It’s official: Rangers re-sign Derek Stepan for two years, $6.15M


Derek Stepan today signed a two-year bridge contract worth $6.15 million. Stepan, 23, will not play in any preseason games and instead will join the team in Greenburgh after they return from their final preseason game, in Vegas, Friday.

Here is the official announcement from the NYR:


NEW YORK, September 26, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Derek Stepan on a new contract.

Stepan, 23, registered 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points, along with 12 penalty minutes in 48 games last season. He established career-highs in several statistical categories, including plus/minus rating (plus-25), game-winning goals (six), shorthanded assists (three), shorthanded points (four), and tied his career-high in power play goals (four). Stepan eclipsed the 40-point mark for the third consecutive season, on his way to leading the team in points and assists, and finished second on the Rangers in goals, power play goals, and power play points (10). He also led the team and tied for second in the NHL in game-winning goals, tied for the league lead in shorthanded points, and second in shorthanded assists.

The Hastings, Minnesota native established postseason career-highs in goals (four), plus/minus rating (plus-four), and game-winning goals (two) during the 2013 playoffs. He led the team in goals and game-winning goals, ranked second in plus/minus rating, and tied for fourth in points (five), while skating in 12 playoff contests. Stepan tallied the game-winning goal in Game 3 and Game 4 of their Conference Quarterfinal matchup against Washington, becoming the first Ranger to record the game-winning goal in consecutive playoff games since Adam Graves in Game 4 and Game 5 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The 6-0, 196-pounder has appeared in 212 career regular season games over three seasons, registering 56 goals and 84 assists for 140 points, along with 54 penalty minutes and a plus-47 rating. Last season, he skated in his 200th career NHL game on April 3 against Pittsburgh, recording an assist in the contest, and tallied his 100th career NHL point with an assist on January 26 against Toronto. In 2011-12, Stepan established career-highs in assists (34) and points (51), reaching the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career with two power play assists on March 30, 2012, against Montreal.

Stepan was originally selected by the Rangers as a second round choice, 51st overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He notched a hat trick while skating in his NHL debut on October 9, 2010, at Buffalo, making him the fourth player in NHL history, and first Ranger, to accomplish the feat. Stepan finished the 2010-11 season ranked fifth among NHL rookies in points (45), tied for fifth in goals (21), and seventh in assists (24).

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  1. Listening to some old Sam Rosen/John Davidson play-by-play, color, and what a pleasure compared to today’s Sam. He actually followed the puck, stick to stick.

  2. repost:

    carp, common man. I figure we are about the same age. I started following the rangers in the late 60’s couldn’t see them on tv because my father refused to pay for cable so we had the old uhf antenna thing going so I always listened to them on the radio, Marv albert to be exact. It was terrible that that happened but common man. Well, at least you didn’t jump ship like some of my friends did and became islander fans.

  3. Glad they finally signed Stepan. Now we can all stop begging for the deal to get done and get back to hating on him. :)

  4. Ray Ferraro was torching Sather this morning on the Stepan deal. I agree. Way to treat your number one center.

  5. grabby
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    he better bring it. cuz after watching tricky dic#ie ricky rocket for 2 games i’m already to put him on my wbm again

  6. tommy, we didn’t have cable until the 80s. I would watch road games on Saturdays, with Big Whistle and Gordon.

    but not until the very late 60s through early 70s.

  7. I said yesterday Stepan would sigh today or tomorrow.

    I have some stock tips which I would be happy to share thru my PAY-PAL account. 5% Discount for Bonafide Boneheads.

  8. ‘Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James? What were their names, tell me, what were their names.’

  9. I remember doing a story about the cable industry in the very late 70s, but we didn’t have it where I lived until the ’80s — when we got the Cubs and Braves games and fledgling USA Network and ESPN.

  10. Carp is 100% correct
    There was nothing like adjusting your rabbit ear antennas just in time to catch channel 9’s broadcast of the Rangers at the Bahston Garden at 1pm on Saturdays.

  11. Watching the Great Gretzky in the mid 80’s in high school while getting “free” calculus advice from an old teacher/friend, while eating the best pizza in town.

    He was the only person that had the dish when it first came out.

