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So Much to Say!

There has been so much going on lately!


Instead of writing a whole bunch of different blog entries, I decided to write a little different this time–just for this time, since there are so many topics I want to cover.


First things first…



Godspeed, Shepp. You will truly be missed!! 

  • We lost a legend today. Bob Sheppard, at the age of 99, passed away. I put this

loss up there with losing Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio in 1995 and 1999, respectively.


Sheppard was the voice of Yankee Stadium for over 50 years and life will just not be the same without him; it hasn’t been, ever since he stopped announcing games at Yankee Stadium in 2007. He officially retired back in November.


Mr. Sheppard, you will ALWAYS be remembered as a classy, dignified, and honorable man. They say true legends will live forever, and you will certainly live forever in the minds of the Yankee fans.


“I have one style of speaking. It’s the same, whether it be at Yankee Stadium, at home, in the classroom, or when I lector at Mass.“–Bob Sheppard.




  • I have been especially busy this week at my job with the Hudson Valley Renegades. After a walk-off win on Friday night, we were beaten on Saturday night at the hands of the Auburn Doubledays.


Although we lost, there was a little ceremony before the game that really made me think. At Dutchess Stadium, there is a Scout’s Hall of Fame; a place dedicated to honor important people who helped recruit players.


Scout Hall of Fame induction 


Last night the Renegades honored Bob Miske, a scout who worked for the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, among other organizations. He told a cool story about Tommy Lasorda for his induction speech, and how he became friends with him.


Yet before he spoke, an excellent point was brought up: why is there no Scout’s Wing to the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Of course all the legendary players and great writers are enshrined in Cooperstown, but where is the recognition for the people who pick out the young players who go on to become larger-than-life superstars?


It’s a great point. When you think about it, someone picked Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez out of a ton of other players. From there, they went on to become who they are today. Shouldn’t the person who discovered them get some credit?


I think they should.


The baseball scouts also dedicate their lives to the business. They travel around the country going to high school and college baseball games with nothing but a book, a pen, and a radar gun, looking for the next top player. Since they dedicate such a big part of their lives to the game, they should certainly be recognized for it.


Congratulations to Miske on being honored by the Renegades. We appreciate your effort.


Also on a side note, Renegades’ manager Jared Sandberg (who I recently found out is Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg’s nephew) was standing right next to me during the ceremony…I snapped a picture of him via my camera phone very discreetly before it ended.


Jared Sandberg was standing right next to me during the ceremony! haha. 



  • How nice has CC Sabathia been? His victory over the Seattle Mariners today marked his eighth win in as many opportunities.


The Yankee ace has a total of 12 wins this season and only three losses. He is traditionally known as a “second half player,” meaning he usually puts up his best work in the second half of the season after the All-Star break. It’s pretty scary to think how many wins he could potentially reach if he keeps winning the way he is.



CC Sabathia has been AWESOME this year 

I’m not necessarily saying he’ll win another 12 games over the second half of the year and reach a mind-numbing 24 wins, but 20-21 wins is certainly looking possible at press time. As far as the Cy Young Award goes, it could be him. David Price certainly has a little bit of an edge halfway through the season, but as I said if Sabathia keeps going the way he is, he’s a definite candidate.


It’s great to have an ace/horse like him on our side. If his good friend Cliff Lee had become a Yankee (as it looked like he was going to be on Friday) it would have been VERY scary; to have two number one pitchers like Lee and Sabathia on the same team is frightening. To have them on the same team that already has the best record in baseball, is just plain terrifying.


But of course the Lee deal fell through and he went to the Texas Rangers. But wait until next year. The Rangers are never going to be able to pay him after this year and it’s quite possible Lee will be in pinstripes in 2011.


As for Sabathia, it’s just business as usual. He is slated to pitch again on Friday vs. Tampa Bay at home. If he wins that game, it’s pretty much a given that he’ll at least reach 20 wins this season.



  • In the fifth inning of today’s game Marcus Thames crushed his third homer of the year, a long shot high off the foul pole in Seattle.


It was kind of a bittersweet home run for me.


Brian Sweeney and I graduated from the same college! 


Thames hit that home run off Brian Sweeney, a fellow alumnus of my alma mater Mercy College and a journeyman pitcher from Yonkers, N.Y. I recently had the chance to talk to Sweeney, and he agreed to do an interview with me for the blog. (He is such a nice guy, by the way!)


Sweeney also pitched on Thursday night; he got Jorge Posada to bounce into a double play and got through the eighth inning without giving up an earned run. I’ll admit I was rooting for him. I wanted him to get the Yankees out. After he surrendered the homer to Thames today, he got Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, and Rodriguez out.


He gave up two runs in the fifth but went 1-2-3 in the sixth. I was proud.


