My Saturday with Captain Clutch

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So this is what I did yesterday. Spent a day at the ballpark and witnessed another remarkable moment, or series of moments, another whole boatload of memories.

When I tally up my career, yesterday is going to be one of the top five or six or, certainly, 10 days I’ve had the good luck to have covered.

And I got to thinking. Derek Jeter reminds me an awful lot of some of my favorite all-time Rangers — Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves.

First, he’s the captain. Or The Captain. And you know who that is. A guy with a knack for the dramatic, a guy who responds to pressure, a guy who, at the biggest most crucial times comes up with his biggest performances.

Second, he wears No. 2, a homegrown guy who never wanted to play anywhere but New York, and who wanted to spend his whole life here, and a guy who was so instrumental in all the success his team had (although the Rangers’ No. 2 was asked to leave).

Third, he reminds me of No. 9, the guy who just appreciates all he has, all he does. A guy who will do anything to win. And a guy who, away from the arena, is the type you admire. You tell young kids watching to make sure they appreciate this guy, because these don’t come along very often. They do the right thing, say the right thing, carry themselves in the right way, and put the team ahead of themselves.

And I’ll say this about Jeter. He’s not the greatest ballplayer ever. He may not even be the best on his current team (Mariano Rivera will probably be more of a slam-dunk Hall of Famer; Don Mattingly might have been a better all-around player) but Jeter is the most meaningful Yankee since Mickey Mantle.

More, even though his stats are declining, and his range has diminished, and people think he won’t ever hit near .300 again and maybe he shouldn’t even be the leadoff hitter in the second half of this Yankees season, I say this: Pretty much any serious contender in baseball, or teams that hope to contend, would be better off this year with Jeter as their shortstop than the guys they have playing short right now.

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  1. the real captain is messier. followed by cally

    baseball sucks. however jeter is clutch

  2. Hey Carp, I was there too. My first time at the new Stadium. Got the tix as a Father’s Day gift. What a great day. I cracked up when they put Captain Clutch up on the ribbon, i think it was after hit #5.

  3. Please don’t turn this into a Yankee blog…they have enough bandwagon fans and baseball needs a serious fix (CAP).

  4. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    In the usual ranger fashion I had tickets for Friday night’s game.. Oh Well .
    You can’t deny Jeter’s flair for the dramatic..

  5. Carp, I guess these days are the trade-off in your career. Sometimes, over the years, covering the teams becomes drudgery, BUT, you’re “in the building” for major sports accomplishments!! And of course, more so than us fans, you get to rub elbows with our heroes!! Pretty much the perks of the job. And what you say is right on; as much as some media and fans want to minimize what Derek Jeter is as a player today, I bet half of the teams in MLB would love to have #2 as their shortstop right now. Also right on is your comparison to Gravy. Jeter is the type of athlete Dad’s would want their sons to emulate. No doubt, whether you’re a Yankee hater or not, Jeter just does it right!!

  6. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    quick hits:
    -congrats to Jeter…I hate the Yankees.
    -last baseball comment…no salary cap makes a Byfuglien joke of the league/sport

    I am so looking forward to the next 3 signing announcements….going to be interesting to see what Cally/Dubie get, what cap room we got left if any, etc

  7. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    And This One Will Last A Lifetime July 10th, 2011 at 7:59 am
    quick hits:
    -congrats to Jeter…I hate the Yankees.
    -last baseball comment…no salary cap makes a Byfuglien joke of the league/sport

    Yankees are winner no doubt about it.. The rangers only wish they the success the Yankees have and had and as far as the salary cap goes .. it would be ok if the NHL didn’t have one.. right ?

  8. And this one – Figure both Cally and Dubinsky are going to fall in the $4 million range, plus or minus $500,000. I say $8.5 million gets them both signed. Boyle is a bit of a wildcard. They’re going to pay him at least as much as Rupp, so probably $1.75 million. Maybe $2 million. Either way, I see the Rangers walking away with about $2 million in cap space, according to capgeek.com. I don’t think that’s with Redden’s contract factored in.

