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Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 11, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees were on their way home as the Angels celebrated a title. Now come an awkward 10 games at home for the Yankees.

Pudge Rodriguez and Torii Hunter were suspended and decided not to appeal. This notebook also has an update on Joba Chamberlain and some statistics on Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon.


It’s a strange feeling landing at Liberty Airport in Newark, looking down at your watch and realizing it’s the morning of Sept. 11. Couldn’t help but look out at Manhattan on the way home and the empty sky where the towers were. Hopefully as we all go about our business today, we take at least a few moment to reflect.





45 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. beastplus September 11th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Uncle Paul F. Sarle – 9/11/01

    Never Forget.

  2. sunny615 September 11th, 2008 at 7:40 am

    My respects to the victims of 9/11.

  3. Jeff September 11th, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Wel sais sunny and beast. Good day to reflect a bit.sure puts life in perspective huh?

  4. Bronx Jeers September 11th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    sort of in the realm of the surreal there. Hard to believe 7 years have passed. Such strong memories survive in the mind make it seem like it happened very recently.

    Yanks better show some life over the next week and a half. Fans who will no doubt fill the park regardless of the teams’s standing deserve their best effort.

    Losing against the generic pitching they’ve seen over the last 2 series is just crazy. Derek seems out of his mind repeating the same mantra. Jorge may be out and many are right when they complain that his contract was too long and for too much but the loss of his presence in the clubhouse is palpable.

  5. Jeff September 11th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Very well said by you both. my sentiments are the same as well

  6. murphydog September 11th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    “Hopefully as all go about our business today, we take at least a few moment to reflect.”

    I worked as an attorney in law enforcement in lower Manhattan for a number of years. In 2001 I was working further uptown but still attended meetings in the Twin Towers. In fact I was supposed to attend an early a.m. federal/state working group meeting at WTC on September 12, 2001, at the Port Authority Offices because it was their turn to host. But for the 24 hours between Sept. 11 and Sept 12 I’m here and colleagues and friends aren’t.

    Torre often said when someone had a family or personal problem, that baseball’s just a game. But sometimes it’s more. While this team is having a bad year, I’ll always remember and appreciate having the 2001 Yankees to root for, as they diverted and inspired us and helped us move on.

  7. JJNJ September 11th, 2008 at 8:01 am

    God Bless the victims of 9/11 & their loved ones. We will never forget.

  8. Baja September 11th, 2008 at 8:21 am

    “If I can just get through this lonesome day” – Bruce

  9. TurnTwo September 11th, 2008 at 8:21 am

    i was at the stadium the first night they played a home game after the attack.

    i remember driving into the city from Trenton, looking at all the American flags flying outside all the business and homes along the way. very surreal.

    then being at the stadium, with the roar of the crowd saluting the men and women of the NYPD and FDNY before the game, with the huge outstretched American flag across CF. not a dry eye in the house.

    i was so proud of our country; people helping people, supporting one another. it was crazy to me to see how many people were affected on my college campus alone by this one attack… people who had parents who worked or siblings or friends who went to college in the city. after everything went down, me and my friends figured we had to do something, so we went down to the local bloodbank and helped donate blood.

    its really a shame that the way our president led this country in the weeks, months, and years after the attack, he wasnt able to harness this feeling… and help lift the country from what was one of the lowest points in our history to a new era of commitment to service and duty to one’s country to help protect everyone’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and prosperity.

  10. Vince September 11th, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I can’t help but think that Jorge’s vocal presence on the field and in the clubhouse was missed and could have made in difference with the demeanor of the team injuries aside.
    He’s really been the captain with voice for several years.

  11. jennifer September 11th, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Amen to that Pete. Sad that both NY teams are off on this day, when they are the ones that brought the city back to life. :(

    God Bless all those lost 7 years ago! 7 Years!! wow. :cry:

  12. Doreen September 11th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I can’t believe it’s been 7 years.

    It’s both as if it happened just yesterday and it happened eons ago.

    My prayers today for all who suffered and continue to suffer from the events of that day.

  13. Claudia September 11th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    It’s still an empty feeling not seeing Lower Manhattan with the twin towers and all the poor souls that occupied them.
    The Empire State (1931) and Chrysler (1930) Buildings look sad and lonely like parents that lost their twins (1972).

    The 2008 Yankee season seems remote in comparison with 9/11.

  14. pat September 11th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    FROM The NY Post:

    “Yankees players have been given the opportunity to purchase things from the ballpark.

    Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez would like their lockers; Andy Pettitte wants to use some of the outfield padding in his gym at home. Joba Chamberlain requested two seats, one with No. 6 and another with No. 2 on them. Mariano Rivera wants a seat, a pitching rubber and dirt from the mound. Mike Mussina wants the center field flagpole.”

  15. jennifer September 11th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    They are making them buy it. :) Makes me feel a little better!

    I guess Mike is going to stick the flagpole up on his huge property!

  16. Ed September 11th, 2008 at 8:50 am

    This is the best Yankees blog out there, and always well-written and thoughtful. Thanks for reminding us, on 9/11, that a lost season is only that… and that New Yorkers have lost a lot more.

    Great blog, Peter. At least YOU had a terrific season.

  17. Doreen September 11th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    pat -

    Thanks for that tidbit.

  18. jd jr September 11th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Never forget …

  19. Fredo Corleone September 11th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    “Andy Pettitte wants to use some of the outfield padding in his gym at home.”