To me, Sweeney serves as an inspiration. He has made me realize that graduates of my college CAN really go on to do great things. I sometimes have very little faith in myself, especially now considering I’m a recent college graduate struggling to find a real job (I like working for the Renegades, but it’s an internship; it’s going to be over by the end of the summer).


But I look at Sweeney, pitching for a Major League Baseball team. He came from the same place I did and has reached a great place in life. It gives me hope and encouragement and makes me believe that I can do something great with myself, if I work hard enough.


Mercy alumn can go on to do great things..hope I fall into that category. 


When I heard John Flaherty mention Mercy College on the YES Network this afternoon and on Thursday night, it made me smile; it made me very proud. It also made me wonder if Flaherty would mention when he visited Mercy last year; I interviewed him and wrote a feature article about him when he came, as I was the sports editor of the school paper.


It was, by far, my favorite story that I wrote in college.


I’m actually still trying to get in touch with Flaherty; I’d like to send him the story I wrote on him. Unfortunately, I can’t find a way to get in touch with him at the moment. I’ll keep trying though and eventually I’ll get a hold of him. I’d like for him to see all the nice things I wrote about him.


As for Sweeney: I am proud of him, and I’m sure the rest of the Mercy College community is, too. I’ll be talking to him soon and when I get my interview with him, it’ll be posted here right away!



Lastly, I’d like to thank my good friend Micheal Robinson for coming up with a new picture for the Yankee Yapping Facebook page. He is a wonderfully skilled person when it comes to graphic design and he is a genius with photo-shop.


Yankee Yapping new logo 


It looks great, buddy. I love it and thank you once again!




Graduation is tomorrow!

In less than 24 hours I will officially be ending (what seems like) a pretty long and important chapter in my life. I will be graduating from Mercy College Wednesday morning.


Over the past couple of days I have been reflecting on what life has been like for the time I spent in college. There have been a lot experiences and different things I have been able to do. Some semesters were better than others, some good and some not as good. I can say I had many good times and just as many difficult times.


But as Derek Jeter once said, “You find out a lot about yourself when dealing with adversity.” The Yankee captain couldn’t have been more right. I did learn a lot about myself through difficult times.


I think the busiest semester had to be last spring, or the spring of 2009. There was a lot going on at the time, both good and bad. One of the good parts about that semester was the weekend of March 13. I had a cool story to cover (and a date with the girl I liked at the time the next day…but that’s another story for another time!)


That Friday, former New York Yankee catcher and current YES Network broadcaster John Flaherty was the guest of honor at a fundraiser breakfast my college’s softball team hosted. As the sports editor of the school newspaper, my job was to cover the event and write an article about it.


Cover an event and talk to an ex-Yankee? Yeah, I was up for it! (Please don’t laugh at the picture; it was REALLY early in the morning…I am NOT a morning person!)



I met John Flaherty in the spring of 2008 

After the breakfast was over, Flaherty spoke to us about his career and what it was like playing for the Yankees. He told some great stories and encouraged the Mercy teams to enjoy their time together as friends and teammates.


Probably the best story Flaherty told was how he got called up to the majors. He mentioned that he and his friends had gone out for “sodas” the night before and his first day on the job in the majors he felt a little…hung-over.


I asked him what it felt like to be in the Major Leagues, seeing as how it’s every little boy’s dream to be there. He said aside from being hung-over that it was a whirlwind; it took awhile for it to sink in that he was a major leaguer. He even said he didn’t believe it until Kirk Gibson told him he was not going back to the minors.




Flaherty said his favorite Yankee teammate was Jorge Posada and that he still keeps in touch with him to this day. Well, I guess working for YES and just being a former Yankee, he can probably pretty much keep in touch with all of the current Yankees.


There were also some things Flaherty talked about that day which took me by surprise. First off, until then I had no idea he was originally drafted in the 25th round by the Boston Red Sox. Long before he swung his bat and beat the BoSox on July 1, 2004, he was a member of the Red Sox.


Another thing he spoke about was how he almost passed on being a Yankee. The Texas Rangers called him and they wanted him to be their everyday catcher. When he realized the deal with Texas was not going to work out, he had to call Brian Cashman back and tell him he wanted in.


He came to Spring Training in 2003 as a non-roster invitee and ultimately made the team.


One last thing he said (that I didn’t even think of until he mentioned it) was the 2003 World Series, which the Yankees played in against the Florida Marlins. “Even though we didn’t win, it felt good to be there,” Flaherty said. “There really is nothing like playing in the fall classic.”


After it was all over, Flaherty took a picture (above) with me and signed a ball for me.


The ball he signed for me 


He was very friendly and overall I feel it was one of the better and more interesting articles I wrote as sports editor of the school newspaper. I put a lot of hard work into that article.



