RIP George Steinbrenner

July 13, 2010 by  
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George Steinbrenner Field

This morning, July 13th 2010, one of the greatest and confrontational owners of all time passed away.  George Steinbrenner passed away over night after suffering from a Heart Attack at his home in Tampa, FL.

Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973 and immediately led the team to multiple championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978.  Many players during the early years disliked Steinbrenner’s policies and tactics in the early years, earning his nickname “The Boss.”

Steinbrenner was suspended in 1974 after making illegal contributions to Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and was pardoned by Ronald Regan in 1989.

Steinbrenner was outright banned by the MLB in 1990 after it was discovered he was paying for dirt on Dave Winfield during a legal case.

Steinbrenner reinvented himself after all the confrontations and his reinstatement  in 1993.  He then built the dynasty, winning the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1999 and in 2000.

Many remember Steinbrenner now as a caring individual for a lot of the work he has done since 1993.  In particular, one of my late grandfathers had told us about his multiple “run-ins” with Mr. Steinbrenner while working at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.  He always talked about him being very friendly and compassionate.

Steinbrenner leaves behind his family (wife, children, grandchildren), a $2B sporting empire, and a baseball nation in shock.

Yankees – Phillies Head to World Series

October 26, 2009 by  
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Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

We called it last week on Facebook and Twitter, and it became official tonight.  The Yankees will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series starting Wednesday night.

In the Inaugural Season at the New Yankee Stadium, the Yankees managed to set a number of club and MLB records.

  • Club record for the number of home runs hit at home games (136)
  • Club record for the most home runs hit at the stadium (237)
  • MLB record for having a home run hit in all but one home game

What I just realized, my daughter and I witnessed the record breaking home run (most in a season by Yankees at home), number 127, on September 25th when Alex Rodriguez slammed one over the left field wall against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox.

The Series should be one of the most competitive series since the 2003 Yankees – Marlins series, which the Marlins won 4-2.

So you tell us, who do you think will win the 2009 World Series.

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MLB – All Star Game in St. Louis

July 15, 2009 by  
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With Derek Jeter starting at shortstop and Mark Texiera starting at First Base there is no doubt in my mind that the AL All Star Team is a winner. Even better Roy Halladay is the starter. The rest of the lineup for the American League team includes Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer, Jason Bay, Michael Young and Aaron Hill. On the National League starting lineup is Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, David Wright , Shane Victorino, Tim Lincecum, and Yadier Molina.

In the first inning Lincecum walks Jeter(HBP)  and an error by Pujols allows Jeter to score the first run. Lincecum allowed two runs in the first, which didn’t look good for the National League team.  Michael Young starting at third base was a big surprise as Evan Longoria had an infection from a cut. First inning was a solid one for the American League as it was 3up and 3down. Looked pretty good there to begin with, but then the bottom of the second inning happened and the National League scored 3 runs. The 3rd and the 4th innings were pretty quick as no one got a single hit or on base.

The innings that followed were pretty quick, until the 7th where the AL gained another run. In the 9th inning Mariano Rivera in to close the bottom of the 9th.  As always he was the “sandman” and put the batter to sleep! With one strikeout and 2 plays in the field….and that ended it for the All Star Game 4-3 AL winning. This means the last 13 years have been dominated by the American League and have home field advantage again in the world series.

The game was the shortest since 1982 with a  time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, and Carl Crawford won the All Star MVP award. I must admit this wasn’t the  most entertaining All Star game I have ever seen in my entire life, but I’m really looking forward to the world series in October!

Are You Ready For Some Football

July 12, 2009 by  
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It is almost that time of the year.  The breeze in the air, the crunch of bones, and the sound of screaming fans all through the fall.  I love football, whether it be high school, college, pro, or even Canadian.  The NFL does not start for almost 3 months, but college starts in less than 2 months.

Seeing as how we are in the south we know football is king.  Whether it be SEC, ACC, or even Southern Conference.  No matter who you pull for the season is soon to be on us.

In college football everyone knows the big names, USC (the real USC out west), Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio State.  Florida is the consensus number one across the board in most major magazines and prognostications.  Texas and Oklahoma come in at two and three respectively.  USC comes in at fourth followed by continually disappointing Ohio State.

In South Carolina you have to make a choice in who you want to pull for, South Carolina or Clemson.  It does not matter if you went to either school or even to another but you have to choose one.  I would like to think that the state is evenly divided, but honestly I do not know.

South Carolina is considered by most preseason magazines to be a late 30’s to early 50’s.  I believe that the Gamecocks will end up being 7-5, but has a chance to be 8-4.  I think that the Spurrier magic has ran its course and hie reign is soon to be at an end.  The Gamecocks have talent coming back, but unfortunately they lost a lot of key players from last year.

Clemson is rated by most prognosticators to be in the low 30’s.  I think the Tigers will end up 8-4, but will hopefully can steal one and end up at 9-3.  We will see how Dabo Swinney does with a full year under his belt.  The Tigers did not bring in a lot of recruits, and they lost a lot of skill players from last year.

I am not intentionally leaving out the smaller schools, so if anyone would like to add something about our other schools I would gladly like to read it.  I welcome all comments regarding any and all teams, so let me know what you think.

Phelps Break 100M Butterfly Record

July 10, 2009 by  
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Michael Phelps World Record

We witnessed history tonight.

Looking at the latest things to do in Indianapolis during our somewhat free day, I found that the US National Swimming Championships were being held about a mile away.  For $8, I bought a general admission ticket and became a swimming fan for an hour and ten minutes.

It was a neat experience and it was amazing to see Phelps in person.  We all know the guy is huge and has a huge appetite but it was very neat to see him perform in person.

As usual, as so it seems from watching the Olympics last year, Phelps took to the starting blocks and began “flapping his wings”.  I really don’t know how else to describe it.

Phelps was well ahead of the pace when as he finished is first fifty meters in about 23 seconds.  At that time, whoever wasn’t standing stood up.

He finished the race with a time of 50:22, beating the world record by .18 seconds.  Peirsol finished 3rd in the 100M Butterfly finals.

We also were able to witness Dara Torres win the 50M freestyle.  She won it in considerable fashion.

Enjoy the video below.

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