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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#42 TAKES THE MOUND AGAIN


Seeing #42 close out the Yankees double header tonight gave me chills.  I know we honored Jackie Robinson today, but there was something incredibly symbolic about seeing #42 on the mound in the 9th tonight. It's our house... and Mariano is not there.  Tonight, he, and Jackie, they were there. Again... I got chills. Adam Warren was that #42 in the 9th today. More on that in a moment.

(In Photo: Adam Warren)
The Yankees won both games today against the Cubs.  The first game they won 3-0, read EASY PEASY... YANKEES WIN GAME 1. Tonight, they did it again, another shutout.


Michael Pineda went in the night cap. He went 6 innings, giving up only 4 hits.  The rest of the gang, Phelps, Thornton and Adam Warren held the Cubs down.


The Yankee runs went simply like this. In the 4th, Brett Gardner singled scoring Scott Sizemore.  Then, in the 5th, Sizemore singled and that scored Alfonso Soriano.  Yup, it was that simple and clearly, the timing is right for Sizemore... he's up at the right time, good for him.

Final tonight: Yankees 2 - Cubs 0.

A doubleheader... and they both go the Yankees way.  I love those kind of days... Go Yanks! Great Job!

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EASY PEASY... YANKEES WIN GAME 1


8 Innings of work. 2 hits allowed. 10 strikeouts.  That was Masahiro Tanaka's line today against the Cubs.  We needed a hero today... we got a Masa-"Hero" in Tanaka.  Sure, Adam Jones and Jose Bautista can say that Tanaka is no big deal and "nothing special", but they're scared and they know their teams didn't and couldn't pony up for big Tanaka.  The Yankees did something important this off-season, they signed the biggest fish they could find after a few years of research and scouting of this japanese sensation.  Tanaka is a great pitcher and we as Yankee fans need to embrace him.  Trust me, he's something special.

After Tanaka exited, Shawn Kelley came in, allowed 1 hit and got the save.  "Easy peasy lemon squeezy" as my 10 year old will say to me... Easy Peasy is right.

 The Yankees hitting went like this:


Carlos Beltran hit home run number 4 today.  That was a solo shot in the bottom of the first.  I think it's safe to say Beltran has found his swing.

In the bottom of the 4th, Dean Anna sacrificed home Brian McCann.  Then, in the bottom of the 5th, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out and Brett Gardner scored.

Final for Game 1: Yankees 3 - Cubs 0

Game 1 in the books and Game 2 is coming up at 7:05pm.  See you there. Go Yanks!

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON


Here's a great nugget that I wanted to share with you all. Many have probably missed it.  Mariano Rivera Jr. is headed to New Hampshire to take the mound for a collegiate summer program.  He'll be pitching just like his old man, Mariano Rivera. Gotta love that.

According to the Bergen Record:

"Mariano Rivera Jr. will join the Laconia Muskrats this summer, part of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League. He’s a right-hander, like his dad." 


 In an interview with New Hampsire Public Radio, Mariano Jr said:

"I like to be my own guy... People would always look at me like, ‘That’s Rivera’s son, he must be amazing.’ It was hard because people have such high expectations, and if I didn’t perform to those standards, I felt like I let everyone down. But now I work to my abilities. If I get called to pitch, I’m going to do the best that I can.”

That article also says: 


"Playing for the Laconia Muskrats could improve the college sophomore’s chances. More than 70 percent of NECBL players go on to play some professional baseball.

When Rivera comes to New Hampshire this summer, he’ll play his home games at an idyllic little facility called the Robbie Mills Sports Complex."

If you live near there, I would hope you go out and see this new kid, also nicknamed "Mo".  I already love this kid's attitude. I wish him the best.

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BYB'S 100 MUST-READ BASEBALL TWITTER ACCOUNTS FOR MLB FANS


Yup. That's right. It's a similar title to the piece the Sporting News put out a few weeks ago.  Not gonna lie, we understand that Bleeding Yankee Blue is not huge, but we're damn popular... and we were a bit annoyed to find out that we weren't on that list Sporting News list.  So I'm doing something smart. I'm giving you our list... INCLUDING US, because we understand the fans here at BYB.

And so, here are OUR choices for 100 must-read baseball Twitter accounts in no particular order. Check them out, follow them, and know this... we have spoken. Sporting News who?

