Friday, April 24, 2015

THAT WILL SHUT THEM UP!


I'm not an obnoxious Yankees fan, so for me, it makes no sense to hear Mets fans rip me and other Yankee fans for loving our team.  Mets fans came in hard today.  The Bronx was swarming with Mets fans. There were Mets hats all over the city as I was going to work this morning. Mets fans came in to make a statement. They've been bragging the passed few days about how great their winning streak is and that the "Yankees suck."  I didn't get it.  Look, I appreciate all the Mets have done this year, the Mets are good. But I'm not about to understand how in April, they've already won the World Series.  It's too early. I mean, can't we just have a nice Subway Series?  Everybody calm down.

Here's the good news.  Now maybe the Mets fans can quiet down a bit.  They lost tonight, the Yankees won 6-1.  Their streak is over.  There's a new game tomorrow. That's it.


Michael Pineda pitched a gem for the Yanks tonight.  He's 3-0 on the season.  He went 7.2 innings, he gave up 5 hits and only 1 run tonight.

The Yankee run scoring went like this:


In the first, Mark Teixeira hit a 2 run home run.  In the 3rd, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo shot. Then, BYB writer Mike O'Hara spit up his scotch when Mark Teixeira hit his second 2 run homer of the game, knocking in Alex Rodriguez.


In the end, Mets fans left quietly.  Yankee fans smiled, walking out of Yankee Stadium alittle taller... thinking, at least for tonight... "That will shut them up."

Final: Yankees 6 - Mets 1

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS: PETE CALDERA OR THE SUBWAY SERIES!


It's a tricky, difficult decision to make and I know you're split on it.  You can go to Yankee Stadium tonight, go watch Bernie Williams officially retire and then throw out the first pitch... then watch the Yankees beat the Mets... OR... go to the Carnegie Club in New York City and watch my buddy Pete Caldera croon his ass off for hours of fun!   I love the Yankees... but I'm a music freak. Tonight, I'm bringing my phone for Yankee updates and I'm going with Pete Caldera.


If you have some time tonight, get to the Carnegie Club and watch Bergen Record, Yankees beat writer Pete Caldera sing all the hits.    The Carnegie Club is on 156 W 56th St in Manhattan.  It's a trendy place full of cigar smoke, great drinks and spirits.  Plus Caldera sings Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, everything.  The guy is amazing. And hey, I'm not the only one that goes to check him out.  Wally Matthews of ESPN NY has been there, in fact most of the writers have been there on more than 1 occasion.
Even Bald Vinny and I were talking about it recently on Twitter.


Find your way to the Carnegie Club tonight. Enjoy yourself.  I have a great time every time I'm out with Pete.  Trust me, it's worth it!

And if you can't get there tonight, Pete will be back on May 2nd.

I support Pete, because he's one of the good ones.  Go have fun.

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THE QUEENS RISING


Yogi once said, “It’s Déjà vu all over again.”  I remember the mid 1980’s.  It was an unhappy time in the Bronx.  We had some big names, some big contracts and even bigger disappointments.  Meanwhile in the borough that shall not be named, it was a glorious time.  New York’s other team was in top form and blue and orange clad loudmouths weren’t shy about letting us all know about it.  Guess what, gang…THEY’RE BAAAACK.


The Mets are good…really good.  They hit (timely).  They pitch (dominantly).  They hustle (heartily). They play defense (expertly).  They scariest thing about these Mets is that the KNOW they’re good.  They believe they are right where they are supposed to be.  The play the game with a confidence that once cloaked the New York Yankees.


Now, the Bronx Bombers have shown signs of life as of late.  Our staff is much better than their overall record in my opinion.  CC has been a wonderful surprise.  He handcuffed arguably one of the most unforgiving lineups in baseball with his complete game against the Tigers.  Adam Warren is an above average number 5 (no need to rush back Capuano).