  12. yes, I do remember the Saturday games. I think it was channel 9 or 11 that broadcasted the ranger games.

  13. carp, believe it or not cable came out where I lived in 1970, 71, Suffolk County, LI. I remember I was mad because I couldn’t watch the 1st ali vs. frazier bout.

  14. Nicest thing about SAM, he had a teaching style that would embarrass your intelligence until it “stuck” with you. All homework revolved around the “big game” of the week.

    Miss the old guy. I ended up working for him for a couple of summers. We were friends in hockey and life until he passed away.

  15. boy if you think the garden ice is bad now just catch those old games on msg in the 70’s and 80’s. The puck had a hard time moving along the ice it was so bad, like skating on the great south bay after a little snow fall.

  16. He was good friend with Dean Blais, coach for the USA when Kreider, Stepan, & Kristo won the gold medal. Before that he was the coach of the Sioux, and before that he was a High School Hockey coach that Sam taught with.

    Sam NEVER missed a Sioux game, always sat on the bar stool were the Zamboni came out. And he had to drive 245 miles one way to get to that seat every home game.

    Those were the days playing cards with those boys :)


    Well, congratulations on the Step signing. Glad to have him back. Despite getting $3M less than our ‘star’ center, he’s a league better.

    Stay healthy and keep getting better, Step!!!!

  18. carp, I think your right. Rangers are over the cap right now, 294k. Looks like powe and asham are headed to Hartford. I don’t see anybody claiming those 2.

  19. sorry Carp. SAM was a “retired” teacher that bought a restaurant in my home town. He had the first dish we watched in ND. So when Calculus got to “tuff” he would help us out. Later it became more about the hockey & pizza, but he wanted in on what we were learning.

    When Blais high school hockey team would have to travel, the whole bus would stop and they had pizza on the house if they won.

    Good times.

  20. Manhattan watering holes did well when Cable wasn’t available outside of Manhattan, especially during home playoff games.

  21. have you guys seen any of the old-time shows on MSG lately? They have Giannone doing voice-over play by play on Harry Howell and Andy Bathgate games.

  22. Pouliot-Brassard-Nash

    Pyatt, Powe, Miller, Fast on the “HOT SEAT”

    Different group of line don’t you think?

  23. wow!!! head scratching move by Dolan, hence why the knicks will never win a championship while Dolan is the owner.

  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    At least Stepan will address our glaring need for size and grit…never mind, we’re screwed!!

  25. I love the honeymooners. They were on the other night. The episode with Ralph’s mother in-law, hilarious. YOU GOT A BIG MOUTH!!!!!!

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    WOR also covered road games on Tuesdays or Thursdays…. Home game were Sundays and Wednesdays back in the day…

  27. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I remember tuning in to RDS, Dad having a la fin du monde, poutine, the Nords flying up and down the ice…

    Sorry, wrong blog!!

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Great honeymooners episode when Ralph and Norton bought H 2 O, “pronounced Ho”, and Norton kept spilling it – Ralph screamed at him “you’re spilling the Ho, like it were water”

    Cracked me up

  29. With step in fold we go 2-6-1 on 9 gm road trip. His presence gets us an extra win from yesterday 1-7-1

  30. e3, that was one of the lost episodes.

    my favorites are the train to Minneapolis, and the one where Alice gets a job as a secretary … because in both of those, Ralph was thoroughly agitated throughout.

  31. Were there Problems with the Charp for IPAD users? I sent 2 G Rated comments that apparently never landed?

  32. Stranger Nation on

    Why ins’t Step playing tonight? Is he not in shape? This is ridiculous – what a diva! This is a terrible sign!

  33. “cooscoos
    Moore/Powe/Fast Not exactly the GAG line”
    actually, that is a gag line, I’m gaging thinking about it.

  34. Step will lag behind the play through the first 10 games, especially if the team try’s to play up-tempo. Then, just when I MF him to death here and advocate for his banishment ( see last year blog around game 10) he’ll start to turn it around.

    I hope he can skate faster now that he signed his big contract. because, the pace of play is about to pick up for the Blueshirts, right? Well, that’s what we were told by Sather. :)

  35. Steps: “If they want to give me three million, I’ll only give them three million worth of effort.”

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The raccoon lodge episodes were hilarious as well….for the caps alone…

    Amazing show. Nearly every scene in that tiny kitchen.

