February 2010

Bye-Bye, Boone

Aw. Aaron Boone has officially announced his retirement. Not like I didn’t know this was coming. I just….well….ever since he left, I always had this slight hope that he’d return to the Yanks where he belongs. Either converting to outfield, or just being a utility guy. Anything. Like all Yankee fans, Aaron Boone holds a special place in my heart.

Aaron’s health has been worsening over the years. He has had a heart condition since his childhood, but the severity recently escalated. Boone had open-heart surgery to fix the problem. It was amazing that he even played baseball after that. I can understand why he decided it was time to stop playing.

This is not a forever goodbye to Booney. Aaron plans on joining ESPN as an analyst, which would be cool. And, I’m sure, he will want to come to Old Timer’s Day. He better….I miss him ♥

I always have liked Aaron Boone, even before he was a Yankee. As for so many other players, I had his baseball card and thought he was cute. I was happy when he joined the Yankees. But on October 17 of 2003, everyone (well, except the city of Boston) was glad Boone was a Yankee. In the 11th inning of this best game I have lived through, Boone forever immortalized himself in the hearts of Yankee fans everywhere.

Poor Booney didn’t like facing Tim Wakefield. But in that 11th inning, Joe Torre stuck with him. Best decision ever. On the first pitch, a wiggly-jiggly knuckleball by Wakefield, Boone, who just wanted to get the bat on the ball, got the bat on the ball. Indeed he did. And he knew it. Boone was our savior that night. His magic blast sent the Yankees to another World Series, but more importantly, prolonged The Curse of the Bambino. 

I need to just re-live that moment really quickly:

 

 

 -Sniffle-….-Little tear-….Oh, the beauty!

I love ya, Booney.

 ♥ 

Short Stints in Pinstripes

Throughout the course of a baseball season, different players come and go. The Yankees have had players for incredibly short amounts of time, but of course I didn’t forget them being such the great Yankee fan that I am. Here are some of the recent players who were Yankees for just a little while.

2003 – Armando Benitez

Yep. He was a Yankee once. In 2003, Benitez pitched a total of 9 games for the Yankees before being shipped off to Seattle in a trade for Jeff Nelson.

Strikeout fist pump?

2004 – Donovan Osborne

He was a Yankee for such a short time that I couldn’t find any pictures of him in action for the team! Osborne pitched 9 games for New York in ’04, and after that was gone. And in those 9 games, he threw to a 7.13 ERA.

Donovan Osborne

That’s all I could find. 

2005 – Matt Lawton

Lawton played 21 games in a Yankee uniform in 2005, and hit just .125. After that, he sort of just disappeared…

Lawton’s power swing…he did hit 2 homers for the Yanks.

2005 – Mark Bellhorn and Alan Embree

A pair of fellow sophisticants from the “idiot” Red Sox of ’04, Bellhorn and Embree’s careers as Yankees were short-lived. Bellhorn took part in just 9 games as a Yankee, hitting just .118. Embree relieved in 24 games, and had a frightening ERA of 7.53. Not what was expected from these World Champions of the season before.

f03b70a7.jpg image by ChadFinn

Bellhorn at batting practice.

Ooh…looks like Embree failed in this picture. 

2006 – Sal Fasano

This guy was hilarious. He was quite the character. Fasano played just 28 games for the Yanks, but I will remember him forever. How could I forget that moustache? Or that on every play, he hustled to first base to back up the throw. He was a fun player. 

Lol!

2007 – Josh Phelps

Phelps was superb in Spring Training of 2007, batting somewhere around .400. But once the real action began, Phelps wasn’t very special. In just 36 games with the Yanks, he hit .263, which is respectable. Later in the season he played for the Pirates.

Pretty cute ;)

2007 – Bronson Sardinha

I absolutely adored this little cutie. He looked a little bit like Melky…only Bronson is Hawaiian. He has the longest middle name I have ever seen in my life….I’m not even going to try and pronounce it: Bronson Kiheimahanaomauiakeo Sardinha. What a unique name…Anway, Bronson played just 10 games with the Yanks in 2007, and even made the postseason roster as the designated speedster. After that, I never saw or heard of him again.

ADORABLE!!! I miss this cutie so much. 

2008 – Morgan Ensberg

He made it on the team out of Spring Training, but only played 28 games for New York before disappearing…he seemed like a nice guy though.

Action shot of Ensberg.

2008 – Richie Sexon

In his 22 games as a Yankee, I fell in love with Richy. I felt bad that he was struggling so much. But as a Yankee, I was impressed with him. He hit .250 and was a solid defender at first base. I remember a grand slam he hit with the Yanks. He too vanished after playing with the Yankees. At least he ended his career with the best.

