Results for tag: Derek Jeter
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 10, 2010 at 01:58:01 AM

Many years ago, well not that many, but it seems like it and when I worked in the newsroom of the sadly defunct wire service known as SportsTicker, a boss had a special way of indicating when he believed a game to be over.

He would get up from his seat, do a little strut and proclaim “Get the Bags”, which is believed to be some variation of a line said by Ralph Kramden in "The Honeymooners". The actual phrasing may not necessarily be correct but you get the idea.

It was a way of indicating that the winning team had indeed taken care of business and it might get uttered in various moments in games. It might have taken place early, late or in overtime and very frequently that proclamation was correct.

People all have sayings and rituals for indicating when they believe something

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:55:15 PM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Four of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant unfolded for the Yankees during the 1980s and 1990s in years that they won it and years they fell short. Initially this was going to include 2000-2009 but this was long enough already and most people know about those years, so it was skipped.

 

1980 – A new decade ushered in a new manager. That man was Dick Howser and his first year was a 103-win season. The Yankees reached August with a 7 ½ game lead and won four of six but saw the lead cut to 5 1/2. It was reduced

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:32:07 AM

A recent time where the Yankees were well over .500 and faced some tense times in September occurred six years ago.

It was Labor Day weekend and the Yankees were cruising along at around 30 games over .500 but they were not playing all that great.

Heading into a game with the Orioles on Sept. 5, 2004, the Yankees had lost 11 of 19 and seeing eight games chopped off their lead in the AL East.

The last week of that stretch proved to be extremely frustrating as the Indians put a 22-0 beating on the Yankees on August 31. Following two straight wins, the Yankees opened the series with the Orioles by getting outscored 10-1 and losing Kevin Brown to a broken hand when he foolishly punched a wall.

So going into a series finale and having advanced one runner past first base in the previous 17 innings,

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 26, 2010 at 06:24:38 PM

Today is Sept. 26 and 49 years ago, Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by connecting off Baltimore’s Jack Fisher at the original Yankee Stadium.

There will be no records set and the Yankees hope to avoid their season high fifth straight loss, which qualifies as a 2010 record.

The original plan was to give Dustin Moseley a second start on a Sunday night against the Red Sox. The original plan also included an “X” next to where it says Yankees in the standings, which would have indicated a playoff berth.

The Yankees have failed at that and not looked well at doing so over the last four games, getting outscored by 34-16 and not pitching well. Of course some of those mixed message bullpen moves have not helped matters.

So where there is failure

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 21, 2010 at 05:12:44 PM

Today is September 21 the last full day of summer. It also is exactly two years ago the last ballgame inside original Yankee Stadium was played.

Like last night, the game seemed secondary to the pageantry associated with the history of the place. Also like last night, the Yankees took care of business beating the Orioles 7-3

As for the actual activity on the field, Phil Hughes is pitching and making his second straight start against Tampa Bay after being skipped. Hughes started last Wednesday and retired 12 in a row at the outset but allowed four runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

While Hughes has not been so hot recently, Derek Jeter appears to be heating up slightly. It likely will not be enough to finish at .300 but he is 11-for-33 since getting that night off in Texas on Sept.

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:37:02 AM

Before diving in, there is no doubt that .264 represents a down year for Derek Jeter. He has slumped for lengthy periods, including a 7-for-61 slide that recently prompted a night off.

That night off was a Saturday in Texas and 24 hours after Jeter went 1-for-7 in a five-hour loss. That night he channeled his Paul O'Neill side by slamming his helmet in frustration.

That week also capped a stretch that if you elected to turn into various sports talk radio, you'd hear all sorts of theories about what is wrong with Jeter. You would hear things like how this will impact his next contract, how much longer he will play and where he should bat in the lineup.

If there's anything most of us have learned and judging by some of the chatter, a lot of us have not is don't count out Jeter.

So it

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