In one of the more light-hearted moments in 42, a nearly-naked Ralph Branca (played by Hamish Linklater) confronts an equally near-naked Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) on the question on why he doesn't shower with the rest of the team. After a minute or so of hemming and hawing, Branca blurts ou ... More >>
Is it possible that following one team up close, day by day, for an entire season, can actually give you a distorted rather than accurate perception of how good they are?
Like many Yankee fans, I've been ruthlessly criticizing the team's performance, or at least its performance since the All-Star ... More >>
I don't think anyone, even the most arrogant of Yankee fans -- am I being redundant when I say "arrogant Yankee fans? - thought the Yankees would be in 1st place in the AL East at the All-Star break. Certainly not after losing their big stud starter Michael Pineda before the season started and Mar ... More >>
The Texas Rangers are probably the best team in baseball, and that is, in large part, because they are also the smartest. Nolan Ryan took a gamble today, and it's the best kind of gamble: one that doesn't cost a lot of money and one with a good probability of delivering some dividends.
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You could tell that it was a special day at Yankee Stadium when the Bleacher Creatures broke from tradition and started a chant for Andy Pettitte which got most of the 41,000-plus to chime in. I don't recall the Creatures ever chanting the starting pitcher's name when they do the first inning lineup ... More >>
Any Yankees victory over the Los Angeles Angels is sweet, but this afternoon's 5-0 win was particularly sweet. No sooner did Albert Pujols say, in effect, that Opening Day at Yankee Stadium was "no big deal," Hiroki Kuroda went out and made a big deal out of it: 8 innings, 5 hits, 6 Ks, ZERO runs.
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The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 last night to win their 11th World Series. After letting up 2 runs in the first, the Cardinals scored 6 unanswered to take the series. They were down 2-3 in the Fall Classic after losing game 5 to the Rangers. David Freese was the World Serie ... More >>
EU leaders are in Brussels today for a crisis meeting on how to resolve the Euro's financial woes. Germany is resisting calls to increase the bailout fund and cut Greece's debt. Bloomberg reports "measures on the table include writedowns of as much as 50 percent on Greek debt, 100 billion eur ... More >>
A total of 74 people were arrested yesterday as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to Times Square. 24 people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass at a LaGuardia Pl. Citibank. Witnesses and protesters say some of those arrested were trying to close their acco ... More >>
If you're sick of Moneyball clichés, try the cure: Too Much Moneyball, a video from Jest.com that's making the rounds.
Our favorite scene is when the actor playing the Brad Pitt role — or, rather, in this scenario the Brian Cashman role — is thinking of new ways to spend money: "Ove ... More >>
I could have sworn as much the second I started watching the based-on-a-true-story movie and heard Brad being referred to as Billy Beane.
I knew someone by that name! (See above.)
He was the hot-looking ex-major-league player who made international headlines when he came out in 1999.
He's histori ... More >>
If the last ten days in the life of Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon were a baseball game, they would have been shut out, made 17 errors, and hit into a game-ending unassisted triple play. (That last feeling, admittedly, is one that they're already familiar with.)
You could single out almost any Mike Lupica column as typical, but the one in today's Daily News as the Yankees prepare to play Texas in Game Three of the ALCS is really classic.
We don't want to belabor the obvious -- that's Mike Lupica's job.
Some examples: "The Yankees come home no ... More >>
Robinson Cano for American League MVP? Cano's grand-slammer against the Seattle Mariners on August 22, a game in which he drove in 6 runs, awakened quite a few to the possibility. His performance last night against the Oakland A's -- three for four with three RBIs, including his 26th home run ... More >>
Oakland A's fan there, so the crowd was way better than usual. Pics by Puja.The struggle between party promoters and Manhattan clubs isn't a new one. Fact is, downtown hip just doesn't bring in the numbers (at the bar or at the door) compared to mainstream crowds and tourists--increasi ... More >>
How's A-Rod doing this season? Well, you know, he's batting .291, having produced 29 runs and 48 hits out of 165 at-bats. Could be worse, but as they say: "It's early." Even better, however, is the other strategy he's employing against rival teams (and we're not talking about his fielding abi ... More >>
Among other urgent business, the House of Representatives is considering today a bill, introduced by Jose Serrano of The Bronx, "Congratulating the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series Champions, the New York Yankees." Among the bill's many Whereases: "Whereas this year the Yankees opened ... More >>