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Raise The Flag and Kiss The Ring….Yankee Opening Day!!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , , , on April 13, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Today is a great day. Every opening day is exciting, it marks the start of a 6 month campaign. 162 games. 162 games is a-lot of baseball and for the die-hard fans we pretty much live and die with every single pitch of every single game. April is the time for new beginnings where all teams start fresh and start even. But there is something particularly sweet about this opening day, as we raise our 27th World Series flag high above the stadium for the entire baseball universe to see. In year one of our new home, the house that Jeter built , we took home the prize and today we take one final moment to celebrate and thank the boys who got us there and then…its back to business, the business of winning number 28. Were simply never satisfied.

And in perhaps the sweetest scheduling quirk ever, Hideki Matsui will get his well deserved first ring, wearing a Los Angeles Angels cool is that?

But again for today… Raise The Flag and Kiss The Ring!!!

27 World Series Titles…..How sweet it is!!!

Oh Dr. Dre….How could you???

Posted in Accessory, Baseball, Hip-Hop, MLB, Music, New York Yankees, Rappers with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I love Dr. Dre, always have. Maybe the best hip-hop producer of all time. But after Sundays Yankees vs. Red Sox game that kicked off the 2010 campaign he dropped more than a few notches in my book.

Much to my chagrin I see the one and only Chronic King sporting a RED SOX JERSEY….are you kidding me?

Now of course later I found out that Dre was simply pumping his new c0-branded beats by Dre. Headphones…. but that is no excuse.

The rapper/super producer showed up at Fenway Park to promote the Red Sox Beats by Dr. Dre headphones from Monster. The officially licensed Red Sox Beats are the latest version of Dr. Dre’s well-received headphones. Dr. Dre donned a Red Sox jersey and took a little batting practice in the historic baseball park.

The Red Sox are the first officially licensed professional sports team to have a set of Beats. Why does a baseball team needs branded headphones? I’m not sure but the Red Sox fans are some of the most devoted you’ll find anywhere so there is likely a market for these. The Red Sox Beats come with a carrying case, cables and an adapter and sell for $400.

Now Dre, I will be first on-line to buy the much-anticipated DETOX album whenever it drops, but you would have to pay me to wear those headphones….Call me when the WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK YANKEE version drops.

16 days till Baseball….Thurman Munson McFarlane New Release!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees with tags , on March 19, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I need Baseball season to start asap.  Being that less than 24 hours into March Madness and one of my final four team is already out. With no shot of winning the office pool, my attention is turned back to where it should be, in the boogie down BRONX.

Soon enough The WORLD CHAMPION NEW YORK YANKEES will raise that Flag , get their rings and start the 162 game journey to October.

Thurman Munson

By the way…How dope is the THURMAN MUNSON Mcfarlane figure that is dropping this spring.

Yes I still buy Toys!!

27 Days till Yankee Baseball – The Reggie Bar!!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees with tags , , , on March 8, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

You can tell it’s coming, the temperature is slowly moving up. The snow is clearing and the hot stove discussions are heating up as Spring training is in full swing. I do my best not to pay attention to pre-season baseball results,  April 4 is where the real action begins. Yankee vs Sox in Boston on a Sunday night….great way to start the year.

I love hearing the stories of opening day 1978 at Yankee Stadium. What could Reggie do to follow-up his  Babe Ruth like effort in Game 6 of the 77 series (3 home runs on 3 swings) where he became Mr. October, well on opening day in 1978, Reggie did what he does best…He went long!!

The Yankees’ home opener of the 1978 season, on April 13 against the Chicago White Sox, featured a new product, the “Reggie!” bar.

In 1976, while playing in Baltimore, Jackson had said, “If I played in New York, they’d name a candy bar after me.”  The Reggie! bars were handed to fans as they walked into Yankee Stadium on that 1978 Opening Day. Jackson hit a home run, and when he returned to right field the next inning, fans began throwing the Reggie bars on the field in celebration. The Yankees won the game, 4-2.

Reggie , Reggie, Reggie!!!!!

Oh Captain My Captain!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

The Captain

The Captain Speaks.

Derek Jeter will go down as perhaps the greatest Yankee of all time, if not the greatest then certainly in the top 5. When you are talking about names like Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle , DiMaggio and Berra, that is really no joke.

When it is all said and done Jeter will be remembered for all the championships, the acrobatic throws to first, Mr. November,  the flip play and of course flinging his body into the crowd to catch an impossible foul ball in an early July game against Boston.

But what Jeter should be remembered for is for literally being the COOLEST character to ever put on the pinstripes. Derek Jeter has lived under a constant microscope of fame since he first stepped into the house that Ruth built in 1995. New York City is the media capitol of the world, and as much as we like to shower our heroes with praise, we are always waiting for the other shoe to drop and knock our stars down a few notches. With Derek Jeter that is impossible and today , his incredible character and savvy were on full display.

In the last year of his 10 year deal with the Yankees, Jeter had the good sense to realize that the media will be asking him daily about his impending free agency and the Yankee policy of not negotiating with players until the end of the season.  So what does the captain of cool do? He holds a press conference to basically say that today and only today will he discuss his contract with the media. Jeter is a winner and he wants to win probably more than anyone in pro sports , he also knows that as the leader of the this franchise he can not allow himself to become the story and a distraction for the team. So he nips it in the bud and says all the right things.  Pay attention Tiger! You have nothing on Derek Jeter!!!!

