October is, by far, my favorite month of the year… Sweater season gets ushered in by the cooler weather, trees are adorned with colorful leaves, candy apples and cider make their first debut of the year and the Yankees are in the playoffs.
There is no doubting the fact that I’m a sports junkie. After all, my first word was baseball. I’m passionate about several things, but baseball and hockey top the list. Major League Baseball has been running the same postseason commercial for the last million or so years… The theme of the advertisement is “you can’t script October,” meaning that anything can happen in playoff baseball.
From Don Larsen’s perfect game, Reggie Jackson’s three homer game to Aaron Boone’s walk-off homerun against the Red Sox (please don’t remind me of the 2001 playoffs)… it’s true, you can’t predict what’s going to happen in baseball. So last night, my boyfriend, Bill, and I went to Game 4 of the ALDS (That’s the “American League Division Series,” for all you Mets fans that aren’t sure what the playoffs are!).
Last night’s game was speeding right along. Neither the Yankees nor the Orioles were doing much offensively. It was a 1-0 Orioles game going into the bottom of the sixth. Luckily, Robinson Cano was able to get the Yankees’ first RBI of the game to tie it up at 1 going into the seventh. At this point it was 10:30pm. I remember looking around and seeing tired faces of moms, dads and school age children.
Eventually the game went into extra innings… 13 of them to be exact. Not a single person (that I could see) left the game early. It was [almost] reminiscent of the real stadium. Everyone was on their feet each time the Yankees stepped up to the plate. The one thing, besides the game itself, that stuck out to me was this little boy, who was cheering right along with the best of ‘em the entire game. He couldn’t have been more than 7 years old.
The game ended well after midnight, but there the little boy was, sulking in defeat after the game. He and his parents stayed for the entire game! I wondered how tired the little boy would be at school today. If he’s as tired as I am, then shame on his parents.
That being said, I can’t say that I blame his parents. When I was in school, my parents allowed me to stay up for sporting events. I never really had a “bedtime,” mainly because I loved to sleep. There were several school days where I was sluggish because I stayed up watching sports the night before, but you know what… I enjoyed myself.
When I was in high school, the Yankees played their first game in Japan. I woke up at some obscure hour in the morning just to watch the game. It was unforgettable, but I thought I was going to die of exhaustion during math class. I always wonder how parents decide when late is too late. If the little boy was at home last night instead of at the game, would his parents have made him go to bed or did they want him to witness legends in the making?
“But mom, it’s only the sixth inning!” What would your response be if your child said this to you on a school night? Personally, I’d let my child stay up to watch the game and bet on him falling asleep on the couch before the final out.
As I’m writing this, I’m riding shot gun down the Major Deegan. My first love, the Yankees, are in town tonight. I’m in the Bronx now, but will continue to make my way into mid-town Manhattan – bypassing where Yankee Stadium once stood and that other stadium pretending to be Yankee Stadium now stands.
Let me preface what I’m about to say with this: I am as hardcore Yankee fan as they come. For the last 3 years I’ve gone to just about every Yankee home game and several away games. I’ve been obsessed with the Yankees since I was a kid. They’ve shaped my life in so many ways, it’s sort of sick… The Yankees are actually a big reason I picked up and left behind my family in North Carolina and moved to New York after graduating from College.
Now that that is out of the way…
Yankees fans suck. This new stadium blows. The security is insane. Parking sucks. Monument Park is now an ugly cave. The facade is cheap looking…. Need I continue?
THE STEINBRENNER SONS HAVE KILLED BASEBALL IN NEW YORK!
It is beyond me why on Earth Hank and Hal decided we needed a new stadium (Yes, I am one of those obnoxious fans that says ‘we’). Sure, the old stadium was just that… old, but that’s what made it great. The stadium itself had undergone a facelift or two, but the field itself was the same field Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, etc., etc. played on. It was magical. The stadium was always loud, no matter if it was day, night, regular season, or game 7 of the World Series.
The fans were great. They knew what they were talking about. They paid attention to the game.
In this new stadium of ours, the fans NEVER watch the game or even know what they are talking about. The only exception I’ve found is the bleacher creatures (who are thankfully still around). Yankee Stadium used to be a scary place for opposing team’s fans to dwell. My boyfriend once witnessed a 10 year old Oriole fan get a knife pulled on him, simply for being an O’s fan…. I kid you not, we were that intense. Now, fans don’t even chant the famous “a**hole” chant at opposing fans. It’s sad.
