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Monday, July 28, 2014

ESPN: Yankee Fan Returns Lost Red Sox World Series Ring

Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restroom sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night. It was the real thing, with diamonds and sapphires and rubies, set in 14-carat white gold, with the Red Sox emblem, a Boston Strong logo and an image of the team’s bearded ballplayers.
. . .
Drew Weber had dined at the restaurant earlier; it’s one of his favorite spots. He’s a New York businessman and also owns the Lowell Spinners, a thriving Red Sox Class A minor league team in Massachusetts.Big league teams often reward executives throughout their organization with World Series rings. The Red Sox haven’t put a value on these pieces of jewelry—the rings they presented for winning the 2004 crown were worth about $30,000.
. . .
“I went looking around my apartment and started having palpitations. Sweat was pouring off my forehead,” he told the AP. “I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”

Nice photo at link.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Journal News: Recap of Derek Jeter Retirement Gifts

The big 2nd half issue at BBTF is likely to be the retirement gifts The Captain receives as he completes his Final Journey. To provide perspective, the LoHud Yankee Blog reviews the 1st half:

May 25 — White Sox
Once a powerful hitter for both the Yankees and White Sox, retired slugger Ron Kittle built Jeter’s U.S. Cellular Field retirement gift. Kittle created a bench made of baseball equipment with bases as the seat, bats as the back and arm rests, and baseballs used for decoration and spacing. Long time White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko also presented Jeter with clay removed from the shortstop position at U.S. Cellular, plus a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

Looks like it wouldn’t be difficult for Furtdao to top the Cubs effort on behalf of BBTF.


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Rosenthal: Yankees acquire RHP McCarthy from D-backs

The New York Yankees have acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, FOX Sports 1 Insider Ken Rosenthal reports.

The benefit for the Yankees here seems fairly obvious. I’m a bit more quizzical about the Diamondbacks’ perspective - maybe they were primarily motivated by a desire to unload McCarthy’s salary, and plan to stick Nuno into the LHRP slot just vacated by Thatcher?


Friday, May 23, 2014

NYT: Suzuki Would Relish a Chance to Pitch One More Time

But if the game had continued longer, it could have been the second time this year Manager Joe Girardi had to call upon a position player to pitch. If the situation comes up again, Ichiro Suzuki may be the man. A former high school pitcher who has thrown in an All-Star Game, the 40-year-old Suzuki has ambitions to get back on the mound at least one more time before he retires.

“I would be happy to help if they need me,” he said, his eyes brightening at the prospect of it.

Suzuki pitched to one batter in the 1996 Japan All-Star Game, and with his free-and-easy delivery, he induced a ground ball for an out from a pitcher.

Suzuki has two strong pitches.

“Fastball and slider,” he said with pride. “But like all Japanese pitchers, the splitter is my bread and butter.”

Girardi, who has seen video of Suzuki’s appearance, said he would consider using him in an emergency.

“I’ll definitely ask him if he can do it,” Girardi said. “It looks like he has pretty good stuff.”

Suzuki does shoulder exercises and plays long toss to keep his arm strong all year long, he said, and could probably throw 40 to 50 pitches with no problem.

“If they need 100 pitches, I would have to get stretched out,” he said through his interpreter, Alan Turner.


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

SI.com - Mariano Rivera: I’d take Dustin Pedroia over Robinson Cano

First Joe Torre does it to A-Rod, and now this.  Woe betide all those who fail to live up to the burden of True Yankeedom:

Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera writes in his new book that he would take Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia over former teammate Robinson Cano because “I don’t think Robby burns to be the best.”

In Rivera’s new book, The Closer, being released Tuesday, he also writes that no one plays harder or wants to win more than Pedroia. [...]

“[Cano] has so much talent I don’t know where to start… There is no doubt that he is a Hall-of-Fame caliber (player). It’s just a question of whether he finds the drive you need to get there. I don’t think Robby burns to be the best… You don’t see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players,” Rivera says of Cano, according to excepts published in the New York Daily News.

“If I have to win one game, I’d have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman,” Rivera said.

Depressoteric Posted: May 06, 2014 at 11:54 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, new york yankees, seattle mariners

Friday, May 02, 2014

Sports on Earth: Buck Showalter has everything under control

An excellent, lengthy profile of one of baseball’s most interesting managers. Tons of interesting anecdotes and insights.  RTFA.

Another thing Showalter harps on is that it’s the players’ job to respect their fans. Again, some get it, and some don’t. To the players who don’t get it, the fans’ purpose is simply to worship them and pay their salaries. But Showalter is devoted to the fans, always recalling his years in the minor leagues as a player, coach and manager. Those parks are small, the fans close to the action. They can talk to the players in the on-deck circle, the manager standing in the dugout, the coach at third base. Those fans feel that they’re part of the team, close to the players in a way that major league fans, at a distant remove, never are. When Showalter finally got to the majors, he brought with him his respect for the fans. When the Orioles were playing a meaningless game in Seattle one night, Showalter hounded his players to play hard, because “it’s 12:30 at night back in Baltimore,” he said. “Somebody’s sitting in front of the TV, dying with everything you’re doing. And you better take that seriously.”


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York Yankee fans boo, taunt Cano on his return.

NEW YORK—The famed Yankee Stadium “Bleacher Creatures” made their view of the $240 million man, Robinson Cano, abundantly clear: He is a sellout.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 30, 2014 at 06:27 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: new york yankees, seattle mariners

Sunday, April 06, 2014

ESPN: Jeter Passes Molitor For 8th On All-Time Hit List

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gained sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s all-time hit list with two hits in the first four innings Sunday against the Blue Jays, giving him 3,320 career hits and moving him one ahead of Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

That also makes Jeter the leader for career hits by a right-handed American League hitter.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

MLB.com: Astros Shower Jeter With Applause & Gifts

First there was the pair of Yankees pinstriped Lucchese cowboy boots, emblazoned with Jeter’s No. 2. Then came the Texas-size Stetson cowboy hat, seemingly a must-have for anyone who passes through Minute Maid Park on his way to the Hall of Fame.

Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Mike Stanton, all former teammates and all Houston residents, joined Jeter on the field to present the gifts, along with longtime Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton.

The ceremony also involved several big names from the golf world, in conjunction with the Shell Houston Open, which is taking place through April 6. . . . Crane, an accomplished golfer in his own right, owns the Floridian Golf Resort in Palm City, and he presented Jeter with a three-night stay at the resort as well as golf lessons from renowned teaching professional Butch Harmon. On behalf of the PGA, O’Meara, Wagner and Glover, Jeter was also presented a Titleist golf club set.

Nice gesture.


Friday, February 14, 2014

When Hal Newhouser quit his job over Derek Jeter

If anyone knew a top notch baseball prospect when he saw one, Hal Newhouser did. But the Houston Astros, for whom Newhouser was a scout in the early 1990s, ignored what “Prince Hal” told them. He told them to draft Derek Jeter with the #1 pick and pay him whatever he wanted. They didn’t, and instead the young infielder was drafted by the New York Yankees with the sixth pick. Jeter went on to become a superstar in pinstripes, winning five World Series titles.

Newhouser quit the Astros the day after the draft, ending a career of more than 50 years in professional baseball.

Wahoo Sam Posted: February 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hal newhouser, new york yankees, scouts

 

 

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