  37. actually, lucic through right hands early and often and than Rechlicz came back with left hands at the end with both fighters doing some damage, excellent fight though.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Plenty of toughness on the rangers…Brassard, hags, MDZ, MZA, Ritchie rocker, Stepan – virtually the broadway bullies

  39. We’re small, we’re soft, we’re slow and we have trouble scoring goals.

    Other than that, we’re okay.

  40. Great fight, Lucic vs. that sneeze-sounding guy.

    Rocking chair Richie?

    didn’t Dorsett fight in the playoffs? Maybe Gregory Campbell? Or somebody.

  41. papa bear, pretty much sums it up. That’s why I think the rangers will be on the bubble to make the playoffs. I think they will fight for that wildcard spot.

  42. ‘Good crowd out there tonight, boys, let’s really try to win this one.’

    ‘That man traveled fifteen hours by bus to say that?’

  43. Matty,

    According to mine and Eric’s most recent prognostications, ( forget about spelling, I’m not even sure if that’s a legitimate word) on or around November 12:

    “turn out the lights, the party’s over”

  44. more open system, team gives up more goals but still has problem scoring goals isn’t a good combination but than again the rangers haven’t had all there top 6 guys playing so it’s hard to tell exactly what this team is going to look like in a month.

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dorsett bloodied Campbell but good in their playoff bout.

    I wish Lucic was on our team….he is a man beast

  46. In honor of my good friend Pee Wee! (Aka Linda) I just want to say glad to see Stepan signed and “ching ching, bling bling!”

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Snow angels, the men with the Midas touch, they know so much, mr. Snow angels wah whah wah

  48. Everything Midas touched turned to gold. Worked out pretty well until he wanted to eat and pour himself a beer.

  49. “Do you really want to keep playing such a violent game, Derek?”

    “Better than slopping hogs, ma.”

  50. Instead of snow angels it looks like our D is now working on perfecting “the curtsy”. I reference the move of going down to one knee. Really noticeable the other night when Dan G did it on one of the goals. Brad Park would have “played the man” like his book title, we curtsy.

    But I do love our D, best its been one through six in a while.

  51. If we didn’t have Girardi and McDonuts last year and Hmrlik and the other goof ball had to be moved up, we don’t get 20 points.

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Seeeedub – plenty to like about our forwards too. Ritchie rocket/rocker could hit 100 this year (points, mph on skates, and his slapper from the point)

  53. Reggie Dunlop: ‘A hundred bucks of my own money to the first of my guys who really nails that creep.’

  54. Very true Coos.

    Lets just hope that they stay healthy or it’s Oh Brutha time. Our options get mighty slim at 7 and 8.

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Can someone please explain to me why hammer isn’t on the team? He is a top pair unto himself.

  56. We have a smart D. Not overly fast, quick or mean spirited (nasty). Usually play positions and move the puck well.

    One could argue the most mean spirited of the group is DelZaster.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – Pyatt smiles plenty… It’s that when he smiles on Tuesday, you don’t see it until Sunday.

  58. Johnny Moore loses another couple of teeth, comes back the next shift and bangs harder. Nice to see.

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gaborik 2013-14
    Games played 21
    Goals 2
    Assists 1
    Groin pulls 7
    Shoulder drama 64
    Other assorted injuries 53

  60. you guys were talking earlier about Giacomin returning to the Garden after being lost on waivers to Detroit. I had cable then, and watched the game. I was a bigger Villemure fan than Giacomin, but I had tears in me eyes. the game was on channel 6. which in those days was a big clock, until the Rangers or knicks came on.

  61. I honestly don’t think the Rangers are that far away from contending. they need a couple of bangers on both D and O.

  62. gaborik won’t score 40 this year because he won’t play enough games. Gaborik is the tin man, fragile as they come.

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bulldog – Eddie Eddie Eddie’s return was the NBC game of the week. It was very emotional. I have the MSG “great returns” show on DVR that I watch about once a month. Still gives me chills. Gilbert said it was surreal playing that game…

  64. Emile Francis could never make up his mind on which goalie to ride during the playoffs. maybe if they had stuck with one or the other they may have gotten a cup.

