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Yankees move on to Texas to face Rangers

After a two-game stomping from the Yankees that has Red Sox fans questioning everything that is wrong with their franchise, the two teams were rained out last night.  It is unfortunate as I was looking forward to a sweep, as well as listening to Terry Francona call a game while chanting his name and booing his successor.  I guess the fun will have to resume in July when the two teams meet again.

So it is on to the Lone Star State where the Yanks will be facing the hottest team in baseball, the Texas Rangers.  From listening to the “experts” the Rangers are the best thing to happen to baseball since catchers got smart enough to wear protective gear.  They can pitch, hit run, field, cook, clean, fold your shirts, tune up your car, and if needed their owner can put you in a headlock and punch you in the face.

However, the Yanks aren’t playing too shabby themselves.  As long as Ivan Nova starts every game of the series and Freddy Garcia just waits for the team at an airport bar in DFW, New York should be able to make a series of it.  With the exception of Robinson Cano, the whole team seems to have found their groove at the plate, and who isn’t expecting Cano to break out of his slump at any time?

First pitch tonight is at 7:05 ET.  C.C. Sabathia will toe the rubber for the Bombers while Derek Holland and his mustache will take the mound for the Rangers.

Should be a fun series.


Highlanders spoil Fenway-fest

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

As a fan of baseball and its history, the ceremonies yesterday celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park were a sight to behold.  There was the Boston Pops being conducted my John Williams, the first pitch being thrown from the front row, 200 former Red Sox players, both legends and nobodies, parading onto the field in their era’s jerseys, a flyover, and throwback uniforms being worn by both teams.  The only strange part was the  pre-game toast by Kevin Millar and Pedro Martinez (what does Karim Garcia have to do with this?).  It was a grand celebration befitting of a grand ballpark.

But once the game began, the celebration was over.  My respects had been paid, and it was time for the Yankees to ruin the party.

And they did just that.

The Yankees, wearing their 1912 Highlander uniforms, proceeded to tee off on Boston pitcher Clay Buchholtz.  Swisher started the home run derby with a solo shot in the 2nd inning.  Two batters later Eric Chavez planted a pitch over the wall in right center, and followed that up with a long blast to dead center.  In the 5th inning Alex Rodriguez hit his second HR of the year, and in the 6th inning, Russell Martin ended a 0-16 slump by depositing Buchholz’s pitch over the famous green monster.  All in all the Highlanders tagged Buchholz for six runs off nine hits, walking twice while only striking out twice.  Of Buchholz’s 103 pitches only three were swings and misses.  It was as if the Yankees knew exactly what was coming every at bat.

As a fan of baseball, I enjoyed the pre-game  ceremonies.  As a Yankees Highlanders fan, I enjoyed the in-game batting practice and the 6-2 win.

What a great way to begin Fenway’s second 100 years.

Historic day for the Grandy Man

Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

Three at bats.  Three home runs.  One in the first inning, another in the second, and the third in the fifth.  Yes the Grandy Man can.  It was a historic day for Curtis Granderson as he became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at the new Yankee Stadium in the Yankees 7-6 win over the Twins Thursday.  He also became the first player in the history of the Yankees to have three home runs and five hits.  He is the 20th player in Yankees history to hit three home runs, and his name will now be mentioned among legends such as Gehrig, Ruth, and of course Reggie Jackson who hit three HR’s in one game in the 1977 World Series.  Gehrig is the only Yankee to ever hit four home runs in one game.

Granderson’s home run in the first inning was a solo shot off of starter Anthony Swarzak.  The next inning he came to bat with Derek Jeter on base and launched Swarzak’s 3-1 fastball into the second deck in right field.  And in the fourth he took reliever Jeff Gray deep for his third blast of the game.  Grandy added two more singles in the sixth and eighth to complete his historic night.

Granderson felt his timing was off a bit so he showed up early to the ballpark before the game to work with hitting coach Kevin Long.

