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Game available on line today

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just a reminder (courtesy of our own YanksJenn). The game is on free on MLB.TV today if you don’t get YES.

Meanwhile, check out this e-mail I just received from Rick, a blog reader:

As someone who lives in Roanoke and has many lifelong ties to Virginia Tech, I want to thank you for the coverage leading up to today’s exhibition game between Virginia Tech and the Yankees. I’ve been a Yankee fan over fifty years now, since I was a six-year old boy in 1956, and I’ve never been prouder of the organization in my life. For those who live elsewhere, I can honestly say that this game truly has had and is having a positive and healing effect on our community.

The horrible events of last April can never be erased from our collective consciousness, but out of this tragedy so many acts of courage and kindness have sprung that one cannot help but be moved by such a widespread show of support. George Steinbrenner has frustrated and angered me on more than one occasion through the years, but the immediate and heartfelt response of him, his sons, and the Yankee organization truly touched me.

One of my buddies, a Tech grad and diehard Red Sox fan (and diehard is too weak a description), is the person who called me with the news last year that the Yanks were coming and that George had donated a million dollars to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. His voice was choked with emotion, and he was crying. “I take back everything I’ve ever said about George Steinbrenner” he said, “and I will never say a hateful thing about him or the Yankees again. But I’m still calling you when the Sox beat them, OK?”

So far he’s kept his word.

How great is that? You get the feeling that today will be a day a lot of people won’t forget in that corner of Virginia. Hopefully it means something to the players, too.





69 Responses to “Game available on line today”

  1. Steve Lombardi March 18th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Pete, related, this may interest you:

  2. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 18th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    That’s great.

  3. Eric March 18th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    As a VT medical student, I can definitely echo the comments made in that letter. What the Yankees did immediately following the shooting(s) last year has buoyed everyone’s spirits, and today should be a special day for the town of Blacksburg.

  4. li March 18th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Very touching.

  5. Kyle March 18th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I knew Ross, the guy referenced in the Collegiate Times article. I had French with him in the ’06 Fall Semester, and he was just the way he was described in the article.

  6. jay destro March 18th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    wish my hotel here in Orlando had yes. Oh well.

  7. Melissa March 18th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    These personal descriptions of what the Yankees are doing mean to those at VT are priceless. I can’t wait to get out of class today, so I can rush to my computer to put the game on. By that time the starters will probably be out, but it will be worth it, to witness a part of the healing process of VT. The shootings shook up my university last year, as well as every other campus in the country. And this action by the Yankees, to take time out from their lives to go and play baseball at VT, show just what a great team they are. A real class act.

  8. SJ44 March 18th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    The next time some clueless columnist or a talking head on ESPN talks about Yankee Class being “gone”, send them copies of these e-mails. Then tell them to shove it.

    Its amazing to me that almost a year after the Yankees did what they did, not a single ML team stepped up to match their actions.

    For an industry that will gross over 6 BILLION dollars in revenues this year, why is it that only ONE team stepped up in this fashion?

    This is another example of Yankee Class and another misstep for the rest of MLB Baseball under Bud Selig.

    The money he wasted on the Mitchell Report could have gone to the victims of this tragedy and it would have been better spent.

    I will watch today with a lot of pride that my team stepped up to the plate when it was needed. For no other reason as it was the right thing to do.

  9. Kyle March 18th, 2008 at 10:07 am


    That is what I thought last year when the Yankees took the first step. I almost expected a lot of other sports franchises to try to match the Yankees or at least do something, not playing a game but just some money for the Memorial Fund.

  10. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for sharing all of these stories. It brings tears to my eyes, and I am glad to see that the rest of the world appreciates this so much.

  11. saucY March 18th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    i’ve been getting good at remembering to set the tivo in the mornings lately :)
    it was tought getting used to at first.

  12. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    thanks for sharing that pete; made my morning!

  13. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    The Yankees always step up and do the right thing. They did it for the victims of the sumani (sp). But we are the greedy franchise.

