Archive for September 24th, 2008

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Just like when Babe Ruth opened Yankee Stadium 85 years ago with a homerun, the Yankees provided their fans with a lifetime of memories last Sunday in the “House That Ruth Built”.

Living legends, recently retired players and family members of those deceased gave the Yankee faithful and fans of baseball something that they will never forget.

The Yankees were gritty, energetic, and simply determined to do everything in their power to win this game.

The mystique and aura that has led this storied franchise to 26 world championships was in the air.  And from the start of the game, you just knew that the Yankees were going to win. 

The Yankees played with a sense of urgency and focus that has been missing for years.  An edge that has been the signature motto of this organization.  One which they hope helps them christen the new stadium in the only way the Yankees know; with a world championship.

Yankees Rumors & News

While Mike Mussina is preparing to go after his twentieth win of the season Phil Hughes is just trying to get his first.

Injuries are what mostly has stood in Hughes’ way and I’m not just talking about this year. He has had three major injuries over the past two years and that has cost him a significant amount of time he should have spent developing.

He didn’t pitch must last season so he was not fully prepared to pitch in the majors this season. That may have led him to overexert himself and possibly could have led to the stress fracture in his ribs. So he sat on the DL for most of this season as well and when he was healthy enough to return the Yankees kept him in the minors for another month so he missed more time.

Here we are today, and he’s set to make just his second start since April tonight and he has yet to …

A Little Bit of Everything At Shea…

Mets Rumors & News

Last night I headed out to Shea and watched the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2  to stay one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League wild card spot. But before I recap the experience, a quick back story:

Back in July, my wife calls me at work excited, telling me her job was giving out Mets tickets and that she got two for us.  She’s doesn’t like baseball so she told me to take a friend to the game.  Fast forward to yesterday.  While sitting in the nose bleed seats in right field with my friend “H” a group of about 50 adults come into the section, all at the same time.  To say this group of people were, “enthusastic” would be an understatement.  From the start they were excited to be there.  Singing along (badly) with the national anthem, shouting (constant) “encouragement” to the players,  and voicing (forcefully)displeasure with the umpires.  But something just was “different” about this group of fans.  Then it hit …

Mussina Could Miss Chance At 20

Yankees Rumors & News

Here at Hot Stove we have been paying much attention to Mike Mussina these past few weeks as the aging starter gets closer to winning 20 games for the first time in his career.

He picked up win number 19 in his last start against the Blue Jays and should have a chance to get number 20 against the Red Sox on the final day of the season. The only problem is that Mussina might not be able to make the final start of the season.

Mussina was hit on the elbow by a ball off the bat of Travis Snider with one out in the third inning. Manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan came out to check on the pitcher. He took a couple of warm up tosses and stayed in the game. He finished the inning and even managed to pitch two more, but he had to leave the game after five innings and just 73 pitches.

Mussina said …

Yankees Rumors & News

Last night the Yankees kept up their recent winning ways and beat the Toronto Blue Jays to keep from being eliminated from the playoffs. Unfortunately for them the Red Sox were beating the Indians at the very same time to eliminate the Yankees.
Thing is I’m not really that upset. I mean obviously I’m sad that I won’t be watching playoff games this year and that my Mets fan friends are probably going to be more annoying than ever, but the Yankees couldn’t keep winning forever and I knew that.
Also coming into this season I was ready for a let down. Using a young pitching staff has advantages, but they are mostly long term. Hardly does a team which is relying on guys under 25 to make up about 60 percent of its rotation win many games no matter how good the rookies are.
But the gamble the Yankees took was a good one because they needed to get out of the rut they …

Hot Stove Shea Stadium Quiz Answers

Mets Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The full name of the Queens stadium is William A. Shea Municipal Stadium.
2. Shea opened in 1964.
3. The first game the Mets played at Shea was against the Pirates on April 17, 1964. They lost to Pittsburgh 4-3. Willie Stargell hit the first-ever home run there in that game.
4. The Beatles played at Shea twice, on August 15th, 1965, and August 23rd, 1966.
5. The Jets played at Shea from 1964 to ’83.
6. Johnny Callison of the Phillies hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the 1964 All-Star game, the only one played at Shea.
7. The Apple …

NL Dogfight – September 24th

Mets Rumors & News

The race got a little tighter last night after the Brewers and Mets found victory, while the Phillies were never able to get the offense going.

Recap of Monday’s Action:

The Phillies offense finally took the night off, but some credit had to be given to Braves starter, Mike Hampton. Hampton allowed two runs on six hits, over six innings. Cole Hamels allowed three runs (two earned), and eight hits, over seven innings, but his box score doesn’t really reflect how he pitched. Hamels struggled through the first four innings, and his third inning throw into left field on an errant pickoff attempt allowed Kelly Johnson to score, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.

The Mets bounced back against the Cubs in a big way. After finding themselves in an early 2-0 hole, the Mets scored two runs in the fifth and another four in the sixth, to beat the Cubs 6-2. Johan Santana was dominant, going eight innings, allowing two runs on …

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