Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorado Rockies retire Todd Helton's #17

8/17/14, "Retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, center, addresses the crowd during a ceremony to retire his playing number before the Rockies host the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014," ap. "Rockies pay tribute to Helton by retiring his No. 17 jersey," ap. Todd Helton

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Colorado Rockies scoreboard announces game v Reds delayed due to water main break

8/16/14, "Workers toil on the field as the outfield scoreboard displays notice that a water main break has forced the delay of a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The game was eventually canceled and will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday," ap

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Atlanta Braves security halts streaker on the field in game v Oakland A's, August 16

8/16/14, "Time is halted as a streaker is confronted by Atlanta Braves security personnel during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Atlanta," ap. final 4-3 Braves over Oakland


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Yankee fan sign in Tampa seeks Joe Girardi autograph

8/15/14, "Subtle... Erik Boland twitter pic. Yankees at Tampa Bay, Rays lead 5-0 in the 9th

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Manchester United bans tablets and laptops at home matches due to security concerns-BBC

8/13/14, "Manchester United bans tablets and laptops at home matches," BBC

"Manchester United has banned fans from bringing tablets and laptops to football matches at its stadium. 

The club said it was reacting to "security intelligence", adding the restriction was in line with new checks on electronic equipment at airports.

It said that unlike at airports, it would be "impractical" at the stadium to check the devices were genuine by asking for them to be powered up.

Greater Manchester Police said it was not involved with the ban "in any way".

A statement on the club's site says the ban extends to large and small tablets "including iPad minis", as well as larger electronic devices.

Smartphones are still permitted as long as their dimensions are smaller than 15cm by 10cm (5.9in by 3.9in).

"The regulations at each stadium are a matter for the relevant stadium management authorities, however, the scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique," it adds.

A spokesman for the club told the BBC it had made the move after receiving "advice", but would not say from whom this had come.

He added the action was unrelated to concerns about fans using tablets to record video of matches, potentially blocking the view of others, as had been reported elsewhere.

A spokesman for the Premier League said: "This is not something we are responsible for or involved in." The Football Association was unable to provide comment at this time.

The government announced in July that passengers flying to the US or elsewhere who passed through UK airports needed to show that devices carried in their hand luggage were charged and could be powered on. The move followed a warning that US officials had become aware of a "credible" unnamed terrorist threat.

The airport restrictions cover phones, MP3 players and cameras in addition to larger kit."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Born in the Bronx, Sept. 16, 1924, Lauren Bacall

March 2011, "To Have and Have Not," Vanity Fair, Matt Tyrnauer

"She was born Betty Joan Perske, in the Bronx, on September 16, 1924."...Image above from "To Have and Have Not," 1944 from premiumhollywood.com. Lauren Bacall

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Fan sign at Giants v Royals game: 'Will trade sister to meet Tim Lincecum'

8/10/14, "San Francisco Giants fans show their support for Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014," ap. Final 7-4, Kansas City Royals over San Francisco Giants

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/10/4063768/lincecum-struggles-again-as-giants.html#storylink=cpy

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Paul O'Neill 29th name in Monument Park at the Stadium

8/9/14, "Paul O’Neill’s monumental day draws big crowd at Stadium including Joe Torre (from l.), Gene Michael, Gene Monahan, Mariano Rivera, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Jorge Posada," NY Daily News, Howard Simmons. "Yankees could use a Paul O'Neill now," NYDN, McCarron. "Seeing O’Neill get the 29th plaque in Monument Park while the likes of Joe Torre, Jorge Posada and David Cone looked on sort of brought home the reality that the Yanks’ dynasty days are long gone. Are good times like that ever coming back to the Bronx?"...

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Pujols home run in 19th inning ends Red Sox-Angels game

8/10/14, "Red Sox lose 2 late leads, fall to Angels in 19," AP via USA Today. Final 5-4 Angels over Red Sox. "Vazquez caught the entire game, an incredible 272 pitches." 8/10/14, "Albert Pujols is the hero for Angels," Boston Globe, Peter Abraham. LA Times account by Mike Digiovanna 

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Lawsuit to proceed against MLB for its broadcast restrictions-AP

"The lawsuits say that the leagues' clubs and some television broadcast entities collude to eliminate competition in the showing of games on the Internet and on television."

8/8/14, "Judge: Trial can decide fate of MLB TV broadcasts," AP via UK Daily Mail, NY

"Major League Baseball cannot hide behind its antitrust exemption to fend off a lawsuit from fans who say the league unjustly dictates television markets for its ballclubs, a judge says.

