Tagged: Derek Jeter

The Buzz: Jeter, Damon, LF

  • NBCSports.com reports that Derek Jeter is not getting married. Instead, it is his sister, Sharlee Jeter, who will be getting married in November.
  • SportingNews.com points out that agents are saying that the Yankees only have $2 million left to spend, and that will not be enough to bring back Johnny Damon.
  • MLB.com says that it is possible for the Yankees to go beyond their budget to haul in Xavier Nady, who they are very interested in. They also say that they would not go far enough to bring back Damon.
  • MLB.com also points out that their are still remaining options for the Yankees in left field, beyond Jerry Hairston Jr. and Reed Johnson. Among those still available are Rocco Baldelli and former Yankee, Marcus Thames.

The New York Yankees: 2000’s

Best Moment: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Derek Jeter becomes “Mr. November”

Derek Jeter earned his pinstripes by walking off against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 world series with a home run over the right field wall. Still one of the most iconic scenes in Yankee history.

Honorable mention: Aaron Boone walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS vs Boston.

Worst Moment:
2004 ALCS vs Red Sox: Damon’s Grand Slam

johnny-damon-hitting-grand-slam-game-7--alcs-┬ęphotofile.jpgFuture Yankees, Johnny Damon, stuns an already disgusting series for the Yankees. A 3-0 game lead in the ALCS was soon to be diminished with one swing.

Honorable mention: Rivera throws potential double play ball into center field in the bottom of the ninth in game 7 of the 2001 WS.

Best Game: 7/1/04 vs Red Sox: “The greatest game you will ever see”

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A back and forth game that lasted well into the night was ended by pinch hitter, John Flaherty. A ground rule double over the left field wall was ruled a single because he never touched second base. The game also included the famous dive into the stands by Derek Jeter.

Honorable mention: 8/7/09: A-Rod walk-off home run in scoreless, 15 inning affair vs Red Sox.

Worst Game: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez blooper

A story book series and a near comeback win for the Yankees was gone with the wind after Luis Gonzalez blooped a walk off single over the drawn in infield. Had the infield played back, the Yankees would have 28 world championships.

Honorable mention: 4/25/09: Yankees blow huge lead vs Red Sox.

Biggest Bust: Carl Pavano comes to the Yankees, but doesn’t pitch

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Honorable mention: Chein-Ming Wang collapses in 2009 season.

Best play: 2001 ALDS vs A’s: The Jeter “flip play”

“One of the best plays you will ever see by a shortstop.” Jeter steals away an A’s run with an amazing flip to catcher Jorge Posada, keeping the game tied.

Honorable mention: 7/1/04: Jeter dives into the stands.

Team of the decade:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Alfonso Soriano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Paul O’Neil
C: Jorge Posada
SP: Andy Pettitte
RP: Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Torre

Yankees leaders of the decade:
Most Games: Derek Jeter (1500)
Most Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez (238)
Most Hits: Derek Jeter (1940)
Most Walks: Jorge Posada (707)
Most Wins: Mike Mussina (123)
Most Saves: Mariano Rivera (397)
Most Strikeouts: Mike Mussina (1278)
Most Pitches: Mike Mussina (24120)

NY Note #4

Retired Numbers.JPGAfter Jeter, what current Yankee has the best shot at seeing his number retired?  Given how his time in the Bronx has been riddled with controversy, would A-Rod even have a shot?

Jeffery Lung
Chicago, IL
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Interesting question, Jeff. With all the free agent talks and trade talks that the Yankees are always involved in, very seldom do we get to step back and speak about the legends. Your right, Jeter is a given. But who else?

When a first saw this question, I thought about the core four. Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte. Jeter’s in. Rivera — who’s number is already retired for Jackie Robinson — is in as well. As for Posada, I don’t think he has a real Yankee legacy like Rivera and Jeter. Pettitte, though, with all of those domianant years, does deserve it. Although I doubt that will happen.

Who else? Well, you have to think about the Yankees that will be around forever, guys who the Yankees would never let go. To me, those are Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Robinson Cano. Of those, I think Cano will do it. He is an MVP type player, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will win multiple batting titles. Hughes and Chamberlain are iffy.

