Posted on: September 18, 2008 12:56 pm

Goodbye Yankee Stadium - So Many Memories

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say goodbye to a place that I have spent so many nights at over the past 7 seasons.  A place that has brought a lot of happiness over the years and some sadness as well.  The Cathedral of baseball.....Yankee Stadium.

I have been a Yankees season ticket holder for the past seven seasons.  I have seen over 200 regular season and playoff games during that span.  And I have seen all types of games as well.  This place was like a second home to me.  To show up for a few games every home stand, and as we all know in American League baseball, get in about 4 hours of baseball a night.  No matter what was going on outside the stadium, you had no worries inside other then making sure the Yankees won that night.  Watching these games, hanging out with the crowd in the bleachers and just enjoying the experience has been awesome.  I was a "bleacher creature" for my first six seasons in section 39 before moving to the upper deck this year.  Different vantage point, but still the same passionate fans around me.  I have seen a lot of great games during that span as well as some very bad ones as well.  Here are a handful of the up's and down's for me over the years:

May 17th, 2002 - Jason Giambi hit walk-off Grand Slam in 13-12 Yankees win over the Twins in the 14th inning.

June 13th, 2003 - Roger Clemens gets 300th win and 4000 K of career v. the Cardinals in Yankees 5-2 win.

July 17, 2003 - Derek Jeter hits 2-run HR in the bottom of the 8th to tie the Indians at 4-4.  Hideki Matsui wins it with a HR on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth.  Yankees win 5-4 in first game after the All-Star break.

October 16th, 2003 - ALCS Game 7 - Yankees trail the Red Sox 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th with 1 out.  Pedro stays in, Yankees rally for 3 to tie it at 5.  Aaron Boone nails the first pitch from Tim Wakefield over the left field wall.  Yankees win it 6-5.  Yankees go on to play the Marlins in the World Series.

July 1st, 2004 - "The Jeter Dive".  The Red Sox had bases loaded in the 12th with 2 outs.  Trot Nixon fouls one off the 3rd base line and Jeter running full speed, catches the ball at the wall and dives into the crowd.  Inning over.  Jeter bloodied.  Yankees win 5-4 in the 13th inn.

August 31st, 2004 - Yankees suffer worst loss in franchise history.  Beat up by the Indians 22-0.

October 20th, 2004 - ALCS Game 7 - "The Collapse".  Yankees blow 3 game lead over the Red Sox, and get blown out in game 7.  Red Sox head on to World Series.

May 26th, 2006 - Derek Jeter gets career hit # 2000 in 7-6 loss to Royals.

July 14th, 2008 - Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium

July 15th, 2008 - Yankee Stadium hosts the All-Star Game

September 16, 2008 - Derek Jeter passes Lou Gehrig for most hits all time at Yankee Stadium in 6-2 loss to White Sox.

September 17, 2008 - My final trip to Yankee Stadium.  Yankees defeat the White Sox 5-1.

I was also at the 2003 World Series games in the series loss to Florida.  And I have been to the last 5 opening days at the stadium.  I have seen a lot over the years and have some memories that will be burnt into my memory for the rest of my life.  I'm sure the new Yankee Stadium will have plenty of great moments as well, but what I've seen as well as what many other have seen over the past 85 years will last forever.  Thanks for the memories.

What are some of your memories from "The House That Ruth Built"?



Category: MLB
Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:33 pm

2009 New York Yankees

The Yankees be loaded as usual, but there will be changes.  Im thinking something like this:


DH - Damon / Matsui

SS - Jeter

RF - Abreu (2 yr deal with a 3rd year option)  He is a solid player who wants to stay here, so bring him back.

3B - A-Rod

1B - Teixeira (something like 6 yrs, 85 mil)

C - Posada

LF - Nady

2B - Cano

CF - Austin Jackson / Melky

Bench:  Betemit, Gardner, Melky, Matsui, Molina

If Giambi finishes with 35 hr and 85-90 rbi's, do you bring him back?  Not for the $25 mil option, but you would have to consider it.  Matsui or Damon may be gone, but it is the last year of both of their deals.  So it may be hard to get rid of them. 


SP - Wang

SP - Pettitte  (1 yr, 12 mil)

SP - Chamberlain

SP - Hughes

SP - Moose / Kennedy


Rivera, Ramirez, Veras, Bruney, Marte, Kennedy

Mussina is in the last year of his contract as well and claims that this most likely will be his last year.  But if he ends up going 18-8 or something close to that, you would have to consider a deal like Pettitte's.  One year deals. 

What do you think Yankee fans??



Category: MLB
Tags: Yankees
Posted on: July 24, 2008 1:52 pm

Yankees and the NFL = A Good Weekend In NY

Lets start with Yankees v. Red Sox in Boston.  Big series for both teams.  The Yankees got themselves back in the race a little bit since the all-star break with a 6 game winning streak.  They are 3 1/2 behind the Rays for 1st place and 3 back of Boston for the wild card.  As we all know, the Yankees are never sellers so hopefully they can add a solid bat off the bench and another arm in the rotation/bullpen.  Phil Hughes should be back in a few weeks and maybe Ian Kennedy as well.  Hopefully the two of them coming back will produce better results then when they were earlier in the season.  We may even get a Wang sighting in early September.  I would rather have another arm in the pen then the rotation since Hughes, Kennedy and Wang will be back.  Marte or Fuentes would be a nice lefty addition in front of Rivera in the pen.  This is shaping up to be a good race.  Hopefully the Yankees and Sox can stay close for the next 2 months.

Camps open.  The NFL is back.  Lets Go JETS!!!  It seems like forever since Manning hit Plaxico in the back of the end zone in early February.  The Jets went nuts in the free agent market over the winter improving the O & D lines.  They need to settle the QB situation already.  Future Hall of Famer Brett Favre anyone??  Dont get me wrong, I am and have been a Pennington fan for a long time.  But to take on Favre's salary, Pennington would have to be cut.  And I could live with that for Favre.  I think he would be perfect here for 1 or 2 years.  Then have Clemens step in.  The Giants lost some key guys on defense, but they have the right pieces to plug in.  That will be a tough division this season and I could see the 3 of the four teams making the playoffs from the NFC East this season.

Category: MLB
Tags: Giants, Jets, MLB, NFL, Yankees
Posted on: June 10, 2008 3:31 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2008 10:44 am

Yankees Next 21 Games

As far as i'm concerned, if the Yankees have a shot at the post-season in 2008, this is the time to make the push.  Over the next 21 games the Yankees play 7 teams that are either .500 or under .500.  7 three game series vs. the A's, Astros, Padres, Reds, Pirates, Mets and Rangers.  That all leads up to a 4 game series vs. the Red Sox over the 4th of July weekend.  As of today, the Yanks stand at 32-32, 7games behind Boston and in 4th place.  I believe the Yanks need to go at least 14-7 over the next 21 games to get back into this race and hopefully will be within 3 games of the Red Sox on July 3rd.  The Red Sox meanwhile will be playing the Orioles, Reds, Phillies, Cardinals, D-Backs, Astros and Rays.  This schedule favors the Yankees.  So this is the time to start gaining ground.  Kennedy is almost ready, although he may be headed to the pen.  Hughes and Bruney should be back around the All-Star break.  And Joba should be getting the pitch count up to 100-115, if Girardi lets him.  I believe they can pull this off.  They are in better shape then they were a year ago.  The Yankees are coming........I hope.
Category: MLB
Tags: Yankees
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