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So, Berkman’s hardest hit of the season took down A-Rod…

From ESPN New York: (Wallace Matthews & Ian Begley):

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was scratched from the lineup about 90 minutes before the start of Saturday’s Yankees-Red sox game after suffering “a contusion of the lower left leg” after he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Lance Berkman during batting practice.

Berkman, who was batting right-handed, ripped a one-hopper down the third-base line that apparently caught Rodriguez on the left shin as he was taking grounders. “Look out!” Berkman shouted as the ball left his bat.

In obvious pain, Rodriguez hobbled around on the infield grass for a few seconds before staggering into short center field, where he rolled around on the grass before turning face down. Some of Rodriguez’ teammates, including Derek Jeter, thought at first that he was joking and yelled some light-hearted insults. Then, when it was obvious the injury was serious, Jeter shouted in the dugout for trainer Gene Monahan, who hurried out to where Rodriguez lay.

According to Bryan Hoch, Alex Rodriguez suffered a left leg contusion. X-Rays are being taken.

We’ll have more information as it comes available.

Update 4:23PM ET: A-Rod’s x-rays came up negative. He remains day-to-day.

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I’m sure a lot of you guys know that many major celebrities and star athletes use an alias when they check into hotels on the road. They don’t want to be bothered by autograph seekers and other crazy fans.

Back in 2005, the Yankees were in Seattle to play the Mariners, and stayed at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. A $47,905.85 invoice was sent to the club, which revealed that a lot of the players on the team used phony names when checking in. Even though this is from 2005, I’ve actually never seen this before. I thought it was hilarious and figured that you guys might enjoy it as well.

From the Smoking Gun:

In a story this week in The Village Voice, reporter Neil deMause matched aliases with some actual Yankees by comparing the invoice with a separate key that he examined while sifting through documents submitted by the team to New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, which oversees the club’s Yankee Stadium lease.

Here’s a Who’s Who from the 2005 squad: Johnny Drama (Jeter); Simon Phoenix (Mike Mussina); Bruce Almighty (Don Mattingly); Ricky Ricardo (Jorge Posada); Joe Saturday (Hideki Matsui); Sam Adams (Randy Johnson); Richard Long (Bernie Williams); Turd Ferguson (Jaret Wright); and Austin Powers (Ruben Sierra). We’re not sure why outfielder Matt Lawton used the “Eleven Fifty” alias, but Luis Sojo apparently went by “Harry Pelotas” because the fake surname translates to “balls” in Spanish. As for the true identities of Johnny Blaze, Ray Charles, Davey Crockett, Jack Daniels, Payne N. Deneck, Fyfe, Bo Jackson, Bruce Lee, Leon, Ghost Ryder, Charlie Wattsizname, and Randy White, well, that’s a mystery. But we’re pretty sure that “Joe Russo” is manager Joe Torre and that “Alex Emanuel” is Alex Rodriguez, who appears to use his actual middle name as his phony surname.


It’s funny seeing the real names of some of the staff and broadcasters next to the fake names, like Gene Monahan, Steve Donohue, John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman, Lou Cucuzza and so on.

(Copy of the Bill: Courtesy of The Smoking Gun)


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Javier Vazquez tossed six shutout innings, allowing only one run in his outing. He was doing a mighty fine job…that is until he got up to the plate and had to lay down a bunt. What happened? Vazquez bruised his right index finger on the bunt. Gene Monahan quickly looked at his hand and brought him into the clubhouse. He’s been sent for x-rays. Let’s just hope nothing is broken.

Update: 10:15PM ET: X-Rays on Javy’s index finger turned up negative. That’s good news. I wonder if the Yankees are going to make him skip his next start.

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Yesterday, I skipped school to go to my very first home opener at Yankee Stadium. Here is a rundown of how it went:

I woke up early in the morning to head down to the stadium so I wouldn’t miss any of the festivities. I got there before the gates opened and had a chance to walk around. While walking past Gate 4, I noticed Chris Shearn recording one of his pre-game segments for the YES Network. After he was done, I introduced myself, took a photo with him and spoke for a couple of minutes. He’s a really nice guy. Than I waited on line for the gates to open.

The Pre-Game:

Got in a few minutes after the gates opened, and I went directly to Monument Park. I wanted to take pictures with some of the monuments that I didn’t get a chance to take the first time around. I walked around the ballpark after that and saw Harlan Chamberlain, but I didn’t get a chance to meet him. He was kind of busy talking to some people, so I moved on. I also noticed Mark Feinsand of the Daily News near the press elevator, but he too was busy talking to someone..so I didn’t bother. The halls of the stadium were jam-packed and the atmosphere was terrific. Stopped off at Nathan’s for some food and went up to my seats for the ceremony.

The Food & Merchandise:

Before the game: Nathan’s Hot Dog and Fries Middle of the 5th inning: Johnny Rocket’s Double Burger, Souvenir Yankees Cup (Pepsi). I also bought a 2010 NY Yankees Yearbook, Media Guide and home opener program.


