Sunday, September 27, 2009
The first episode of The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the new Ken Burns film, aired tonight on PBS. As I watched it I thought about Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees clinched the AL East today for the 16th time in franchise history.
Our national parks are full of beauty and wonder: Majestic waterfalls, awesome geysers, trees that leave you speechless, mountains that take your breath away, and much, much more. I watched all of this splendor tonight and thought to myself: Yankee Stadium is Major League Baseball's National Park.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Yesterday Pete announced that he is leaving the Journal News and moving on to bigger and better things. He has accepted a job with the Boston Globe, covering the Red Sox. As a Yankee fan I don't like this at all; he is moving to the enemy's side. However, as an aspiring writer, I understand it completely. Pete has gone from covering college basketball for a tiny paper, to covering the Yankees for a small paper (well, maybe not so small, but not big, either), to, now, covering the Red Sox for a major daily newspaper. Congratulations to him.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Red Sox win, against the Angels, was a basically a gift, and I'm not talking about the umpires blowing the ball/strike call during Nick Green's at-bat. The gift came when Juan Rivera failed to hustle when "attempting" to catch Alex Gonzalez's pop fly.
But Angels closer Brian Fuentes didn't see it that way. He chose to talk about the umpires:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Most are speculating this morning that Jorge Posada will be suspended five games for his actions during last night's game against the Blue Jays. That will be five days during which he will not even be allowed on the field, let alone play in a game.
It is late in the baseball season. Posada is an aging catcher. Put these two statements together and you have one very tired baseball player. He'll never admit it to anyone (perhaps, not even to himself), but five days of rest will do him good. After the suspension he'll be refreshed and ready for the playoff run.
This is all assuming Posada will accept the suspension and not appeal it. Something tells me that I'm in for a big disappointment.
[Photo: Sabo/Daily News]
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Derek Jeter's in-game press conference turned out to be a good idea. The Yankees lost the game so no one had to be subjected to "Bottom line, I just wanna win." (See my previous post.)
The Yankees lost the game but Jeter won and, for the second game in a row it was a pleasure to listen to him talk about what breaking Lou Gehrig's record means to him. It was even more of a pleasure, in my opinion, to hear what his teammates had to say about him.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"Bottom line, I just wanna win."
Yes, I'm exaggerating, but surely we would not have heard much more than that. Everyone knows that Derek Jeter, rightfully so, is all about the team, all about winning. Jorge Posada made it possible for us to hear Jeter speak, not from his heart, but something close to it. "Georgie juiced one" and the Captain showed his hand.
Now he has a chance to break the record tomorrow night. On September 11th. What will he say if he breaks the record on September 11th? What will he do? Not much I'm guessing. Out of respect for the historical significance of the day he won't say very much, which is the right thing to do. That's why I hope he doesn't do it tomorrow night. It was refreshing to see him open the door, however little it was, to give us a small glimpse of himself. I'm hoping he goes 0-2 with two walks, then becomes the all time Yankee hits leader on Saturday September 12th.
Congratulations Derek Jeter and good luck this weekend.
[Photo: Sabo/Daily News]
Monday, September 7, 2009
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
There was Burnett stinking up Camden Yards and shouting at himself in the process, no doubt causing some who were watching to believe he was shouting at Posada. That in itself probably did not bother Posada as much as the overall fact that Burnett was having another bad outing while he was behind the plate. I'm sure it was on his mind the entire game, including during every one of his at-bats.
Laughter spread through the Yankee dugout (and, I'm sure, throughout Yankees Universe) during Posada's gaffes. But, how many people will be laughing if the reason for those gaffes continues to be an issue in the playoffs? AJ Burnett had better get his act together real soon, or the Yankees could be looking at yet another early playoff exit.
[Photo: Daily News]