Got ya reading! We both know that Bud Selig would never agree to an interview with me or any other blogger, so I present the questions that I would ask him.
Bud, thank you for joining me today.
Under your watch baseball has grown leaps and bounds, what in your opinion is the reason for it?
The 1998 Home Run Derby between McGwire and Sosa is credited with saving the game after the 1994 Strike, How do you sleep at night knowing both players were juicing during it?
You openly didn’t care about steroids until the U.S. Government hauled you up to Capitol Hill. Can we just call you a hypocrite now?
I’m going to name you a list of players who have made boatloads of money for the game, tell me what they have in common? Piazza, Bonds, Clemens, Palmiero, McGwire, Sosa, Rodriguez, Braun, Ortiz, Ramirez. And Bud you can’t say steroids.
Why can’t we have instant replay in baseball?
Am I wrong in assuming the witch hunt towards Alex Rodriguez has everything to do with keeping the media off of your back for your string of awful decisions in regards to Instant Replay, the All Star Game, Contraction, World Baseball Classic?
Umpires are downright awful as of late, any chance of you saying something or are you afraid of their union?
How does your ego feel that you are trying to cement your legacy as commissioner of baseball?
Thanks for sitting down with me. As usual after hearing you talk I need to go and talk a shower.
Alex Rodriguez milestone tracker
Barry Bonds 762
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Alex Rodriguez 632
Runs Batted In
Hank Aaron 2297
Babe Ruth 2213
Cap Anson 2075
Barry Bonds 1996
Lou Gehrig 1995
Stan Musial 1951
Ty Cobb 1938
Jimmie Foxx 1922
Eddie Murray 1917
Alex Rodriguez 1907
Rickey Henderson 2295
Ty Cobb 2246
Barry Bonds 2227
Hank Aaron 2174
Babe Ruth 2174
Pete Rose 2165
Willie Mays 2062
Cap Anson 1999
Stan Musial 1949
Lou Gehrig 1888
Tris Speaker 1882
Mel Ott 1859
Craig Biggio 1844
Alex Rodriguez 1843
Greetings Yankee fans, Twitter followers, and non-sports fan friends who’ve simply clicked this link because I posted it, welcome to Pinstripes With a Side of Snark: Week 2. Beyond the normal weekly recap feature, today’s article could easily be subtitled “Brian Yammers on About The Left Side of The Infield” as a vast majority of today’s discussion is going to center on Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit and a bit on the Alex Rodriguez surgery situation. Let’s jump in, shall we:
The last week before the All-Star break didn’t exactly start out in grand fashion for the 2011 Yankees. Even with the return of Captain Derek Jeter, the team seemed to play a somewhat listless brand of baseball in Cleveland the first three days of the week, with the offense breaking out during Tuesday’s 9-2 victory, but being virtually completely shutdown by Josh Tomlin on Monday, and Justin Masterson on Wednesday, once again highlighting the feast or famine nature of the offense that’s plagued the team this year. Not that the Monday/Wednesday pitchers did much to help their cause, with AJ Burnett surrendering a huge 3-run homer to Austin Kearns on Monday, and an ineffective DL return from Phil Hughes two days later. Granted, Jeter’s “Quest for 3000” may have been a small distraction for the team in Cleveland (the captain got three hits in the series, leaving him 3 away) but the issues that cropped up in the series have been there all season, long before the 3000 chase was an issue. On top of that, midweek brought the news that Alex Rodriguez would most likely need surgery on his knee, sidelining him for at least a month. Whatever the case, the Yankees didn’t look their strongest as they came home for a huge series with division rival Tampa Bay over the weekend, a feeling that was exacerbated by a loss in Thursday’s Series opener. After Friday’s rainout, the Yankees came into Saturday 1-3 on the week, and looked to be limping their way into the break, however the collective will of two specific Yankees put a stop to that. As will be detailed below, Derek Jeter took the team on his back Saturday. The Captain went 5-5 with a HR (his 3000th hit), 2 RBI, and a run scored, almost solely powering the team to a 5-4 victory. Some, myself included, thought there was going to be a “hangover” effect loss on Sunday after Jeter’s heroics, but CC Sabathia made sure it didn’t happen, notching a beastly complete game shut-out for his second win of the week in the team’s 1-0 victory. The 2-1 series victory over Tampa gives the Yankees a wee bit of breathing room in the Wild Card standings (it’s never to early too start thinking about these things) and combined with Jeter’s 3000, reversed the team’s fortunes, sending them into the break on a high, which they can hopefully ride into next weekend’s second half-opening series with Toronto.
