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Pinstripe Bowl gets four-year license

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Been meaning to put this on the blog for a few days now…

The NCAA’s Football Issues Committee has granted a four-year license to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the college football bowl game that will be held at Yankee Stadium. It’s the first the committee has licensed a bowl for a four-year cycle rather than the traditional year-by-year.

“We could not be more excited about bringing this premier college football bowl game to Yankee Stadium and the Bronx,” Yankees President Randy Levine said in a press release. “Yankee Stadium was built to be a premier destination not only for baseball but for other exceptional and memorable events. The pageantry and tradition of college football belongs in Yankee Stadium and New York City.”

The first Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled for December 30 and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Here’s the rest of the press release from the team.

The game will pit the Big East team with the third-best conference record against the Big 12 team with the sixth-best conference mark after the conferences’ respective BCS teams have been excluded from consideration. The conferences have entered a four-year agreement extending through 2013 to participate in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

In future years beyond 2010, games will take place no earlier than Christmas Day and no later than New Year’s Day.

Fans can access up-to-the-moment information at the game’s official Web site:

The Yankees will have an announcement regarding New Era Pinstripe Bowl ticket availability at a later date.





50 Responses to “Pinstripe Bowl gets four-year license”

  1. Nick in SF April 30th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    You lost me at “Randy Levine”.

    Pitt vs. Oklahoma State is going to be one premier event…

  2. nyranger66 April 30th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    So I guess that means that the 2011 Winter Classic won’t be played there? :(

  3. Nick in SF April 30th, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Wollman is still an option.

  4. Kevin S. April 30th, 2010 at 3:07 am

    What part of this event made Levine think it was “premiere?” The weeknight, pre-New Years time? The match-up between a middling team from a good conference and a good team from a middling conference? Look, I think it’s awesome that YSIII is getting a bowl game, but let’s not pretend the game itself is going to be anything special.

  5. New York State of Sports April 30th, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Check out tonight’s recap!

  6. RyanM April 30th, 2010 at 6:42 am

    bad news for hockey fans… looks like there won’t be a hockey game played there anytime soon.

  7. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Not to restart the old argument, but has anyone noticed that CC’s almost no hitter and AJ’s dominance last night into the eighth were caught by Cervelli? Is there a case to argue that perhaps he’s a better game caller than posada? Of course on the other side, Posada was catching during Hughes’ almost no hitter in Oakland…

  8. upstate kate April 30th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Sunny, I think it is just coincidence. In AJ’s post game last night he said (paraphrasing) he had more confidence in his defense this year. Singleton commented that he thought AJ was becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower. Maybe it took him a year of playing w/ the Yankees to realize he can get the batters to put the ball in play and rely on his defense. His Ks are down, but so are his BB.

  9. MaineYankee April 30th, 2010 at 7:14 am


    If you didn’t want to restart an old argument, why did you?

  10. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules April 30th, 2010 at 7:25 am

    How about this?

    How about the NY Yankees have the great good fortune to have a good (at least) catcher behind the plate every night? One may be more plus to the offense side of his game, one may be more plus to the defense side of his game, but on any given night, the Yankees don’t have to worry about who is behind the plate.

    How about that???

    The argument is getting very tired at this point. I had promised myself not to jump into the fray again, but this is, for me, a very hot button issue.

  11. Roger(Missing out on Koninginnedag)) April 30th, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Posada plays good defense but Cervelli plays great defense

    But aren’t the Yankees the strongest with Posada as a DH and Cervelli catching anyway?Johnson isn’t hitting and Posada’s has a big bat so he should always play

  12. MaineYankee April 30th, 2010 at 7:36 am


    The blog diplomat. :lol:

  13. upstate kate April 30th, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I like that Doreen :)

    I would rather focus on how good our starting pitching (well most of them) has been…and of course Robbie!!! On the post game Kenny talked about the 3 stages of your career, 1st talent, 2nd talent and experience, 3rd experience. he said Robbie is at the 2nd stage. Robbie always had the talent and is now reading pitchers better, working on his swing etc. I think of it like my son. In high school he got by on talent and cruised thru. In his 1st year of college, he has discovered the joy of learning, and is working more to his potential.

