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Uganda Little League team visits Yankee Stadium

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Very cool to see the Little League World Series team from Uganda in the clubhouse and on the field today.

“I just tried to show them around a little bit, spent some time with them,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a wonderful story. It takes everyone back to your Little League days. To watch what these kids have accomplished, talking to their coaches, none of them had ever seen an airplane before or ever traveled before, and for them to accomplish what they have is truly amazing. It’s a bunch of kids that really just started to play the game, and to be able to make it to the World Series and to be able to compete at a very high level is truly remarkable.

“It was a thrill for me to meet them because I think, from a human-interest story, we were all excited to watch them play and to see their athleticism. I was talking about the first baseman, the relay throw that he made in one of the games. It was amazing. He basically went out and took the ball from the right fielder and winged it home and made a pretty good throw. So they were fun to watch.”

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70 Responses to “Uganda Little League team visits Yankee Stadium”

  1. MTU August 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Way to go Joe.

    Get a leg up on Ugandan recruiting.

    ;)

  2. Bring in the Goose August 29th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Can any of them bat right-handed and play left field?

  3. Nick in SF August 29th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    “To watch what these kids have accomplished, talking to their coaches, ,b>none of them had ever seen an airplane before or ever traveled before, and for them to accomplish what they have is truly amazing.”

    Airplanes don’t fly over Uganda??? More Girardi lies. :mad: :mad: :mad:

  4. MTU August 29th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Yeah as a matter of fact.

    Justin Wambosi Upton.

    :)

  5. MTU August 29th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Have a good night folks.

    Tough loss today. We really needed that game.

    This has to be a low point, right ?

    Troops arrive at Fort Apache the Bronx Sat.

    Hold the Fort till then.

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    repost:

    All this jawboning about Hal, Hank, will they, won’t they, is nothing more than idle speculative chatter and not even interesting chatter because there is no basis in fact whatsoever for the postulations. Nobody knows what they are going to do next offseason.

    The real fun in the game is waiting around to find out the reality. You just melt yourself into butter if you get crazed and actually start believing in your positions. Repeat after me. You DON’T know.

    So chill and enjoy the show.

    The rest of this season should be about chilling and enjoying the show. Because the reality is that nobody knows jacksquat (no offense jacksquat) about how this is going to play out. It’s impossible to transfer a situation and make it the new universal. Is CC done for the season because he had a bad game today? Will Yankee offense never score again because they had some bad games? If you believe the answers to those questions are unequivocal yesses, then give up on the season.

    All we have it to wait and watch it play out. You might have guesses, just as I have guesses, but that’s all they are. And whatever your guesses are, live with them bravely and let the season play out. My guess is that all will work itself out in the Yankees favor. I have total faith in the players on that team to keep it together. I will live with that bravely and let the chips fall where they may.

    Night all.

  7. MTU August 29th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Good night Trisha.

    Dulce suenos.

  8. bruceb August 29th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Bet they all play better defense than Andruw Jones. If this guy isn’t going to contribute with the bat any more, surely the better option would be to play a good defensive player in left field? How many runs did he give away today?

  9. hardwired7 August 29th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    The Ugandans after the game: “I think we could beat these guys.”

  10. mykyl1 August 29th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Disguted today, and if you think it is no big deal that the Yankees had a 12 game lead on Baltimore because ” nobody thought we would win the division by ten” is an idiot. That is the exact train of thought that cost the Yankees in 04. They had the Sux by the throat and let them up. Not a single player on this temas knows what it means to close the deal. Jeter included. He should be acting like a captian but he does not.

    It is hard to have killer instinct when you make 25 million a year. Buck and his young guns are a comin and they are gonna stick it to us this weekend as the team continues to make fools of themselves and us for believing. There is NOT A SINGLE thing consistant or that we can count on except performing below expectations.

    Good night

  11. Benny Blanco August 29th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Bryce Harper hit a moon shot today.

  12. UnKnown August 30th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Hawk beats Buck one more time tomorrow and the Yankees take 2 of 3 at home with extremely favorable pitching matchups. Besides maybe Saturday, but Friday and Sunday need to be WINS for sure.

    That gets us to waking up on Sept. 3rd with a 5 game lead over the O’s. That is a pretty good lead with only one month left to play.

    Then we devise the next plan to afflict pain on the Rays at the Trop Mon – Weds.

    Take the competition out one step at a time.

    Don’t cancel those parade plans at the start of November just yet.

