Who’s The Greatest NY Athlete Ever?

Even though I’ve lived in California for a long time, I still subscribe to New York magazine. Can’t help myself. I love their articles, and the recent one in which Will Leitch asked a panel of experts (including Al Leiter) whom they thought qualified as New York’s Greatest Athlete Ever was one of my faves. Among the candidates:
Joe Namath
Lawrence Taylor
Patrick Ewing
Phil Esposito
John McEnroe
Babe Ruth
Lou Gehrig
Joe DiMaggio
Willie Mays
Derek Jeter
It’s a really interesting article and I urge people to read it if they haven’t already – and then weigh in. A case was certainly made for Jeter, Gehrig and Ruth but Mays had one very loyal supporter. If they had asked me, I’d have said “Mariano Rivera,” but I’m not objective when it comes to him.
Turning to present day events, it appears that Rafael Soriano will be officially introduced by the Yankees tomorrow. I’ve read so much about his temperament; how he refused to pitch more than one inning for the Rays and had hissy fits about this or that. We don’t need divas on this team, so if he pulls any crap I have no doubt that the aforementioned Mo will take him aside and gently but firmly explain the facts of life in Yankeeville.

Is the Pujols/Cardinals Marriage on the Rocks?

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While I’ve been busy moaning about Andy Pettitte and the state of the Yankees’ starting rotation, I’ve completely neglected the little drama happening in the middle of the country where Albert Pujols continues not to have a new deal with the Cardinals. According to Ken Rosenthal, the detente won’t become Jeter-like in terms of antagonism….in his opinion.

“This will not be Derek Jeter, Part II. Pujols is in the prime of his career, not nearing the end. He remains under contract for 2011 with a full no-trade clause. The Cardinals will not snipe at him. He will not snipe at them.

Oh, really? Did anyone think the Jeter negotiations would be anything less than civil? Tough, yes, but not unpleasant. My point is that despite Pujols’ sunny demeanor and the Cardinals’ high regard for him, business is business and things have a way of turning ugly when it comes to dollars and cents (or, in this case, millions and millions). I hope for Cardinals fans (that would be you, Jeff) that we’ll be reading a happy announcement soon and all will be well in the heartland.

Six Out Of Eight Isn’t Too Shabby

My predictions for the Golden Globes weren’t perfect but they were pretty good. I missed calling “The Social Network” for Best Picture/Drama (I went with “The King’s Speech”) and I picked Johnny Depp instead of Paul Giamatti in the Best Actor/Comedy category, but otherwise I was right on the money. Who wasn’t on the money was Ricky Gervais as the show’s host. I enjoy snark as much as the next person, but he was repulsive. There’s no need to make everyone in the room feel uncomfortable, and that’s what he did with his mean-spirited “jokes.” I doubt very much if he’ll be back next year.

My dinner was a hit: grilled steak, roasted potatoes, zucchini/tomato gratin, Caesar salad and the same chocolate cake I made for Thanksgiving.
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Meanwhile, I see the Jets beat the Patriots. I don’t follow football, but congrats to the Jets fans among us. 
As for the Yankees, maybe this will be the week we hear from Andy Pettitte? Oh, wait. I forgot. I’ve already said goodbye to him and vowed not to mention him again. My bad. I guess I haven’t gotten him out of my system after all.

