Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Bronx's Golden Trio

The Yankees infield snagged three of the nine Golden Glove awards for AL Players. Cano, Jeter and Teix were each named best at their positions in 2010, due greatly to their amazing chemistry and ability to turn 6-4-3s like the pros that they are.

Marky Mark certainly earned his Golden, um, Glove (Image/ME!)
The entire AL Golden Glove breakdown is as follows:

C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees (!)
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees (!)
3B Evan Longoria, Rays
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees (!)
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
OF Carl Crawford, Rays
OF Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
P Mark Buehrle, White Sox (!)

While I was initially shocked at the awards for Yankees' players, since the wounds are still fresh from the final weeks of the season, I do remember how few errors the Yankees made this season, which actually were the fewest in franchise history. So how come the above list wasn't all Yankees? Okay maybe still Ichiro instead of Swish.

Congrats, boys! Can't wait to see you in, oh, 142 days! Oh, and the MVP awards will be announced on November 22nd and 23rd. Stayed tuned for Robbie's second big award of the year!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ice Queens

Today, two women were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame; no small feat in a sport that has never admitted women into its home for champions.

Canadian Angela James and American Cammi Granato received their Hall of Fame rings today, along with Dino Ciccarelli, Jim Devellano and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman.

Angela James and Cammi Granato (R) laugh after receiving their rings for being inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, November 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Congrats, ladies! Thank you for paving the way for other women on ice.

Via Jezebel

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oh, Fall

The crunch of the leaves under my boots, over-sized warm sweaters, making mischief on Halloween, cuddling under my down comforter; there are many things that I love about fall. What I don't love about fall? It is the longest possible time before more baseball. As soon as the World Series ends, I grieve.

The morning after the World Series, I instinctually went on Yankees.com for baseball news and the coming schedule. My brain hadn't processed that the end was upon me and my heart took even longer to accept that I wouldn't see pinstriped action for several months. But all I found was Giants news and information about 2011 partial season package.

So, I got mad. What do you mean there is no game today?!? I'm not ready to watch hockey yet! I put on my Yankees hat and defiently turned on MLB Network to only find World Series coverage, confirming that the 2010 season was over.

What do I have to do to get more baseball? I asked the universe. I promised to watch every minute of every game, to save my pennies for dugout seats, heck, I even considered trading my soul for another month of ball.

But before I could offer my kidneys to see batting practice, the tears rolled down my cheeks and I curled in a ball on my leather couch. Baseball will never be back! I moaned. I'm doomed to watch football on Sundays and pretend I like the Knicks for the rest of my days! The world closed in tight, and I hugged my Yankees' teddy bear to my chest for some semblance of comfort.

But a glimmer of hope emerged as I calmed and reminded myself that too much of a good thing is bad for the soul and absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yes, the cliches I loathe so much helped me accept that a break from baseball won't end my world and a little time away from what I love will make it all the sweeter when I return to Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 for the home opener.

So, I will go out and cheer for the handful of NFL teams that I want to do well, bundle up for trips to MSG to see my Rangers and follow the trades, the contract negotiations, the rumors and the girly stuff like whether Derek and Minka marry at Christmas. And I will do it with a smile, but that doesn't mean I won't be quietly counting the days until the Yankees Home Opener.

Which is 144...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

They Are the Champions

After the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs, my baseball fandom dictated that I had to pick a team for the World Series. I've never had feelings either way for the Rangers but after the sting of their steamroll-over-the-Bronx-Bombers performance in the ALCS and my excitement for Tim Lincecum after his first game in the NLDS, I went Giants all the way.

How many 14-year-olds have thrown World Series-winning games? Go Lincecum! (Image/PicApp)

San Francisco Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum holds the World Series trophy after the Giants defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game 5 to win the series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas on November 1, 2010. The Giants won the series 4 games to 1.  UPI/Pool Photo via Newscom

Congrats to Timmy and his entire team on winning their first title in 56 years. And with that, baseball is over for 2010. Let's not cry too much, shall we? It will be back before we know it, and there is plenty of speculation and gossip to come and then it will be spring training before we know it. And there is always drinking and pretending we like football too.