  13. theREALkevin August 30th, 2012 at 3:01 am

    “Don’t cancel those parade plans at the start of November just yet.”

    BAHAHAHAHAHAAH

  14. blake August 30th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Chase Headley has 10 homers and a .972 OPS since the trade deadline.

  15. blake August 30th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Yanks squandered an opportunity against the Inidians and Jays……..now next 10 games are directly against the teams trying to chase you down.

    Gotta find a way to get through the next 2 weeks……Girardi needs some help Cash….

  16. Tar August 30th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Unknown
    I’m with you.

    What it takes is for a team to get hot at the RIGHT TIME. It’s not that time yet, close but still too soon. Patience

  17. raymagnetic August 30th, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Rays and O’s squandered chances to gain more games on the Yanks is the way I prefer to see it.

  18. blake August 30th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I would like to see David Adams at 3B against thr next lefty……and Id like to see Mark Montgomery in the bullpen ASAP

  19. blake August 30th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    “Rays and O’s squandered chances to gain more games on the Yanks is the way I prefer to see it.”

    Tbey werent playing the two worst teams in the league……they were playing the Rangers and White Sox.

  20. blake August 30th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    2 of 3 against the Os this weekend and a little help by the Blue Jays against the Rays would be nice.

  21. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Blake-

    The roster expansion is where the Yankees can get some help.

  22. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    raymagnetic -

    Hmmm, I like that point of view.

    Things always seem better in the morning. New day and all.

    In the meantime, someone must have asked Buck Showalter about the Orioles being this year’s “Cinderella team.” His response:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......920226-996

    I have to say, on the one hand, he makes a good point about the 162-game season. On the other, he misses the point about the Cinderella team being a team no one thinks will win.

    On the other hand, maybe we all miss the point about the Cinderella fairytale. There was nothing inherently wrong with Cinderella – other people were keeping her down (stepmother & stepsisters), and all she needed was a little magic in the way of a kindly fairy godmother to clean her up and get her a ride. Once she got to the ball, pretty as she was, if she didn’t also have a little something else to her, does the handsome prince bother to spend days looking for her????

    But on the other hand, did Cinderella do anything to earn the help of the fairy godmother? At first I thought not, but on reflection, Cinderella diligently did everything she was asked to do and did not complain. So, the Orioles still could be a Cinderella team if in doing all that Buck asks of them without complaint they earn a chance to go to the ball, and then it’s up to them to impress the prince.

    Yeah, it could be a Cinderella story. Buck needs to re-read.

  23. 86w183 August 30th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Morning Blake —-

    I’m with you on getting some guys up… Dickerson, Cervelli and Nunez too

  24. PacoDooley August 30th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:31 am
    Blake-

    The roster expansion is where the Yankees can get some help.
    ——————————————-

    I’m just hoping that they can hold on and get some guys healthy and be back to the dominant team they were a few weeks ago (before they drop out of first or have to face a playoff game). With A-Rod, Tex and Andy back it could be a very different team. I am also hoping that they can get a little speed and defence help from Gardner at some point (highly doubtful) and Joba can work off some rust and get back to being effective. A lot of teams making trades do not have this much talent coming in this late in the season. The scary part is that they have been so bad of late that they could end up pulling a Braves-Red Sox-esque collapse if they continue to slide…

  25. 86w183 August 30th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Maybe its more like Goldilocks with the Yanks, Rays and Bosaux playing the part of the three bears?

  26. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Paco-

    That’s about it.

    The BP has been exposed. They need help there.

    An injection of youth from the Minors might provide a much needed spark.

  27. 86w183 August 30th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    They’ve been 16-16 since Alex got hurt. That’s nothing close to the Boston/Atlanta collapses of last year.

    Still they gotta be better than that the rest of the way. The next ten games can either create a lot of breathing room, leave things relatively static or tighten up the race in a big way.

  28. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    The Yankees were always going to live or die by their Pitching.

  29. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Naw.

    Goldilocks “don’t play in this league.” She ends up running away (which would be good for the Yankees), but then there’s no clear winner among the three bears. Unless the default winner is Papa Bear (Yankees????) LOL

  30. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Gardner is done for the season, Paco Dooley. :(

    But it sure is interesting how not having ARod has apparently been a big blow to them, inasmuch as ARod wasn’t even having that great a season. However, it did seem like crummy timing since ARod looked like he was beginning to put something together.

  31. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Kuroda and Hughes both look good.

    CC needs to tighten it up.

    Phelps needs to continue to step up.

    Nova and Garcia battle it out.

