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Baseball players have been known to have their own superstitious ways when it comes to getting the best production out of themselves on the ball field. These players get stuck in these ridiculous routines and they keep it the same when things are going good for them. Can you imagine if people in other professions were as superstitious as baseball players? Like, your boss would insist you wear a purple thong for board meetings? I don’t know, call them stupid..but I happen to enjoy these stories and I find them very interesting.

1) The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition that fans had for the failure of the Boston Red Sox not winning the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 until 2004. The curse was said to have begun after the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. The curse ended in 2004, when the Red Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series to beat the Yankees in the ’04 ALCS.

2) Jason Giambi wears a golden thong when he’s desperate to get out of a big slump. the thong was given to him by a company as a joke, but he’s been using it ever since 1996 when he was with the Oakland Athletics. “It works every time,” Giambi told the Daily News. Giambi claimed he hung his thong in the lockers of teammates Bernie Williams, Robin Ventura and Robinson Cano when they had trouble generating runs. Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon also wore his golden thong. “The News showed its support for the sagging Yankees by delivering 26 golden thongs to the clubhouse – one for every player on the team and manager Joe Girardi.” He also didn’t shave for a couple of days during the 2008 season, and decided to grow a mustache. He wound up going on a major hitting streak and he kept it. The Yankees had “Jason Giambi Mustache Day” at Yankee stadium back in 2008. They gave away replica mustaches to the first 20,000 fans.

3) Wade Boggs was famously known for eating chicken before every game. He famously became known as the “chicken man.” He was also known for the very precise schedule he kept. He woke up and took batting practice at the same time everyday. Boggs took exactly 100 ground balls in practice. Although Boggs was not Jewish, he also drew the Hebrew word “Chai”, meaning “life”, in the batter’s box before each at-bat. He did it in hope for good luck, and in hope that he wouldn’t jinx himself or his team. (more…)

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Continuing with our trend of analyzing various aspects of the Yankees since 1996, today we delve into to their top 10 biggest free agent busts since their return to glory. Now, without further gilding the lilly, let’s get to the topic at hand.

10. Roger Clemens – Contract 1 yr/$17.4 mil. This would be the Rocket’s last year (2007) pitching in the big leagues and he didn’t give the Yankees pitching staff the boost as expected. As a Yankee in 2007: 6-6, 4.18 ERA with 68 K’s in 99 innings.

9. Kenny Lofton – Contract: 2 yr/$6.2 mil. After seeing Juan Pierre in the 2003 World Series, Steinbrenner wanted someone of that mold and found Lofton. Lofton wasn’t exactly a great asset in his one year as a Yankee. As a Yankee: 7 SB, 3 CS in 83 games.

8. Octavio Dotel – Contract: 1 yr/$2 mil. Dotel only pitched 10 forgettable innings after coming back from Tommy John Surgery. As a Yankee: 14 games, 10.80 ERA in 10 innings.

7. Jaret Wright Contract: 3 yr/$20 mil. Wright was signed during the same offseason as Carl Pavano and was only moderately better than him, which isn’t a real compliment. As a Yankee: 16-12, 4.99 ERA, 118 K’s in 204 innings and a 1.6 WHIP.

6. Jose Contreras – Contract: 4 yr/$32 mil. Contreras never seemed to be comfortable in New York and he couldn’t pitch well against the Red Sox. After 36 games, he was playing for the White Sox. As a Yankee: 15-7, 4.64 ERA, 154 K’s in 166.2 innings and a 1.3 WHIP.