Richie’s ready stance.

2009 – Angel Berroa

Before A-Rod returned, Berroa platooned at third base with Cody Ransom and the occasional Ramiro Pena. But Berroa only played for a short time. In 21 games as a Yankee, Berroa hit .136 and got just 3 hits. He wasn’t the greatest fielder either. I know Yankee fans were used to A-Rod and his intense skills, but even so, Berroa was not too good as a Yankee.

:)

2009 – Brett Tomko 

Tomko pitched just 15 games for the Yankees before they got rid of him. He was very upset about having to leave the team. He said he never got a fair chance. I understand where he is coming from, but who says baseball is fair?

Poor guy…

Well, baseball isn’t always fair. You do whatchya gotta do to win. If that means getting a player for just a little while, then so be it. I guess saying goodbye to a player you’ve barely known is worth it if you go on to win.

Spring Training has begun, and the season is getting closer! I wonder which players we will only see for a little while before they too move on…  

A Tribute To Tommy

Tommy is my little brother. He’s a good kid. Tomorrow is Tommy’s birthday. He is going to be 15…not so little anymore.

Tommy’s favorite Yankee team was that magical team of 1998. All of his favorite players are no longer playing. Here are my little brother’s favorite Yankee players from his favorite Yankee team:

Tommy’s 5th Favorite – Ricky Ledee

 

Remember Ricky Ledee? The adorable little rookie sensataion? I liked him a lot, too. I remember when he got traded. He cried. And he kept his uniform with him. #17. Ledee was cute. I wonder what happened to him. He disappeared after 2007.

 Tommy’s 4th Favorite – David Cone

David Cone…who doesn’t love this guy? He was such a crafty pitcher. And who is going to forget about that little perfecto he threw in 1999? Tommy and I were a little too young to really remember that game, but we’ve seen the Yankees Classics of it dozens of times. History like that never gets old. David Cone was one of our favorite commentators on the YES Network. Every time he was on, he was hilarious. He was always joking with Michael Kay, and somehow they always talked about how Cone has a wild night life. I don’t know what was more fun: watching him pitch or listening to him broadcast.

Tommy’s 3rd Favorite – Scott Brosius

                   

Aw, Scottie. He was such a nice man. And he was so smooth at 3rd base. He was known for that barehanded grab on ground balls. I think his retirement stunned everyone. He retired after the 2001 season, when everyone was focusing on O’Neill’s retirement. Brosius was only 34 when he called it quits. Tommy was in shock when he heard Brosius wouldn’t be back. One thing me and Tommy have in common is that we get very attached to players very quickly.

Tommy’s 2nd Favorite – Paul O’Neill

 

Aah, the Warrior. Paul was always a pleasure to watch. Whether he was crushing the ball, or crushing the water cooler, O’Neill always made us smile. His retirement was a hard one to deal with. #21 hasn’t been worn since – well, aside from the 1 day LaTroy Hawkins wore it before getting booed out of it. The Yankees really should retire this number already. I thought they would do it at the opening of the new Yankee Stadium, but they didn’t. We’re waiting….

Tommy’s #1 Favorite Player….EVER – Bernie Williams

Bernie…oh, Bernie. He was the epitome of the Yankees. Bernie Williams was absolutely perfect. He was the nicest, most gentle soul and was a fantastic player. Bernie is a soft-spoken, peaceful kind of guy. He was so graceful on the field. His swing was so easy, and he ran like a gazelle. #51 will most definitely be retired, since Bernie has his name on the tops of almost every Yankee record list. Tommy and I, and probably every other Yankee fan, wish that Bernie was still playing. We’re sure he can still do it :)

Well, those are Tommy’s favorites from his favorite Yankee team. You might be wondering…who is his favorite Yankee of today? I’ll give you a hint: he’s crazy, just like my brother. Still don’t know?

Lol! Swishyboo!

I hope Tommy has a nice birthday tomorrow. I know he will. Me and my older brother got him a present that he’s been wanting for awhile. And no, it is not Yankee related. It’s a movie that he and I just get a kick out of:

BEST MOVIE EVER!!!

Also, tomorrow is the day that PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT FOR THE YANKEES!!! OMG! Baseball is inching closer….

Oh A-Rod….

