Sunday, May 28, 2017

BASEBALL REMAINS A NATIONAL PASTIIME ACROSS GENERATIONS

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Memorial Day Weekend! It's the unofficial start of summer.  And what better way to celebrate than to watch baseball.  With the Yankees dropping one and winning one against the A's this weekend, we are hanging in there as the third best team in baseball.  But even more importantly than that, the Yankees and quite frankly all of baseball are attracting today's youth.  This is good.  This is something special.

Suzie Pinstripe writes with an audience

Like many families this weekend, we are on "vacation."  And it started off with a wiffle ball game at the beach, followed by talks about the Yankees, and then some Fox Sports baseball streaming with commentary from me for my young nephew, Matt, who just turned nine.  The featured game:  The Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres.  The Nats are the second best team in baseball and the best in the National League, much to the chagrin of my 20-year-old niece, a Met fan, Melissa.  She added to the conversation by screaming "Jason Werthless."  Yes, Jason Werth who is an arch enemy of the Mets got his second hit of the game. Our conversations went from who is Bryce Harper to wow he can hit, to is that really a double play to he was out at the plate (he was safe, actually).  Although Matt's dad is a Met fan (my brother), he is showing interest in the Yankees, and therefore life is good!  Let's get him to the Stadium...fast!

Melissa waits for the Mets

The other generation of kids here with us include college and high school age darlings (not really) and these guys were equally engaged.  Apparently the Mets are on after the Nats, which is attracting my nieces and let's not forget my son, Chris, who not only writes for us here at #BYB but is a born Yankee fan.

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Chris and I discussed the idea that Austin Romine should catch for Masahiro Tanaka- every game.  Tanaka wins with Romine behind the plate- the numbers don't lie and although our offense did not put it together for a win yesterday, Tanaka threw 13 strike outs besting Catfish Hunter on the all time list.

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Then there is my mother, who is just shy of 75 who is a part of the conversation.  She watches the Yankees as much as I do and if the Yankees aren't on, she reminded my niece Melissa, she will watch the Mets.  Basically, if she is forced...hahaha!

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So as we head into the rubber game against the A's and later travel to Baltimore on Monday for the Memorial Day Classic at Orioles Park, it is good to know that baseball is on the menu for many folks including yours truly.  Enjoy the games, enjoy your family and keep the national pastime alive!




MEET JOE... AND WELCOME TO LIFE

I've been busy. I admit that.  I've been way too busy lately to write anything truly motivational, inspirational or even happy or sad about my New York Yankees and life in general.   When you have kids, people will tell you that it's busy, but no one truly knows what that means until you are in it.  Well... I'm in it.

But today... today I'm taking a moment because of something that I found unbelievable... yet, in my own way, I did what I was raised to do, and so, in the end, I felt as though I was able to turn it around, even for only a moment.   Yup... this doesn't have a lot to do with the New York Yankees, but more about life and respect of life in general.


Meet Joe.

Joe is a military veteran standing outside a Dunkin' Donuts. I met him on Saturday morning.  As I pulled up and parked, I watched Joe as people as young as 17 and as old as 40 walked by him, patting their pockets and telling him they had no money on them or they'd "get him on the way out."  Joe looked discouraged, but I can tell that military time served him well... still standing tall, as best he could. Still not being defeated, even though no one could help fill his tin and supporting the troops on Memorial Day weekend.  My heart was broken, and as I walked toward him, I realized I was no better than any of them.  I had no cash on me.

"What's your name, Sir", I shook his hand.  Years of life had now shrunk this man, yet, when I looked into his eyes, I saw that strapping solider he once was.

"Joe", he said.

"Joe, here's the deal. I have to grab some munchkins for my little ones, and I only have a card. But when I get out, I will make sure I get you money for you and the troops. I promise."  I winked at him.

"OK, thanks", he said.  You could tell... he knew I wasn't coming back.  He'd heard that one before.

I grabbed the munchkins, threw them on the dash of my car, shut the car door and I walked the street. I found a Deli about a half a mile up the road, walked in and got out cash.  When I walked back... there was Joe... still there... still being ignored. Nothing had changed.

I walked back up to the man.

