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You should be proud of your team

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

RfjjC6epHOPE Week is over and the Yankees went 5-0. If you think that is just a coincidence, be advised that the players and manager Joe Girardi aren’t so sure.

The Yankees — every single one of them — participated in the events this week and help enrich the lives of people not as fortunate as most of us. That the team got a roll at the same time seems fitting in many ways.

Do yourself a favor and check out this video from The Today Show on Hope Week.

Here are A-Rod, CC and Tex introducing HOPE Week on The Today Show.

Congratulations to the Yankees and particularly to Jason Zillo, who thought up and organized the whole thing with the full support of Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi.

Scoff if you will, but there has been a good vibe around this team all season. This is a tighter group than in recent years, the manager has had the right touch and the newcomers have fit in seamlessly. Events like HOPE Week only emphasize that.

Does that translate to success on the field? Look at the standings.





58 Responses to “You should be proud of your team”

  1. jpb1973 July 25th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Ok, if we are interested in Scott Downs, how about this for a trade?

    Scott Downs and Alex Rios for Melky Cabrera, Ivan Nova and Mark Melancon (I’d be willling to substitute Mike Dunn for Melancon if Toronto wants a lefty instead of a righthander).

    Shelley Duncan had a couple of HR’s in Scranton last night…I’d throw him in on the deal too.

  2. carl July 25th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for that link Pete. Amazing video. Great Job by the Yankee organization.

  3. Joekuh - The Wang Will Rise To Sink Again! July 25th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Definitely a cool thing for the Yankees to do this. Anyone can give money, time is much more valuable.

  4. roger(live from amsterdam) July 25th, 2009 at 9:12 am


    I like that deal

  5. Cash is King July 25th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Even if it’s a salary dump, the Jays aren’t trading their closer and starting right fielder for Melky, Nova and Melancon.

  6. Bronx Born July 25th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I totally agree Pete. The Yankees are a team! They enrich other’s lives on and off the field. There is a lot to be said for that.

  7. jpb1973 July 25th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Even if it’s a salary dump, the Jays aren’t trading their closer and starting right fielder for Melky, Nova and Melancon.


    OK we’ll throw in either Shelley Duncan or Juan Miranda.

  8. Mike G July 25th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Pete you are a freakin’ genius

  9. Cash is King July 25th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Spare parts aren’t getting you call back from JP.

  10. KJ July 25th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I’m feeling better and better about this team every day that goes by. They seem to have that something special that has been missing for 8 years. Things like this have a lot to do with it. Another two arms (one in the rotation, one in the pen) and I think we have the formula to take it to the Sox, Rays & Halos.

  11. VA Bob July 25th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Pete, thanks so much for the video post, it was inspiring.

  12. Scorpio July 25th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Hope week is great, they should make it an annual event. I think the addition of CC & Tex has really offset all the negativity & drama that A-Rod has brought to the team these past few years. Tex seems to be a genuine sweet guy.

  13. Bronx Born July 25th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I think all the players on this team deserve praise. True ARod has had his problems but this years he seems like a different man. There is more humility there and it is very apparent. Like Pete said, I am proud of our Yankees!

  14. haiku-man July 25th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I think it was Gammons,that was quoted saying the Jays want 30% more from The Yankees and the RS.
    They’d want Joba Phil Jesus and who knows who knows what else.

  15. Rishi July 25th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    People criticize the Yankees for babying Chamberlain. But they need to shut up. The team is doing the right thing by limiting the number of innings the 23-year-old righty pitches. Chamberlain did not have an extended tour in the minor leagues where he built up innings and learned how to become an effective starter. He is basically getting on-the-job training at the big-league level.

    Read more:

  16. Nick in SF on the eastern shore July 25th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Cashman doesn’t like any of Dr. Randy’s friends. :(

  17. Mike RI July 25th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Great video Pete. i’ll admit . .i got a little teary eyed

  18. JAP July 25th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Does anyone know where the Yankees game will be available online to watch today?

