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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tarp on the field in Arlington, Texas, 5% chance of rain at first pitch v Yankees











7/29/14, "Heavy rain in Arlington now but forecast says 5% chance of rain at first pitch ," Erik Boland twitter, 12:23pm in Texas

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Derek Jeter's final Texas Rangers series in Arlington begins









7/28/14, "New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter talks to the media before Monday’s game against the Rangers on Monday, July 28, 2014. (Star-Telegram/ Richard W. Rodriguez) "Yankee great Derek Jeter begins final Texas series," Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Yankees at Rangers

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Definitely no drought in the Bronx, tarp on the field, Rangers at Yankees








7/23/14, "And the field is getting soaked as grounds crew having trouble with the tarp," Erik Boland twitter. Rangers at Yankees.






















7/23/14, Struggles with tarp at Yankee Stadium, photo Jim McIsaac Newsday via Erik Boland twitter


 




7/23/14, "Field still not covered and I'm guessing the rain might stop before crew is able to move water soaked tarp," Erik Boland twitter. Rangers at Yankees, 2-1 Yankees in the 5th.

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Chase Headley gets Newsday back page on first day in town












Wed., 7/23/14, Chase Headley Newsday back page, "Head Over Heels," "In first game with Yanks, Headley drives in winning run in 14th," final 2-1 Yankees over Rangers in 14

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Chase Headley drives in winning run in bottom of 14th in his first game as a Yankee






7/22/14, "To be fair, everyone needs to wait to see what Solarte does in his first AB with the Padres before judging this deal· 2h (11:08pm)







At around midnight in the bottom of the 14th, in his first game and 4th at bat as a Yankee, Chase Headley drove in the winning run. Final 2-1 Yankees over Texas Rangers in 14 innings.
 
Best of luck to Yangervis Solarte in his first at bat and first game as a San Diego Padre

7/23/14, "Chase Headley wins it for Yankees in 14th," Newsday, John Jeansonne. Image above, Chase Headley drives in winning run for the Yankees in the 14th, Newsday
 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

US Army Parachute Team at Yankee Stadium before game v Reds











7/20/14, "Members of the US Army Parachute Team before this afternoon's game ," at Yankee Stadium v Cincinnati Reds, Erik Boland twitter, final 3-2 Yankees

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mercer doused after walk-off double in 11th










7/19/14, "Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer, center, is doused by teammates Andrew McCutchen, left, and Gaby Sanchez, right, as he is interviewed after hitting a walk off double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis during the 11th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Saturday, July 19, 2014. The Pirates won in 3-2 in 11 innings," ap

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Bud Selig presents Jeter with 2000 World Series MVP Award, Oct. 26, 2000








10/26/2000, "Selig, left, presenting Jeter with the Most Valuable Player award after the Yankees defeated the Mets, four games to one, for the World Series title on Oct. 26, 2000," Shaw, Getty via NY Times. Jeter hit home runs in games 4 and 5.

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2014 Yankee ratings on YES show improvement from 2013-Neil Best

7/17/14, "Yankees ratings on YES rebound from 2013," Neil Best, Newsday

"The 2010s have seen a steady decline in Yankees ratings on YES, bottoming out last season after a 31-percent drop in viewership during the Bombers’ playoff-free campaign.

But thus far in 2014, things are looking up, with an average of 283,000 viewers per game tuning into YES, a rise of 24 percent compared to the All-Star break last season.

Still, that is a far cry from, say, 2007, when games on YES averaged a whopping 454,000 viewers. Even a late playoff run this season like the one the Yankees managed in ’07 will not generate that kind of average, but it certainly would help.

As will the hype leading up to Derek Jeter’s final regular-season games, which could be the only reason to watch Yankees games come late September if they do not start strongly in the second half."

