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Why don’t the Yankees do this?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 16, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This blog has been around for nearly two years now and what has surprised me most is how knowledgeable Yankee fans are about prospects.

Back in the day, before Baseball America and the whiz-bang interweb, prospects just suddenly showed up. There were rumors and sightings from people who actually went to minor-league games but that was it.

Now we have a generation of fans who not only know who Alan Horne is, they wonder whether he would be better off starting every five days for Scranton or pitching in relief in the majors. Any day now there should be a blog dedicated to the progress of Carmen Angelini.

The Yankees have a dozen stars and a $200 million payroll but many fans (and even some of us in the media) care about the kids.

So it was with great interest when I read this story in the Boston Globe today. The Red Sox have their top prospects report to Boston for a winter program. The program includes an autograph session with fans this afternoon at Fenway Park.

Fans make a $20 donation to charity and can get whatever they want signed by Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie and other top kids in their system.

Why don’t the Yankees do this? In a market like New York, it would be a great experience for the young players to get a feel for the city, the media and the fans for a few days.

I know this much: If the Yankees had Horne, Jose Tabata and Ian Kennedy signing autographs at the Stadium today, there would be people waiting.

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68 Responses to “Why don’t the Yankees do this?”

  1. Larry January 16th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Good point Peter.

    A way of exposing them to the Big Show and, more importantly, the fans who care about them and their success.

    And for all these youngsters looking to make a good impression on the organization and coaching staff, this would seem like a bright move for them as well.

  2. D-Lite January 16th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Just don’t bring any laptops for Buchholz to sign

  3. hughesian bias January 16th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    wow, you are absolutely right! it seems like nowadays everyone knows who dellin betances, carmen angelini, and jose tabata are. not only would it would a great event for fans to come out and show their support for the young players, it would raise money for charity as well.

    why isn’t something like this organized?

  4. RosterRooster January 16th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I would be in. I really like Ian Kennedy, and ive been thinking about getting a jersey, but im nervous about a trade in the next 3 years. Whatddya think?

  5. i miss bernie January 16th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    RR
    go for it! i wore my ron dayne GIANTS jersey on Sunday and it didnt seem to effect anything. My neighborhood philly fans still cursed at me just as much as whey would have if i were wearing my manning jersey.

    i just told them to enjoy the Eagle’s game

  6. pat January 16th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I think alot of the knowledge of the kids has come from fans wanting to get to know what is on the farm more because the Yanks have shown a willingness to promote from within the past few years.
    In the past, there was no use in getting emotionally invested in a player who was going to end up playing for another team before he made it to the big leagues.
    The Internet hasn’t hurt either. :smile:

  7. Fernando Alejandro (Respect Jeter's Gangster) January 16th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    RosterRooster,

    I would wait for some sort of multi-year deal before I invest in a Jersey. However, you could always buy the t-shirts. Even if they get traded you have a nice throw back t-shirt that didn’t cost nearly as much as the jersey.

  8. Derek "The GIDP Machine" Jeter January 16th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Anyone knows where The GIDP Machine has been working out this winter (if he’s working out at all)?

  9. SJ44 January 16th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Completely agree Pete.

    Especially now that the Yankees seem so committed to developing more homegrown talent.

  10. Stephen January 16th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    The Yankee’s PR department is sorely lacking. I suspect it’s due in part to the huge existing fanbase and 50,000+ average attendance…they feel they don’t need to spend time or money expanding the base.

    The Red Sox have that Christmas event at Fenway every year and many other teams (Batimore?) has fan events with players in the offseason. Yet the Yankees only seem to interact with fans at paid appearances or charity dinners filled with rich donors. I wish it was different.

  11. hmmm January 16th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    you are right Pete, this WOULD be awesome.

    and yes, i would pay for it.

  12. cc January 16th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I think some distinction should be made between first, knowledge about the prospects, and second, speculation/hope based on that knowledge. The internet has definitely widened the scope for pseudo-experts, especially as it has also brought coverage of the major league level to the saturation point. Many people now talk about the prospects as if they’re sure things, based on others’ observation and research.