My Golden Globe Predictions

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I love award shows, and the Globes are one of my favorites because the actors get to drink, which causes them to say bizarre things instead of the usual scripted banter. And this year Cher has a nominated movie, so there’s a chance we’ll see an outfit that’s a little off-center.
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I’m having friends over to watch, but in the meantime I thought I’d offer my predictions in the movie/acting categories. These picks are not necessarily the ones I want to win, but those I think those wacky foreign press people will choose.
Best Motion Picture: Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Winner: The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Drama
Halle Berry: Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman: Rabbit Hole
Natalie Portman: Black Swan
Jennifer Lawrence: Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams: Blue Valentine
Winner: Natalie Portman
Best Actor: Drama
Jesse Eisenberg: The Social Network
Colin Firth: The King’s Speech
James Franco: 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling: Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg: The Fighter
Winner: Colin Firth
Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist
Winner: The Kids Are All Right
Best Actress: Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening: The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway: Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie: The Tourist
Julianne Moore: The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone: Easy A
Winner: Annette Bening
Best Actor: Comedy or Musical
Johnny Depp: Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp: The Tourist
Paul Giamatti: Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal: Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey: Casino Jack
Winner: Johnny Depp
Best Supporting Actress: Motion Picture
Amy Adams: The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter: The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis: Black Swan
Melissa Leo: The Fighter
Jacki Weaver: Animal Kingdom
Winner: Melissa Leo
Best Supporting Actor: Motion Picture
Christian Bale: The Fighter
Michael Douglas: Wall Street Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield: The Social Network
Jeremy Renner: The Town
Geoffrey Rush: The King’s Speech
Winner: Christian Bale
We’ll see how well I did tomorrow night!

Pretty Soon It’ll Seem Like Old Times

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ESPN announced their lineup of Sunday night games the other day, and their second one of the season – the April 10th contest – will be Yankees/Red Sox at Fenway. I realize it’s still January but seeing that actual games will be played on actual dates makes the start of the 2011 campaign seem more real, doesn’t it? Like it’s really happening? It does to me.
Of course, while certain aspects of Yankees-Red Sox will seem like old times (the “Yankee suck” chants, the lusty boos for A-Rod and Tex, the presence of familiar villains like Pedroia and Youkilis), it’ll be interesting to see how newcomers Crawford and Gonzalez play into The Rivalry. And it’ll be weird not to have Joe Morgan and Jon Miller to kick around anymore. 
The good news is that spring really is around the corner, despite this photo that Friend of the Blog John (aka ooaooa) sent me of his picturesque, snow-covered backyard. Gotta love his taste in barns.
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Maybe I’m Psychic?

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Well? I did predict unequivocally that the Yankees would sign Rafael Soriano despite Cashman’s statement that he would not give up a draft pick, didn’t I? Yes, I did. On January 8th, I wrote:
“I predict that the Yanks will, indeed, end up signing Rafael Soriano….Despite Cashman’s comments about staying “in-house” for the eighth inning and trying to avoid an expensive LaTroy Hawkins/Kyle Farnsworth-type flop, Soriano is no Hawkins/Farnsworth. He’d fit the bill just fine.”

Now the deal is reportedly done and Soriano will be in pinstripes after all. Is it a perfect signing? No deal is perfect. We lose the draft pick. We risk being stuck with a guy who’s been injured. We paid (or, rather, overpaid). And, according to Paul Lebowitz, we’re getting a reliever who “gacks up” big games. But I’m happy right now. Cashman is alive and well and taking action, as opposed to watching every available player land with another team. Our bullpen will be stronger with Soriano than without him. He gives Girardi more flexibility as a bridge to Mo or even as a substitute for Mo (God needs his rest too). It’s not our money, it’s the Steinbrenners’. And maybe this Hot Stove move will lead to others, just like when I shop online for one item and end up buying way more.


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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

“Pettitte is choosing not to pitch in 2011, but the Yankees are — as they’ve been all winter — waiting for Pettitte to let them know something official. He’s leaning toward retirement, and he’ll let them know if that situation changes.”
This was courtesy of the LoHud Yankees blog today. I realize there’s been no news in Yankeeville, but the Pettitte saga is starting to remind me of a Saturday Night Live routine. Every few days somebody either has a conversation with him or texts him or talks to a friend of a friend of his, and the message that comes back is always the same. He’s leaning toward retirement. The Yankees shouldn’t hold their breaths for his return. If he decides he wants to pitch at some point, he’ll give everybody a call.
Here’s what I think about this matter: If Pettitte wants to retire, HE SHOULD RETIRE ALREADY. I won’t be happy about it, but I won’t fall apart either. In fact, unless something changes, I’m officially bidding Andy goodbye tonight. I’m going to watch old footage of him winning big games. I’m going to think lovely thoughts about all the ways he made being a Yankee fan so special. I’m going to picture him joking with him teammates in the dugout. Here’s to you, Andy. Thanks for the memories. I’ll always love you. xxoo She-Fan
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Premiering Tonight On Comedy Central…

