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ODE TO YANKEE STADIUM

A moment of silent please… On Sunday night, the plug was pulled on Yankee Stadium. The last home game for the NY Yankees, a win by the way, before they play in their new stadium in 2009. Time to move across the street to the new and improved and modern Yankee Stadium. Yankee stadium, where the greats like Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle roamed. Out with the old, in with the new. But don’t be sad, let’s look at the positive side; Maybe the new stadium will help A-Rod out with his playoff woes?  Maybe the new stadium will convince Jason Giambi to shave that porn-stache he’s growning?  Maybe the new stadium will return them to the playoffs? OR, maybe the new stadium will be a dud, and the “Yankee Mystique” will be gone forever? Only time will tell.  But for now, enjoy Yankee Stadium and what it has stood for for the past 85 years, the home of one of the most hated teams in all sports. Hated because they’ve been winning for so long, sure, but nonetheless hated. You will be missed old friend.  R.I.P.

P.S. Where the heck was George Steinbrenner?

September 22, 2008 Posted by | MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mariano Rivera; $45,000,000 Reasons Not to Sign Him

I don’t hate the Yankees, nor do I hate what they stand for.  They are a big market team that spends money, no matter the amount, to improve the team.  I do have some problems with some of their offseason moves, particularly the signing of Mariano Ronthebuzzer.com mariano riveraivera. The closer just inked a 3 year, $45 million dollar contract.  If I’m not mistaken, this guy is past his prime and heading towards the closer graveyard.  I’m all for rewarding loyalty, if we’re talking about pets.  But baseball is a business, and while Mariano may be the greatest Yankee closer of all time, his numbers have certainly taken a hit.  He’s 37 years old, lost a couple of m.p.h. on his pitches and frankly, with a 3.15 era, I’m wondering what the Yankees were smoking at the time. Not that there were many options out there, but $45 mil., are they crazy? I know I’m gonna hear it from all the Yankee fans but geez. Look at his numbers from last year, a “contract” year.  They’ve all jumped in the wrong direction from the previous years, including era, saves, earned runs, innings pitched and hits.  I guess if you got the dough, better to blow it while you’re alive instead of taking it to the grave with you.  I wonder if for $45 million, can Mariano play a little 1B?

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , | Leave a comment

JOE TORRE ON HIS WAY OUTTY

joe torre and george steinbrenner onthebuzzer.comGeorge Steinbrenner has spoken: “His job is on the line. I think we’re paying him a lot of money. He’s the highest-paid manager in baseball, so I don’t think we’d take him back i we don’t win this series.” Now I’m all for the firing of Joe Torre, and they might as well throw in Brian Cashman as well. The Yankees have fallen short of league and fan expectations every year for god knows how long. But I’m not down with calling out Torre in public. The comment did not need to be said through the media. If Steiny thinks that this i gonna jump start the Yanks and win 3 in a row, I got 3 words for you, well actually 2 initials and 1 word C.C. SABATHIA. I head the Pirates are looking for a manager.

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment