In case you missed it, there’s a picture of Derek Jeter making the rounds which shows him leaving a local Starbucks with a cup that has the name Philip written on it.
This is how boring off-days are here in New York. Derek Jeter walking out of a Starbucks with the wrong name on a cup of something – because who knows if it’s coffee or some sort of tea – is big news.
And I know coffee snobs will be horrified that Jeter goes to Starbucks but I can tell you from second hand stories that he has frequented the coffee chain for a long time. My friend lived in the upper East Side years ago and literally bumped into him as he leaving one somewhere in the 70′s, maybe 72nd street? I can’t remember the exact location of the place and there seem to Starbucks on every corner of Manhattan these days so your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway, the story in the Post goes on to mention that Jeter has used other aliases in the past. Apparently, he checked into a hotel in Seattle in 2007 as Johnny Drama, the name of a character from the HBO show Entourage. Jorge Posada used Ricky Ricardo at that same hotel.
Personally, I think the idea of using an alias is fun and I have a word document saved with about three pages of them on my laptop. In the film Notting Hill, Julia Roberts played a movie star – I know, what a stretch! – and the character mentioned a whole bunch of cartoon names she used as aliases when checking into hotels.
Now, if you’re a regular Starbucks customer, you know that they sometimes spell names wrong. But to be fair, Philip sounds nothing like Derek so either he took someone else’s drink or the cashier has extremely bad hearing and doesn’t watch baseball.
As a joke, a former coworker of mine convinced me tell the cashiers at the Starbucks in the Rockefeller Center concourse that my name was B.T. which stood for Big, um, well, I’m a female so you can figure that second initial out all on your own. I did it a couple of times before I decided to go back to my real name. They were giving me weird looks every time I ordered because I was always laughing.
So, if you were famous or just in a goofy mood like I was when I was working at NBC, what would you Starbucks name be? Feel free to leave them in the comments.
Oh and to go one step further, what do you think Jeter was drinking? Since it’s a cup with a name on it, Starbucks drinkers will know that he didn’t order a regular coffee and that he waited at the bar for his order.
I’m imagining some sort of skinny latte but who knows.
He will have one more start then go on a 30-day rehab assignment after which the Yankees will decide whether or not to bring Pineda up to the big club or to keep him in Triple A.
This comes on the heels of the news that Jesus Montero, the other big name involved in the infamous Friday the 13th trade of January 2012 has been sent down to Triple A by the Mariners.
Just in case you hadn’t heard the news, the Seattle Mariners will be sending Jesus Montero down to their triple-A affiliate in Tacoma.
The Mariners have just finished up a 2-7 road trip – their two wins came here against the Yankees, of course – and along with sending Montero down, they’re recalling catcher Jesus Sucre to replace him. Yes, there are two Jesuses and they’re both catchers.
Or are they?
It seems the Mariners may be finally realizing that they would be better served with Montero at either DH or even first base because he’s just not cutting it at catcher. Hey, the Yankees could have told them that!
So this is an interesting development. With Michael Pineda on his way back from shoulder surgery and eyeing a June return – barring any setbacks, naturally – and Montero back in the Minors for the Mariners, I wonder who will make it back to the big leagues first.
I also wonder if we will finally know after all this time, who actually won that damn trade?
I wonder if this game will go to extra innings like the previous two have. (I’m hoping not.)
There’s an old saying that goes like this, “You can’t expect to win a ballgame when you give up two home runs to Chris Dickerson.” Okay, so I lied, that’s not an old saying but it should be.
Phil Hughes wasn’t terrible tonight which is a good thing considering how awful his last start was but he wasn’t spectacular either. He was serviceable and had a quality start in which he lasted six innings (Hooray!), only gave up two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five (Yay!) Of course, it didn’t help that those two runs were solo home runs by the aforementioned Dickerson who I guess felt like showing off for his former team. It was the first multi-homer game of his career.
And after hitting three home runs last night, the Yankees only had one extra base hit tonight, a double by Brett Gardner. Much like Dickerson did for the Orioles, Travis Hafner was the Yankees’ offense tonight. He finished 2-4 with two RBI. This was his third game in a row with multiple RBI.
Orioles’ starter Miguel Gonzalez lasted seven innings and the rest of his numbers were similar to Hughes’: two runs, five hits, five strikeouts. The difference was in the walks and home runs – Gonazlez kept the ball in the park and didn’t walk a batter.
The game went into extra innings but didn’t last long.
The Yankees fell for the first time this season when scoring first in a game.
Some notes from Jeff Quagliata of YES:
- The last Oriole to hit a walk-off HR vs. Yankees was Brian Roberts off Mike Stanton 6/28/05 and it also occurred in the 10th inning.
- The last walk-off homer against the Yankees occurred on 5/28/12. Mark Trumbo hit one off Cory Wade in Anaheim.
- David Robertson made his 289th career appearance which moved him into sole possession of 19th place on franchise list passing Fritz Peterson.
Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger wrote a story about tonight’s starter Phil Hughes. In it, Hughes describes how he felt after his last start, an outing that lasted only two-thirds of an inning – the shortest of his career – and in which he gave up seven earned runs on six hits. The big blow [...]