This was the article I wrote on Flaherty 

I can pretty much say that was one of the best experiences I have ever had in college. It was just a perfect weekend; everything that happened meant a lot to me and it’ll be a memory I’ll carry with myself for the rest of my life.


There were good times, bad times, easy times, and difficult times. Ups and downs, lefts and rights. But looking back, I probably would not have changed anything. I feel I worked as hard as I possibly could and tomorrow I will get what I went to college for; reach the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and receive my Bachelor’s degree.


I’d just like to take this time now and thank everyone who helped me along the way; my family and my friends. They all believed in me, even in times when I really didn’t believe in myself.


I’d especially like to thank all my friends from Mercy at the newspaper (Perrota, John, Kevin, Jenn, Ashley, Kristina, Katie, Shedeiky, Sean, Paul, Bloomy…and everyone else, there’s too many to list!) I’ll never forget meeting every week to discuss story ideas, learn about new things in terms of how to write articles, and of course laughing at all the jokes we cracked in between work.


Lastly I’d like to thank the loyal readers of this blog. I started Yankee Yapping last summer and I honestly never thought it would even go as far as it has. It has been the featured blog on the MLBlogs page and has amassed over 600 fans on Facebook.


So to all you readers, THANK YOU! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and your kind words are truly encouraging.


Thank you, Everyone!!!!! :) 


Tomorrow is the big day; wish me luck everyone. I am nervous, which kind of strikes me; the day I graduated High School I was not nervous at all. In fact, I could not have been more thrilled to be leaving. But even right now I have butterflies in my stomach and I am a little saddened that college is over.


As for the Yankees: well, hopefully they learn how to hit the ball again and beat the Minnesota Twins tonight. This losing nonsense is getting quite ridiculous!

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Thoughts and Notes

Another day, another squadoosh.


In convincing fashion, the New York Yankees once again beat down the Boston Red Sox, winning big time on Saturday afternoon by a score of 14-3.


There were a lot of stories from this one…


Mark Teixeira



Mark Teixeira hit 3 homers today 

The Yankee calendar on my wall is in May and (no lie) the Yankee who is represented by the picture for the month is Mark Teixeira. Historically this has been his month, so I guess it’s no coincidence that he is the Yankee pictured on the calendar for the month of May.


The Yankees’ first baseman had a forgettable April, but in May he has been raking, even if it’s only been a week. Today he was 4-for-6 at the dish with three (yes, three) home runs and five RBIs. He scored four runs and became the first Yankee since Lou Gehrig (who accomplished the feat on June 23, 1927) to hit three homers in one game against the Red Sox.


That’s great company, Tex.


His first homer broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the fifth and gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead. From there the Bombers never looked back, tacking on two more runs in the inning before the skies opened up and rain caused an hour and 24 minute delay.


After the rain cleared and the game resumed, Teixeira once again flexed his muscles in the seventh inning. He wrapped another solo homer around the “Pesky Pole” in right field for one of two runs the Yanks scored in the frame.


At last, in the top of the ninth, he creamed a pitch off Jonathan Van Every (yes, the Red Sox bullpen was so bad they needed to use outfielders as pitchers). Teixeira’s two-run bomb went so far, it bounced off the light pole above the Green Monster in left field. It marked his third round-tripper of the day and his fifth homer of the year.


Talk about a career day at the plate.  


One great day offensively and everything turned around. Teixeira finally “got off the interstate,” if you will, raising his batting average up to .207. His home run count climbed and he is up to 20 RBIs on the year.


Teixeira really has it going right now, as he already has more hits and home runs than he did last month. He may be a slow starter, but when he gets going he turns into a monster. It’s almost as if Teixeira was a sleeping bull dog and the Red Sox threw rocks at him today.



Tex was a sleeping bull dog...Boston woke him up 

Boston woke the sleeping bull dog and he relentlessly attacked them.


I have a feeling this is just the first dose of what’s to come from the Yankee first baseman. He seems to be seeing the ball a lot better and he hit to all fields today. If we see Teixeira in this form, the Yankee offense is going to be in great shape despite the injury problems they are currently undergoing.


Francisco Cervelli



Francisco Cervelli knocked in five of the Yanks' 14 runs 

I am currently lobbying to find out whether or not Francisco Cervelli is human.


“The Cisco Kid” had a wonderful game last night and the beat continued this afternoon. Coming off his three RBI night last night, the backup catcher went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a walk. He is currently hitting .429 in Jorge Posada’s absence and is proving that belongs in the big leagues.


A few years ago when Elliot Johnson ran him over at home plate and broke his wrist in Spring Training, I seriously doubted he would ever make it to the big leagues. But the Yankees kind of rewarded him and brought him up, thus giving him the opportunity to show us what he is made of.


And right now, he is showing us that he is made of steel.


