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Pinch hitting: Andy Bronson

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Bronson is our next Pinch Hitter. He’s a 26-year-old from Herkimer, N.Y. currently living in Utica where he works as a broadcast engineer for a local news station. Andy wrote that he still remembers leaving a neighborhood barbecue to catch the beginning of a Yankees game in 1998 — he remembers because it was David Wells’ perfect game – and he still wears a No. 4 jersey (in honor of Lou Gehrig) when he watches games at home.

“I’ve always associated the Yankees with my family and our own gameday habits and traditions,” he wrote.

It’s that connection that sparked the idea for his post.

I still have the ticket.

September 11, 1998 was two days after my 12th birthday, and my dad had rounded up my family – my mom and my younger sister and brother – and made the four-hour trek from the small village of Herkimer, New York to the Bronx. We were all crammed into the family’s 1996 Ford Windstar in order to make our first family trip to Yankee Stadium.

After arriving a little late, we got to see Hideki Irabu duel Roger Clemens of the Blue Jays. It was the first year where I really started paying attention to baseball, so I knew all about The Rocket’s all-star season and how the Yankees team was on the verge of history in its own right. My first Yankee Stadium vantage point was right in front of the left field foul pole, but I didn’t care. For a Yankees fan, I was home.

Fast forward 14 years and here I am, moved out of my parents’ house and living with my fiancée, who’s been learning how to put up with my crazed fandom. Though I’m still only a 20-minute drive from home, I feel the pangs of loneliness that come from year after year of mowing the lawn with my dad and listening to the Yankees on the radio or watching on TV. Now, it’s telephone calls of, “can you believe that A-Rod chased that 0-2 slider?” or, “boy, the Yanks were in total control last night, weren’t they?” It’s always great to have that connection, but it’s not the same. At least, not for me.

I was adopted as a month-old baby on Halloween, 1986 (or, five days after Buckner). I never knew my birth parents, and I still don’t. All that I truly know of them is that I was delivered in Albany, and that they wanted me to go to a good family that was rich in values. While my brother and sister are both biologically from my parents, I still feel the same bond of family that everyone else does. Part of that bond, of course, is baseball and the Yankees.

Ever since tee-ball, my dad would take me in the backyard and spend hours chasing after Wiffle balls I would smack into the neighbors’ yards, and I can remember my mom, too, playing catch with me when Dad was away for work. Looking back, those moments are some of the happiest of my life.

I don’t want to spend the whole post gushing about how great of a family I have, but I definitely could. What I will say is that we are quite different in our tastes of outfits, television choices, and career paths, but ever since 1998, we would sit down and watch the Yankees, no matter the outcome.

When I was in middle school and high school, I would typically have to go to bed before a ballgame was over, so my dad would always leave a note on the kitchen table, giving me the final score of the previous night’s game, corresponding with either a smiley or frowny face and three tokens of wisdom that he shared every day. “Be good, be neat when you write, and be yourself.”

While I’ve definitely gotten into my fair share of trouble, and my handwriting is absolutely horrendous, I definitely took my dad’s words to heart, and being able to see the baseball score was definitely the highlight of my morning. Then, when he’d come home from a long day, he would always drive me to my Little League or Babe Ruth League games, no matter the distance, or we’d just watch the game on TV.

Dad would always brag about how he would be able to predict events in the game. My mom would just roll her eyes and hope upon hope for a decent outcome, while Dad would wait for his prophecy to come true. When it inevitably didn’t, he would just shrug and say next time. I’ll never forget when next time came. It was with Derek Jeter sitting at 2,999 hits and facing a 3-2 count against David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Wouldn’t it be something if he hit a homerun right here,” he asked me. I just chuckled and shook my head while pacing the room, waiting for 3,000. Sure enough, on the very next pitch, Jeter parked it in the left field seats and I just looked at him for a moment before we both burst out laughing.

I don’t want to suggest that this past season, my first away from home with my fiancée, was completely depressing. It was just different. I still love my family very much, and we were all equally frustrated during the ALCS, but the whole season got me thinking about my youth and how I would want to introduce my own son to the Yankees.