"Joe, this is for you.  Thank you for your service, sir. Thank you for our freedom."

I put a twenty dollar bill in his bucket.  The man was blown away.

"Thank you. What's your name?" he said, shaking my hand sternly.

"Robert.  Robert Casey," I said.

"Thank you Robert.  Thanks for coming back."

As I walked to my car I turned back.

"Hey, Joe. You need a chair?"... it was the least I could do.  This man, probably in his early 80's was in for a long day...no relief in sight.

"No, no, I'm fine."

I pulled a lawn chair from my car, I leaned it against the building.

"Tell you what... if you need it, it's right here. And when you're done with it, take it home," I said.

Joe winked.  He winked like I winked 20 minutes before and he waved and as I got into my car. I gave him a honk, and went on my way. 

Americans need to wake up.  We have it too easy.  We don't realize how wonderful it is to have to freedoms we do, and we should also always let our veterans and service men and women know that we appreciate them.  That's what my parents taught me... that's what I'm telling my kids as well.

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Life is too short.  I mean sure... there is so much we can talk about here on Bleeding Yankee Blue and it's fun to talk Yankees and share stories about being at the stadium and seeing Jeter's 3000th hit and watching a Judge diving catch or a Holliday homer or no-hitter of whatever.  And that's all good... because we're all fans.  But life is so much more...

The relationships I have made over the past 10 years are so valuable to me. The ones I have with my BYB audience are incredible. I talk more to people, not just to talk, but to learn about them.  I like the dialog because it helps me understand the other person better... what they are thinking, and liking in life.  Their dislikes... what makes them happy... you know what I mean.



Like for instance, Joey Moses, that Australian Yankee fan and BYB fanatic... he and I talk nearly every day.  He tweeted me this great picture above of him eating breakfast.  Notice his phone... BYB with his morning chow.  You can't beat that.



And yesterday he sends me this... a feature on MLB.com to customize you own shirts.  How freaking cool is this?

As I look at notes from him, or from others who ask, "Where are you?", I realize that life has really taken over... for not just me, but for many of my writers.  We are evolving in our lives, but still trying our best to find the time to write for you, however difficult it may be some days. Because if anyone who writes knows... it's about flow, and passion and not about filling pages here.  Yes, we want stories for you to read every day, but we also have to FEEL it because we know if we do that, you will see exactly how we feel about either the team or life or whatever we put out there.


Look at Suzie's Sunday feature today for instance... BASEBALL REMAINS A NATIONAL PASTIIME ACROSS GENERATIONS  for her, for many, baseball brings a family together.  Even me with my oldest... going to baseball tournaments, coaching my little guys... it's a grind in life, but opportunity for them is massive, and as parents you need to help guide them to their passions. Growth is good in making solid, disciplined individuals.

I'm full of emotion today, clearly. But meeting Joe really opened my eyes.  We need to be friendlier, folks. We need to stick together... grow together, love each other.  We need to stop being so angry and ignoring, but instead, shake hands, look people in the eyes and smile more.  Life's too short.  Life has a lot of offer.

The New York Yankees are my favorite baseball team ever.  That is why Bleeding Yankee Blue was created. But something happened to me as we are close to hitting our 7th birthday for Bleeding Yankee Blue.  You guys, our readers are the one and only reason we exist and are so damn popular.  Yes, our writers are wonderful, but if no one reads us... we're doing it for ourselves, and that's no fun.

Keep smiling out there. Keep having a dialog.  Stay happy.  Stop the hate and on this Memorial day weekend... thank a service man or woman for their service.

It's important to the evolution of what America is.  Thanks for hearing me out. 

Happy Sunday.



--Robert Casey
BYB Chief, Managing Editor & Head Writer
Twitter: @BleednYankeeBlu










Friday, May 26, 2017

THE YANKS ARE GOOD, BUT TRADES ARE LOOMING


As Memorial Day weekend approaches, everything seems right in Yankeeland for the most part. As of this story, the Yankees stand at 27-17 and are in first place in the AL East. Sure, there are some concerns, mostly the pitching of course, this Yankee team has been better than most predicted.