  13. S.o.S.27 January 16th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    i miss bernie
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:12 pm
    RR
    go for it! i wore my ron dayne GIANTS jersey on Sunday and it didnt seem to effect anything. My neighborhood philly fans still cursed at me just as much as whey would have if i were wearing my manning jersey.

    i just told them to enjoy the Eagle’s game

    You wouldnt happen to be the girl in a Mark Whalbergh movie? INVINCIBLE. Sounds like the same story only 30 years later.

    Keep your Manning jersey. Peytons jersey is going to be worth ALOT OF MONEY one day.

  14. saucy January 16th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    reasons NOT to do this:
    -not wanting fans to get too attached to players that may get traded.
    -it may possibly keep people from going to minor league games.

    that’s all i can think of.

  15. GRRRRRRRRR January 16th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    With the internet giving so much more information of the farm system, it means that these players are different than just rumors that floated around. We read more about them and get to read some posts from people who do go and see the prospects play.

    Funny, Torre probably knew less about the kids in the farmsystem than a lot of us do. And I am not a Torre basher.

  16. S.o.S.27 January 16th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Roster Rooster,
    I say get a personalized jersey with your name on the back. It never fails or gets traded.

  17. Rankings Anyone? January 16th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    This article sites the Sox farm at #2 behind the Rays. Anyone know where the Yanks are ranked?

  18. S.o.S.27 January 16th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    from the previous thread.
    Can someone answer this question for me. Has Jeter always been slow going to his left? Or has it gradually happened through the years? The reason i ask is maybe shedding off some weight might make him more mobil. So the talks we have had about him moving to left,first or center are moot.

  19. DW January 16th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Does anyone else remember that the Yankees used to have a Fan Fest (I’m not sure the exact name) before the beginning of each season? I never got to go, but I remember hearing stories about how Girardi was there to sign autographs, and no one wanted to go up to him because he had just replaced Mike Stanley. I don’t know why they stopped doing those.

  20. gayle January 16th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    This has been one my major complaints with the Yankees organization and their marketing efforts recently. Yes they have players visit hospitals, do food drives etc and these are all GREAT events but limited in terms of scope. In some respect I feel like the Yankees take the everyday fan somewhat for granted. The Mets along with MANY teams have the winter caravan where they bring players up North to get everyone excited for the season and there is a meet and greet or events available for ANYONE. The Phillies every year have photo day where you go on the field after the game and they set up velvet ropes where you stand behind and almost every player and coach walks behind them and you can take photos. These are the type of things from a marketing an PR point of view that really get the fans involved with the team and make the team part of the fabric of the city. The Yankees more and more seem to cater more to the specialized audience. Maybe they feel like they do not need to do these kinds of things as they are the esteemed Yankees but there are certain things they could do without looking lo fi

  21. cc January 16th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    These are strange things to complain about. My priorities would be to have a winning team with reasonable ticket prices.

  22. GRRRRRRRRR January 16th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Rankings Anyone?
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    This article sites the Sox farm at #2 behind the Rays. Anyone know where the Yanks are ranked?

    It all depends on what you read. The RS were ranked 9th and the Yankees were ranked 4th on a couple of farm system rankings that I have seen. The Rays weren’t ranked 1st on that list either.

    The Saux are going to be getting a lot more benefit of the doubt rankings because of their success of late. No way do they have the second ranked farm though.

  23. GRRRRRRRRR January 16th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    bic, if the Red Sox are an example of class, then I will be glad to be considered uncouth.

  24. TurnTwo January 16th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    SOS, Jeter has always had more range to his right than to his left going up the middle.

  25. CB January 16th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I completely agree with Pete. The yankees have put a lot of resources into developing the system and there is tremendous interest among fans to follow the next generation of yankee players.

    Perhaps the biggest opportunity the yankees are missing with their prospects is with the YES Network.