Then A-Rod. I say no. To me, it won’t be the controversy that will keep A-Rod’s number out, it will be the fact that his greatness had already been defined when he came to the Yankees. For that reason, the number 13 on pinstripes isn’t so iconic. Free agents that come to the Yankees don’t leave behind the legacy that the lifetimes do, like a Jeter or a Pettitte. But it’s still possible. Think of other free agents that came to the Yankees. Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth both didn’t start with the Yankees and both had their numbers retired. But, then again, A-Rods no Babe. Jeffery Lung is a writer for Red State Blue State

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Yankees give thanks

A table of Yankees got together for Thanksgiving. They went around the table saying what they were thankful for. Here’s what they said:

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is thankful for Kate Hudson. And Luis Castillo for dropping that pop up.

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is thankful for Lou Gehrig’s career being cut short, giving him the chance to break his all time Yankee hits record.

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is thankful for championship number 27. Had the Yankees not won this championship, his job would be in serious danger.

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is thankful for the Yankees didn’t just send him down to the minors. His 4.75 ERA was rough to watch all the way through.

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is thankful that the Yankees have a disgusting amount of money, making it remotely possible that they will offer him a contract, after having an ERA over 9.

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is thankful for Xavier Nady’s injury. He’s also thankful for his wit, which has made his atrocious defense and lack of postseason production, almost tolerable.

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is thankful that MLB didn’t fine him an amount that actually matters to him for his fight with Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays.

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is thankful for his record breaking RBI total in the final game of the World Series. That may be a great ending to his Yankee career.

I am thankful for…

All of my readers that make writing this blog all worth while. And, of course, #27! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

What are you thankful for?
Write a comment on this entry saying what you are thankful for this thanksgiving. Help spread the holiday spirit!

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Mauer nearly perfect in MVP votes

Mauer MVP.pngOf the 28 overall votes for American League MVP, Twins catcher, Joe Mauer stole 27 of them to wrap up the first award of his career. Mauer also added his third batting title of his career after batting .365 this season.

Mauer was up against a duel of Yankees this season. 1B Mark Teixiera and SS Derek Jeter came in at second and third respectively, with Detroits Miguel Cabrera, Anaheims Kendry Morales and Bostons Kevin Youkilis to follow.

Mauer also lead the league in OBP and SLG and recorded career highes in home runs, batting average, hits and runs batted in.

This was a well deserved award for Mauer who has had the award stolen from him nearly every year. Teixiera and Jeter made it a difficult case, but Mauer has finally run away with one of the most deserved and most overdue awards in major league history.

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Reactions from the parade

Parade 11:6.pngI was not able to attend today’s Yankee ticker tape parade due to my Algebra teacher. But, regardless, a million New Yorkers crowded the streets of Broadway as the Yankees floated by in the chilly, windy weather. An estimated 33% of the fans were from outside the five boroughs. For many of the Yankee players — including playoff star Alex Rodriguez — it was their first time taking the victory ride. Here are some quotes and reactions from the parade.

“We welcome you all to the biggest party in town!”
– Michael Bloomberg

“Just incredible. A magical day; it’s hard not to enjoy that. New York has the best fans in the world.”
– Hal Steinbrenner

“They never get old. It’s been 10 years. It’s amazing. The
parade is extra special because everybody is celebrating with you.”
– Joe Girardi

“You feel like the president waving to everyone. You wish you could
thank everyone. I think they know we appreciate it.”
– Derek Jeter

“I’m so overjoyed. You don’t know how many times you’re going to
get the opportunity to be in a tickertape parade in New York City.”
– Johnny Damon

“Andy told me it’d be a mob scene. It’s amazing, the amount of people who are out there celebrating what we do.”
– CC Sabathia

“It was something special. You never take it for granted when you have the chance. I thank God.”
– Mariano Rivera

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And the Yankees are World Champions!

’09 Yanks nab 27th World Championship.

World Series Champs.pngOn December 12th, 2008, A.J. Burnett signed an $82.5 million contract with the Yankees. I sent an email to my dad who as at work with the link to the article on the signing. My dad replied by saying, “don’t count your chickens until the eggs hatch.”

327 days and 28 million seconds later, the Yankees passed around their 27th World Series trophy, for the first time in nine years. From CC’s horrible start on opening day, to A-Rod’s walk off in the fifteenth inning against the Red Sox, the Yankees have climbed every mountain, jumped every hurdle and now stand atop every team in Major League Baseball.

