I traveled by car…
…and by foot to get to New York.
I left the house at 6:00 a.m., and arrived at Yankee Stadium around 9:00 a.m. Unfortunately, there was a steady downpour the entire way. I had a feeling that the rain was the kind that was going to fall all day, but I tried to keep an open mind. Nevertheless, in the end, the game was called.
I still took advantage of the day, and walked around the old Yankee Stadium for sentimental reasons. I did get the sense that the old Stadium was truly dead, and I am ready for its final farewell.
Inside the new Stadium, I checked out Monument Park. It was very impressive and it has a much better flow to it (which is more conducive for good photo ops). I appreciate the respect that they gave Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth, as well as the monument for the victims of 9/11.
I also checked out the Yankees Museum.
It was equally impressive, and it was cool to see actual jerseys worn by the legendary players. I give Ruth and Gehrig a lot of credit for putting up the numbers they did despite wearing those uniforms in the brutal scorching heat of July and August.
I don’t know the story behind the autographed baseballs or how complete the set is, however, there are many (emphasis on many) signed baseballs in a center display (signed by present and past Yankees). I recognized most, but I did have to ask myself ‘Was Bryan Little a Yankee?’…
But the one display that touched me the most was Thurman Munson’s Locker. It had been preserved at the old Yankee Stadium, and was then moved to the museum when the new Stadium opened. I stood there for a few moments to reflect upon The Captain and to remember how much he meant to my teenage years. He had been my idol during that time, and like many diehard Yankee fans, I know exactly where I was on August 2, 1979. It was great for the Yankees and the Munson family to share the locker with the fans…
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I also ate lunch at the Stadium, and opted for a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich at Carl’s Steaks. They billed their cheesesteaks as “better here than in Philadelphia”. I disagree with the Philly reference, but they were quite tasty…
There is no word when the game will be re-scheduled. The Yankees and the Angels apparently have a mutual day off on September 14th. However, no decisions have been made and the Yankees indicated that the makeup day would not be announced today. I will wait to see when the game is re-scheduled before deciding if I will exchange my ticket for another game or go to the re-scheduled game. Hopefully, whenever it is, it will be much drier…
Julia of Julia’s Rants has made it home from a successful trip to New York. Her posts have been missed, but I am sure that she’ll make up for lost time.
The Red Sox will be in New York tomorrow to face the Yankees for two games.
There’s a pink hat riding on the outcome of this two-game series, so I am trusting “Mystique & Aura” to put a pink Yankees hat on Julia’s head. I had been counting on Jane Heller’s Magic Pen, but she executed the pen following Saturday’s loss.
Courtesy Confessions of a She-Fan
Nevertheless, I’ll take my chances with the Yankees. I liked the t-shirt I saw today. I don’t recall the exact words but it was something like “Hey Boston, there never was a curse. Your teams just sucked.” Oops, sorry Julia!
Oh, Julia, one more thing, I thought you’d like to know that Lou has befriended Wally and they are starting to watch baseball games together…
I thought you’d like to know that Wally was happy and safe…and somewhat Navy blue…
Have a great week, everyone!
Coke is definitely the Real Thing!
Melky Cabrera got the accolades for the Yankees 7-4 victory over the
Anaheim Los Angeles Angels, however, I give the star to Yankees reliever Phil Coke.
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He has quietly and consistently been a reliable weapon in the bullpen. Considering that most of the guys seem have ERA’s around Yogi Berra’s retired uniform number, it’s refreshing to see Coke come in and just do his job. He hasn’t been perfect this year, but he is learning and he is getting better. That’s all I can ask.
He earned the victory for last night’s game in relief of A.J. Burnett, who went 7 innings and gave up 4 runs. Coke pitched the 8th inning, with 1 strike out and no runs. Every day that I don’t see Jose Veras or Damaso Marte coming out of the pen is good day!
Speaking of Cabrera, how clutch was his single in the 8th inning? He ripped it into right field to score the go-ahead run. Ramiro Pena subsequently drove in two insurance runs with a double. They were the first 2 RBI’s of Pena’s major league career. I still can’t get used to him wearing Dave Righetti’s number even though others, like Aaron Boone and Luis Sojo, have worn it since.
New York Post
The Yankees always lose to the Angels so it was nice to see them win for a change. Hopefully, they’ll keep it up since I will be making my first appearance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (the final game of the 4-game set with the Angels).
Of course, I have to credit the Yankees recent success on Jane Heller’s Pen. All hail the Pen! No pressure on the She-Fan. She just has to keep the pen happy, safe…and full of ink!
Courtesy Confessions of a She-Fan (Jane Heller)
I wonder if she has taken the Pen to see any of the vineyards in the wine country near Santa Barbara, or if they’ve hung out at the beach. The primary mission is to keep the Pen happy!
So, Jane, remember that if you and your husband are in the car and Michael’s driving, the Pen has dibs for the front passenger seat. You are relegated to the back seat…or worse, the trunk! Sorry, it is now all about the Pen…
JULIA’S JOURNEY TO NEW YORK CITY
As you know, Julia will be traveling to New York City with 7th and 8th grade musicians from her middle school. They are attending a music festival. Most likely, she’ll be attempting to infect the fine citizens of New York with a bad case of Red Sox flu. Of course, this is all in her dreams, so to protect the good citizens of the city of New York, I have decided to post a dream catcher to ensure that everyone is safe from a Red Sox epidemic.
The New York State Police should set up a roadblock so that when Julia enters New York, they can confiscate any contraband (i.e., Kevin Youkilis jersey).
