Last night as I was flipping back and forth between the Knicks game (my god was that awful) and the Yankee game I noticed that Roger Clemens’ son, Paul, was on the mound for the Astros. The first thing that popped into my mind was “Oh my goodness gracious, of all the dramatic things..” as I recalled Suzyn Waldman’s now infamous call of Roger Clemens announcing his return to the Yankees several years ago from George Steinbrenner’s box.
I was well aware that his son was on the Astros, but I was not even thinking about the possibility of him pitching at Yankee stadium until I saw him on the mound. What angered me the most about this was I was not able to get to a radio in time to listen to what Suzyn Waldman said as Paul took the mound. Waldman will most likely be most remembered for this dramatic, over the top call of Clemens return. I quote her any chance I get to a Yankee fan, it’s one of those moments that will always make me laugh every time I think about it. Listen to her call here: “Roger Clemens is in George’s box…“
As I turned on the Yankee game yesterday it was right as Brett Gardner was caught stealing. When I first saw the play, I thought nothing of it. Then as they showed the replay in slow motion, I saw Gardner wearing a form of protection I have never seen before. He had what appears to be a special glove(?) of sorts that was built to protect your hand as you slide head first into a base. From what I can tell, it isn’t made of your typical leather material, but rather a hard plastic like material to prevent you from jamming or breaking your fingers against anything during a slide.
In theory, I understand the idea of wearing this glove. I can see it being very helpful as this is a very common way that base-stealer‘s, such as Gardner, get hurt. But this is baseball, it’s not football, I find the amount of protection players wear today to be a bit too much for my liking. Between the shin pads, foot pads, elbow pads and padded gloves that some guys wear while up at-bat, enough is enough already. Baseball isn’t meant to be played in body armor, I hope this trend doesn’t continue in the progression to even more unnecessary protection being worn on a baseball field.
With warm weather, we tend to see players wearing less layers under their uniforms. Joba Chamberlain on the other hand, took this opportunity to shed some extra hair he was lugging around. I for one have never been a fan of the Yankees clean-shaven rule, I find it pointless in this type of profession. I realize they allow mustaches, some Yankees were able to pull it off, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson and Goose Goosage to name a few, but this was just an awful look for him. Goodbye to Joba’s mustache, you will NOT be missed.
For as long as I can remember, I have been infatuated with the game of baseball. Growing up on Long Island, I was taught first and foremost to root for the New York Mets. I have been a die-hard fan my whole life, which has had its ups and downs over the years, to say the least. But this is the fan path I have chosen for myself and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
But being raised in the New York area you learn at an early age, whether you like it or not, The Yankees dominate the city. All season long I find myself as intrigued and interested in everything and anything related to the historic franchise. From their 27 Championships to George Steinbrenner to the walking tabloid that is Alex Rodriguez, how could I leave out the Yankees?
This is why I have decided to focus my blog on New York City baseball as a whole, rather than just one team. Baseball is life to me once the season begins. I plan on expressing my thoughts, opinions and maybe some venting throughout the course of the season.