  19. jpb1973 July 25th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I think it was Gammons,that was quoted saying the Jays want 30% more from The Yankees and the RS.
    They’d want Joba Phil Jesus and who knows who knows what else.


    The Yankees are not going to get Halladay. Its time to give up that ghost.

  20. Betsy July 25th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Yep, I am proud of my team……they really made some kids very happy this week and you can’t put a price tag on that. It’s a week that they and the parents will never forget. The players seem to “get it” as far as realizing how fortunate they are– great job by them and the entire organization.

    The Yankees had a great chemistry since the beginning of ST. It’s not just that they play well together, but that they actually seem to really like each other. I said during ST that this camraderie would help them get through the rough times that inevitably crop up during a long, grueling season. It was obvious early that this was a different sort of group – I think the new guys had something to do with it for sure, but the vets were also opened to different personalities and I given them credit as well. Of course, if they had no talent, it wouldn’t matter – but still, it’s been a pleasure to watch this team all season.

  21. Erica - always OPPC July 25th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Forget HOPE Week. Let’s make August HOPE Month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love seeing these players so hyped up for community service. Good job to all of the Yankees and those associated with HOPE WEEK

    Now I am off the to beach. Enjoy today’s game everyone! Lets Go Yankees!

  22. haiku-man July 25th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I’m not looking for a sweep,but a series win against the Angels and the RS IS A MUST.

  23. jp July 25th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    quick poll
    would you guys do joba and austin jackson for doc halladay?

  24. JAP July 25th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I think what the Yankees did this week and every other week is a reflection on the ownership and the organization and the care they have for youngsters and the game of baseball. Excellent!!!!!!!!

  25. jpb1973 July 25th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Today’s starter for Oakland (Gio Gonzalez) has an excellent strike per inning rate but a lousy walk per inning rate. It sounds like a guy who, if he has some command, could be very tough. If, on the other hand, he is wild we could be looking at a laugher.

  26. JAP July 25th, 2009 at 9:46 am


    I wouldnt because I’d know the RS wouldnt have to touch their major league roster to get Doc, why should we. Joba and Hughes are both younger than Bucholz and are already better than him. Just like when some team wanted Chien and Cano for Jason Michaels. Jason Michaels. Yes, Jason Michaels.

  27. jpb1973 July 25th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    quick poll
    would you guys do joba and austin jackson for doc halladay?



    Based on the way Halladay is talking he wants to try the free agent waters after 2010. If we keep our powder dry we could end up with Joba, AJax and Halladay in 2011.

  28. ditmars1929 July 25th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    “Scoff if you will” about the team having a good vibe? It’s so obvious, who would possibly scoff at it? They’ve been a pleasure to watch all season.

    Hope Week was great. I also think they should do something like that in the off season, when the players have even more time to donate.

  29. ErikSec. 309 July 25th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    At that point, Halladay will be too old to make a 6-7 year investment…………Very nice thing the organization did this year. Just a classy organization.

  30. SJ44 July 25th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I think its sad that HOPE Week isn’t getting more national play.

    You can be darn sure if the Red Sox thought of this, ESPN would be nominating them for a Nobel Prize.

    Jason Zillo, the players and the entire organization should be nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award for doing this. Its a resounding success.

    This entire year the team and the organization has gone above and beyond the call of duty to be more involved in the community and the fan base.

    The Yankees have always had the reputation of being distant toward the community and the fan base. Sure, George wrote checks. However, sometimes personal contact trumps money.

    This a very likable team in large part because the fans are getting to know the players as people and not just as players.

    I’m a big believer in postive karma. This team has had it on and off the field all year.

    Every guy on the team doesn’t have to love one another. You do though have to care about the team and care about the organization. Sometimes, more than just about yourself.

    Teams that have that vibe are successful. The Yankees have that vibe and its a big reason why they are having the success they have had so far this year.

  31. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 25th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    karma? really SJ44? REALLY?!

  32. jonathan July 25th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    do you think the yankees have any chance of trading for halladay?