  65. Bull Dog, very valid point.

    Al Arbour the genius (s) started winning Cups with the Isles when he sat the wig killed the rotation and went solely with Smith.

  66. Did I ever tell you about the time I was in a small bar with Gilbert, DeBusschere and a couple of sportswriters? I can’t tell you because they’re all still alive and I value my life. I heard they send out Knuckles Nilan on small-time assignments.

  67. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Lost in all the excitement is that my Bonehead fantasy team improved significantly with the Franson and Stepan signings.

  68. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    First of all, most team wouldn’t want ALL of our D 1-6, some yes, but all no.

    This team is soft and small and Stepan doesn’t help at all.

    Dorsett fought twice in the Boston series and stomped Campbell and did well against a much larger and heavyweight class Thornton, but lost. Did earn him a hug from Thornton in the handshake line at the end of the series though.

  69. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dorsett will be a fan favorite me thinks. That trade was a steal as far as I’m concerned…

  70. A lot of regulars from last year still haven’t made it back. Hope they can find their way. The damn seasons about to start.

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Day shift, night shift, short thrift, shoe lift, buy a gift, have a tiff, guitar riff, don’t be miffed, glue don’t sniff, off a cliff, flour I sift….


  72. “You’re all welcome to come up and see the collection of heads. Stay over. I’ll cook pasta.”

  73. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MDZ “ride, ride my seesaw, take my place it’s for free”

    MZA “I’m a melancholy man”

    MDZ “hold me tight”

  74. It’s over there under Mats Zucc tweets ——> “Great Day at Lake Louise” You have to see this one!

  75. anyone else here
    have the Rangers app
    on their android phone?
    if yes,
    did you receive an alert that
    there is a game tonight?
    it came up on mrs. jpg’s phone
    but not on mine
    i did receive ’em last seaon

  76. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – that is a precious pic. And unless MDZ took that photo, I imagine jealousy is raging in the room.

  77. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I still think Avery is the prettiest by far….why did he retire? Without a doubt, my fav player over the last 13 years or so…

  78. okay
    as much as i hate Marty
    my sympathies to him and his family
    on the passing of his hockey photographer dad
    (saw info via Carp’s retweet)

  79. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jeffery – “mom, I’m eating Al tonight”

    Jeffery’s mom – “eating out again?, that’s the third night in a row”

  80. “He’s triple washed, but you might want to run him under the faucet for another minute or two.”

  81. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jeffery’s mom – “we see your friends visit once and then they disappear”

    Jeffery – “they’re around, just tied up at the moment”

  82. “Jeffrey this is an odd tasting stew. May I have the recipe.”

    “Sure Mom. 1part water, 4 parts Kevin, bring to boil.

  83. Dad: “First time here. This is some joint you got here.”

    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, Pops.”

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jeffery’s Mom – “should I get a chuck steak”

    Jeffery – “just chuck”

    Mom – “what?”

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Waiter “may I take your order”

    Jeffery – “how’s your meat?”

    Waiter – “we have the finest cuts”

    Jeffery – “no, I meant YOUR meat”

  86. Police at door: “We’ve had a complaint.”

    Jeffrey: “Just tell them to take two dozen Rolaids.”

  87. “Those are very tender loins, son”

    “Why thank you father. Christopher was indeed a lovely specimen.”

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jeffery – “can you come for dinner”

    Friend – “sure what are you making”

    Jeffery – “you’ll never guess”

  89. You know what is a plus for this team. The amount of playoff games all these kids have played. I know it hasn’t paid off but I like to think it will. I think that will be part of Torts legacy.

    Now, back to “finger” sangwitches.

  90. I hope Lucic’s knuckles are all ripped up and mashed so that he finally breaks his hand pounding on Dorsett’s helmet, Dorsett drops him, and Lucic misses the rest of the season and the playoffs.

  91. Stepan: “No Hard feelings”

    Translation: “Sather can SMD. stupid Old Fool. in 2 years when I hit UFA, I’m going shove a Bridge far up is ever loving arse , and then I’m going to twist it.”

  92. Koos, we’ll probably trade for Lucic in 3 years, when he starting to wear down, he’ll come here, loose his first 3 fights, suffer a concusion and never play again.

