The people in my section

I took the family to the ballpark today, Memorial Day. The weather was magnificent. The seats, though high, were a great vantage point from which to see the game. Solid pitching from both starters for about 6 innings, followed by 2 innings of powerball, including a grand slam by ARod which was immediately followed by a Cano blast. A great day at the park. I won’t bore you with all of the pictures, but what I will try to entertain you with is my photo “essay” entitled: The People in My Section.

I had no intentions on shooting so many pictures of my section-mates, but circumstances presented themselves and I just couldn’t resist. It started off, innocently enough, with me taking pictures of some awful Yankee hats, but as you will see, spiraled out of control. I will say that I tried to keep the faces out of these pictures as much as possible.

Leading off, the worst Yankee hat you will probably ever see. Seriously.

I like to call this the “elusive graying brown beaver-hawk”. When your hair is brown, but the mohawk shows off your gray roots, all is not well. I fought the urge to pet this, somehow.

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No decline for Derek

On May 11, I questioned whether or not Derek Jeter, a soon-to-be 36-year old, had finally begun to decline as a ballplayer. On the season, his offense seemed relatively weak – his .286/.324/.436 line was certainly indicative of that – and, at times, he looked about as bad as anyone at the plate. Rather than just connecting his problems to age without any sort of internal discussion, however, I did wonder, in the piece, if Jeter’s anemic output could be tied to a bit of bad luck. Perhaps a few balls just did not drop for the normally productive Yankees Continue reading No decline for Derek

No room/need for Oswalt

As most of you know by now, Roy Oswalt, Houston’s reliable right-hander, might be up for grabs as the Astros continue to sputter through another lost season. As a result of their of their terrible losing record, the loyal Oswalt reportedly requested a trade about a week ago in the hopes that he could ultimately join a contendor. However, do not expect the Yankees to enter the bidding for the 32-year old’s services. Although Oswalt is a dependable workhorse, logging 200-plus innings on a seemingly regular basis, and despite his proven track record as one of the most effective pitchers Continue reading No room/need for Oswalt

Game 51: Indians 2, Yankees 11

The Yankees went for the series win against the Indians on Memorial Day, and behind another brilliant performance by Andy Pettitte and some monster offense the Bronx Bombers were successful.  Big hits by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano helped pave the way to the Pinstripes 11-2 victory.

Curtis Granderson got the Yankees going early, with a ground-rule double to right in the bottom of the first.  Rodriguez singled to center, scoring Granderson and putting the Yankees on the board first.  A solo homer by Jhonny Peralta to start the second inning, tied the game at 1-1.

The game was tied until the fourth inning, when Nick Swisher led off the bottom of the inning with a double to right.  Brett Gardner drove a liner to center, scoring Swisher and giving the Yankees the lead again, 2-1.

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3 New Mock Drafts Have Yanks Taking 3 Different Guys

This morning, I talked a bit a bout Anthony Ranaudo and the 2010 MLB Draft. Of course, over the next few hours, I saw 3 new mock drafts from BA, Keith Law, and Frankie Piliere, and each had the Yankees taking someone else at #32. Law has the Yankees taking Christian Yelich, a 1B/OF out of high school. Law thinks Yelich should make plenty of contact in the majors but could struggle to generate a ton of power. Defensively, he sees him as a left fielder due to good speed, and could even see him ending up in center if Continue reading 3 New Mock Drafts Have Yanks Taking 3 Different Guys

Memorial Day Beisbol

This afternoon, the Yankees will wrap up their four-game series against the visiting Cleveland Indians at 1:05 pm.  Fresh off their come from behind win on Sunday afternoon, the Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound to face one Mitchell R. Talbot. The team will be looking to seal a series victory against Cleveland, after taking the first two of three. The Indians acquired Talbot in a deal with the Rays over the offseason.  This year, he is 6-3 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Now watch as I do my best Joe Morgan impression: “My pick Continue reading Memorial Day Beisbol

LSU's Ranaudo Regaining Some Of His Lost Luster

Two weeks ago, I asked whether the Yankees should consider drafting dropping right-hander Anthony Ranaudo with their first round pick. Poor performance and injury issues forced a player who was once the presumptive #2 pick down most draft boards, and many had Ranaudo dropping out of the first round. In fact, Keith Law left him out of his mock of the first round one week ago. However, Ranaudo did look better on Wednesday, leading Law to file the following report: LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo hadn’t been the same since taking three weeks to recover from a minor, non-structural elbow injury Continue reading LSU's Ranaudo Regaining Some Of His Lost Luster

Burnett goes eight strong as Tex comes through with huge go-ahead home run in seventh

For the third straight day I was out and about enjoying what’s been a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, this time partaking in an awesome family barbeque up in Ardsley, Westchester. As a result, I was once again following the Yankees via BlackBerry, and things were looking grim after the top of the 7th, as the Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead. My family was busy cursing the Yankees for inexplicably not jumping all over Justin Masterson and were ready to chalk up another unacceptable loss to a terrible baseball team. Fortunately Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Continue reading Burnett goes eight strong as Tex comes through with huge go-ahead home run in seventh