I used to LOVE talking to other fans at games, but now it seems the only people that go to Yankee games have no clue about the rules of baseball or Yankees. I cannot help but over hear some things that are being said around me at games. Half the people can’t name a Yankees player other than Jeter and the other half think a grand slam is the name of a sandwich at the local deli. Fans used to remember what happened during games… then used it as ammo for chants against opposing teams. Oh how I long for those days…
Maybe this new stadium has too many things to do. Why people would pay hundreds of dollars for tickets then go sit in a bar/restaurant within the stadium and watch the game on TV is beyond me. People roam about the open concourses hopping from the Malibu Rooftop Deck, to the Delta Sky 360 club, to the Mohegan Sports Bar and the list continues.
Here’s a novel concept… SIT DOWN AND WATCH THE GAME!
You paid $35 to park, $50+ for your ticket, $30+ for food and beer, so why not sit in your seat, watch the game and enjoy? Don’t waste your money walking around to restaurants that are open year round.
I’m just sick of it. I want the old stadium back or at least the fans that once occupied the real Yankee Stadium.
Now, I realize that I never told you why I was going to pass by Yankee Stadium today, so I’ll tell you now. Simply put, I’m cheating on the Yankees. The New York Rangers have stole my heart (at least for the time being). There is NOTHING better than being at Madison Square Garden for Rangers’ games.
Every night the arena is electric. When we score, the building literally shakes. If it wasn’t for the recent renovations to MSG, I’d worry the arena would collapse. Yes, it IS THAT LOUD.
Rangers fans are typically Yankees fans… so why are Ranger games so much better than Yankees games (in regard to the crowds)? The world may never know. My guess is hockey fans are just better.
I love sitting in the 400s at MSG. I love listening to the old guy 2 rows back shouting obscenities to opposing players and fans. I love the chatter among everyone about the game… because they are actually watching the game! It just seems like every single person in attendance at The Garden is a hardcore fan.
So tonight, I’ll be at MSG. The Bronx can wait until tomorrow. Tonight, I’ll be among fans that really care. Fans that are willing to fight for their team. Fans that live and die with each goal. Fans that don’t leave their seat until intermission. Fans that know the game... Real fans.
After a taking an extremely long break… I’ve found my love of blogging again and will be blogging here every week… multiple times if I can!
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Welcome to the Major Leagues, Jesus Montero.
What a way to come up to bat for your first major league appearance.
Bases loaded, 2 outs, Yankees/Red Sox, fight for 1st place…. and he strikes out.
Anticlimactic to say the least. Let’s hope Burnett can pull it together and get a
For more on Montero, refer to this blog post I wrote about him back in 2008.
I think the same things can be said of Montero today.
Here’s to a long, healthy, and productive career for Montero!
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
As promised, I’m here blogging live during the game (after a great game of disc golf of course)!
It’s currently the top of the 4th. Let’s recap what’s happened so far…
Top 3: Jeter singles in Nunez making it 1-0 NYY
Bottom 3: Pedrioa grounds out to 3B scoring Scutaro making it a tied game.
Ellsbury scores on a single by Lowrie making it 2-1 BOS
Hughes is pitching for the Yankees today, let’s hope he can put together a decent outing, since the Yankees have
officially forfeited tomorrow’s game AJ Burnett on the mound tomorrow.
More insights to come….