    The Yankees should start broadcasting some of their minor league games on tape delay on YES or broadcast live on days the yankees are off. I think many people would be much more interested in watching a Jose Tabata and Austin Jackson play in trenton rather than another Yankeeography, etc.

    Tape delay would work well with minor league games because the outcome of the game matters less than how the players play. If you find out Scranton lost 4-3 who cares really? What fans want to see is how Alan Horne pitched. Being able to get the box scores off the internet is great. But watching the prospects would be fun and another way the yankees could leverage the network.

    Don’t know if it would be worth the investment but they wouldn’t need to have a full fledged TV crew there. Only a minimal set of cameras/ personnel to get the game taped. I think fans would more than understand that minor league TV coverage can’t be on par with the major league broadcast.

    I also don’t know if it interferes with any agreements MLB has to broadcast minor league coverage through MILB.com.

    Just a thought. I think people would have loved to see Joba and Kennedy moving through the minors last year.

  26. Fernando Alejandro (Respect Jeter's Gangster) January 16th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    He had trouble going to his left more so this year than in previous ones. I think the knee injury had something to do with it. Nonetheless, I still respect his gangster.

  27. G. Love January 16th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Pete,

    I think Brandon Steiner would get in the way of this if it ever was proposed.

    Before you know it, we’d be paying $150 for a Kei Igawa framed photo with a actual game used shard of glass from his killer shades and $200 for a Eric Duncan framed photo with some dirt he may have walked on preserved under glass.

  28. Neil January 16th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    bic -

    Time to get real. The Red Sox as an organization are Johnnie Come Latelys ….NYC wannabes. The Yankees have been doing public relations and charity work for years. Rather than work out at a college facility, there’s players NOW at the minor league complex in Tampa opposed to a tiny facility in Fort Myers smaller than the Green Sardine Can if that can be imagined.

  29. TurnTwo January 16th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    CB, to me it would make perfect sense to take it to the next level.

    I have to admit, most of the time i cant bear to watch the extra programming on YES minus the actual games. the CenterStages arent really intriguing, and like you said, how many times can you watch the same Yankeeography?

    Maybe have a general ‘Around the League’ type highlights show that rivals Baseball Tonight on ESPN, and have another program dedicated to fantasy baseball analysis…

    even if they dont tape delay the whole minor league game, I know MSG has a thing where they show Knicks and Rangers games in 60 minutes that packages all the most important plays of the game into a tight little package for fans to catch up on when they dont have the time to watch the whole thing.

    RAB does prospect profiles, so how about an variation of something of this nature? Have a ‘draft class 2007′ show that follows the most recent draft class on their way through the system, kind of like in a reality format, with short interviews, player highlights…

  30. i miss bernie January 16th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    i love that so much info about the minors is available and that it is becoming a big part of the yankees discussion. on the other hand, i cant believe how people have guys in A ball ticketed for the yankees lineup. the road to teh pros is littered with the eric duncan’s, jason lanes and brien taylors of the world, in fact there are more of them then there are of the melky’s and robbie cano’s.
    pay attention to who’s down there, but dont count on there being a jose tabata day at yankee stadium just yet.

  31. Yanksrule57 January 16th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I think if you look at the history of baseball marketing, the teams that do these sort of things do them for a couple of reasons:
    1. They spur interest in the team during the off season, keeping the “prodcut” in the minds of the consumer (fan) and creating a demand for tickets. It’s not a coincidence they do these things during the season ticket selling season.
    2. For some teams the events have become an annual expected thing, kind of like your companies’ Christmas party.
    3. Someone mentioned above that not all teams are drawing 50K fans each night and need to increase the fan base. Absolutley correct. I have the Direct TV package and am forced to watch out of market Yankee games on the local sports net channel. The other teams seem to have some kind of special promotion every night to try and draw additional fans.
    What I don’t understand yet is if these promotions are working and that is why attendance is up more every year or is it that they can sell sponsorships to these events BECAUSE attendance is up and that causes buzz and even more people to want to attend (sorry for the run-on sentence).

  32. Yanksrule57 January 16th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    that’s “product”

    Pete, edit button please?