Pretty soon we will be hearing trade rumors and there will be a ton of speculation as to what the Yankees should and need to do. Who should we keep? Who should we trade and for whom should we be traded for? As the trade deadline approaches, all eyes will be on Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner.   

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According to this piece in the New York Daily News, Cashman's biggest job will be convincing Hal to part with some prospects...

"For all the praise Brian Cashman received for the prospect haul he brought back in trades last summer, his top accomplishment may well have been convincing Hal Steinbrenner the time had come to sell — especially when Randy Levine was in the owner’s other ear, arguing to the contrary."

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As it stands right now things look pretty damn good in the Bronx. The Yankees have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Orioles in the AL East. What's even better is Boston, who, before the season were the overwhelming favorites, but not right now.  Instead, 3rd place... and 3 1/2 games out. We have seen some great plays as well as some boneheaded ones.

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We've seen everything from a bloop single to a monster home run from our bats. The offense though can only carry you so far. Once again... pitching is the issue.  They need to be consistent.

Now look, I'm not advocating trading away the entire farm so that they can win today! I don't believe they really need to necessarily. I think, they can win with the team they field now... my opinion of course. Though I also believe if they don't get another starter that can pitch on a consistent basis and give them quality innings, things may not look as good in September as they do right now. Eventually the bullpen will break down and be ineffective. In fact, we may have already witnessed that to some degree.


In the end, someone may need to go.  Maybe it's Rob Refsnyder.  Maybe Clint Frazier. Who really knows. But listen... very soon we will find out.  Until then though, let all the speculation and suggestions flow. That's all part of the fun of being a fan anyway... isn't it?



--Michael Carnesi
BYB Writer

Follow me on Twitter: @sevn4evr





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SALIVATING OVER GLEYBER TORRES


Everyone is excited about Gleyber Torres.  He's making a leap to Triple A and there is plenty of talk about him coming to the Bronx real fast.

Well, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com is more excited than anyone, and literally took the time to set a lineup with Torres in it.  I am taking the Torres portion... where he'd bat in the lineup and what Kuty thinks of him.  The full piece is HERE though. Check it out:

"It may not be long until the New York Yankees welcome top prospect Gleyber Torres to Yankee Stadium. Here's what the lineup might look like. Hint: It's not great news for Chase Headley...


Thursday, May 25, 2017

HATE BRADY ALL YOU WANT, BUT HE GETS IT

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So let me get this straight.  When Tom Brady's in the Big Apple, he goes to Yankee Stadium with his kids and sits in the box seats out in the open where everyone and the YES cameras can see him rooting for the home team.


And when he goes out for a bite to eat and some shopping with Gisele,  he can wear his Yankee cap in plain sight of the world's paparazzi.  But the Boston-born mayor of New York City refuses to  ever allow a Yankee cap to darken the point on his dome?  And he refuses to ever set foot inside the Stadium? Really?

Yep.

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The Red Sox fan in Gracie Mansion thinks the Yankees and their fans should all go piss up a rope.  He said as much this week when he showed up in the Bronx for a week to basically make the entire borough and everyone in it a stage prop in his re-election campaign, setting up a faux office and pretending to conduct daily business there.

At a welcoming ceremony by the borough president, he was offered the obligatory team cap and jacket -- the same ones cheerfully accepted and proudly worn and displayed by all distinguished visitors to the Bronx, including presidents, prime ministers, queens, kings and popes. But de Blasio didn't accept it... he got whiney about it.

"Oh God. We have a situation," the mayor said as Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. unveiled the souvenirs. "Call security immediately."

Diaz would not be deterred, but de Blasio absolutely refused to wear the cap, instead agreeing to hold up half a jacket while covering his face and turning away from the camera.

He called that a "compromise."


I call it a joke. This is a guy that will march in an upcoming parade honoring someone who served time for killing and maiming innocent people with bombs, but he can't support a New York Team?  Are you kidding me?

Tell you what, Bill. When the Yankees win their World Championship and have their parade, find an excuse to be out of town that week... you're terrible. 


New England's lovely that time of year. Go root for the Sox... or the Pats.

If you do, say hi to Tom for us.

He gets it. Maybe he'll explain it to you.




 --Barry Millman
BYB Writer
Twitter: @nyyankeefanfore