    Nova can also be a difference maker if he gets back on the beam.

    Quality and length will go a long way to helping the Pen.

    If AP makes it back so much the better.

  32. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Next year the Yankees need an injection of youth.

  33. blake August 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    “The roster expansion is where the Yankees can get some help.”

    Hopefully….some of the old dudes arent getting the job done and they need bullpen help big time.

    Montgomery is just in AA…..but hes a reliever and they can push him…..they need somebody with plus stuff out there….

  34. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Get rid of Martin and you have another case of additon by subtraction.

    Like w. Burnett.

  35. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Blake-

    I wouldn’t hesitate to give MM a try.

    Guys like Eppley, Lowe, and Rapada need to go.

    Feliciano might do better than Eppley.

    I would not use Joba except for mop up.

  36. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I meant to say Feliciano might do better than Rapada.

  37. raymagnetic August 30th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    “Tbey werent playing the two worst teams in the league……they were playing the Rangers and White Sox.”

    Doesn’t matter who they were playing. Any team can beat any other team. Bottom line is despite theYankees losing 4 of 6 Tampa is exactly where they were a week ago.

  38. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Freak injuries really cost the Yankees this season.

    :(

  39. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Mo, AP, GGBG, A-Rod, Joba.

    Bad luck.

    Somebody stuck pins in their VooDoo dolls.

  40. raymagnetic August 30th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Yanks have a 94% chance of making the playoffs and a 75.7 percent chance of wiijing the division. I like those odds.

    http://www.coolstandings.com/b.....2&i=1

  41. 86w183 August 30th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I don’t understand why they don’t send Joba to Scranton/Trenton and have him throw and inning or two every other day. Obviously he’s not ready and he’s just rotting down there. He’s pitched 2 2/3 innings in the last 22 days. That’s just dumb.

    Saturday morning I’m calling up Montgomery, Adams, Dickerson, Nunez and Cervelli.

    Not sure they need to bother with a rehab stint for Alex…. Give him ten simulated at bats with a couple of AAA guys and put him in the lineup.

  42. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    86-

    nothing to lose.

  43. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Gotta go soon.

    Hike day today.

  44. austinmac August 30th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I don’t see the minor league help you folks are talking about. Nunez has been awful at AAA. I very much doubt any AA player will be brought up. Cervelli is a help? Feliciano? Let’s see if he can get upper level minor leaguers out. He got hammered at Tampa the other day. Who is the help of whom you speak?

    The team is worse off after their losses. The competitors for the wild card spot are closer. They have lost 7 games in a month off their lead. Their is more than a month to play. The team must start winning or all bets are off.

  45. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    “Doesn’t matter who they were playing. Any team can beat any other team. Bottom line is despite theYankees losing 4 of 6 Tampa is exactly where they were a week ago.”

    So you dont see it as a missed opportunity to extend the lead and make life easier on themselves? Ok…..Id rather not have to fight and claw all.September and be able to rest a few guys but to each their own.

  46. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “Saturday morning I’m calling up Montgomery, Adams, Dickerson, Nunez and Cervelli.”

    Yea…Id probably add Warren and CoJo in there too when they are almost done with their season.

  47. austinmac August 30th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Next year the team needs many injections of youth. Not of the illegal type of course. :)

  48. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Mac,
    They dont have like game changing players in thr minors ready…..but if they cant work a waiver deal for a reliever or a bat then Id try Montgomery and even Adams as an alternative to Jones, Nix, etc……Montgomery has the abikity to make an impact sounds like….Yanks need another big arm that can get everybody out….Joba was supposed to be that but he struggked and now things are too tight to give him the chances hed need to iron it out.

  49. raymagnetic August 30th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    “So you dont see it as a missed opportunity to extend the lead and make life easier on themselves? Ok…..Id rather not have to fight and claw all.September and be able to rest a few guys but to each their own.”

    Everybody misses opportunities. Such is life of a 162 game season.

    There’s no optimal way to go into the playoffs so doesn’t matter to me if they rest or not. But as you say to each his own.

  50. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Joba has to give his permission to be sent down to the minors for work. I don’t know if he said he wouldn’t do it, or if they even approached him about it. If they did and he said no, that could have been short-sighted on Joba’s part. The question is, is the work the same at the minor league level, and does it matter if it isn’t? He had no trouble getting people out in the minors, so the swinging must be a lot freer down there. It’s his location that’s suffering. MLB hitters are more patient, generally, and just better overall. You have to make your pitches to get outs. In the minors, he may not have to work that hard.

