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 >>
And so it ends with a bang and a whimper. No Yankee great's departure has ever caused anything like the shock to the system New York fans are now experiencing. I'm hearing from some, "Well, what about Thurman Munson's death?" A shock, yes, but let's be honest, Munson wasn't loved. Certainly his l ... More >>
Though it didn't make anyone's sports headlines in a week of Bobby Valentine's smart-offs and the return of Jeremy Lin, what might turn out to be the biggest sports news of all is the exciting progress (measured in the increasing velocity of that once-fearsome slider, now up to 94-95 mph) of Joba Ch ... More >>
The new five-year collective bargaining agreement signed by baseball owners and players yesterday features a list of tweaks to rules big and small: Among other things, fair/foul calls can now be overruled by instant replay, teams can activate a 26th man for doubleheaders, and those shatter-prone map ... More >>
If you were about to play what could be your last game of the season, would you use every weapon you had? If we are to believe Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, he wouldn't. Leyland has repeatedly said he "probably wouldn't use Justin Verlander in relief" in tonight's Game Five against the Yanks, ... More >>
Yankee savior RiveraHere's a story from the November 17, 1997, Seattle Times that's making the rounds: Not even the New York Yankees' offer of reliever Mariano Rivera, rated one of the American League's top closers, could entice the Mariners to give up Randy Johnson. ...
Rivera: Showing his age?"It's gonna happen every once and a while," said an ashen-faced Joe Girardi, after Curtis Granderson was picked off first base to end Tuesday night's game, with the Yankees losing 6-4 to the Angels. "The one thing you don't want is to become too passive on the base paths whe ... More >>
Rivera deliversMariano Rivera's 1000th appearance in a Yankees uniform has triggered a slew of analytical articles examining various aspects of his greatness. Oddly enough, the most interesting ones didn't come from the mainstream New York press. One of the best was by David Pinto, formerly of Bas ... More >>
In 1975, a survey representing America's biggest rock and roll stations asked several thousand listeners to name the greatest rock and roll record of all time. The Beatles, you might guess? Stones? Beach Boys? Stevie Wonder? Maybe Elvis? Or The Supremes? None of the above. According to those ... More >>
Does the acquisition of Cliff Lee give the Philadelphia Phillies the best rotation in baseball history? That's a little premature, but you can certainly make a good argument. Right now, Roy Halliday, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels certainly look to rank with the 1954 Cleveland In ... More >>
If Nate Silver is correct, both the Democratic Party and the New York Yankees might be headed for tough times this fall. The ace political pollster/baseball analyst projects the numbers for 1,600 major league ballplayers in the current Baseball Prospectus 2010, and things don't look good for ... More >>
First of all, on behalf of those at the Village Voice who are Yankee fans, let me thank Roy Edroso for the headline on his piece, "Congratulations Douchebag Yankee Fans." We accept your congratulations, and we assume you mean douchebag in the best possible sense. And, yes, we are doucheba ... More >>
Mariano Rivera actually had to be subjected to an MLB investigation over his alleged spitball--an accusation that was dismissed as ridiculous roughly 15 minutes after the league consented to look into it. ...And yet this incident from last night's game oddly is not generating a single peep.
Ahh, much better. The Yankees beat the Phillies in a much-needed, if technically not "must-win" Game 2, with A.J. Burnett outdueling old friend Pedro Martinez. The Phillies took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd with an RBI single from Matt Stairs, but the Yanks answered in the 4th with a solo s ... More >>
I think I might have been just as happy with the score as I was with the fact that the Yankees won last night. I don't know if my heart could have handled another extra innings monument to high anxiety. A pitchers' duel would have sent me into seizure fits. (Of course, an Angels' hit parade ... More >>
Hurrah for Best Of the Best Ofs! What do you think? Is Mexico 2000, "a quaint shop under the J/M/Z line in East Williamsburg," New York's Best Bodega? Or McGovern of Brooklyn the city's Most Morbid Florist? Surely you have an opinion on our Best Yankee (Mariano Rivera), Met (Jerry Manuel) , ... More >>
Just to bring everyone up to speed, in the past year, the media/society et al have demonized the Yankees based on accusations from the following sources: A laundry list of names from a clubhouse source who not only has biased connections rendering clear conflict of interests, but who devel ... More >>
I don't know if I should be writing this right now. I have a hair trigger temper when it comes to baseball, and an uncensored tongue when it comes to lashing out at, well, anyone who crosses my path after a loss. It may well be the most telling litmus test of my friends. The ones who try to ... More >>
After all that ado, not a lick of rain. Just goes to show you. God's a Yankee fan, and even though they're "angels," it's bro's before halos. Four wins down. Seven to go. Man, it's cold out. When I started this whole watching-the-Yankees-bat-from-outside ritual, it was a 65 degree situat ... More >>
So about 5 hours ago, I lamented that my hands have been shaking all day. And they still are. But for different reasons now. The Yanks are down 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, and that was around the time my manic desperation started to manifest itself full throttle. It's a crazy frenzy that ... More >>
"So who would you rather play in the ALDS?" I think the only set of 9 words I've heard more often than this is "Thank you for your submission to our publication. Unfortunately..." But in the last week, the pending ALDS opponent has been like a bag of PopSecret stuck in the penant race micro ... More >>
What are the prerequisites for getting "he's human after all" exemptions? Because there are a lot of stars and legends out there...but only certain people get this said about them with some degree of frequency. I think everybody should only get one. Like, from birth. You don't assume anyone ... More >>
God damn it. The Metropolitan reports Yankees fans outnumbered Mets fans at Citi Field; we are overrun. Mariano Rivera got his 500th save and batted in a run, and Derek Jeter felt comfy enough to talk smack about Shea. Okay, let's start thinking about prospects for 2010. Maybe if this recession ho ... More >>
As the Mets prepare for what looks like a rough seven game road trip -- starting tonight with the first of three games against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and ending with three against the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies over the Fourth of July weekend -- it's time to face up to s ... More >>
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Thanks for the Memories, You Yankee Role Players. Now Get Out of Here.
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