  93. If they ever ban fighting, I’m moving across the pond where I live the rest of my moserable life watching Gaelic Football.

  94. Sather: “No Hard Feelings”

    Translation: ” what do I care, I’m out of here in two years. I just peed on that little turds shoes.”

  95. Stranger Nation on

    “There’s no bitterness. At a young age in my career here I got to see the business side of it.”

    Translation – I hope the old man is happy now. guess I’ll just play to 50% of Rocket Richards since he is making twice what I am.

  96. I like the fact that Step is still a Ranger…but this deal sucks for him and for Rangers fans who have hope for the future…His camp was looking for a longer term which would have demanded a higher cap charge…

    Stepan is a guy you lock up and buy out free agency years so you can keep him at a below-market rate. In two years, Stepan will command upwards of $5-6 million per if he keeps his pace & potential as a 70+ point guy…Some team with cap space will eat him up in 2016. I guess the Rangers felt that holding on to Richards was more important and less of a gamble than locking up a kid who is homegrown and a first line center at age 23, leading his team in points. I say this because I doubt the Rangers will have the space to re-sign him in two years…

    Sather is atrocious…how long is this imbecile going to keep his job?

  97. One good thing is that Sather (or someone close to him i.e. Gorton) realized this with McDonagh. The McDonagh deal is a good one and I think Stepan should have gotten something similiar…

  98. I believe Sather has only two years left before he retires and that will continue to be a major influence on the way he conducts business. He’s not worried about Stepan long term because he doesn’t have to be.

    Any way you slice it, this deal may have been bad for Stepan but it has the potential to haunt the organization in the future. Take a look at last year’s draft. How many drafts picks did we have and in what rounds?

  99. If I were a rich man,
    Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
    All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
    If I were a wealthy man.
    I wouldn’t have to work hard.
    Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
    If I were a biddy biddy rich,
    Yidle-diddle-didle-didle man.

  100. McD was in a totally different situation than was Stepan.
    Nothing against Steps agent, but if I were a lower to middling player, I sure wouldn’t use him. Slats will punish him first chance he gets.

  101. Stepan is good in the room and is talented (if slow) on ice, and this team needs him and has paltry few other choices, but I just don’t get all the adulation.

  102. Matty "CLEANSLATE/FIRESATHER"boy on

    nyr@7:09, vibin’.

    Only thing to add is that he is a true ‘core’ player for this team that drafted him. Someday, the kid could be your ‘A’ or even ‘C’. He plays 2 ways, can do it all. It’s not only the stats with him. That’s a guy you want to pick a fight with? Do you think the other players aren’t watching?

    Look, he’s not perfect. He may someday be a 1, but he’s darn good and done everything you’ve asked of him.

    A good GM, Lou shows loyalty to Brodeur (by drafting is AHL bound, if lucky son), to Henrique (6 year deal, not that he is more worthy of it than Step), Elias (by paying him more than he deserves and keeping a ‘lifer’ in the organization), and on and on and on. That’s why players like Daneyko will stay on, accept a lesser salary, and stay for his entire career.

    Think guys want to play for a loyal organization?

    There’s a reason some GM’s win cups.

  103. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ritchie rocket is going to surprise all of you. I bet he easily scores 5 goals and has maybe 10 assists this year. Then we will see whose laughing. The rocket is on the launch pad, t- minus 3 hrs till lift off.

  104. Koos, for me personally it’s not necessarily adulation, it’s more about Sather not protecting the long term interest of the organization. If he had bought Richards out when he should have, he would have been in a position to lock Stepan up at a discount for the next five years, thereby limiting the impact Stepan’s contract will have on the Cap over years 3, 4 and 5. He deemed it more critical to have Richards, a shell of the player he once was, now then it would be to save cap room potentially with a discounted long term deal to Stepan for the next 5 years.

  105. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – disagree on Richards. His 5 goals this year cannot be replaced. We had to keep him.

  106. Matty "CLEANSLATE/FIRESATHER"boy on

    If Tampa bought out Vinny (a much better player than Richie Rocket) last year and past years, how the heck could our GM keep Richards?


    He could have bought out Richards, signed Vinny AND Step.

