Hunter Walker of Digital City writes about the last night at Yankee Stadium, including a fight on the subway on the way in, and a curious scene in the bleachers when security apparently reached new heights of Steinbrennian Fascism. If the following account is any indication, new Yankee Stadium will be a total dictatorship, where even the slightest infraction will get a person deported.
Another notable incident occurred about midway through the game when a veteran Bleacher Creature named Larry was violently ejected from the stadium for telling 258-pound Yankee right-hander Sidney Ponson to "eat a salad." Ponson laughed it off. Rude cheers from the bleachers are a Bronx baseball tradition and the Creatures are a Yankee Stadium fixture. Fans grumbled about "freedom of speech" as Larry was carried away by cops and stadium security. Larry begged the cops to reconsider pointing out that he hadn't cursed at Ponson.
Be forewarned: At new Yankee Stadium, remarks involving lettuce, carrots, tomato, spinach and croutons will be totally off limits. Police in riot gear will comb the stands listening for references to sliced cucumber and endive. The chubby Steinbrenner clan does not wish to be reminded that such low-calorie food exists. And don't even ask about the guy who yelled at Joba about cottage cheese. His family hasn't seen him since. (Full Story/Source)
NEW YORK - New York City police say they arrested more than a dozen people for stealing pieces of Yankee Stadium during the 85-year-old ballpark's final game.
Police say 18 fans were charged with possessing stolen property.
Officers were out in force for the stadium's final game on Sunday to keep souvenir hunters from tearing away pieces of the place.
Yankee spokesman Howard Rubenstein told the New York Post that they intend to hire a private security team to protect the stadium from other would-be thieves. (Source)
"For all of us up here, it's a huge honor to put this uniform on every day and come out here and play," he said. "And every member of this organization, past and present, has been calling this place home for 85 years. There's a lot of tradition, a lot of history, and a lot of memories. Now the great thing about memories is you're able to pass it along from generation to generation. And although things are going to change next year, we're going to move across the street, there are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change -- it's pride, it's tradition, and most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world.
"We're relying on you to take the memories from this stadium and add them to the new memories that come to the new Yankee Stadium, and continue to pass them on from generation to generation. On behalf of this entire organization, we want to take this moment to salute you, the greatest fans in the world." (Jeter)
Robinson Cano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees staved off postseason elimination Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0.
Playing what is likely to be the penultimate game at Yankee Stadium, New York got a perfect inning from Mariano Rivera (6-5) and a fine start by impressive rookie Alfredo Aceves.
But it was a painful victory. Derek Jeter left after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in the ninth, which started the winning rally. Jeter's status for Sunday night was uncertain, though it's hard to imagine him missing the Yankee Stadium farewell no matter how badly he's hurt.
The Yankees cut Boston's AL wild-card lead to 6 1/2 games with seven to play. The Red Sox lost 6-3 at Toronto. (Source)
A-Rod and C-Rod are done, officially. Two months after Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce from the Yankees third baseman, they reached an out-of-court settlement, Cynthia's lawyer told Newsday last night.
Attorney Maurice Jay Kutner, reached at his Miami home, read the following statement:
"Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez have amicably resolved their dissolution of marriage proceedings. They deliberately engaged in a private negotiation, which was their stated desire from the beginning. It was and remains a personal family matter for both of them. All of their decisions were based upon and guided by the best interests of their daughters."
Kutner declined to answer questions. Alex Rodriguez's attorney, Alan J. Kluger, did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
When Cynthia filed for divorce in early July, she requested custody of their two daughters, Natasha and Ella, ownership of their oceanfront home in Miami and child support and alimony to continue with her current lifestyle.
Rodriguez is in the first year of a $275-million, 10-year contract. (Source)
BAL: Liz (6-5, 6.90 ERA)
NYY: Pavano (3-1, 5.26 ERA)
BAL: Burres (7-9, 6.32 ERA)
NYY: Aceves (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
BAL: Waters (3-3, 4.75 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (13-14, 4.57 ERA)
Phil Hughes didn't get the major-league win that fans expected him to have so many of this season.
But Hughes turned in a solid if inefficient outing in his first start for the Yankees since April 29, which wound up as a 5-1 win over the White Sox. This year has been marred by injuries, most notably a stress fracture in his ninth right rib, and ineffectiveness. Nothing Hughes does these final two weeks can change that, and he will have to compete for a job in the rotation next spring instead of being guaranteed one, but allowing one run in four innings was at least a positive step.
"A little bit of jitters," said Hughes, who has switched from contact lenses to glasses. "It was a good feeling [to be out there]." (Full Story)
To Derek Jeter, the night sky seems a little darker and the floodlights seem a little brighter at Yankee Stadium. As he described it, “It’s like playing on a stage.” During Tuesday night’s show, the curtain was barely up when Jeter took his standing ovation.
With one crisp swing on the first pitch of his first at-bat, Jeter dispatched one of the last remaining nuggets of competitive intrigue in a Yankees season that has turned dismal. He slapped a ground ball under Juan Uribe’s glove and into left field to break Lou Gehrig’s 71-year-old record for most hits at the Stadium. (Full Story/Source)
I don't know why, but I enjoy watching this kooky bastard being shocked.
Alfredo pitched well for the second straight outing.
Yanks get the win 4-2
Mo moves into 2nd on the all time saves list.
In a taping of of "CenterStage" for the YES Network Monday, Jorge Posada laid out some strong expectations for himself and the Yankees for next season.
But his most blunt and interesting answer came in a word-association segment near the end of the show, when interviewer Michael Kay asked the injured catcher about pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
"Leave him in the bullpen," Posada replied flatly, before being asked to expand on his answer. "If you start him and he pitches 200 innings, he won't be able to (last).
"You're going to lose him. He's going to get hurt ... I don't see him as a starter. I'd leave him in the bullpen."
Asked about the Yanks' trade-deadline acquisition of Ivan Rodriguez to replace him behind the plate, Posada told Kay, "Pudge, he's my friend, but he's going to have to go somewhere else."
After answering the Joba question, we informed Posada that we were actually talking about the Joba impersonator in the article below. Much to our dismay, we then found out that Jorge was actually Jonesy, a Posada impersonator. Almost simultaniously, Michael Kay took off his gigantic bean head mask and turned out to be a villian from a Scooby Doo episode. He then muttered the words " I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for the mangy mut and the guy with big ears." Needless to say, it was a very different CenterStage.