  33. Peter Abraham January 16th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Neil:

    Are you actually suggesting that no Red Sox players are working out in Florida? C’mon, we expect more intelligence here.

    This is not a Yankees-Sox thing. Cleveland, Philly, Baltimore … plenty of teams have winter prospect programs. I just think the Yankees should. I used the Red Sox as an example because there was a story in the Globe today.

  34. GreenBeret7 January 16th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    CB, YES does broadcast minor league games, fairly often. I’ve watch more than I can ever remember. In Staten Island games, they had Ed Randall doing games and more than a few times, Whitey Ford would stop by a do some TV work. I know that http://WWW.MILB.COM does TV and radio broadcasts, so I listen to the Scranton, Trenton and Staten Island games, and I get the Charleston games on the radio here in Savannah.

  35. susan mullen January 16th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Boston does other things such as the Writers’ Series, very popular, and other promotional events. The Yankees need to start doing things like this yesterday. There’s no excuse. The organization and its fans have sustained negative consequences as a result of this detachment.

  36. goirish772 January 16th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Remember the days of the Yankee Fan Fest? They disappeared as soon as the Yankees had a +.500 record.

  37. GreenBeret7 January 16th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    As soon as they had a +.500 record? That would have been around 1920, right? Just after they got some guy named Ruth?

  38. John in Ohio January 16th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I wonder if Schilling shows up uninvited (“My invitation must’ve been lost in the mail”) and gives speeches … political and otherwise… to anyone he can flag down. He probably signs autographs with RED Sharpie.

    I loathe Schilling.

  39. i miss bernie January 16th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    gb7
    yeah but i hear carl mays was a real cut up at the ’19 horseless buggy-a-van!

  40. cupaJOBA January 16th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Pete – Since you’re around the stadium and I’m sure you know some of the PR people and whatnot, can you suggest this idea? Of course the fans could, but it would get lost in a sea of letters, ideas, etc.

    Its a great cause for the fans, the charity and the players.

  41. Mr G January 16th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Would you rather they be in Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, the DR etc. playing and developing or in NY for PR?

    If it doesn’t take away from what they could be doing to develop, fine. Otherwise, there are plenty of ways to keep up with their progress and learn about them. Besides, if they’re coming up through the system, Trenton and Scranton aren’t exactly on the other side of the moon.

  42. GreenBeret7 January 16th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Jon Lieber just sign a 1 year 3.5 million dollar contract with the Cubs.

  43. Gus G. January 16th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Man, that would be awesome! It’s amazing more clubs haven’t done this.

  44. CB January 16th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Turn Two,

    I like the idea of a 60 minute highlight show of the games. That alone would be an added plus. They would still need to tape most of the game – I think for many of the minor league games people would watch the whole thing. But a condensed highlight version would be great – much better than the usual YES offerrings.

    GB7,

    I believe that YES is currently only doing a few Staten Island games a year. I assume they cover staten island because its relatively easy for them to get out there a few times.

    That’s nice, but I think interest in AA and AAA would be much higher. Even if they could get out to Trenton and cover some home games that would be great.

    I know you can see games through MILB.com but if you are a team with an entire network to yourself I’d just think showing your own minor league games would have a number of benefits that would add together.

    I’d rather they show games on the network.

  45. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 16th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    The line would be wrapped around the stadium a few times, and a lot of people would have gone home “sick” from work. :lol:

  46. Clare January 16th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    When do you think Peter will stop defending Torre? (My vote is never).
    First, he’s calling what no one actually said ridiculous. No one said that cash and torre didn’t talk. However Peter mentioned how often they talk during the season. SJ was talking about now.

    Also no one said anything about Girardi ordering people to work out. People were speculating about why some players seem to be working out more this off season. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to suspect that having a new manager, with a reputation for being hardcore, might be a motivating factor.
    Peter, if you have to defend Torre every time he’s criticized, how about addressing what people are actually saying, rather than creating strawmen to knock down?