Julia, please be sure to check out how the pink Yankee hats look (considering that you’ll be a proud owner of one soon!).
A PERFECT NIGHT
Watching the Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Garza nearly throw a perfect game against the Boston Red Sox made me realize that a “perfect” night is anytime the Yankees win and the Red Sox lose. Last night was one of those nights. At some point, I should really learn to hate the Rays but so far, I haven’t been able to do it. There is always great satisfaction in seeing the Rays put one over on the Red Sox, and like last year, if the Yanks can’t win it, it’s good to see someone other than Boston take it (well, except for maybe the Orioles). Garza came oh so close to a perfect game. If he could have only handled that grounder up the middle by Jacoby Ellsbury…
Why is it that every time you see a player do great things, their name is usually preceded by “former Minnesota Twin”? The next time the Twins decide to cut a player, I want to make sure that he signs with the Yankees! So, Erin, please give me the heads-up, okay? Any chance that the Twins will be cutting Joe Mauer? LOL!
I have avoided commenting on the latest A-Rod allegations. I dislike the timing of Selena Roberts’ book (release coincides with his return to the Yankees). There are apparently claims that Alex used steroids in high school and in New York after he was traded to the Yankees (which contradict A-Rod’s previous statements that he only used steroids in Texas). At this point, there is nothing gained by repeatedly dragging A-Rod through the mud. He used steroids, yes, and it is not something that should be condoned. But it’s over. Let’s move on. Let A-Rod be judged for the man he is today. If he is found to be using steroids from this point forward, then banish him. But I don’t care what he did when he was 6 years old…
I am not trying to be delusional or hide from the fact that Alex did something very wrong. But the truth is that steroid use was not a capital offense during the times of his alleged use. Perhaps if it continued into his Yankee years, it may have but there is no concrete evidence. If evidence is found, then convict him. But until then, back off and let the man play baseball.
Have a great weekend!
The word is that the Yankees want to incorporate confidentiality agreements into their player and management contracts to include a “non-disparagement clause” and prevent future books like The Yankee Years, or those written by Jim Bouton, Graig Nettles, David Wells, et al. From my perspective, they should. If you pay CC Sabathia $181 million, you should not have to be subject to a potentially harmful book at the end of the contract if there is player dissatisfaction. Joe Torre was paid very well during his years as Yankees manager. By the end of his tenure, I believe (although I have not confirmed it) that he was in the upper echelon of the pay scale for MLB managers. Maybe he hasn’t said anything in the book that he hasn’t said before or there are quotes that are improperly attributed to him, but the fact remains that he wrote a book that has caused controversy and does not help team chemistry or morale.
The Yankees have the right to protect the confidentiality and the sanctity of the clubhouse. No one is going to write a ‘behind closed doors’ book about the Kansas City Royals clubhouse, but because the Yankees are the big market, high-profile team that is committed to winning, they will always draw more scrutiny than other teams, including Boston. Well, unless you live in Boston, of course. As such, the Yankees deserve the added measure to ensure “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”.
Speaking of The Yankee Years, I have ordered my copy through Amazon. In the way of “Good Cop, Bad Cop” with the Torre book representing the bad cop, I also purchased Confessions of a She-Fan by Jane Heller. Yankees fans should be familiar with the great works of Jane Heller through her outstanding blogs, and judging by the reviews I’ve read, we will be even greater fans after reading her latest book.
If you pull up the book through Amazon, there is an excellent editorial review and description of the book. I am looking forward to reading the book, and I get more jazzed about it with each review I read. Personally, I think this book is a must-read for any baseball fan…
DID YOU SEE THOSE PHOTOS?
The photos on the WCBS Newsradio 880 website showing the different colors of Yankee Stadium are tremendous. The blue lights as shown below are fascinating, but the website also has photos of the stadium in red, pink, and green.
Photo: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880
April can’t get here fast enough!
With free agent prices continuing to drop, would the Yankees try to make a counter move should the Red Sox sign Adam Dunn to bring his 40 home runs to Fenway? I know, I can’t let go of the fascination with having Manny Ramirez in the lineup. I know the baggage that comes with the player, but I lived in Los Angeles last year and the city was electrified by what Manny brought to the team. I have admired Manny since his days in Cleveland and he was always a favorite even when he played in Boston. He’s a great clutch hitter (obviously) and he has that extra “something-something” that Reggie Jackson possessed. Plus, as a side benefit, you’d take the player away from, as Derek Jeter would say, Mr. T. Okay, $75 million for retribution is a high price to pay. But even a Yankees fan can dream, right?
Another free agent that I think still makes great sense is pitcher Juan Cruz. Working out of the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen in 2008, he was 4-0 in 57 games with 2.61 ERA and 71 strikeouts. He is a 30 year old right-hander. Granted, Damaso Marte could close if necessary, but having Cruz late in the game would give Joe Girardi another very valuable weapon. Mariano Rivera has been great, arguably the greatest closer the Yankees have ever had. But time takes its toll and he is more vulnerable to injury at this point in his career than ever before. Like with Jorge Posada and the catching position, I feel very strongly that the Yankees need a strong contingency plan in place behind Mo.
I guess this is Super Bowl week, so here’s my prediction…Steelers 31, Cardinals 17. My kids live in Arizona and are Cardinals fans, but I just can’t bring myself to pick them to win. They surprised me by making it this far, but I think the bubble bursts on Sunday. As a long-suffering Vikings fan, I hate seeing ex-Vikings always winning Super Bowls, but Mewelde Moore and coach Mike Tomlin should add their names to the list…