    Andy should specify he wants the padding from the rightfield wall. It’s gone pretty much untouched since August of 2006.

  20. Kat September 11th, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I sat down to write a post and glance at the clock. It was 9:11 and for a moment I was grappled – could not think of a word to write.

    I was downtown last night. I took a moment to look around, breathe in the air (corny I know) and just think about how 7 years ago, at that exact moment, no one knew how our lives were going to change.

    It’s true that it’s just baseball. But it would be nice to see the yankees come through with a big homestand – to finish off the stadium in style and also for the people of New York.

    TurnTwo – random question, but what college did you go to?

  21. TurnTwo September 11th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Kat- TCNJ

  22. pat September 11th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Moose does think big. I don’t know what really big flagpoles go for these days but think of the hassle involved in desconstructing it, transporting it and reconstructing it.

  23. sfill September 11th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    We can NEVER EVER forget. I hope no one ever does.

  24. Kat September 11th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    TurnTwo – I was wondering if it was TCNJ or Rider (I went to Rider). :)

  25. jennifer September 11th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    My co-worker just came in said they had a little service and moment of silence at Penn Station. Showed me some cell video of it. Very nice, they had policemen and service members lined up with bag pipers playing.

  26. wood is good September 11th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    There’s a new Yankee Stadium being built. Ready for 2009.

    There’s CitiField ebing built. Ready for 2009.

    There’s the new Giants/Jets stadium being built. Ready for 2010.

    But there’s still an ugly scar downtown.

    I’m not suggesting something should be up and completed already. But there’s hardly anything there AT ALL.

    9/11. Never Forget.

  27. jennifer September 11th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I also don’t understand what is taking so long to build a memorial. Forget about rebuilding, buildings. I for one should sure as hell never want to work there. But a memorial!!

  28. JohnC September 11th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Can’t beleive it’s been 7 years. I work only 5 blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood. Still hard for me to beleive it any time I loo skyward down here and see that they are not there. God bless the victims of 9/11 and their families. We will never forget.

  29. 86w183 September 11th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Kat—- I know how you feel, I noticed it was 9:11 when I started reading some of the posts this morning. I had brunch In “Windows on the World” on Father’s Day that summer. I can’t help but tear up every time the subject comes up.

    Caludia I must disagree. The Chrysler and Empire State Buildings look like proud parents looking after all their children.

    May God Bless all who perished on that horrible day and the families and other loved ones left behind. And may the creator have a special plan for the gutless bastards to perpetrated that event and those who aided and supported them.

  30. Joey's Poodle September 11th, 2008 at 9:39 am

    What I remember is going with a bunch of friends to the nearest hospital to donate blood (it was still early, we thought there would be survivors needing it) and finding the place jammed with New Yorkers and more and more flowing in to give. They ended up turning us away. Not a soul was talking about leaving the City. A relative who was away actually cut short a trip to come back immediately to be together with friends and family. Not the New York or the New Yorkers that strangers know about, but the one we know.

  31. Jeff September 11th, 2008 at 9:39 am

    God Bless America and the New York Yankees!

  32. TurnTwo September 11th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Kat- spent a little bit of time over on campus there at Rider. good times :-P

  33. Fran September 11th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I can’t believe it’s been 7 years. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who lost loved ones.

  34. Laura - 4th Place? I mean, really - 4th place??!! September 11th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I can’t believe that it’s been 7 years either. Sometimes, if I close my eyes, it’s like it happened yesterday.

    In life, there are always going to be moments that you will remember for the rest of your life. The day you got married. The birth of a child. I have no doubt that when I’m an old lady sitting in a nursing home, someone will mention 9/11 to me and I’ll be able to playback every minute of that day verbatim. Truly tragic.

  35. ansky September 11th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    RIP Josh Piver & Eric Ropiteau
    you guys are always in my thoughts.

  36. pounder September 11th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    God bless America….land that I love.

  37. John M September 11th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Best wishes to all Yankee fans and all in New York from the Isle of Cumbrae,Scotland

  38. Global Warming September 11th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    God bless people

  39. Ariel September 11th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Indeed the 01 Yankees were inspirational and provided a bit of the fortitude that was necessary at the time. How different the composition of the “team” is today. Were the grinders of yesterday, i.e., Paulie, Tino, Scottie, around today, the lackadaisical efforts at second, the wall-phobic ventures in rightfield, the laughter in the dugout after one good at bat out of a dozen or so, and of course, the consistency of the clutchless efforts at the plate, would not be tolerated. All it would take would be one “stare” from Paulie and these underachievers would shrink away.

  40. yankeefan91 September 11th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    god bless america my respect for those victims and our heroes

    i had a cuzin that work in the towers in the 100 sumthing floor and he had taken that took the day off that unbalievable to me and that was god

  41. Ariel September 11th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Paulie should be begged (together with Bowa) to join the coaching staff next year.

  42. Ariel September 11th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Have you seen anyone kick the water fountain recently?

  43. A.B.K September 11th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    my brother passed away in the 9/11/01 attacks. (he was working there and didn’t make it…).

  44. Virgin Islands September 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I have my FDNY 09-11-01 Tshirt on today. I pull it out once a year and wear it to work. (an office on St John in the Virgin Islands) There was a small procession this morning in downtown Cruz Bay commemorating the victims.

  45. Bob Shirley's Changeup September 11th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I still have the little flag they gave away in the first home game after 9/11 – it was a night few of us will forget and for sure helped in the healing…

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