With absolutely nothing going on in Yankeeville, I think the Onion’s new show parodying ESPN will be the perfect way to fill the void and I intend to watch the show’s debut tonight. The folks at the Onion always deliver laughs. Remember this vid about the new Yankee Stadium?
“Artisan crafted sunflower seeds dispensers.” LOL. “Gazebo covered on-deck circles.” HAHAHA. If the new show is half as funny as this spoof was, I’ll have a very enjoyable evening. 

Felix Hernandez Really Needs To Be A Yankee

And not just because every fan would worship at his feet. He needs to be a Yankee because he’d get to star in better commercials. I mean nothing against the Mariners but he’d be able to endorse cars like Jeter or suits like Mo. He wouldn’t have to participate in ads like this, although he does seem very sweet.
The only thing I can’t figure out is why does the commercial feature the Rockies? Is Interleague play that big a deal in Seattle?

A Reality Show Called “Cleat Chasers?” Seriously?

Somehow, I missed this. I guess it was because I’m not a regular reader of that trusted news source RadarOnline.com

EXCLUSIVE: New Reality TVShow About Major LeagueBaseball Groupies


Posted on Jan 07, 2011 @ 04:00AM  
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Move over Tiger Woods, it looks like some cheating major league baseball players are about to see their groupies on TV, thanks to a new reality show in the works.

RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that casting in now taking place for a show about Baseball Annies, slang for women who stop at nothing to hook up with major league players – married or single.

The show has the working title of Cleat Chasers and casting is in full swing by Get Some Media. A source familiar with the production told us it will feature women who know every trick to score with the pros.

“It’s a reality show about girls who stop at nothing to score with athletes while they are away from their wives and girlfriends during baseball spring training,” a source close to casting told RadarOnline.com exclusively. “It’s about girls that have gone pro in the sport of ‘cleat chasing.’”

Scottsdale, Arizona — the home of spring training for many major league teams — is a front runner to host the show and several women from there have already been cast.

“The girls will go to any lengths to go to games and practices with the goal of sleeping with and getting material things from athletes as a notch under their belt,” the source told RadarOnline.com exclusively.

These Baseball Annies talk about receiving gifts and jewelry from their athlete conquests, and have tales of wild nights out and hotel stays.

“Some girls reside in Scottsdale and others   plan their vacations from other states around going to games to meet athletes at spring training,” the source said. “The girls map out what clubs, bars, and restaurants players go to so they can stalk them. These girls will do anything and are proud of it.

“So if you’re a single athlete it’s an amazing way to meet women and if you’re a married athlete it’s an amazing way to cheat on your wife. Almost every girl interviewed for the show has admitted that it’s not a concern of theirs if the athlete is married or not,” said the source.

The reality show will focus on the women and the ‘cleat chasing’ lifestyle more than the players and their participation, added the source. That, however, doesn’t mean players names haven’t been dropped by the ‘cleat chasers’ interviewed!

“The girls have named players — some that are famous and married, some single, and some players that are new to the game,” added the source. “And the production company is trying to figure out what’s true and what’s not.”

Let me comment, if I may. For one thing, I don’t watch reality television with one exception: “Chopped” on the Food Network. The second thing I want to say is aren’t people sick of shows like “The Housewives of Beverly Hil
ls” and its spin-offs that portray women as sleazy, gold-digging airheads? I’m not being all uppity about this; I wanted to date ballplayers when I was in high school and wrote about it in the She-Fan book. But this show just sounds gross. Like the world needs more gross.


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