    Pay close attention today nespn. See what class is all about.

  14. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I just wish Yes would start the coverage at 2:30 they are supposed to be holding ceromonies prior to the game. Unless the university wanted it kept “private”.

  15. ADave March 18th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I have always greatly respected this franchise, and do even more today. Its so great to finally hear a positive baseball story in a summer filled with talk about steroids and roger clemens. My heart goes out to all those still suffering down at VaTech, and hopefully this day makes things a little easier.

  16. Say it ain't so March 18th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    It really is beautiful that the Yankees are doing this. The school obviously is still healing. Now let’s hope that Michael Kay doesn’t ruin it.

  17. RJPinstripes March 18th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    …just another reason (and a huge one) why there should be a statue dedicated to Mr. George Steinbrenner out in Monument Park. And do this ASAP puleeze!

  18. Brian (Red Sox Fan) March 18th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    It’s a wonderful gesture by the Yankee organization; the action speaks for itself.

    One word of caution. The more words written trumpeting the “classy” nature of the franchise, and denegrating the other MLB franchises, the less “classy” the gesture becomes.

    Grace Kelly was “classy.” Her publicists didn’t need to belabor it, nor did they ridicule less attractive women.

    People will take notice of the Yankees’ generosity. No need to cheapen it with excessive preening by some of their fans.

  19. Dee March 18th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Yankee Pride forever!

  20. V March 18th, 2008 at 10:31 am


  21. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Brian geez enough already! Your posts are getting very old. We get it, you dislike the Yankees. Why must you slam what people write? We don’t go on soxs blogs and read and comment on what they say.

    Thanks v.

  22. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    did a member of RedSocks nation just use the term “excessive preening” about another team…what ever…go back to your cave.

    We are proud of what our team did. The organization is not bragging is us on our blog to ourselves. It does not cheapen it at all. Go back to Schill’s blog he should have lots of time to write if his shoulder can handle it.

  23. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Brian, we don’t need any of your “high minded” preachiness today. just drop it.

  24. Bronx Born March 18th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Thank you for being our guiding light Brian. Somehow you still come across holier than thou. How is that? Could it be because you are a sox fan blogging in the Ynnkeeland? Why don’t you post in a sox blog about how classy the Yankees are and wish the sox were too?

  25. Yazman March 18th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    “The money he wasted on the Mitchell Report could have gone to the victims of this tragedy and it would have been better spent.”

    Well said, SJ44.

    I applaud MLB’s philanthropy, but as a venue filled with celebrities, many more $10s or even $100s of millions could be raised for all sorts of charities with relatively little effort:

    -exhibition games
    -the signed cap (and other articles) idea can work every game
    -auctioned 10 minute meet and greets
    -auctioned seats at a restaurant with a player at the table
    -”big stuff” could include auctioned “team member for a day” (what Crystal did, but the person pays for the opportunity), batting/pitching lessons, coach for a day, etc.

    I’m professionally biased in advocating for these things, but I also just think they are the right things to do, and pay off in good will.

  26. saucY March 18th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    ray > brian

  27. KevinP March 18th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Dang, even I got choked up reading the last paragraph of the 2 friends talking about Big Stein.

    Honestly, I was clueless that this was the point of the whole gesture (until a few weeks ago) and what it meant to the local community for it to be happening.

    Will attempt to get off work early today as unable to stream audio/video from my work computer.

  28. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Brian – What’s the point? We’re not “publicizing” the Yankees here. We’re a group of fans celebrating our team. Do you have something to add to the conversation? If not, we don’t you to bring us down on this day.

  29. SJ44 March 18th, 2008 at 10:45 am


    If you don’t like it, go talk about it on a Red Sox blog.

    This is a Yankees blog. If we want to “preen” about what our team is doing today, we are going to do it.

    It doesn’t make the gesture less classy in the slightest.