    Orr(from the last post) – I really wanted Esposito, but when Cherepanov dropped like he did, I had no problem with the pick. Such a bummer. And to think: He might have been the missing winger on the line with Richards and Gaborik. I always wonder what might have happened if the Rangers might have convinced him to come over to play juniors. He would still be alive today. What a tragedy.

  9. Morning gang.

    Not a Yankees fans (my loyalty lies with the Mets), but I have always respected Jeter. A darn good ballplayer who played his best under pressure. If that isnt’t a textbook definition of clutch, I don’t know what is.

  10. Didn’t Messier score his 500th goal with a hat trick and empty-netter? Or am I thinking of something else?

  11. In all honesty Carp, I thought you were talking about spending a day with Drury (with the sarcastic title), then I saw the picture of Jeter.

  12. Amen, Carp. And THANK YOU for talking about Jeter. He performs when necessary, always pulls through and has been an outstanding Yankee.

  13. Want to know where Richards was when he signed his contract??

    According to SNY…

    _Brad Richards officially signed his nine year contract at James Dolan’s July 4th BBQ. Sean Avery was with Richards when he signed the contract_

    If that’s not bad luck, then I don’t know what is!!!

  14. bull dog line on

    Messier scored his 500th against Calgary on an off wing wrister. goalie in net, and goal was a hat trick goal. I think the one you are thinking of Carp, was when he passed Howe. that was an empty netter.

  15. bull dog line on

    Jeter is a lot like Marc Staal. I’ll explain.
    the fans that like Jeter really overrate how good he is, and the fans that don’t like him really underrate how good Jeter is. I think that is the same with Staal.

  16. Did Jeter ever win a Little League World Series? Does he own a pizza place? Clutch? Does he own a Clutchmobile? He does Ford commercials!

  17. eddie eddie eddie on

    carp – i mentioned this yesterday, but Horace Clarke is the GREATEST yankee EVER

  18. Freddy Hamptons on

    Enough of the Yankees talk….. this is a hockey blog right…. We know Jeter is good and we know he was going to get to 3k….. NOW MOVE ON ALREADY!!

  19. Afternoon, ‘heads!

    Carp, glad you enjoyed the moment. Wish I could join the discussion. But I know very little about the baseball and it’s history.

  20. I can’t stand the Yankees. Any day the Yankees lose is a good day in my mind but I am very happy for Jeter. He is a Class Act and Clutch is his middle name.

    Now, back to hockey. :)

    Good afternoon, ilb.

  21. Hey, Marjie. The nails need to fully recover before October. No offseason surgery, I hope? Just a little massage, some sun. Acupuncture, perhaps?

  22. eddie eddie eddie on

    horace clarke also played hockey…he was a tremendous left winger in his day….

  23. LinCalPrustBoylahan© on

    Happy Sunday ‘Heads

    not a yankees fan but congrats to Derek Jeter on his milestone. Carp, I too thought you meant you spent some time with Drury lmao!! Gotta say, Jeter’s done it the right way, smart not to marry while he’s still playing, won’t have to divy up his multi millions to some chick looking for a quick payday!

  24. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    Morning ILB and alll!!

    Mickey
    your non deli excitement indicates to me the deli is no longer there?

    I’ll be honest here, I absolutely hate baseball and could care less about the players or the yankees. Tho only baseball team I even notice is the Rangers because every time I see a blurb about them, I think of our boys. That guy Hamilton that plays for them sure seems to endure…

    Jeter seems like a decent guy, so great for him and I think it is great for you Carp that it was a super moment for you.

    Acupuncture is AWESOME!!!

    Manny?

  25. Carp, I’m happy that you were able to witness such a great moment in NY sports history. The way Jeter did it made it so very special (5 for 5…wow!). And, how about the story of the kid who gave the homerun ball back to Jeter? He stood make at least a few hundred grand $$ on that ball. Only in NYC. Class all around…he’s the real Captain Clutch…

    I’m a Yankees fan but I don’t talk baseball here out of respect to the Boneheads. I have no problem hating on the the NBA here though ;)

    And, Jeter always has the hottest girlfriends…Minka Kelly (Wow!)