5. Rondell White – Contract: 2 yr/$10 mil. Looking at Rondell’s numbers up until this point, one would say this was a decent deal, until White stepped on the field. It became apparent that Rondell should have stayed in the NL. As a Yankee: .240 BA, 14 HR, 62 RBI, .666 OPS (Lowest of career to this point). (more…)

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Earlier this week we wrote an article about the Yankees’ hitting coaches since 1996. In baseball, you can’t hit if there isn’t anyone pitching to you, so, now we take a look at the Yankees pitching coaches since 1996…

Mel Stottlemyre

Year ERA H Runs HR BB SO WHIP
1996 4.65 1469 787 143 610 1139 1.56
1997 3.84 1463 688 144 532 1165 1.57
1998 3.82 1357 656 156 466 1080 1.56
1999 4.13 1402 731 158 581 1111 1.58
2000 4.76 1458 814 177 577 1040 1.52
2001 4.02 1429 713 158 465 1266 1.38
2002 3.87 1441 697 144 403 1135 1.50
2003 4.02 1512 716 145 375 1119 1.50
2004 4.69 1532 808 182 445 1058 1.49
2005 4.52 1495 789 164 463 985 1.53

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Here are some newsworthy information for you guys:

Yanks’ still are interested in bringing Damon back to play LF? “NYBD contributor Frank Russo reached out to his Yankees contacts and was told that there is a “small opening” for Damon to return.”

Out on Chapman “WEDNESDAY, 3:55pm: At least three teams are out on Chapman: the Astros, Yankees, and Mets (ESPN’s Buster Olney via Twitter, and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart).”

A few notes from Cashman “The Yankees remain in the market for an outfielder, but not a starting outfielder. Cashman said he is not looking for bullpen help. Cashman said the team has agreed to several minor league contracts, but the Yankees are not yet ready to announce them.”

Entire SWB coaching staff to return “All six members of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre coaching staff from the 2009 season will return in 2010, and obviously, that’s highlighted by the return of manager Dave Miley.”

Hudson theater stages regional premiere of ‘Yogi’ “Actors’ Summit, Hudson’s professional theater, begins the new year with the regional premiere of “Nobody Don’t Like Yogi” by Tom Lysaght.”

Mindy McCready, ex-Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens’ former flame, to air her dirty laundry on VH1 “McCready, whose long-term romance with former Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens was exposed in the Daily News in April 2008, is one of nine cast members in the third season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which airs Thursday (VH1, 10 p.m.).”

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Now that 2009 and the decade is over (unless you’re counting challenged) we can look back and point out the years and figure out which really was the great year for certain positions. We have whipped together what we believe is the best year for each position and oddly enough Jason Giambi is the only one to appear on the list twice. If you think that someone else’s year should’ve been on here, let us know!

C – Jorge Posada (2007) .338 BA, 20 HR, 90 RBI, 171 hits, .970 OPS

1B – Jason Giambi (2002) .314 BA, 41 HR, 122 RBI, 176 hits, 109 walks, 1.034 OPS

2B – Alfonso Soriano (2002) .300 BA, 39 HR, 102 RBI, 209 hits, 51 doubles

SS – Derek Jeter (2006) .343 BA, 14 HR, 97 RBI, 214 hits, 34 SB, .900 OPS

3B – Alex Rodriguez (2007) .314 BA, 54 HR, 156 RBI, 95 walks, 24 SB, 1.067 OPS

OF – Bernie Williams (2000) .307 BA, 30 HR, 121 RBI, .957 OPS

OF – Gary Sheffield (2004) .290 BA, 36 HR, 121 RBI, 92 walks, .927 OPS

OF – Hideki Matsui (2004) .298 BA, 31 HR, 108 RBI, 88 walks, .912 OPS

DH – Jason Giambi (2006) .281 BA, 37 HR, 117 RBI, 110 walks, .971 OPS

P – Roger Clemens (2001) 20-3, 3.51 ERA, 213 K’s

P – CC Sabathia (2009) 19-8, 3.37 ERA, 197 K’s

P – Mike Mussina (2008) 20-9, 3.37 ERA, 150 K’s

CP –  Mariano Rivera (2004) 1.94 ERA, 53 Saves

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New York Post recently posted many ‘Best of 00’ lists and surprise, surprise, the Yankees are on a good few of them. Here are the lists and where the Yankees land on them.

