Why Russell Martin is a rock star

    Thursday, April 14, 2011, 1:09 PM [General]

    I always liked Russell Martin as a player in his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Now that he's over here Yankees fans have been able to get to know Martin a little bit more.  I've come to the conclusion that he is a rock star.  That's one of the highest compliments I can give anyone.
    When I first heard the rumors of the Yankees possibly acquiring Martin I crossed my fingers in hopes that it would happen.

    What I love about Martin is that he's a young catcher with a lot of talent and potential.  He also displays a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the game.


    A lot of analysts were in doubt of Martin coming into this season.  He came off a hip injury that sidelined him for most of the 2010 season and during the winter after he signed with the Yankees he tore his meniscus and needed surgery.  I can understand based on these injuries why some would doubt him, but he is proving everyone wrong.

    So far this season in 10 games Martin is hitting a .294 AVG with three home runs, eight RBI's, two doubles, two stolen bases, and six runs.  He's not only slugging the baseball, but he's hustling around the bases as well.

    When was the last time we had confidence in our catcher stealing a base?  He stole THIRD base on opening day!

    Not to mention scoring on a short fly ball rather than a deep one to ensure the sacrifice fly.


    I like seeing enthusiasm and passion in a player.  Martin is showing everyone that he can still play the game hard even after coming off two big injuries.  I love it even more when a new player comes to town and really takes in what it means to play in New York and play for the Yankees.  Nick Swisher picked that up quickly two seasons ago, and I believe Martin is doing the same.
    This past week he got 100 extra cool points from me.  Reasons being are 1) he tweeted me and 2) he used a picture I took of him on Opening Day and put it in his Facebook fan page album.
    And last and certainly not least, I love when a catcher is willing to paint his nails so pitchers can read signs better.  NO ONE does it better than Russell Martin.
    To close I say this to Russell Martin:  Good luck the rest of the season and keep up that passion for the game.
    You've earned your pinstripes.  Rock on.
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    2011: Year of the Teixecutioner?

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 9:12 AM [General]

    Yes, I know it is only five games into a 162 game season, but if you are not excited for the performance that Mark Teixeira has put on so far then you need to open your eyes a little bit more.

    Teixeira has been my favorite Major League Baseball player for the past six seasons.  He's always had consistency by hitting at least 30 homers and 100 RBI's in all but one of his past seasons.  His defense at first base is the best I've ever seen.  However he is infamous for starting his season every year very slow at the plate.  I used to get laughed at by friends because they knew Tex was my favorite player and would go 0-for-16 or 0-for-20 to start off the season.

    This season, however, they have nothing to say.

    I was at Opening Day this year at Yankee Stadium.  I was standing behind Section 217 with some of my friends in the freezing cold when Teixeira stepped up to the plate for his second AB.  I hear him smack the baseball and I see it soaring through the air toward right field.  I was screaming, "GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT!" and sure enought it was hit right out of the park.

    I was watching Tex round the bases and be greeted at home plate by Derek Jeter and Russell Martin.  I was jumping up and down.  I was so happy I was ready to do cartwheels.  It had nothing to do with the score of the game.  Teixeira hitting a home run on Opening Day gave ME a sigh of relief.  I could only imagine what he was feeling.

    Tex hit homers in the following two games, got a hit in the next game, and hit another home run last night.  It is really almost unheard of that Teixeira is hitting so well this early in the season.

    I have been saying this to all of the doubters for years.  "The year Mark Teixeira hits early in the season, stays consistent the rest of the year, and has few slumps it will be his MVP season."

    Again, I know we're only five games into the season and about to play number six tonight, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.  If Teixeira keeps hitting like this consistently into May he is going to have a monsterous season.  Even with his slumps in the past Tex has hit at least 30 homers and 100 RBI's in each of his past seasons except his rookie year where he hit at least 25 homers.  Imagine the numbers he can put up now that he's hitting in April.  Anything can happen, but for now I have never been more proud of him.

    For all we know, Tex could come back next season and go back to his normal slump in the beginning, but for now I am enjoying all of the Teixeira haters' silence and I am basking in the glory like all the other Mark Teixeira fans.  Thank you, Tex, for making me proud.

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    The joy of Opening Day

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 9:20 AM [General]

    In about 24 hours from now I will be getting on the train out of Bayonne on my way home.  Wait...I thought you live in Bayonne you might ask.  Where I will be going is my home away from home.  That would be Yankee Stadium.

    I'm looking forward to getting on the D train for the first time this season and making the stop at 161st street.  I can't wait to walk up the stairs out of the subway and look up at the grand stadium that brings me such joy.  I'm anxious to revisit the atmosphere outside of the stadium where everyone is making their way in or just admiring the view.

    Getting your ticket scanned and stepping inside the stadium doors is one of the best feelings in the world.  Behind those doors is a group of fans looking forward to watching a talented group of baseball players take the field and win a game.