U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin's ruling came after two lawsuits were brought by fans against MLB and the National Hockey League to stop their strict control over television broadcast rights.

The judge wrote that exceptions to antitrust laws are to be construed narrowly and noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has "expressly questioned the validity and logic of the baseball exemption and declined to extend it to other sports."

Thus, she said, she was declining to apply the exemption to "a subject that is not central to the business of baseball, and that Congress did not intend to exempt — namely baseball's contracts for television broadcasting rights."

She said the lawsuits could proceed to trial as fans try to show that the leagues should be forced to open television markets for their games so customers would have more options at less expensive prices to watch games across the country. She said a trial would help show whether the leagues were accurate in saying the restrictions are good for the sports and their fans.

The judge said an expert for some fans who brought the lawsuits says that consumers would pay as much as 50 percent less for packages of live game telecasts if there were more competition.

The ruling, which was signed on Monday, was placed in the public court record on Friday.

The lawsuits say that the leagues' clubs and some television broadcast entities collude to eliminate competition in the showing of games on the Internet and on television.

The fans seek a court declaration that the defendants engage in antitrust behavior and appropriate remedies, including unspecified damages.

Telephone messages seeking comment from lawyers in the case were not immediately returned Friday."

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Roy Halladay throws first pitch in Philadelphia in first visit since retiring in 2013

8/8/14, "Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay tips his cap to the crowd after speaking before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. Halladay threw out the ceremonial first pitch in his first appearance at the stadium since retiring last season," ap. Final 5-4 Mets. Roy Halladay

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Despite setbacks, Yankees Advance-Kepner, NY Times

8/7/14, "Despite Setbacks, Yankees Advance," NY Times, Tyler Kepner

David Robertson
"Facing a two-time most valuable player with two on, no outs and a one-run lead in the ninth inning Thursday, David Robertson meant to place his pitch low and away. But as he threw it, Robertson said, he simply cut loose. The ball ended up over the middle of the plate.

Miguel Cabrera swung, and Robertson got a break: a ground-ball double play. One pop-up later, the Yankees had won the game, 1-0, and taken three of four in the Bronx against the imposing Detroit Tigers.

“I was just trying to be smart,” Robertson said. “I didn’t exactly throw the pitch where I wanted to, but the outcome was exactly what I wanted.”...

Maybe, in spite of everything, this Yankees season can work out the same way....

The Yankees did not expect to have four injured starting pitchers and have nobody in the top 30 in the majors in on-base plus slugging percentage. But if the outcome is a trip to the playoffs — and the chance to make a deep run if things align as they did this week — it could still be a memorable season, after all. 

“This gives us a lot of confidence in that we can beat anybody,” catcher Francisco Cervelli said. “We’re still there. We’re going to compete, and we want to be in the playoffs.”

The Yankees have not been more games above .500 this season than they are now, at 60-54. It is an unlikely perch, given that they had to beat two Cy Young Award winners, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, as well as Rick Porcello, a 13-game winner this season, in the Tigers series to get there Thursday.

The Yankees’ starters in their victories against Detroit were Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano and Shane Greene. McCarthy started the season with Arizona, Capuano with Boston and Greene with Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

On Thursday, the Yankees’ second, fifth and sixth hitters were all newcomers: third baseman Martin Prado, first baseman Chase Headley and shortstop Stephen Drew. Prado made some nifty plays in the field, Headley singled and Drew doubled in the game’s only run.

That makes three starters and three everyday players, none having played for the Yankees before July (except for a third of an inning by Greene in April), all helping take a series from the A.L.’s glamour team.

“If you went back to the wintertime and said, ‘You’ll be able to get a Prado, that type of guy, a Headley, and you’re going to take a shot on Stephen Drew and move him to second base,’ I wouldn’t have expected any of that,” General Manager Brian Cashman said. “It’s just the way a major league season twists and turns.”

The players were available, of course, because they were underperforming, expensive or both. But even the moves that seemed easy, like snagging McCarthy for Vidal Nuno or acquiring Capuano for cash, were not. 

“You never expect anything,” Cashman said. “You have no idea where your conversations are going to take you. You really engage everybody possible, including Tampa on David Price and Boston on Jon Lester. But you have no idea what ones are going to fit and what will lead you where. I just knew it was going to be hard.”

He added: “We wound up getting McCarthy — eventually — but it took us two months. I had offers on the table they were rejecting. It took a long time. So I was not optimistic entering July because it took me so long to get a player who, at the time, was 2-10. It really dragged on.”

