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The Yankee has its own domain

Posted on May 17, 2008. Filed under: journalism, Politics, Random Thoughts, Sports, Uncategorized, Weather, Web and Tech |

This blog is migrating…

Like the Baltimore Colts (for all you serious football fans), I have packed up the U-Haul in the middle of the night and moved. But I would hate to think of people waking up, racing to check my blog, and finding out it wasn’t there. I know that would be devastating for millions thousands a couple of dozen lonely souls you. So, please note, and change your bookmarks, that you can find the new Yankee 2.0 at http://www.yankee20.com.

Also, like a true Yankee… I’m not paying the $10/year for the automatic redirection. 🙂

See you there!

Ted

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Mmmm, crow. Tasty Spygate crow.

Posted on May 14, 2008. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

Super Bowl XXXVIImage via Wikipedia

These are the kinds of things news editors have nightmares about having to do. The Boston Herald has issued a massive, high profile apology for its massive high-profile error in reporting that someone had recorded a videotape of the St Louis Rams walkthrough the day before Super Bowl XXXVI.

The alleged tape made Matt Walsh a household name for Pats fans, undermined the integrity of the Patriots organization, already tarnished by videotaping allegations, and coming as it did right before the Pats tried to maintain their undefeated record in this year’s Super Bowl, theoretically could have been a distraction for the team. (Although I doubt it – it was mainly a distraction for the media.)

Apology – BostonHerald.com

Regardless, the Herald now acknowledges, after the NFL could find no such tape, that no one at the paper ever saw the tape or directly met anyone who had.

I give them credit for stepping up and giving their error acknowledgment a front page spot. In the competitive media marketplace, the pressure is there to go with stories that aren’t fully vetted. They did, and they got burned. But admitting the error is the best way to repair the damage. And they did a better job of that than Bill Belichick has.

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A year later, I guess Pedroia can stay

Posted on April 23, 2008. Filed under: Sports | Tags: |

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A year ago today, a rookie second baseman named Dustin Pedroia knocked in his first runs of the season, as a 2-hit performance got his average back UP to .205. It dropped down to .172 by May 1.

I guess we’re glad the boo-birds calling for Alex Cora to play every day last year didn’t get their way.

ESPN – Dustin Pedroia Stats, News, Photos – Boston Red Sox

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Suddenly the Fenway beer lines don’t seem so bad

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: Random Thoughts, Sports | Tags: , , |

So, I got a chance to go to Fenway this week with my wife and my friend Steve. Of my many observations, a few little nuggets of note. First, public thanks to Steve, who has the kind of seats that make you appreciate Fenway even more, get you on TV when they show the first base coach, and give you a legitimate chance of catching (or getting killed by) a foul ball. Kinda makes you pay attention.

Three observations:

1. Those people who have the really good seats, and you wonder how they got them? Yeah, I still have no idea. Steve said something about a neighbor who had tickets since Cy Young was on the mound…

2. There is no such thing as a warm April night at Fenway.

3. And they serve beer in the seats in these expensive seats! Sounds sort of elitist, but I was thinking about it economically, and really, if you are spending $2 per minute (or more) for the game, 15 minutes in a beer line would be a drag.

Except for one thing. They bring you the beer. They open it. They pour it. You give them your ID. They check it. They give you your beer. AND THEY STAND RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU THE WHOLE TIME! I mean, hey, it’s a beer. In a seat. At Fenway. So, I’m willing to put up with a lot.

But it’s worse when the fine people in the row in front of you order their four beers and you can watch the nice vendor pour and serve. And pour and serve. And pour and serve. And pour and serve. Or even better, when the guys in the row behind you order their beers and your view gets blocked by the person in front of you who now has to use the rest room after enjoying his frosty cool beverage, but can’t get by the very pleasant vendor who is pouring. And serving. And pouring…

The Way Fenway Should BeThe Way It Was

Which one did I see more on the night? The one on the right.

Of course, if Steve wants to invite me again, I’m willing to reevaluate. Because hey, I’m a giver.

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It’s just a fantasy…

Posted on April 6, 2008. Filed under: Random Thoughts, Sports | Tags: , , |

Once again, I am faltering at my regularity with which to post to the Yankee. I’ll blame it on the New York Times story about the dangers of blogging, but really it’s just my own disorganization and busy-ness. And part of it is sports. I am a sports fan, and this time of year is like my mecca. It’s even better than the fall confabulation that is the baseball home stretch combined with the beginnings of football, basketball and hockey, because you have two sports coming down to the wire, plus the beginning of baseball (which is sometimes more downright fun than the end), plus all sorts of random things — like today, I wanted to see (but missed) the FA Cup semifinal. Oh, and then there’s the Final Four.

