Photo gallery: Steinbrenner Field

In honor of the Yankees’ first spring training game today, here are photos from what was called Legends Field when my wife and I visited.

A friendly worker let us into the office to see the World Series trophies, and while we walked around, we never got a chance to go to a game there. We were told that if we really wanted to get tickets, people scalped them in the lot across the street, but I always worry I’m going to be the one guy who gets busted for buying scalped tickets.

My uncle makes the trip every year; in fact, I think he’s leaving for Tampa soon.

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I like baseball … because I like baseball

The first thing I liked about baseball was playing it.

That shouldn’t be much of a revelation, but reading an article in The Comeback about what some of its staff writers like about baseball actually made me think about it.

Not in the sense of “Yeah, why DO I like baseball?” but more in that it was never something I thought about because I just always have. Continue reading “I like baseball … because I like baseball”

New York, New York: Fifteen minutes, or one day, more

If we had only stayed 15 minutes longer …

My wife and I had once worried that today’s Yankees game against Oakland would be a washout, but it actually didn’t rain at all during the game, and our seats were under cover.

However, it was just chilly enough, with just enough of a breeze, to be cold, especially after four hours of baseball.

So we decided to leave after the 10th inning.

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The men on the baseball field

At some point this spring or summer, after somewhere between three and four hours of baseball, a Yankees-Red Sox game is going to come down to the ninth inning — mostly because that always seems to happen.

Craig Kimbrel will be on the mound for the Red Sox, and Giancarlo Stanton will be at  bat for the Yankees.

I’ll be at home, the game on TV, doing some combination of sitting on the edge of my couch/pacing around the room/standing and staring/whatever seems to be lucky or not unlucky. Continue reading “The men on the baseball field”

This year had the chance to be the Yankees’ year

But here we are, so I’m going to share them.

I shouldn’t be this upset about the Yankees losing — and by “this upset,” I mean “looking for something to throw” — but the simple fact of the matter is that they were one win away from the World Series, with two games to do it, and didn’t get it done.

Yes, I know they’re supposedly “a year away.” But let me say it again … they were one game from going to the World Series this year, with two chances to get it. Continue reading “This year had the chance to be the Yankees’ year”

Didi Gregorius is a hero for all ages

Given that up until about six weeks ago, my wife had spent the last 10 years working in Boston, she took note when someone she worked with brought in her little grandson and he was wearing Yankees gear.

She guesses he was about 5, and when she asked who his favorite player was, he said, in the way only little kids can say, “Didi Gregorius.”

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My apologies to Red Sox fans (sort of)

There’s no post-mortem like a losing Red Sox post-mortem, and there has never been a Red Sox losing post-mortem like in 2003, after Grady Little left Pedro Martinez in against the Yankees, and it didn’t work out so well. Continue reading “My apologies to Red Sox fans (sort of)”

The stomach-turning awesomeness of a big baseball game

A coworker asked me today if I was nervous about the Yankees-Twins playoff game tonight.

Of course I am. Yes, the Yankees are at home, had a better record than the Twins and have gotten the better of them recently, it’s one game, and anything can happen in one game. Continue reading “The stomach-turning awesomeness of a big baseball game”