Beer ban in bleachers goes bye-bye

Rejoice, Bleacher Creatures!

Beer was banned in Section 39 at the old Stadium in 2000 to tame the sometimes overly passionate Bleacher Creatures, but with the move to the new ballpark, the taps will be turned on once again, a team official told The Post.
Now we are going to retire all of our old ingenious ways of smuggling beer into the stadium,” [a fan] said.

We’d go into a deli, and they’d make us a hero with fresh Arthur Avenue bread, hollow it out and put four beer cans inside. The guy would wrap it up and write ‘ham and cheese’ on it.”

In fact, alcohol never really stopped being sold in the bleachers, [“Sheriff Tom” Brown, a Creature since 1993] said.

This one guy would sell those airline-size liquor bottles out of a bathroom stall, like a drug dealer,” he said.

We can look forward to decades more civility, family fun, laughs and smiles in the bleachers. Or not. Continue reading Beer ban in bleachers goes bye-bye

One More Plug – Yankees Annual 2009

[image title=”Yankeesannual” size=”full” id=”1207″ align=”right” alt=”Really, its great” ]In attempt to make one last pre-season push for Yankees Annual 2009, Maple Street Press has put my article online for free. While you should still buy Yankees Annual 2009, you can read my entire article here. It is a great honor to have my article selected to represent the magazine, and it means that I can now share the entire article with you. Why should you still buy the magazine even after reading my article? My favorite part is the player scouting reports. Want to know how often C.C.Sabathia throws down Continue reading One More Plug – Yankees Annual 2009

Yankees Defense Should Be Fine

One of the various reasons given when people pick the Yankees to finish out of the money in 2009 is that their defense is bad. Like the claim that the Yankees bullpen is weak, this claim has no factual or statistical support. ESPN posted two articles on defense today, with the first touching on the importance of defense and how the lack of it has hurt the Yankees for the last 8 seasons: There are a variety of reasons the Yankees have not won a World Series since 2000, but it’s clear that the demise of their defense has been Continue reading Yankees Defense Should Be Fine

Prospect Profile: Ramiro Pena

I’m testing out a new format for prospect profiles. What do you think? Ramiro Pena Age: 23 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs Position: Shortstop Bats: Switch 2008 Team: Trenton Thunder Current Team: Major League Camp The Good: Any discussion about Ramiro Pena begins with his superb defense. Pena’s reputation, with some quantative backing, is of a gold glove caliber defensive shortstop. He has excellent range and a strong arm. Pena has played every game in his minor league career at shortstop, but has enough natural ability that he could probably slot in at 2nd and 3rd as a fill-in. Pena Continue reading Prospect Profile: Ramiro Pena

ESPN Baseball Today Predicts Yanks to finish 3rd in AL East

I was listening to Friday’s ESPN Baseball Today’s podcast and was less than shocked to discover they had predicted the Yankees to finish third in the A.L. East. Now, I have no problem with anyone picking the Yankees behind Tampa or Boston. They are both tremendous clubs, and I think it’s pretty much a toss up between which of the three mega-powers will emerge from the division. I did have a problem, however, with the ignorant reasoning that went along with their prediction.  There are two specific issues I want to address. #1: The Yankees were predicted to win 87 Continue reading ESPN Baseball Today Predicts Yanks to finish 3rd in AL East

More on Mussina's career

Recently, I started the Moose retrospective by comparing him with contemporary Curt Schilling. Mine was a relatively simple and cursory view of the two pitchers. Now, I want to point you in two related directions, which really highlights how good a derivative thread can be.

First, to Lar at Wezen-ball, who takes a great look at Moose through the years, with his conclusion:

As we all know, Mussina never ended up winning his Cy Young award. His highest finish was in 1999, when he finished second behind Pedro Martinez’s line of 23-4, 313 strikeouts, 2.07 ERA (243 ERA+). Despite that, Moose had a great career. For those first 10 years of his career, when he was still with Baltimore, he was clearly regarded as one of the top pitchers in the American League, a notch below Clemens, Pedro, and Johnson, maybe, but still top tier. His strong ERA+ and fantastic won-loss record (as overrated as it can be at times) and his frequent placement in the Cy Young results all help support this.

Then, in response to something that Lar had to say, The Common Man wanted to weigh in, too, and does so quite nicely.

In addition, the relative stability of his homerun rate could be a result of moving from a good homerun park (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) to a more difficult one (Yankee Stadium). Like most pitchers, as he aged Mike Mussina had to survive by pitching more to contact.

And given the state of the Yankees defense, perhaps this was exactly the wrong time for Mussina to have to make this adjustment. In his prime, up the middle in Baltimore, Mussina had Ripkens (plural), Harold Reynolds, Mike Devereaux, Robbie Alomar, Brady Anderson, and Mike Bordick, all players with excellent defensive repuations. Meanwhile, as a Yankee, he’s had Soriano, Jeter, Miguel Cairo, an aging Bernie Williams, Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon, and Melky Cabrera. Defense has not been a hallmark of the Yankees of late, and Mussina’s shift in pitching strategy seemed destined to lead to more basehits.

This is the beauty of the blogosphere when it works properly and doesn’t get weighed down in snarky comments and insults. One idea gives birth to several more, each growing in layers. (A Moose pearl, if you will!)

Continue reading More on Mussina's career