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rally against illegal immigration Saturday July 19 in Manhattan, 12 noon, 47th and 1st, near the UN

Make Them Listen. Find your protest location across the country, July 18 and 19: 
 
7/17/14, "Make Them Listen (Anti-illegal immigration rally this weekend)," american-rattlesnake.org, G. Perry

"Hi NY ICers, NY ICE will be participating in the planned nationwide demonstrations against illegals planned for this Saturday, July 19th.

WHERE:  Meet at 47th and 1st Avenue in Manhattan, near the United Nations. Bring: Signs and cameras!...

With the Obama administration continuing its policy of facilitating human trafficking, it’s incumbent upon disenfranchised citizens to speak out. To that end, a nationwide protest against illegal immigration-as well as the contempt the President and his underlings have shown for ordinary Americans-is slated to take place this Saturday. You can find the locations for your local rally on the Make Them Listen website, however there will be an event taking place in New York City....

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MLB All Star Game on Fox averaged 7.0 of homes and 11.34 million viewers, both highest since 2010-Neil Best

7/16/14, "Derek Jeter's All-Star farewell a ratings winner for Fox," Neil Best, Newsday

"Derek Jeter's farewell All-Star Game averaged 7.0 percent of homes and 11.34 million viewers on Fox, both the highest such figures since 2010.

Fox said it was the first time since 1993 and '94 that ratings for the event have increased in consecutive years -- albeit at far lower levels than two decades ago.

Viewership was at its highest during the 90 minutes before Jeter left the game.

An average of 11.9 percent of homes in the New York area watched, sixth best among the 56 major markets measured."

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7/15/14, "Covering 2: Derek Jeter dominates Fox's All-Star Game broadcast," Neil Best, Newsday

"One highlight showed Phil Rizzuto calling Jeter's first home run in 1996, Rizzuto's final season as a TV announcer." (end of article)

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Best place to eat a Frito pie is at a minor league baseball game-NY Times

Alpine Cowboys Texas team







7/15/14, "The best place to eat a Frito pie is at a minor-league baseball game. It’s a pile of Fritos with chili, cheese, jalapeños. But the chili can’t be made with beans--it’s a Texas thing. Some say it’s disrespectful to the beans and the meat because they’re so good on their own....

What’s the drive like from east to west Texas? 

The landscape changes pretty suddenly. Austin is very green: oak trees and, in the spring and early summer, the fields filled with wildflowers. Leading into south Texas, it gets very arid. No more lush green hills. You’re leaving the hill country and entering the high desert, rivers cutting through, creating canyons. In far-west Texas, there are hours where you don’t see anything, no cars. Great rock formations on the side of the road and a huge sky that goes on for miles."

7/15/14, "Eating Across Texas, Puffy Tacos to Frito Pie," NY Times

Image caption: "Ms. Fain had a Frito pie at an Alpine Cowboys game. Credit Lisa Fain"

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Derek Jeter Newsday back page, 2014 All Star Game, 'Night 2 Remember'










7/16/14, Newsday back page, Derek Jeter last All Star Game, "Night 2 Remember, Jeter goes 2 for 2, gets standing ovation in All Star send off" Final 5-3 AL

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Derek Jeter pictures from 2014 All Star Game


7/15/14, "American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, tries to throw out the National League's Andrew McCutchen at first base during the first inning of the MLB All-Star game in Minneapolis," ap. Final 5-3 AL















7/15/14, "Shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, doubles during the first inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap
















7/15/14, "Shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waves to the crowd during the first inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap
















7/15/14, "Shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, doubles during the first inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap








7/15/14, "American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waves to the crowd as American League Manager John Farrell, of the Boston Red Sox, left, looks on before the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap
















7/15/14, "Shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, doubles during the first inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap
















7/15/14, "American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, singles during the third inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap















7/15/14, "American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, steps to the plate during the first inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap















7/15/14, "Jeterian swing": "American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, singles during the third inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap
















7/15/14, Derek Jeter is introduced prior to All Star Game, getty


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7/15/14, "American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waves as he is taken out of the game in the top of the fourth inning of the MLB All-Star game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap (Some of above photos are from generic SacBee MLB photo site. To find the  photos at specific news sites input the caption into google and news/sports sites may come up.) S.



