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A Day To Forget For The Yankees

By Rich Bauer

Some days just do not get any better, and yesterday, Friday the 14th of July, was the case for the New York Yankees.

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Jersey’s Derek Jeter

By Rich Bauer

When you think of superstars and New Jersey the first name that pops in your head is Bruce. I do not even have to print his last name do I?

Well, there is another superstar who is as well-known as Bruce. His ties to Jersey are not as long but they are deep and meaningful to who he is as a person and why he was so successful as the shortstop of the New York Yankees for 20 years.

Now batting # 2 DEERREKK JEETTAAR.

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Passing The Test

 

By Rich Bauer

Two weeks ago we wrote about the Yankees having a tough test ahead based on their schedule and their competition. Well, safe to say they passed with flying colors!

The Bombers came away with two wins against the Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays, and swept the defending World Series champion Cubs. Throw in last night’s win over the Cincinnati Reds and the Yankees sit at 21-9, the best record in baseball.

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The Lovable Losers

By Rich Bauer

Coming up this weekend is another interleague matchup of two pillars of Major League Baseball.

The lyrics of Take Me Out To The Ballgame are so appropriate for this series. The Yankees are in the Windy City for a three-game series versus the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. It’s very strange to write defending champions when the Cubs nickname for years was the “Lovable Losers”. The name was well earned as the organization had not won a National League Pennant in 71 years and ended a 108 year drought by winning the World Championship in 2016.

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By Rich Bauer
For the past few months whenever anyone talked or wrote about the Yankees and the 2017 season the youth movement came up early and often. Greg Bird this, Gary Sanchez that and the minor league system is one of the best in baseball. 
Well I guess veterans Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, CC Sabathia and Chase Headley said, “hey, what about us?”. They have let their play on the field do their talking for them. Each in their own way has stepped up, playing with an edge and contributing big to the Yanks fast start.

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By Rich Bauer
How about the Yankees winning six games in a row and jumping form last to second place in the American League East over the last week!
I’m a big fan of interleague play and have loved watching two great organizations like the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees hookup this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Both teams are pillars of baseball and have contributed mightily to America’s Game. Each is rich in tradition and excellence: the Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, more than any team in baseball history, while the Cardinals have won 11 world championships, second to the Yankees and the most in National League history.

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By Rich Bauer
Congratulations to the late George Steinbrenner, the best owner of any team in the history of sports. His $10 million purchase of the New York Yankees is now worth $3.7 billion. That is almost a 6,500 percent return on investment. Not even Met favorite Bernie Madoff could beat that return!

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The Yankees Need Someone To Step Up

By Rich Bauer

Unfortunately, the news surrounding the Yankees this past few days sounds like something from the military, “Next man up.” Thanks to a foot injury to Greg Bird, big Chris Carter steps in at 1st base and Austin Romine replaces Gary Sanchez behind the plate due to a bicep injury that will keep Sanchez on the DL for 10 days and out of the lineup till late in the month.

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The Biggest Sports Week of The Year

By Rich Bauer

The first week in April is one of the biggest sports weeks of the year. We have the NCAA hoops finals, major league baseball kicks off a new season, and the grand event of all, the Masters Golf Tournament begins.

Last year I made my first trip to Augusta and what a treat. So much history going back to 1933 when the club was founded by the legendary Bobby Jones. To be able to walk the same fairways as Presidents Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, Ford, Clinton and Bush, and to stand only steps away from greens that challenged the greats like Palmer, Nicklaus, Player and Woods, is nostalgic and exciting all at once.

Every hole has its own name, mostly named for local flowers. Hogan’s Bridge is named after Ben Hogan, one of the all-time greats and there is the infamous “Amen Corner”, holes 11, 12 and 13, which are the most picturesque and treacherous found anywhere in the world. 

Last, but not least, your visit is not complete until you have a Pimento Cheese sandwich ($1.50) and a Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwich ($1.00) for dessert. 

I love to play the game of the golf but I am not a big watcher of it on TV. I am not a big “bucket wish list guy” either but I will tell you, if you can land a ticket for the event, say yes and go, no matter what! You will be drawn in by the aura of this magical golf course, the players elevating their skills, the possible drama of a thrilling duel and, I promise, you will become a Masters fan.

If you don’t have a ticket, clear your family obligations, take care of all your chores and errands in the morning and find the time to watch the final two rounds of the weekend on your big screen with or without your favorite beverage (as well as with or without family and friends!). 

Congrats to the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina for winning the 2017 men’s College Basketball Championship. I do not know about you, but I found the final game tough to watch due to such poor shooting, way too many fouls called and too many commercials, making it difficult to stay up to midnight but I did tough it out.

Baseball Opening Day ceremonies are done and now the grind begins. Plenty of the so-called experts are handing the American League pennant to the Boston Red Sox on a silver platter. Me? I will never root for the Sox and let’s not forget about the Toronto Blue Jays who play in the same division, the defending AL champs, the Cleveland Indians and over in the west division you have the much improved Houston Astros, the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.

With the Devils missing the playoffs again the only good to come from that will be that their very talented radio play-by-play announcer will be out earlier and often chasing the little white ball and doing community service for the team. What a great call Tuesday night by Matt Loughlin on John Moore’s game-winning goal in OT.

Remember to find the time this weekend to watch the Masters on CBS and appreciate that there are very limited commercial interruptions, especially on Sunday, the final day of the event. I expect to see one one these players, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day or Henrik Stenson, coming up “Holly”, the 18th hole, battling to win the Green Jacket.

photo: Masters.com   

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