Quick hit: A-Rod is now verified on Twitter

Oh boy.

I had known that Alex Rodriguez was on Twitter for a couple of weeks and I even retweeted some of his stuff but he was officially verified by Twitter this afternoon, which means he now has the little blue checkmark in his profile so everyone knows it’s legitimately his account.

So far, the reactions have been pretty funny.

Some people are disgusted while others can’t believe he’d be exposing himself to this kind of scrutiny. Newsflash: He’s not actually typing in the tweets, I’m sure he hired someone to do that. Also, he will never look at his replies so people should probably stop telling him to kill himself.

Personally, I’m thrilled. I love everything about A-Rod, especially his awkwardness which is on full display both on Facebook and Twitter.

Anyway, you can find him at @AROD because of course he’d capitalize his name like that, HE’S A-ROD DAMN IT.

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Keeping score in a different way

Traditionally when keeping score at a ballgame, a person uses a scorebook or scorecard. Not me. At least I didn’t yesterday afternoon, instead, I wrote the play by play of the Yankees-Rays game in a small notebook. I actually did bring a scorebook with me to the Stadium, fully intending on keeping score in the conventional way but after I had written all of my Old Timers’ Day notes, I decided to keep it going during the regularly scheduled game as well.

Here’s a page so you can see what I did:

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(I apologize for any strong language I may have written.)

Now, I won’t bore you with every single page of this stuff but I wanted to share some of the more amusing quips. Plus, they weren’t always about the game. Some things were about the videos they show between innings or about the music choices of the afternoon.

Enjoy!

After the Yankees scored in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game, I wrote:

“Nova will probably give up five runs now.”

Then during the top of the second, I wrote:

“Some know-it-all behind me said something silly and I want to correct him so badly.”

“Hey!

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Quick Hit: A-Rod Cleared To Start MiL Rehab Assignment

The Alex Rodriguez comeback trail took another important step forward today when the team announced he has been cleared to start his Minor League rehab assignment on July 1st.  The Daily News had the full story and comments from Cash on the situation, including the obligatory Biogenesis references, and it sounds like everything is progressing nicely for A-Rod.  He’s been running and fielding down in Tampa for a few weeks and started taking live batting practice last week, all without any reported pain or issues with his surgically-repaired hip.

Whether you’re an A-Rod supporter or A-Rod hater, there’s no denying that this is good news for the Yankees.  They’ve gotten a .246/.302/.337 batting line from their third baseman this season and are still incredibly weak and vulnerable against left-handed pitching.  A diminished A-Rod is still a significant upgrade over that type of production.  As with Michael Pineda, this rehab assignment will likely use all of the available 30 days.  Rodriguez hasn’t had any at-bats since last October and will need the reps, and the team will want to see how the hip and the rest of his body responds to playing regularly.…

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On my favorite day of the season: Old Timers’ Day

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I have a thing with numbers and not in a sabermetric way, though I wish I did. I don’t sit around looking at spreadsheets, trying to figure out people’s wRC+ or ERA+, I like round numbers and I really love palindromes. Just the other day, I hit 2,662 Twitter followers and took a screenshot of my profile. And as for round numbers, I’m one of those people who likes order and balance so when I see that people have posted something at 8:13 or 10:31, it drives me a little batty. I always try to post at a time ending in 0 (or a 5), it’s just the way I am.

Anyway, the number I was most interested in yesterday was 15. And while that may be Thurman Munson‘s retired number, my 15 was something completely different. You see, yesterday was my 15th Old Timers’ Day in a row.

I started attending Old Timers’ Day regularly in the late 1990s when I first got my Sunday ticket package.…

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This week in Yankees baseball

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I was Sunday’s game away from being dead on in my prediction for this past week. But the Yankee bats went silent against Chris Archer and the Rays’ bullpen and pushed across just a single first-inning run. Sunday’s loss left them at 3-3 for the week. And while playing .500 ball at home is a disappointment, the Yankees still managed to gain some ground on both the Red Sox and Orioles as both of those teams stumbled this past week. I feel like I am living in a glass-half-full / glass-half-empty kind of world. The good news is that the Yankees are still hanging in the same zip code as the division leader. The bad news is that what has kept them at nearly a .500 team for the last month continues: paltry offense, uneven starting pitching and inconsistency in the bullpen for people other than David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.

While Brett Gardner continues to be the best player on the team, the debut week of Zoilo Almonte sure was fun.…

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More Of The Same, Both Good And Bad, From Nova Yesterday

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It was slightly fitting that Ivan Nova got the start yesterday on Old Timer’s Day.  Like a lot of the Yankee old timers, he’s become a rare sight on the field and in the dugout at Yankee Stadium.  We’d seen Nova only twice in the last 2 months before yesterday, both times as a relief pitcher, and hadn’t seen Nova start a game since April 26th.  While it might look like Nova turned in a sound outing yesterday – 2 of the 3 ER charged to him scored on a single off Boone Logan – the overall performance and means used to get there was actually not that different from what we’ve become accustomed to getting from Nova.  The all too familiar results bring up more questions about what the future holds for Nova in a Yankee uniform.

For every good thing Ivan did out on the mound yesterday, there was something negative to take away from it.  He struck out 7 batters in 6.2 innings, 4.2 technically since he didn’t K anybody in his first or last innings of work, but he also walked 3 and hit 2.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/23/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 4-3:
The RailRiders got the scoring started int he second, as newly acquired Brent Lillibridge drove a double to left. Cody Grice tripled him in and scored on a single by Addison Maruszak for the 2-0 lead. It was short-lived, however, as the Tides knotted up the game with a two-run homer by Jason Pridie. Norfolk took the lead in the top of the sixth. Russ Canzler and Zelous Wheeler hit back-to-back singles and Canzler scored on a single by Brandon Wood. Scranton rallied in the seventh, as Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Corey Patterson flew a double to center. A single by JR Murphy scored both runners and the RailRiders held on for the 4-3 victory.

Ibarra went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Murphy went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Lillibridge and Patterson both went 1-3, while Grice and Maruszak went 1-4. Brett Marshall threw six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, a walk and an impressive eight strikeouts.…

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Rays score only three runs, but that was good enough to beat Yanks 3-1

tampa-bay-rays-v-york-20130623-204035-797The Yankees can’t score runs. The team got seven hits on the day, but Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte got three and two of those respectively, which meant that the rest of the team wasn’t in a position to knock them in. Gardner scored the sole Yankee run on the day, as Rays starter Chris Archer pitched six innings of one run ball.

Ivan Nova made his first appearance since returning from the minors. He wasn’t bad. He wasn’t good either, but he wasn’t bad. He gave the Yankees 6.2 innings, striking out seven while walking only three. He left with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at one a piece. Boone Logan came in to get out James Loney. Instead, Loney knocked a single into shallow center that scored Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist. That was your ball game.

The loss brings the Yankees overall record to 41-34. That keeps them close to a playoff position on the season, but if the season ended today the Yankees would be on the outside looking in.…

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