 


7/15/14, Jeter with media before All Star Game in Minneapolis, NY Times, "Leaving a Sport in Better Shape, Derek Jeter and Bud Selig, in Matching Tenures, Made M.L.B. Better," NY Times, Kepner

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flyover as Anthem concluded at 2014 All Star Game













7/15/14, "The U.S. national anthem is played before the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap, Paul Sancya

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7/15/14, "Flyover as the Anthem concluded at the All Star Game ," Erik Boland twitter, National League vs American League in Minneapolis

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American Flag during Anthem at 2014 All Star Game in Minneapolis


















7/15/14, "Anthem at the All Star Game, Erik Boland twitter. National League vs American League







7/15/14, "The American Flag being taken onto the field before the All Star Game in Minneapolis," AP via NY Times 

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'Brightest Star,' Jeter's final All Star Game, Newsday back page








7/15/14, "Brightest Star," Newsday back page

"All eyes on Jeter tonight at his last Midsummer Classic" Jeter, Baseball-Reference







7/15/14, "American League short stop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, center, walks off the field following batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis," ap. National League vs American League

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Rainbow over Home Run Derby in Minneapolis










7/14/14, "A pot of home runs at the end of this one. Even is moved by Mother Nature's endorsement of this event ," Erik Boland twitter

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Jeter at media availability for American League players at 2014 All Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis









7/14/14, "Jeter drawing a bit of a crowd for AL player availability ," at All Star Game at Minnesota Twins Target Field via Erik Boland twitter

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Rain delay Yankees-Orioles at Camden Yards


7/13/14, "Here comes the tarp! Looks like a serious #RainDelay for the #Orioles & #Yankees game. #Birdland #Baltimore #Baseball," Chris Cunningham. In the fifth, 3-1 Orioles (final)









7/13/14, "The tarp is on after a bit of a struggle due to the winds.," AJ Perez








7/13/14, "#raindelay #lightningwarning #mlb #orioles #yankees #sundaynightbaseball @ Oriole Park at Camden Yards  http://instagram.com/p/qagVz-oj2F/," instagram, A Traingali



7/13/14, "#Rain delay. Womp womp. ️️#orioles #birdland," Jen Lovett. First 4 photos via Star-Ledger, "Yankees-Orioles game delayed due to rain, fans warned of lightning"






7/13/14, "The Yanks and O's are in rain delay," USA Today Sports, via ESPN

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Puig ejected in third inning v Padres








7/12/14, "Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, looks on as home plate umpire David Rackley throws him out of the game after striking out to end the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Los Angeles," ap. Final 1-0 Dodgers.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chick Fil A cow mascot at Camden Yards for Yankee Oriole game












7/12/14, "The chick fil a cow, one of my favorite mascots ever, is here ," Erik Boland twitter from Camden Yards in Baltimore, Yankees at Orioles. More on Chick Fil A's yearly cow promotion.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Kelly Johnson John Sterling home run call in Baltimore, "Kelly killed it!"

7/11/14, Kelly Johnson hit a solo home run v Baltimore Orioles in top of second in Camden Yards. John Sterling's tag:

"Kelly killed it!"

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Aroma of Old Bay wafts across Camden Yards concourse









7/11/14, "Mmm, the smell of Old Bay wafting through the concourse. Perfect night in Baltimore. Yankees at Orioles," Brian Hoch, MLB.



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Center for American Progress suggests national tax on mileage

7/11/14, "Center for American Progress wants mileage-based highway fee," The Hill, Keith Lang

"The Center for American Progress is calling for Congress to ditch the federal gas tax in lieu of a system where drivers pay fees for road construction based on how many miles they travel.

The proposed mileage-based system has been controversial in previous transportation funding debates because critics question how government would monitor the traveling habits of drivers without infringing upon their privacy.