    Its the topic of conversation today and we are going to talk about it proudly.

    The last thing we are going to do is take class lessons in a Yankee blog from a Red Sox fan.

  30. BigV March 18th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    This is why the Yankees are the WORLD’S number 1 sports franchise! GO GEORGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  31. Brian (Red Sox Fan) March 18th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Both the Sox and Yankees have done a lot of charitable work over the years. The Red Sox, for instance, have been a major contributor (money and time) to the Jimmy Fund for the last 60 years. I don’t think that they deserved to be demeaned on this blog because of alleged shortcomings in their response to the VT tragedy.

    Again, my congrats to the Yankees (and their players). Their outreach to the VT community is commendable.

  32. Bronx Born March 18th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Just for the record Brian. What is your purpose for posting here? Am most curious.

  33. Rishi March 18th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Who is demeaning the Sox – are you reading what’s being written…for today no one cares about the Rays or your precious Red Sox…I think you are missing the point entirely. There have to be a number of other blogs where you can go to share your thoughts. Show a little respect for what’s going on and the people at VT and stop trying to make it about the Red Sox.

  34. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 10:51 am


    We need an ignore button on here so we can “turn off” some people. Any chance?

  35. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    if you took the time to read pete’s post you would see that he did not demean anyone. he simply posted a heartfelt letter from a gracious red sox fan.

    maybe you could take a lesson from that fan. in the meantime, why don’t you just get out of here today.

  36. Motown Yankees Fan March 18th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Thanks Pete for posting that, and thanks Rick for writing that. It was a truly moving piece.

  37. SJ44 March 18th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Nobody here is demeaning the Jimmy Fund Brian. Show me a post in here that is doing so. Unless Pete deleted them, I haven’t seen a single post from anybody today demeaning the Jimmy Fund.

    But, sadly for you, today is not about the Red Sox or the Jimmy Fund.

    Its about the Yankees and Virginia Tech.

    Call me crazy but, if you were looking to talk about the Jimmy Fund in a Yankee Blog, today is not the day.

    I really don’t know what you expect to gain here today. You take a shot at “preening” Yankee fans and expect people to just gloss over it.

    Nobody who is a Yankee fan cares about talking Boston Red Sox baseball. We just don’t. We tolerate it in good fun for the few of you who visit here. However, the Red Sox are not the topic de jour everyday for Yankee fans. They really aren’t.

    Most of the people in here would rather talk about other things. Especially today.

    If your goal is to preach to us what we should talk about, or how we should talk about it, its going to fall on deaf ears.

  38. Bronx Born March 18th, 2008 at 10:59 am


    Thanks for this great posting. In a world gone crazy, it is wonderful to see how the Yankees organization responds.

  39. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Well said SJ as usual!!

  40. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Brian – Where is there a post demeaning the Sox? There are some comments about MLB generally, but I don’t think a single person — except you — has turned this into a Yankee v. Sox issue.

  41. Wendall March 18th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    SJ44 – -

    I suspect that this Brian Red Sox fan is an arm of Peter Gammons. The same mindset of never talk Yankees without adding Boston into the mix. Evidently sites up there are [that] boring.

  42. Brian (Red Sox Fan) March 18th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    JJ & MikeEff — (1) I never said that Pete demeaned anyone, nor that any poster demeaned the Jimmy Fund.

    (2)However, several posters took shots at MLB, or other teams (e.g. Jennifer:”Pay close attention today NESPN. See what class is all about.”). The basis of these comments was an alleged inadequate response to the VT tragedy.

    I pointed out the Jimmy Fund to illustrate the unfairness of making unfair comparisons between the Yankees and other teams, or MLB, when it comes to charitable involvement (based exclusively on VT). Several posters did indeed express negative comparisons, which I thought were uncalled for.

  43. You know the rules March 18th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    “Please ignore any Red Sox trolls who decide to make comments. If you do respond, use multi-syllabic words. That will confuse them.”

