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Sloan ref on B-Pro? And "Coax Me" at that? Nice. They're one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time ... and I'm not even Canadian! Go figure.
I loved the comments even more than the videos. Keep up the extremely funny stuff Sam!
It doesn't have to become completely computerized, all that is needed is to give the home plate umpire an earpiece that gets the ball / strike call immediately and can then do their regular humanized ball / strike call. Plus it would allow the umpire to manually adjust the call if they really felt strongly (although they should be strongly encouraged to stick with the automated result the vast majority of the time). I'm sure I'm just repeating the earpiece thing from something someone else wrote, but I can't remember who right now.
How about the 2001 World Series? Kind of surprised that didn't make the list with the closeness and/or dramatics of games 3, 4, 5, and 7. Were the blowouts in the other games the reason? Either way, I'd be curious about the individual ranking of games 4, 5, and 7.
Ha ha ha, as IF, that's just crazy, I, er, um ... yes, son, you got me.
Fantastically funny, as usual. Always look forward to your articles.
I thought the dialog *was* hilarious, especially the first two lines. Made me laugh at least. Keep it up, I loved it!
The 'literally' sentence was so funny it caused me to emit an unintended audible laugh, almost waking up my wife late at night. Literally.
More of these articles, please! I'll be eagerly looking forward to the liveblog.
Exactly. Montero had played enough defense the last few weeks to see that he was passable, especially for short amounts of time. There's no justification for letting a badly slumping Martin hit in the second half of the game. Just passive managing by Girardi, which was the story of the series.
My biggest beef with Girardi in game 5 was letting Russell Martin hit with the bases loaded and one out. I would have gone to Montero. Not only that, he had another opportunity later in the game to pinch hit Montero for Martin and didn't use it. As I heard someone say, we may look back at the non-use of Montero in this series as we do the non-use of Rivera in big spots in the '95 ALDS.
I live in upstate NY and have only basic cable. I can't watch Yankee games on YES with that package (except for the 30 or so games broadcast on other channels) and I can't watch them on mlb.tv due to the reasons explained here. My only solution is to buy cable for an extra $65 a month ... which is not a solution in my mind. Until mlb.tv figures out a way to let me watch Yankee games I'm just going to live without it for now. I'd be happy to pay a reasonable upcharge for Yankee games on mlb.tv, but buying a higher cable package JUST for Yankee games is ludicrous.
Brilliant stuff Steve. This article alone makes my subscription worthwhile.
It seems trite to say "ditto", but I agree in principle with most of the "Joe is leaving!?" comments left so far. I will most certainly continue to give BP a chance (since my subscription runs through the summer), but I have my doubts about whether the articles - sans Sheehan - will be able to hold my interest. Prove me wrong. (Please.)
And to Joe Sheehan: you rock, and, as a fellow Yankee fan and great writer, will be missed.
The radio broadcaster you are probably thinking of is John Sterling. Funny thing, though, as a Yankee fan Sterling is unlistenable for me as well. I used to enjoy him, but his canned calls and failure to call the game accurately led me to grow out of his act. He's good for some, but not for me anymore. I can see why he would turn people off from the Yankees.
Anyway, for every obnoxious Yankee fan there are those who, like me, simply grew up rooting for the Yankees and (after living through the extremely lean years) appreciate the opportunity to win a championship. You can stay humble and still be a Yankee fan if you keep your perspective.
Ken - great job pulling the curtain back a bit on what goes on behind the scenes of a Fox broadcast. At least know we know the reason the broadcast is subpar ... and I agree it is depressing.
On the other hand, I would love ESPN to cut out the running stats on the top of the screen that show how each batter does on a given count. (e.g. "Bay is 12 for 55, 2 HR, 9 RBI in a 1-1 count.") It's there for the whole game! Talk about cluttering up a broadcast with useless stats.
I think you would be correct as far as withholding Rivera, but I'm pretty sure Nathan would have pitched the 8th regardless (since Papelbon pitched the previous inning in a tie game).
"Early Wynn didn't have very many early wins"
Looks like Steve Phillips' input was weighted fairly minimally in compiling the list.