Tanaka looked like TanakaMikey is nasty.  If he can keep his head on straighter than his cap he could be a CY candidate.  The ball jumps out of his hand and the late life is ungodly.  When people ask, “How long have you been hiding that cutter?” and you can say, “I don’t throw a cutter.  That’s my fastball.”  You best believe you are a number 1 type arm.


The bats have been pretty good recently as well.  ARod is quickly winning hearts back in the Yankee Universe.  The sad FACT is Alex NEVER needed the drugs.  The Almighty made him to be one of the most naturally gifted ballplayers of all-time.  It is tragic to see that he could do this all along here in the twilight of his career…a career now forever scared no matter how he finishes his last seasons.


HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!  THIS NEVER HAPPENS! EVER. Tex found the pop in his swing.  He CAN leave the yard with authority.  Now, before you start asking how the crow tastes let me caution you.  A cleanup hitter has to yoke dingers, BUT a cleanup hitter also HAS to hit well over .200 and WHEN IT COUNTS MOST.  I will not say Tex is now free of my venom spitting…but he is just left of the cross hairs for now.


We really need Jacob, Beltran and Didi to start to earn their keep.  Carlos has shown some signs that he can still hit, but more often than not he just looks OLD.  Thank you Chris YOUNG! This guy is the player the Mets thought he was…maybe he didn’t like Queens…can you blame him?

Ellsbury is quiet…but he needs to get louder and fast!  175 million?  The Bronx Faithful will soon ask, “Hey Jacoby, you need directions back to Boston?”  He is a very talented player.  I think it will click soon for the centerfielder…although somebody see if Bernie is 100% about the whole retirement thing.  I mean he waited this long…what’s another 140 some games?


Didi…well…  Look, I don’t know what to say about Didi.  I know that Drew can play short and that we have 2 young guns on the farm that can come up and play 2nd…and both hit.  I feel for the kid.  This isn’t an easy town to struggle in…and replacing a Captain and Legend? Well, Didi…hang in there.

The Mets and Yankees will duke it out this weekend.  The Mets are the kid that got picked on freshmen year, hit the weights over the summer and came back in shape as a sophomore.  The Yanks are the new kid in town that has a reputation for being a tough guy, but has been sort of distant and looked unsure of himself in his new surroundings.  But its go time in the schoolyard…be in the parking lot at 3:00pm.  We’ll find out who is tough and who is simply talk.

One thing is sure, Yankee fans…the 1980’s ended and so will this Mets celebration.  Remember they rent space in this City…the NEW YORK YANKEES OWN.

** Here is the number one song the last time the Mets won it all.  I for one am less than happy to be stuck in the same city with the team from Queens…but Huey is like the Mets.  I don’t hate him…I just don’t listen to him.**



 
--Mike O'Hara
Senior "Features" Writer
Twitter: @mikeyoh21




 

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IGNORE THE HATERS. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF


It's Friday, and on Friday we like to keep it light, despite the fact that the Yankees play the Mets this weekend.

But look, I wanted to share a video with you.  It struck me because this week, I, as a father, needed to make a decision for my own son about the direction he was going in his baseball career.   You see, being judged is something that happens to everyone at some point in their lives.  These days, kids in sports are being judged too early, some as early as 8 years old, in tryouts, or even in practice.  They're type-cast if they're too good, or not good enough. This judgement stays with these kids through their young careers until they fizzle out, rise above it... or quit.


My son doesn't quit. None of my sons do.  But there is no question that with competitiveness among kids and sports these days, it's so outrageous, too much stress... it's gotten out of control.  In short, because of all of this, I pulled my son out of a competitive baseball league. Not because he wasn't good enough, but because he was pre-judged and involved in a team atmosphere that was quickly turning into a prison yard mentality.  I was angry about it. I was disappointed and I was fed up.  I did something that goes against anything my wife and I believe in... we're not quitters, but we are protectors, and when we sat back and recognized the labeling and potential infighting that was happening, encouraged by the coach by the way... we removed our son.  Why? Because he's 12, that's why.


