This morning I saw this tweet. I just found this really funny because it just makes me realize how long Andy Pettitte has been around in baseball.
Colby Rasmus plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and is 26 years old. This photo was taken when Rasmus was about 13 years old. And Pettitte would be 27 at the time of the photo. He’s 40 now.
It’s not that much of a difference since Pettitte is 40 years old now, but it’s still funny to see that he’s been around for that long and is still an effective pitcher today.
If I ever played sports, I would keep all the memorable jerseys, equipment and other paraphernalia. But for Reggie Jackson, he’s selling off the jersey he wore during the greatest moment in his career.
But Jackson is selling it for charity and that’s a great thing. And whatever value this jersey sells for, it will be a lot of money going to a good cause. For that I commend him. If this reaches $10,000 or more, that would be great!
Mariano Rivera announced today that the 2013 season will be his last one. This is a sad day for me because Rivera is one of the greatest players I have ever seen and I don’t want to see him leave. I have been blessed to see him pitch live in person and it will be honor to watch him this final season.
Rivera is known for his great pitching but also for his entrance to the field. In Yankee Stadium, “Enter Sandman” is well known by everyone and it provides one of the coolest moments in baseball when he exists the bullpen and enters the field.
It’s one of the best things in baseball today and it’s sad that we will not see it anymore past 2013.
The Yankees know that not a lot people like them. In fact, they have accepted the nickname the “Evil Empire.” So when someone decides to try to take that name, the Yankees step in.
Apparently the Yankees don’t want anyone to use that nickname in the baseball world. They want to keep that name. They want to be called that name. They’ve accepted the fact that they are evil.
And it’s pretty fair to call this team evil. With their stupid facial hair rules, their spending and their constant vice grip on anything fun, I think no better name fits the Yankees.
Growing up as an A’s fan, the Yankees were public enemy number one. I hated everything that was all Yankees. But over the years, as I watched more Yankees baseball as the enemy, I really grew an appreciation for two players. One was Derek Jeter. The other is birthday boy Mariano Rivera.
Matt Wieters didn’t block the plate.
I finally got around to watching the “matrix” scoring playing from Ichiro that everyone is talking about. It takes some kind of special athlete to be heads up and to be that swift to the plate. But the praise for Ichiro on this play needs to tone down a bit.
As impressive as this play was, it’s actually aided by one of the worst mental blunders catchers frequently make.
When a runner is trying to score, catchers are taught to block the plate. Their goal is to get in the way of the runner so they can’t score. Wieter’s first attempt to tag Ichiro was not textbook. But I’ll let Wieters slide on this one since he was off the plate receiving the ball.
One of the many times I saw Ichiro play live in front of my eyes.
I have been privileged to have seen Ichiro Suzuki play ball for so many games. As an A’s fan, it was easy to get to Oakland and see the A’s take on the rival Mariners. Heck, even when I visited Safeco field several years back (best ballpark I’ve ever been to), I sat 17 rows in foul territory and it felt like I was sitting right there with Ichiro.
So with the trade of Ichiro to the Yankees official, I can no longer cheer for him. It is that because of what the A’s did to the Yankees this weekend that the Yankees made a desperate trade. But ultimately, it’s because Ichiro plays for the Evil Empire that makes it hard for me to cheer for him.
I sound like I am getting emotional as if Ichiro was retiring, but this is like a retirement for me. Over the past couple years I told myself to cherish watching Ichiro play live in front of my eyes because it might not last long. Now that day is here.
Mariano Rivera injured his knee during BP yesterday and its reported that its an ACL tear. An injury like that could take about a year to recover from and with his age, this might be the last time we see Mariano Rivera.
I am no way a Yankee fan but I am one of Rivera’s biggest fans. Watching him for all these years, especially in the playoffs, just makes me appreciate how great of a pitcher he is. When the Yanks come to Oakland, I partially just want to see him come into the game (even though it meant the A’s were losing) just because I want to have that privilege to see him.
When I went to the old Yankee Stadium for two games, I was so bummed that the Yanks lost both those games and I never got to hear “Enter Sandman”. I wanted to see the greatest of all time.
If this is the end of Rivera’s career, then I tip my hat to a fine career. I hope it isn’t but I’ll just cross my fingers and pray for the best.
Throwbacks done right.
Friday’s game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be beautiful sight for baseball uniform geeks like me. Both teams will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of their first ever meeting at Fenway Park.
As you can see from the above photo, both teams will be wearing throwback jerseys from that year in 1912. (I don’t know why the promotional image used for the Yankees/Highlanders jersey is white when the jerseys they will be wearing are gray.)
But the idea of throwbacks have gotten a made craze over the past decade or so and sometimes, if done right, it can be an amazing experience.
Of course, we all understand that part of the reason why we have seen so many throwback jerseys being worn by numerous teams from different sports in the past is simply to appease the merchandise sales.
Even with this throwback game, I hear the caps will be on sale to the public. Realistically, would you want to pay $35 for a plain white cap like the one the Red Sox will be wearing? It’s a bad deal but somebody’s going to buy it. I am pretty sure somebody bought these caps.