Tagged: Jeremy Roenick

My Apology to Julia’s Rants…

I owe the great Irish ranter from Boston a huge apology…



I posted a blog last night, and said Julia of Julia’s Rants (loser of a recent bet that you may have heard about) couldn’t post a blog about certain Yankees that I have mentioned in the past, like Billy Martin, Catfish Hunter and Thurman Munson.  Unknown to me, Julia had already written a blog tribute to Number 15 and had to trash it as a result of my blog.  When my son was little, he was constantly changing the rules of any games we played to suit his advantage.  It used to drive me nuts.  So, of course, that’s exactly what I did to Julia and I am sorry. 


Nevertheless, her choice for an alternative second Yankees blog is terrific!  She wrote about the late Bobby Murcer.  I could never imagine what it must have been like to follow a legend like Mickey Mantle with unrealistic fan expectations.  But Bobby handled it with class and dignity.  Bobby was a great ballplayer, an awesome broadcaster, and wonderful human being. 




Excellent choice, Julia!  Two terrific blogs in a row!  Keep up the great work! 




The San Jose Sharks lost last night’s game, 6-5, in Chicago against the Blackhawks in a shootout.  The Sharks, who had trailed by three goals at one point, rallied to tie the score.  But the Blackhawks won the shootout 2-0.


Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin keeps an eye on San Jose's Devin Setoguchi as Joe Thornton leaps out of the way and the Hawks' Colin Fraser dives to try block shot. Setoguchi scored on the play for San Jose's 1st goal, tying the score at 1-1.

Charles Cherney, Chicago Tribune


It was appropriate that the final shot in the shootout was delivered by Jeremy Roenick.  But there were no heroics as his former Phoenix teammate, Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, blocked the shot with his chest.  I can still remember the Coyotes fans screaming “Hob-ee-BOOOO-lin”!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t pulling for him this time.  Roenick blamed the miss on indecision, as he had planned to go short side on Khabibulin, but changed his mind at the last second.  Perhaps the loss had more to do with the fact that JR was raised in Boston!  Just kidding, Julia!


By tying the Blackhawks in regulation, the Sharks still picked up a point to put them atop the overall NHL standings (tied with the Detroit Red Wings).  But the team was disappointed with only a single point. 


“You never want to take satisfaction with one point,” said right wing Devin Setoguchi, who scored twice for the Sharks. “That’s not our mentality.”




Considering Julia spent so much writing a draft about Thurman Munson that never reached her blog, I will post this photo of Tito for her.



Oops, not that Tito!


This Tito!




Per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org), here is Tito’s highly successful Red Sox managerial record:



Regular Season




Win %




Win %






2nd in AL East




Won World Series





2nd in AL East




Lost in ALDS





3rd in AL East






1st in AL East




Won World Series





2nd in AL East




Lost in ALCS



I look forward to Julia’s final pro-Yankees blog!  


Have a great day, everyone!




What’s Julia Going To Write About Next?…

Julia (of Julia’s Rants) scored with her first pro-Yankees blog following the Yankees’ 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox last night.  She wrote about my personal all-time hero, Lou Gehrig.  But then again, I’ve certainly given her enough hints about that.  Let’s see if she can come up with some unexpected names for the final two pro-Yankees blogs. 


I’ve mentioned the names of Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson and Billy Martin in the past, so she’ll have to dig deeper than that.  Babe Ruth is too obvious, and Donnie Baseball was a contemporary favorite so he’s out (plus, he’s temporarily a Dodger anyway).  I’ll think she’ll probably just crack open The Yankee Years and write about Joe Torre…


No pressure, Julia!  Surprise me!





Today was a sad day with the departure of two individuals with ties to the Yankees.


Arthur Richman, a senior adviser to George Steinbrenner, died during his sleep in New York City at age 83.  Richman, a former sportswriter and Mets executive, is credited with contacting Joe Torre in 1995 about the Yankees managerial post that had been vacated by Buck Showalter.  Recent books aside, I’d say that was a very good hire….


Former catcher Johnny Blanchard passed away of a heart attack in Wayzata, MN at age 76.  Blanchard played with the Yankees from 1959 to 1965, and was nicknamed “Super Sub”.  He had his finest year in 1961, when he was one of six Yankees who hit at least 20 home runs.  The others were Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Moose Skowron, Elston Howard and Yogi Berra.  He also achieved an incredible feat that year, hitting home runs in four consecutive at-bats spanning three games from July 21st to July 26th.  He just missed a fifth consecutive home run, when the ball was caught against the right field fence.



Johnny holds the Major League record with 10 World Series pinch-hit at-bats (he appeared in a total of 5 World Series). 


I came across this story of when Johnny was traded to Kansas City in 1965.  He was sitting in the Yankees clubhouse, sobbing.  Mickey Mantle sat down next to him and tried to cheer him up.


“Don’t take it so hard, John” Mickey said.  “Just think, in Kansas City, you’re going to get a chance to play.”


“Hell, I can’t play, Mick” Johnny replied.  “That’s why I’m crying!”


Johnny had been looking forward to making the trip to New York to see the new Stadium.


Both men will be missed.




The San Jose Sharks (48-14-10, 106 pts) are in Chicago tonight to play the Blackhawks.  Jeremy Roenick, who began his career in Chicago 20 years ago, will be a game-time decision but is expected to play in what could be his final game in Chicago.


Jose Lepe/San Jose Mercury News 


JR, who has missed 39 games due to two shoulder injuries, is both mentally and physically ready to play.  He says that Joe Thornton has been kidding him that he can’t call this a year due to the time lost, so he has another year in the tank. 


My appreciation of JR developed when I lived in Phoenix and he played for the Phoenix Coyotes.  I have always admired his grit and determination, and would like to see him win the Stanley Cup as he moves into the twilight of his career.


Doug Pensinger/SI



I was forwarded this joke today, and although I don’t normally like to “forward” jokes, this was too cute to pass up…

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday.


‘I’d like to be six again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror.


On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.


Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.


He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.


Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well, Dear, what was it like being six again?’


Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you retard!’


The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna’ get it wrong.




You have to check out Canuck’s (The Watercooler) blog entitled ‘For My Dad’.  It is very touching, and of course, Canuck has such a great way with words.  Maybe I’m a sap for father stories.  I tried to get my dad to play baseball with me when I was little but he never felt well enough and passed away when I was 10.  Needless to say, Canuck really hit my heart with an article about her dad…