And for me, baseball is made a little more fun because I (drum roll please) play fantasy baseball. Before you click away, i’ll tell you why I am hooked, and it’s more than the numbers. (I am an accountant’s son, but still…) Here’s what I like – I get to pay attention to more than just the Boston Red Sox. I get to pay attention to more than just the majors. I get to care whether Rick Porcello can make his way quickly through the minors. I get to wonder whether John Patterson can find his talent and resurrect his career. In looking at the numbers, I actually get more invested in the stories of the individual players who make up the game. The average Sox fans cares about 5 players. I care about all 25, in some form. And there’s a group of people I got to see this weekend — a group I only see once per year — and we have a kind of fun common bond.

So I end up preparing and studying Major League rosters more than I might otherwise. OK, a lot more. But for those of you who dismiss it as a bunch of nerds playing with numbers, well, you’re right to a point, but there are interesting stories here that are a little bit more than the average Joe watching at home (or Johnny working at Burger King, for you Keith Foulke fans,)  might get out of it.

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I’m good enough, I’m smart enough… I am not my pool

Posted on March 22, 2008. Filed under: Random Thoughts, Sports | Tags: , , |

and doggone it, I’m better than my NCAA pool.

Not that I am doing that badly.  I had San Diego over UConn, after all. But it’s happening again. That March Madness feeling that requires me to glance over at the TV all too regularly to see if Siena actually won. (Didn’t call that one.)

So I must remember…

I’m better than my pool.

My pool does not define me.

It will not make me smarter, or more handsome, stop the aging process, fix my back, help me lose weight or make me a better chef.

It cannot do my taxes, pay my bills, make my lunch or feed my cats.

It will not do anything for the war in Iraq, it cannot feed the starving, clothe the needy,  or give anyone shelter.

It shall not take me over… but, excuse me, I do have to watch the end of this Xavier-Purdue game.

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He can’t pitch yet, but he’s a good pitch man for ALS

Posted on March 22, 2008. Filed under: Random Thoughts, Sports | Tags: , , |

So, a lot of people have sort of a love-hate relationship with Curt Schilling… usually leaning towards the love part. But no matter what you think of him in general, you have to give him credit for his efforts fighting ALS. Curt’s Pitch 4 ALS has raised a of awareness about the disease, and a good chunck of change. Let’s face it, writing “K ALS” on his cleat when he knew the world was watching his bloody sock in the 2004 World Series was a pretty brilliant raising awareness move.

Anyway, Curt has decided this year that since he can’t pitch for much of the season, he’ll be following 4 other pitchers any donate money to local Curt’s pitch chapters based on their performance. And – he picked four guys who will strike out a lot more guys these days than a healthy Curt would. Brandon Webb in Arizona, Josh Beckett in Boston, Cole Hamels in Philly, and Daisuke Matsuzaka for Curt’s Pitch Japan.

If my in my head math is correct, at $100 per K and $1000 per win – if the quartet match last season, Curt will be writing checks for $145,000 to the charities this year – plus all the other stuff he does for the organizations.

Read about it here:
Curts Pitch 4 ALS GOES GLOBAL! « 38 Pitches

And that’s an All-Star performance.

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And speaking of endowments…

Posted on March 7, 2008. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , |

The VP of communications for the Baseball Hall of Fame told Dan Patrick on his radio show today that there probably will be a steroids exhibit in the Hall sometime soon. A PR firm provided the transcript below.

Dan Patrick: “Have you thought about a steroid exhibit in the Hall of Fame? Brian McNamee says to you, ‘Jeff, I’ve got some viles, I’ve got syringes, I’ve got HGH — I’d like to donate it to the Hall of Fame.'”

Jeff Idelson: “There’s no doubt that in time, Dan, we will address steroids and human growth hormones in our museum. It’s a part of the game. It’s a lousy part of the game, but it’s part of the game’s history — But when we do tell the story, it will be in the context perhaps of good medicine versus bad medicine. It will be done in an educational way. Would we accept artifacts or items from Brian McNamee? I don’t know, I mean if it allows us to tell the story in an educational way, we’d consider it. But if it’s just to have, I doubt we’d take them.”

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My prediction:

The new exhibit will be much larger than the standard exhibit, but it will quickly suffer from structural problems. Those problems will shorten the building’s lifespan. In addition, the doors will occasionally close very aggressively, and unfortunately, the men’s room will shrink to the size of a small closet.

 

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