What is up with the Twins and Great outfielders? Seriously… they always have the most exciting outfield. I have not been around baseball as long as some people on here. But…off the top of my head, I am thinking about Puckett ( duh), One of my favorite players of all time… Tori Hunter!, then you had Jaque Jones out there too, Now you got Denard Span, And Ben Revere ( whom i think is the most exciting defensive player in baseball) and soon they will have the next great outfielder in Byron Buxton. I swear… They just breed outfielders in MINNY.
I still love Adam Jones. The Yankee in me HATES him… but the baseball fan in me just loves everything about him. I WILL be trying hard to get his autograph during spring training this coming year… ( while wearing my Yankees gear) lol
Amazing what a 2-run lead does for the O’s pitcher. Since they have some astronomical record of wins when leading in the 7th (I think it’s the 7th), their pitchers must have huge confidence when they pitch to any kind of lead.
Advice to All Yankee hitters… Avoid hitting the ball anywhere near revere. That guy is going to frustrate the heck out of our guys and our fans this series. Dude makes a lot of contact, Runs the bases harder than anyone, might be the fastest guy in baseball, and makes some of the most amazing plays in the outfield. What i would give for him to be on our team. One of the best videos of him is when he is running so fast trying to leg out a triple, he literally does a somersault halfway to third… and STILL beats out the throw to third. Great Stuff.
bruceb – the O’s have been playing post-season type baseball all season! They know how to win low-scoring games, extra inning games, and everything else. And you want to talk smoke and mirrors? Their SP ERA is 23rd in the majors.
As long as I am still allowed to go to spring training… I will be okay. LOL. I don’t think i will ever grow up when it comes to baseball. I will be that old guy standing in the middle of a bunch of kids trying to get Autographs. This year Mccutchen gave me a look of ” really dude” when i was standing with like twenty 14 year olds lined up to get his autograph. Maybe it was that.. or the fact that i was at a pirates spring training game wearing my Yankees polo and cap. Either way he signed it and took a picture with me. Lol.
Welp… this game is over. But… Maybe the jays with take the second game! Either way… we just gotta take care of our business.
Also… A lot of people on MLBN, Espn, and around here seem worried about the rays being in contention when they play the orioles. I have no worries at all. This is the RAYS were talking about…. They don’t just let teams win. They will give the orioles everything they have even if they are out of contention. They take pride in being that annoying/ pesky team that just drives you crazy. Plus… anyone that thinks joe maddon will allow his players to sleepwalk through that final series, doesn’t know joe maddon.
As long as I am still allowed to go to spring training… I will be okay. LOL. I don’t think i will ever grow up when it comes to baseball. I will be that old guy standing in the middle of a bunch of kids trying to get Autographs. This year Mccutchen gave me a look of ” really dude” when i was standing with like twenty 14 year olds lined up to get his autograph. Maybe it was that.. or the fact that i was at a pirates spring training game wearing my Yankees polo and cap. Either way he signed it and took a picture with me. Lol.”
He took a picture of you to be able to say one day: “that was the first contact the Yankees made with me” LOL
Not sure if you have ever been out to florida for spring training.. but man is it like Christmas everyday. I went with my pops who is also a baseball fanatic… and we just had a absolute blast. We planned just to go to the Yankees games, but we then decided to spend our afternoons driving to all the teams spring training facilities. We got to the pirates facility and they were actually having a game that day… so we decided ” what the heck.. lets go watch some baseball”. I walk up to the ticket office 45 minutes before first pitch… and get second row seats behind the pirates dugout for twenty bucks! You just cant beat that. Got to chat it up with a bunch of the pirates players and Jose Tabata went into the dugout and came back out and threw me a bunch of gum. I mean… That to me is just one of the coolest things you can experience as a baseball fan.
For some reason i just get the feeling that he has so much pride playing for the pirates and he loves that organization with all his heart. He Gives off that vibe that he will be a pirates lifer. But.. that is all pure speculation on my part.
Sad new about derelle revis. But on a positive note that takes care of another team in the Texans way. Feeling pretty good about Snagging one of the top two seeds at this point. Barring any injuries like last year.
You want space between the Yankees and O’s-start by winning tonight, sweeping the Twins, taking 3 of 4 vs the Blue Jays and the 1st 2 from the Red Sox. 8-1 going into the last game-rest the regulars and bring on the WC as the #1 seed since the Rangers and A’s will be busy beating up each other.
IF the orioles somehow lose two games on this homestand… we will be looking good. However… i would say they lose one at the max, and part of me thinks they go 7-0. So.. that means we will have to go 6-1 on this road trip to enter the final series tied with the orioles.
I think is pretty cool that some guys do want to be a franchise-guy. Seems to me is good for us fans. For example, I want the elf to be a Sux for life, to hate him more, LOL. In all seriousness, I like franchise guys
Love to see that Ichiro was player of the week – I thought he would be after that insane run of power, OBP and speed. He won’t keep it up, but if he can stay in a groove and A-Rod and Cano can be productive the office will be fine. Then let’s hope that Tex can give us a lift into the playoffs!
Lucien Laurin (1912 – 2000), Secretariat’s trainer, believed his horse could handle the long Belmont track. So did his jockey, Ron Turcotte (1941 – ), who told Bill Nack Big Red could win by ten lengths.
When the horses left the gate, Secretariat uncharacteristically broke first:
Secretariat ran flat into legend, started running right out of the gate and never stopped, ran poor Sham into defeat around the first turn, and down the backstretch and sprinted clear, opening two lengths, four, then five. He dashed to the three-quarter pole in 1:09 4/5, the fastest six-furlong clocking in Belmont history.
I dropped my head and cursed Turcotte: What is he thinking about? Has he lost his mind? The colt raced into the far turn, opening seven lengths past the half-mile pole. The timer flashed his astonishing mile mark: 1:34 1/5!
No one thought the magnificent racing horse would continue at that pace. Nack couldn’t believe what his eyes were seeing:
I was seeing it but not believing it. Secretariat was still sprinting. The four horses behind him disappeared. He opened 10. Then 12. Halfway around the turn, he was 14 in front … 15 … 16 … 17.
Belmont Park began to shake. The whole place was on its feet. Turning for home, Secretariat was 20 in front, having run the mile and a quarter in 1:59 flat, faster than his Derby time.
He came home alone. He opened his lead to 25 … 26 … 27 … 28. As rhythmic as a rocking horse, he never missed a beat. I remember seeing Turcotte look over to the timer, and I looked over too. It was blinking 2:19, 2:20. The record was 2:26 3/5.
Turcotte scrubbed on the colt, opening 30 lengths, finally 31. The clock flashed crazily: 2:22 … 2:23. The place was one long, deafening roar. The colt seemed to dive for the finish, snipping it clean at 2:24. (This, and the above passages, from Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, by William Nack, page 358.)
No horse had ever run that fast at Belmont. The track, still notorious for defeating the dreams of Triple-Crown hopefuls, presented no obstacles for Big Red on that very hot day in June, 1973.
Secretariat’s record-breaking run at Belmont remains unmatched.
Update: Aardsma will join Yankees tomorrow
By Mike Axisa.
5:02pm: Aardsma told reporters that he will be activated tomorrow. I’m guessing Justin Thomas will be the 40-man casualty. I suppose there’s a chance the Yankees will add both Aardsma and Brett Gardner on Tuesday, which would be pretty neat.