Monday, May 31, 2010

Not quite a sweep, but I will take it...

Happy Memorial Day! I hope a wonderful time was had as you remembered the sevice men and women who have given their lives for our nation.

So glad that the Yankees took 3 out of 4 against Cleveland (and no, I don't really want to talk about Saturday's game, although it did lead to some amusing commentary on Twitter from my Yankees fans Tweeps). In the series, both A-Rod and Roby got grand slams and Pettitte pitched like a champ. Nice work, boys.

A-Rod hits a grand slam, pauses to admire it (Image/PicApp)

My weekend was PACKED but I managed to get in some baseball time, as well as an afternoon of baseballl nostalgia while Blake and I looked through stacks of 80s and 90s Topps cards - we found an Al Leiter rookie card and an adorable card from Joe Girardi's second season on the Cubbies.

I have so much to write this week, including more about the aforementioned baseball cards, but now I need to rest from the BBQ we threw this afternoon and prepare to go to the gym bright and early tomorrow morning (I figure if I tell you, my dear readers, then it is both a goal and an obligation).

Sweet dreams, all!

Friday, May 28, 2010

An Ancient Rivalry: Taking On the Indians

This weekend the Yankees are taking on the Cleveland Indians in the Bronx. The Indians, while an American League team, are not what one thinks of when it comes to a rivalry with the Yankees. But for me, it's personal.
Back in the day (April 2009) the Indians in the Bronx. Matsui on base! (Image/PicApp)
Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York
When I was a kid, the biggest annoyance for me as a White Sox fan were the Indians and their fans. It could have had a lot to do with my family's frequent trips to theme parks based in Ohio (Woo!!! Kings Island!!!) where baseball caps with the Indians mascot logo were ubiquitous or friends of my father's who were very, very proud (read: obnoxious) Indians fans. Or maybe it was just that awful chant the fans did. I always dreaded seeing the good guys play the Indians, even though in 1993, the White Sox went 9 and 3 against the Tribe.

Right now, the Yankees are nursing a sliding record with a side of bruised egos, and while we are getting Grandy back tonight, I'm still nervous. My biggest fear, that the Yanks will get swept by a team with a .378 average and bottom-feeder status in the Central.

Major League rocks, though. Wild Thing, I think I love you.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Loss of a Legend: Mourning Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek

Last week, the baseball world lost a legendary player with some impressive stats. Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek played 10 years for the Rockford Peaches in the 1940s and 50s, back when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was active. 

Dottie did everything Gehrig did, except in a knee-length skirt and lipstick
(Image/National Baseball Hall of Fame)

It is not a secret that Geena Davis' character, Dottie Hinson, from "A League of Their Own" was loosely based on Kamenshek. And if there was even one iota of truth to the character Davis portrayed then Kamenshek was one saucy lady.

My older sister and I saw "A League of Their Own" in the theater, when we were still to young to drive ourselves there, and we both left the movie inspired by the characters, their passion of the game and the sister story between Hinson and Kit Keller.

From what I can tell, Kamenshek did not have a kid sister who also played ball, but she was the star player that the movie showed her to be. She was named to the league's all-star team seven times and held down two batting titles in her career. She was so good that she was once recruited to play ball with the boys on a men's professional team.

Kamenshek was in her late 60s when"A League of Their Own" was being filmed and she was the one responsible for showing the actors how to turn a double play. I hope I have the hand-eye coordination to catch a baseball when I am in my late 60s, let alone instruct a bunch of starlets how to pull a 6-4-3.

R.I.P. Ms Kamenshek. Thanks for everything you did for women in the game and women who love the game.

Related: USA Today, Baseball Reference

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Good Stretch: Links from this week

Photo by Stefanie aka @stefmara
CC versus Santana tonight. Hoping for a nail bitter of a pitcher's duel when I watch it with my good friend Christina. I won't be on Twitter, for fear of catching Lost spoilers. Yep, I'm a nerd.

Links from the week below:
  • Oh, Thames. I call you an idiot with love in my heart: Big League Stew
  • Get well soon? No, you weren't hurt in the first place: USA Today
  • @beeeebzy roasts the Yanks on her blog: Pretty in Pinstripes
  • A 32-year-old pitcher with a 2.66 ERA? I smell a new Yankee (thanks for the link, Blake): Yahoo! Sports
  • Ranking fan-favorite players in DC. Kinda cute: DC Sports Blog
  • Life, love, marriage, friendship and Yankees Stadium. An essay by @YankeesInk: Yankees Ink
  • A vital part of the Marlins' organization gets honored: The Onion
  • I've got a baseball field in Iowa to sell you: USA Today

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yanks in the Citi: Pics from last night's game

I made my triumphant return to baseball games - I hadn't been to one in over a month - when the Yanks made their first 2010 trip to Citi Field last night.