My dad is definitely one of my heroes, and I’d probably show my son the exact same way he showed me. Hopefully I can dispense some of the sage wisdom he’s had for me over the years. But that’s still in the future, and my immediate future holds planning this crazy wedding and, more importantly, Spring Training, which just gives me another reason to give him a call.

So, with many thanks to Chad, I would like to offer you all some of the advice that Dad bestowed upon me…

Be good, be neat when you write, and be yourself…

And hey, if you’re still so lucky, give your Dad a call, too.

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151 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Andy Bronson”

  1. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Mr. Bronson, you write fine!

  2. randy l. February 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    “Be good, be neat when you write, and be yourself…”

    my problem as a kid was that #1 and #3 were often in conflict with each other :)

  3. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I was a pretty good kid. I got stuck in the mud once with my rubber boots in a new construction zone. My stepdad was peeved at having to come down and get me out. It was worth at least a picture.

  4. pat February 10th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Thanks Andy. Nice read.

    “Be good, be neat when you write, and be yourself…”

    Sounds like your dad was taught by the same nuns that I was taught by.

  5. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Leafs obliterated les slhabs from Montreal last night. Canadian fans are crying a Leaf bit one of their players. I haven’t seen it, but apparently the evidence is inconclusive. Old time hockey like Bill Lee and Craig Nettles getting into it.

  6. ericns1 February 10th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Nice story!

  7. 86w183 February 10th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    “Be good, be neat when you write, and be yourself…”

    Sounds like your dad was taught by the same nuns that I was taught by.

    ***************************************************************

    Sounds like you had nine nuns.

    The nuns I had in the late 1960′s kept rapping me on the knuckles for writing left handed.

    After third grade they finally gave up.

  8. MTU February 10th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Pitchers and Catchers report Tues.

    1st ST game shortly thereafter.

    Hallelujah. Real baseball at last.

    :)

  9. randy l. February 10th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    “Old time hockey like Bill Lee and Craig Nettles getting into it.”

    and nettles really did dislike lee. the fight was in 1976 . 14 years later in 1990 after a rain out in the ill fated senior baseball league i was shaving next to nettles when i mentioned i had just bumped into lee outside when i had gone back out to get my catching equipment bag that was under a bench in the bullpen when the rain hit. lee had come out of the pounding rain on the warming track as he was getting some running in. he got to within about ten feet of me when i realized who he was and gave him an eff u you look and walked away. it was instinctive. how could any yankee fan do anything different.
    when i told nettles who i bumped into . he said without hesitation,”he’s an asshole”.
    nettles gave me a look like what else.
    i said i snubbed him.
    he said,”good”.

    things were different back then. no way a hated red sox guy like lee could have been traded to the yankees and blended in like clemens, boggs, and damon did.

  10. FiretheUMPIRE February 10th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    A player I would like to see the Yankees target at the deadline is Jon Jay. He’s a .300 hitter who plays CF, leads off and makes 500K which opens up 2014 nicely. The Yankees might even be able to afford Choo or Ellsbury in that outfield with Jay and Ichiro. Then when Ichiro expires, promote Heathcott.

  11. FiretheUMPIRE February 10th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Then you go Heathcott, Jay and Choo in 2015.

  12. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Seems Lee was a dope shooting his mouth off about what he thought of those in the zoo. He should have taken his 17 win seasons and been happy. You guys should take solace, Zimmer ran him, Reggie Cleveland and Jenkins out of town in’78, and we all know what happened.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Sounds like you had nine nuns.

    The nuns I had in the late 1960?s kept rapping me on the knuckles for writing left handed.

    After third grade they finally gave up.
    ///

    86,

    I think I’ve told this story before, but when I was in catechism, a kid got belted for innocently naming Christmas as a sacrament. And I mean, the nun really hauled off and let him have it.

    Sister Thomas was her name, she also happened to be a big Tom Seaver and NY Mets fan.

