The Yankees Mariano farewell tour stopped in Detroit over the weekend and the Tigers gave Mariano a present.
What was it? Was it an iPad? Chocolate covered strawberries?
Nope, the Tigers got him dirt. That is right, they got him dirt. It was dirt from old Tiger Stadium and dirt from the new Stadium.
Gee, thanks Tigers. I can't wait to put dirt somewhere in the house. We talked to one guy who we think came up with the idea.
"Yeah, they told me to think of ideas. I just bent down and grabbed some dirt. It makes me look like a cheap skeet, but what can you do." added a guy who may be a dirt collector.
We think that it was a lousy gift. Seeing if Mariano wanted dirt so bad, he could just bend over and pick it up himself.
There are many more stadiums on the tour this year. Perhaps Mo can get some grass clippings or trash next. Who knows!
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1960 ended badly for the Yankees, with the shocking demise at the hands of the heavy underdog Pirates, the forced retirement of Casey Stengel, and an elevation to Manager that Ralph Houk really didn't expect, or want.
Roger Maris, who in August was vying for triple crown, got hurt, then came back to fall off to a decent workmanlike .283 and a league leading 112 RBI, but his HRs fell off (he wasn't hitting in front of Mantle but behind him in 1960) and he hit none after Sept. 16th, to finish with 39, one behind teammate Mantle for the HR crown.
Mickey, on the other hand, had belted six in that same period to capture his fourth homer title, with 40.
So they were poised to roll in the series, but fate had another outcome.
In 1961, Ralph Houk went to Whitey Ford and asked him if he could pitch every 4th day, and he said, "Damned right I could!" So that was all set.
Then Houk told Mickey that they pitched around Roger quite often, especially if Mickey was on base, so because Mick was a switch hitter, he wanted him to bat 4th instead of third, and he reminded Mickey that he was the team leader, and that it might prove better for the "team". Mickey agreed.
Then, Roger got off to a terrible start (1 Hr in April), whereas Mickey jumped into the league lead (7 April HRs) and carried the team through the early part of the season.
Gambling Jim Stevens is about to lose $43,000.
He bet that the Yankees wouldn't win one game this year. As it stands right now, he is likely to lose that bet.
"I thought it was a sure thing. I mean with all of the injured Yankees, how could I not win?" he added as he is close to flat broke.
Since no team has ever lost every game, we have no idea how he thinks its a sure thing. Jim's wife left him 3 years ago when he put her in the pot during a poker game. Some stranger won her and she wasn't too happy.
"I guess I probably shouldn't have bet her, but I could have just as easily double my winnings. I love the buffet's in Vegas" he added as he was taking his watch off as part of the payment.
We are sure glad the Yankees might get a win. We don't want to jinx it.
The Yankees are off to a dismal 0-2 start and fans everywhere are already angry.
Derek Tantrum is already excited for next year.
"Bring on 2014. Im sick of losing. Good thing i'm also a fan of the Nationals."
Seems a bit quick to be giving up.
Can the Yankees avoid the sweep tonight?
Sullivan Adams enjoys going to Yankee Stadium, but not when it is cold out. He is a pansy when it comes to the cold and Wednesday night was no exception. As some players were wearing short sleeves to look tough, Sullivan was wearing an Eskimo's outfit. He explains how idiotic it looks.
"I am a complete fool. There is no debating that. When I heard the weather would be cold, I panicked. Then I acted like a complete moron and spent $1300 dollars on winterized clothes. I will probably never wear them again, but I felt the need to do it. Like I said, I am an idiot."
Sullivan also spent a fortune on Yankees tickets this year.
"I am a professional floss tester. Surprisingly, I don't make a ton of money testing floss, so I make sure I go to every game to get my money's worth. That is why I am dressed up like a fool. I might look like a moron, but I am warm." he added
We weren't that surprised that a floss tester didn't make that much money, but we were surprised that he didn't realize that he spent $1300 on clothes he would wear once.
Anyway, why don't some players wear long sleeves? Makes no sense.
Robinson Cano just left his agent Scott Boras and signed with CAA and Roc Nation Sports, a new sports management company launched by Roc Nation founder Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter.
Since Jay-Z is getting into sports, we wondered if Cano was planning on getting into music, so we asked some random guy to give us insight.
“How the hell should I know?” Said a random man on the street. “I don’t even know who Jay –P is.”
Jay-Z is expanding his reach and investing in the right place. Cano is due a huge contract at the end of this year and we can only assume that Jay-Z will keep him in NY no matter what.
During the Winter, here at brongoblin.com,readers were treated to a link to the famous Abbott & Costello routine whose 75th anniversary is currently being celebrated.
It was 1938 that the comedian duo of impeccable timing first broadcast this on the radio. But then you might ask, "How did it get on video?"
In the 1950s, A&C were so popular that they had their own TV show (which included a character named "Stinky", played by Joe Besser, who also became one of the three stooges for a while). And they reprised this routine for TV viewers, which is where I first saw it!
Here it is once more, for those who only saw snippets on the TV news, this week - (from TV, here is an HD version - - Click Here )
Now, let's segue (pronounced segway) into the Yankees for 2013.
Who's on first? Teixeira
No, after Tex went down, it was Rivera, Johnson, & Murton. Then also Velazquez, Maruszak, & Overbay.
But as the season started, duh, it was Youkilis! (Rivera started off looking promising, but he couldn't catch a cold, much less a little white orb, coming at him. I mean, really, a scoop on balls in the dirt at first base is really a piece of cake because the throws tell you if they will skip straight or to one side.)
So Girardi had too many lefty bats and scrambled to get another one into the lineup - no disagreement there.
But the Yankees quietly sheltered CC, coming off surgery, and even if he said he was ready, the fact is that he has yet to ever win an opening day for the Yankees! The only pitcher I know who can pitch a half dozen innings during March and still be in top form as the season opens wears #42 and was sitting in the bullpen!