A-Rod is the last Yankee player who am dedicating an “I miss you” post to.  He’s that special: a post about Alex is going to be a long one. I’ve been missing Alex all offseason long, but I really miss him today.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

2009 was a thrill ride for the entire Yankee team, but particularly for Alex. With the whole steriod and then surgury incidents, Yankee fans were already counting him out for 2009. Everything changed for A-Rod in 2009. All he wanted to do now was help the team. He no longer had expectations for himself. It was time for Alex to just play ball.

I think it is safe to say that Alex Rodriguez is a magical player. Nothing proved that more than October 4, 2009: the last game of the regular season. Alex went into the game haveing 28 HR and 93 RBI – just a bit short of the stats he was so accustomed to. But in that 6th inning, miracles occurred. Alex hit a 3-run homer, which gave him 29 HR and 93 RBI on the season. I wanted him to get to 30 and 100, but I knew thought it was impossible unrealistic. How naive of me. Later in the inning, Mark Teixiera was intentionally walked to load the bases for guess who: A-Rod. I was thinking and hoping for grand slam all the way. I didn’t have to hope too hard. It was a no-doubter. A-Rod down-right crushed that ball, and got his grand salami. And he got his stats back into regular-A-Rod-territory. Despite only playing 124 games, Alex made it to 30 HR and 100 RBI on the last day of the regular season. I’d say he’s got luck and magic, as well as serious skills, on his side.

To witness this magical moment, look here:

http://web.yesnetwork.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7005461

Alex Rodriguez hits a grand slam during the sixth as the Bombers explode for 10 runs in the inning to cap season with 10-2 win over Rays.

Okay, so A-Rod had a grand regular season….but what about the postseason, where in the past he constantly failed? It was time for that to change, and Alex was ready to prove himself. And I was so proud of him. This is an honest and true statement: In the 2009 postseason in which the Yankees won it all, Alex Rodriguez was the most clutch and influential player. Without him, the Yankees may not have moved on into the next rounds. He was clutch in every single series. Here are Alex’s mind-blowing stats in the 2009 postseason: .365 avg, 6 HR, 18 RBI in 15 games. No wonder he won the Postseason MVP Award. A-Rod undoubtedly deserved te honor. 

No when you talk about A-Rod, it’s hard to refrain from talking about his love-life. Seriously, this guy has a thing for Hollywood blondes.

A-Rod and Madonna

Now not for anything, but I thought this was a little creepy. I mean, Madonna is way older than Alex. What is she, some kind of cougar? 

A-Rod and Kate Hudson

Aw….these two were A-DOR-A-BLE together. It pains me to think that they are no longer together. She was Alex’s lucky charm. He, and the rest of te Yanks for that matter, had an amazing 2009. I’d like to think it was partly because of her.

I wonder if this one is true:

A-Rod and…..Cameron Diaz?

She’s gorgeous. If this thing is true, I hope it works out bewteen them.

Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz

 Lol!

A-Rod, I know people say things about you. I know they ridicule and constantly insult you and put you down. But they are just jealous of you. You are rich, you are gorgeous, and you are one of the greatest people to ever play the game. And they are not :) I don’t care about what they say about you. You are a Yankee, my Yankee, and I love you ♥

Enjoy your offseason, and I can’t wait to see you soon!

 

Robbie Cano! I Miss You

All of my Yankees are adorable. But there is something about Cano that I just love. He’s just so cute!!! I miss Robbie Cano right now.

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

We knew from the beginning that Robinson Cano was a special player. But in the 2009 season, I think he really showed his stuff. Robbie hit .306 with a career-high 25 HR and a 85 RBI. He also had 204 hits, the most on the team besides the Great Jeter. And, Cano was extremely durable last season, playing 161 out of the 162 games. I have high hopes for Cano in the 2010 season, since he improved so much in 2009.

There are two things about Cano that endear me most. One of these is his adorable, ADORABLE Hispanic accent. Cano, a native of the Dominican Republic, does speak English well considering everything. Take a look at this sample of his cutness:

 

The best is when he was with Melky (….sigh…..my baby). The two were (it pains me to use the past tense…) best buddies. *Idea for future post* I will do a post about Melky and Cano togehter. Anyway, Cano and Melky were cute together. I love how Robbie had to translate for Melky:

 

Too friggin cute.

The other aspect of Cano that I can’t get enough of is his smile. It is so endearing. Cano’s smile just says “Hi. I’m a little boy who loves baseball and who loves having fun.” So cute:

 

Cheer up, dude.

Robbie, you little cutie, I hope you are enjoying your offseason. You were such an important part of the 2009 Championship. I hope for even bigger and better things in 2010!

Stay cute ;)

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