    A-Ro(i)d…not so much…

    Ok, back to hockey…who’s going to center Avery and play opposite wing on the top line?

  26. Johnny LaRue on

    Jeter reached this milestone because of what he learned from G.L. Costanza many years ago…

    “Guys, hitting is not about muscle. It’s simple physics. Calculate the velocity, v, in relation to the trajectory, t, in which g, gravity, of course remains a constant. It’s not complicated.”

  27. ilb, my nails have been doing well (except for July 1/2 when B Rich cost me one nail). I will be in great shape for the season.

    Anyone out there with a literary interest in things, who lives in the NY metro area, you must see the Centennial Exhibit at the NY Public Library on 5th @ 42nd St. Check out the library site at http://www.nypl.org for details.

  28. WOW! Is Brazil National team a Pissburgh Penguins of the women’s soccer?? Unbelievably bad calls against US team all game long!

  29. agreed 100% carp…..and all four are class acts….and im so happy and appreciative I got to witness jeter and leetch’s (my favorite ranger ever) whole careers….

  30. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    I still think cally should get staal dollars in arby and dubi should get around 3 to OPG dollars in arby.

    speaking of which, I meant to bring this up the other day…I don’t hate OPG, I feel about him the same way I felt about drury, Over Paid. I didn’t despise drury like some, I thought he did a good job for what he was, he was just overpaid badly. OPG does a decent job and if he made 1.5 mil per season, it wouldn’t be an issue. Right now for what sauer signed for OPG looks even more OPG!! I’d take sauer in a heartbeat over OPG and I think sauer should play more than OPG.

    That being said, if someone asked OPG at his current pay or kaber-la…duh, I’ll take OPG, same if it was pitkanen, or poti, or the list goes on that there are a lot of d men that I would take OPG over even at his current salary. But I would take orpik or letang or chara or bieksa or a lot of d men over OPG as well. I don’t hate the guy, hate his salary!

    Hope that clears up the OPG issue for some of you!

    The bad ruutu is still an UFA

  31. Hey Carp- I’m at my mother’s in Harrison and just had the pleasure of reading one of your articles in the actual printed form for the first time in like 3 years lol. Great write up on Jeter. Seriously. I enjoyed it.

  32. USA!!!!USA!!!!USA!!!!

    USA ties it up with minute to go in extra time!!

    USA!!!!

    Penalty kicks! Put on ESPN, guys!

  33. LinCalPrustBoylahan© on

    Hey all youse new yorkers… when the hell did carvel ice cream cakes become MAYBE only an inch high??? I feel like we was robbed last night on my ice cream cake! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  34. JimboWoodside on

    “quick hits:
    -congrats to Jeter…I hate the Yankees.
    -last baseball comment…no salary cap makes a Byfuglien joke of the league/sport”

    My sentiments exactly!

  35. Carp- Mess scored 498 499 and 500 against the Flames at MSG. Did it by mid game too

  36. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    orr
    I think he could be paired with staal and I’m not impressed with the body surfer, I just think he is overpaid, like everyone that says volchenkov is overpaid!

  37. I just think that, if you put Sour Power against Crosby, OvechCANT, Stamkos, etc, he’s going to look the same, defensively, if not worse, than Girardi.

    Girardi is capable of more than Sour Power too, which is why he gets more money. The only thing Sour Power does that Girardi doesn’t do, is fight.

    I’m positive the majority of the teams in the NHL will gladly pay Girardi what he’s making now, if not more, to have him on their team.

  38. And I’m not saying Sour Power is a bad d-man. He’s solid, and I love the guy, but everything everyone says aboot him, they said aboot Girardi, during his rookie year when he *wasn’t* going against the top lines in the NHL.

