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The MLB’s Replay System…Two Thumbs Up…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by sportsguru09

A steady hand clap goes out to Mr. Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Well done, sir. Your system has proved its effectiveness and worth. Though fans may have to wait a few extra minutes and the game may be extended between calls, the umpires WILL GET THE CALL RIGHT. To me, that’s all that matters. mlb-logoLast night, in two separate ball games, two home runs off the bat of Ross Gload and Adam Laroche that were originally ruled dingers, were correctly reversed as a result of an instant replay booth review. At last, something to help the “umps” get it right, we all know they need it. Ultimately, if a few extra minutes will save my team from getting beat on a horrible tag-out call or alleged homerun, it’s worth it. Too many times as a Braves and Orioles fan, I have watched my team go down at the hands of umpires who simply make absolutely horrific calls that couldn’t be more obvious at the worst possible moment of a ballgame. And yes, I have one prime example…get your popcorn ready…unless you’re an Orioles fan…then please turn away…

Circa 1996, when the Baltimore Orioles were actually competitive, they were all locked up in a playoff series with the all-powerful and heavily overpaid New York Yankees. With the Yankess trailing the O’s 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th in a crucial Game 1 of the series, Derek Jeter hit a deep fly ball to right field, in the land of then O’s right fielder, Mr. Tony Tarasco (and Tony, if you’re reading this, please stop. We don’t want any relapses…). baseballAs the ball fell out of the air, 12 year old and now famous New-Yorker Jeffrey Mayer reached out over the right field fence and stole the ball from Tarasco. And what then did those trustworthy Yankee umps do? Well, they called it a dinger for Jeter instead of fan interference. Watching the replay from home, it was clear that Mayer reached out onto the playing field to catch the alleged homer off Jeter’s bat. Later that night, Bernie Williams would shatter the O’s hopes with a walk-off homer in the 11th. Clearly, the ball was tampered with and the homer should’ve never happened. Thus, my strong support of the instant replay system.

I mean, for goodness sakes, that call was so bad, that Mayer is now famous for it and even has his own Wikipedia page…great job New York, great job…

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He Learns From The Best…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mother of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is jailed in Nebraska and facing a felony charge after being arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in February.

Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs said Monday that 44-year-old Jacqueline Standley was arrested at her apartment Saturday night.

Beggs said she allegedly sold 1 gram of a substance believed to be meth to an uncover officer for $110 on Feb. 11.

Courtesy of the Associated Press

Courtesy of the Associated Press

The substance tested positive for meth in testing at the state laboratory.

She was charged Monday with delivery of an exceptionally hazardous drug. Her bail was set at $5,000, and she was assigned a public defender, whose name was not on her jail record.

Chamberlain found out about the arrest after arriving at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. He said he hadn’t spoken with her in a while.

“You’ve only got one mom, man, and you’ve got to be thankful for her,” he said. “I still love her.”

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Have The Yankees Found A New Ace?…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by sportsguru09

Ha ha, ha ha. New York, you provide me so much entertainment. Last night, as you were getting blown out by the defending American League Champions, the Tampa Bay Rays, you resorted to letting a position player, Nick Swisher (why not let Jeter pitch?!?!), throw your eighth inning. This was absolutely comedic. The only thing better? Jose Canseco’s pitching appearance years ago when he literally threw the ball all over the place from the mound. Swisher, who hasn’t stepped onto the mound to throw a pitch since his high school days, actually threw a scoreless inning however. He even struck out Gabe Kapler on his way to putting up his goose egg on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth! Shoot, after last night’s performance, the Yankees should renegotiate his contract and put him in the rotation. None of the rest of their starters can get anybody out, and this includes anyone, and I mean ANYONE, in their bullpen. Why not? What do you have to lose? Oh yea, the mystique and pride of the New York Yankees. Swisher’s debut was well worth a ticket to the field down in Tampa Bay…I know the Rays’ fans had fun…and I’m just jealous because I wasn’t there to witness it in person…

