A Biased Look at the New York Yankees, the Greatest Franchise in the History of Sports
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The Yankees season ended prematurely once again but there’s plenty of great moments in Yankees history that fans can look back. That’s why it was cool to see two new DVDs that feature great games in the Yankees history. The first one actually happened this year and that’s the game where Derek Jeter got his 3,000 hit and what a game for the future Hall of Famer. See the solo home run that gave him number 3,000 and you also get to see Jeter go five for five in this game. This is why it’s best to get as many Yankees tickets as you possibly can. You never know when history is going to happen with this team.
The second DVD features one of my favorite games. Not only is the game a beat down of the Boston Red Sox but it continued their stupid curse for another year. Game three of the 2003 ALCS is a classic. Relive the Pedro Martinez melt down and the extra innings game winning home run by Aaron Boone. This 6-5, eleven inning game is one I can watch over and over again.
Did you ever see the movie, “Catch Me if You Can”? It stars Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and is directed by Steven Spielberg. For all intents and purposes it’s a highly enjoyable flick. There’s a line in it, however, that I feel compelled to write about. In the movie, Leo asks, “You know why the Yankees win so many games? Because the other team can’t take their eyes off the pinstripes.” What a load of crap. Here’s your 2011 New…York…Yankees…
Left field: Brett Gardner. 2010 splits: .277 average, five home runs, 47 RBI, .762 OPS. Brief: Gardner is considered sneaky-quick, swiping 47 stolen bases in ’10. His production slipped mightily in the second half, as Gardner batted only .233 after the all-star break. There are concerns within the organization that he will be the same player he was in the second half last season. The good thing for Yankees fans are those concerns are coupled with a fat check book that can go out and make the necessary tweaking if need be.
Center field: Curtis Granderson. 2010 splits: .247 average, 24 home runs, 67 RBI, .792 OPS. Brief: Granderson isn’t a hitter who will consistently hit for average. It’s a common misconception because he’s a speedy centerfield that can rob a sure double in the gap with the efficiency of a common criminal. However, Granderson has an elongated swing that can put him in extended slumps from time-to-time. Still, when he’s on, it’s hard to find a guy more capable of a standup triple this side of Jose Reyes.
Right field: Nick Swisher. 2010 splits: .288 average, 29 home runs, 89 RBI, .870 OPS. Brief: What a pleasant surprise Swisher was in ’10 for the Yanks. Makes me a little sick to my stomach to be perfectly honest. Swisher put up career numbers last year and was also a fan favorite for his “zany antics”. I hate that schtick: “I’m the crazy guy who’s out here to loosen up these up-tight millionaires.” Anyway, there’s also rumors that Charlie Sheen wants Swisher to conduct his first interview since he last ran into some…shall we say…trouble. This guy should buy a lottery ticket.
Third base: Alex Rodriguez. 2010 splits: .270 average, 30 home runs, 125 RBI, .847 OPS. Brief: A-Rod is now 35 years old? Daign, that must make Ken Griffey Junior eligible for an AARP card. Rodriguez produces, despite all the flak he receives. At this point, it’s a simple matter of health for A-Rod. He had a number of different ailments in 2010 including a nagging hip injury. One day he’ll be remembered for what he is, one of the best players of all time. And also for sun tanning in Central Park…The four dudes playing volleyball in Top Gun thought that decision was a little questionable.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter. 2010 splits: .270 average, 10 home runs, 67 RBI, .710 OPS. Brief: There’s certain athletes you don’t mess with. You hear me Hank Steinbrenner!? That’d be like my hometown Detroit Red Wings giving our fearless leader Steve Yzerman grief. And I don’t play that. So, Hank, keep Jeter’s name out of your mouth because he’ll probably make a remarkable play in a big moment and win you another World Series that you don’t need.
Second base: Robinson Cano. 2010 splits: .319 average, 29 home runs, 109 RBI, .914 OPS. Brief: Cano was arguably the best player in baseball last season. He seems to have climbed into that top-tier reserved for future hall of famers and perennial all-stars. Not to mention, the guy makes some ridiculous plays at second base and has tremendous range. It’s good to be good.
First base: Mark Teixeira. 2010 splits .256 average, 33 home runs, 108 RBI, .846 OPS. Brief: Big Tex suffered a nasty hamstring injury last year in Game 4 of the ALCS. He should be back and ready to produce as steadily as always. Teixeira has had at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI every year for the last seven seasons.
Designated Hitter: Jorge Posada. 2010 splits: .248 average, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, .811 OPS. Brief: Now 39 years-old, Posada finally relinquishes his spot behind the plate to Russell Martin. I think this is a great move that should help increase Posada’s production at the plate.
Catcher: Russell Martin. 2010 splits: .248, 5 home runs, 46 RBI, .679 OPS. Brief: A former all-star, Martin’s production at the plate has steadily decreased since 2007. Nonetheless, he will provide a breather for Posada, who should benefit from not having his knee cartilage disintegrate at such an alarming rate.
That’s all for now…come back next week and we’ll take a look at all things pitching for the Yanks. Goodnight now.
I was going to wait and write my next post when the Yankees passed the Red Sox, which should be sometime next week, but Yankee great Phil Rizzuto passed away today at the age of 89. He was the 1950 AL MVP and he was one of those great players who lost three years because of World War II.
In case you missed it, the first of four historical Yankees diaries started earlier this week with the 1977 Yankees kicking off at Yankees History. Basically you get a quick hit of what happened that day. Coming in the next couple of weeks will be the 1927, 1937 and 1947 Yankees.
First off, nothing against Sutter being in the Hall of Fame. He pioneered a pitch and he was the first true one inning closer. However, how he gets in over the best reliever ever, Goose Gossage, is beyond me.
Gossage had better seasons, more seasons where he was effective and he pitched more innings. A ton more innings. To sum that sentence up, Goose Gossage is better then Bruce Sutter.
And I’m not the only one. Check out these other opinions.
There’s probably a ton more but after you read through a few, they get repititve. Fortunately, Gossage made some gains so I like his chances in 2008.
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