But the Center for American Progress said Friday that taxing drivers based on how far they drive is a much more sustainable system than the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax. With people driving more fuel-efficient cars, the gas tax isn't bringing in enough money and Congress is scrambling to reach a deal to prevent a cut-off in federal road repair funds.

The mileage-based taxation system was one of four recommendations made Friday by the Center for American Progress, which was founded by White House adviser John Podesta.

The group’s other ideas included a 15-cent gas tax hike to “stabilize” federal highway funding, which would be used to transition government away from the gas tax, and a $100 million mileage-based fee pilot program in 10-15 states.

The recommendations come as Congress is moving toward approving a temporary stopgap that would infuse about $10 billion into the Department of Transportation’s beleaguered Highway Trust Fund. 

The gas tax has been the traditional source for funding for the trust fund since it was created in the 1950s. It hasn't been hiked since 1993.

Budget analysts have predicted a $16 billion shortfall next year between gas tax revenue and what Congress wants to spend on roads. The gas tax typically brings in about $34 billion per year, compared with $50 billion in annual road and transit spending.

The Transportation department has warned that it would have to cut its funding to states by 28 percent if Congress does not act quickly to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Center for American Progress Director of Infrastructure Policy Kevin DeGood said it was time for Congress to look for other funding sources besides the gas tax if it hopes to craft a meaningful long-term transportation funding bill.

“For too long, Congress avoided addressing our transportation funding problem,” he said.

“Americans need a long-term solution. Mileage fees offer an equitable and effective way to provide for our transportation needs.”"

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Comment: Evil discretionary travel such as to MLB stadiums would be first to go for average Americans. PS. Unpleasant white patch behind most of this post is vandalism by my longtime google hackers.

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Jason Giambi greets Derek Jeter during Cleveland Indians pre-game farewell ceremony for Jeter








7/10/14, "New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter talks with Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro (left), manager Terry Francona (second from left) and designated hitter Jason Giambi during a pre-game ceremony honoring Jeter at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports," via Star-Ledger, final 9-3 Indians







7/10/14, "New York Yankees' Derek Jeter looks at a pin-striped guitar given to him by the Cleveland Indians organization before the Yankees play the Indians in a baseball game Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Cleveland," ap, final 9-3 Indians

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

WFAN morning and afternoon drive came in #2 in NY market in Men 25-54 in Spring 2014 ratings. 3 to 6:30 pm Francesa tied for #1 in market-Neil Best

7/9/14, "WFAN dominates sports radio ratings," Newsday, Neil Best
"WFAN's morning and afternoon drive time shows both finished second among New York-area stations in the spring ratings quarter, with substantial leads over their sports talk competition at ESPN New York.

In the key demographic of men ages 25-54, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton averaged 7.4 percent of the audience in the period March 27 through June 28, behind only the music station Z-100 at 8.3.

ESPN's national morning show with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic finished 11th with a 3.5 share in New York.

Mike Francesa's afternoon program averaged a 6.8 share from 1 to 6:30 p.m., behind only Spanish-language music station WSKQ-FM at 8.2.

During the hours in which Francesa competes head-to-head with ESPN's Michael Kay -- 3 to 6:30 p.m. -- Francesa tied for first place overall in the demographic with WSKQ at 7.0. Kay was 10th at 4.3.

Kay usually trailed Francesa by more than a 2-to-1 ratio during ESPN's years on 1050-AM, but his ratings and ranking have improved since the station switched to a better signal at 98.7-FM in the spring of 2012.

WFAN's ratings include both its AM and FM outlets.

The spring ratings period followed a winter during which the simulcast lineup of local sports talk shows realigned radically, with Carton/Esiason, Francesa and Kay all finding new TV homes.

Kay has averaged 19,000 viewers on YES from 3 to 6:30 p.m. since his simulcast began in February compared with 14,000 for Francesa during that time period last year, the network said."

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Added: I didn't see the ratings company mentioned but I'm guessing it's Arbitron.



