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News of the Day – 9/18/09

Today’s news is powered by Pete Abraham, giving us a quick tour of the old Stadium. We wish Pete the best of luck in his new gig in Boston:

  • Buster Olney is a little skittish when it comes to the post-season rotation:

In his last five starts, (A.J.) Burnett is 1-3 with a 7.67 ERA, and this at a time when Andy Pettitte has some shoulder soreness and when nobody has any idea what Joba Chamberlain might provide in the postseason. And don’t forget that CC Sabathia, who has worked his way into the AL Cy Young conversation this year, has some postseason ghosts to slay as the Yankees start in the postseason — in five starts in October, he is 2-3 with a 7.92 ERA, with 33 hits and 22 walks allowed in 25 innings.

  • Bernie Williams is up for a Latin Grammy.
  • Everything you wanted to know about possible Game 1 opposing starter Justin Verlander.
  • The Tampa and Staten Island Yankees won their respective league championships.
  • Billy Traber (lousy cup of coffee . . . 7.02 ERA in 19 games with club in ’08) turns 30 today.
  • On this date in 1965, on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium, 50,180 fans see Mantle play his 2,000th game. Joe DiMaggio and Bobby Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle’s first at bat, Detroit’s Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins, 4 – 3, with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.
  • On this date in 1979,Billy Martin reportedly pays rookie P Bob Kammeyer $100 to hit former Yankee Cliff Johnson with a pitch in Cleveland’s 16 – 3 rout of the Yankees. Johnson belts two homers as does Toby Harrah and the two combine for nine RBIs. The loss goes to Paul Mirabella but Kammeyer gives up all eight Tribe scores in the 4th inning without recording an out.
  • On this date in 1993, trailing by two runs with two outs in the bottom of ninth, Mike Stanley hits a pop fly to left for the apparent third out, but time had been called just as the pitch was delivered due to a fan running out onto the Yankee Stadium field. Given a second chance, the Yankee catcher singles which is followed by a Wade Boggs’s hit, a walk to Dion James, and a Don Mattingly single driving in two runs to beat the Red Sox, 4-3.

Back on Monday . . .

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1 Sliced Bread   ~  Sep 18, 2009 9:36 am

Of course, Buster's not telling us anything we don't know there. But after surveying the rotation in a paragraph like that, I want to think about how well the team hits.

Good on Bernie for the Grammy nod. My middle-aged fanboy love for him and his music aside, I can legtimately say it's a very good album. I've played it for several friends who are seriously into music, without telling them who it is in advance (I've also put it on at backyard and beach barbeques) and everyone's enjoyed it. It even passes the kids test with my boys, who dig his grooves. As he was throughout his baseball career, Bernie is surrounded by some heavy hitters in the studio, but his talent still stands out. Whatta guy!

2 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 18, 2009 9:37 am

I remember that game in 1993 well . . . never saw anything like that happen before.

3 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:01 am

Is it just selective memory or do I really remember Mattingly absolutely killing the Sox in the 80's, big hits, GW hr's, anybody else remember that?

4 knuckles   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:04 am

There are two things on my Christmas list: a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds.

5 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:07 am

I just looked at Mattinmgly's splits and he wasn't his best overall against the Sox, but I remember him getting big hits.

6 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:27 am

Tim McCarver . . . like you've never heard him before . . .

7 Yankee Mama   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:32 am

[6] That's just plain wrong. As if his commentating wasn't bad enough.

8 Sliced Bread   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:42 am

[6] customers who bought related items also bought:

Sterling & Waldman Butcher Lennon & McCartney: The Complete Sessions from Abbey Road (5 disc set)

9 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:43 am


snort! LOL ....

10 Yankee Mama   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:43 am

[8] Remastered and or in Mono.

11 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:47 am


I can't wait til its adapted for Guitar Hero and Rock Band! :-)

12 Ben   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:49 am

Anyone here ever listened to Bill Shatner's version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Gotta be one of the funniest things I've ever heard. I think he's actually pretending that he's tripping, in that square I've never tripped way, while singing. It's priceless. I gotta get that McCarver CD.