Cashman said he wanted Capuano when Boston released him in June. But Masahiro Tanaka was healthy then, and C. C. Sabathia seemed to be recovering from his knee problem. 

Capuano expected a better opportunity with the lowly Colorado Rockies, who never called him up from the minors.

“He had an out in his contract, and I engaged Dan O’Dowd,” Cashman said, referring to the Rockies’ general manager. “I said, ‘If you’re not going to call him up, trade him to me.’ So I bought him.”

The Tigers and the Oakland Athletics stand out as the favorites to play for the A.L. pennant in October. Detroit traded for Price, and Oakland traded for Lester after acquiring another All-Star starter, Jeff Samardzija, in early July.

But we hear all the time about how the best rotations rule October, only to forget what actually happens. Last year’s Cy Young Award winners, Scherzer and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, combined to make four starts in the league championship series. Their teams lost all four games. Verlander allowed one run in 23 innings last postseason — yet the Tigers somehow lost two of his three starts....

But the Yankees showed this week that if they catch a team at the right time, even as they stand right now, they have a chance.

Cashman, though, was not looking too far ahead. As he headed for Manager Joe Girardi’s office late Thursday afternoon, he had more immediate concerns, like making sure Esmil Rogers was cleared to start Friday.

“We could make things interesting,” Cashman said. “But we’ll see. We’ve got a lot of baseball left. We’re still trying to figure this thing out on a daily basis.”"

Image: "The Yankees’ David Robertson tracked Don Kelly’s pop out, which sealed the victory over Detroit," ap.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Chase Headley gets second John Sterling home run call, "Headley is deadly...You can bank on Chase"

8/6/14, In the fifth inning Chase Headley hit his second home run as a Yankee. Following is John Sterling's call:

"Verlander will deal two two, swung on there it goes to deep right, that ball is high, it is far, it is gone!...Headley is deadly! He homers to tie the game in the second deck. Oh, you can bank on Chase. And the ball game tied at one."

Final 5-1 Yankees over Tigers.

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Martin Prado gets first John Sterling home run call, 'The Prado of the Yankees'

8/5/14, Martin Prado in the 5th inning hit his first home run as a Yankee. Following is John Sterling's call:

"It'll be a 2-0 to Prado, he's a right hand hitter, and the pitch, swung on and hit in the air to deep left, that ball is high, it is far, it is gone! That's his first home run as a Yankee! Martin....is keen! He is the Prado...of the Yankees!"

Final in twelve innings, 4-3 Tigers over Yankees.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander chat at Tigers-Yankee game, 8/4/14

8/4/14, "Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander lovingly presented his girlfriend, ubiquitous super-duper model Kate Upton, with an official cowhide orb," "IMPORTANT GIF: Justin Verlander presents baseball to Kate Upton," CBS Sports, Dayn Perry

8/4/14, "Supermodel Kate Upton looks on from behind the Tigers dugout during the fourth inning of a game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports," via Star-Ledger, final 2-1 Yankees. Ms. Upton was born in Michigan.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Jeter ready for first at bat Sunday night in Boston

8/3/14, "Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees prepares to bat in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park," Getty. Final 8-7 Yankees over Red Sox.

8/3/14, "Francisco Cervelli #29 of the New York Yankees chats with Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees before a game with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park," Getty. Final 8-7 Yankees

8/3/14, "The Yankees’ Chase Headley, left, and Brian McCann after scoring on Stephen Drew’s game-tying single in the fifth inning," Reuters, via NY Times. Final 8-7 Yankees over Red Sox.

8/4/14, "Yanks get win, and another scare on a pitcher's health," NY Times, David Waldstein

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Rising from Rivera's shadow, Yankee bullen carves its place-Kepner, NY Times

8/2/14, "Rising From Rivera’s Shadow, Yankees’ Bullpen Carves Its Place," NY Times, Tyler Kepner

Dellin Betances
"In the far right corner of the visitors’ bullpen at Fenway Park, protected under glass in a frame above the bench, the greatest reliever left his mark. Mariano Rivera autographed the wall out there last September, after his final game at Fenway as an active player. The Red Sox preserved the section he signed as a subtle and lasting tribute.

One by one on Saturday, the Yankees’ relievers left the bench under that display and did their best imitation of Rivera. Pressed into action early to take over for a shaky Shane Greene, the relievers allowed just two hits and a run over four and a third innings in a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox.