“You realize how difficult it is to get here,” Yankees captain Derek
Jeter said. “I never lost sight of the fact that it’s very difficult to
get to the World Series, let alone to win one. You realize and remember
how hard it is.”

Yanks Celebrate.jpgIn his potential final game as a Yankee, Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBI’s in a game, sealing up his World Series MVP honors.

“This is what the Steinbrenner family has strived for, year after year
— to deliver to the city of New York,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. “To be able to deliver this to the Boss, the stadium that he
created and the atmosphere around here, it’s very gratifying to all of
us.”

Probably most gratifying to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The king of
baseball has now sealed his resume. Alex Rodriguez has now won a
championship and is now the true champion that we all know him to be.

Andy Pettitte stepped up big for the Yankees on three days rest, and in possibly his final game in pinstripes, helped get his sixth ring.

“This is what you set out to do when you go to Spring Training,”
Pettitte said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to accomplish with the
rest of the team. This is what you play for.”

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Jeter, Pujols collect ’09 Aaron award

Both players nab their second career Hank Aaron Award.


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Prior to game four of the World Series between the Yankees and the Phillies, MLB announced the 2009 winners of the Hank Aaron award. The Hank Aaron award recognizes the best overall hitter in each league.
This year, it was Derek Jeter for the American League and Pujols for the National League. This was the second Aaron award for each player; Jeter won it in ’06 and Pujols in ’03.
“I just want to say, first of all, thank you for everyone who voted,” Jeter said. “This is an outstanding award. Any award that’s named after Hank Aaron to me is very special. I have the utmost respect for him because of what he represented, not only in his playing days, but how he has handled himself off the field to this day. This is an award that means a lot to me.”
Pujols was not able to attend the conference because of his recovering from surgery. 
Pujols lead the Majors with 47 home runs this season. He also led in OBP, SLG and OPS. Jeter hit .334, his fourth best season of his career.
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Who’s your daddy?

Martinez to pitch game 2 in New York.

Pedro 10:27.pngNow the stage is completely set. With Cliff Lee a sure go in game 1, the Phillies have announced today that they will throw 3 time Cy Young award winner, Pedro Martinez in game 2. It was a toss up between him and Hamels who has an ERA just below 7 in the postseason.

Martinez, a former Red Sox, is no stranger to the postseason. In 12 postseason starts, Pedro has a 3.13 ERA. All of those starts came with the Red Sox, except for one. That start came in the championship series against the Dodgers, when Martinez went 7.0 innings giving up just 2 hits and no runs. 
Pedro last faced the Yankees last year as a Met. The Yanks knocked him for 6 runs in 5.2 innings. He last faced the Yankees as a Red Sox in that disaster ALCS in 2004. He pitched the clinching game that sealed up a 4 game comeback and a trip to the world series in a 10-3 win.
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Quick Facts:
Career: 409 GS (219-100) 2.93 ERA 1.054 WHIP 4.15 SO/BB
2009 Regular Season: 9 GS (5-1) 3.63 ERA 1.254 WHIP 4.63 SO/BB
Career vs Yankees: 32 GS (11-11) 3.20 ERA 1.075 WHIP 4.14 SO/BB
Most H vs Pedro: Derek Jeter (22) Most hits for any hitter against Martinez.
Most HR vs Pedro: Jorge Posada (4)
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Jeter collects #20 in the postseason

Jeter’s leadoff home run puts Yanks on top.

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Going into Mondays game in Anaheim, the Yankees owned a 2-0 lead in the ALCS. It would be needed, as the Yankees have never played well in southern California.

Derek Jeter was quick to prove that wrong. In the first at-bat of ALCS play in Anaheim, Jeter crushed his 20th postseason home run — a long shot over the left field wall — to give the Yankees a quick, 1-0 lead.
It was his 20th career home run in the postseason, just 1 game after he knocked his 19th home run which passed him by Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle for 3rd on the all-time postseason home run list.
Home run #20 now puts him 2 away from 2nd place and former teammate Bernie Williams (22) and 9 away from LA’s Manny Ramirez (29).
Jeter’s leadoff home run was his third of his career and his 2 home runs this series ties a career high for home runs in a series. The most home runs he has hit in a postseason came in 2000 when he hit 4, he is just one shy of that mark.
Derek also leads in all-time postseason games played, at-bats, plate appearances, runs scored, hits, total bases, singles, and — not as impressively — strikeouts. 
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