I think it worked.

Yankees to wear throwback Highlanders uniforms on Friday

To help the Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park (not sure why we are helping them with anything), the Yankees will be wearing their road Uniforms from 1912.  The team was still officially the Highlanders in 1912, although the nickname Yankees had begun to be used by the press and fans, and would become official the following year.  The new/old threads will be gray jerseys with the inter-locking NY on the left chest, gray pants and blue stirrups with red stripes.  The cap will also be gray with a blue bill and the NY on the front. If the NY looks a little different it is because it is the original look, which was designed by Tiffany & Co to be on the NYPD Medal of Honor issued to the first NYC police officer shot in the line of duty.  The Yankees adopted the insignia as their logo in 1909, and it evolved into its current look around 1936, when the Yankees started wearing the uniforms they wear today.

Here is a drawing of the 1912 Highlanders Uniforms from Dressed To The Nines:

And here is a picture posted by Andrew Marchand from ESPN New York:

Finally, here is a video from last nights YES Network broadcast in which Michael Kay shows off the new duds.

This is the first time in their history the Yankees have worn an alternate or throwback uniform.  No word yet if the uniforms will be available for purchase, however there has been a similar cap available at the MLB shop for some time.

I like the look and although I enjoy and appreciate the Yankees tradition, I am excited to see the throwbacks.  Prior to their current uniforms being adopted in 1936, they had some pretty cool uniform combinations that would look good as throwbacks.  Hopefully we will see some more in the future.

UPDATE: The game hat and jersey for the Friday game against the Red Sox is now available at the MLB Shop.


Brett Gardner goes on the DL; News, notes and links

After being scratched from the lineup moments before the start of the game yesterday, Brett Gardner was placed on the 15 day disable list with a right elbow strain and bone bruise.  With the injury the Yanks are losing their best defensive outfielder, as Gardner has incredible speed and has also shown that his arm should not be tested.

The Yankees will more than likely play Andruw Jones in left, with Raul Ibanez getting some PT as well.  A wild card to fill the spot would be Eduardo Nunez, who has the speed needed in the outfield, and can also do some damage with his bat.  Nunez has been questionable in the infield but he may prove to be a better outfielder.  To fill the roster spot New York is recalling  right-hander Cody Eppley to help out in the bullpen.  Eppley was claimed off waivers from Texas on April 5th.

The Yankees (6-6) lost 6-5 to the Twins (4-8) yesterday.  The teams play the final game of their four game series tonight at 7:05 ET.  Phil Hughes gets the ball for New York while Anthony Swarzak will take the mound for Minnesota.  Here is the Yankees lineup:

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B

Phil Hughes, P

Coffee & Links

Hughes in a battle to keep rotation spot

Andruw gets booed for jogging after ball

Kuroda’s start one to forget

Here’s to a great day of baseball!







News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees (5-5) lost to the Twins (3-7) last night 7-3.  The two teams play the second of their four game series tonight at 7:05 ET.  C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for the Yanks and will be facing Francisco Liriano.

Morning Coffee & Links

Yanks start hot, cool off quickly

Curtis makes a great read, great catch

Jeter can’t do it by himself

Sabathia’s arm still warming up

Jeter is too hot to sit

What’s up with Cano?

A touching tribute for Jackie Robinson

Mariano Rivera is perfect man to keep Robinson’s legacy alive

Rotation Roulette

Here’s to a great day of baseball!









News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

Yesterday the Yankees lost 7-1 to the Angels.  The two teams wrap up their three game series tonight at 8:05 ET.  Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Yankees.

Morning Coffee & Links

Phil Hughes has a bad day

Yanks should put Hughes in bullpen

Raul Ibanez’s work ethic has fueled his success

David Phelps a bright spot in Yankees loss

Here’s to a great day of baseball!