Dellin Betances and David Robertson got the last eight outs, showing the kind of overpowering stuff that could play well in October, if the rest of the wobbly team can somehow get there. Betances hit 101 miles an hour on the center-field radar gun when he struck out Mike Napoli to start the eighth.

“Those two guys, they are amazing,” catcher Francisco Cervelli said. “If they’re facing, in the seventh or eighth, a guy throwing 100, and then Robertson comes in at 91 with cutters and curveballs, it’s difficult timing.”

The bullpen needed a game like this after allowing seven runs on Tuesday in a wild win at Texas. Robertson, who gave up two hits, two runs, three walks and a long game-ending flyout, called it his worst performance ever in a save. Betances allowed his first career grand slam.

With a team off-day sandwiched between two losses, Manager Joe Girardi could let Betances and Robertson rest for three days in a row. He rarely has that luxury, but managing the bullpen has always been one of Girardi’s strengths.

From his days as a catcher, Girardi said, he could tell when a tired pitcher’s stuff was deteriorating. 

As a manager, he combines that on-field savvy with the larger responsibility he has to each player.

“I never felt as a player that I was abused, and I never want to feel that I’m abusing a player to win a game,” Girardi said. “I don’t think that’s right.

“Yes, we’re here to win, and that’s our job. But it’s their career and it’s their livelihood and it’s how they provide. I don’t ever want to take away from that.”

Betances leads the majors in relief innings, with 65 1/3. But Girardi said he had studied Betances’ workload in the minors, breaking it down to the number of pitches he would throw in a typical month. A former starter, Betances is old for a rookie, at 26, and had more than 640 innings in the minors, with a high of 131 1/3 in 2012. 

The Yankees came into the game ranking 14th in the majors in relief innings — but first in strikeouts, thanks largely to Betances. He came into the game with 21 more strikeouts than any other reliever and now has 96 this season. He has a better earned run average (1.52), a better strikeout rate and allows fewer base runners than Rivera did in his breakout season of 1996.

Last month, Betances became the fourth Yankees setup man to make an All-Star team in recent years, joining Mike Stanton (2001), Tom Gordon (2004) and Robertson (2011). Rivera did not make it in that 1996 season, despite a 1.80 E.R.A. at the break, but he set the standard for a role that would help him — and now Robertson — thrive as closer....

Betances could take over as closer next season if Robertson leaves as a free agent, essentially repeating the career path of Rivera, who replaced the departed John Wetteland in 1997. For now, though, Betances goes perfectly with Robertson, who acknowledged some awe at his apprentice.

“How could you not have fun watching that?” Robertson said. “The dude threw 100 today. I mean, wow! I’m lucky to hit 93 and he’s pumping it at 101.”

Betances said he had never thrown 101 before but added that he did hit 100 miles an hour in New York earlier this season. Doing so was a goal, he said, that helped fuel his winter workouts. He had already reached 99 and said minor league teammates who had reached 100, including Michael Pineda, would urge him to join the club.

With the extra rest, and the adrenaline from pitching at Fenway Park, Betances said he had a feeling he might have set a personal high after fanning Napoli. Yes, he said, he sneaked a peek at the scoreboard radar gun.

“I just felt the ball was coming out better,” he said, smiling. “It’s just one of those situations: He was fouling stuff off; he was kind of late. I took a glance, and the guys told me as soon as I got in the dugout. I try not to look too much, but it’s definitely exciting.”

The need for speed has been mentioned as a reason for this season’s rash of torn elbow ligaments across the majors. Betances had a ligament-reinforcement procedure (not Tommy John surgery) in 2009, three years after the Yankees drafted him out of a Brooklyn high school.

As fun as it is to throw hard, Betances said, he recognizes there is more to pitching well.

“Strikes are better,” he said. “So I’ll take 100 with strikes.”" Top image: "Dellin Betances was clocked at 101 miles an hour Saturday in striking out Mike Napoli.," Getty. 

Sept. 2013

9/13/13, "Yankee Mariano Rivera Leaves His Mark at Fenway," GuardianLv.com, Charles Gille


Unfortunately no one yet comes close to the 1996 Rivera. 107.2 innings in regular season followed by 14.1 innings in post season including 3 days in a row in the World Series (10/21, 10/22, and 10/23) for a total of 122 innings. As for strikeouts, Joel Sherman notes Rivera "broke Goose Gossage's Yankee relief record of 122 strikeouts by fanning 130 in 107.2 innings."