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Jacoby Ells-buries it in the 14th in Cleveland






7/9/14, "New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates with teammates after belting a 1-run homer in the 14th inning against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The tribe lost the game 5-4 in the 14th inning," Plain Dealer, Gunter. Final 5-4 Yankees in 14 innings. Re: "Ells-buries it" is one of John Sterling's signature descriptions of Jacoby Ellsbury home runs.










7/9/14, "New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury belts a 1-run homer in the 14th inning against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The tribe lost the game 5-4 in the 14th inning," Plain Dealer, Gunter. Final 5-4 Yankees in 14 innings. Re: "Ells-buries it" is one of John Sterling's signature descriptions of Jacoby Ellsbury home runs.




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Teixeira 'Tex Message' in the stands in Cleveland in the 4th finds a Yankee fan




























7/9/14, "Cleveland Indians right fielder David Murphy watches as New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's home run soars into the stands in the fourth inning Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Progressive Field in Cleveland," Plain Dealer, Gunter. Final 5-4 Yankees in 14 innings. Re: "Tex Message" in headline, this is one of John Sterling's ways of describing a Teixeira home run.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Blue skies in Cleveland, tarp coming off the field










7/8/14, Blue skies cause tarp to be removed in Cleveland, approx. 2:24pm ahead of tonight's Yankees v Indians game, Erik Boland twitter pic

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Target Field flyover July 6, 2014, Yankees at Minnesota Twins












"Military aircraft fly over Target Field during the National Anthem as part of Military Appreciation Day before a game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis on Sunday, July 6, 2014," ap. final 9-7 Yankees

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Cuban pitchers caught trying to defect are kicked off their Cuban teams-AP

7/7/14, "Cuba: Team boots two pitchers after defection bids," AP via USA Today, Havana

Diosdani Castillo
"Villa Clara pitchers Diosdani Castillo and Yasmany Hernandez Romero have been indefinitely kicked off their club after they recently attempted to defect, according to Cuban official media.

The Vanguardia newspaper of Villa Clara province said Castillo and Hernandez tried to leave the island about two weeks ago.

"They will no longer wear the orange jersey following a grave indiscipline," Vanguardia reported over the weekend.

Villa Clara is the reigning champion of the Cuban baseball league, and orange is its signature color. Sports officials announced in late June that Castillo, Hernandez and several players from other clubs would be left off a national squad that is set to face a team of U.S. collegians later this month.

All were said to have made "illegal exit attempts." At least one of the players named, Yasmani Tomas of the Havana team Industriales, was successful.

Cuban ballplayers who leave often hope to compete in the United States, where potential multimillion-dollar contracts beckon.

Cuba recently began letting some players still in their prime sign temporary contracts in other leagues such as Japan."

Image: "In this Jan 18, 2014, photo, Villa Clara's pitcher Diosdani Castillo takes a break after a training session at the Latinamerican stadium in Havana, Cuba. Cuban authorities say Castillo, as well as the team's other pitcher Yasmany Hernandez Romero, will no longer play for the local club which won the championship last season, after they allegedly attempted to defect." ap

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

July 5 at Target Field, Minnesota Twins give Derek Jeter 2nd base from Oct. 2009 Metrodome game



7/5/14, "Target Field preps before Twins vs. Yankee game 3."...Paul Rovelstad twitter pic. Final 2-1 Twins in 11 innings.





7/5/14, "NY Yankee Derek Jeter gets the 2nd base from the Dome when Yankees last beat the Twins in the Playoffs at the Dome," Paul Rovelstad twitter pic. Final 2-1 Twins in 11 innings.

"Before the teams’ Saturday afternoon game, the Twins gave Jeter the second base bag from the last-ever game at the Metrodome – a 4-1 Yankees win in the first round of the playoffs that knocked the Twins out of the postseason, way back in October of 2009. [ALDS game 3, 10/11/2009].

The Yankees went on to win the World Series that year.

The Twins also donated $10,000 to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. All of it was presented to a standing ovation, according to the Star Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal."

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