I was very pleased with the way the ring ceremony was done. Watching Yogi and Whitey hand out the rings to the players was a pretty cool moment. The player introductions were great, and it was really nice to see Gene Monahan and Hideki Matsui return. All the players in the dugout gave Geno a standing ovation, and it was very emotional moment for him. The Yankees also put The Boss on the centerfield scoreboard during the ceremony, and the Yankees gave him a nice ovation as well. Matsui got the biggest ovation of them all, and he certainly deserved it.

The championship flags for each of the Yankees’ 27 WS titles, the giant unfurled American flag in the outfield, and the “Fighting Omars” fly over were really a sight to see. Kristen Chenoweth (National Anthem) and Mary May Messenger (“God Bless America”) did a fine job with their performances. Bernie Williams bounced the ceremonial first pitch, but I was still happy to see him there.

The Game:

I sat in Section: 329 Row: 2 Seat (Terrace ††). The view from my seat was pretty good.

  • The Bleacher Creatures did their first roll call of the season, and everyone was watching to see how Curtis Granderson would salute them.
  • I give major props to Andy Pettitte for stepping off the mound when Matsui came up to the plate, so the fans could give him his due.
  • Nick Johnson was stepping up to the plate to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” song, because his little daughter was in the building. A lot of the fans around me were making fun of him, and I thought that was interesting. He shut them all up when he went yard in the 1st inning.

Andy Pettitte pitched a hell of a game, throwing six shutout innings while striking out 6 batters.. There is no other guy on the team that I would’ve rather had starting that game than him.

Interestingly enough, many fans started to head for the exit when the Yankees took a 7-1 lead heading into the 9th. I stayed for the last out, as I always do. I kind of got that feeling that something was going to happen, and that the home opener wouldn’t be complete without The Sandman. I was right about that. David Robertson gave up a grand slam to Bobby Abreu, and the Angels trailed by only two runs. When Mo came in, you pretty much knew the game was over and there was nothing to worry about. Mariano did what he does best and nailed down the 2-out save for the victory. Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it – New York, New York…

The Press Gate:

After the game was over, my friend and I walked over to the press gate in the back of the stadium. I wasn’t actually prepared to get autographs this time around, so I was just looking to take some photos with anyone I met. Next time, I’ll be sure to bring a ball and a pen.

We waited for the players, front office staff, broadcasters and celebrities to walk out. Who did we miss? Mayor Bloomberg, Jay-Z, John Sterling, Michael Kay and Suzyn Waldman. I stayed there for about an hour, and we saw pretty much all of the Yankee players roll out in their cars. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes, Tony Pena, Fransisco Cervelli, and many other strolled out of the gate in their cars. You couldn’t identify many of them because of the tinted windows on their cars. Hal Steinbrenner walked out of the Yankees offices, signed some autographs for the fans and was on his way. The rest of the Steinbrenner clan followed (including Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal).

Nick Johnson also showed up with his family. His little daughter stood right next to him, as he signed autographs and took some quick photos with the fans. I got a chance to meet and take a photo with Randy Levine, Bob Lorenz, and Kim Jones. They were all glad to take a photo with me. Bob took the time to chat with me, and I really appreciated that. We spoke about the game, twitter, and our respective blogs. Unfortunately, my photo with Mr. Levine came out terrible so I had to delete it. Haha

Torii Hunter came out of the gate and signed autographs and posed for a photograph with anyone who wanted one. I don’t think he said no to one fan. He was doing this all for Yankee fans, so I thought that was pretty cool. You don’t see that out of many all-star caliber ball players these days. Ervin Santana, Eric Aybar, Bobby Abreu and Richard Gere (donning a Yankees cap) all walked out as well. I tried to get Gere’s attention by yelling out his name, but he didn’t want to be bothered and that’s fine with me. No hard feelings.

All in all, it was a great day.


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  Athletic Trainer Gene Monahan Of The New York Yankees Acknowledges The Fans

Gene Monahan showed up at the game yesterday, and got a rousing ovation from the Yankees faithful, and all the players on the Yankees ball club. It was a very emotional moment for Gene, and it just showed everyone how much this guy really means to the organization.

“The toughest part of this has been missing my family here,” said the 65-year-old Monahan, who has worked in the Yankees organization for 48 years and was making his 38th consecutive Opening Day appearance with the big club.

“This particular group is very special because it looks out for each other, and they certainly looked out for me. Everybody stayed in touch, they sent me videos, and they told me to stay strong.

“I didn’t want to come. I didn’t want to be a distraction. I didn’t want to be in the way, but I got convinced by everybody it was important to stop by and say hello and let the guys know I’m here to help out in any way I can until I get back.”

Tears were brought to the eyes of Joe Girardi when he spoke about Gene. He said, “The toughest ring I gave out was probably the first one to Geno.” Mr. Monahan is staying optimistic about his prognosis, and hopes to return to the club some time this summer.