 I don't believe that anyone should be judged for anything they do in their life when it comes to talent or appearance.  Not the first time they are seen and not any time.  That's because if you really believe in yourself, your appearance, your talent... that's truly all you need. Sure, you can always improve... practice is am amazing thing, but how dare anyone look at you and think you aren't up to snuff.  That, my friends, is outrageous and personally, as a coach, as a father... you always have to help kids believe in themselves, because lord knows there's some asshole out there ready to break them down for no real reason.  If they get their confidence though... those assholes fade away.


I only bring this up because I was blown away by this video below. It's titled THE PERFECT BODY and it's a short film about a girl that Tweeted herself to the public only to be judged and crushed by anonymous "judges", the same type of assholes that I deal with on Twitter when I write stories about Alex Rodriguez or because they think Bleeding Yankee Blue is ugly or something. You know, people that do nothing but criticize others, because their own life is miserable.  I don't like that crap.  I despise it.

Check it out.


In the end, this girl realized that changing her appearance didn't make her happy after all.  She liked herself the way she was... and you should too. Don't listen to anyone except yourself or the ones that love you most.

If you like the way you play the game, but want to improve, that's great, but don't do it because some coach with a beer belly thinks you suck.  Do it because you yourself want to get better.  Don't go getting implants because guys like big boobs... enjoy your body... be yourself!

I don't know... it's been an emotional week for me as a father, and this video happened at the right time.  Watch it.  Think about it. Share this post.  Think about your kids.  Think about those people that like to bash others for no reason.  It's silly... ain't it?

Oh yeah... and my son? Within 1 day my son found a new club...a club that respected him for the player he is. Why? Because he loves the game, and ultimately, he wants to continue playing.  He knows he can do it and they know he can help. No negativity... NONE AT ALL can get in his way.  Atta boy son... atta boy.

Believe in yourself... screw the haters... be strong.

Enjoy your Friday.

 Be Read. Get Known.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

DO NOT COUNT THE YANKEES OUT!


Big win today against the Tigers and things are happening in Yankeeland. Ellsbury may be dressed like a superhero, but the stare says it all.  The Yankees CAN win. They WILL win, and they are just getting started.  I guess the lesson is sometimes it just takes time to warm up.  The irony is it was so cold in Detroit, it just seemed like a funny time. No matter, they beat the Tigers in Motown.  It's great for morale.  It's great coming into the Mets series.  Let's do this bitches... 


Masahiro Tanaka had 6 strikeouts in 6.1 innings today.   He was damn sharp and more to his pitching... it's been damn good as he's settling in this year.  For many of you fans that told me back in the beginning of April to let the guy "settle in", thanks for believing... I just get worried about arms.  Yup, so far, so good for Tanaka.  Let's hope it continues. 


Tanaka only gave up 1 run and once again, the Yankees pen, close to the best in the league, shut down the Tigers the rest of the afternoon.  Andrew Miller got save number 6 today.

The Yankees run scoring went simply like this:


 When Brian McCann was up in the 6th, Jacoby Ellsbury was able to score on a balk.  Then in the 8th, McCann grounded out and Ellsbury scored in the process.  That's it ladies and gentlemen... a win is a win is a win.
 
Final: Yankees 2 - Tigers 1

Tomorrow we start the series against the Mets.  amNewYork asked me for some quotes yesterday and I was happy to give them a few on this upcoming series.  I used phrases like "I'm afraid of the Mets" and "The Mets are good."  The reality is, they are having a great run and I wish them well.  I also suggested that as a Yankee fan it's important we beat them.  The Mets are running high on adrenaline right now.  Here's the difference today though... when I gave my quotes to amNewYork, the Yankees didn't win yesterday yet... and they didn't win today.  Right now, I believe the Yanks have that same adrenaline and I look forward to a great match up.  Bring it.

 
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