    The school was right next to the nuns’ quarters. I guess charity really does begin at home :D

  14. Triple Short of a Cycle February 10th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    How are there still roads un plowed on Long Island? Its been over 24 hours since the snow stopped falling. What the hell do I pay taxes for???

  15. Cashmoney February 10th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I think Nassau county is probably one of most corrupted county in this country. anywho…but a guy like Ryan Braun really rub me the wrong way in terms his stupidity in thinking the American public are truly that dumb. in terms of his PED usages.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Though I’m still only a 20-minute drive from home, I feel the pangs of loneliness that come from year after year of mowing the lawn with my dad and listening to the Yankees on the radio or watching on TV. Now, it’s telephone calls of, “can you believe that A-Rod chased that 0-2 slider?” or, “boy, the Yanks were in total control last night, weren’t they?” It’s always great to have that connection, but it’s not the same. At least, not for me.
    ///

    Moving post, Andy. The bond is there forever, but take advantage of your Dad still being in the body, so to speak. Like you say, use the phone, give him a call. Buy a pair of tickets and go to a game with him; visit and watch a televised game with him.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Cashmoney, maybe he got that impression from listening to most of the callers on Francesa’s show :D

  18. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hey, Alfred, how goes it with the Pens?

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Triple, you guys got crushed. Maybe they’re backed up?

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    mills,

    We spent our game playing down two men – the first, Letang, who’s out; so the offense had no flow.

    The second – the interminable serving of penalties; we were short-handed nearly all day long. Travesty!

  21. Cashmoney February 10th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Jap, I really don’t have strong feelings about PED usages in MLB one way or another. But Braun gets on my nerve with these paper thin alibis , well , at least imo.

  22. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Alfred,I wrote u an e mail including a lot of stuff regarding lost Leafs to Pittsburgh. Quite the trail.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Cashmoney, Braun is bad, but nothing tops Ortiz :)

    /stillwaitingforpapitogetbacktome

  24. Triple Short of a Cycle February 10th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Triple, you guys got crushed. Maybe they’re backed up?

    ———————————

    We did get crushed and if this was a one time thing I could understand but this happens every time we get a good amount of snowfall. They knew about this storm days before

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    jmills, haven’t ventured into the ole’ email yet. When I get back from dim sum, I’ll have enough oolong in me to brave it ;)

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Triple, that sucks. I hope they get to you soon.

  27. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hard to believe they can’t get snow moved.

  28. Oscar Madison February 10th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    How about a pool for when Hafner ends up on the DL ?

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Don’t you mean Youkilis?

  30. johnjacobjingleberryjones February 10th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Nice memories, I think you’re going to have a good life with the values your stepdad instilled in you.

  31. Ys Guy February 10th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    with all the crying about the yankees letting chavez leave and not trading for matt morse i find it surprising that anyone would be worried about youkilis and hafner. they are pretty much just replaceing other DL stars everybody wanted on this year’s yankees.

  32. Ys Guy February 10th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    brainfart….mike morse….

    more coffee…..

  33. Triple Short of a Cycle February 10th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    they are pretty much just replaceing other DL stars everybody wanted on this year’s yankees.

    —————————–

    Chavez didn’t cost 13 million a year

  34. Ys Guy February 10th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    and youk didnt cost 2 prospects.

  35. jacksquat February 10th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Shame Spencer February 10th, 2013 at 8:07 am
    @craigcalcaterra

    Introducing the Yankees Doom Watch http://hardballtalk.nbcsports……oom-watch/ … via @HardballTalk

    Morning all.

    Trisha – I want to go down as predicting 92 wins for this team in 2013. My range was/is 90-93. It was hard to decide which to go with.. I was tempted to live on the wild side and go with 93, but I’m in the business of tempering my own expectations so I’m only going with 92.

    Should still win us the division this year, IMO. Definitely should be enough to get us into the playoffs even if we don’t.

    92? lolwut?

    Not singling you out, but no one that has been banging on this team on this blog the entire offseason should be predicting any more than 87 wins.

    You all know who you are.

    btw, you all should get your predictions in now, not after spring training and seeing how everyone is playing.