And for all you fellow Yankee haters out there, check out the hilarious video below…how embarrassing New York…

Courtesy of YouTube

To Joba: “Silence Is Golden Big Guy…”

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by sportsguru09

Not to continue my rant on the New York Yankee personnel, but….no wait, I WILL continue to rant on Yankee personnel. After a recent DUI arrest in Nebraska (of all states), Joba Chamberlain, a youngbuck and projected pitching prodigy in the Yankee organization, showed his true, sheepish colors and shared with the arresting officer his true thoughts on the city of New York. Hey Yankees fans, can’t you just wait to hear what he said? Huh, huh, huh? Well, it isn’t pretty if you’re a New Yorker or if you’re a life devotee of the Yanks. Yankees Devil Rays Baseball

During his arrest commentary, Mr. Chamberlain disgustingly blabbered about how much he hated New Yorkers and the city itself, especially its drivers who he proclaimed as “cutthroat” and “rude.” With a bottle of Crown Royal sitting in his lap, he continued to bash his own reputation by ripping on Hall of Famer Yogi Berra for his play and his height. What an idiot…that’s the last thing you want to do as a Yankee, or any other person for that manner. Who is Joba to criticize a Hall of Famer and make fun of him? Yankees Rangers BaseballThat’s a great way to get yourself booed at home games. So dumb…so drunk….so immature. In a drunken stuper, Joba continued to vow that if he walked out in front of traffic (which he should probably do now), that NY drivers would hit him. Well Joba, now they have a legitimate reason. Son, get your head on straight or the Big Apple will eat you alive. Many talented players have succumb to the pressure of Yankee stadium and its fans, just add Mr. Chamberlain to the list.

And in an even more classy detail, Joba was coming home from a local strip club when he was given the DUI and a ticket for speeding…..in NEBRASKA?!?!? Apparently he doesn’t have good taste either….grow up dude….Keep your big mouth shut, go out and pitch and prove to the baseball world why you’re considered the greatest thing on the mound since sliced bread. Otherwise, go sit on your fat butt at home, play video games, and drink yourself into submission so no one ever has to hear from you again, especially New York Hall of Famers. I would love to be there when he talks to Yogi face to face…I hope that ecstatic convo ends up on YouTube.

Let’s Buy Victories? Don’t Be Ridiculous New York…

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by sportsguru09

Two contracts, $340M, and two previous all-stars. Where does that get you? A 10 to 5 loss on Opening Day 2009 to the up and coming Baltimore Orioles. Yesterday, the New York Yankees got to debut and hopefully show off (which they didn’t to the delight of O’s fans) two new mega-stars that they paid an arm, a leg, a retirement, a savings account, all your property, their soul, and more for…if you get my drift. oriolesAnd of course, to all the baseball world’s liking outside of New York, they fell flat on their face. Chubby Checker Sabathia and Mark “Don’t Throw Me A Curveball PLEASE!” Teixiera provided nothing to help New York in Baltimore. Teixiera went 0-for-4, leaving 5 men on base and CC got hammered by a young, energetic Orioles squad led by Brian Roberts and Adam “I’m Not Pacman” Jones. Who saw this coming? Well, most of us did. The O’s have recently had the Yanks’ number during the regular season. This is just more proof to the idea that money CAN’T win championships, even though the New York Yankees and the Steinbrenner family try to every year. All the pompous NYY management simply wants to do is flex their financial muscle and literally buy everyone and everything out. But as we saw last year with the Tampa Bay Rays, sometimes it just doesn’t matter how much you have. When you have talent and a team who WANTS to win and actually plays hard, things happen the way you want. However, this Yankee ball-club is full of overpaid, overpraised mediocrity (outside of Jeter and A-Rod – but he takes steroids so who knows) who is promoted by ridiculous New York devotees in a city that would boo the Easter Bunny this weekend if he showed up at the ballpark. All I have to say is, “Hey New York Yankee fans, hope the new stadium’s nice to ya”……

Yes, this is just one game. But for all of us Yankee haters, we hope this is more of a hilarious preview of the Yanks’ season to come. And this, of course, is yet another appropriate opportunity for a funny YouTube video ripping on the ‘Da Yanks’…..enjoy….