  47. TurnTwo January 16th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I know locally CN8 (on the Comcast network in NJ) shows maybe 3-4 Trenton Thunder, and a couple other Eastern League games, a season. I guess that means they have some sort of broadcasting rights… but if its a Yankees affiliate, I dont see how the Yankees wouldnt have permission to show their own minor league team’s games.

  48. GreenBeret7 January 16th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    CB, they’ve done a few in both Scranton and Trenton, and in 2006 they did a few games from Columbus. The games are usually Monday night games. Like I mentioned MILB does televise games on the internet and the cost isn’t outragious. Somebody in the loop should drop the word to MLB about footing the bill for a regular and regionalized package on TV of minor league games. It would do quite well in places caught inbetween. Savannah draws a pretty decent nightly crowd. They do a lot of promoting, especially around here for the military with the Navy, Coast Guard and 35,000 troops stationed at FDt. Stewart, plus the National Guard. They do have radio broadcasts, but, no local access TV coverage.

  49. CB January 16th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    TurnTwo,

    The CN8 coverage of Trenton last year was great – but its only a few games.

    The game they televised of Joba’s start in Trenton was fantastic. That was the point where you could really see how special he was.

    Even all of his stats up to that point didn’t really show what he was like that game did.

    After that telecast you could just see that major league hitters were not going to be able to make consistent contact on his fastball or slider.

    Getting more of those glimpses of future yankees would be great.

    I’m sure the yankees signed some small deal with CN8 to cover a few games. I’d guess they could switch them to yes if they wanted.

  50. GreenBeret7 January 16th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    TurnTwo, part of the reason, I suppose that the Yanks can’t show more is because they don’t have ownership rights to the teams. I believe they own the Tampa and Staten Island teams, though.

  51. pat January 16th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    The YES network would need to make individual deals with the minor league franchises. The Yankees own the rights to the players but I don’t think they have ownership in the minor league franchises.

  52. Sonny Mooks January 16th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    While it is a good idea and would be successfull, the hitch is the same thing as the fanfest.

    To many people, it would be overwhelming, and alot of folks would be disappointed. You wouldn’t see hundreds coming, you would see thousands.

    The logistics of it, are the same problems that killed the fanfest of yesteryear. Once that Yankees started winning the crowds got way to big to manage and overwhelming.

    Its why they are not going to do something like what the redsox are doing.

  53. TurnTwo January 16th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    isnt it then in the best interest of the minor league team ownership to take as much advantage as possible to their ties with the Yankees organization?

    the trenton thunder was recently named the minor league franchise of the year, and they draw huge crowds, but doesnt it make sense to partner with YES to showcase “the Yankees of the Future” to a broader audience outside the general attendence on any given night? more exposure means more interest and more ticket sales, you would think anyway.

    they have a great ballpark; i was there about 12 rows up from the Portland Sea Dogs dugout when Roger Clemens pitched against Clay Bucholtz.

  54. Neil January 16th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Well Peter, here’s some intelligence. Assuming this is a Yankee blog, it’s highly unlikely that Yankee fans make it a must see in checking what the Boston Globe has to say as a requirement.
    New York newspapers (like the one you write for) provide the major portion of news that Yankee fans use as a source of information.
    Covering the Yankees in spring training must see you knowledgeable in seeing what a tremendous fanbase the team has down there and elsewhere. There’s a multitude of appearances Yankee players make offseason both in New York and Tampa.

  55. GreenBeret7 January 16th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Turn-two, I don’t know how territorial broadcast rights would fit into the games, though. Like I said, I go to 25-30 games here in savannah and the same up in ZCharleston, but, watch a lot of the games on the internet, or, pick up radio streams, usually while watching the Yankee games, so I get my share. This year should be especially exciting with these kids coming down here.

  56. li January 16th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Why don’t the Yankees do this?

    Because they are the Yankees and don’t have, too.

  57. Drive 4-5 January 16th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Neil,

    “Assuming this is a Yankee blog, it’s highly unlikely that Yankee fans make it a must see in checking what the Boston Globe has to say as a requirement.
    New York newspapers (like the one you write for) provide the major portion of news that Yankee fans use as a source of information.”

