Tonight gives a treat: Doc Halladay vs. CC Sabathia.
Over at ESPN, Mark Simon takes a look at Halladay, King of the Yankee-Killers.
I prefer my Doc's to be inebriated and tuberculosis ridden .
"Why Kate, you're not wearing a bustle. How lewd."
Heh. Ironically enough, I am scheduled for an endoscopy in about 90 minutes. Plans are to spend the rest of the day on the couch, as they have to knock you out for it.
Halladay gets traded to the other league and the Yanks STILL can't escape him.
Interesting article in the WSJ today (h/t Craig Calcaterra) about Dandy, the Yanks' one-time mascot who I believe we discussed at the Toaster-era Banter once upon a time.
 Yo, I remember seeing Dandy at games. That was around the same time that the Yanks had a washboard band in the stands (Trombone, banjo, trumpet and "washboard" drummer), back when the old-new Yankee Stadium was still new. Thanks for the link. But WSJ? Yeeeechk. Exit to washroom.
 I remember that discussion. Interesting to learn a little bit more of the back story. I'd love to see some video of Dandy in action in the upper deck.
 Yes! Perhaps Kilmer's best character ever. "Who's your huckleberry?"
 Well, that will be in my nightmares.
 Thank god I had left the NY area (returning in the 90's) before this muppet made the rounds in Yankee Stadium and I never saw the thing live. It just is not the Yankee Way. The dixieland band was more appropriate.
For some reason, I do like the Philly Phanatic, he would be as crude as the Philly fans if he had a voice.
It is also un-Yankeelike when they show scoreboard graphics enticing the crowd "to make some noise". Yankee fans know when to cheer, and an electronic cheer-leader is insulting to the faithful.
Going to the game tonight, and looking forward to CC holding down the slumping Phils, and the Yanks getting to Halladay...it has happened on occasion.
PS: Please Boycott the local edition of the WSJ. It has become a clarion for Murdoch's Foxian agenda, and he will spend and lose whatever it takes to bring the NY Times down.
 Yes, Dixieland Band sounds more accurate, but also very strange. Dixieland--Yankees....hmmm.
So glad the Yankees have never had Homer Hankies, ThunderStix or cowbells or any of that manufactured nonsense. But wasn't there a guy in the bleachers in the old-new Stadium who had some kind of a beat going.
 Yeah, it is not intuitive that Dixieland and Yankees would mix, but the NYC area (as opposed to upstate NY) had the most Southern sympathizers in the Northeast during the antebellum and civil war years. These dough faces knew that there was money to be made from the status quo plantation economy.
There is the guy (Freddy) who walks around banging the frypan on a staff, but he seems more homegrown and a natural cheer-leader, even if the team provides him with tickets.
 And remember that part of New Jersey actually dipped below the Mason-Dixon line. It's shocking, but true.
Freddy? Good name. I think I recall a fry-pan kinda sound....back when the bleachers had booze.
 It was Ali Ramirez with the cowbell, then after he passed, Milton Ousland.
 do you know if they brought Ali's plaque across the street to the new place? I got switched from RF to LF after the move and never took a look.
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