Any word on Elijah Dukes' hamstring injury (which he apparently reinjured Sunday)? I'll assume no unless you reply. Thanks!
You mentioned Mariano Rivera\'s \"incomparable\" cutter. I\'d be interested to see graphs or statistics on how his pitch moves, as well as if it has changed significantly (or at all) over the course of his career. (If an article has come out before on this topic which I\'ve somehow missed please enlighten me.) I\'m mostly interested in what exactly makes Rivera\'s out pitch so incomparable.
Thanks for the interesting article!
Thanks Joe, I agree completely. After watching A-Rod\'s press conference with an open mind I actually felt bad for the guy. Sure he screwed up but the amount of venom directed at him and the effort going in to ripping apart every word and expression is so far beyond what anyone else has to endure I really question the whole media \'establishment\'. I don\'t understand why there is no desire on the part of any reporters - none - to simply cut him some slack, accept the story, and move on. Does that make you less of a reporter? I don\'t think so, but then I\'m clearly not a reporter.
A-Rod clearly has PR issues, but he seemed to be doing his absolute best at being forthcoming without throwing anyone else under the bus and I wish he could get some credit for that. Or, if not, then at least stop with the double standards.
Just a guess, but the Pettitte / Leiter matchup probably occurred in 2000, not 1999.
Just wanted to confirm that I did indeed see the Red Sox team in the visiting dugout that night. :)
Great article Joe. I did not attend a Yankee game this year for the first time in quite a long time. Part of it may have been the decreasing fan experience noted by Jay in his article. However, I think that, on some level, I didn\'t want to diminish the memory of my positive experiences at the Stadium.
This seems like an appropriate time, so I\'ll share my favorite moment(s). I had the privilege of going to two postseason games in 1996. These were my first postseason games ever. The first was game 2 of the Division Series; their first win that postseason on their way to the championship, and it was an incredibly exciting game. Juan Gonzalez hit 2 HR off Pettitte, the first landing close to us near the left field foul pole. The Yankees chipped away to tie in the 8th and won it on an error in the 12th.
The second game was game 6 of the World Series. Before the series started I had decided to try for tickets (I have no connections, so it\'s Ticketmaster all the way) and wanted a potential clinching game; thus, I went for game 6. Not only did I get them, I got great tickets - upper deck directly behind the plate. The sweet spot where you can see almost the whole field (except maybe the extreme corners by the poles). The television / press section was to our left, so we (my brother and I) actually had a bunch of monitors to look at replays as we were on the aisle. I will never forget that game. Feeling the Stadium shake after Girardi\'s triple was unforgettable. Seeing Hayes catch the final popup and realizing I was witnessing something that hadn\'t occurred since before I knew what a baseball was (Yankees winning the Series) was amazing. And watching Boggs on a horse and others circle the stadium was ... well, I\'ve run out of adjectives.
Seeing last night\'s trip around the Stadium by the team after the game brought back those memories and reminded me of how fortunate I was to have witnessed the 1996 team win the World Series. I don\'t remember if I took it for granted at the time, but I certainly got spoiled after 3 more championships. The 2001-2008 period has helped me appreciate the dynasty teams and how hard it really is to accomplish what happened at the end of last century. I thought Jeter summarized it nicely last night after the game when he said it\'s up to us to keep the memories alive and carry them forward. And what memories there have been.
Hi Jay - I too was at the 9/10/2001 game with my brother. We sat in the right field bleachers for what seemed like forever in the pouring (and I mean POURING) rain. I had no umbrella and every part of clothing I had on was soaked to the maximum. My sneakers actually sloshed water as a walked. Finally, it stopped and the umpires and grounds crew inspected the field. Everyone was hopeful the game would start, but after another delay Bob Shephard came on and announced the postponement. Needless to say, the interminable wait in the rain did not seem worth it. It seemed surreal that I had been in NYC less than 9 hours before the attacks (I lived near Newburgh at the time).
In any event, I agree about the degradation in the fan experience at the Stadium since then. While I have not been to nearly as many games in recent years as I used to, the games I have been to have not been as enjoyable as the pre-2000 ones.
Technically, the Red Sox have only clinched a tie for a playoff berth at this point.