  44. Bronx Born March 18th, 2008 at 11:13 am


    You still skirt the issue as to why you are even here.

  45. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Geez a little sensitive are we? A little dig out of dozens of posts.

  46. Rick (Columbus) March 18th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Very cool!

  47. ellen March 18th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    This is a Yankees blog. The topic of this particular post is the Yankees’ response to the VT tragedy. It has nothing to do with the Red Sox, except to the undisputed fact that the Red Sox are not playing a charity game at VT today and did not contribute $1 million to this particular cause. There is, quite frankly, no reason for you to preach to anyone about the entirely justified pride the posters here have in the Yankees. You do not share that pride. Instead, you feel the need to point out prior contributions the Red Sox made to another worthy cause. So what? Who cares? This is a Yankees-VT conversation. It is not, nor should it be, about the Red Sox. And I will not be preached to for being proud of something my favorite team is doing that is, quite frankly, laudable. In short: go soak your head.

  48. ellen March 18th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Further, to Brian:
    Regarding your characterization of the “alledged inadequate response” by the Red Sox to the VT tragedy. Since you are an obvious authority on the subject, what exactly did the Red Sox do in response to the VT tragedy, pray tell.

  49. Peter Principle March 18th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Brian Red Sox fan :

    To save you valuable time and money on a leather couch, a reputable psychoanalyst would suggest repair of a persecution complex similar to the Peter principle.

  50. Robert March 18th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    That is a great story. George has a big heart and does many charitable things that people don’t know bout. This is great for the people of Blacksburg and VA Tech.

  51. McFadden March 18th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)-

    Just stop whining dude. All you do when you come on here is whine about yankee comments and respond with your pro Red Sox slant. Here’s a crazy idea..spend your time on a Red Sox blog. You might find their discussion slightly more to your liking.

  52. Vader March 18th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    It should also be noted that Mr. Steinbrenner makes a significant donation to the Jimmy Fund yearly, but does not like it being disclosed.

    He was actually on WEEI’s broadcast a few years ago and said he does not like to have his donations made public.

  53. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    To All Yankee Fans Here:

    We have let this Red Sox Fan distract us from the wonderful event that will take place today.

    this is a day to commemorate the people who lost their lives at Virginia Tech. Today our team is showing support to a community far away from New York City because our ownership, coaches and players care enough to not just talk, or even donate some money, but to actually show up and lift the spirits of the students and faculty.

  54. desti(NY) 2008 March 18th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Fans can expect to hear comments from Yankee players and coaches with how overwhelmed they all were in what they witnessed on the campus of Virginia Tech. The sad reality of today’s world.

  55. Fran March 18th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Today is another example of the generosity of the Steinbrenner family. And although there are people out there that like to rip George or Hank, they should remember all of the good that this family does.
    Last week when the Yankees “signed” Billy Crystal there were those that were calling it classeless. Where are all of those people now to talk about the generosity and class of the Yankees?
    I remember how Yankee baseball helped just a little after 9/11 to make things seem “normal” again or as normal as it could ever be. Maybe again the Yankees can do the same for VT

  56. Stormrider6 March 18th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I am truly impressed with the Yankee organization and players’ dedication to causes such as this. It is a different side of MLB that doesn’t receive much attention with all of the focus on the Mitchell Report, Bonds, Clemens, etc. Though it may not have been done in the most appropriate manner, I do want to thank Brian for informing me of some of the Red Sox organization’s charitable donations. Being a Yankee fan, I tend to focus entirely on the Yankees and often miss what others are doing. Even though they are our bitter enemies on the field, I have a lot of respect for the good things that the Red Sox do off the field.

    Today, however, isn’t about the Yankees or the Red Sox or MLB – its about the students and everyone who was impacted by the tragedy at VT last year. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  57. Yankee Jay March 18th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Great story. I think my favorite part is how excited the players are to be a part of it. I am definitely a proud Yankee fan today.