  36. LevinsonSF February 10th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Nice Guest Post Andy! Thanks for writing and sharing it.

  37. UnKnown February 10th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    92? lolwut?

    Not singling you out, but no one that has been banging on this team on this blog the entire offseason should be predicting any more than 87 wins.

    You all know who you are.

    btw, you all should get your predictions in now, not after spring training and seeing how everyone is playing.

    ———-

    No kidding. People in here were acting like somebody pee’d in their Wheaties all off-season and now they are going to predict the Yankees winning the division.

    That is pretty CRAY!!

  38. Tar February 10th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “btw, you all should get your predictions in now, not after spring training and seeing how everyone is playing.”

    Yeah… because ST is such a good indicator for the regular season.

  39. Ys Guy February 10th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    well, i’ve maintained my usual positive outlook throughout the winter, (except in the case of calique),

    any my pre-ST prediction is 89 wins.

    but i dont make my actual predicion for the year to the end of ST.

  40. Tar February 10th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Great job on the post Andy

  41. Yanksgal07 February 10th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Loved this post. Thanks Andy !!

    Go Yankees 2013 !!!!

  42. yanks61 February 10th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    “things were different back then. no way a hated red sox guy like lee could have been traded to the yankees and blended in like clemens, boggs, and damon did.”

    Randi, I disagree. There was a special bitterness between Lee and Nettles. But had Lee really been traded to the Yanks most of the team would almost certainly have accepted him unless he was just a plan a-hole.

    Sparky Lyle comes immediately to mind.

    Players that hate one another find a way to get along when they find themselves on the same team. Carl Furillo hated Sal Maglie’s guts when “The Barber” pitched for the Giants against Brooklyn. But when he was traded to the Dodgers, even Furillo buried the hatchet. And those Dodgers and Giants hated one another far more than Yankees and Bosox hate one another. Take my word for it.

  43. Shame Spencer February 10th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    squat – People weren’t happy with the construction of the team last year but if anyone took a look at trisha’s chart, there were no predictions for less than 90 wins (I think). I’m not happy with the construction of the team this year either, but the division is weaker than it’s ever been and I’m still a fan that believes in this team. I think realistically the team could deliver anywhere between 87-95 wins. If I had to guess now I think they get 90-93, so I went with 92 as my official guess. Now YS has me wondering if I should wait to make it official until after ST lol, I forget what trisha’s rules were.

    Anyway, after looking at it last year what the data told me was that even if people are pessimistic about the outcome of the season they still have faith in the club to some degree
    (I don’t want to speak for the other negative Nancys on the blog but I think GLove, blake, JAP, fem, luis, mac, and ac1 would all guess this team could earn between 89-94 wins). I think people should check out the predictions from last year when they come on here talking about how negative we are overall. We’re only critical because we care ;)

    Predictions that have this team finishing last in the division (like some journalists are throwing out there) would never be made on the blog. If I had to guess I’d say the lowest anyone here would predict the Yanks to finish would be 3rd. I think it’s very likely that the top 3 teams in the AL East will finish with between 87-96 wins. I think it’s going to be very close this season.

  44. Shame Spencer February 10th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Also – Great post Andy. Very well done.

  45. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    It is indeed a great post, Andy. Next year I’m going to contribute if I can just think of 400 words.

  46. Ys Guy February 10th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    i get shame’s prediction, it makes sense.

    but i also get jacksquat’s comment.

    if you read the majority of the posts on here, the yankees FO is a bunch of clueless idiots who have no clue what they are doing.

    dr doom even predicted the total crash of the franchise.

    many have predicted seriously declining attendance.

    now we’re gonna see all these people who spent the last 6 months saying that the team screwed up every decision it was faced with this winter (and several before it) predict 90+ wins.

  47. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Yanks61, I don’t know, Lee was pretty out there. He made a lot of comments about Yankee fans when he should have been cleaning up the slop in his own yard.

