this comprehensive look at an unprecedented sports success story.

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Here is some extremely rare color footage of the 1939 World Series between the Yankees and Reds.

Take a look at the fans, ushers and the old-fashioned clothes they wore. Check out the facade of the old Yankee Stadium, the New York City skyline, the bunting along the upper deck and the players warming up on the field. Fans were even able to walk on the field to exit the ballpark. It’s quite a scene.

There’s something about this video that is timeless. It makes you feel like you’re in the stands, actually watching this go on before your very eyes. It’s mesmerizing stuff.

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A few weeks ago, I passed along an image of the 2010 World Series logo. Now, Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net has released  a collection of all the patches that will be used for this years Postseason (ALDS, ALCS, WS). I think they look great.

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Don Mattingly was one of the most dominant offensive players in the game from 1984-1987. Don also had no problems flashing the leather at first base, collecting nine Gold Glove awards during his career. He was a perennial all-star, an MVP caliber player year after year, he reached the postseason only once (1995), and never won a championship. I was way too young to appreciate what he was doing on the ball field, but from what I’ve heard, he was one heck of a ballplayer.

Many people always wonder what exactly happened to Mattingly, and why there was such a huge drop-off in production. Here’s the back story:

In 1987, Donnie injured two disks in the lower left side of his back. Nothing was really said about what actually happened to those disks. It was rumored that Mattingly got hurt while horsing around in the clubhouse. His teammate, Bob Shirley, was connected with this rumor, and it was said that they “wrestled playfully” in the clubhouse. Both denied the report. Mattingly was placed on the 15-day disabled list , and still wound up with great numbers when the season was all said and done (.327 AVG, 30 HR, and 115 RBIs).

 

Year R H HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1984 91 207 23 110 .343 .381 .537 .918
1985 107 211 35 145 .324 .371 .567 .939
1986 117 238 31 113 .352 .394 .573 .967
1987 93 186 30 115 .327 .378 .559 .937
1988 94 186 18 88 .311 .353 .462 .816
1989 79 191 23 113 .303 .351 .477 .828
1990 40 101 5 42 .256 .308 .335 .643
1991 64 169 9 68 .288 .339 .394 .733
1992 89 184 14 86 .288 .327 .416 .742
1993 78 154 17 86 .291 .364 .445 .809
1994 62 113 6 51 .304 .397 .411 .808
1995 59 132 7 49 .288 .341 .413 .754
14 Seasons 1007 2153 222 1099 .307 .358 .471 .830
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/16/2010.
 
Mattingly had a history of back problems before this incident occurrred. He hurt his back during his high school days, and during spring training in 1985. After the 1989 season, Don was never the same player again. His back problems continued to flare up, curtailing his statistics, and it eventually led to him hanging up his cleats. He was only 34 years old when he retired. Who knows what would have happened if he were healthy. The following year, the New York Yankees were on top of the baseball world, winning their first World Series championship after a drought of 17 years. He spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, a team known for winning, and he never made it to the Fall Classic.
 
When you break down the numbers, he only had about 5 “great” seasons. He may not be worthy of being enshrined in Cooperstown, but he’ll always be considered a great player and a fan favorite by the Yankee faithful.

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Unlike Rose, we can bet on baseball

 We’ve reached the All-Star break, giving some a chance to take a deep breath from the long season and others to experience withdrawal pangs without “real” baseball for the next 3 days. I could write glowingly about the Yankees starting rotation or rip Joba and the rest of his bullpen mates sans Mariano, but I’ll have plenty of time to do that throughout the 2nd half of the season. Today, I want to discuss something a little different…examining the World Series odds. I’ll probe where the Yankees and the rest of the teams are projected to finish and provide some dark horse candidates to win the championship. Below, all teams currently in the playoffs and/or in contention are listed in groups with their odds to win the World Series in parentheses. (Odds taken from BETUS

The Favorite: Yankees (3:1)
With the best record in baseball and the ability to add pieces to improve the bullpen and bench, the Yankees are clear-cut favorites to repeat. However, because they are such prohibitive favorites, while we all hope they win number 28, the return on the investment won’t reap a big windfall. So put $60 on the Yankees to hedge your bet and place a couple additional wagers on the longer shots below. 