    Trade Girardi, replace him with Sour Power, and in three years, NYR fans might say the +same+ things they’re saying aboot Girardi now, complaining aboot Sour Power, aboot how he’s overpaid, he can’t defend a 2 on 1, etc. That’s just the way it goes.

  39. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    orr
    I agree most would take him at what he makes now, I mean kaber-la. pitkanen, jovo, and hamrlik all got basically 3.5 mil plus per season, so obviously to most of us the scale is skewed. So trade the guy then. He is a lighter hitting version of volchenkov and that is it.

    He showed that he is lost when not paired with staal…not sure that is what we really need, an overpaid body surfer that can only play with one partner, but I agree it could be worse!

  40. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    That being said, you and the organization seem to be correct in your analysis and I am in the minority on this issue, so good on you bro!

  41. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    because he is on the team (sorry hit enter too soon)!

    later assens!

  42. I don’t think he’s lost without Stahl. Everyone has bad games, here and there, even players like Lidstrom. It happens.

    He’s not inconsistent. He’s never consistently inconsistent. He’s constantly consistently inconsistently consistent, continuously.

  43. Afternoon gang.

    Had to go to church and the store.

    Wicky and Jimbo, I actually did NOT go looking for it yesterday. I wound up at Jiffy Lube for about an hour (and they soaked me $200 for an oil change and work on my radiator), then headed to the mall and the movies. It was after 6 when I got out so I scrubbed the deli search til next weekend.

    Jeter and Leetch, two classy, #2s

  44. I can’t fairly compare Girardi and Sauer because they are very different players. They each bring something different to the table. That said, if Sauer was put on the top pairing with Stahl, I don’t think he would struggle or look out of place handling it…he played +a lot+ of quality minutes last season…

  45. JimboWoodside on

    Hi, Mickey – sorry about your expensive Jiffy Lube experience….. :-(

    I hope you find it next weekend – but if you don’t, try one of the places that I sent you the links to. The one with the Carnegie pastrami looks promising – if I was in St. Loo, I would give it a try myself, definitely!

  46. Thanks,Jimbo. I have them all saved in a document so those are definitely on my list to find.

  47. JimboWoodside on

    I like Girardi AND Sauer – and I wish I could watch them playing some meaningful games right now! Bring on the new season, already!!

  48. JimboWoodside on

    Very good, Mickey – if I was there in the Gateway City, I’d join you for a big sandwich! :)

  49. *one a day *,
    Your fight was already finished by KO, 5 counts ago. What the matter, still can’t regain consciousness or your personal stretcher is late?

  50. Dantherangerfan on

    I’m sorry but a class act doesent except a ball worth a few hundred thousand dollars from a young fan whos in college debt and then minutes later say the ball didnt mean much. In his interviews he said he didnt think about even trying to get the ball until someone mentioned it to him. Who says that. Then says he held the ball in his hand and it was just a ball like every other. JUST A BALL this kid did a great thing and gave you the 3000th hit ball thats worth gold and your too self centered to show a little thanks to the kid. He shook his hand showed no emotion and the yanks hooked him up with seats and bats and balls. But guess what the IRS Will be knocking at his door cause he has to claim that stuff. If jeter was a class act he would have done the right thing cut a check to the kid for the ball. He is a millionaire…Poor kid and I’m a huge yankee fan so it bothered me

  51. Carp, i enjoyed the article and agreed with most of it. BUT how is mattingly an all around better player than jeter? i love mattingly but he had 7 good seasons in his career, Jeter has had 15 seasons and is great all around as well. 3,000 hits, gold gloves, steals, some power, clutch in the post season and has dated 10 of the hottest girls on the planet. Jeter wins.
    Also how can you hint that Mariano is a sure bet first time hall of famer but Jeter isnt? that makes no sense.

    Stick to hockey!!!

  52. bull dog line on

    Orr,
    lets say you are the GM of the Rangers. a team offers you the scoring winger the Rangers need, but they say we have to have either Girardi or Sauer. which one are you giving up?