Of Rivera's 41 multi-inning appearances in 1996:

*He pitched 3 innings in 8 games

  • 2.2 innings in 2 games
  • 2.1 innings in 3 games
  • 2 innings in 22 games
  • * 1.2 innings in 3 games
  • 1.1 innings in 3 games
  • Total multi inning appearances in regular season: 41
  • Entered with runners on base 15 games

  • From Joel Sherman: "Rivera went 8-3 with a 2.09 ERA (regular season), held opponents to a .193 batting average, and broke Goose Gossage's Yankee relief record of
    Most amazingly, of the record 4,962 homers spanked in 1996, Rivera allowed just one,
    • to Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro on June 28."...
    Page 208 from Joel Sherman's book, "Birth of a Dynasty," about the 1996 Yankees, published in 2006 by Rodale.

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    Saturday, August 02, 2014

    Fans in Monster Seats watch Teixeira home run in the 5th

    "Fans in the Monster seats watch as a home run hit by New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira leaves the ballpark during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston," AP, final 6-4 Yankees

    8/2/14, "New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira (25) is greeted after his home run at the dugout by, left to right, Tony Pena, Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston," AP, final 6-4 Yankees

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    New Jersey roller coaster loses power Friday afternoon, riders safely walk 230 feet to ground

    8/2/14, "Six Flags roller coaster loses power at 230-foot peak; riders forced to walk down," WPIX 11, Julia Jacobo

    "Riders of a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey missed out on their thrill-seeking adventure when the ride lost power, and they were forced to walk the 230-drop alongside the tracks.

    Officials said the Nitro at Great Adventure was approaching the incline when it experienced power failure, getting stuck. Park personnel climbed the access stairs to reach the passengers and walked them to ground level.

    The coaster was shut down for the remainder of the night after the incident. No one was hurt, but it’s not clear when the ride will reopen. The Nitro is 233 high and reaches speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

    PIX11 viewer Michael Sisk was riding the Nitro went the power failed and was among the passengers who descended several stairs to be reunited with the ground, rather than hitch a ride there as intended."

    First image: "Passengers on the Nitron at Six Flags in New Jersey had to walk down 230 feet of access stairs after the ride lost power. (Photo: courtesy of Michael Sisk)"

    Second image: "A passenger on the Nitro took a Snapchat to depict just how far down they had to walk from the coaster after it lost power. (Photo: courtesy of Michael Sisk)"
    8/2/14, "Six Flags Roller Coaster Loses Power, Riders Walked to Safety," People, S. Silverman

    "The ride that USA Today ranked as the No. 9 fastest roller coaster in the country, the Nitro at the Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey, got stuck on Friday afternoon while making its way up the first incline, a 230-ft. high peak that usually leaves riders gasping for breath on their way down.

    But this time, rather than speeding earthbound at 80 m.p.h., thrillseekers had to be walked back down the track by park personnel."...

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    Friday, August 01, 2014

    Derek Jeter hits home run in Boston in the 8th, 'El Capitan'

    8/1/14, Derek Jeter hit a home run in Boston in the 8th inning. Following is John Sterling's call:

    "And the right hander Tazawa deals, swung on and hit in the air to deep left center, that ball is high, it is far, it is gone! He hit it in the Monster seats, Derek Jeter, El-l-l-l Cap-i-tan! He homers to left center field and the Yankees now trail 4-3."

    Final 4-3 Red Sox. It was Jeter's third home run of the year.

    First image: "BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 1: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a home run in the 8th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 1, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)," via Star-Ledger

    Second image: "BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 1: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates his home run Rob Thomson #59 in the 8th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 1, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)," via Star-Ledger

    Third image: "Aug 1, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) takes the field against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports," via Star-Ledger

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    ESPN verdict and sentence of Stephen A. Smith is like a carjacker stopping to scold a jaywalker. Free Stephen A. Smith-Phil Mushnick, NY Post

    7/31/14, "Stephen A. Smith was just toeing ESPN’s company line," NY Post, Phil Mushnick

    "Free Stephen A. Smith! Free Stephen A. Smith! At least that’s a reasonable price.

    ESPN’s one-week suspension of Smith for stating vis-a-vis the NFL’s two-game docking of Ray Rice for allegedly cold-cocking his fiancée that women shouldn’t “provoke” such attacks, would have made for sensible justice

    had ESPN not been judge and jury.

    ESPN’s verdict and sentence is like a carjacker stopping to scold a jaywalker.

    Yes, Smith was guilty of rotten, even revolting on-the-spot spewing. Yet, how does ESPN escape its own planned, similarly rotten judgments?