  14. randy l. April 30th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    roger -

    the simple answer is that cervelli has no history of ever hitting well when he plays as a regular catcher. he’s never had more than 350 at bats in a season and is usually way under that. unless all his minor league managers were wrong( and he really deserved more playing time), he’s just not that good of a hitter.
    his minor league stats:

    good defensive catchers and good defensive players in general are a dime a dozen in the minor leagues who can’t hit.

    you could replace jeter, arod,and every outfield position with better defensive players who didn’t hit well.

    the pitchers era’s would go down and the yankees would be in last place .

    before anyone goes overboard on cervelli they really have to answer why yankee minor league managers did not let him play that much.

    it is possible he’s a total outlier and is the latest of late bloomers.

    stranger things have happened in baseball, but if it does happen it would be a very good thing for the yankees.

    the way to go if that happened would be for the yankees to ride posada into the sunset gracefully enhancing his hall of fame chances while winning a few more world championships with cervelli spelling him when necessary .

    any attempt at bashing posada by pointing out cervelli is overachieving really just shows the inexperience of the fan and there’s no other way to say it, the ignorance of the fan.

  15. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Just starting a conversation. :) Didn’t mean to push that hot button for you Doreen. I’m not advocating one catcher over another… the Yankees are indeed fortunate you have a great hitting catcher in Jorge and a strong defensive catcher in Cervelli… my question was more geared towards who seems to have a better grasp on game calling… Cervelli seems to have an uncanny knack for knowing what to have the pitcher throw.

    ps – poor Greinke… 46 starts… 2.11 era and only win 22 of those starts (lose 24 of them) – only the Royals…

  16. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules April 30th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    sunny615 -

    I may have overreacted just a little.

    I have read that Cervelli doesn’t call the game, but I don’t know this to be true. Anyone?

    They are different people, different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses. Jorge is not Johnny Bench, but I don’t think it’s just a matter of his bat carrying him through his career.

  17. upstate kate April 30th, 2010 at 8:04 am

    best quote of the day on Cano came from Nick Swisher “when I grow up I want to be like him”

  18. MaineYankee April 30th, 2010 at 8:04 am


    That was a topic that turned this place into a uncivil war last year.

    Some seem to willing to cast aside a player that has been a strong part of 5 WS teams.

    Some want to overrate Cervelli based on part time play.

    I like what vCervelli brings to the team but Posada gives the Yankees the best chance to win overall.

  19. MaineYankee April 30th, 2010 at 8:06 am


    I’m afraid this debate won’t end till Posada retires.

  20. Roger(Missing out on Koninginnedag)) April 30th, 2010 at 8:10 am


    Not bashing Posada at all.I like Jorge and I think he’s a better catcher then most people here seem to think.I’m just saying that with Johnson stuggles the yankees might be better off letting Cervelli catch some more games and let Posada DH.And with Posada’s injury that might me something Girardi will do this week(s)

    Btw,I think you’re underestimating Cervelli’s bat.He hits the ball hard every time and unlike many others he never looks lost at the plate.I don’t care what he did in the minors because some people just seem to have that time when they figure out how to hit.Just like Colin Curtis did this year

  21. will April 30th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    To continue the baseball playing brother theme from last night/early this morning, a few more that I don’t believe were mentioned includes the Waner Brothers on the Pirates in the 20′s, Dizzy and Daffy Dean (pitching brothers on the 30′s Cards), the O’Briens on the 50′s Pirates, Billy and Bobby Shantz (catcher/pitcher, no less) on the 50′s A’s, the Aaron brothers and the Brett brothers in more recent years. I suspect that there are still more we missed.