  48. randy l. February 10th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    ” But had Lee really been traded to the Yanks most of the team would almost certainly have accepted him unless he was just a plan a-hole.”

    yanks 61-

    when sparky lyle was traded to the yankees, the rivalry was on low back burner as far as intensity. sparky was a good guy. and lee really is an a-hole. he would have never survived being around munson and nettles and guys like that.

    one thing that’s interesting. looking back at the records in those red sox /yankee years, i noticed the yankees actually won93 games in 1970 and finished second to the orioles that year. the problem was the orioles won 108 games , so it really wasn’t a pennant race. but it’s interesting that a yankee team with horace clarke starting at second base won more games than most of us think they will win in 2013. i’d take 93 games right now from the yankees and take a chance that’d be good enough to get in the playoffs.

    what’s happened to the lofty standards for winning that the yankees usually have ? hard to believe that the 1970 yankees are a team the 2013 yankees are going to have a hard time beating in wins.

  49. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    No matter what Craig Nettles, I always get excited about baseball. I wish I was Geddy Lee playing concerts while taking in the local game.

  50. austinmac February 10th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Jack squat,

    The biggest complaint is for 2014 and beyond. Next year, with health, than can be competitive. In 2014, they have about twelve players ether under contract or not yet eligible for free agency. That’s a problem to all who remove their hands from over their eyes.

  51. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I think I’ll go to John Farrell’s first outing here. I’ll be reserved as usual, but the surrounding language will surely be off the scale. I’ll get a single seat right behind home.

  52. austinmac February 10th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Ys guy,

    Please read my post to squat.

  53. randy l. February 10th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    “if you read the majority of the posts on here, the yankees FO is a bunch of clueless idiots who have no clue what they are doing.”

    that’s pretty much it.

    any management who has 200 million at it’s disposal and puts out a line up like the yankee one this year is pretty incompetent.

    i’ve said 91-92 wins +/- and i think that’s where most people come down no matter their position on things.

    what’s happening is some people are saying yankee management is great and 91-92 wins is fine.

    other people are saying 91-92 wins not great as a base line to go into a season for the new york yankees. it’s an embarrassment for a franchise like the yankees to aspire so low with the resources they have.

    they simply aren’t trying 100%.
    the problem with this is it starts to permeate the organization. when the leader isn’t pushing everyone to aspire to be the best why should everyone else. by al accounts to hal this year and next are flip the calendar years.

    he’s not going for a world series. he’s not trying to be the best. he’s just trying to be ok. to be in the hunt.

    he’s an embarrassment. what he’s really up to will be obvious in a few years, but somethings weird with hal and his plans for the yankees. all we can do is watch and see what happens.

    oh yeah, and not give him one penny this year and next. i’m not.
    no chance hal gets anything from me.
    if everyone did this hal’s austerity plan comes to a crashing sudden end.

    so for those who like it keep giving him the resources to keep flipping the page and be mediocre, knock yourself out. it’s a free country, but im not supporting it.

  54. austinmac February 10th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Shame,

    At this point, I say 88 wins but will defer a final number until after spring training. Things can change for the better or worse.

    Last year, like many, I overestimated the win total. Such a pessimist.

  55. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I’m over the moon to have a person like Dickey here. If you put stock in Law’s rankings, Syndegaard has fallen all the way to 97. He ranks Aaron Sanchez here as a top 20 and states he was the arm double A wouldn’t part with. Personally, I’m a wait and have to see ‘em kind of guy. I remember when Eddie Zoskie was supposed to be the second coming of Christ at short.

  56. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Randy, you feel about the Yanks, the same way I have felt forever blue over my Maple Laughs.

  57. yanks61 February 10th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Randi, jmills, apologies. A complete brainfart on my part. In an episode of hit and run reading, I thought that it was said that neither Boggs, Damon and Clemens would have been accepted by the Nettles, Munson Yanks, never mind Lee – who, as we know, was quite an unusual character.

