A Tip of the Hat to Julia’s Rants…

Julia (of Julia’s Rants) has successfully completed her required three pro-Yankee blogs.  I’ll add that she did a tremendous job with her “hat trick”!


First, she led off with the Iron Man himself…



Then, she knocked in Bobby Ray Murcer…


 Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty Images


Finally, she slammed one out of the park with DJ…



Three outstanding blogs!  Julia’s debt is paid in full…well, at least, until we meet again in late April!


I do want to compliment Julia on her selections.  It is easy to write about past Yankees, such as Gehrig or Murcer.  But it takes courage for a Red Sox fan to write about Derek Jeter.  She could have taken the easy road and wrote about a “safe” Yankee like Jose Molina, Xavier Nady or coach Tony Pena.  She could have written about A-Rod for that matter, since there’s nothing she could say that would be more polarizing than what has already been said about him in the press.  She also could have written about Johnny Damon, a player with obvious ties to Red Sox history.  But she chose to write about one of the most despised Yankees in Boston, and I am very appreciative.  I find Dustin Pedroia to be somewhat similar to DJ.  Outwardly, it is easy to say that Dustin is your least favorite player, a lousy ballplayer, etc., but meanwhile, under your breath, what you’re really saying is ‘Man, this Pedroia kid really has some incredible skills!  Too bad he’s not on my team!’.  I hope the Boston fans can recognize that Derek plays the game the way it should be played, and he is always respectful of his teammates and opponents.  Excellent job, Julia!


By the way, it was fun being “teammates’ for a few days…



But now, we can resume our normal relationship…



Good times!


JULY 21, 1980


On this date, the Yankees lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-4.  Tom Underwood was the losing pitcher, and the Yankees lineup looked like this:


2B Willie Randolph

LF Lou Piniella

1B Bob Watson

RF Reggie Jackson

DH Eric Soderholm

3B Graig Nettles

C Rick Cerone

CF Ruppert Jones

SS Bucky Dent


The opposing lineup included the likes of Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Stormin’ Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie, Sixto Lezcano, Don Money, Charlie Moore, and Jim Gantner.  The winning pitcher was Mike Caldwell. 


Nothing special about this day, right?  Wrong.  On July 21, 1980, in Vallejo, CA, Carsten Charles Sabathia was born. 


C.C. Sabathia



The man destined to open the Yankees 2009 season in Baltimore on Monday, April 6th, and to throw the first official regular season pitch in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 16th (against his former team, the Cleveland Indians). 




CC will always be remembered in Yankees history as the guy who opened the new Stadium.


An interior view of the new Yankee Stadium, shot with a fisheye.

Audrey C. Tiernan, Newsday


So, on a day that resulted in another “L” in the loss column, did the Yankees really lose?  No, I’d say they won that day…


I wonder if CC could help open this for me…




Have a great weekend!





  1. juliasrants

    Only if you are going to be the guy on the left who is drooling so much! lol! Thank you – I did learn a lot and Jeter seemed the right choice for the current player. Yes – he is not a “fan favorite” in Boston, but I meant it – my opinion of him changed after reading “The Yankee Years”. I might not like him, but I do have a new respect for him. And is it “game on” again Scott? Look forward to the late April meeting – my birthday present is going to be the best ever! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy! And regular programming will resume later today.


  2. juliasrants

    Scott – I’m not sure why I find this so funny – but I just saw over on “Bomber’s Beat” (Beat writer for the Yankees) and ‘Judas’ is singing the National Anthem at tonight’s Yankees-Red game. There are a million jokes there!


  3. scofid

    JULIA – Congrats on the Derek Jeter placement on the latest Leaders list! DJ, I am sure, is very proud of you! πŸ˜‰

    JENN – Congrats on #10 on the latest leaders list! I am glad to hear that Chase Utley is on track to play Opening Day. I definitely don’t want to see the Mets win, so I’ll be pulling for the Phils to persevere…

    JANE – Thanks for the note, and again, congratulations on your continued status as our leader! πŸ™‚


  4. juliasrants

    umm…Scott – saw that little comment over on our fearless leader’s blog. If that’s the case – I expect you to fly up to #1 after writing all your Red Sox posts later in April! πŸ˜‰ Game on my friend, game on! πŸ˜‰


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