    As imperfect as the situation is, it might be overall better for Joba’s progress to do the work here. Though, if it is simply a matter of getting in the innings, whether or not they are quality innings, or whether or not he’d be getting a better sense of whether he’s improving, then he should be where he can get those innings.

    At some point they must have decided that even working in the bullpen in the majors is preferable?

  51. jacksquat August 30th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I don’t know about Adams. Nix is alright. Hitting .259 .304 .417 .721.

    scoring position: .321 .406 .571 .977

    .971 fld% at 3B, .980 as SS, both of which are good. (not enough games for advanced stats to mean anything)

  52. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good morning-

    I wish there was room for some disagreement and that I could say it will be allright, but now I believe the team just can’t put this season together to advance in the playoffs, and that all depends if they can get to the playoffs as a division winner.

    The next 10 games are crucial. Hopefully the addition of all the Baby Bombers you mentioned will perk this team up.

    Age, Injuries, Fatigue, Exposure, Parity are all playing their part to sink this team. :(

  53. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Heck you could DH Nix or Adams…..the idea is getting Jones off the field all together!

  54. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Age & Fatigue:

    The week of the 20th-26th
    Chavez batting .125
    Ibanez .067
    Granderson .182
    Suzuki .190

  55. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    .331/.391 /.582/.973

    That’s what Adams is hitting vs LHP at Trenton and he’s got a .931 overall OPS in the 2nd half…….he’s 25 years old…..give him a chance

  56. austinmac August 30th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m all for trying Adams and Montgomery. They show ability. The AAA players, other than Dickerson, have not played well. I just doubt the Yankees would move the AA guys up. I hope I’m wrong. Personally, I don’t need to see Eppley or Jones again.

  57. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Yesterday:

    3 for 17 with RISP-recurrent theme
    3 errors
    Exposed bullpen Lowe,Eppley, Rapada, Chamberlain put the game out of reach
    Ichiro cannot lay down a bunt
    Jones- can’t field, can’t hit lefties or righties

  58. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Nunez may not have numbers in AAA, but he is ML tested, and has hit well up there. Ya never know. Same for Cervelli. They both can be useful up here.

  59. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Im hopeful that in the near future we will have those ready prosoects in September that can help……they need to challenge Austin because hes raking at Tampa too. Leave him there the rest of the season but Id even consider starting him at Trenton next year…….keep challenging him until he needs to slow down….so far he has adapted to every level very quickly.

  60. blake August 30th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Cervelli can hit in the big leagues……better than Stewart by far.

  61. 86w183 August 30th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Joba only made one appearance over A ball and what was in Trenton. He should have made another appearance or two in Trenton and 2-3 more w/ Scranton.

    I hope the clamor for re-signing Ichiro dies down. The Yanks need to say goodbye to him, Ibanez, Chavez and Jones. Phase one of getting younger and more athletic.

  62. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    30 yo lefty Chris Dickerson-
    BA. 321, vs lefties .344, righties .314
    OB% .421 Slugging%.523
    SB 17 out of 20 attempts

  63. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    blake -

    That’s the thing. Cervelli and Nunez have been here before. They’ve contributed before. They may not be superstars or even more than average players, but they’re not green.

    The Yankees need to be able to make changes during games without worrying about running out of bench. At least until ARod and Tex get back.

    I don’t see how bringing Montgomery up could hurt (except that Trenton will be in the playoffs and I’m not sure how they see the importance of winning there – I’d think winning up here is primary, though). But they’d have to actually let him pitch here, not just call him up and let him rust in the pen. With the mixing and matching Girardi does, common sense says just by sheer numbers, he’d get an opportunity.

  64. Villa Nova-Ya August 30th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    yankee Trader -

    Dickerson also, has done some positive stuff up here already. And definitely would be an improvement over Jones, especially in the field. He may not be able to hit ‘em out, but Jones hasn’t done enough of that anyway.

    Do Dickerson and Montgomery have to be put on the 40-man, though, before they could be called up?

    And who gets tossed?

  65. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    86w183

    Agree with Phase 1. However it’s Phase 2 that worries me-Hal’s budget!

  66. blake August 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    “I don’t see how bringing Montgomery up could hurt (except that Trenton will be in the playoffs and I’m not sure how they see the importance of winning there –”

    That matters zero….or should matter zero anyway

  67. 86w183 August 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    gotta run, later folks

  68. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2012 at 9:04 am

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    Villa-I’ll have to look at the current 40 man roster.

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