Say what? Blaming the stadium?

Using this year to illustrate the Mets’ lack of performance is not entirely realistic given their injuries. Fraley cites the Phillies and their power as something to aspire to. Wrong. They play in a bandbox and are a team almost completely reliant on the HR, especially lately. It might keep management from overspending on sluggers and get smarter with more athletic players. Then again, this is the Mets we’re talkin’ about’so we can’t underestimate their ability to make dumb decisions.

Fraley then notes that the Rangers need a roof in Arlington due to the heat. How about the fact that Minnesota’s new stadium won’t have a roof…and it’s IN FREAKIN’ MINNESOTA… where it’s entirely likely that it might snow in both April and/or October?!? Oh yeah, the Rangers are having a great season, roof-less.

His last gripe is with Wrigley. Sure, it’s a dump, but it’s always packed. He cites the irregular start times as THE problem with the team. Sure, that’s it.…

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Memo To Michael Kay: Please Stop Talking

Wednesday night’s game had that special feel that is typically reserved for playoff games, no-hit bids, and four hour affairs against Boston. Derek Jeter had notched two hits in his first 3 at bats, and came to the plate in the 7th inning with an opportunity to tie Lou Gehrig. He singled to right and...

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9/11: In Memoriam

In October of 2001, a few short weeks after the unspeakable terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, the Yankees and Diamondbacks took the field to play the Fall Classic as the country grieved. For just a few days, baseball told us that it was alright to smile again, if only for a fleeting...

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Minors Recap, 9/10

I’m finally back from a school-induced hiatus, sorry for disappearing for the last few weeks.

Scranton defeats Gwinnett, 4-1 (they lead series 2-0)

  • Ivan Nova earned the win for the Yankees with 7 innings of 1-run ball, allowing 7 hits and a walk while striking out 5.  His sinker was also great today, as Nova recorded 15...
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Wang’s pinstriped future in doubt?

From Pete Abraham (LoHud):

Wang had a $5 million contract this season and is eligible for arbitration. There is virtually no chance the Yankees will offer him arbitration before the December deadline. That would leave Wang a free agent.

“I would like to stay in New York,” he said. “But...

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Perspective on Jeter

I lived in NYC from 1993 until 2001, when, as a growing family, we moved for some more space. During that time, the Yanks won four titles, including a Subway Series against the Mets, and Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera became MY Mick and Whitey. (Pettitte, Bernie and Posada were also key secondary figures, much like Skowron, Martin and Bauer.) And Mark Messier willed the Rangers to a title, still the most exciting fan moment of my life.

I don’t expect those of you who aren’t Yanks fans, or are Yankee haters, to fully appreciate what Jeter and Mo mean to me and many like me. These guys are OUR guys, OUR heroes. We’ll bore our kids and grandkids telling them about “The Flip” and “The Dive” and how automatic Mo was every year. These are OUR icons. When anyone will try to list the greatest Yankees ever, Jeter’s name will enter the discussion pretty darn quickly. Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio, Berra.…

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The "This Guy Is Not Trying" Fallacy

Often, fans see a player that constantly makes the same mistakes and assumes that the player is not trying, or is too stubborn to change his ways. This line of thinking has led many fans to become incredibly frustrated with Joba Chamberlain. After he allowed four of the first five hitters to reach in last...

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Game 141: Rays 2, Yankees 4

Bronx Cheers:
Joba: While he did rebound after a shaky start, the young hurler struggled early and gave Tampa a quick lead. In three innings, he gave up three hits and two earned runs.

Cano/Teixeira: Robbie and Mark went 0-4 and left five runners on base.

RISP: The Yankees won, but they went 1-12 with runners in scoring position.

Curtain Calls:
Jeter: I mean really, could there have been a bigger curtain call than Derek Jeter tonight. He went 3-4 and tied Lou Gehrig.

A-Rod: He went 2-4 with a run scored.

Posada: There was a point this season where I came close to calling Jorge un-clutch. Tonight he was the epitome of clutch as he pinch hit the game-winning homer. Fitting that another Yankee homegrown player won Jeter’s historic outing.

Derek Jeter:
Watching Jeter tie Gehrig’s record, and listening to the responses of his teammates you truly realize how great a player he is. Posada made the comment that Jeter would be the only Yankee player to ever hit 3000 hits.…

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