    You obviously don’t visit here too often do you? Just the opposite is true.

  58. Zod January 16th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Pete,

    We did have something like that here in Scranton last summer. Many of the SWB players and coaches came to PNC Field on a Saturday to sign “whatever” for the season ticket holders. We had to pay a fee, however the proceeds went to fund ALS research. I thought it was a great idea and should be expanded to anyone who is a fan. We all had a great time and the Yankee staff was very cordial.

  59. Doreen January 16th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I like the idea of a few more minor league games available on YES. It seems like it would definitely be worth the investment, especially with interest in the prospects running so high.

  60. Charlie January 16th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    That is the greatest idea….I know i would be lined up at the stadium today if the Yankees put this into action

  61. Steve January 16th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    ~~~~~~Fans make a $20 donation to charity~~~~~

    We all know this “charity” fans are donating to is really just the Red Sox organization. You wonder how they are able to keep up with the Yanks payroll with a significantly smaller stadium, this is exactly how they do it.

  62. Travis January 16th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I’d take a day off and make the hour-long flight to New York for an event like this!

  63. Rockin' Rich January 16th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I’d even fly in from Boca… well, not really, but I’d be there in spirit!

  64. bodhisattva January 16th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    CB,

    As someone pointed out, YES does broadcast minor-league games. They also have begun to feature up-and-coming Yankees in pre-game show; for me, this is more important than a “meet the players” pr thing, but I’m also not into that sort of thing, perhaps other people are, and as pointed out, it may help the PLAYERS as much as amuse the fans, but to what extent I’m not sure.

    I am also a regular attendee at Trenton games, and am thrilled to see this year’s loaded lineup down there. Ideally, I would prefer a more consistent scouting report on the kids from YES, and I would REALLY like to hear guys like Carlos Rios and Nardi Contreras interviewed on YES for updates on our position players and pitchers on the move. I have to chuckle though, to think of how inconvenient this would be for ‘baseball’ writers, who would be forced to keep up with these guys themselves, instead of writing lazy columns demanding some ridiculous move (like trading our whole farm system for Santana), without even knowing who the hell the players are that they are so adamant about giving up. What would poor Mike Lupica write about, if baseball coverage actually focused on genuine analysis? Does he know ANYTHING about the Yankees, other than that he dislikes them and is a Mets groupie?

  65. Sonny M January 16th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I really wish there was a broadcast schedule somewhere that showed when any (and all) yankee minor league games would be on.

    Other wise, its just ole Milb.com I never know when the games will be on Yes, unless someone tells me.

  66. Terrell January 16th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I was shocked the first time I learned that the Sox have a larger fan base than the Yankees. Since then I have learned that the Red Sox have been doing more than the Yankees have for a really long time. I think the big fan blitz came with Theo – he met with fans – not only in Boston but also in FL, and other places making arrangements for them to be able to get to games when the Sox were playing in their area. They have a special section of Front Office people – otherwise known as PR people I guess to think up all sorts of ideas. I too have wondered if the Yankees just thought well, we’re the Yankees but it bothered me. When I saw the 2003 movie the Sox made with Giuliani going into pat (a crying) Wakefield on the back after the loss I guess I should have known – ok, no politics here. I couldn’t watch the follow-up movie in 2004 but the idea that they made these movies (at least the 1st one) all based on lives of their fans and how important each game was to each of them was huge. The guy who started a lot of this stuff is the guy that went out to work with the Dodgers now and we see already that they are doing more.

  67. David January 16th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Great idea.

  68. Steve Fan January 17th, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Steve- Your comment has to be one of the most ignorant, idiotic comments I’ve ever read. Bravo.
    —————————————————
    ~~~~~~Fans make a $20 donation to charity~~~~~

    We all know this “charity” fans are donating to is really just the Red Sox organization. You wonder how they are able to keep up with the Yanks payroll with a significantly smaller stadium, this is exactly how they do it.

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