  53. Well, before I do anything, I demand NYR fans address me as ORR, the God of all GM’s.

    Then, I’m trading Girardi, because Girardi would fetch us a better player than Sour Power would, player for player.

  54. bull dog line on

    you did not answer the question, Orr the god of all GM’s.
    you are getting the same player back, the other team says either Girardi or Sauer, your choice. who is it going to be.

  55. It will still be Girardi. Sour Power is younger, cheaper, and I imagine this “scoring winger” will have a high price, so clearing cap space is important.

    It’ll be tough to part with Girardi, obviously, but Sour Power can possibly fill his skates.

    And like I mentioned earlier, Sour Power is a solid D-man, but if he goes against the top players in the NHL, he could do just as well as Girardi, or maybe worse.

    But, I got us a scoring winger, and Wicky is happy, so job well done!

  56. I hate baseball. If that’s all I had to watch, I would shoot myself. Congrats Jeter, wow I can’t believe I wrote that… ill make it up. Let’s go rangers!

  57. Wicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    Rather evasive answer, my guess was consider them both having the same salary and cap hit who would you trade. Thanks for being a great GM and considering my happiness in the deal

  58. Well, it’s one thing to say they’d fetch the same player, which I don’t think they would, but you can’t change their respective contracts.

    That’s just the way it goes.

    Either way it’s diced up, I’m still trading Girardi, as much as I like him. As God of all GM’s, it’s the smartest move.

  59. Sesame street just teaches children how to categorize and judge ppl. Plus its a pretty messed up place..

  60. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    is erskine an UFA? heard he has a hell of a shot!

  61. Good evening all!

    Not promoting baseball here, but the blogfather. Read his story in today’s paper here. http://tinyurl.com/69vp4cq

    Dan…I kind of disagree. First thing I thought when that guy caught the ball is, I hope he gives it back and doesn’t wrestle for money. Of course the team or Jeter could afford it, but it’s the principle. As I said earlier (yesterday?) I’d give the GWG puck from ’94 back if by some freak of physics and nature a scored puck could fly into the seats :)
    It’s called going the right thing and not being a greedy carcillo. Besides which, they gave him tons of stuff he can sell if he wants. I think he’s happiest with the box seats he got through the season and the moment.

    Whoa! Sorry, that is the longest non-hockey rant I’ve ever made here!

    LGR!!!!!!!

  62. Dantherangerfan on

    mama I agree he did the right thing. But I think it was like jeter expected it. Hes got the millionaire tainted view. This kid just gave you a ball thats valued as gold to many and the comments he made were down right a slap in the face to the kid whos in debt. 1961 roger maris broke home runs the fan that caught the ball offered it to maris. Maris said you caught it do what you like with it get the money for it. If i was the kid id go to a few games sell the rest to pay for what hes ganna owe the IRS when he claims everything. But as i said it was more jeters comments that irked me the most. Haa im done with my rant sorry guys!!!

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Watching Mickey mouse clubhouse and I must say, Pete is a greedy SOB.. Always wants to extort money from Mickey, Donald, et al.

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dan – I have to agree with you…..Jeter could have cut a check for 50K without batting an eye… And his comments were a tad cavalier.

  65. Dan, I hear you…but I think D’s comments may…giving the benefit of the doubt here…have been misconstrued.

    Jimbo, when I have ever not? :)

    one…WTB? am i missing something here? Given your screen name and your count down, you should have OD’d by now…..:)

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    THE PRUST will be the first player enshrined in the hall of fame and still be an active player….. This season, he could enter the triple 30 club…. 30 goals, 30 assists, 30 TKO’s

  67. …a hat trick lifetime….

    sorry, been a while. A faker, but so what. A dirty goal is still a goal.

  68. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Here is the call …..”They drop them. THE PRUST throws a left, right, left, another right, a left to the body…. Down goes carcillo, down goes carcillo, down goes carcillo…. The winner and still undefeated…….No. 8, from the ny rangers, THHHEEEEEE PRRRRRRRRUUSSSSSSTTTTT.”

