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The 2013 MLB All-Star Game may decide whether the AL or NL receives home field advantage in the World Series, but there was a bigger story that night. At least, for us Yankees fans. Mariano Rivera jogged out of the bullpen in the 8th inning (a decision by AL manager Jim Leyland to make sure he would make it into the game) to a stirring tribute. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared through the stadium, as a rousing applause and standing ovation came from both the players and fans to one of the game’s greatest players. Rivera tipped his cap graciously to the crowd and his fellow all-stars, giving everyone a memory that they will never forget. Mariano proceeded to toss a 1-2-3 8th inning and the American League went onto win the game 3-0. To top it off, Rivera received the All-Star Game MVP Award, becoming the first reliever to ever receive that honor. Mariano delivered a speech at the end of the game, thanking the fans and stated, “You guys almost made me cry.”

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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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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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This post is dedicated to a man who once said he would give back one of his children if he could witness a Giants World Series Championship. After 51 long years, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo finally got it. After the last out of the Fall Classic was recorded, I know a lot of New Yorkers who were dedicated listeners to the “Mike and the Mad Dog” show thought about what was going through Russo’s mind. Sirius XM Radio wouldn’t let Russo go on with Mike yesterday on WFAN, so this is the best we can do. From Neil Nest of Newsday:

Mike Francesa said he invited Chris Russo to open the WFAN show today but that Sirius XM did not permit Russo to come on. “I was gonna do Mike today. Then I thought about it and I said that’s not fair to the folks who employ me now, to the folks who bought the subscription. I didn’t feel that was fair to do anything but here first. I love Mike. It’s got nothing to do with that. I just felt for here, this is where I’ve got to be first.”

 “I never would have thought I ever would have seen it.”

Monologe Part 1 & 2


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Throughout the season, you kept on hearing about how well the Yankees were playing and why they were the favorites to win the World Series. They spent 94 days in first place. On the other hand, the Texas Rangers were certainly considered a formidable opponent, but you didn’t hear people talk about them like they were on top of the American League. The Yankees, Rays and Phillies were thought to be the strongest teams in all of baseball.

By Season Half: New York Yankees

First Half: (W-L, 56-32) RS: 469  RA: 352  WP: .636

Second Half: (W-L, 39-35) RS: 390  RA: 341  WP: .527

As the season was winding down, the Yankees looked as if they were dragging their feet across the finish line. They weren’t playing like they did in the first half of the season. Girardi was resting players when they didn’t lock up the AL East division. I just never understood how you could bench your starters (even if they could use a day of rest) if you are in the middle of a pennant race. The bottom of the lineup consisted of Ramiro Pena, Austin Kearns and Juan Miranda. That wasn’t going to cut it with the fans. It’s always good to give your players a rest, especially if you expect to go deep into October, but you can do all that once you lock up that playoff spot.

The month of September didn’t turn out  the way the Yankees had envisioned it. It wound up being the worst month of the season, compiling a W-L record of 12-15 (.444). They were playing under .500 baseball during the most important part of the season. Their offense may have been doing just fine during that period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the large deficits the pitching staff was placing them in. In the last 12 games of the regular season, the pitching was horrendous, allowing an average of 6.3 runs per game. In that time, they went from 2.5 games up in the division to 1 game back. In the end, the Yankees (95-67) handed the division over to the Rays (96-66). You were actually hearing rumblings from the fans about how they “might not make the playoffs” (even though they had a nice lead over the Red Sox) during the month of September. They took the AL Wild Card and stumbled into the postseason. They had a clean slate after that. They gained some confidence when they swept the Twins in the ALDS. After seeing the Rangers take the Rays in five games, it looked like Texas was for real.

The Yankees took Game #1 of the ALCS, but you wouldn’t see them laughing after that. The Rangers would go on to win the next three games of the series (Lewis won Game #2, Lee won Game #3, & blew out the Yankees 10-3 in Game #4). Lewis pitched really well for the Rangers, but he’s not the type of pitcher who should be shutting down the Yankees. The ball was given to CC Sabathia in Game #5, and he pitched well enough to force a Game #6 (even though he didn’t have his best stuff that day).

