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Historic day for the Grandy Man

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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.

Yanks know how to win; News and Notes

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

For the second time in as many nights the Yankees, went to extra innings with Baltimore, finally beating them 6-4 in the 10th inning behind a Nick Swisher blast and a Mariano Rivera save.  The win completed a three game sweep of the Orioles, helping the Yankees put behind them their 0-3 start as they head back to New York for their home opener.

As a baseball fan I love extra innings, or as the old saying goes, “free baseball”.   As a Yankees fan, not so much.  I would prefer the games to be well in reach by the sixth inning to keep my heart from over-exerting itself and my TV from being yelled at.

The good part of the Yanks wining in extras again is they are showing they know how.  The bullpen was once again fantastic in holding the Orioles to the runs C.C. Sabathia had surrendered, and the hitters, this time Swisher, got a timely hit to allow Rivera to come in and do what he does best.  Although many people will say it is just the Orioles, the fact that New York can get this type of win two nights in a row says a lot about the team.  And although the Orioles are perennial cellar dwellers in the A.L. East, they are still a talented, well-managed team that would compete and win a lot more in any other division.

Michael Kay of the YES Network brought up a good point toward the end of last nights game.  With the way Boston, Tampa, Toronto and New York beat up on each other in the division, the team that separates itself from the pack will be the one that can win the games against Baltimore.   The Yanks did just that with their three game sweep.

Today is an off day for the Yankees as they prepare for their home opener and a three game set with Albert Pujols and the Angels.

Morning Coffee & Links

Jorge Posada to throw out first pitch for home opener

Girardi goes against percentages – and wins

Yanks getting slow starts from the middle

Hiroki Kuroda is worried

Once again Jeter quiets the doubters

First Pitch:  State of the Yankees

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

We got our first extra innings game of the season yesterday, and the Yankees (2-3) were able to pull it out in the 12th inning, earning a 5-4 win over the Orioles (3-2).  Throughout the spring many thought the bullpen would be the strength of this Yankees team, and they proved their worth yesterday.  Freddy “Wild Thing” Garcia struggled through four innings, giving up four runs on four hits, and walking three while throwing five wild pitches and hitting batter.  David Phelps came in to the game in the fifth and worked 2 1/3 perfect innings, striking out four.  After Boone Logan allowed a hit to his only batter faced, David Robertson worked a scoreless inning, followed by another 2 1/3 strong innings from Cory Wade.  After Clay Rapada got the final two outs of the 11th inning, Raul Ibanez plated the go ahead run in the 12th with a pinch-hit double, setting up Mariano Rivera to close out the game.

After watching Phelps in his first two appearances, you would never guess he was a rookie pitching for the first time in the major leagues.  He has presence on the mound, is calm, and makes the pitches he needs to make.  He was putting his fastball wherever he wanted it.  It is a good to know you  have a middle man who can bridge the gap to the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning trio of Rafael Soriano, Robertson, and Hughes should the Yankees starters struggle, and Phelps has shown he is ready for that role.

The Yankees will wrap up their series with Baltimore tonight at 7:05ET.  C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for New York, hoping to make up for his opening day performance.  He will face Jake Arrieta.

Morning Coffee & Links

Raul’s rip lifts Yanks past O’s

The ‘pen writes a comeback

Yanks need C.C. to be strong to rest depleted bullpen.

Rafael Soriano breaks a nail warming up

C.C. ready for the O’s

Freddy Garcia historically wild

A-Rod and Teixeira are in post-season form

The game isn’t the same without Vin Scully

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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