    Talking about the Dean boys, Dizzy once pitched something like a three hit shutout in the first game of a twin bill. Daffy proceeded to pitch a no-hitter in the night cap. Dizzy was beside himself and remarked with great irritation to a reporter that “if I’d a known Daffy was gonna pitch a no-hitter, I’d a pitched one, too!”

  22. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 30th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Sigh….No, I didn’t notice that about Cervelli and I don’t particularly care. The Yankees SP has been outstanding and Posada has been behind the plast most of the time. Yankee fans are the only fans who want their backup to catch; most fans would kill to have a Jorge Posada on the team. Enough said.

  23. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Well, I’m not looking for a civil war, just some civil conversation :) Both are excellent catchers and what the Yankees have in Jorge, with the exception of the Twins and maybe the Orioles, no one else really has and are still looking for. Cervelli tho, to my surprise, has been doing an excellent job behind the dish and seems like he’s making all the right calls (if he is making the calls or are they coming from the Dugout?) but from what articles I’ve read, he seems to study the game a lot and is always talking about it (as he did with CC on the west coast trip). I was just notioning that he seems to have a good grasp of how to call games whenever he catches…

  24. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 30th, 2010 at 8:14 am

    AJ has pitched very well this year and it had absolutely nothing to do with Cervelli.

    I hope we can just drop this topic because it’s really getting old.

  25. randy l. April 30th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    maine yankee-

    i’m going to be too busy to comment this morning much which is why i made such a strong statement about cervelli to get it in and over with.

    it’s possible to love cervelli as a young catcher without going that extra negative step and bashing posada.

    that’s where the debate became toxic last summer.

    it was the negativity of posada bashing and not an appreciation of cervelli that made the blog a mess.

    i have yet to see an experienced fan bash posada.

    the fact is the yankees are in a great catching situation. it is one of the team’s strengths. everyone should be happy. i know i am with it. how about being thankful our possible hall of fame catcher got a day off and the young kid filled in great ?

    that’s the way i look at it.

  26. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 30th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    You’re putting Matt Wieters up with Mauer and Posada?

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 30th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Maine Yankee, that’s what I was wondering.

  28. CB April 30th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Cervelli is the best back up quaterback in the entire league.

  29. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 30th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Cervelli has winning genes; they should clone him and then use his genes as replacements for players with loser genes, like Javy.

  30. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I’va also heard around the papers, that Cervelli is “at best” a backup catcher… and that the yankees’ real future catcher lies in Austin Romine. (Almost every presumes Montero will be moved to (backup) 1B or DH).

  31. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules April 30th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    And that’s it in a nutshell.

    It is possible to appreciate both and compliment one without it being at the expense of the other.

  32. Rich in NJ April 30th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    “But aren’t the Yankees the strongest with Posada as a DH and Cervelli catching anyway?”

    No, because Nick will hit, and right now, Thames is hitting as the RH DH.

    You seem to overlook to things:

    1) It’s about offense and defense.
    2) More importantly, you are overlooking the importance of sample size.

  33. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    not yet… but eventually, I think Weiters is going to be very very good.

  34. upstate kate April 30th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    OK, I love Cervelli as much as anybody, in fact he is one of my favorites, but what about how well AJ pitched last night??? And the defense??? And of course Robbie, who got his own segment on ESPN this AM, as well as #2 top play :)

  35. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 30th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Ok, what’s your point now? You lumped Posada in with Mauer and Wieters – Wieters doesn’t belong in that group.

    AJ gets no credit – Frankie gets the credit. Whenever a pitcher pitches well, it’s all Frankie. When he struggles, it’s all the pitcher. The man is teflon,lol.

  36. MaineYankee April 30th, 2010 at 8:28 am


    Point well made.

    It seems to be consistent for some to rip one player in order to build up another.

    It’s been my experience following baseball that every player is an asset on a team either as a starter or a bench player.

    Who thought Brian Doyle could’ve been an important piece of a WS team.