Now that we got through the inning... I want to take a moment to express my hatred for people complaining about Cervelli "celebrating" after his homer yesterday. Can I remind everyone that EVERY SINGLE ATHLETE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH CELEBRATES WHEN THEY OWN THEIR OPPONENTS! Seriously, how many times do we have to have this conversation? It's annoying. People celebrate, if you don't want to get shown up, get 'em out! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I really wanted to get some runs that inning. I know there is still enough (not plenty) time left in the season and I'm aware we're winning the Wild Card,but screw the Wild Card... The Boss would have never stood for that. I want to win the division outright and eventually the World Series. Hughes isn't doing half bad right now (I hope I didn't just jinx him). Okay, so Gonzales got a 2 out single... ugh I really hate that the Red Sox got him. Let's get out Ortiz here and go score some runs... I'm starting to think I jinxed Hughes. Ortiz helped Hughes out on that one... he had a good rip on it, but was just a bit under it. (Insert Curse Words Here) I hate Ortiz... okay, so I don't hate Ortiz (it's physically impossible, he's just so likable... like Swish). I definitely jinxed Hughes, but he got out of it and we're only down by 3. Not too long ago I was at the game against the A's were we erupted for 22 runs. We can still win.... During the inning change, take a moment to look at these pics. Deadspin found some pretty nerdy pics of our captain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alright Tex and Cano! Way to come through for us. 4-2 Red Sox, but we're inching back into it. Swisher has been on fire lately, but works a walk here. I think we've got something going here. BTW... I hate Josh Beckett. He just looks like an arrogant jerk. I'd love to just slap him. Nice job by Chavez... Tied the game with that double (advanced to third). Nice job tagging up by Chavez. Yankees take a 5-4 lead. Told you guys we were still in it. Aceves is warming up in the bullpen for the Red Sox. He looks so different from when he was with the Yankees... like an entirely different person (odd). Another side note: I've always hated Ellsbury. It's not that he's ever done anything to me, but his father should not be allowed to speak. Ellsbury apparently was dating Ms. Boston or Ms.America (I forget which one) and his father told the media Ellsbury will be dating Ms. Universe soon because he's going to be such a big deal in Boston. SMH ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That was a cheap hit. Red Sox tie the game at 5 all. I think this will be the last inning for Hughes. He's falling apart pretty quickly, not that he's doing bad, but bad enough. Now Girardi is coming out to pull Hughes. Thank You Girardi.
I’ve decided to blog live during the Yankees/Red Sox game tonight. I’ve never blogged live before, so this should be interesting, but I figured why not try it tonight?
I may come on after the start of the game, I’m heading out to play disc golf now, but will be listening to John and Suzyn during the start of the game!
Invite all your buddies to join me on this blog tonight to discuss the game.
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
I bet you never thought you’d see me here… Sorry for the lack of posting. I’m serious this time though, I’m really going to start posting more on this site! I’ve just been doing a lot of traveling this summer and now that summer is coming to a screeching halt, I’m going to resume blogging.
So, tell ya kids, tell ya wife, friends, and random strangers to come on back and read my blog (comments always welcome)! I’ll actually have a brand spankin’ new blog post up for you all to enjoy later today (I promise no more blogs apologizing for my lack of posting). Yankees/Red Sox style of course!
Also, feel free to visit my new blog “Queen of Diamonds” @ http://queenofdiamonds.mlblogs.com
The idea behind my new blog, “Queen of Diamonds” is that since I travel all over going to baseball games, I might as well blog about each stadium I go to and give my readers the inside scoop. I’ve been traveling all over America in the pursuit to go to every single baseball stadium… from MLB, MiLB, Independent League, to College baseball. I’m working on a memoir with the same sort of concept and a novel as well that’s based around baseball. I’m hoping to get the novel published in a year or so… the memoir is going to have to wait until I get to more parks.
Tell your friends about my new blog, feel free to link to my new blog and email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to my blogroll as well.
See you all back here shortly!
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog. And if memory serves me correctly, I proclaimed that I’d start writing more blogs… what can I say? That’s life some times. In all seriousness… I went on vacation the day after I wrote my last blog and just haven’t been able to get back into the swing of things. I’m slowly working back into my groove, so don’t worry… I haven’t forgotten about this blog! I have several ideas for blogs, I just have to find some time to sit down and write!
Tonight the Yankees take on Rockies. They’ll be on MLB Network for all you Yankee fans outside of the YES Network broadcasting area. AJ Burnett will take the mound for the Yankees and Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound for the Rockies. I’m not going to lie, I’m not looking forward to seeing Jimenez on the mound. I’d much rather watch him on a commercial thumbing through toy licence plates… I have no desire to see his “epic arm” throwing to Yankees. And I would rather have someone else pitching against Jimenez… I’m not going to lie, I have little faith in AJ because he’s been nothing short of a rollercoaster pitcher since coming to New York. Maybe AJ is more of an Epic Fail… the jury is still out.