A Cut Below: Rays (6:1), Rangers/Braves (7:1), Red Sox/Cardinals (10:1)
The best bet among these teams is the Rangers. They’ve got the easiest path to the playoffs and they just acquired a dominant #1 starter. The Rays/Red Sox are at least equal and probably better than Texas, but their path to the postseason is much more difficult, so avoid them as well as the Cards, you can find better long shots in the NL. 

The Darkhorses: Phillies (12:1), Mets (14:1), Reds (18:1), White Sox/Twins (20:1)
Two teams stand out from this group…the Phillies and Reds. Phi at 12:1 is a good price if you think they’ll get healthy enough to make the playoffs and be close to full strength (if they were healthy I’d guess they’d be ~6:1). But at 18:1, I “love” the Reds. They have a well-balanced pitching staff as well as an excellent lineup (of course they also have Dusty at the controls to potentially botch things up). But at these odds, they’re a sneaky/solid play. So pluck down $60 on Cincinnati and if they win you’ll be collecting $1,080 in October. 

The Longshots: Tigers/Rockies/Dodgers/Padres (25:1), Giants (30:1), Angels (40:1)
Forget the Tigers, Dodgers and Angels. Padres are dangerous, but their bullpen is already showing signs of regression and the underrated ace of the staff, Mat Latos, has innings limit concerns (Yes, Yankees fans we aren’t the only team that caps innings for starters). The Rockies have withstood several injuries and find themselves just 2 games back of the front running Padres and the Giants find themselves only 4 GB. The Giants lineup at one point this season was putrid, but with the surprising production of Torres and the explosive bat of Buster Posey this team may finally have the hitting to support an excellent pitching staff. So put $60 on either the Rockies or Giants and if you’re feeling frisky bet both. Without a clear favorite in the NL these teams can make it to the World Series and anything can happen once they get there…and in this case that “anything” can yield $1500-$1800. 

So who do you think will win the World Series? Who is your sleeper/long shot pick to win it all? 

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I just stumbled across the new 2010 World Series logo, and once again, I think the league has done a fantastic job designing the new patch. Let’s all hope the New York Yankees have these patches on the side of their hats come late October. What do you guys think of it? Is it better than last year’s? (more…)

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The Downtown Alliance started placing black granite markers on Broadway back in 2003, commemorating all of the ticker-tape parades that have gone down the Canyon of Heroes dating back to 1886. Bella Foxx has provided us with some photos of the markers dedicated to the Yankees, dating back to 1996. I’ve never personally noticed or heard about these markers before the 2009 marker was put down just a few weeks ago. I’ll have to check it out one day.

and there’s rome for more…how about #28?

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Buck-Sterling

Watching the final out game on television, or listening to it on the radio..you probably have already heard these calls on the last out of the World Series. I just thought I would have them down in writing for you guys. I guess you can add these two to the list.

“Now Rivera is set, and here’s the payoff…swung on and grounded to second, Cano fields, throws to first, in time! Ballgame over, World Series over! Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!  – John Sterling

“To the second baseman Cano…the Yankees are back on top! World Champions for the 27th time!”  – Joe Buck

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Here are some great photos from the Yankees parade down Broadway and the ceremony at City Hall. It’s a celebration like no other. Enjoy.

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Ballgame over! World Series over! Yankees win! Theeee Yankees win! They have surmounted every challenge…they have climbed every mountain and the New York Yankees are World Champions! They have reached the summit of the sports world once again and they’ve won their 27th championship of all-time. One of the best teams ever! Team of the decade! The most successful franchise in all of sports! Baseball Nirvana…It’s déjà vu all over again. The Champagne Party and the Parade down the Canyon of Heroes are on the way. This is back to being a Yankee country. They’re back on top and the universe has been restored to order. This one is for The Boss, New York City, and the Greatest Fans in the World. Hit it Sinatra!

 

 

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