The Yankees had their season lay in the balance, and they gave Phil Hughes the ball. Colby Lewis shut down the Yankees offense in embarassing fashion. The Rangers batters eventually got to Hughes in the 5th inning, and it was all over. You can blame the manager in some instances, you can blame the lineup and the pitching staff. In general, the team didn’t play up to what they were really capable of. There were a few players who stood out, such as Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Curtis Granderson. That wouldn’t be enough to get this team to the Fall Classic. The Rangers simply outplayed them in every facet of the game.

We all saw the Rays get knocked off by the Rangers, the Rangers eliminate the Yankees and the Giants beat the Phillies. Now, you can ask yourself..how did that happen? Back in July, the Rangers swooped in and grabbed Cliff Lee from the Mariners, which made them a major threat to anyone they would face in the postseason. Their offense was rolling on all cylinders, and the young arms on the team raised their level of play when it mattered most. Some might say the New York Yankees were the better team, but they simply didn’t step up in big situations. During the regular season, the Yankees went 4-4 against Texas. The Rangers came to play, and they earned every right to be in the World Series. Sometimes, the better team doesn’t always win.

  (2nd From L-R) Kerry Wood #39, Mariano Rivera #42, Derek Jeter #2, And Andy Pettitte #46 Of The New York Yankees Look

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…anybody’s guess at this point. There are plenty of options available, but none of them really good options. Here’s aquick rundown:

1. CC Sabathia: Yes, it would mean the big guy would be going on short rest. There’s a good chance CC needs a breather, since he certainly hasn’t looked like a 20 game winner over his three previous starts (1-2, 5.19 ERA) going into last night. But when looking at the rest of the list, he may be the Yankees best option.

2. AJ Burnett: The Yankees aren’t paying him nearly $83 million to  be a long reliever. But then, I doubt they paid him that kind of cash to post a 10-15 record with an ERA north of 5 this season, either. Simply put, with AJ it’s a crapshoot. If he gets the nod in game 4, the long relief better start getting warmed up in the first inning. Or we may be treated to the second ever post-season no-hitter. Who knows?

3. Ivan Nova: Start a rookie with 7 major league starts in the playoffs, in what might be the most crucial game of the year? Yikes. If the team is up 3-0 against their opponent, maybe. But Nova has had trouble getting out of the fifth inning, making him ideally suited to a long-relief role.

4. Javier Vazquez: 2004. Dead arm. Hit three consecutive batters in his last appearance. Quite frankly, if he’s even on the post-season roster I’ll be amazed. But such is the state of the rotation that the Yankee brass has to at least consider it.

5. Dustin Moseley: Moseley has playoff experience. Ok, it was one inning in the 2007 ALDS for the Angels. But he hasn’t been awful since getting called up in July, which is saying a lot when compared to options 2 & 4.

6. Sergio Mitre: Joe Girardi seems to have a soft spot for Mitre; otherwise, how to explain his being on the team? If he gets the start in game 4 it means the Yankees are making plans to attend Oktoberfest, not the World Series.

So, what do you think? Should the game 4 starter be one of the above, or someone else?

Oh – and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for great in game commentary!

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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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Hey fans, time to start cracking open the piggy bank for World Series tickets! Even with what seems to be a plethora of injuries, poor pitching performances and an offense that sputters as much as it explodes, BoDog has installed the Yankees as favorites to win the World Series, with 5-2 odds. And they’re nearly even-odds to win the ALCS at 3-2.

I’m not one for placing wagers (well, other than the occasional beer at the pub on a dart shot), but this is good news for Joe Girardi’s squad. It’s not that BoDog is any better at predicting who wins than any other sports book; but their lines demonstrate what the professional betting public thinks. Since those guys make a living by placing bets on everything, here’s guessing they still believe that those guys believe this team is destined for the Canyon of Heroes.

I, for one, like the odds.

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Horace Meredith Clarke played second base for the New York Yankees from 1965-1974.  With the retirement of longtime Yankee, Bobby Richardson, Clark became the Yankees full-time second baseman in 1967. In his 10 seasons with the Yankees, he hit .257, with 27HR’s and 300RBI’s.

My dad was born in 1955, and grew up watching these Yankees. It wasn’t a time of celebration, but rather a decade filled with disappointment. From 1965-1974, the Yankees won absolutely nothing. Some of these teams included the likes of Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson.