1. Gardner LF — Gardner apparently moved a few steps closer to the plate and since doing so he’s been on fire at the plate. Gardner is my fellow Carolinian now in the Big City, so I cheer for him a little louder than normal. I look forward to seeing Gardner take on Jimenez tonight.
2. Granderson CF — The Grandy Man is one of my favorite Yankees, he’s been on fire this year. It seems like when all of our heavy hitters are slumping, Granderson is right there picking up the slack. If anyone can get to Jimenez, I think it will be him.
3. Teixeira 1B — When my softball girls would come to me before games with concerns about the opposing pitcher because she “throws hard,” I always told them “the faster they throw, the fast the ball leaves the field.” Tex has a mighty swing. I’d like to see him send a few Tex Messages tonight.
4. Rodriguez 3B — A-Rod has hit .389 in his last ten games. I’m looking for him to have a break out game, I don’t think tonight’s game will be that break out game I’m looking for, but you never know. He’s numbers have been a bit low this year, but there’s still plenty of time for A-Rod. I’m not worried about him.
5. Cano 2B — Robbie has been on fire lately hitting .410 in his last ten games. He’s done great all year, which is why he’s leading all AL second basemen in All Star votes. Tonight could be a good game for him, as long as he lays off the balls in the dirt he tends to chase.
6. Swisher RF — I think Swisher is going to be a little over powered tonight. Don’t get me wrong, I love him to death… he’s just what the Yankees need in their club house, but I’m not holding my breath on Swish having a big night.
7. Posada DH — JoPo started the season horribly. The entire fight with him and management may or may not have been blown out of proportion… knowing JoPo is very vocal and strong-willed, I doubt it was blown totally out of proportion. Although he’s struggled much of the season, he’s starting to turn things around. I’m so glad he stopped using Nicki Minaj’s song “Moment 4 Life” as his walk-up song… it was starting to depress me because it served as a constant reminder that the end (of his playing days) is near for Posada. When that day comes, I’ll be very sad… it’s just another Yankee gone from the Glory Days, which reminds me how far removed we are from the days of the Yankees Dynasty.
8. Martin C — Martin’s been suffering from a stiff back lately, but he’s back and I couldn’t be happier to have him back. Don’t get me wrong Cervelli, I’m really happy you took time out of your (not so busy) life as a back up catcher’s life to talk to me and sign a baseball, but geez man… can you learn how to throw? He’s caught less than 10% of the people who try to steal on him… unacceptable! I’m more than happy to have Martin’s bat and arm back in the line-up.
9. Nunez SS — I’ve learned my lesson, I never get attached to call-ups. He’s done fine filling in for Jeter. I’m sure he’ll keep on keeping on…
Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the game live. I’m going to be heading to the beaches of Delaware for the weekend. Don’t worry about me though, I’ll catch the game on MLB.TV’s condensed game.
In other news, The Star Ledger is reporting that Derek Jeter may not be ready to return from the DL when he becomes eligible to do so on Wednesday. However, Bryan Cashman has gone on record to the Star Ledger as saying,”I can’t say either way,” when asked about the possibility of Jeter not being ready to return.
So… what makes the Star Ledger think Jeter wont be ready? Hmm… maybe they’re just going out on a limb since Jeter is umm, well, sort of , rather… how do I put this nicely… OLD, RUNDOWN, AND SLOW. Jeter has already slowed down a great deal, this calf injury isn’t exactly what he or the Yankees need right now.
Jeter is six hits away from 3,000 hits. I think he’ll get back on the field as soon as he can. He didn’t want to be put on the DL to begin with. He basically begged the Yankees to keep him off the DL. Oh well, when you’re an aging shortstop, you get put on the DL.
Maybe he’s not going to be ready to return on Wednesday because he’s been busy planning his off-season wedding to Minka Kelly and chilling on the beach with his fiance instead of working out in Tampa… but who knows, maybe he is working hard.
FINAL WHISPER: Any who, since I’m not an old, rehabbing, shortstop multi-millionaire, I’m going to go get packed for the beach and head out. I may or may not be blogging over the weekend… depends on what’s going on. Enjoy the weekend and the series!
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
P.S. Not that this has anything to do with baseball, but Ron Artest is apparently changing his name to “Metta World Peace,” and you thought OchoCinco was odd. I guess Artest proved you wrong.