February 8, 2017

Gary Sanchez honored at Thurman Munson Awards dinner

We all know the tragic ending to Thurman Munson's life in 1979. But to truly understand the magnitude of the impact he left on the Yankees community, baseball, and all New York sports teams, you've got to find yourself a seat at the annual charity dinner created in his honor.

And that's where I found myself last night: at the 37th Thurman Munson Awards dinner along with fellow New York sports bloggers and beat reporters, all organized by Thurman's widow, Diana. The awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play and community spirit off the field.

This year's recipients included Victor Cruz, Wilmer Flores, and Gary Sanchez. Sanchez made a bit of news in the pre-dinner press conference by officially declaring he would not participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Gary Sanchez answers questions from a mob of media. 
"I actually said yes initially," Sanchez said through his interpreter. "This last week, I spoke to my family, and the more I thought about it the more I felt I had to be in spring training for the full spring training to get ready for the season."

Sanchez, who showed up to the dinner with a beard that Mr. Steinbrenner would not be so fond of, shied away from the idea of being the new face of the franchise. Still, it was hard not to draw comparisons of him to Munson, so I asked a couple of Munson's teammates what they thought about last year's rookie sensation.

Bucky Dent said, "Gary's got a bright future. Thurman was our captain, our leader, just a great catcher, great player. Gary has that ability to go on and do the same thing." And Graig Nettles added, "Well, I don't know about being a captain, but if he keeps doing what he's doing he's gonna have a long career."

From left to right: Roy White, Bucky Dent, Graig Nettles, Diana Munson, Victor Cruz, Gary Sanchez, and Wilmer Flores.

Dent and Nettles were honored at the dinner and were introduced by Diana and Michael Kay, respectively.

Over the years this annual dinner has raised nearly $15 million for the AHRC New York City Foundation, which aids children and adults who have intellectual and development disabilities.

All in all, it was a very classy evening filled with one moving speech after another. Read on for more nuggets from the honorees and about Thurman's legacy.

July 1, 2016

Yankees Fans: It’s time to #TakeBackTV

This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Sling TV blogging program. I received payment and a free Sling TV trial in exchange for providing my review. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

When Sling TV reached out about trying their service, I was skeptical. I thought, “Wait, so they want to send me another one of those boxes to sit on top of my Time Warner box?” But I kept listening. It turns out that Sling TV is not the same as Slingbox – it’s way better.

April 11, 2016

2016 MLB predictions: A-Rod's home run count, Severino victories, Chapman saves

Better late than never!

AL East 
1. Blue Jays
2. Yankees*
3. Red Sox 

4. Orioles
5. Rays

AL Central 

1. Royals
2. Indians
3. White Sox
4. Tigers
5. Twins

AL West 
1. Astros
2. Angels*
3. Rangers
4. Athletics
5. Mariners 

NL East 

1. Nationals
2. Mets*
3. Marlins
4. Phillies
5. Braves

NL Central 
1. Pirates
2. Cardinals*
3. Cubs*
4. Brewers
5. Reds

NL West 
1. Giants
2. Dodgers
3. Diamondbacks
4. Padres
5. Rockies

*Wild Card Winner 

AL Champion: Astros
NL Champion: Nationals
World Series Champion: Nationals, 6 games

AL MVP: Carlos Correa
NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL Cy: Felix Hernandez
NL Cy: Jacob deGrom
AL RoY: Byron Buxton
NL RoY: Corey Seager
AL Manager: A.J. Hinch
NL Manager: Clint Hurdle

Yankee Stats 
Alex Rodriguez home runs: 26 – so he'll fall one shy of Ruth's record!
Brett Gardner SBs: 30
Starlin Castro AVG: .299
Luis Severino wins: 18
Michael Pineda ERA: 4.22
Dellin Betances holds: 35
Andrew Miller saves: 10
Aroldis Chapman saves: 31

Previous Predictions
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April 5, 2016

Results from my 2015 MLB predictions

For just the third time in seven years of preseason predictions, I predicted where the Yankees would fall in the standings. 

And on the flip side, of the 16 awards & stats predictions, I got just one correct. And it was the one everyone got: NL RoY – Kris Bryant.

Just for the record, you can find the complete results below and see just how far off I was on my Luis Severino prediction.

June 24, 2015

What I would've done with A-Rod's 3,000th hit ball

Quite simply, I would have done what Christian Lopez did with Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit: given the ball back to Alex Rodriguez and accepted any gifts he or the Yankees offered. I'm pretty sure most people would do the same.

But, in case you've missed what's actually transpired, this is not what's happened at all. Instead, a ballhawk named Zack Hample managed to catch the ball and has milked this situation for as much press as possible. Here's one of his latest tweets:

What is he trying to do here? Become friends with A-Rod? In the article linked above, he claimed he "didn’t think the eyes of the world would be on me" after tweeting this, despite being written about in the tabloids day after day.

Still, the ball remains in Hample's possession. Here's his latest update on the talks with the Yankees: “I just have an open dialogue right now with the Yankees. It’s gonna take a little longer, probably a week at least before anything is finalized, if anything is finalized. … I have been talking a lot with the Yankees and I’m hopeful something could work out with them.”

It sounds to me like he's asked for something far beyond a typical request for a milestone baseball.

As a ballhawk, Hample knew exactly where to sit for the best chance at catching A-Rod's homer, and it worked out for him. But if you were looking for betting online, take a look at future odds provided by www.carbonsports.ag.

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