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Left Field Landing seats. Really, directly behind center field, which meant...
A perfect view of Brett in the outfield.

Pagan too.

In front of us, a Yankees fan and his wife and son who are Mets fans. There was a very cute back-and-forth between the father and son.

Behind us, a rowdy crew having a fun time. This guy asked me to take his picture. I said it will be on my blog. Here, you go, dude.

Congrats on your first Yankees hit, Russo.
Brett wants to steal.

Top of the 9th, shot from field level. A bit blurry, but I am so happy with the zoom on my camera.

Because we were standing this far away.

Citi really is a beautiful park, with flashy parts, just like Queens. This sign is in the left field promenade by Shake Shack & Blue Smoke.

Friendly too. Later, Mr. Met!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

When I Guest Blog, We All Win

My first post at Baseball Reflections went live this afternoon. Check it out: Baseball Reflections

I Missed Teixera By ThisMuch

Across the street from my office is the Victoria's Secret Pink store in SoHo. Yesterday, as I headed out for lunch, I saw this truck:
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Um, yeah, they had me at "Yankees."

I went across the street and asked two flyer girls what was going on. Their response, "Mark Teixera from the Yankees was just here and the first 75 people got to take a picture with him."

The words that came out of my mouth next should not be repeated here, or anywhere, but suffice it to say, I was not happy to have missed the opportunity.

This was the first way that my boys disappointed me in less than 24 hours. Last night, I went to bed before the end of the game and waking up today with a headache was not helped when I found out the score from the game against B*ston just hours before.

Seeing A.J. struggle tonight was no picnic either. Yes, it is May, but it also isn't time to suck.

Monday, May 17, 2010

No Joy in Mudville...Or Beantown, We Hope

I made an executive decision to not go to the Yankees game tomorrow. I will save my pennies (and 20s) to see my boys play with the Mets on Friday. I've seen B*ston play lose in the Bronx many a time before, so spending $40 to sit in the 400s on a cold, May night isn't so appealing. Besides, I can use the cash to get Shake Shack at Citifield on Friday.

Shake Shack - Hey, Mets fans have to have something to brag about, right?

I had planned to do a post on the game, but instead, you get more of me talking about baseball and pimping cartoon clips. And really, with my schedule, a post on tomorrow's game wouldn't have been up until August.

While researching for an article I'm writing for another baseball blog, I came across the 1946 cartoon gem "Casey at the Bat." Anyone else remember this? It's a classic Disney short from an incredibly long time ago (sorry, Mom) and I remember looking forward to seeing it played on the Disney Channel when I was a kid (which, to be fair, is getting to be a long time ago too).

Check it:

Hmm...Who in recent baseball history reminds you of Casey?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Oh No, Mo!

I was biking at my gym at a pretty rapid clip when Mariano Rivera gave up a Grand Slam to the Twins' Kubel in the top of the 8th. This came after delivering a BB that walked in a run. When the unexpected happened, my jaw dropped  and I instantly stopped pedaling out of pure shock. I quickly grabbed my BB to Tweet. I don't Tweet at the gym, that is my disconnect time, so this was major.
That didn't just happen, did it? Image/Antonelli, NY Daily News
I could repeat what has already been said, about how Joba should have stayed in and Joe has been over-managing the team to death, but why rub salt in the wound?

It was Kubel's 6th career grand slam and this was the first grand slam that Mo has given up since 2002. It was painful to watch and more painful to see Mo's face as the Yanks failed to recover from The Sandman's rare stumble.

It bites, but it happens. Let's move on, shall we? Maybe beating the tar out of Boston in the short series this week will make it all better.

Isn't It Grand? Links from this week

A most excellent view. Image/
Now that the boys are back in the Bronx, A-Rod has hit a game-changing grandslam, Jorgey did some mighty fine DH work, and Brett Brett is batting second, which I'm loving. In the wake of a tiny slump, the Yanks are looking more like themselves.

Kinda like me, with my spotty blog posts of the past fortnight. I had to figure out how to balance my new even busier schedule, but I think I have done it. I found time to write this weekend, have a lot planned, including some posts for another baseball blog. And it will only get better once my Netbook arrives and I can blog in the bathtub.