Bleeding Yankee Blue:

ROBERT CASEY- Bleeding Yankee Blue
SUZIE PINSTRIPE
ERICA MORALES
IKE DIMITRIADIS
JEANA BELLEZZA
MIKE O'HARA
RUDY LAURENS
STEVE SKINNER

National Media:


CRAIG CALCATERRA- Hardball Talk 

CHRIS COTILLO- MLB Daily Dish
BOB NIGHTENGALE- USA Today
KEN ROSENTHAL - FOX Sports
JIM BOWDEN- ESPN Senior Analyst


PETE CALDERA- Bergen Record 

JOEL SHERMAN- New York Post
MARC CARIG Newsday
PETE ABRAHAM- Boston Globe


CHAD JENNINGS- LoHudYankees

MARK FEINSAND- New York Daily News
TIM BROWN- Yahoo Sports
KEN DAVIDOFF- New York Post


RASHEEDA COOPER- Bomber Boulevard 

SUSAN SLUSSER- San Francisco Chronicle
TROY RENCK- Denver Post
BRYAN HOCH- MLB.com, Yankees


ANDY MCCULLOUGH- Kansas City Star

MARC TOPKIN- Tampa Bay Times
MELISSA CUOTO-  Canadian Baseball Network


JON MOROSI- FOX Sports 1 

BRENDAN KUTY- NJ.com
DELIA ENRIQUEZ- Bronx Baseball Daily
JEFF PASSAN- Yahoo Sports


MARK SIMON- ESPN

PETER KEATING- ESPN The Magazine
JON HEYMAN- CBS Sports
JENIFER LANGOSCH, MLB.com, Cardinals


JOHN HARPER- New York Daily News

JANE HELLER- Confessions of a She Fan
MIKE AXISA- River Ave Blues


JOHN KRUK- ESPN 

KRISTEN MERIWETHER- Epoch Times
ERIC BOLAND- Newsday
ANTHONY MCCARRON- New York Daily News
DAVID LENNON- Newsday


CLIFF CORCORAN- Sports Illustrated

DYLAN HERNANDEZ- LA Times


MARK BOWMAN- MLB.com, Braves

JIM CALLIS, MLB.com
KEVIN KERNAN- New York Post
AARON GLEEMAN- Hardball Talk



TYLER KEPNER- New York Times

TODD ZOLECKI- MLB.com, Phillies
CHAD R. MACDONALD- YanksGoYard
BRITTANY GHIROLI- Orioles.com


JACKIE MICUCCI- Through the Fence Baseball

LOU DIPIETRO- YES Network
DAVID O'BRIEN- Atlantic Journal Constitution
ADAM KILGORE- Washington Post


MICHAEL PACHOLEK- Uncle Mike's Musings

MIKE BERARDINO- Twins beat writer
BILL BROST- YanksGoYard
JANE LEE- MLB.com, Athletics
DAVE BROWN- Yahoo Sports
GREG COHEN- Sliding into Home
JASON KEIDEL- WFAN/CBS

TV, Radio & Podcasts:



SCOTT FERRALL- CBS Sports Radio


BOB LORENZ- YES Network

MEREDITH MARAKOVITS YES Network
JACK CURRY- YES Network


JESSICA KLEINSCHMIDT- eDraftSports

ASHLEY WILLIAMS- Her Fantasy Football
KEN SINGLETON- YES Network
BRUCE BECK- NBC Sports Anchor

 Odds & Ends:



BRANDON STEINER- Steiner Sports 

Read these individuals and sites. Follow them, they are terrific.

There... now I feel better.

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MAYBE HONORING JACKIE ROBINSON ISN'T ENOUGH


On April 15th baseball fans, and the MLB celebrate the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, and became the first player of color in major league baseball. In 1947, 67 years ago, that was huge! I won't pretend it was well received. He had obscenities thrown at him, and several threats against him, and his family. It was incredibly difficult, and brave.

We've come a long way since the Jim Crow and segregation. "A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There's not a whole lot that has changed," Hank Aaron told USA Today. Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth's home run record, was asked by USA why he still kept hate letters addressed to him. "To remind me that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing that record," he said.


I will start with the easier point to address. Baseball is not a popular sport for African Americans. There are 67 black players in the major leagues. Let's do the math for a second. 30 major league teams, multiplied by 25 players. That's 750 players in the major leagues, and only 67 are African American. Wow! Further, three teams, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, and St. Louis Cardinals, are not represented by a single African American. Let that sink in for a moment.

The truth is, the game doesn't come to the inner city where a lot of minorities live. Even living in the Bronx, with tons of ball fields to play on, the expense for sports programs are such that children often miss out. There are several recreational centers that will offer sports for free, but the instruction isn't the same as paid programs. There are Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) programs, that currently have some 220,000 kids playing. But it has been my experience that even those programs are sometimes difficult to enroll  a child in.


In an interview with USA TODAY Sports, Aaron discusses racism in this country, and the lack of African Americans in baseball. He is calling out to the MLB to make an improvement. I did the math for you. It's clear that even with Robinson, and Aaron, we haven't gotten very far on the diversity front of the game. But the piece that people seem to have taken real issue with is that fact that Aaron was so candid about racism in this country. He stated plainly "We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts." The 'they' he means are obviously racist, and bigots. The response to that?

"Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)" a man named Edward says in an e-mail to the Braves front office obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Edward invokes the epithet five times in four sentences, closing with, "My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)."

