After a long absence, MatsuiFan returned to pay his respects to Hideki Matsui on his special day.
Fans everywhere were glad to see he came back to the stadium.
Matsui will be known as one of the great and well liked Yankees.
Ryan Braun has been suspended for the season and A-Rod is next.
With the potential of a lifetime ban looming, rumors are A-Rod may take a deal to sit out the rest of this year and all of next, meaning a return in 2015 when he's 40 and still under contract with the Yankees.
Finally the Earth can move again
With KFC removing the iconic Colonel Sanders from their branding, one Yankees fan is all for the Bombers taking a chance with the legendary character.
Sammy "Fried Chicken Fool" Vanchez eats KFC for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He is obsessed with it and says the Colonel would be a perfect fit in New York.
"I eat the stuff every meal, every day." Sammy said. "They aren't even open for breakfast so I do a double order at dinner and refrigerate the leftovers. No brainer there."
KFC thinks by re-branding they can trick people into thinking their fried garbage is healthy. Colonel Sanders has been with them since 1930 when he founded KFC.
"Now they put him out to pasture like an old dog." Sammy went on. "Its sad. I want the Yankees, who are mascot-less by the way, to bring the Colonel in for a try."
The Yankees may consider. Sanders was born in 1890 so that would continue the Yankees trend of hiring, trading for, and signing expensive old men.
This guy shows how much he likes Alfonso Soriano, but making a face that looks like he has a load in his pants.
The Yankees could use the power. In the last 30 days, Soriano has hit more home runs than the Yankees team.
QB Aaron Rodgers is pals with dirty, smell, no good cheat Ryan Braun. When accusations came out last year that Braun was juicing, Rodgers took to Twitter to defend his friend.
"MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free" Rodgers tweeted. When someone specifically asked the Packers QB if he thought Braun was innocent, Rodgers replied:
"ya I'd put my salary next year on it"
Rodgers is due to make over 4.5 million this year and one fan is demanding he forfeit the wages.
"It's on Twitter." Said Zeke Kransky. "That's like a legally binding contract. Same thing happened to my cousin almost. Pay up pretty boy."
We asked Kranski who or what should get the money.
"It doesn't matter to me. You can give it to charity, or hell i'd even take it to a charity for him. Just have him sign the check over to me."
Rest assured Bronx Goblin is checking with our legal department to find out if what Rodgers said is in fact a binding contract. We'll keep you informed.
First, there was "The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant", a George Abbott Broadway musical who title might sound trite except the play opened when the Yankees OWNED October in the 1950s, and would continue to do such until 1964.
Then in 1958, Starring Tab Hunter, Ray Walston (Mr. Hand from Ridgemont High and TV's "My Favorite Martian"), who played Satan, and if you looked closely, there was Jean Stapleton (future Edith Bunker) playing Sister Miller, there was the renamed "Damn Yankees", the film version, also starring a sulty Gwen Verdon as Lola.
The play and movie were about a Washington Senators fan who offered to sell his soul to beat those "damned" Yankees.
It's a great story and light B-movie. I will not give away what happened. But I think you will be entertained.
Forward all these decades to the steroid era, where the price of exorbitant stats might be measured in shortened life spans (remember Caminiiti, Alzado?)
Let the professionals tell you - the insurance actuaries, whose jobs it is to calculate the odds of rare occurrences. They will tell you, even in the face of no evidence against him, Bonds' rejuvenated stats so late into his career defies logic, defies historical data, defies any form of logical explanation short of PEDs.
And with that established as a statistical benchmark, it calls into question EVERY superlative that occurred after 1984. Clemens is the one antithesis because he was enhanced on the pitching side, and then successfully had the best evidence suppressed at his trial. (Which pissed off the U.S. Congress, no end!)
Beginning with Babe Ruth, the Yankees always seemed to have a bigger than life icon, almost always a hitter, and one who led them to pennants!
After three consecutive WS under Ruth, the team fell to second place in 1924 to the Senators (Who?) That's right! The Senators (later the Twins).
The Senators had the great pitcher (maybe even greater than Cy Young) named Walter Johnson, with a fastball like "almost" like Nolan Ryan's, control out the wazoo (record lifetime shutouts) and a lifetime 2.17 ERA that is still just ahead of Mariano Rivera's 2.20, although it is a credit to Mariano to be in HIS company!
The following year (1925) was the big bellyache season in which Ruth missed over 50 games, although this young rookie (Lou Gehrig) had just began his record consecutive starts.
The Yankees, with both Ruth and Gehrig in full battle array went to three more WS, a streak broken by the great Philadelhpha A's team featuring Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane (Mantle's namsake), Al Simmons, and the great Lefty Grove. These A's went to three consecutive WS themselves!
Now in 1932, Ruth and Gehrig had their last great hurrah together and made it back to the WS, the one with Ruth's alleged called shot. Ruth began to fade in 1933 and was gone, and Gehrig couldn't get in done alone, even with a triple crown in 34, and then 35.
But in 1936, new rookie Joe DiMaggio literally exploded onto the scene and he and Gehrig sailed to four consecutive WS titles (then, a record), though Lou's 1939 was ceremonious, his fatal disease already having forced his retirement. Joe alone, but with pitching help from Lefty Gomez, and Red Ruffing (another steal from Boston) led the team to three more pennants in four years until WW II intervened.