Two weeks worth of links, for your clickthrough pleasure. Post anything interesting that you read and I missed in the comments.
  • Get better soon, Nicky: NYP Yankees Blog
  •  Rihanna is dating a Dodger. Lucky girl: US
  • MLB is involved in the mess in AZ: Yahoo!
  • @BaldVinny talks roll call, chants, and "unwritten rules" of section 203 (formerly 39). I remember the Bernie Williams chant from when I sat in Section 39:  WFAN
  • I dig these pics by @amandarykoff from the 5/5/10 Yanks game: Flickr
  • Brett Gardner simply freaking rocks: NJ
  • The award for best phrase in a link this week goes to Big League Stew with this gem "...the great Cox (is that spelled right?) wasn't the voice of reason, either." Yahoo!
  • Great moments in past Yankees games are available for viewing in the MLB archives. A solid list of classics here: PuristBleedPinstripes
  • Want: Shop.MLB
  • Interesting read, dumb headline: MLB
  • I noticed some gender and baseball tension on Twitter this week, so I found @Coopz22's post very intriguing: My Summer Family

Saturday, May 15, 2010

America's Finest Baseball News Source: Special Edition Links from this week

All the muck that's fit to rack Image/The Onion
This may come as a shock to you, what with my constant Simpsons posts and snarky Tweets, but I love The Onion. Their fake sports reporting makes me giggle, and I am constantly ReTweeting their links (Follow @TheOnion to get it on the fun).

Below are some highlights from the past few weeks, skewering everything from Dallas Braden to Big Papi to "real Yankees" - no one is looking at you #13.

Enjoy and check back for a "real" news links round-up tomorrow.

  • The Angry-A-Rod Man aka Whats-his-face, pitches a perfect game for his Mama: 5/12/10
  •  This David Ortiz send up just didn't have a fakeness to it: 5/14/10
  • Doucheyness aside, from behind is his best side: StrongSide/WeakSide
  • Awww, poor Pirates fans. Don't do it, Adrian!: 5/5/10
  • Lemme kiss the boo-boo better: 5/10/10
  • "Alex Rodriguez cried for 10 minutes": 4/27/10
  • Hehehehehehehehehehehe: 4/5/10

Except for the word "blern" that was complete gibberish

Sometimes I wish baseball had multiball like Blernsball. Derek Jeter would destroy multiball:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Future Captain of the Cubbies

You can call him Thrillhouse:

I Don't Have Ballplayers! I Have Girls!

Many congrats to Eri Yoshida, an 18-year-old Japanese woman who is a new RHP for the Chico Outlaws.
Eri does her thang                                                      Image/Newscom
I am a bit tardy to the party on Eri, who executed a media blitz late last week. Listen, I barely remember what happened during the Yankees game Friday night (thank you, bartenders at Nice Guy Eddies who are very attentive and like to do shots) so I happened to miss Eri on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and on Jimmy Kimmel Live, okay? I did learn about her today via Jezebel and I am too freaking excited to welcome this gal to the U.S.

In the AP article about Eri from Saturday we learn that she has a killer knuckleball, however sadly inspired by Tim Wakefield of B*ston. Here's hoping she won't hit as many players as ol' Timmy, who had a knack for bruising flesh with wild balls.

Eri is the first woman to play baseball professionally in the United States since LHP Ila Borders played for the St. Paul Saints in 1997. Fingers and toes crossed that we will see Eri playing in an MLB uniform sometime in the very near future.

Relatedly, enjoy the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Victory Song from "A League of Their Own," including a bit of Tom Hanks in his only good role best role to date, as Mr. Jimmy Dugan.

P.S. "Avoid the clap, Jimmy Dugan" Hey, that's good advice.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Flanders' Field Looks Nicer Than Old Comiskey

I don't remember these Simpsons baseball promos from the '96 World Series. Not surprised, though, I was 14 and it was part of a very short stretch when I was too teenage-angst ridden to pay attention to baseball. And I didn't have the foresight to know what a rabid Yankees fan I would become.

The link is poorly edited (Ned & Stacey, holy crap, I DO remember that, well, crap) but the shorts are cute. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Battle of My Boys: Links from this week

Don't mock my hoodie, Michael Kay. Image/Jim McIsaac, Getty Images  
My children are fighting. The White Sox are at the Yankees and as of 40 minutes ago, they are 1-1, with the "rubber game" tomorrow. I will attempt to explain how I can be a fan of two American League teams in my post tomorrow that I write when my life calms down. In the meantime, please enjoy the baseball links from the week:

  • We are all pulling for you, Mr. Uecker: USA Today
  • Ozzie has closer envy: Blogging the Bombers
  • The Sultan of Swat, 90 years ago: MLB
  • A-Rod, baby, we all have your number: NYPost
  •  I no longer want Brett Brett to play just so I can look at him. That is just the icing on his awesome-playing-as-of-late cake: TYU
  • This title, reminiscent of a bitter The Onion headline, makes me giggle: Yankeeist
  • Speaking of The Onion: The Onion
  •  @YankeesInk has quickly become one of my favorite Tweeps. This is his YES Network blog: Yankees Ink
  • The Rays will fall. No doubt: SI
  • Nice work, teammates of Johnny Damon: USA Today  
  • Everything zen: The Yankeeist
  • I know what EVERYONE is getting for Christmas!!!: Cafe Press