First, the pre-game event that I was able to attend. In order: Jim Bouton (former player and author of “Ball Four”), Gaylord Perry, Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams, Fergie Jenkins.
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I’ve written a bunch about Hamilton (and his former agent Matt Sosnick) recently. In light of Hamilton’s otherworldly performance, here are some of those links.
Also, I was at a concert last night and didn’t see a swing of the whole thing, so I can’t add much to what’s already been written. If you want a good POV on the whole thing, check out Shysterball.
Quite a nice little virtual tour of Yankee Stadium, minus the smells, of course.
I’ll do my best to give my on-hand report and pictures on Wednesday (I’ll probably get home too late to post anything after the game Tuesday).
Amen, Phil Munchnick, amen. I’ve griped about this for a while but it’s great to see such great coverage by a major outlet.
It’s new ballpark gentrification: Throw out or move the moderately wealthy and replace them with the indiscriminate stinking rich and corporate buys. So long, folks, and thanks for all you’ve done for us all these years, you suckers. Arrive home safely and don’t come back.
The staggering price of tickets the Yanks and Mets will charge next year is the kind of story that’s not easily ignored, unless you try very hard – or simply don’t care because it’s not your misfortune.
Here are some pictures from our day at FanFest 2008. My apologies about some of the graininess; the lighting wasn’t great so the flash had no impact on any picture taken from any real distance.
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- Hank Steinbrenner, July 10, 2008
Anyways, here’s some of the lyrical stylings of Hank…
Hank on the Torre “situation”:
“Despite what people think, or were misled to believe, I wasn’t real sure about making a change,” he says. “There was one point early in the season where I considered extending Torre’s contract because there was so much speculation in the press.
“In the end,” Steinbrenner says, “it was time for change.”
“There’s a lot of excitement around here from the Rays fans, but almost to a point of arrogance,” he says. “They better be careful. They’ll learn this (expletive) can change real quick.“
The Yankees have been subsidizing the Rays and other teams with their revenue-sharing and luxury-tax payments, Steinbrenner says, so they should be thanking the Yankees.
“People in baseball know it, whether they want to admit it or not,” Steinbrenner says. “It helps everyone when the Yankees are good. The Red Sox, whether they’re good or not, doesn’t necessarily matter, nationally. Let’s face it: The Yankees are baseball history. You’re talking about 26 championships.”
“It’s beautiful,” Hank says. “It actually looks more like the old Yankee Stadium from the outside, and has a more classic feel, than the present one. You’ve got to remember, we renovated Yankee Stadium in ’74 and ’75. So like Yogi (Berra) says, it really isn’t there anymore, anyways.”
“I’m not my father”
Hank on his legacy:
“I’m not worried about developing a legacy”