I’m going to start this section with a disclaimer: I’m a huge Derek Jeter guy. He’s not only my favorite baseball player, but my favorite athlete period, and easily the biggest Yankee icon since Mantle. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m blind. He’s certainly not the player he was even two years ago, and he’ll probably need to be moved out of the top of the order sooner rather than later, but I still think he has a good deal to contribute to the team, and he certainly showed a glimpse of that this past week. After going 0-4 in his first game back from the DL, Jeter got four hits over his next three games, three of said were the type of booming doubles that have been lacking from his game the last two years. With Friday’s rainout, Jeter was left sitting on 2998 going into Saturday afternoon’s game. After collecting a single to right in his first AB, the Stadium was filled with a palpable electricity for Jeter’s next AB, and the captain didn’t disappoint. In true Jetarian fashion, he launched a game-tying HR into the left-field bleachers, becoming only the second man to reach hit #3000 with a long-ball. The entire stadium erupted with a a jubilation never seen in the new building, with many saying it was even more exuberant than the clinching Game 6 of the 2009 World Series. The entire team mobbed Jeter at the plate, in a surreal scene that looked like a third inning, game -tying walk-off, and the crowd chanted his name the rest of the day. Jeter wasn’t nearly done though, coming up with three more hits, including driving in the game-winning run in the eighth. It truly was a magical day in the Bronx, though I think my personal favorite moment came after the game. As Jeter was being interviewed after the game by Kim Jones, the entire stadium restarted the “Der-Ek Je-Ter” chant, and the Captain become visibly choked up, and saluted the crowd with emotion rarely seen from him. From a historical perspective, the 3000th hit put Derek Jeter into elite company, as he’s only the 28th man in MLB history to reach the magic number, and the first New York Yankee. Speaking of the Yankees, let’s look at Derek Jeter’s accomplishments for the franchise: Only Yankee with 3000 hits, most hits as a Yankee (obviously), most hits at the Old Yankee Stadium, 5 World Series Titles, 7 AL pennants. Looking over that list, I don’t see how anyone can argue that Jeter isn’t a Top 5 Yankee of all time. In my opinion, the list has to go Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Jeter. For what it’s worth, my father would put it Ruth, Gerhig, Dimaggio, Berra, Jeter, which is huge for him to say as Mickey was his childhood hero. Whatever the case may be, we witnessed something very special on Saturday.
I’ve always had a soft-spot for Alex Rodriguez. Granted, he’ll never be the hero to me that Derek Jeter is, but I honestly think he’s gotten a very raw deal in this city, and with this fanbase, but that’s a blog for another time. Suffice to say though, I was overjoyed that over the first few weeks of this season, it looked like Alex was en route to MVP award #4 (#3 as a Yankee) but injuries have taken there toll on him, culminating in the news that he has a tear in his knee, and will miss at least the next month due to surgery. Granted, he supposedly could have played through it, but I don’t see why anyone would want him to. The injury has destroyed his power numbers (this year will surely be the end of his impressive 30/100 streak), and playing on it could risk further damage. At this point, I’m just hoping for a speedy recovery, so that a fresh A-Rod could be a force in the final month of the season, and hopefully a playoff run.
Alright, that should do it for me this week. As always, please feel free to leave feedback in the comments section or on my Twitter (WWW.Twitter.COM/Titan4Ever2488) See you next week for an All-Star Game discussion, and a recap of the Toronto series.