I think this quote from todays press conference says it all.

“This is the only organization I’ve ever wanted to play for,” Jeter said. “That’s still true today. I was a Yankees fan growing up, and this is where I want to be. I’ve never envisioned myself playing anywhere else, and hopefully I don’t have to.”

I am not sure too many pro athletes could pull this off and have the media obey their wishes, but Derek Jeter has that type of respect. He has certainly earned it.

Check out the press conference.

41 Days till Baseball – The Babe

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees with tags , , on February 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Spring Training in Tampa is almost in full swing and of course the core of the 2010 Yankee squad has hit the ground running. Forget all the contract nonsense with Jeter and Mariano, if all goes well both men will retire in pinstripes and hopefully not too soon.  So before we look forward lets look back at another Yankee legend, the second player in our RETIRED NUMBER SERIES, a man who needs no introduction , a man who truly was bigger than the game and perhaps one of the most famous athletes of all time…THE BABE.

The Babe

George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), best known as “Babe” Ruth and nicknamed “the Great Bambino“, “the Sultan of Swat“, “the King of Crash“, and “the Colossus of Clouts“, was an American Major League baseball player from 19141935. Ruth originally broke into the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, he converted to a full-time right fielder and subsequently became one of the league’s most prolific hitters. Ruth was a mainstay in the Yankees’ lineup that won seven pennants and four World Series titles during his tenure with the team. After a short stint with the Boston Braves in 1935, Ruth retired. In 1936, Ruth became one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ruth has since become regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture.[1] He has been named the greatest baseball player in history in various surveys and rankings, and his home run hitting prowess and charismatic personality made him a larger than life figure in the “Roaring Twenties“. Off the field he was famous for his charity, but also was noted for his often reckless lifestyle. Ruth is credited with changing baseball itself. The popularity of the game exploded in the 1920s, largely due to his influence. Ruth ushered in the “live-ball era,” as his big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only excited fans, but helped baseball evolve from a low-scoring, speed-dominated game to a high-scoring power game.

Ruth was the first player to hit 60 home runs in one season (1927), setting the season record which stood until broken by Roger Maris in 1961. Ruth’s lifetime total of 714 home runs at his retirement in 1935 was a record, until first surpassed by Hank Aaron in 1974. Unlike many power hitters, Ruth also hit for average: his .342 lifetime batting is tenth highest in baseball history, and in one season (1923) he hit .393, a Yankee record. His .690 career slugging percentage and 1.164 career on-base plus slugging (OPS) remain the major league records.[3] Ruth dominated in the era in which he played. He led the league in home runs during a season twelve times, slugging percentage and OPS thirteen times each, runs scored eight times, and runs batted in (RBIs) six times. Each of those totals represents a modern record (as well as the all-time record, except for RBIs). (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The First true legendary Yankee and the backbone of Murderer’s Row, The Babe is credited with truly setting the tone for what would become the greatest sports franchise in the World.  Before there was Jordan or Tiger (well forget Tiger)… before there were any star athletes that transcended sports, there was Babe Ruth. True Yankee for real!

54 Days till Baseball

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees with tags , on February 9, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

With the impending snowstorm about to crush NYC, it helps to think that in just 54 short days the YANKS will be back in action. Most likely beating up on the Red Sox and hopefully the entire AL east. The Yankees actually start the season on Sunday night April 4th in the not so friendly confines of Fenway Park.

After winning Championship # 27, I have been thinking a lot about the all the history, all the titles and all the players that make the Yankees what they are today, The GREATEST SPORTS FRANCHISE on the planet. To have your number retired by this organization is the highest honor. As I count down the days to the season I want to highlight this very special elite group of Yankees.

Lets start with a guy, I had the privilege to see play, even though I was only 4 years old at the time. THURMAN MUNSON

Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was a Major League Baseball catcher who spent his entire career with the New York Yankees (1969 – 1979). A perennial All-Star, Munson was killed at age 32 while trying to land his personal jet. He is the only Yankee ever to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards.


Thurman Munson’s number 15 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1979

The day after his death, before the start of the Yankees’ four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx, the team paid tribute to their deceased captain in a pre-game ceremony in which the starters stood at their defensive positions, save for the catcher’s box, which remained empty. Following a prayer by Terence Cardinal Cooke, a moment of silence and “America The Beautiful” by Robert Merrill, the fans (announced attendance 51,151) burst into an eight minute standing ovation. Jerry Narron, the man who would replace Munson behind the plate, remained in the dugout and did not enter the field until stadium announcer Bob Sheppard said, “And now it is time to play ball. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for your co-operation.”

On August 6, the entire Yankee team attended Munson’s funeral in Canton, Ohio. Teammates Lou Piniella and Bobby Murcer, who were Munson’s best friends, gave eulogies. That night (before a national viewing audience on ABC‘s Monday Night Baseball) the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4 in New York, with Murcer driving in all five runs with a three-run home run in the seventh inning and a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.[15]

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner retired Munson’s number 15 immediately upon his catcher’s death. On September 20, 1980, a plaque dedicated to Munson’s memory was placed in Monument Park. The plaque bears excerpts from an inscription composed by Steinbrenner and flashed on the stadium scoreboard the day after his death:

Our captain and leader has not left us, today, tomorrow, this year, next … Our endeavors will reflect our love and admiration for him.