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Old 02-01-2007, 12:13 AM   #226
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Well, he shows no sign of aging. It's gonna happen, of course, but, until it does, might as well see if they can get a good year from him. Lord knows the pressure of the Bronx means shit to him by now. I read the other day that Pavano is 100% healthy. I count on him for nothing at all, but, still, would not suck if he could pitch.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:18 AM   #227
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Clemens was also seen with a Japanese/English dictionary in his man purse at St Johns. Word is he wants to tutor Dice-K.
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by Shaun Powell, Newsday Sports

It's never nice to speak ill about the ill, especially when death is apparent. With that in mind, I'll be kind and just say this: Yankee Stadium can't collapse fast enough.

Unfortunately, the Grim Reaper won't swing the wrecking ball until sometime in October 2008, depending on when Alex Rodriguez kills another playoff run. That's 21 months from now, or roughly the time between Carl Pavano starts. Until then, baseball fans must continue to root for the Yankees while sitting in a facility past its glory, which is sort of like taking Giselle Bundchen for a spin in a wheezing, old Coup de Ville.

Please, this is no disrespect to the history of the stadium itself.

Just the stadium itself.

Four million people visit Yankee Stadium every year to see Derek Jeter throw across his body to first base, to witness what $200 million buys these days in baseball talent, to observe the winningest team in baseball this decade.

Four million people do not visit Yankee Stadium to do a riverdance while standing in line for the three or four restrooms. Four million people do not visit Yankee Stadium to squeeze through aisles built for supermodels or fight for shouting space at concession stands the size of shopping-mall information booths. Four million people, or at least the few who dare to drive, do not visit Yankee Stadium hours before the first pitch just so they can find one of the limited parking spaces sold at monthly home mortgages.

Once you remove the product on the field and Monument Park in the outfield, the "Yankee experience" is like the death of Barbaro: overrated and overplayed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, commissioner Bud Selig and other important types made it official yesterday when the All-Star Game was given to the Bronx in '08, but this was a mercy gesture, a nice way of being nice to a sick, suffering old cathedral that should've had the plug pulled a decade ago. Ordinarily, the Midseason Classic wouldn't come anywhere near Yankee Stadium, because baseball knows what we know: The place isn't fit for it.

The beauty of the Stadium nowadays lies exclusively with the history and tradition of the Yankees. People are attracted by walls that talk. They know this is where Babe Ruth smacked his 60th homer and where Don Larsen pitched his perfect World Series game. They want to press their ears close enough to hear the heavy heartbeats from Lou Gehrig's courageous speech and the Babe's good-bye.

They know they're standing in the same place where Roger Maris hit No. 61, where Aaron Boone needed one swing and where Reggie needed three. They also know this is where Joe Louis put Max Schmeling to sleep and where Chuck Bednarik did the same to Frank Gifford. A pair of popes blessed the crowd, and the end zone blessed Alan Ameche in the Greatest Game Ever Played.

All that history is so rich and rewarding and priceless in a building with the charm of Simon Cowell.

Despite getting more nips and tucks than the cast of "The View," the Stadium has seen better days. It can't compare to any of the grand old baseball buildings still standing. For sheer magnificence, nothing tops Dodger Stadium, still in all its retro 1960s glory, sitting atop Chavez Ravine. Wrigley Field also blows away Yankee Stadium, especially if you compare the neighborhoods that surround both ballparks. And Fenway Park, cozy, intimate and buffeted by the imposing Green Monster, is a more inviting place to waste a lazy afternoon.

Yankee Stadium would've gone long ago had George Steinbrenner not wasted time with his misguided attempt at building in Manhattan or flirting with New Jersey. Meanwhile, the cost of materials went up, to the point at which the price of the new Stadium in the Bronx will equal six Yankee payrolls. Well, if that's what it takes to move the Yankees into the 21st century and out of a dated building, so be it. Only three items are worth taking across the street to the new place. The arching façade, because it's the trademark. Monument Park, which deserves more space and a better presentation. And the roll call.

Well, there is something nice we can say about the old place.

It's not exactly Shea Stadium.
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:35 PM   #229
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I read the article at Newsday. All good thing must pass, right?
Talking about the Yanks, they've offered Bernie a minor-league deal and an invitation to spring training. The ball is now in Bernie's court.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:32 PM   #230
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It looks like Bernie is going to take the Yanks' offer.
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That's good news if it's true. Where did you see this? I see nothing at FOXSports.com or ESPN.com. I'll keep looking. Bottom line is someone, at some point, is gonna get hurt....and being able to call Bernie up would be nice...though, it'll bum me out to see him down in AAA for a long period of time.
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I've always liked Bernie Williams. And I have always hated the Yankees. It would be sad to see him anywhere else. Though, minor leagues is a bit sad as well.




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Methinks Bernie makes the roster as a 4th/5th outfielder and pinch hitter...he won't actually be assigned to Columbus...if he doesn't make the team he'll retire.
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Methinks Bernie makes the roster as a 4th/5th outfielder and pinch hitter...he won't actually be assigned to Columbus...if he doesn't make the team he'll retire.
As I read this and think about it, you're likely right. Well, right about not going to AAA. Hewson, they actually moved from Columbus, they are now the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. So, now, Michael Scott and crew can get season tickets to their games. (That's an Office reference, for anyone reading this that only cares about sports).
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So what do I do with my Columbus Clippers hat?
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So what do I do with my Columbus Clippers hat?
You keep it in honor of all the great players came up through there.
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So, now, Michael Scott and crew can get season tickets to their games. (That's an Office reference, for anyone reading this that only cares about sports).

I smell a company outing.
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I found out about Bernie at www.newsday.com .
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I found out about Bernie at www.newsday.com .
Thanks. Worst part of not living in the area anymore is missing out on the 3 papers.
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Hewson, they actually moved from Columbus, they are now the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
WHAT?

So, who is Philly using now? And I am sure Columbus must have a new affiliation (Columbus has been with the Yankees for YEARS).
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