    I love walking in the doors and looking down the grand hall and seeing the beautiful memorials of Yankee history.  It reminds me of how special it really is to be a fan of a great franchise.

    I can't wait for the introduction of the teams in the pregame celebrations.  I'm especially looking forward to the first roll call of the season with the Bleacher Creatures.

    Opening Day brings back a sense of comfort to me.  Sports to me are a good escape from the real world.  Baseball is one of my favorite sports and the Yankees are my team.  Being at Yankee Stadium is being in a comfort zone, and when those doors open tomorrow morning I will be able to say, "I'm home."


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    Rate my four fantasy baseball teams

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 8:52 AM [General]

    All my teams were auto drafted due to me being in classes during draft time.

    Team #1:

    C  Carlos Santana
    1B  Prince Fielder
    2B  Brandon Philips
    3B  Evan Longoria
    SS  Jimmy Rollins
    LF  David Murphy
    RF  Shin-Soo Choo
    CF  Matt Kemp
    BN Chase Utley
    BN Nick Markakis
    BN Carlos Quentin
    BN Aramis Ramirez
    BN Carlos Beltran
    P Yovani Gallardo
    P Brett Anderson
    P Francisco Rodriguez
    P JJ Putz
    P Ryan Franklin
    P Craig Krimbel
    P Josh Beckett
    P Joel Hanrahan
    P Frank Francisco

    Team #2:

    C Alex Avila
    C Francisco Cervelli
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Jamey Carroll
    3B Chase Headley
    SS Ian Desmond
    CI Kila Ka'aihue
    MI Starlin Castro
    OF Shin-Soo Choo
    OF Curtis Granderson
    OF Chris Young
    OF Desmond Jennings
    Util Ryan Spilborghs
    BN Randy Winn
    BN Ramon Santiago
    P Wandy Rodriguez
    P Jeremy Hellickson
    P Gavin Floyd
    P Travis Wood
    P Mariano Rivera
    P Joakim Soria
    P Brad Lidge
    P Frank Francisco
    P Hong-Chih Kuo
    P Alexi Ogando
    P Brian Sanches
    P Javier Lopez
    P Alex Sanabia

    Team #3:

    C Yadier Molina
    1B Billy Butler
    2B Ty Wigginton
    3B Edwin Encarnacion
    SS Erick Aybar
    OF Brett Gardner
    OF Curtis Granderson
    OF Carlos Beltran
    DH Vladimir Guerrero
    BN Ryan Theriot
    BN Scott Rolen
    BN Hideki Matsui
    BN Jorge Posada
    BN Kurt Suzuki
    BN Matt Wieters
    P Scott Downs
    P Fernando Rodney
    P Roy Oswalt
    P Matt Garza
    P David Price
    P James McDonald
    P Johan Santana
    P Mariano Rivera
    P Rafael Soriano
    P Neftali Feliz

    Team #4

    C Matt Wieters
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Gordon Beckham
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    OF Matt Holliday
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Jacoby Ellsbury
    BN Adam Dunn
    BN Raul Ibanez
    BN Erick Aybar
    BN Russell Martin
    BN Michael Bourn
    P Phil Hughes
    P Matt Garza
    P Mariano Rivera
    P Brian Wilson
    P Neftali Feliz
    P Jonathan Broxton
    P David Robertson

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    Hank Steinbrenner strikes again...at the Captain

    Monday, February 21, 2011, 9:00 PM [General]

    Hank Steinbrenner had some very intersting comments about the Yankee Captain Derek Jeter.

    Though later he said he wasn't singling anyone out, his comment made it very clear he was:

    "Sometimes I think maybe they celebrated a little too much last year," said Steinbrenner of the team.  "Some of the players are too busy building mansions and doing other things, not concentrating on winning.  I have no problem saying that."

    If Steinbrenner didn't want to single anyone out then he should have picked his words more carefully.  The only Yankee known to the public that finished building a mansion over the offseason was Jeter. 

    On another note, the construction on Jeter's mansion began in 2008 which would mean that it was going on during the offseason before 2009...the year the Yankees won the World Series for the first time since 2000.

    Not to mention that you are criticizing a 2010 team that won 95 games and were only two games shy of making it to the World Series.

    So, Hank, why don't you reveal the real reason why you singled out Jeter.  You are obviously still irritated about the way the contract negotiations went with Jeter and agent Casey Close.  Maybe it was easier to pick on him because Jeter is coming off his worst season.  Sorry, but no one is buying it.

    You're trying to single out a player...a captain...a living Yankee legend...whose career has been circled around winning and the drive to win.

    Jeter has always been a player who has kept his private life in no other way than it is...private.  I heard he even snapped at a reporter recently who asked him about the house.  Private life questions cross a line between baseball life and personal life, and Jeter values the use of that line.  Although he didn't want it to be, Jeter's house is now an issue thanks to Hank Steinbrenner.

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