Author Archives: Brian Mazo

Yankees miss Gardner more than you think

If you asked Nolan Ryan – both as a pitcher and as president of the Rangers – he would most likely say it’s a BS-number to look at, but to just about everyone else around the game of baseball these days, pitch count has become something like the National debt. As Yankee fans we need ...

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Yada, yada, yada…The Yankees bought their pennant

"Yeah, yeah," they'll bitch in Boston. "Bought another pennant," they'll lament in Los Angeles. And everywhere Yankee fans will take a long moment from celebrating number twenty-eight to have to have that same old, it's exhausted argument; this argument is so old and musty it should be hanging in a museum. Admittedly, it was valid ...

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease: May is National ALS Awareness Month

It’s probably the most famous speech a Major League Baseball player has ever delivered despite over seventy years of history been then and now. Delivered on the 4th of July from behind home plate at a sold-out Yankee Stadium, Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig’s words still ring out strong and lasting; we know how they go: "Fans, ...

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Yankee promotions 2012: the fine line between “giveaway” and “throw away”

When I was a kid I had to beg my Dad to take me to bat day at the original Yankee Stadium. I mean, down on the ground, promise to clean my room, mow the lawn, be nice to Mom kind of begging. These were the days when the South Bronx left a lot to ...

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Riding the Pine: The New York Yankees bench 2012

There’s one glaring omission in the Yankees bench this year: we are missing having that one, big bat looming in the late innings capable of changing a game with one mighty swing. In years past, hitters such as Daryl Strawberry, Jesse Barfield, Chili Davis and Jorge Posada have lay in wait; chomping at the bit ...

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YES MEN: The Yankees Broadcast Team 2012

Baseball announcers can sometimes be like a part of your team. We spend so much time listening to their descriptions and accounts of the game, their opinions and their stories that we equate their voices with the team on the field. The team may change from season to season, but many announcers are there in ...

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Leading off and playing shortstop, number two: Derek Jeter

I heard a new complaint about Derek Jeter this off-season. I was on a date with a very pretty brunette and she told me she was from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Of course, being a diehard Yankee fan, I said that the only thing I knew about her hometown was the Yankee Captain. When I said that, ...

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Tales of a Yankees fan living in diaspora

“Yankees suck, Yankees suck,” it’s a common chant, but for most of you Yankee fans, it’s something you probably only hear on TV. Me? Well, I’ve been living in what I like to refer to as the diaspora for much of the last fifteen years, so when I get to see my team play live, it’s in ...

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