Sunday, October 31, 2010
Joe Ostrowski, who played with the St. Louis Browns, died Jan. 3, 2003, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He pitched in the Major Leagues for 5 seasons and finished with a 23-25 record and 15 saves. In 455.2 innings, he posted a 4.54 ERA and 131 strikeouts. In 1951, he was 6-4 with 5 saves for the Yankees. He pitched in 95.1 innings that season and finished with a 3.49 ERA. He pitched 2 scoreless innings in the Yankees' World Series victory.
He got his start in amateur baseball in 1934 and entered professional baseball in May 1941 with the Boston Red Sox. He played in the Eastern Short, Mid-Atlantic and Piedmont baseball leagues. In 1948, he was traded to the St. Louis Browns and, in 1950, he was sent to the New York Yankees. He pitched for the Yankees until 1952. After playing with the Los Angels Angels in 1953, he retired from baseball. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
October 24, 2010 Sunday
A federal judge has stirred up the gays-in-the-military fuss again. Until President Bill Clinton approved the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, I was unaware there was a problem. The issue didn't come up during my two years of active duty after I was drafted in February 1954.
Black men were accepted freely, and one of my three roommates in Germany was a black sergeant. The idea of women in combat units wasn't on the docket yet. Gay men were drafted just like the rest of us and they went where they were told without questions.
I'm still recovering from seeing "La Boheme," an opera written by an Italian about a Parisian courtesan, sung in German. I don't recall anyone failing to perform assigned duties because of sexual preference.
Years later, the "don't ask, don't tell" edict generated more media bombast than if Lady Gaga was playing third base for the New York Yankees. This was followed by stories of people with lengthy, honorable records being thrown out of the military because of their sexual preference.
To the Editor:
If Meg Whitman is a baseball fan, she must be having second thoughts about now. For all of their money, the New York Yankees couldn't buy a World Series this year; can Meg buy the California governorship?
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Hitler, having survived the war with a core group in an undetected bunker in Strom Thurmond's district in South Carolina has been planning the eventual overthrow of the United States. (This was nearly done in the McCarthy Era). With the help of uncaptured Nazi scientists on the outside, many of whom worked in the US aerospace industry and Halliburton Industries, he and his group have been able to maintain their youth as well as provide genetic material for cloning and insemination. One pathway he has followed is the corruption of the great American pastime of baseball. He's put much of his current efforts behind the Texas Rangers through Nolan Ryan, building upon a past relationship there with the Bush family.
From the opium haze of Internet blogging ether comes the stunning news that Brian Cashman -- the ever vigilant, Larry Kingesque, steel-trap human computer -- has discerned that the Yankees need a bullpen lefty.
This is, as the Scooter liked to say, "a biggie."
Evidently, the Power Southpaw Era of Boone Logan/Royce Ring is ending. We haven't seen this kind of change since Ronan Tynan lunked his mahogany wheels to Pedroiaville and called himself a Redsock fan. What tipped Cash off? Was it that Texas had four lefties, waiting to pick off our hitters one by one? Or was it that Logan in the playoffs resembled the Randy Choate of 2001?
Why such a blindspot on lefties? It's the Kei Igawa Memorial Sinkhole. Of course, Iggy, you might recall, received a brief audition as bullpen lefty last spring. Then the Yankees moved him back into the Scranton rotation. Why? Dunno.
OK-- I know what you're thinking, and you're right: I'm not in Scranton. I'm no Eilland. Our coaches in Scranton have more pitching knowledge in their poop than I do, lounging on the mountaintop in my carnal hotbath with the hot groupies who are drawn to Yankee bloggers like mosquitos to bare-assed Haitians. You're right. But why let Igawa take up space when he embodies exactly what we need. WE KNOW THIS: He'll never start for us. Trade him. Cut him. Send him to Charleston. The one outside chance -- one in a billion -- is that he works up a secondary pitch and becomes a LOOGY. But we had him starting. Why? Why? Why? Dunno.
So we're looking for an unhittable power lefty, just as we have been doing since Graeme Lloyd.
Folks, that was 1996. Fourteen years. Good call, Cash! Glad to know you're on this.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Much has been written about the Yankees who won five consecutive championships, but Lopat added a little insight into dynasty when he told a writer that "We had an esprit de corps on that ball club. There wasn't one jealous bone on that whole ball club... Also, the older players used to reprimand the younger ones for lack of hustle. If they didn't put out, we'd say, 'you're playing on this club and you'd better put out, because that's the way we play ball here.'"