  107. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    We wasted too much money on players like McD, Step, Cally……players like Ritchie rocket don’t come along very often….

  108. Matty "CLEANSLATE/FIRESATHER"boy on

    Is The Rocket playing tonight? I’m sure he wants to get on the ice and show up his ex-coach that treated him so unfairly. He’ll probably score 4 or 5 tonight.

    Can’t believe how unfair Torts was with Richie Rocket. He all but forced him out. Ungrateful, disloyal coach.

  109. “I reached out, but there was no one there. I wanted to tell him how much he held me back. I was playing defense the whole time. No one noticed.”

  110. Matty "CLEANSLATE/FIRESATHER"boy on

    I see what you’re saying, E3. It makes sense. We need more Gomez, Drury, Richie Rockets, and less drafted, young, talented kids.

    Don’t know what I was thinking. You see it the right way all the time.

  111. Sather criticizes his counterparts for paying more now in “uneccesarily” locking up their younger players through several years of unrestricted free agency. But, who will be laughing in 3 years when The Rangers have to overpay Stepan because he has reached UFA?

    Maybe, in giving Sather the benefit of doubt, he just doesn’t think Stepan is a good enough player to merit a five year deal and doesn’t see him in the organizations long term plans.

  112. Matty "CLEANSLATE/FIRESATHER"boy on

    Papa, could be. But, if that’s the case, he will lose him to FA in 2 years and GET NOTHING or OVERPAY for 6.

    Why not lock him up, anyway, at what will ultimately be a bargain in years 3-6, and trade him if he’s no good. He at least gets value that way.

    AND the bad will he created will be the gift that doesn’t stop giving.

  113. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t think the rocket will score 50 goals this year, but he come close – we need his leadership and that blazing speed. You can’t teach either one of those…

  114. I hope I’m wrong, but coming off of last year’s step back and the questionable decisions that were made in putting together this year’s team, I feel as if this team and organization has lost it’s direction, personality and identity. Especially contrasting it to the excitement and surprise of the team two seasons ago.

    I feel like the Ranger Organization is about to enter or already in one of those typical, painful and frustrating downward / wandering periods.

    It’s depressing. I’m getting too old. I don’t want to cycle into another 5-7 year rebuild.

  115. Good point Eddie. I don’t feel old. I’m old in Ranger years. 1 more Cup is all I’m asking for, preferably before some in-home care attendant is feeding me.

  116. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – no worries. But realize your grandchildren’s grandchildren’s grandchildren won’t see the rangers win the cup either. They will however be able to cheer on an aging Ritchie rocket who, no doubt, will still be on the team…

  117. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t think Chris Snee could block me. In fact, the Gmen O-line couldn’t stop a good high school team.

  118. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The rangers have an impressive history. One cup in 1940, a cup final in 1950, and nothing else for the next 20 or so years even though there were only 6 teams in the league till 68. A couple of cup finals in 72 and 79 and the cup win in 94. Not too shabby if you consider the Chicago Cubs and what their fans have endured….

  119. First taste of Whiskey I was around 9 years old. My Pop took me to Yankee Stadium to see Giants play in 15 degree temps. He had his usuall flask of Scotch. I was shivering so much he passed me the flask and said take a “littlle” sip.

    For the remainder of the game, I thought I was gonna choke.

  120. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My first visit to Yankee stadium was 1961. Back then you could walk on the field after the game… My pops was from the Bronx and as a young lad saw the great Yankee clipper in his prime. Said Joe D was grace personified. My mom, from Brooklyn, was a dodgers fan.

  121. Yea Lou is great because his players are loyal……Shanny Verbeek, Parise, Niedimeyer, Rafalski, Souray, Martin… None of them had any good careers after Devil life….yikes. It’s 99% of the time money. Let’s not BS each other

  122. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I loved Fran Tarkenton to Homer Jones. Ron Johnson and Spider Lockhart were also huge favorites.

  123. My first visit stadion was in June of 1945…right after i came back from the WWII… i remember as it was just yesterday…sigh

  124. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    ’77 eh? I think I have lint in my belly button older than that. Spring 77 was one of the greatest runs in grateful dead history. Coming off the terrapin release, the band was super tight…

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