Saw the Yankees win in the second game

    Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:04 PM [General]

    Yesterday evening I had the chance to see that second game of a day/night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.  The first game, in the afternoon, was the makeup game for Tuesday’s rain out.  The second game, which began at 7:05 PM, was the regularly scheduled one.  The Yankees would face the Toronto Blue Jays each time. 

    Normally I don’t go to games on a week night since getting home can be an issue.  However, one of the attorneys at my firm had an extra ticket to the suite and asked me if I was interested in going.  I checked with Ellen to tell her the situation and she did not mind that I went.  So after work I met the attorney in the lobby and we headed to Grand Central to get the #4 train to 161 Street – Yankee Stadium.  Once we got there we entered the Great Hall, received our promotional item (a Snoopy bobble head) and then headed to the Delta 360 Suite behind home plate.  I marveled at the food choices in the suite, as well as the almost 360 degree view of the field and the scoreboard.  We were also at the perfect height to see all of the action clearly.  As for my stadium grub, I had a great cheeseburger, and then some peanuts (sorry, no crackerjacks) and a coke.  We then went to our seats and were joined by a friend of my host and his dad, making it a foursome.

    I always buy a program/scorecard when I go to the ball park, to keep score and also to read up on the team in the articles included there.  This time was no exception so once we sat down I filled out the lineup for the Blue Jays and the Yankees.  Before the Yankees took the field the two national anthems were played on the organ (nobody was hired to do the singing).  The Blue Jays drew first blood, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.  The Yankees came back in the bottom of the inning to tie it at 1-1 and that is where it would stay for the next six innings.  Ichiro Suzuki managed to go 3 for 3 into the 8th inning.  Alex Rodriguez was 0 for 4 and got booed, especially after his last at bat.  Unfortunately, I have to worry about the LIRR schedule and at around 9:55 in the bottom of the 8th inning I told the other members of our foursome that I have to leave to get the subway to head to Penn Station.  On the way out I walked through the Great Hall again and on a TV hanging from the wall I saw that Ichiro went 4 for 4 and drove a run in (the bases were loaded when I said my good-byes).  The crowd went crazy, as the Yankees went ahead 2-1.  I still had to get my train so I had to hurry over to the 161 Street D train station and waited what seemed like forever for the train.  Once it came, I sat near two ladies who were also at the game.  One conversed with me about the game, the Yankees (especially Yogi Berra), and New Jersey (she was from Matawan).  However, she had a pied-a terre in the Village and got off at 7th Avenue to get the E train.  I stayed on to 34th & 6th to head to Penn.  Unfortunately, the station is a maze, and some passageways were locked.  Once I got to the street I ran to Penn but thanks to the wait uptown, and the maze, I missed the 10:28 by 4 minutes.  However, a Ronkonkoma train was leaving in 10 minutes and I boarded that one.  If Ellen could not pick me up, I would take a cab from Central Islip.  However, she said that she would pick me up.  So I relaxed and read the Yankees Magazine that I had bought at the Stadium and I was pulling into Central Islip in what seemed like no time.  As we were pulling in I saw a couple in Yankees gear and I struck up a conversation with them.  Like me they were at the game, and like me they missed the 10:28.  They lived in East Islip instead of Islip, and also enjoyed the game.

    This was the 4th time I went to a game this year. Wink And like the other three times (New York Mets, Long Island Ducks, and Newark Bears) the home team won each time.

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    Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:03 PM [General]

    Cry  Let us remember the terrible events that occured 11 years ago today in New York City, Washington DC, and Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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    More Yankees books

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:01 PM [General]

    I just finished reading a biography of the Yankees’ Hall of Fame pitcher from the 1930’s and 1940’s – Vernon “Lefty” Gomez titled Lefty.  It was co-written by his daughter and another writer, Lawrence Goldstone.  It gives a detailed look into the life of one of the most colorful men ever to play the game.  I also learned what a good person he was off of the field.  Besiades, since he came from Northern California (Rodeo in Contra Costa County) I am gotten more interested in visiting that part of the state


    Once I finished Lefty, I took out a book called Yankee Miracles, by Ray Negron and Sally Cook.  Ray was a former Yankees batboy and clubhouse assistant and community ambassador.  I am only in the first chapters but so far it looks interesting.

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    Happy 4th; reading about Yogi & Gator

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8:16 PM [General]

    CoolHappy 4th of July to all. 

    I am now reading a book by Harvey Araton titled Driving Mr. Yogi.  It's the story of the friendship that developed between Ron "Gator" Guidry and Yogi Berra after both men retired from playing.  I have finished a few chapters and so far I learned more about how the Boss flew up to New Jersey in 1999 to reconcile with Yogi after 14 years. Of course, if you go to spring training in Tampa you will see Yogi and Gator working with the current players.

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    "The Babe" the movie

    Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:32 PM [General]

    This afternoon I went to the Islip Library and took out a DVD - The Babe staring John Goodman in the title role, and Kelly McGillis as his wife Claire.  It begins in 1902 when his father, George Sr. drops him off at St. Mary's Industrial for Boys in Baltimore.  At first he had a hard time getting along with the other boys especially since even at 7 years old he was not anorexic.  However, his ability to hit the ball out of the grounds in games conducted by the brothers won him their respect and in 1914 Mr. Dunn signs him to the minor league Baltimore Orioles, where he keeps hitting them out of the park.  Soon he is in the major leagues - the Boston Red Sox and was converted from a pitcher to an outfielder so that he could hit every day.  Then in 1920 Harry Frazee's show, Gladiators on Broadway, flops and the investors demand $125.000.00.  Harry sells Babe to the Yankees for the $125,000.00 and pays them back.  Then we see Babe as the toast of New York, and his home run race with Lou Gehrig.  His partying and womanizing cost him his first marriage, but soon he meets his soon to be second wife, Claire and she starts him on a road to some self discipline.  We see the famous "called shot" in the 1932 World Series, and then his release from the Yankees.  The movie ends with his 3 home runs at Forbes Field in 1935 as a member of the Boston Braves.  The closing scenes show Babe going into the locker room after home run #714 and Johnny Silvester, the desperately ill young boy for whom he hit 2 home runs years before, coming to him  and telling him that he is the best.  And of course, despite Babe Ruth's shortcomings as a person, he was the greatest ballplayer who ever lived and helped save the game after the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

    WinkI recommend the movie to all baseball fans, not just Yankees fans.