Eddie Lopat was a pitcher, not a thrower. He epitomized the term “crafty left hander.” He threw every pitch known, including the spitball. In 1990, Lopat visited baseball commissioner Fay Vincent. The two spoke about baseball for several hours and Vincent later related that Lopat had once told him that he not only threw the spitball but that as Kansas City pitching coach, he tried to teach it to the entire staff.
"I don't care if we ever play another game in their pathetic sport, because I've got better things to do than waste my goddamm time and resources."Sounds like and smells like BS to me, as an El Duque look a like with a fear beard was recently observed testing a Nasal Ranger® Field Olfactometer, a state-of-the-art portable odor detecting and measuring device at a barn in upstate New York
It's stupid, and I'm glad the Yankees aren't playing in it.
I don't care if we ever play another game in their pathetic sport, because I've got better things to do than waste my goddamm time and resources.
I hear the ratings are down. Hah. Fine with me. I'm not watching. You people who are watching and blogging and trying to make it interesting, nobody is reading you. Understand? Nobody is reading you because nobody cares. Nobody.
Least of all, me. I hope we never play in another world series. They need us more than we need them.
Everybody's just so stupid.
1. Don Mattingly was off the market.
2. Emotional speech by Chad Moeller to ownership following game 6 humiliation.
3. He's low-bidder.
4. Grady Little said no.
5. Steinbrenners have his number on cell phones; don't want hassle of changing.
6. Ol' Cash 'n Joe, "They's like two peas in a pod."
7. He's the only guy who knows how to fix quirky new showerheads.
8. Expert panel judged his 220-page "Yankee 2011 Action Plan" best among all submissions.
9. He'll hold post until AJ Burnett retires.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Inspired by Alibi Ike
Wear, wear a thong
Wear it in a crowd
But not for very long
Wear for good luck, not bad
Wear for happy, not sad.
Wear, wear a thong
Make it simple
Make sure it's not faced wrong
Don't worry that it's not big enough
for anyone else to stare
Just wear, wear a thong
Wear, wear a thong
Let the Giants win along
Wear for the Frisco love there could be
Wear to halt Ranger glee.
Everybody sing a song
to celebrate the rally thong!
From Castro to the Tenderloin
A winning feeling in the groin!
Spangly rhinestones front and rear
Cup everything Gints fans hold dear.
Red silk fabric will raise no rash
When legging out an outfield smash
And blocks out the winter chill
In the field and on the hill.
From style maven Aubrey Huff
It's better than going in the buff.
To get em stoked, no better way
In lovely "Babylon by the Bay."
But in Dallas, brother, have a care.
Only strippers wear 'em there.
They'll jail your ass, without quarrel,
for corrupting public morals.
Play it safe, don't be too hasty,
Better pack your rally pasties.
2. After hammering, Cliff Lee more likely to sign with Yankees for less money.
3. If SF wins, NL teams draft behind AL teams, right? So Yankees draft one notch higher. Right? (Do we a ruling on this?)
4. More off-season pressure on Cashman and Cashmen to shell out dinero, because it's not like we lost to the champions.
5. After blowout defeats, Josh Hamilton starts drinking, must leave Texas, increasing likelihood of signing with Yankees.
6. 'Fess up: Who didn't always like Willie Mays?
7. After winning series, Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey too expensive for Giants, more likely to sign with Yankees.
8. Jubilant California throngs celebrate by legalizing pot.
9. We want Texas to feel the pain we experienced.
10. Fukkit. And fuck GWB. Two wars and a tax cut... and they blame the deficit on Obama?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Manager shall not read, consult, consider, frantically or otherwise, any binder or similar collection of statistical information in any format during any game.
You should go and read the rest here.
