Thursday, November 28, 2013


Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon always takes time out at the beginning of his show on Fridays to thank those who have impacted him and frankly, America, in a humorous way.

We here at BYB have so much to be thankful for as we continue to write as a team on a sport and franchise that has given so much to baseball and to all of us as forever fans.  So, like Jimmy, Suzie would like to say “thank you” to the Yankees of 2013 for giving us so much material this year on which tout, rant, discover and laugh about.

Thank you, Alex Rodriguez, for lying and crying about PEDs, especially most recently when you threw the chair and ranted on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN.  “ARod vehemently denies any wrongdoing in the case, including saying that he's not used PEDs at all since 2003. He also denies having leaked documents about Ryan Braun to Yahoo Sports, calling that accusation by MLB "laughable" and "disgusting." Finally, he denies any obstructing of justice during the course of this case, one of the several reasons given by Major League Baseball to give Rodriguez the biggest drug-related suspension of all-time,” according to CBS Sports.  Again, I say, Thank you, A-Rod- you truly can’t make this stuff up.

Thank you, Andy Pettitte, for deciding to comeback again and give it your all this season.  I wished it was a bit more, but I will always be grateful for your passion, your amazing pick off move and your relentless drive to be a champion.

Thank you, Mariano Rivera, for driving us for all these years. You are an exemplar for leadership and athletic competition.  I don’t know what we will do without you.  "I've had an opportunity to play for 19 years and give the best of my talents and my ability to this organization,” said Rivera following his final pitch of his major league career.

Thank you, Alfonso Soriano, for choosing to come back to the Bronx and busting it loose for us the second half of the season.  I never felt good when they traded Sori away.  Having him come back to us this summer was like Thanksgiving in July and I am not the only one who felt that way. “Everybody knows how I feel about Sori,” Jeter said of Soriano, who was dealt to Texas in February of 2004 in the trade that brought Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees. “I’ve said it when we traded for Al, he’s someone that you develop a relationship with, and you miss them when they leave. We had a great relationship.”

Thank you, Brian Cashman, for setting us up to fail in 2013 by not opening your wallet for pitching, for letting Raul go, and for giving us more to laugh about as you sparred with ARod right in front of the media throughout the spring and summer.  By the way, I will cut your hands off if you sign Cano long term.  I hope you have learned your lesson with ARod.  Oh, and by the way, on Black Friday, can you please get us the ultimate door buster?  A pitcher would be nice!

Thank you, Joe Girardi, for not bailing on us for the Windy City.  Thank you, Derek Jeter for protecting that ankle carefully this off-season so you can be ready to lead us to victory in 2014.  Thank you, Mark Teixeira, for coming back this spring with something to prove.  Please don’t take two months to warm up.  June is too long; how about you are hot from the season’s start this year for a change.  And finally, thank you, fans, for sticking with us, even when we had nothing exciting to write about, nothing but losses to avenge and injuries to nurse.  At least we are not the Mets.  Ha, ha, ha, ha… thank you, God for that!

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Opinion Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

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