Long long time ago ~ May 25

Sometime during this game, since I was not watching being that I had to work, I went up to one of my co-workers who is quite possibly a bigger Yankee fan then myself. By his own admission, he gets rather insufferable as the season goes along. Considering that he has to work in the same office as a die-hard Red Sox fan, I understand. I asked said co-worker if hunting Blue Jays was illegal. He grinned and replied, “Hunting anything in NYC is illegal.”

“Well I hope the Yankees don’t get in trouble then.”

“Wouldn’t be the first time. Remember when Dave Winfield got arrested?”

Yes, yes I do.

It was in 1983 at Exhibition Stadium, at the time the Blue Jays home stadium. The Yankees took the field for the bottom of the fifth inning, they had a 3-1 lead over the Blue Jays. As they finished their warm-up throws Dave Winfield was returning a ball to the ballboy when it hit a seagull, and killed it, in plain view of 36,684 fans. The ballboy got a towel and removed the bird and play resumed. Winfield was jeered by the centerfield spectators. Yankees won the game and headed to the clubhouse to pack up and go home.

They were met by plainclothes Toronto police officers with a warrant for Winfield’s arrest, charging him with cruelty to animals, they alleged he deliberately killed the bird. I guess seagulls are endangered in Canada. No they don’t want any of ours. Billy Martin was livid: “This is unbelievable!” he screamed. “They’ve come to arrest Winfield for killing that bird!”

Apparently too many spectators were traumatized by seeing the bird die. A freaking seagull! Canadians are weird, I should know, I’ve lived with one for 20+ years. Winfield was taken to the police station where he was booked, had to post $500 bail and promise to appear in court. He faced a stiff fine and possible jail time. Winfield convinced Toronto authorities that the death of the beloved fowl of Canada was a tragic accident and charges were dropped. While he was off the hook with the police, his teammates however, never let him forget it.

For the full story click here: FOWL BALL Dave Winfield, Bird Killer Chapter 170

~~ Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3 ~~

As I mentioned before, I didn’t get to see this game, I did watch the video clips on my phone. From the box score I can tell you that Jose Bautista was 1-3 with no runs and no RBI’s, making Freddy Garcia almost as good as CC Sabathia, almost. Not quite.

In the first inning a Blue Jay’s player hit a pop up, it was coming right to the pitcher’s mound, Garcia was there, but Mark was coming over to get so he moved off the mound, unfortunately Nunez was also coming over to get the ball and didn’t (apparently) didn’t hear Mark call it. Freddy ran into him, and since he is kind of a big guy, took Nunez out. As Paul O’Neill said, “Sometimes baseball isn’t pretty.”

But you know what is pretty? Martin gunning down Bautista at 2nd base, Mark and Andruw hitting the ball into the stands (Andruw did it twice!), Granderson knocking the ball over Bautista’s head and off the wall, Joba getting a batter to hit into a double play, Robinson Cano with that throw to first, Jeter starting off the game with hit number 2,976 and Mariano telling Kim Jones that 1,000 games means, “You are old.”

Paul O’Neill is pretty, and a win, a win is pretty. Next stop, Seattle. See you then.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Sad day for Yankees and baseball ~ July 13, 2010

Unlike many that have posted about George M. Steinbrenner I am not from New York. I was born in California. As a young person, with my parents having no particular team affiliation, I felt being from California meant I was a Dodgers fan. This feeling continued even with moving to Seattle and then on to Florida. At that time, there were no teams named Seattle Mariners or Tampa Bay Rays. It was while growing up in Florida that I discovered the Yankees, mainly due to a pitcher with the interesting name (nickname) of Catfish Hunter. I think he got the nickname because of his mustache. My father’s response to my question of what team that was gave me the impression I wasn’t supposed to be rooting for them. That was another reason to root for them. But I was a good girl, so I wasn’t open about it.

Moving to New York changed that. I bought a Yankees hat, one of several, I currently have 5, 2 that just have NY on the front, 2 that say 2009 World Series Champions (one I got free at a Yankee game) and 1 that has #2 Derek Jeter, or maybe just Jeter, and when I left one at my mother’s house and asked her to mail it to me, she joked that she might send me a Mariner’s hat instead, I threatened her with bodily harm. I wasn’t entirely joking.

At the time I was what most would call a casual fan, in the past year I have become a very involved fan, going to games, watching games on T.V., reading about the teams and players and keeping track of the numbers. Almost(completely) obsessed with the Yankees and baseball.

Somewhere along the way, I missed the importance of George Steinbrenner.

Oh, I’m not saying I didn’t know who he was, I would have had to been living in a cave not to know about George and Billy. With commercials like this and watching Yankeeography about Yogi Berra and Billy Martin, I knew a lot about George. I’m saying I missed how important he was, what he meant to the Yankees and how he changed baseball. Call me clueless. For example, I thought he always owned the Yankees.

Now, as I read tributes and blog post and see how affected people are by his death, I feel like an outsider, someone who can only offer their hand and say, I’m here for you, lean on me. So that is what I am doing, to all my fellow Yankee fans and friends who have lost someone important to them, I offer my condolences, friendship and support.

Well, yeah, I had to include this commercial, whats a Steinbrenner post without Jeter?

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

1976 ALCS

Turned on to see if the game was on, Yankees vs. Houston Astros, (4-6 btw) and once again I find myself watching Yankees Classics. This time it is game 5 of the 1976 ALCS, NY Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals. In 1976 Billy Martin was manager and it was the first year Catfish Hunter pitched for the Yankees and it was also the first time they had been back to the World Series since 1964. They didn’t win it in 1976. The announcers were Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson and Reggie Jackson. Chris Chambliss hit the winning home run, it makes the Top 10 Playoff Home Runs in Baseball History list. It seems weird to see #25 on the mound, and #2 being worn by a skinny black guy. First baseman Chris Chambliss was a rather good looking man. In fact, if you check out the YouTube clip below, he was still rather good looking in 2008.

Interview with Chris Chambliss

Btw, it is now the top of the 9th, 5-8 Houston, Final score Yankees 6, Houston 8

~~and that’s all she wrote~~