  33. upstate kate July 25th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    From listening to the players it seemed they got as much as they gave out of HOPE week.
    I hope these last 2 games end the “Joba to the bull pen” and “Joba and Jorge don’t work well together”.
    Glad to see the fist pumps again, it is aprt of who Joba is.

  34. S.A.--Serenity Now July 25th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Proud to be a Yankees fan. Well done by the organization.

  35. SJ44 July 25th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Yeah Patrick, REALLY.

    Sports is more than just quoting stats. Any dolt can quote/use stats and most who do have no idea how to quote/use stats correctly.

    There is a human condition to teams and the games.

    If there wasn’t, you can just play the games off a computer.

    When a team is comfortable, calm and under control, they play better.

    You can have all the talent in the world but, if you are tight, you play tight and you aren’t successful.

    When a team has a positive vibe around it, they don’t get rattled if they have a losing streak, or scuffle for a period of time.

    It enables them to overcome bad streaks quicker and that often leads to successful seasons.

    Since the start of ST, this team has had that vibe.

    They have overcome injuries, Arod’s steroid stuff, newcomers starting slowly, etc. All the stuff that has derailed Yankee teams in the past few years, this team has handled well.

    So yeah, I think having positive karma around the club is a good thing. Can you create a statistical model of how many wins it delivers? No.

    However, you shouldn’t have to because not everything can be explained through statistical analysis. In sports, it rarely is because human beings, and not computers, play the games.

  36. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 25th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    “When a team is comfortable, calm and under control, they play better.”

    Okay I believe that but that really has nothing to do with karma. Karma is if you do something good, good thing will happen to you. It’s complete nonsense.

    I do think you’re right, about having a positive attitude and how it can help games but karma is goofy.

  37. Bronx Born July 25th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I totally agree SJ. You are so right Betsy. There is a feeling about this team. Hope Week demonstrated it! The standings demonstrate it. Like you said SJ they give off a good vibe.

  38. Bronx Born July 25th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Patrick – HOPE Week was demonstration of giving. That is good karma.

  39. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 25th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    If karma exists I would agree. But it doesn’t.

  40. Jim July 25th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I love what this team has been showing this year.

  41. Bronx Born July 25th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I suppose for you karma does not exist Patrick. For some of us however it does. Actually sorry to hear about your lack of karma.

  42. ron July 25th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Good for the Yankees to sponsor Hope Week. It wouldn’t kill the players to interact a little more with the average fans once in awhile either. And the Yankees can reward their loyal fans by dropping ticket prices and concession prices next year rather than gouging us, and then trying to get fans to drop $20. to join Yankee Universe. Wow for $20. I get a membership card and expedited entrance to the Stadium. Sign me up.

    Have to admit that Girardi has improved a lot from last year. Of course he’s gone if they don’t at least make the playoffs this year. Does he still have a ban on ice cream in the clubhouse ? Does he let his own kids eat ice cream ?

  43. jennifer July 25th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    great video from the Today Show, had tears in my eyes watching it. Kudos to the Yankees and the job they did this week. They brought laughter and joy to people who might not have it. As they said hopefully other teams will follow suit next year.

  44. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 25th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    “I suppose for you karma does not exist Patrick. For some of us however it does. Actually sorry to hear about your lack of karma.”

    There are just too many examples in the world that disproves the idea of karma.

    Go tell the kids in darfur you’re sorry about their lack of karma.

  45. YankeesLuv July 25th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Well done Yankees, well done. :)

  46. SMK July 25th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Jason Zillo, I would like to shake your hand.

    So much for that “Evil Empire” nonsense, eh?

  47. lil' m July 25th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    HOPE week was extraordinary, inspiring and beautiful. I wish it had gotten more play in the national press, because it could inspire others to do the likewise. Who knows, it could give rise to a friendly competition in creative acts of charity that would be a win for everyone – how cool would that be? Big ups to the Yankees and especially to Jason Zillo for this wonderful week of hope.

  48. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 25th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    good stuff. I hope, HOPE week takes off around MLB.

    To quote Churchill – “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.

  49. Jon Ringland July 25th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome post, Pete. You could not have put it better.

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