I have tried repeatedly to put into words how furious that bit has made me. When Aaron made his statement, I understood it. He wasn't making an attempt to single out a group of people. Simply put, where racism was more obvious as he chased that record, it is more concealed now. You can put a bow on a pile of poo, but it's still going to stink. Disagreeing with his point does not make it any less true. And if you needed anymore proof that he is correct, please go on ahead and re-read Edward's e-mail.


I'm was an inner city kid. My children will be inner city kids. I grew up with friends that became victims of racism and hate crimes. My last name alone has made me the subject of lines like "We speak English here," or "Are those green card and food stamp babies?" Just a few days ago, an older woman cursed me out, in front of my children, because I didn't belong in her country. So I've witnessed the racism in this country, sometimes first hand. I don't have the same fears for my safety as Robinson, and even Aaron had, but I know the struggle is still not over.

Robinson breaking that color barrier predates Brown vs The Board of Education, and Rosa Parks. The MLB is not a political pulpit, I get that, but if it is Americans pastime, shouldn't the people representing that be reflected back to us from the field? As for the thinly veiled racism in this country, I'm going to put this as simply as possible... I don't give a shit about your politics, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, education, or your wealth. You respect me, I respect you. It really is a simple concept. An individuals worth is defined by his or her character. Bigotry, ignorance, and hatred of any form can no longer be acceptable. It is only when we all decide to start showing one another respect that we can truly deal with this issue.

I'm just going to leave you with these bits of wisdom from Jackie Robinson.

"A life is not important except on the impact it has on other lives."

"There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free."

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being." 




--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
Twitter: @e_morales1804


 


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NO YANKEE BASEBALL TODAY...


Tomorrow there will be a day - night double header against the Chicago Cubs.

In the meantime, get familiar with the Yankee archives, and maybe you want to buy some BleedingYankeeBlue.com gear.

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Click on the links below to read some of the fun, hand picked BYB Stories of our past.  Read them, share them, enjoy them... and be Happy.

THE MAGIC OF MCCANN

ICHIROCARE #STAYCOVERED

THE DETERMINATION & WILL OF LAURA POSADA

THERE'S ONLY 1 "CORE FOUR", PATRICK MOONEY

 WHAT IS A LEADER?

 HELP THE SABATHIAS HELP YOU!

 WHAT IS GREATNESS?

 DON'T STOP BELIEVING...EVER

 HEY JORDY MERCER, HOW'D YA LIKE TO PLAY IN PINSTRIPES?

 "HEY, THAT'S THE WRONG LOU GEHRIG CARD!"

 HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED

 STRIVE TO COACH THE JACK DISALVO WAY!

 DANIEL MURPHY'S PATERNITY LEAVE IS REALLY NO ONE'S BUSINESS

 THE MAKING OF A LEADER

 TINO MARTINEZ: ON & OFF THE FIELD


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THE YANKEES JUST FILLED SOME HOLES


There is Yankee news.  Scott Sizemore and John Ryan Murphy have been called up according to the New York Yankees.

(In Photo: John Ryan Murphy)

Newsday says, "The Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and selected the contract of infielder Scott Sizemore. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain running to first base on Sunday, was placed on the 60-day disabled list in order to create room on the 40-man roster for Sizemore."


There had been some speculation that Russ Canzler should be called up. And when I say "speculation", I mean that was me and BYB writer Steve Skinner chatting about it a short time ago. 

Hey, Sizemore works... it's all good.

Just wanted to keep the BYB audience in the loop.

Thanks for reading.

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AROD'S "RESTRICTED", NOT SUSPENDED


It's clever... and it softens the blow.  If you were to wander onto the Yankees.com website and click over to the 40 man roster, you will notice that Alex Rodriguez is not suspended at all... he's restricted.


I like that.  It softens the blow because of course, the Yankees are a multi-million dollar franchise. Like Disney, they don't want the negative publicity and so, it's smart to say, "Hey, ARod is just restricted, but he'll be back. You wait and see!"  That's just in case there are still ARod fans out there.

Now, I know for a fact that the Yankees are just sick of Alex Rodriguez, and over time, be it their season tickets or otherwise, he has slowly vanished from the visuals of what the Yankees are all about, their history included.


You remember my son threw his baseball card out when the Biogenesis mess happened.  That card is now long gone.  Read PEDs HAVE DESTROYED THIS GREAT GAME OF BASEBALL for more.

For now, the Yankees are riding out his contract, and if he can be "restricted", it just doesn't seem as bad.  Sure, in my world, what they should do is shame these players and write on their baseball card, "SUSPENDED FOR THE 2014 SEASON FOR PEDs", but they won't.  In this regard, they are curbing the chaos and they'll just deal with him when he gets back in 2014.

In the meantime... this fan blew it with the body paint, huh?


God, I hope that's permanent... that would be hilarious.

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