Decade’s 10 best moments in Big Apple sports:

No. 8: Derek Jeter’s ‘Flip’ play in the 2001 ALDS vs Oakland

No. 6: World Series Miracles (Games 4 & 5 of 2001 World Series)

No. 4: Aaron Boone’s 2003 ALCS Homerun

No. 3: Yankees New Stadium, Yankees 2009 World Series Championship

No. 2: Yankees win Subway World Series

Big Apple’s Best and Worst Franchise of the Decade:

Best Franchise of the Decade: Yankees

Big Apple’s 10 Best Coaches of the Decade:

No. 3: Joe Girardi

No. 1: Joe Torre

Big Apple’s 10 Best Athletes of the Decade:

No. 4: Alex Rodriguez

No. 2: Mariano Rivera

No. 1: Derek Jeter

Big Apple’s 10 Worst Moments of the Decade:

No. 8: Clemens tosses bat at Piazza (2000 World Series)

No. 6: Rivera blows Game 7 vs D’Backs (2001 World Series)

No. 4: Steroid Revelations

No. 1: The Curse of the Bambino is Broken (2004)

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As a part of ESPN’s end of decade ‘Best of Series’ they have been having, they have named Mariano Rivera as the most valuable pitcher of the 2000’s (Cy Young of the Decade, if you will). Mariano had some stiff competition in being named this award (See: Johan Santana, Roy Halladay, Greg Maddux, etc al), but all his competition had various reasons for not being named for this award (Injuries, Off Years, Not Playing all of the 2000s, etc al).

For Mariano, this is yet another accolade he is deservant of. While it is hard to quantify what Mariano has meant to the Yankees, Rebecca at Purist Bleeds Pinstripes tries to quantify how many wins Mariano has meant to the Yankees and does a damn good job and ESPN’s article does a damn good job as well. Enjoy ESPN’s article after the jump.

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     Here are some photos of the new stadium I recently found over at StadiumPage.com. Looks like the rest of the gate signs and awnings are going up.

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Did The Yanks Make An Offer To Kevin Millar? / Roberts book to be even worse

Cashman audio from today / ‘KO punch’ in Roger Clemens’ defamation suit

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     Put yourself in A-Rod’s shoes. Is it really that easy to come clean? You know deep down inside him..he wants to be the best player to ever play the game. He is obsessed with statistics. You have to think that if these allegations are true, and he admits it..it will be very difficult for him.

     Now how will he be treated if he comes clean? I’m sure the fans would boo him in other ballparks, but how about in Yankee Stadium? They didn’t boo Pettitte and Giambi. I know I wouldn’t boo Alex…

     This is a life changing moment for Alex. Just one question: Did you use steroids back in 2003?

     He is in a different situation then most other players who were stamped as steroid users. This is because he is under contract to be a Yankee until 2017! Could he admit he took steroids and gain his career back? He definitely won’t be viewed in the same way he was before, but he could make the situation a whole lot better.

     Then the HOF question is brought up? IF Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa..and all those other guys don’t get in..why should A-Rod? He was a LOCK, no doubt about it HOFer, but now things have changed dramatically. People are now questioning whether he is even worthy of being in the hall or not.

     There are some many questions you can think of right now. It’s just amazing how things have changed over the past few days for Alex. First Joe Torre’s book..and now this.

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The Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project / SI: A-Rod tested positive in 2003

Spring Training 2009: Five questions for the Yankees  / Disappointment

Believe It or Not, Jose Canseco Was Right Again / AL East Preview

News of Alex Rodriguez’s steroid accusations disappoints South Florida fans

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     This was the one guy that was supposed to “save baseball” from the steroid era. There is suspicion with everyone in baseball about steroids, but many believe Alex did it with his pure talent.

     “Innocent until proven guilty” Yes..that’s true, but when it comes to baseball fans..they don’t care. You will get judged the same way that Bonds & Clemens were.

