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 Posted:   Mar 3, 2009 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Hope you survived the snow okay, Anz! I lost all three of my classes and my evening library work as it turned out.

I too am looking forward to 2009 as a new beginning in the annals of Yankee history just as it is for the Met fans too. No more controversial crap about steroids, just play ball!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2009 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Eric, the snow actually was not that bad! I watched News 12 traffic and weather on Sunday night and heard that we were going to get at least 10 inches of snow in my area in Jersey.

We got maybe, 5 inches of snow here.

I'm off from work for now on mondays and tuesdays until april, and when I looked out the window early monday morning I still saw blades of grass poking through the snow.

When I can still see blades of grass poking through freshly fallen snow in March, I smile and think of baseball.

This major "storm" turned out to be nothing in my opinion. The spring flower bulbs emerging that are planted under my window were still visible and defiant that winter was not still in control.

Baseball cannot be far behind .

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2009 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

Almost ready to play ball at CitiField.



 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2009 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Ready to go too! smile



 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2009 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

Ready to go too! smile



Yeah, I didn't find any good updated shots of Yankee Stadium in a while, else I would have posted it. But, i'm excited over new Yankee Stadium as well.

MaxB

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2009 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)





What I really like about the new Mets ballpark are all the little nooks and crannies in the outfield which will keep the players out there on their toes for a while until they learn this new ballpark and how it plays.

Very much the way it used to be in many of the older ballparks of memory which are long since gone.

Citi Field was designed as a baseball park, unlike Shea which was designed to host both baseball and football.
And it's pretty obvious in the many photos posted above that there is not a bad seat in the house for feeling like a part of the action.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2009 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

We lost the posts dealing with the mention of Johnny Blanchard's death last week, and I think it appropriate to repost that acknowledgment of his passing and his great contributions to the Yankee teams of the early 60s.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2009 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Thanks for posting the above Eric.

Johnny Blanchard was indeed a force off the bench on those powerhouse Yankee teams of the late 50's and early 60's.

Although I was too young to remember him play, I always enjoyed seeing him in interviews on the YES Network and elsewhere discussing those years. A very humble man.

Arthur Richman also passed away, he was in the Mets front office for 25 years, and also served with the Yankees for many years in an advisory capacity.

May they both rest in peace.


This site has had problems and some recent posts are missing here and elsewhere, but I'm sure it's being corrected as best as it can.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2009 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Eric, the snow actually was not that bad! I watched News 12 traffic and weather on Sunday night and heard that we were going to get at least 10 inches of snow in my area in Jersey.

We got maybe, 5 inches of snow here.

I'm off from work for now on mondays and tuesdays until april, and when I looked out the window early monday morning I still saw blades of grass poking through the snow.

When I can still see blades of grass poking through freshly fallen snow in March, I smile and think of baseball.

This major "storm" turned out to be nothing in my opinion. The spring flower bulbs emerging that are planted under my window were still visible and defiant that winter was not still in control.

Baseball cannot be far behind .



Those Daffodils I mentioned in the post above on March 4 are now in full bloom.




PLAY BALL!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2009 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

It's been reported that legendary Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard will "officially" retire this year.





Bob Sheppard is now 98 years old, and he has seen quite a bit of baseball in his long life, and generations of Yankee fans, and baseball fans alike know and love him.

As a baseball fan, I've always looked upon Bob Sheppard as a treasure.

 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2009 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I hope Bob will make it for Opening Day to give the lineup one last time. He is an absolute treasure in Yankee history and the gold standard of all public address announcers in the game (or any other game for that matter).

Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully is the only other man I know of still active with continuous service for the same club as long as Sheppard's has been with the Yankees.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2009 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner is the last living member of the original New York Mets radio and television broadcast team from 1962, which included the late Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy.
And his association with the Mets organization is now rapidly approaching 50 years.

While Ralph no longer regularly calls play by play for the Mets, (he still shows up in the booth from time to time during the season and it is a joy to hear his baseball stories during his playing days) he is a New York treasure as well.

Ralph's malaprops over the years during Mets broadcasts are classics, such as referring to Mets catcher Gary Carter as "Gary Cooper".