  37. Roger(Missing out on Koninginnedag)) April 30th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Nobody said anything to bash Posada so stop acting like they did.I wanne see Posada every day and with our Dh struggling Posada could take that job while Cervelli could catch.Posada still is the overall best catcher on this team but Cervelli is doing a great job by getting that job is the near future.Nothing wrong with that

  38. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I lumped them because Mauer and Posada and (eventually) Weiters are probably the only catchers in the league who are both potent offensively and still decent catchers, unlike the VMarts who are mashers but are liabilities defensively or just average catchers (Bengie Molina).

    Weiters isn’t there yet, but he as the tools and I do think he will become a solid offensive threat in the next few years. Being a MD resident, I watch him a lot and the kid was a top draft choice for a reason.

  39. Rich in NJ April 30th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Given his age and the demands of the position, Posada probably benefits from having a full day off.

  40. pat April 30th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I heard on TV this morning that Ryan Howard will have earned more in salary over the first 10 years of his major league career than any previous player.

    I thought, “that can’t be right”. I would have guessed Alex had to have made more but looking at the numbers was surprised to see that the first year of Alex’s contract in Texas in 2001 was double what he made in Seattle from 1994-2000($12M total, $4.36 in 2000). By comparison, in 2000, top paid players in the league (Delgado, Hampton, Pedro, Piazza, Clemens, Griffey, Jeter) were making in the $10-18M dollar range.

    In real people money, that’s the equivalent of someone going from a $50K job today to a $225+K job tomorrow. It should happen to me!

  41. sunny615 April 30th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    getting plunked in the knee probably didn’t help. Stupid Guthrie.

  42. CB April 30th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    How many of the yankee dynasties did not have a good to great offensive catcher behind the plate?

  43. Phil Columbus April 30th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    The few times that I saw AJ on the bench last night, Cervelli was sitting next to him. It seemed to be a one way conversation, with Francisco being the one doing the talking. I thought it was great, but it almost looked like AJ wanted to say”kid go sit somewhere else.”
    Have to love the heart and passion this kid has for the game.

  44. angela April 30th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Er, Doreen, if you’re still here, may I ask who Joe Giraldi is supposed to represent in the GTLU? I must have missed the post when you explained it and can’t find it on your blog. Thanks.

  45. Patrick from CT April 30th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    The Yankees come home after a 5-4 road trip. All is right in Yankee land…

    Georgie will catch 100+ games this year if he’s healthy enough to do so. He is and has been one of the top 3 offensive catchers since he became an every day catcher. Yes is deffence has declined but he still a lot better than that guy the Sox put behind the dish most every night. I think Georgie will DH a lot more next year but time will tell…

    Robbie is the MVP so far, but 5 months to go…

    The Yankees have 4 out of their 5 starter pitching great! Don’t know if any other team can make that claim…

  46. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 April 30th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Poor Ozzie, he says the series loss that hurt the most last year, the one he remembers was with the Yankees. He tells how it knocked them out of contention and the team never finished higher than 5 games out after the series.

    Yankees will have to give him/team the same warm welcome.

    Andy Pettitte is pitching for a perfect April. He coud easily go 4-0, you know how he loves to break records! GO. ANDY !!

  47. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Robbie was # 2 on ESPN?

    He was #1 on MLB network.

    I really appreciated Jeter’s response last night when asked about the play. He immediately emphasized the fact that Robbie works very hard to be able to make these great plays.

    You know you get some puzzled looks when you’re playing catch and you ask for some grounders. I always want mine off line. I like to practice my off balance throws. And it’s too damn bad if you gotta chase a few. :wink:

  48. Haiku-man April 30th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    When Cerevelli comes in a game he fits in without a blip. He proved himself capable last year.

    Thames batting .588 and Cano .407 is insane. Thames never met a lefty he didn’t like, or so it seems.

  49. pat April 30th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Sherman used the phrase yesterday, Cervelli replaced back-up Jose Molina but plays more like Yadier Molina.

    I’m sure Cisco could live with that comparison.

  50. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 30th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    new thread :arrow:

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