     We need to wait and see how things unfold and what exactly went on. Yankees fans went through Pettitte and Giambi, (who were forgiven) but we are talking about a person who was considered one of the best players to ever step on the baseball diamond. I don’t think he will get the same treatment as them. He was never considered a “True Yankee” either, so that hurts him as well.

I wonder how he will be treated in the New Yankee Stadium and around the baseball world. I have one question for you Yankees fans out there:

Come Opending Day…will you cheer for A-Rod or boo him?

Remember this? It will haunt him…

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Spring Preview: New York Yankees / A-Rod now tarnished forever / Missing

MLB’s response and a look back at “60 Minutes” / Two days of silence / Sigh

A-ROD JUST MAKES STEROID ERA WORSE / Analyzing the Yankee Bullpen for 09

Your turn at bat, Alex / A-Rod shows he’s a true phony / News stings fans

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     I shared my thoughts on the state of the Yankees over the last five years over at WasWatching.com. This is what I had to say:

From those who were 19 years old or younger when the Yankees last won a ring in 2000:

From Kevin of Zell’s Pinstripe Blog answering the question “How would you describe the state of the Yankees over the the last five years?” –

Over the last five years the New York Yankees have gone after the wrong players. It’s not bad to go after big name players, but you need to go after the right guys. Sheffield over Guerrero? Big Unit over Beltran? The Yankees won in the 1990’s with clutch players who were hungry to win. They weren’t all about the big bucks. The idea over the last five years was to buy everyone they could. I don’t blame the organization for trying to get the Yankees back on top, but spend the money wisely. Don’t just get a player just for the sake of bringing in a big name. Get a player who will help benefit the team and is devoted to winning a World Series ring. Some other mistakes they made…Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, Javier Vazquez, Raul Mondesi, Kei Igawa, Clemens. (in ‘07) These moves just didn’t make sense. The Yankees finally made the right moves this off-season. They brought in the two best pitchers out on the free agent market. (Sabathia, Burnett) They obtained Mark Teixeira to play first base, which is a big upgrade over Jason Giambi. They finally have a legitimate top of the line rotation, and have depth in the minor leagues. They haven’t had that for a long time now. They improved their defense as well. They have a gold glove winning player at first base, and they will have either Gardy/Melky playing in CF over Damon. If this isn’t the year they win it all, then I don’t know when it will come…

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 67 Days Until Home Opener: April 16, 2009

4 Days, 22 Hours Until Pitchers & Catchers Report

Angels, Yanks have big holes to fill / The Yankees’ rise and fall

Swisher, Bruney shed pounds this offseason / Rice Struck Fear Into Yankees

To Brian Cashman, ‘A-Fraud’ no real worry for Alex Rodriguez / Ball Four

Game used Staten Island Yankees jerseys available / Canseco looks ‘Vindicated’

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     Roger Clemens DNA has been linked to blood syringes. Some people are wondering if this is a credible piece of evidence because it was fabricated by Brian McNamee. Scientific tests are being done to try and link the blood in the syringes to Clemens. It seems like this case has been going on forever. Most people don’t believe Clemens anyway, so not admitting it will only hurt him. America is a forgiving country. Many fans have forgiven Pete Rose…and many Yankees fans have forgiven Pettitte and Giambi. He should just admit that he took steroids already, but I understand it’s not easy.

Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens’s DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The DNA results, preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.

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“It will still be evidence fabricated by McNamee,” Hardin said. “I would be dumbfounded if any responsible person ever found this to be reliable or credible evidence in any way.”

Clemens voluntarily gave a DNA sample to federal authorities, who are conducting the genetic tests, the sources said.

Still, the DNA results are only part of the equation. Scientists at the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles, who were brought onto the case by authorities, are trying to determine whether the syringes ever contained steroids and human growth hormone, the sources said.

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The Abreu market / The Manny/Matsui divide / The amazing race

Worst Twenty Offensive Seasons by a Yankee Catcher

Torre: Book didn’t violate conduct code /Fans Line Up for Book, and Torre Talks

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