The big complaint about Clarke was that he wasn’t able to turn the double play. With runners trying for the take out slide at second base, he would wind up holding onto the ball instead of turning it. With that said, Clarke was also a durable player, who came out ready to play everyday. He became the face of those poorly performing Yankees ball clubs, which is often called “The Horace Clarke Era” or “The Horace Clarke Years.”

In a recent interview, conducted by Kenneth Hogan, Clarke expressed his feelings on the subject:

You see (Laughs) every time I hear “the Horace Clarke Era” I don’t know how to take it but I think it is mostly because we were losing and I was a member of all of those teams. I could understand because fans, writers, and commentators were spoiled at being so successful for so long. I know how the fans feel about the drought that we went through, it was a let down during that losing era. But when I hear it I think, “Here we go again. The Horace Clarke Era, the Horace Clarke Years”. I’m going to tell you something, while I was there some guys (writers) always target me, I was targeted more than anybody I think because I played just about everyday. When I was traded to San Diego a writer wrote, “You know, that guy wasn’t so bad after all.” Because he had gone to the record books and saw what I had done over those years.

They said I couldn’t make the double-play but Gene Michael and I were tops in double plays a couple of years. I have looked in Yankee books and compared my stats to some of the older second basemen over the years and they didn’t do any better than me but they were among elite players that won World Series. My play was consistent over the years. I got on base and scored runs everyday. During the time I played I had the 3rd leading fielding percentage among second basemen. How could I be that bad?

Year Tm   W L Ties  W-L% Finish
1974 New York Yankees 89 73 0 .549 2nd of 6
1973 New York Yankees 80 82 0 .494 4th of 6
1972 New York Yankees 79 76 0 .510 4th of 6
1971 New York Yankees 82 80 0 .506 4th of 6
1970 New York Yankees 93 69 1 .574 2nd of 6
1969 New York Yankees 80 81 1 .497 5th of 6
1968 New York Yankees 83 79 2 .512  5th of 10
1967 New York Yankees 72 90 1 .444 9th of 10
1966 New York Yankees 70 89 1 .440 10th of 10
1965 New York Yankees 77 85 0 .475 6th of 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/21/2010.

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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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Alex Walters over at SeatGeek.com wanted me to pass this story along to my readers:

The ‘Dog Days of Summer’ are coming to a close and not surprisingly, October is on the horizon again for the 2010 New York Yankees. With strong and reliable pitching, the emergence of Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Brett Gardner, and the consistency of Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, the Yankees have put themselves in the driver’s seat in both the AL East, and the AL Championship (http://es.pn/bcuDuH).

Although they share a 5.5 game lead with the Tampa Bay Rays over the Boston Red Sox (8/19/2010), the Yankees have set themselves up for an all but sure shot at the World Series this October (I’m knocking on wood here, fans).

Despite all this great news for the Yankees, here at SeatGeek we have noticed even greater news for Yankees fans. The average ticket price for upcoming Yankee home games continues to fall. The Yankees ticket prices have had the highest average value for most of this season, yet they have recently slipped to #10 of the 30 teams with an average price of $49 per ticket, the lowest it’s been all season. This might be because of the upcoming road trip or the fact that a majority of the Yankees opponents for the rest of the year aren’t contending for a post-season berth.

This is great for cash conscious consumers who have yet to see a Yankees game this season.  If you haven’t, now there is more of a reason to than before — strike while the iron is hot!  Surprise your lady-friend, be a hero to your kids, wow your friends with some great seats. Of the Yankees’ final 21 home games 14 of those are against teams that you can all but write off for a post-season berth.  We’ve sorted the remaining home games by average cost of a ticket, and there are some relatively affordable games to see this September.

   *as of 8/19/2010

As you can see, the most affordable upcoming Yankee home games coming up are:1.  NYY v. BAL on 9/6 with an Avg. price of $54.13 per ticket2.  NYY v. OAK on 9/2 with an Avg. price of $55.58 per ticket3.  NYY v. BAL on 9/7 with an Avg. price of $59.24 per ticketYou can sort through the remaining Yankees home games and  buy tickets here.  Tickets for today’s game against the Detroit Tigers can be had for as low as $10.00 a ticketConversely, if you are looking to make some coin in the final month of the season, you better already have a supply of Yankees vs. Red Sox tickets.  This is the last home stand for the Yankees, and as expected, these tickets have the highest average price. SeatGeek is forecasting that tickets to these games will sell for an average price of $137.92, $131.61, and $116.57 respectively.

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