    ESPN recruits the worst acts in sports. Disgraced college coaches, infamously lawless ex-players and the sexually indiscreet — those unsure of exactly how many children they’ve fathered, and where — are more than welcomed as the multiple networks’ on-air talent.

    Additionally, ESPN has enthusiastically selected the most vulgar, women-objectifying, women-trashing rappers to serve as special guests and honored cross-promoters, then ensures all are repeatedly alerted to ESPN’s embracement to these of icons of desensitizing, backward-pointed, no-upside popular American culture.

    Snoop Dogg, also a pornographer, Eminem, Kid Rock and Drake are among those to have been trumpeted as ESPN’s headliners.

    I challenge ESPN boss John Skipper to publicly recite the f-worded, N-worded, dumpster-derivative, women-denigrating sewage rapped/sung by Drake, proudly selected — then promoted — as host of ESPN’s annual ESPYs awards show, televised two weeks ago.

    Could Skipper — would Skipper — after reciting Drake’s stock-in-trade lyrics, declare, “Yup, Drake’s the man for us!”?

    ESPN’s Michelle Beadle likely played a strong and admirable role in Smith’s benching, tweeting her outrage at Smith’s they-sometimes-ask-for-it take on Rice’s brutalization of a woman.

    Good! Beadle stood up and, from the inside to out, encouraged accountability from Smith and, by extension, his and her employers.

    But where was she on all these rappers ESPN has long embraced, those whose enterprise is in large part predicated on the public denigration of women as subhuman quick-sex discards, as whores, bitches and expletive-deleted worse?

    After Smith’s recorded and, of course, windy and convoluted on-air apology — he seemed to say that while he didn’t do it, he won’t do it again — Skipper, in a memo to staff, wrote, “I believe his apology is sincere, and that he and we have learned from what we’ve collectively experienced.”

    If that’s truly the case — if Smith taught everyone at ESPN including Skipper, an applicable lesson in civility, accountability and public responsibility — then Smith’s mitigated assessment of the Ray Rice disgrace will hold great value. Better very late than never for what was born a sports enterprise.

    But we’ll see."


    Radio: Stephen A. Smith to Sirius XM Radio Mad Dog Channel for his own show:

    7/26/14, "Smith will soon leave ESPN-98.7 FM and take his verbal stylings to SXM’s 'Mad Dog Radio,' where he will host his own show, according to satellite radio sources. Smith currently co-hosts a 1 p.m.-3 p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7." NY Daily News

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    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    George W. Bush presents photo from Oct. 2001 to Derek Jeter at farewell game in Texas

    7/30/14, "New York Yankees Derek Jeter, left, and former President George W. Bush greet each other during a ceremony honoring Jeter before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014," in Arlington, Texas, AP



    7/30/14, "New York Yankees Derek Jeter poses with boots presented during a ceremony honoring him before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas," AP, Otero

    "Derek Jeter gets surprise presidential farewell from Bush before final game in Texas," AP

    7/30/14, "President George W. Bush, who lives nearby, also with a presentation for Jeter Erik Boland twitter.
    Yankees at Texas Rangers

    Oct. 30, 2001, Derek Jeter to Pres. Bush before he threw ceremonial first pitch at World Series game 3 in New York City,  

    ""Don't bounce it, they'll boo you," Bush remembers him saying."....Final 2-1 Yankees over Diamondbacks

    "President Bush with a presentation to Derek Jeter. A signed photo of them together before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series." Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram twitter

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    Rainbow over Detroit Tigers Stadium rain delay v White Sox

    7/30/14, "Tonight's game is currently delayed due to inclement weather. Detroit Tigers twitter. White Sox at Tigers

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    'Jeter not afraid of any Texas Ranger, even Chuck Norris'-fan sign in Arlington

    7/30/14, "Sign says: "Jeter isn't afraid of any Texas Ranger, even Chuck Norris." Carry on... ," Erik Boland twitter. Yankees at Texas Rangers

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    Jeter signs for fans in Arlington before July 29 game

    7/29/14, "A few fans trying to get Jeter's autograph before tonight's game in Arlington Erik Boland twitter. Final 12-11 Yankees over Rangers. Game ended with bases loaded.

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Yankee game v Texas Rangers Tues., July 29, 2014 is being televised on Fox Sports 1. This is channel 400 on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan

    Time Warner Cable channels, insert your location. I normally listen to the game on radio. Tonight I turned on the tv just to see Gardner's home run but couldn't find the game at any of the usual places. Ended up finding it on Fox Sports 1.

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    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."


    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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