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News of the Day – 9/14/09

Today’s news is powered by men of constant sorrow (no, not fans of the Pirates):

With 18 games to play, the Yankees own a five-game edge over the Angels for the top seed in the AL — a title that comes with more than merely bragging rights. If New York captures it, the club will not only own home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but it will be able to choose whether or not it wants to proceed with an extra off-day in the AL Division Series — a scenario that would allow erratic righty Joba Chamberlain to be skipped from the first-round rotation.

“We understand what’s at stake here,” Girardi said on Sunday. “That’s an important game tomorrow.”

  • Mike Vaccaro has an appreciation of Derek Jeter.
  • Here’s some helpful info regarding gameday weather updates.
  • Jerry Coleman turns 85 today.  Coleman was a member of four championship teams between ’49 and ’57.  He is currently the well-liked, long-time radio man for the San Diego Padres.
  • On this date in 1974, Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning, and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the 2nd time that the two brothers have homered in the same game for different teams, having done it on June 11, 1972, when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig’s team wins 10 – 7.
  • On this date in 1999, the Yankees rally with a pair of grand slams, just the 3rd time in club history, to beat the Blue Jays, 10 – 6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a slam in the 8th inning, and Paul O’Neill wins it in the 9th with another slam.

Categories:  Diane Firstman  News of the Day

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1 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 14, 2009 9:56 am

ESPN Boston, just what the world needed.

Jerry Coleman is chugging along pretty nicely. Too bad the Padres are so awful.

2 Rich   ~  Sep 14, 2009 10:04 am

[1] They don't have one for New York?!?!

3 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 14, 2009 10:58 am

[1] That seems redundant.

4 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 14, 2009 11:14 am

[2] Nope.

[3] I stopped watching SportsCenter and BaseballTonight a few years ago, and so I've only heard all the stories about ESPN's RedSox/Boston focus-fetish, without seeing it firsthand myself. This kinda seems to remove any doubt, though.

I just hope that they keep the two separate, and so maybe espn.com will be better for it - all the Boston-centric content will go there.

5 ms october   ~  Sep 14, 2009 12:04 pm

doesn't espn have an espn chicago too - i think that was the first.
i wonder if they will try to go into any other markets.
i's actually kind of funny that they would go into boston because espn radio absolutely tanks in the boston market since weei has such a stranglehold.

anyway, let's win tonight and see a good joba performance.
and diane - wasn't there enough soggy bottoms at the stadium friday and saturday? :}

6 boslaw   ~  Sep 14, 2009 12:56 pm

I liked it when Mike Felger was on drive time for ESPN radio Boston. I can't stand WEEI's weiner whiner line. Then Felger left there. Now I think he's on the new FM sports station in Boston, although I haven't listed to that station at all.

7 ms october   ~  Sep 14, 2009 1:33 pm

[6] yeah i actually liked felger for the most part too.
i don't know what they have on now since i left boston, but that lew and mike show was an abomination.

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