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    Five O'clock Lightning

    Saturday, February 11, 2012, 1:13 PM [General]

    CoolI just finished reading a book by Harvey Frommer titled Five O'clock Lightning, which is a history of the greatest team in major league baseball history - the 1927 Yankees.  The first chapter gives a good description of what life was like in the USA in 1927, and it looked pretty interesting.  Then Harvey goes into detail in describing the Yankees' 1927 season - from spring training through the World Series and then the barnstorning tours made by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.  Besides giving detailed descriptions of the team's two most famous players (Babe & Lou) the book also gives insights into their teammates, incluiding Hall of Fame members Tony Lazerri, Herb Pennock, & manager Miller Huggins and then some of the lesser known temmmates like Joe Dugan, Wilcy Moore, Bob Shawkey, Dutch Reuther, Urban Shocker, Waite Hoyt, Benny Bengough, George Pipgras, and the rest.  He even discusses the batboy, Eddie Bennett.  Of course, the owner, Jacob Ruppert rates several pages.  After all, it was Colonel Ruppert who acquired Babe Ruthe and several of the other stars, and had Yankee Stadium constructed.

    This book is a must read for all Yankees fans, as well as fans of baseball history.

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    Happy New Year

    Saturday, December 31, 2011, 2:34 PM [General]

    I cannot believe that 2011 is over!!!  Where did the time go?  This is the first time since 1983 when my wife and I started to go to ball games on a regular basis that she went to a major league ballpark and I did not.  In June she and our daughter, as well as my daughter's classmates and teachers, went to a game at Yankee Stadium.  I could not get the day off because my department was short staffed that day.  Anyway, the Yankees played the Texas Rangers and won in extra innings, 3-2.


    As I am on facebook, several of my cyber friends are Yankees fans, some going by the name of Yankees Nation and Bronx Bombers.  A couple of them downloaded some interesting pictures in their photos sections, and two that I liked are in my photo gallery: Yankees Christmas and a Nike ad saying that despite all of the problems that befall New York and its residents, we have the Yankees.

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    it's do or die

    Thursday, October 6, 2011, 9:01 PM [General]

    A few days ago everyone wrote the Yankees off because A.J. Burnett was pitching in Detroit and if he blew it, it was all over until next year.  But as Yogi said, it ain't over 'til it's over. Wink And he was right.  The Yankees pulled it out and forced game 5, for this evening.  Ivan Nova has the ball, but at this moment (8:55) the Tigers are leading 2-0 in the 3rd.  CoolThere are 6 more innings to go so it definitely ain't over.

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    RIP to Hideki Irabu

    Friday, July 29, 2011, 11:38 PM [General]

    Cry Yesterday I learned that former Yankees pitcher Hideki Hirabu had died.  I had learned it on my facebook page where a cyber friend, who is also a funeral director, said that his funeral home's Tokyo branch would handle the funeral.  Naturally the funeral home only had the one location in town.  As I read more articles online and in the papers I discovered that he lived in the Los Angeles area, and worst of all, had taken his own life.  The articles said that his life had taken a downward spiral after baseball (he retired in 2002) and there were also problems on the field.  The most notorious was in 1999 at an exhibition game when he could not get to first base in time to cover a ground ball.  The late George Steinbrenner called him a "fat **** toad" (but did issue an apology 2 days later). 

    I still remembered him as a good pitcher and even had the opportunity to see him play at Yankee Stadium in 1999 in a game against the Cleveland Indians.  The Yankees won that game by a decisive margin.

    RIP to a member of the Yankees family.

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    Derek Jeter

    Saturday, July 9, 2011, 5:52 PM [General]

    CoolWhat a day for the Yankees' captain.  As if reaching #3000 was not enough, that one was a home run!  Then he hits 3 more to reach 3003.  That last one was the game winning hit.  It does not get any better than that.

    Best of all, Derek Jeter is a class act, and is the model that all professional athletes (and also non-professional ones) should strive to be like.

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    #2 hit #3000

    Saturday, July 9, 2011, 2:26 PM [General]

    SmileCongratulations to Derek Jeter on hitting his 3,000th hit today. 


    SurprisedI was surprised to learn that no Yankee before him had done it: not Babe Ruth, nor Joe DiMaggio, nor Mickey Mantle! 


    Good for Derek.



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    Happy anniversary

    Saturday, March 12, 2011, 7:17 PM [General]

    {} The History Channel e/mailed me today with a "today in history" message listing the important events that took place on March 12 over the centuries.  One of the events involves the Yankees or actually the Highlanders.  It was on March 12, 1903 that the New York franchise was born when the American League approved the transfer of the original Baltimore Orioles to New York. 

    The Highlanders' name came about because their ballpark was located in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan - at one of the highest natural points on the Island (the current site of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital).  They would stay at Hiltop Park for 10 years before moving a short distance to the Polo Grounds and also receive their new name for which we all know them today.


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