News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees beat the Angels 5-0 yesterday behind a strong performance by Hiroki Kuroda, and Alex Rodriguez hit career home run number 630 to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time home run list.  Game two of the series is today with Phil Hughes taking the mound for the Yankees.  C.J. Wilson will be pitching for the Angels.

Morning Coffee & Links

Posada locates plate, and maybe one day Hall of Fame

Kuroda spectacular in Bronx début

A-Rod shows impact of positive thinking

Bringing back Yankees legends good for dollars and sense

Cano moves to cleanup as A-Rod bats fourth

A-Rod ties Griffey JR. with home run #630

Here’s to a great day of baseball!







There’s no place like home

Yankee Stadium, April 13, 2012

Although the season had been under way for over a week and the Yankees had already played six games, it felt like baseball had truly begun yesterday with the home opener at Yankee Stadium.  It was a perfect day for baseball:  sunny blue skies, green grass and and  Yankee hero back to throw out the first pitch.

It began with the usual ceremonies of the national Anthem , and a fly-over by two F-18 jets.  After that, the sound of the Imperial March blared over the loudspeakers as the adversaries for the day, the Los Angeles Angel’s of Anaheim California, USA were announced.  And then, the playing of the Throne Room/End Title from Star Wars as the New York Yankees took the field one by one to their introductions.  I always get goosebumps hearing this music as the players take the field, and hearing it for the first time of the season was extra special.

Finally, a Yankee hero was welcomed back to throw out the first pitch.  It was a special moment as Three generations of Posadas took the field to a standing ovation.  Former catcher Jorge Posada climbed the mound and with his son by his side threw out the first pitch to his father.  The stadium roared and with that it was time for baseball.

The game itself went right along with the electric feeling of opening day.  Hiroki Kuroda was dominant, pitching eight shutout innings giving up only five hits and two walks while striking out six.  Kuroda was backed by five runs with Nick Swisher providing a three run double in the first, while both Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez belted solo home runs for the other two scores.  David Robertson finished off the Angels in the ninth as the Yankees won 5-0

It was a perfect day for baseball, and the Yankees provided near perfect baseball for the day.

This is how opening day should be.

Welcoming back two legends

Two Yankees legends will be back at the stadium today after an off-season where both announced they would be leaving Yankee Stadium behind.  Jorge Posada and “Bald” Vinny Milano will be back; one to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and the other back in the comfort of section 203 with the Bleacher Creatures.  I am excited for both of them.

Jorge retired in January after 16 Hall of Fame seasons with the Yankees.  The announcement was an emotional one,  and being that the former catcher never truly got to say goodbye to the fans in Yankee Stadium today will be special.  As one of the anointed “Core Four”, it will surely be a special day for Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera as well.  If only the newly un-retired Andy Pettitte could be there to welcome him back the four would be reunited for one more day.  Jorge was always one of may favorite Yankees, and I wish I was there to thank him in person.  Seeing him throw out the first pitch will probably bring goosebumps.  What would make it even better is if the roles are reversed and Rivera is out to catch it.

I wrote a few weeks ago about Bald Vinny and how life would be forcing him away from Yankee Stadium this season.  Vinny needed to move on from his T-Shirt business, and spending 81 days at the Stadium to support his family wasn’t cutting it.  After 10-plus years as the leader of the famous roll call and the face of the Bleacher Creatures it was the end.  As we many of us know, finding employment is tough right now, and for Vinny it was no exception.  Luckily for us as Yankees fans he recently made the announcement that he would be back.  Back selling his shirts on River Ave, and back in section 203 leading roll call.  My hope for Vinny is success with the shirt business and one day a licensing deal so that the business can be his “real” job for life.  I bought two Bleacher Creature shirts myself (probably the only two in Idaho) and if you are reading this and are a die-hard Yankee fan, you should too.

Welcome back Jorge, and welcome back Bald Vinny.

Two Yankee Stadium legends.

Now if Bald Vinny will just do roll call for Jorge when he comes out the day will be perfect.

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