  69. Dan, how do you know he isn’t doing it tomorrow? Quietly. He is a humble guy who doesn’t want it to be too official, doesn’t want too many people to know he is throwing his money around. How does anyone know that he isn’t calling this kid tomorrow and asking him whether this kid wants him to pay off his loans or he wants him to give the money to some charity instead? I’m not suggesting it’s going to happen. But I also don’t know if it isn’t.

  70. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tiki – what do you think about Avery, Richards, and Gabby playing together?

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb- jeter just sent me a check in response to my above post…. You nailed it, mate…

  72. warren, Mattingly in his prime was the best player in baseball. Bar none. Maybe you should stick to another sport. Rivera will get more votes on his first ballot than Jeter will. Try soccer.

    Jeter spent a lot of time with the kid before the two of them appeared before the cameras.

    Freddy, what big hockey news would you rather have discussed today? line combos?

    Johnny, are you the guy that put us in that Holiday Inn?

  73. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    I disagree that a player with measurably reduced defensive range, and with his hitting skills dramatically tailing off, should be maintained in the critically-important lead-off slot. You can get by on “emotion” for just so long. Here is a sobering fact: when the lead-off hitter in an inning reaches first base, MLB teams score an average of 7.5 runs per nine innings. When the inning lead-off hitter is retired, MLB teams score an average of 2.5 runs per nine innings. So that when your formerly efficient and productive lead-off hitter is about done, hesitation to make the mandated change, for sentimental reasons and from the delusion that he can recapture his youthful skills, is Death Valley to a team’s championships hopes.

    As compelling and seductive as the Derek Jeter “larger than life” Hollywood saga is, the Yankees must come to grips that any edge they concede to the Boston Red Sox could be the difference-maker in their upcoming post-season show down. Now that Jeter has his 3,000 hits, it is time to bring team-first considerations to the fore. From here on Jeter becomes an albatross the Yankees need to work around, while at the same time not tarnishing his image or their P.R. standing. Very tough juggling act, but one which coould undermine this entire season if they botch it, badly.

    Jeter was great – Jeter is done, is where we are right now. To pretend otherwise is to invite disaster.

  74. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    I hate baseball and basketball, but the way I see it is this blog is a great big family and if baseball or whatever is the topic of the day and you don’t like it, constructively post about other things. If you can not do that, well, maybe you just shouldn’t say anything and leave family matters to family!

  75. Speaking of other sports. Another NFL player was arrested. He was drunk, he got into a bar fight, and resisted arrest.

    Oh yeah, and another NFL player was pulled over for a DUI.

    Just another day in the National Felons League.

  76. Amen, wicky. Speaking of baseball. Has anyone checked how the Mets are doing? Bet you they’re still 5-12.

  77. Oh, I got it, *one a day* is actually “ones a day” , poor thing – got urination problem, can do it just once a day, but the whole day, drop by drop and count’em to not get asleep in a process.

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    I can’t help shaking the feeling that Slats will trade for a veteran defenseman. A quick look around the league tells me we will either trade for Hal Gill, Jaro Spacek, Willie Mitchell, or Sean O’Donnell. Either that or signing Brent Sopel.

  79. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    carp and 4ever,
    You guys didn’t know, one a day works for dolan and apparently dolan is paying richards in singles. So one a day has been counting them and putting them in stacks of fifty to pay richards salary.

  80. Fear the Beard is a big thing in San Fran cause of Brian Wilson’s beard. which I must say that any hockey player would be proud. Only thing is that The Beard Fears Pust.

  81. eddie eddie eddie on

    The Mick said in an interview that “Horace Clarke was the greatest player that he ever saw….” when asked, better than Joe D? ted williams?….The Mick said that the one player he would want at bat with the chance to win…none other than #20, Horace Clarke…

  82. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    apparently Jimbo has to be here for the debauchery to start!!

  83. eddie eddie eddie on

    mickey – wicky just wants to flirt…i am interested in going steady…would you wear my letterman’s jacket?

