A Tip of the Hat to Julia’s Rants…

Julia (of Julia’s Rants) has successfully completed her required three pro-Yankee blogs.  I’ll add that she did a tremendous job with her “hat trick”!

 

First, she led off with the Iron Man himself…

 

 

Then, she knocked in Bobby Ray Murcer…

 

 Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty Images

 

Finally, she slammed one out of the park with DJ…

 

 

Three outstanding blogs!  Julia’s debt is paid in full…well, at least, until we meet again in late April!

 

I do want to compliment Julia on her selections.  It is easy to write about past Yankees, such as Gehrig or Murcer.  But it takes courage for a Red Sox fan to write about Derek Jeter.  She could have taken the easy road and wrote about a “safe” Yankee like Jose Molina, Xavier Nady or coach Tony Pena.  She could have written about A-Rod for that matter, since there’s nothing she could say that would be more polarizing than what has already been said about him in the press.  She also could have written about Johnny Damon, a player with obvious ties to Red Sox history.  But she chose to write about one of the most despised Yankees in Boston, and I am very appreciative.  I find Dustin Pedroia to be somewhat similar to DJ.  Outwardly, it is easy to say that Dustin is your least favorite player, a lousy ballplayer, etc., but meanwhile, under your breath, what you’re really saying is ‘Man, this Pedroia kid really has some incredible skills!  Too bad he’s not on my team!’.  I hope the Boston fans can recognize that Derek plays the game the way it should be played, and he is always respectful of his teammates and opponents.  Excellent job, Julia!

 

By the way, it was fun being “teammates’ for a few days…

 

 

But now, we can resume our normal relationship…

 

 

Good times!

 

JULY 21, 1980

 

On this date, the Yankees lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-4.  Tom Underwood was the losing pitcher, and the Yankees lineup looked like this:

 

2B Willie Randolph

LF Lou Piniella

1B Bob Watson

RF Reggie Jackson

DH Eric Soderholm

3B Graig Nettles

C Rick Cerone

CF Ruppert Jones

SS Bucky Dent

 

The opposing lineup included the likes of Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Stormin’ Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie, Sixto Lezcano, Don Money, Charlie Moore, and Jim Gantner.  The winning pitcher was Mike Caldwell. 

 

Nothing special about this day, right?  Wrong.  On July 21, 1980, in Vallejo, CA, Carsten Charles Sabathia was born. 

 

C.C. Sabathia

Newsday

 

The man destined to open the Yankees 2009 season in Baltimore on Monday, April 6th, and to throw the first official regular season pitch in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 16th (against his former team, the Cleveland Indians). 

 

AP

 

CC will always be remembered in Yankees history as the guy who opened the new Stadium.

 

An interior view of the new Yankee Stadium, shot with a fisheye.

Audrey C. Tiernan, Newsday

 

So, on a day that resulted in another “L” in the loss column, did the Yankees really lose?  No, I’d say they won that day…

 

I wonder if CC could help open this for me…

 

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

–Scott

11 Comments

Only if you are going to be the guy on the left who is drooling so much! lol! Thank you – I did learn a lot and Jeter seemed the right choice for the current player. Yes – he is not a “fan favorite” in Boston, but I meant it – my opinion of him changed after reading “The Yankee Years”. I might not like him, but I do have a new respect for him. And is it “game on” again Scott? Look forward to the late April meeting – my birthday present is going to be the best ever! ;-) Enjoy! And regular programming will resume later today.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

LOL on the Ketchup bottle. I’m sure CC could help you open it. Now let’s just hope he brings us a championship!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Alien vs. Predator – Classic. And hey, if CC does help out with the ketchup bottle, please send him over to my house – got a jar of pickles that I just can’t seem to conquer! :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Scott – I’m not sure why I find this so funny – but I just saw over on “Bomber’s Beat” (Beat writer for the Yankees) and ‘Judas’ is singing the National Anthem at tonight’s Yankees-Red game. There are a million jokes there!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Congrats Scott – The latest Leader’s List came out and you’re #13!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Okay – take two! Provided that our fearless leader makes NO more changes – congrats on being #12 on the latest Leader’s List!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Whether you’re 12 or 13, you’re doing a great job upholding the Yankees tradition, Scott. Keep it up!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

JULIA – Congrats on the Derek Jeter placement on the latest Leaders list! DJ, I am sure, is very proud of you! ;)

JENN – Congrats on #10 on the latest leaders list! I am glad to hear that Chase Utley is on track to play Opening Day. I definitely don’t want to see the Mets win, so I’ll be pulling for the Phils to persevere…

JANE – Thanks for the note, and again, congratulations on your continued status as our leader! :)

Scott

How are you and Julia such good friends when she’s a Red Sox fan?!?!?! lol jk I’m just messing around.

~ King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

Ah, yes, the early ’80s when the Yankees were bad and the Brewers (and Royals!) were good. My how things have changed. Now if we can just go back in time to when the Vikings were good…-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

umm…Scott – saw that little comment over on our fearless leader’s blog. If that’s the case – I expect you to fly up to #1 after writing all your Red Sox posts later in April! ;-) Game on my friend, game on! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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