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This new Derek Jeter commercial is set to air tonight during the MLB All-Star Game tonight. Much like last year’s Rivera tribute, tonight will be more like a “Derek Jeter Special” than an all-star game. All eyes on Derek.

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Jimmy Fallon aired a great segment with former Yankee, Robinson Cano tonight. Yankees fans strolled through Bryant Park and booed a cardboard cutout of Robbie. Little did they know, the former New York star was standing right behind it. Let the ass-kissing begin.

One Fan: “I’m gonna boo the shit out of him…….BOOOOOOO, YOU SUCK!!!”…(Robinson walks out)….”How ya doin’ Robbie? Welcome back to New York!”

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On September 23rd, 2001, Bette Midler took the stage at Yankee Stadium in “A Prayer for America,” a tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. Bette sang her biggest hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

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“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” –Rudolph Giuliani


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Here’s a great clip from the 1928 film, “Speedy,” featuring George Herman Ruth. I’d like to call myself a movie buff, but I’m ashamed to say I never heard of this film before.

IMDB’s plot summary for the film:

“Speedy” loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl’s grandfather) out of business, “Speedy” organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme.

If you pay close attention, you can see Lou Gehrig walking as Ruth get sout of the cab.

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I was at Yankee Stadium on Thursday hoping to see Jeter hit #3,000, but things didn’t quite go as planned. After leading off the game with a double, Jeter wouldn’t reach base for the rest of the night. It was the best crowd I’ve seen all year, and the camera’s were flashing on every pitch. There were some terrific Derek Jeter chants in the stadium that night as well.

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I attended the last game of the Yankees/Red Sox series on June 9th at Yankee Stadium. After waiting at the ballpark during the rain delay for over three hours, I took my seat in Section 203 and saw Bald Vinny lead the Bleacher Creatures in roll call for the very first time. It was an experience.

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In the book, “Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero” by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, chapter one opens up with a story about how Bob Dylan became a fan of Maris during his 1961 home run chase.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“Among those rooting for Roger Maris as he closed in on Babe Ruth’s record in September of 1961 was a folksinger whose nascent career took off that month in New York City thanks to a rave in the Times and his first studio work. Although he wasn’t much of a sports fan, Bob Dylan felt pride when he learned that the ballplayer making national headlines also hailed from Hibbing, Minnesota.”

“Dylan was born in Duluth and didn’t arrive in Hibbing until he was seven and had nothing good to say or sing about it after he left and didn’t look back. So it’s ironic that he became the town’s favorite son, while Maris, who was born in Hibbing, was consigned to outsider status. The reason is that Dylan at least acknowledged he was from there. “It still burns me up that Roger claimed he was born in Fargo, North Dakota,” says Bill Starcevic, his childhood playmate in Minnesota. Roger didn’t care if the record books or trading cards got his birthplace wrong or if no one knew he’d changed his name to Maris from Aras in 1954, infuriating the many Marases of Hibbing. IF he thought something was trivial–or personal–he was surprised when others made a big deal of it.”

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A fan captures some terrific Super 8 footage of the scene in New York City following the 1996 World Series ticker-tape parade:


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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1072 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2565 posts. There were 963 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 212mb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was May 14th with 8 posts. The most popular post that day was Demolition Photos of Yankee Stadium- 5/13/10: It’s All Gone.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were cnn.com, sportspyder.com, nj.com, yankees.lhblogs.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for yankee stadium demolition, 2010 mlb predictions, tino martinez, elaine spottswood, and yankees rumors.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Demolition Photos of Yankee Stadium- 5/13/10: It’s All Gone May 2010


Chan Ho doesn’t want to talk about diarrhea anymore! Park calls Bullshit… July 2010
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The New York Yankees World Series Ring Photos April 2010


Demolition Photos of Yankee Stadium- 3/4/10. Holy shit! It’s really coming down now! March 2010


A-Rod’s new girl January 2010

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