Shannon was a character, different from most of the denizens of the press box. He stuck with sideburns longer than most, and had no use for computers, cellullar phones or other electronic gadgets of the day. When he scored, all that was in front of him on the press box desktop was his pens, scoring sheets, cups and cups of Pepsi and a deli sandwich he had purchased near his mother's home. His Pepsi consumption cost him his teeth, but he could get through a thick sandwich without trouble.The book of scoring rules remained in his satchel, no need to reference it. Shannon might not have known the numbers and letters and paragraphs of the scoring rules, but he knew the rules and spirit of the rules. Jordan Sprechman is an attorney. He was one of Shannon's friends and business associates. They co-authored one book "This Date in New York Sports" and were collaborating on "Who's Who in New York Sports." Sprechman also is one of New York's official scorers."Bill didn't need to have the rulebook out. He knew what rule applied," he said. "Sure enough, you'd look it up and Bill had it right."Shannon was considered a press box authority. He kept track of pitches before pitching coaches did and timed innings so when a particularly long one occured -- see Steve Trachsel, Jim McAndrew and all Yankees-Red Sox games -- he knew precisely how much time had passed. He delivered the pitching lines in unique fashion that prompted plebes to wonder.He would speak the line -- say: seven innings, six hits, three runs, two earned, three walks, two strikeouts, one home run and one hit batsman. Then he'd repeat it at a quicker pace, pausing with one entry remaining. Then with great emphasis on the number, he would say "and one hit batsman." It became a ritual.
Folks, this is a deal!!!
To honor the Yankees' level of play in the ALCS against the Texas Rangers, Steiner Sports Collectibles is offering all Yankees fans FREE DIRT from the old Yankee Stadium for only $4!!!! (The $4 is a handling fee, which is reasonable, because it is very difficult to find people who wish to handle dirt for a living).
And get this, folks: It is CERTIFIED GAME-USED DIRT!!!!!! Yes, it might have been trampled on by Aaron Boone after his ALCS-winning home run in 2003, or kicked by Edwar Ramirez after giving up a grand slam in 2008 ... you never know!!! And that's half the fun!!!
Remember folks, while other franchises treat their fans like dirt, the Yankees give you some of theirs!!!!
2. Nobody ever said, "You can't teach fielding; great fielders must be born."
3. The scouts said rookie Derek Jeter's glove wasn't ready.
4. Biggest complaint -- he's too big -- is a fraud. Jesus is 6'4 and 225. Baltimore superprospect Matt Wieters is 6'5, 225.
5. Two teachers -- Joe Girardi and Tony Pena -- know a bit about catching.
6. Posada, a great Yankee, will see him not as his replacement -- but as his legacy.
7. It'll be a sin to steal on Jesus.
8. Montero's only Yankee shot is catcher. If he played 1B, he'd have no chance.
9. Catching is 90 percent hustle and desire. With Yankee Stadium crowds, Montero will bring both.
10. Fukkit. It's him or Chad Moeller.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
If I were Jeter, here’s what I might propose: a salary of just $1 a year to play for as long as I’m valuable, along with a lifelong personal-services contract in exchange for, say, a 5 percent stake in ownership of the team.Sounds smart, right? Came this close to sucking me in--until commenter/patriot George weighed in with a nutritious helping of plain-folks aw-shucks tobacco-spittin' jeans-bulgin' heartland wisdom:
BAM! POW! What do you say to that, Poindexter?League rules prevent active players from having an ownership interest in the team. Also, there’s a league minimum salary of approximately $400,000-$500,000.
Face it, folks: After the ALCS, Tony Romo was doomed.
1. Yankees'' "Tex" injured.
2. Ex-Astro Lance Berkman falls, hits head.
3. Giants win NLCS.
4. Big game from Kevin Boss.
5. Romo carted off on meat tray. (Think: Sergio)
6. Texan Phil Hughes pitches horribly.
7. Andy Pettitte, former Astro, beaten.
8. ALCS score (combined): Texas 32, NY 13.
MNF score: NY 41, Texas 35
9. Yanks' running game vanishes.
10. Dave Eilland sacked.
Monday, October 25, 2010
This is exactly what Pedroia and his pack of cowards want...
A once-unified House that Ruth Built... divided.
Cashman said the move had nothing to do with poor decisions over the last few years, including the long term expensive contracts given to A-Rod, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira and the acquisition of such over the hill, injury prone and talentless players such as Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Lance Berkman, Randy Winn, Chan Flo Park and Javier Vazquez. "It was time for a change, an opportunity came up to star in the new movie, The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. It could be a blockbuster with several sequels." Also time was needed to bleach Brian's tongue which had been discolored an unflattering doody brown from the constant Steinbrenner family rim jobs that Brian had performed.
When Kimberly Jones asked about his savvy signing of Marcus Thames and Kerry Woods, Brian said
he was away at those times and that those deals were inked by a 19 year old Hunter College intern.