When news first broke of Alex Rodriguez’s MRI and then knowledge of a slighlty torn meniscus, everyone began wondering what do the Yankees do for the next 4-6 weeks? The easy answer is play Eduardo Nunez at 3B, since he filled in so aptly for Derek Jeter while he was on the DL for 18 days with a strained calf, but the answer isn’t that simple. While Nunez, definitely showed he can handle himself at the plate, his defense in his rookie year with the Yankees has been the polar opposite. The other problem that is left with playing Nunez at 3B in Alex’s absence is that bench which at the beginning of the season with Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones showed some veteran depth, the Yankees since Chavez went on the DL in mid-May have been playing with a weakened bench and isn’t exactly that of a Championship caliber team, which has holes. Chavez’s role was to be able to spell the corner infielders, which has been a problem and will continue to be one as long as the Yankees don’t use their minor league system to produce a corner infield role player.
As the Yankees sit now their bench consists of Ramiro Pena (SS), Andruw Jones (OF), Francisco Cervelli (C). This is a humongous problem on a team that is a 1st Place team. Losing Jeter while it was tough given that he is one of the longest tenured Yankees, Captain as well as steady at Short Stop was easy for the Yankees to move Nunez who is a natural SS into the position, but it is resoundingly different to lean on the kid for 4-6 weeks at 3B. The time is now for the Yankees to promote Brandon Laird, who is currently hitting .268 with 10 HRs and 48 RBIs at Scranton-Wilkes Barre. With Laird in the mix, he can play both corner OF positions, while also giving Teixiera a breather at 1B once and a while. Given the nature of calf injuries, Nunez will be needed to spell Jeter at short 2-3 times a week especially since the 1st 8 games of the 2nd Half of the season are being played on turf at Rogers Centre in Toronto and at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
The other thought of some fans is to move Russell Martin to 3B and promote Jesus Montero and use him as the primary Catcher until Rodriguez comes back from the DL, but the problem there is twofold, 1 Montero is on the DL in AAA, 2 Martin isn’t exactly Cody Ransom at 3B.
These are my opinions what are yours leave your comments at the bottom of the page.
Posted by Brian Capozzi http://www.bronxbombersbeat.com
While one win doesn’t exactly take away the sour taste left in our mouths after the Yankees-Red Sox series, an offense blowout can definitely help. Backed by a solid outing from Ivan Nova, the Yankees beat the Indians last evening in the Bronx by a score of 11-7. A 4-run 9th inning by the Indians is the reason why the score seems closer then it was. In the bottom of the 1st inning, patience… that’s right, patience is what led the Yankees to a 3-0 lead. Jeter led off the game with a walk, followed by a Granderson strikeout, and 2 walks to Teixeira and A-Rod. Cano stepped to the plate with bases load and drove a single to right field to plate Jeter. Nick Swisher followed up with a sacrifice fly to score Teixeira, and Posada singled in Rodriguez. Fundamentals helped the Yankees work their way to a 3-0 lead heading into the second. A Granderson home run in the bottom of the second was followed by abench clearing ‘argument’ after what appeared to be an intentional HBP at Teixeira. It was a bush-league move by Fausto Carmona who threw a cock-shot fastball to Granderson. That was his own fault and Teixeira should not be thrown at because Carmona can’t hit his spots! Brett Gardner had an RBI double in the bottom of the 3rd, and an Alex Rodriguez homer in the bottom of the 4th inning gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the 5th where the Indians finally got on the board to make it 6-1.
A throwing error by Carlos Santana allowed Granderson to score in the 6th, and then the Yankees erupted for 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th thanks in part to back to back doubles by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. Outside of a poor performance from Amauri Sanit (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and 8 walks by all Yankees pitchers, the team won a game that they needed for a while. They played smart baseball and did not rely solely on the long ball. A game like this could help get the offense going and get the team on a hot streak they have needed for a few weeks. Fingers crossed that they can keep this up, and that it wasn’t just a one-game fluke. We know the team is old, but the fact is, they still have talent to get the job done. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada each collected 3 hits apiece, while Teixeira had 3 RBIs. It was indeed a team effort that we need to see more of for the rest of the season.
Yankees Starting Line-up
- Jeter, SS
- Granderson, CF
- Teixeira, 1B
- Rodriguez, 3B
- Cano, 2B
- Swisher, RF
- Posada, DH
- Gardner, LF
- Cervelli, C