13 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:51 am

[6] that's just horrifying

14 Sliced Bread   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:56 am

[8] Two reasons I had to have this the day it came out:

- On disc 5, track 27 they play Sterling's call of Jeter's hit surpassing Gehrig backwards, and if you listen closely it sound like Sterling's saying "I am the walrus."

- On the cover of the box set, Susan's walking across Abbey Road barefoot.

15 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2009 10:57 am

[12] Tangerine Man was "better". Leonard Nimoy did give him a run for his money, though. My friend has a fun record of various celebrities butchering famous songs; the one that stands out the most in my mind was Phyllis Diller's um, take on the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction... yes, seriously...

[10] I think I'd rather have mono than to be forced to experience that in digital Dolby 5.1 stereo...

16 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:01 am

[15] Ummm... Tambourine Man... it's so bad, the mention of it makes me trippy >;)

17 Yankee Mama   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:06 am

[15] Satisfaction. Phyllis Diller. It's so outrageous. It must be true. You just can't make that up. Where can I find that cd? Would make a great birthday present....for those with a sense of humor that is.

Mute better than mono.

Sterling and Waldman- The Fab Feh.

18 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:11 am

[17] Ask and yee shall be givenith...

I wish I had thought of that. High Five... or should it be High Feh? >;)

19 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:16 am

Someone needs to put background music to Suzyn's emotionally overwrought broadcast of Roger Clemens return to the Yankees.

20 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:18 am

19 Reminds me of the House episode wher he has a musician as a patient. The guy mad a record by purposefully trying to play the worst possible notes. House says there is not one redeemable note in the whole record. I guess you could play her over that.

21 Yankee Mama   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:21 am

[18] Boy what service! Thanks. My hubbie's b'day is approaching and I simply love to torture when possible.

Hey it's easy to come up with a nugget when I am avoiding work. And on that note....

22 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:21 am

I just had an even scarier thought ....

Joe Morgan sings the reasons why he knows more about baseball than those "Moneyballers"

23 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:38 am

[22] Ben Stein and Bob Dylan for chorus!

24 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2009 11:43 am

[23] Actually, I've had a "fantasy", if you will, about Ben Stein and Leonard Nimoy dueting on Toto's "Africa". That seems like the "git'er dun!" kinda thing... >')

25 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2009 2:00 pm

Interestingly (at least to me), this will be at least the ninth straight season with the O's getting to at least July 1 with at least a .450 win pct, only to collapse (d-day) thereafter. Some of the collapses have been borderline historic.
year w l pct D-Day w l pct
2001 39 42 .481 7/1 24 56 .300
2002 63 63 .500 8/22 4 32 .111
2003 57 59 .491 8/10 14 32 .304
2004 57 59 .491 8/15 21 25 .457
2005 60 60 .500 8/17 14 28 .333
2006 44 51 .463 7/17 26 41 .388
2007 50 55 .476 7/31 19 38 .333
2008 61 63 .492 8/17 7 30 .189
2009 40 48 .455 7/12 20 38 .345
tot 471 500 .485 149 320 .318

26 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 18, 2009 2:26 pm

[4] Players didn't take all this 'baseball shit' so seriously. With guys who often needed money, they didn't have big prizes for 'events'. Now the HR Dirty winner, probably taking down $10m/yr s given a $25,000 car.

27 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 18, 2009 6:46 pm

[24] Discovering that Toto couldn't actually sing Toto's "Africa" was a tooth fairy/no easter bunny moment for me. How depressing.

[25] I think the disparities you point out are telling, but if you're at .450, the collapse has begun. That is a dreadful winning percentage - one that will always place you near the bottom of your league.

28 The Mick536   ~  Sep 19, 2009 8:43 am

How about Theresa Brewer singing "I love Mick?"

The Mick started the game and was replaced by Ross Moschitto.

Best story of the day, however, assuming that you want to overlook the fact that The Mick had Merle (who just died) at his side and referred to her as his loving wife or something like that, was Joe and Bobby. RFK offered his hand to Joe who refused to shake it, I think, and then ignored him during the ceremony. I know there is a picture of The Mick and Bobby, but I am not sure if there is one of the three of them. Joe always believed that the two Kennedys either contributed to MM's death; he may have also believed that one of them had her killed.

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