    “Lee’s personality earned him popularity as well as the nickname “Spaceman”—a nickname given to him by former Red Sox infielder John Kennedy. His outspoken manner and unfiltered comments were frequently recorded in the press. Lee spoke in defense of Maoist China, population control, Greenpeace, and school busing in Boston, among other things. He berated an umpire for a controversial call in the 1975 World Series, threatening to bite off his ear (“I would have Van-Goghed him!”) and encouraging the American people to write letters demanding the game be replayed. He claimed his marijuana use made him impervious to bus fumes while jogging to work at Fenway Park.

    His propensity to criticize management led to his being dropped from both the Red Sox and the Expos, and the end of his professional career by 1982.”

    ——————————————————————

    Considering that he might have antagonized teammates on ANY team he was on, it’s amazing he lasted as long as he did.

    Finally, it must be said that he could be pretty funny:

    “The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.”

    “There’s nothing in the world like the fatalism of the Red Sox fans, which has been bred into them for generations by that little green ballpark, and the wall, and by a team that keeps trying to win by hitting everything out of sight and just out-bombarding everyone else in the league. All this makes Boston fans a little crazy and I’m sorry for them.” Source: Late Innings (Roger Angell)

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....obsl.shtml

    And now I have to walk the dog (and I don’t mean play with a Yoyo!) and watch the evening news. Have a good day everyone.

  58. jacksquat February 10th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    randy l. “what’s happening is some people are saying yankee management is great and 91-92 wins is fine.”

    Who said Yankee management is “great”?

    The problem is, some people defend against people like JAP and Randy L among other saying Yankee management is horrendous – which doesn’t mean we think it’s “great” – and then get labeled as “Cashman apologists”.

    These kinds of people don’t seem to be interested in having a reasonable discussion, just promoting their extreme viewpoints.

    I’m putting you types down for 85 wins tops.

  59. Shame Spencer February 10th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Ys – The foundation of the team is solid for 2013 thanks to the vets. No one on here that’s watched this team for the past 20+ years is going to bet against Andy, Mo, Jeter, and CC. There’s a difference between the skepticism regarding the front office and understanding the reality of the division. The commentary on the pessimism in here is way overblown, IMO. Criticisms and realism are confused with doom and gloom. Let the data that comes from the predictions speak for itself. How negative can people really be if they’re still predicting a 90+ win seasons?

    All that being said, I don’t know if this is a World Series caliber team. Some people are gonna be happy with 92 wins and a playoff berth (however they get it)… The only thing that makes me truly happy is excellence. I think it takes a least half a seasons to figure out if your team has the eye of the tiger. I hope this club shows some character that makes me believe they can go all the way.

  60. randy l. February 10th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    “As of 2011 the Maple Leafs had won thirteen Stanley Cup championships, second only to the twenty-four championships of their primary rival, the Montreal Canadiens. They won their last championship in 1967″ wikipedia

    jmills-

    the yankees are the gold standard historically for major league baseball teams. the maple leafs haven’t won a championship since 1967. i don’t think you really understand what the yankees are all about.

    of course maybe that’s why you come onto a yankee blog- to get some higher standards :)

  61. Shame Spencer February 10th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Motherf*ck. :arrow:

  62. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Randy, at least I was nine months old the last time the Leafs won! :D

  63. randy l. February 10th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    “I’m putting you types down for 85 wins tops.”

    i’ve already said that i think 91-92 wins +/-

    is there some part of that you don’t understand?

    what is your feel right now on yankee wins ?
    what’s your number for your best guess as of right now.

  64. UnKnown February 10th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    So if I am understanding this right, if the FO would have made some more of the moves that people here wanted to see then those people would be up to around 97 or 98 wins?

    I think anything over 95 is a somewhat unrealistic prediction even if the Yankees FO did everything right. As much as people don’t think there is parity in MLB, I believe that there is quite a bit of parity. Always a surprise team or two every year.

    90 to 95 wins means to me that the Yankees are going to be very competitive with a realistic shot to win it all. And that is not the way it was portrayed here at all.

    I was just anticipating numbers scattered in the 80′s for people’s predictions.

    I do buy AustinMac and the 2014 theory, but I thought most were really worried about this season as well. A prediction in the 90′s tells me that actually people are confident for the 2013 season.

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