The Yanks could not have asked for anything more. With Posada out, Cervelli could not be performing any better. I believe any team would sign up for a backup catcher who has the type of numbers Cervelli is currently posting.


Today he became the first Yankee catcher to record five RBIs in a game against Boston since Yogi Berra in 1957. Cervelli’s hitting is just speaking for itself.


Not to mention his defense and ability to call a good game.


The relationship between a catcher and a pitcher is oftentimes overlooked. If the two do not have a good rapport, there is no way they are going to have any success. It’s common sense. If you do not get along with someone, and you are both working toward the same goal, you are probably not going to reach that goal.


Cervelli just has the ability to work nicely with every pitcher on the Yankee staff. It doesn’t matter if it is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett or anyone. He works wonders with each pitcher.


Consider this: every Yankee starter is doing so well. Cervelli has been catching the majority of those games that each pitcher has been winning.


That pretty much tells me he is doing a wonderful job.


I can safely say that Cervelli is a lot of fun to watch. He has a great attitude, plays the game the right way, and that big old helmet always make me laugh. He can hit, he can field his position, and he is a nice, home-grown Yankee.


I’ll just say it: Cervelli is my favorite Baby Bomber.


Other Notes:



Yankee notes! 

–CC Sabathia tossed 4 2/3 innings today. He would have gone much deeper into the ballgame if the rain delay did not slow him down. It’s unfortunate that they called for the tarp when he needed one strike to qualify for the win.


I don’t think it was fair; they should have let him just get that out and then roll out the tarp.   


If Sabathia has 19 wins at the end of the year…he’ll be thinking about today.


–Nick Johnson is going to be out for awhile, as he injured his wrist last night. Why am I not surprised? We knew the day we signed him that this would happen. Should have just paid Matsui, Cashman…


–Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third. YES, it was intentional and quite honestly, Boston deserved it. Josh Beckett could have seriously caused some problems in hitting Robinson Cano last night.


You hit our second baseman, we hit yours.


Only problem was that after the HBP, Victor Martinez smacked a two-run homer to give Boston a 3-2 lead. In the long run it didn’t matter, because the Yankees offense exploded and eventually won big, but if the Yankees somehow did not come back and win, they would have second guessed that decision for the rest of the night.


–Nick Swisher had three more RBIs and two more hits today. As I said yesterday: en fuego! Swisher is having such a great year. It’s great to see him succeeding and this could really be his breakout year.


He has already won our hearts and he is just making us love him more.


–Randy Winn made some base-running mistakes today. He got nailed at home plate and got caught up in a rundown to kill a rally. He has done some good things to help the Yankees win this week, so I’ll lay off him for now.


–Alex Rodriguez had an RBI today, two hits, and three runs scored. His average is now up to .276, but he is still stuck on two homers for the year.


I’m not really worried about him right now. The Yanks are winning and as we saw with Teixeira today: it only takes a few at-bats to turn everything around. I’m sure Rodriguez will ignite and start launching some A-Bombs.


I can’t wait to see him get his 600th homer. Whenever it comes, I’m sure it’ll be a very proud moment for him and his team.


A-Rod is currently 15 homers away from the milestone.


–A.J. Burnett (4-0, 1.99 ERA) is starting for the Yanks tomorrow night against Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93 ERA). Yanks will be looking for a sweep.


–The Yankees have now won nine of their first 10 series this season. That is unbelievably impressive. They also extended their win streak to six games.



YES Network Shout-out



The Yes Network used my comment on TV! 

After the game, the YES Network hosts their Extra Innings post game show. I heard Bob Lorenz mention that if you have Facebook or Twitter you can submit a comment and they might use it on TV, if they like it.


Watching the game and on my laptop, I went to YES’ Facebook page and posted a comment about Adrian Beltre. During today’s telecast, it was mentioned that he has committed seven errors this year.


If you ask me, seven errors on May 8 is a lot!


Watching the post game show, I was shocked to hear Jack Curry and Bob Lorenz mention my name on TV and show my comment!!!


They also brought it up to fellow MLBlogger Kim Jones, and she offered her insight after they talked about mine. It felt really good, and I had to text everyone I knew and tell them I was featured on the YES Network; featured after a Yankee beat-down of the Red Sox, no less.


This isn’t the first time I have been featured on TV, either.



My insight has also been featured on ESPN's baseball show 

Back in 2008 and last year in 2009, I was featured on ESPN Baseball Tonight’s “Chatter Up” segment. It was the same principle on ESPN; you submit your comment at home and if they like it, they use it.


I had to write about it in this blog. I can never contain my excitement whenever I’m on TV. (That’s why I had to take the picture of my name on TV!)


I just wanted to say: THANK YOU YES NETWORK for using my comment!!!!!!!


You guys rock!


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