Video Courtesy of YouTube

Time to root for a rival?…

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by sportsguru09

With only North Carolina left in the 2009 NCAA Tournament to represent the ACC as a conference, is it time to root for them? Is it appropriate to cheer for the Heels as a Duke fan? If the Jacksonville Jaguars get knocked out of the playoffs next year and Manning’s Colts qualify, do I support Manning just to show love to the AFC South? What about if the Mets knock the Braves out of the playoffs this year? Do you hop on the bandwagon? The answer is absolutely not. And this goes for your most hated, despised rival in any sport. As a true sports fan, you 100% CANNOT root for your team’s rival, NO MATTER WHAT. Rooting for the conference, league, or division all gets thrown out the window when the team you hate the most is left standing. Stay true to YOUR team at all costs.

A lot of my friends are Redskins fans and I know, for a fact, that if the Skins are out and America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys are still alive in the playoffs, they will IN NO WAY root for Dallas. Same goes for ‘Sox fans when the ‘Yanks are still playing in October and the boys from Beantown are at home on the couch. For me, this holds true for UNC. As much as I love and defend the ACC, there is a line between rooting for the conference and cheering for Duke’s Tobacco Road nemesis the Tar Heels. I’ll be honest, ANYBODY else like Clemson, Wake Forest, or yes even Virginia Tech would get my vote if they were the last surviving ACC entity in this year’s tourney. However, that’s not the case. Nobody will ever, under any circumstances, catch me supporting Tyler Hansbrough and the boys in baby blue. Say what you want Tar Heel fans, but I bleed Durham Blue. Sorry to burst your bubble. Instead, I’ll stand up and cheer for anybody not named North Carolina in hopes that any of those teams eventually send UNC packing.

This whole philosophy goes for all sports, not just college basketball. It just so happens to be that time of year…March Madness. When October rolls around, you can forget about it if you think I’ll be tipping my hat towards the Yankees (MLB) or the Colts (NFL). You couldn’t pay me enough……..well, let’s be honest, everyone has a price………..

A-Rod This, A-Rod That…WHO CARES?!?!

Posted in Major League Baseball with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by sportsguru09

All day long we hear about Alex Rodriguez on ESPN, sports radio, and in your daily sports page in the newspaper. It’s about time we put an end to all this and get the sports world to MOVE ON! He’s a cheater, a liar, and a bad person. His name has further smeared the game of baseball. A-Rod is a mega star in the world of professional sports, and for what?! A few good years of hitting home runs and knocking in runs while juiced up on steroids and performance enhancers? Give me a break. A-Rod on SteroidsThe guy’s a bum and gives our national past-time a bad wrap. And the fact that he plays for the New York Yankees just cements my position on the guy. I’m tired of hearing about him, it’s simply frustrating. Come talk to me about him when he wins a playoff series or a World Series. He’s a choke artist in the playoffs and can’t get out of his own way on the field and with the media. Now he apparently may be out for 10 weeks with a torn labrum? Boo hoo New York. Mini Steinbrenner just tries to pay for championships anyways. Look at free agency this past winter? Steinbrenner bought almost every free agent for ridiculous amounts of money. Where did that get them last year? Nowhere. arod1-300x195A team with a tenth of your payroll, the Tampa Bay Rays, made it to the world series and represented the American League East. Now, a Yankee team that may be without A-Rod? Cry me a river, move on and actually get that highly overpaid talent you bought in the off-season to step it up so you don’t even notice A-Rod is gone. If anything, it keeps the Yankees out of bad publicity (but as a Braves fan, I could care less…let’s rip ’em!). MOVE ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL! Let’s hear about guys who bust their butts each day on the field, don’t take steroids, and perform and make a good name for themselves on and off the field.

What happened to good ole’ honest ball and work ethic?