George M. Steinbrenner III was also in the house yesterday, as expected. He was shown on the big video board in centerfield, and got a nice ovation from the crowd. Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi personally met with Mr. Steinbrenner in his box prior to the ceremony, and hand delivered his World Series ring. From the Yankees Official Website:

“It was fun,” Jeter said about giving the Boss his ring. “None of us would be here. The Stadium wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. To get the opportunity to present him with the ring was probably the thing I’ll take most out of today.”

Hal Steinbrenner said that his father sat in stunned silence as Jeter gave him the ring, and he put it on his hand to replace the one representing the 2000 World Series, which the Yankees won in five games over the Mets for their third in a row and fourth in five years.

“He was very choked up and kind of silent,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “It was what I expected. He was very emotional and choked up as we all get from time to time. He said, ‘You’ve done a great job. Keep going, you guys.’ As he’s gotten older, he’s gotten more emotional and he’s calmed down. He’s certainly different than 10-15 years ago, when Jeter and Girardi played for him. No doubt, he’s done with that.”

One more thing, Steinbrenner said. Jeter, who grew up in Michigan and whose first Yankees opener was in 1996, jokingly asked the elder Steinbrenner to remove his Ohio State ring.

“He didn’t do that — he took the 2000 ring off and put the new one on,” Hal Steinbrenner told reporters earlier. “Jeter is great at breaking the ice in situations like that. My dad looked right at him, pointed right at him, and said, ‘Michigan!’ I think it all came back to him. Other than that, he was just about speechless, which is what we expected.”

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  Team Owner George Steinbrenner And His Wife Joan Watch The New York Yankees Play Against  Of The Los Angeles Angels

Derek Jeter pulled a nice prank on Matsui yesterday, during the Yankees ring ceremony. From Andrew Marchand:

“The captain got a ring that they gave in Tampa [at the end of spring training],” Joe Girardi said. “It was a ring that they handed out to all the fans. It was a giveaway so Jeet thought it would be appropriate to put it in Matsui’s box because he would be the only one that wouldn’t be standing next to someone to compare it. So [Matsui] took it over [to the Angels dugout].

“[Mike] Scioscia was kind of looking at it and he said, ‘It didn’t really look right.’ So when I was introduced [during the pregame introductions], I asked Mike if I could give [the real one] to [Matsui]. He had a huge smile. That is one of the things that sometimes people don’t know about Jeet, he likes to pull pranks.”

Jeter imagined that when Matsui looked at the ring his eyes bulged from his head.

“You knew it would be funny,” Jeter said.

Matsui said he didn’t know he was given a fake until Girardi handed him the real one during the player introductions. He didn’t know it was Jeter behind the prank until the media told him.

“We knew [Matsui] wouldn’t be able to compare it to anyone’s on the other side, so we gave him the bootleg one,” a grinning Jeter told Jones after the Yankees’ 7-5 win. “Knowing him, he was probably happy to receive that one, too.” 

 “I will remember it forever,” said Matsui

  Hideki Matsui #55 Of The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Is Greeted By Former Teammates Alex Rodriguez #13, Derek Jeter


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From George King of the NY Post:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Expect a lot of love to pour out of the Yankees tomorrow. And don’t be surprised if more than a few hundred tears are shed at Yankee Stadium.

That’s because beloved trainer Gene Monahan is expected to be on hand for the home opener, and many hope he will trot out to get his 2009 World Series ring.

“It’s going to be great to see him. He has been missing all this time and it will be the first time we will see him since he got cancer and surgery and everything,” Mariano Rivera said. “It’s going to be nice.”

Jorge Posada got choked up when asked what seeing Monahan will do for him.

Trainer Gene Monahan, who is battling cancer, is expected to attend Opening Day at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

“I miss Gino, I miss him a lot,” Posada said of the long-time trainer who didn’t attend spring training. “He is a big part of our team.”

So, there it is. We knew something serious was going on, and now we know that Gene is battling cancer.  I’ll be in the stands tomorrow for the home opener, and nothing will make me happier than to see Gene Monahan walk out onto the field. The banner, the rings…all of it…it means nothing without people like Geno. He’s been the Yankees team trainer since 1972, and has become a very important and lovable character in Yankees history. We wish him the best.

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Marv Albert made his last appearance on Late Night back in 1993. On the highlight reel, the clip under “The Incredible” (3:52 mark) showed Bernie Williams getting hit in the balls during the 1993 season. We miss you Geno.


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Gene Monahan, the Yankees head athletic trainer, will miss Spring Training for the first time in 48 years due to illness. Geno has been a familiar face for many years around the organization, and it will certainly not have that same feel without him. A person with knowledge of the situation said that he has a “significant illness that possibly could sideline him for the beginning of the regular season.” Gene has taken a medical leave of absence and is currently in the Big Apple, where he is undergoing treatments. He will be tested and observed for the next couple of weeks.

The New York Yankees haven’t commented on the situation. For now, assistant trainer Steve Donohue will fill in for Gene. At the moment, the organization hasn’t picked out an assistant for Donohue. Get well soon, Geno.

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