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Babe Ruth was not the greatest Yankee…

 

He has been and always will be my hero…

72 years…

It has been that long since the great Lou Gehrig departed this universe.  Yet, his legacy still burns brightly and strongly throughout the world.  He made a difference on and off the field and his model has continued to set the example for others to live their lives.

June 2, 1941.  I will always remember it as well as August 2, 1979 even if I was only alive for one of those tragic days.  1941 was not a good year for the country nor was it a particularly good year for my family.  My dad’s brother, then 21, died while moving out of his mother’s house after she had “evicted” him when she learned that he had secretly married.  My uncle didn’t carve a life or legacy that others outside of the immediate family will remember, but he strived to be the man that Lou Gehrig.  But like so many, we fail miserably.

Gehrig continues to be my all-time favorite Yankee.  Mariano Rivera has long been my favorite current Yankee, but even he will have to take the bench when compared to Gehrig.  Sorry Mo, I know you are the man that Gehrig was but there is only room for one at the top.

I’ve been a baseball fan since I was about 5 or 6 and read a book about Lou Gehrig.  It was his story that propelled my interest in baseball.  I didn’t become a Yankees fan because of him (I owe that to Catfish Hunter) but I would have never been a Catfish Hunter fan if not for Gehrig.  So, I fully understand that the core root of my love of baseball and the Yankees lies solely with the Iron Horse.

Lou, I miss you even if I didn’t have the opportunity to meet you.  My world is better because you were in it, and I thank you for simply being you.

The Ice Man Cometh…

I have to admit that I was/am a bit concerned about Mark Teixeira’s late start to the season.  Granted, he hit a grand slam in tonight’s win over the Cleveland Indians, but he is a notoriously slow starter.  To start slow at the beginning of June is not good.  Tex needs to hit the ground running.  I can only hope that the grand slam will propel him forward and bypass the usual ice freeze that starts any Teixeira season.  I feel bad for Lyle Overbay.  He’s done everything asked of him, and he has won a few games with his bat.  Now, he takes the back seat to Teixeira which, given the aforementioned history of slow starts, might not be a move for the better…at least in the short run.

As much as I want the return of the other injured players, I still do not want the return of Alex Rodriguez.  I have never dreaded seeing a player put on pinstripes as much as I do him.  Well, maybe Ed Whitson or Carl Pavano, but as for as $30 million a year players go, I’d rather see A-Rod elsewhere.

If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…

I am still making bets with Julia of the former MLBlog’s Julia Rants.  The latest bet, thanks to the Yankees series failure, has me sporting a picture of Carl Yastrzemski as my profile pic on FaceBook for a week.  Sometimes, I just wish the Yankees would come through for me on these bets!  I am getting tired of getting the short straw…

Oh well, it’s June and we’ve moved past the start of the season.  The Yanks need to shake off the doldrums of getting swept by the New York Mets and the series loss to the Red Sox to propel themselves to a 10-game win streak to regain some momentum…

Let’s go, Guys, we can do this!

–Scott

 

 

Red Sox Sweep and I, yeah, whatever…

 

As most of you know, I recently made a bet with Julia of Julia’s Rants.  The event of the three game Yankees-Red Sox series at Fenway Park from April 24th through April 26th.  The drama was heightened by Julia’s birthday which fell on Saturday, April 25th. 

At stake?  A pink hat of the opposing team for the loser.  I have previously made fun of Julia’s passion for pink hats, and honestly never thought I’d be anywhere near one myself. 

Unfortunately, the Yankees were a no-show that dreadful April weekend in Boston, and the Red Sox walked away…easily…with a three-game sweep.  Julia had a terrific weekend, and I was left to wonder why the Yankees failed to show. 

So, it has come time to settle my debt with Julia. 

Enter the land of pink Red Sox hats…

 

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First up, my Yankees bear, Lou, had to serve his penalty since Julia was gracious enough to include a pink hat for him too…

 

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Notice how Lou was trying to recreate Julia’s Blog Profile Photo.  Next, he took some Red Sox lessons from Wally the Green Monster, using a Red Sox book that Julia included…

 

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The fun just keeps continuing (lucky me).  Wally decided that we needed to do a group photo…

 

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What can I say?  The Yankees failed to come through for me that dreadful April weekend…

 

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But I will live to see another day, and the Yankees will resume their rivalry against the Red Sox in June.  Yes, Julia, I am ready for the next round so get ready!  The Yankees will be back!

But, meanwhile, one final photo and the debt is PAID IN FULL!

 

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Okay, that wasn’t fun…

NOTE TO DEREK JETER & COMPANY:  Don’t let it happen again!  :) 

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