The Toast of New York…

Congratulations to Brett Gardner, the new starting centerfielder for the New York Yankees!  


J. Conrad William, Jr./Newsday via MCT


He’s the Toast of the Town!  The King of New York!





Brights Lights, Big City…



 A VIP at the best restaurants and bars in Manhattan…



Broadway Shows, Fifth Avenue Shopping, and perhaps an appearance on the David Letterman Show…



He plays among the ghosts of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle…



Life is grand!



BUT, if May or June finds Brett’s batting average at .220, he’ll be banished to…





Or perhaps even worse…



Or worse yet, Egads! (I hate to wish this upon any living soul)…


Traded to the Boston Red Sox!





Former Yankees president Lou Saban died Sunday at his home in North Myrtle Beach, SC.  He was 87. 



Saban is perhaps best known as the head coach of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, where he coached O.J. Simpson.  Lou was also coach of the Bills when they won the 1964 and 1965 American Football League (AFL) Championships (the last two years prior to the start of the Super Bowl, which began in 1966).  The AFL titles were the only championships in Bills history.  


Saban was also the first head coach of the Boston Patriots, who began play in 1960 when the AFL was formed (thanks for that information, Julia!).


In 1955, George Steinbrenner served on Saban’s coaching staff at Northwestern University (as receivers coach).


“He has been my friend and mentor for over 50 years, and one of the people who helped shape my life,” Steinbrenner said in a statement.   “Lou was tough and disciplined, and he earned all the respect and recognition that came his way.  He spent a lifetime leading, teaching and inspiring, and took great satisfaction in making the lives around him better.  This is a tremendous loss to me personally.”


Saban worked for George Steinbrenner as Yankees president in 1981 and 1982.


I like this Saban quote:  “You can get it done.  You can get it done.  What’s more, ya GOTTA get it done!”.


Saban was definitely one of a kind…




  1. juliasrants

    Scott – thanks, but our outfield is pretty full! You’ll just have to keep Mr. Gardner in pinstripes! 😉 And you’re welcome on the information about Mr. Saban. It just shows once again what a small world the sports arena really is. I find it fascinating that his only non-football job appears to be with the Yankees. Like the picture you chose.

    Have a great day!


  2. crazy19canuck

    Figured I come over and check to see how my OTHER Scotty is doing!;) Nice post! You better keep Gardner…Julia sounds serious about their outfield up in Boston. Sorry to hear about Mr. Saban. Man, you guys have had a lot of bad news this spring…

  3. scofid

    JULIA – The New York media is so funny at times. You’d think that Brett Gardner was coronated as the King. Yet, 30 days from now, he could be riding pine.

    GINNY – I found the title of your Kazmir post to be so humorous, and of course, my comments didn’t go unnoticed by Julia! LOL!

    Have a great evening!


  4. scofid

    SHORTPORCH – I think if the right trade opportunity comes along, there’s a good chance that Melky would be shipped out. Removing him from the roster would open up more opportunities for Nick Swisher. But if Brian Cashman doesn’t find something he feels is of equal value, he’ll hang on to Melky.

    GARY – Sometimes the fingers just don’t want to listen to what the head is trying to say! What’s up with that? Thanks for the assist!


  5. Erin Kathleen

    Julia’s right. I’m sure Gardner would be banished to Kansas City or someplace like that. I doubt the BoSox would agree to a trade that might help out their enemy. Maybe if you got Theo Epstein drunk enough…So what’s going to happen to Melky Cabrera now? Do you think the Yanks will trade him? It might be a good idea to hang onto him for a little while, in case Gardner doesn’t work out or somebody gets injured or something. You can never have too much depth.-Erin

  6. crazy19canuck

    Hmmm….wonder if Julia will be ticked if it’s the Yankees and Rays in the ALCS this October….

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