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Another Perfect Day at the Stadium…

Monday, May 31st, 2010

We celebrated our son, Avery’s tenth birthday today with a day at Yankee Stadium. We left the house at 9:30AM, got there when the stadium opened, toured the Yankee Museum (including the newly added 2009 World Championship Trophy and a special exhibit on Lou Gehrig, about whom Avery’s brother, Brandon, had recently completed a book report), grabbed some lunch, and enjoyed a picture-perfect afternoon as the Yankees crushed the Cleveland Indians, 11-2. Alex Rodriguez put an exclamation mark on this awesome day with a grand slam home run to blow the game open in the seventh inning.

Our own, personal fireworks came in the middle of the fifth inning when, unbeknownst to Avery, we added his birthday to the list of “Fan Marquee” announcements they make each game:

Click on the picture above for some great shots of a great afternoon at the ballpark…

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Ballplayer a ‘hit’ with his mother…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

In the preseason game between the Yankees and the Twins today, Twins’ leadoff hitter Denard Span hit a foul ball in the first inning, which made it into the stands just past the third-base dugout, and hit his mother in the shoulder. Paramedics treated her at the scene, and she returned to her seat (a different seat this time) by the next inning. From today’s New York Post:

Wanda Wilson was wearing a Span jersey and sitting with about 20 family members and friends near the third-base dugout. Span took a defensive swing in the first inning and sent a liner into the low box seats, hitting her near the shoulder.

A stunned Span sprinted into the stands and stayed with his mother while she got treatment. The split-squad game was delayed for a few minutes as she walked to first aid, and the Twins said she was sore but OK.

And if you think that’s strange, check out the Peanuts cartoon that appeared in today’s papers:

How’s that for a coincidence?!?

(Hat tip: Lee Salz and Mike Starr for putting these two items together) 

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President Obama’s NCAA Bracket – 2010 Edition

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

In the last three days, the post I put up a year ago showing President Obama’s 2009 NCAA Bracket received 565 pageviews (in the previous three days, it received seventeen). Since there’s so much apparent interest, here’s the 2010 version:


(click to enlarge)

Have at it, folks…

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Carrie Fisher, Episode Two – Attack of the Country Singing Clones

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

It seems that country singing superstar Carrie Underwood is engaged to marry the NHL’s Ottowa Senators’ Mike Fisher. Which, in the extremely unlikely event that she chose to change her world-famous name, would make her Carrie Fisher.

Attention 40-something year-old men: you may now commence picturing Carrie Underwood in a metal bikini. That is all…

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Field of Dreams

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This past Sunday, my friend Mike gave me a birthday present to remember. He enrolled me in the 2009 Damon Runyon 5K Walk/Run for Cancer Research, which took place inside Yankee Stadium. Part of the 5K course, which included stairs, ramps, and several laps around the stadium, was two laps around the warning track that circles the field of play. We took full advantage of this unique opportunity, and brought our kids along to share in the experience as well. Here’s a quick (less than two minute) video montage:

Photos are also available here, or in the Featured Photos link on the left navigation bar of this site.

Thanks, Mike, for an awesome birthday present and (one more time…) Go Yankees!!

UPDATE: I just received an e-mail from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, asking me to add a link to their foundation to this blog post. Done! Anything for a good cause…

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One Last Thing: The Parade…

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

OK, one last post about the Yankees winning the World Series and then I’ll stop. I promise. But today was the famous “Parade Down the Canyon of Heroes” in New York, and thanks to the annual New Jersey Teacher’s Convention, my kids did not have school today. So as it turned out, I was the one who played hooky, and we all went and saw a parade. An extra special, heartfelt thanks to the very generous people on the corner of Broadway & John Street who, right before the parade started, decided to allow my kids (and my wife and I) to move right up to the front of the crowd – allowing them (and my camera) fantastic views of the proceedings.

The picture slideshow is here, or in the “Featured Photos” section at the top of my left navigation menu.

Enjoy the pics and, once again, congratulations to the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees!!!

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The Phanatic Gives In

Friday, November 6th, 2009

After all, even a Phanatic can only take so much…

A little Photoshop inspiration for my Yankee fan friends!

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The 2009 World Champion New York Yankees

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

GAME OVER.
WORLD SERIES OVER.
YANKEES WIN.
THE-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for an unbelievable, unforgettable season, fellas! Congrats to the champs!

NOW – ONTO THE PARADE!!!!! 

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The City That Never Sleeps…

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

If I don’t miss my guess, Philadelphia has prepared for the World Series by placing a small, plastic statue of William Penn on top of the Comcast building. Here’s what New York did:

LET’S GO YANKEES!!

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Rivera in Puerto Rico?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

From a friend of mine, yesterday afternoon (Oct. 14):

My mom is on her way to Puerto Rico at the moment. She called me from the plane and said Mariano Rivera is sitting four seats away from her. Is it possible that he is on a Jet Blue flight to San Juan at the moment? Doesn’t he have a World Series to worry about????

Her mom later confirmed that it was, indeed, Mariano Rivera flying to San Juan on Wednesday, via an autograph and what she called a “very nice” conversation. (I also confirmed for my friend that it was the ALCS, not the World Series, that Mo would be worried about, but we’ll forgive the semantics in return for the inside tip…)

So, the question is this: with Game 1 scheduled for Friday, October 16 (weather permitting), why would Mariano Rivera fly to Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 14? Wouldn’t you think the Yankees would have some kind of workout/practice schedule in New York this week? I’d guess that maybe he’s flying home for a couple of days, but Mariano was born and raised in Panama, not Puerto Rico. Connecting flight, perhaps?

Mom is checking the local, Puerto Rican papers for more scoop. I’ll update you here if I hear more.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled 24/7 analysis of the upcoming ALCS/NLCS series, brought to you by ESPN

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