  84. eddie eddie eddie on

    i see we have kenny albert tweeting now…someone should ask him if Marv still bites him

  85. eddie eddie eddie on

    i bet when marv was a kid, he went thru those wax teeth candy like there was no tomorrow….

  86. one a day,
    it was already, you start to repeat yourself, lack of concentration, buddy? Advice to you, little dripping machine, change a gasket – you’re leaking, don’t you notice?

  87. eddie eddie eddie on

    ……eddie at the line going for 6 in a row…………….ksssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh….

  88. eddie eddie eddie on

    mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?…….why that is easy mickeym ….the 3 eddies are the fairest of them all…..

  89. eddie eddie eddie on

    …on another note, there are 3 wild bunny rabbits out in my backyard as i type…eating grass…very cute….

  90. eddie eddie eddie on

    mickeym – alas my maiden, hurt thee not…..my intentions are indeed honorable…..well…sort of….

  91. eddie eddie eddie on

    i will whisper in your ear and tell you tales of heroic adventure…..come to me my darling

  92. eddie eddie eddie on

    come with me on my magic carpet…i will take you places you have never been……you dont have a curfew do you?

  93. eddie eddie eddie on

    have some wine…..feta cheese…….i will hold you in my arms as we eat…

  94. eddie eddie eddie on

    …then we shall go into the hot tub and watch the stars as i read poetry….

  95. eddie eddie eddie on

    i acknowledge that my reality exits between the realm of what is and what can be, ergo, the now and then lay entwined among the shadows of all that is seen and unseen….

  96. eddie eddie eddie on

    i will make up other brilliant pieces of non-sensical jibberish as we walk along the sands of time….

  97. eddie eddie eddie on

    i will also type into the night alone in my thoughts as all others enter their slumber….but i am comforted by knowing what i know and realizing what i realize is more than most will ever…thus, tis be done will be done…

  98. eddie, you took my mind away to distant lands with your words…. such a romantic… alas, I must leave you now to sleep in order to be somewhat awake for work on the morrow… til then.. :)

  99. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    “Eddie” is not a romantic name. You should change it to “Eduardo.”

  100. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    When people say “It’s the principle,” it’s not – it’s the MONEY that is the principle!

  101. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    If hitting were not about “Muscle,” Woody Allen would rank up there with Babe Ruth as the two greatest sluggers of all time. And if Babe Ruth had been built like a toothpick, he would have been a sensational movie director. lol

  102. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    For NINE years Horace Clark dragged the Yankees offense down by batting lead-off. Bill James wrote volumes about Ralph Houck’s insistence on leading off with little middle infielders who could not hit and would not take the walk to help the team. Bill James ranks Horace Clark among the Worst ballplayers of all time. The Yankees won nothing during the Horace Clark years. But let’s get a big assist to “The Major” for being dumber than cement as a manager.

  103. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    And by the way, The Mick was having fun with that reporter. Mick had a great tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. He put of lot of big town “sophisticated” reporters on, and they fell right into it. He was not such a dumb-arce Okie plow boy after paling around with Billy and Whitey for a few years.

  104. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    My God, what dreadful career numbers: Horace Clark, lifetime, 10 years in New York and a cup of java in San Diego…

    BA .256 OBP .308 SLG. .313. Of course the standards of excellence are a .300 BA, a .400 OBP, and a .500 SLG. Horace Clarke was positively atrocious, yet The Major penciled him in at the top of the lineup for nine-10 years. That makes The Major the original version of Charlie Manuel, who wouldn’t know a ballplayer from a circus elephant if he saw one.

    The worst Clarke which stands out is his .308 OBP. It is derelict for a manager not to be able to find a lead-off hitter who is over .350 OBP, if he wants his team to be competitive.

    Horace Clarke over Joe D. and Teddy Ballgame with the game on the line? Mick was kidding but since he was a “Big Town God” the morons down at the Post took his every word as gospel. Shame on them, they should been vending newspapers, not writing columns in them.

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