  58. Matt Schweber March 18th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Rick’s letter is poignant and well-written besides.

    It also encapsulates many of the paradoxical feelings the Steinbrenners arouse in me as well. It’s impossible for me to deplore them for very long, however much they’ve incensed and exasperated me over the years/

    For every vain, selfish, egomaniacal, and vindictive act they commit, I can recall some other noble gesture of charity, compassion, humility and kindness. (Whether the latter makes amends for the former, I leave to the theologians and the Divine.)

    I only wish the press would portray them for the complex and contradictory people they evidently are instead of as the melodramatic caricatures a sensationalist media so often favors.

  59. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    “Hopefully it means something to the players too.”

    I don’t know how anybody who follows the Yankees could even question that it would mean something to the players. Okay, let’s pretend that you don’t know the Yankees. Even if you follow them Pete… If you read Jeter’s quote about all the guys wanting to go and the ones who couldn’t saying how much they wish they could, you either assume that it means something to the players or they’ve always wanted to see the Virginia Tech campus. Geesh!

  60. sabernar March 18th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan), re: Grace Kelly’s classiness: I just watched Rear Window the other day. I would have to say that Grace Kelly, along with being one of the classiest women to ever live, also is probably one of the most beautiful women who ever lived. I could stare at her all day long.

  61. Yanksrule57 March 18th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    So I’ll ask you again Brian since you won’t answer Jenn, Why do you post here?


  62. mel March 18th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Did someone actually bring a soapbox to this thread?

  63. chaossolver March 18th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    wow, that is why we are yankee fans… that is why this franchise is so great; and this game makes me truly proud of calling myself a Yankee fan.
    Go Yankees

  64. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Brian -

    I need to tell you what being a Yankee fan means to me. It means that I get a catch in my throat every time I think about the history of our “storied franchise” and watch games in the house that Ruth built. Ruth. Babe Ruth. Acknowledged to be the greatest player in the history of the game. Our Babe. I get chills just thinking about it. It means that I am easily brought to tears when I watch the ceremonies before games and watch the jets fly over the Stadium and the eagle fly down onto the field and feel like I could burst with pride over the spectacular and CLASSY job the Yankee organization does whenever it does anything. It means that I couldn’t be more proud of the ownership of this team and in awe of one George Steinbrenner, who gives the Yankees every opportunity to field a winning team every single year, and in spite of his bluster, digs deep into his own pocket anytime there is any kind of tragedy and takes people and players personally under his wing. As big as his mouth can be, his heart is even bigger. It means that I cannot watch the highlight of Derek Jeter’s “shovel pass” to Jorge in that Oakland game without actually tearing up. It means that sometimes I am so filled with emotion and love for the team that I don’t know what I to do with myself! I have been a Yankee fan in lean times and in good times. I cannot get enough of watching them and consider the team the greatest there is no matter where they finish. All I can do is paraphrase the words of the great Joe Di and say I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee fan. The Yankees accomplishments do not denigrate any other team as much as they just continue to elevate their own status. Going to Virginia Tech today is just one such example. And about preening? While I never much thought about it, if what I am doing is preening, may I never stop. And about what “others” may think of my preening? I guess I don’t much care.

  65. Spagz March 18th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Awesome. Very touching. Totally awesome. Thats all I can think to say.

  66. Girardi March 18th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    How do I get the broadcast? Do I have to register or something even though it’s a free broadcast?

  67. Kevin P March 18th, 2008 at 2:40 pm


    Good question about the MLB.TV broadcast, I can’t figure out how to watch it either. There is no mention of the free game or how to do it.

  68. Travis G. March 18th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    afaik, the Yanks were the only team to donate any money to the tsunami victims. $1 million iirc, matching MLB’s contribution. the next time someone rips into Steinbrenner, tell them about his donations.

  69. Kevin P March 18th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Okay, hope this helps those to see it on MLB TV

    Then click on the link and it should launch the player

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