With all eyes focused on the new mayor—not to mention the streaky Giants, the possibly decent Jets, the woeful Knicks, plus the Nets and Rangers—New Yorkers are ignoring the most important issue facing the city: the coming baseball famine. In every decade since 1900, New York City has hosted a World Series. For the past 92 years, since 1921, a New York City baseball team has won at least one championship in every decade. Even during the Yankees’ worst years, from 1962 to 1977, and during the 17-season drought from 1979 to 1995, the Queens-based Mets twice won the World Series, in 1969 and 1986.
On a Sunday afternoon when baseball’s shame was on display in Cooperstown, the captain of the New York Yankees stepped into the batter’s box at Yankee Stadium and delivered the first pitch he saw into the right-field stands.
At that moment a couple of days ago, Derek Jeter reminded baseball fans why they watch, why they root, why they hope and why they obsess.
Derek Jeter may not be the cure for all that ails the national pastime—or, for that matter, all that ails the Bronx Bombers. But he certainly provides a counterpoint to the narrative of scandal and decline that has dominated the 2013 baseball season.
Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2013, was a special place to be, especially if you’re Japanese. I’m not. But the two starting pitchers, Yu Darvish of the Rangers and Hiroki Kuroda of the Yankees, are, and so was about half the enormous crowd who saw the two hard-throwing screwballers go back and forth with one-run Read More
Someone finally wrote the story that’s been the talk of baseball and banking circles ever since Guggenheim Partners CEO Mark Walter (over)paid $2.175 billion for the Dodgers in April: That what was good for the McCourts of Los Angeles might be even better for the Steinbrenners of Tampa. Indeed, the Daily News posits Read More
On Sunday afternoon, Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, stood by the dugout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa watching the team take batting practice prior to a spring training matchup against the Detroit Tigers. A pair of dark glasses shielded Mr. Cashman’s eyes from the bright Florida rays, but his mostly bald crown was exposed. A man walked up to Mr. Cashman and gave him a warm greeting.
“What’s cooking?” the man asked.
“My head,” Mr. Cashman replied tersely.
The 44-year-old GM has plenty of reasons to feel the heat aside from the temperatures in Tampa, which topped 80 degrees nearly every day this month. Mr. Cashman spent much of the offseason dealing with a sex scandal that saw photos of his alleged pajama pants make the blog headlines and found him in court facing an alleged mistress he claims stalked and harassed him.
The Daily Transom
When Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced yesterday that a plan is in place to to build a hotel and convention center on sites adjacent to Yankee Stadium that are currently being used—well, underused—as a parking garage, there was some understandable cynicism.
New York’s hit king has dropped his catch and singled! Derek Jeter, a hero to Yankees fans and schlub lifers alike, has split with Minka Kelly, his actress girlfriend of three years. Just Jared had the scoop just after midnight last night.
“The split was amicable,” sources exclusively tell JJ of the Read More
Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit came just as the sport whose virtues he personifies is about to endure yet another public disgrace. Roger Clemens, one of Mr. Jeter’s former teammates on the great Yankee teams of the late 1990s, will soon find himself on trial in a court of law for the crime of lying to Read More
Yesterday a Yahoo sports blog reported that Yankees Stadium wouldn’t allow fans to enter with iPads, after reading the story of one Red Sox fan who was turned away at the gate because she tried to enter with an iPad.
She hid the gadget under her jacket, returned to the gates and found Read More
ALBANY—I crashed a conference call that Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania held to discuss a World Series bet he made with David Paterson: two fans of the winning team will get a free trip to the losing city, meaning once the Yankees win, two New Yorkers will be treated to free meals and Read More