 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2009 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

A late birthday gift from some kind family members has given me (barring any slip-ups in the transaction) the opportunity to be present at the second game ever (even if an exhibition) in the history of the new Yankee Stadium this Saturday.

I had resigned myself to the idea that I would not get to the new ballpark this year, but to get this chance for the very first event is going to be perhaps the biggest thrill of going to games in more than 30 years!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2009 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

If you attend, enjoy it!

The New Yankee Stadium looks beautiful, and your ballclub this season looks like it will go far.

Please report back here on your experiences .

 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2009 - 8:22 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I certainly will! I erred in that I'd forgotten they first play an exhibition on Friday night, but being at the first unofficial day game will I think be the better game to see. And since it's an exhibition game I need not get emotionally wrapped up in the outcome and can just soak up the ambience of the place.

Hope you'll be getting to Citifield this year for your report on the place, Anz.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 2, 2009 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)


I'd love to attend just one game at Citi Field this season to experience the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. And see for myself with my own eyes the magnificent sightlines for watching baseball this new ballpark has in store for Mets fans.

I have no current plans as of yet to attend a game there this season, but when I eventually make the trek to Queens, I'd like it to be a shared, memorable experience with family or friends just the way it was at the now gone but not forgotten Shea Stadium .

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

E:mail your upcoming work schedules to me. Ed and I will have a look and try to get tix. I cannot wait to see and experience it!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



We wondered what the heck was goin’ on when folks started filing into the Train Station as soon as it opened at 5 a.m. that Friday morning. All shades and streams of ungendered humanity came piling outta vans, cars, bikes and on foot. In all our years, we’d never seen anything even remotely like or approaching it.



As time advanced, the crowds increased. One of the station-workers said his train from Harrisburg was already like Sardine City (and this was at 6 a.m.). Finally, it dawned on us what all the hoopla was about: everyone was on their way to join in the celebration in Philly itself.



As one euphoric young girl enthused, “This is one of the greatest days of my life!”



She obviously wasn’t alone.



Didn’t quite heal (let alone absolve) the still-smarting Debacle of 1964 but, still, we’re glad others got their chance to joyfully soak in the historical sun smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Phillies indeed talked the talk and walked the walk last year by winning it all.

IMHO, there was never a real rivalry between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies until the last four years or so, when both teams became competitive at the same time for the division.



Because New York and Philadelphia are so close geographically, In recent years fans of both teams have developed a burgeoning rivalry, which is not yet on a par with the Yankees / Boston Red Sox rivalry which is legendary.

Both The Mets and Phillies have made additions and subtractions to their rosters over this past winter, and it will be interesting to watch how these changes affect both ballclubs.

The Mets fell short of possibly winning the division last season because of a bullpen collapse of monumental proportions.

They spent the money over the winter to fix it.

The Phillies had Brad Lidge closing games who was lights out and did not blow a save all of '08.

Can he repeat in '09 what he accomplished last season?

It will be interesting, but as I've said before on this thread I respect the Phillies for what they accomplished last season, but the slate is now clean and we start anew.

The Mets signed veteran outfielder Gary Sheffield today.
I'm not sure what to make of this move other than to say that if he performs this season like he did 5 or 6 years ago offensively, his presence in the Mets lineup will be welcomed despite his defensive liabilities .
He's playing for a longer term contract.

Sheffield is in the twilight of his career, has a reputation as a troublemaker at times, and hit all of 225 last year. In his prime, his was a feared bat in the lineups of the teams that he played for.
The Mets are clearly looking for lightning in a bottle here, because this move won't cost them much.

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Neo, it's always interesting to me how the collapse of 64 still casts a shadow in Phillie history. The franchise ultimately buried it in 1980 (on the heels of tough losses in the NLCS of 76-77-78, where 77 in particular hurt with conceivably a blown call costing them Game 3) and again this past year but I guess the person of Gene Mauch, who would experience even greater heartbreak trying to win the first pennant in 1982 and 1986 is what still lends it, its overall sense of Greek tragedy.

I'm watching the first New Yankee Stadium exhibition game where three home runs have given them a 7-4 lead and tomorrow I intend to be leaving at 8:30 AM for the 1:00 PM start since if they open it early for us to look around the place I want to take advantage of that! My disposable camera for the day is purchased and I will post the images in this thread eventually.

 
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