Trial by Bullpen

April 8, 2022, the Bronx, N.Y.; Yankees 6, Boston 5 — The Yankees outlasted the Red Sox 6-5 in the Stadium in 11 innings Friday, on an Opening Day that would make the most agnostic of us believe, if just for a moment, that God loves baseball fans. With this as pretty a day as storming Thursday was ugly, few in the stands without a pressing engagement minded that it took 4 hours and 11 innings to decide the game. Continue reading

Baseball Boring? Balderdash!

Bronx, N.Y., May 21, 2021; Yankees 2, Chisox 1 — “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” The baseball headlines all across the country are sounding disturbingly similar, whether you get your news on paper, online, or by word of mouth. Today’s game is boring. With a half bushel of early no-hitters leading the way, there is no offense. The hard-throwing hurlers are too dominant. Everyone swings for the fences, and they strike out all the time. It’s no fun to watch a game anymore. Continue reading

Corey’s Masterpiece

Bronx, N.Y., May 2, 2021; Yankees 2, Detroit 0 — A little more than a week since Yankee fans were concerned that new free agent signer Cory Kluber would ever pitch well — or more than a few innings — the oft-injured righthander went eight dazzling innings in a 2-0 shutout over visiting Detroit in Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon. With temps pushing 80 degrees and the persistent breezes of the last few days finally abated, a field only intermittently bathed in sunshine was the only factor making this just an almost perfect day for a game. Continue reading

No Longer Petrified Offense

Bronx, N.Y., April 3, 2021; Yankees 5, Toronto 3 — Two teams showed some early-season struggles in the Yankees’ 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays this afternoon. The Yankees gifted the visitors with single runs in the top of the third and seventh innings that each felt much longer than they were (16 and 11 minutes, respectively), while Toronto’s Marcus Semien ended Corey Kluber’s day with a fifth-inning blast to left less than a minute after that frame had begun. But although 11 hometown hits produced less than they should have, they were a welcome sight for Yankee fans more concerned with their offense than they have any right to be on April 3. Continue reading

’80s in the 8th

'80s in the 8th at Yankee StadiumThe Yankees added a new entertainment feature to their home games in the Stadium in 2019, and it’s back for 2021. It’s ’80s in the 8th, in which they play a 1980s song and fans let their freak flag fly, dancin’ to the tunes, in the middle of the eighth inning. These are YouTube links to most of the songs.

04/01/21 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
04/03/21 Don’t You Want Me The Human League
04/04/21 The Power of Love Huey Lewis & The News
04/05/21 Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle
04/06/21 You Got It (The Right Stuff) New Kids on the Block
04/07/21 I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
04/16/21 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
04/17/21 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
04/18/21 Your Love The Outfield
04/20/21 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
04/21/21 1999 Prince
04/30/21 The Moment of Truth Survivor

05/01/21 Let’s Go Crazy Prince
05/02/21 Rock Me Amadeus Falco
05/04/21 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) Beastie Boys
05/05/21 Mony Mony Billy Idol
05/06/21 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
05/07/21 Pump Up the Jam Technotronic
05/09/21 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston

3/28 Opening Day Whip It! Devo
3/30 Cum On Feel The Noize Quiet Riot

4/1 Foolin’ Def Leppard
4/2 Separate Ways Journey
4/3 Hangin’ Tough New Kids on the Block
4/13 Candy Girl New Edition
4/14 Panama Van Halen
4/16 Together Forever Rick Astley
4/17 Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle
4/18 I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
4/19 I’m So Excited Pointer Sisters
4/20 Hey Mickey Toni Basil
4/21 Desire U2

5/3 I Think We’re Alone Now Tiffany
5/4 (Note Star Wars Day)
5/6 Opposites Attract Paula Abdul
5/7 Here I Go Again White Snake
5/8 Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles
5/9 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
5/15 It Takes Two Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (makeup of 5/13)
5/15 Your Love The Outfield
5/18 Tainted Love Soft Cell
5/19 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie
5/27 Living in America James Brown
5/28 Mony Mony Billy Idol
5/29 Footloose Kenny Loggins
5/31 We Built This City Jefferson Starship

6/2 Kickstart My Heart Motley Crüe
6/11 Game 1 Karma Chameleon Culture Club
6/11 Game 2 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
6/17 Dreams Fleetwood Mac
6/18 All Night Long Lionel Richie
6/20 Burnin’ for You Blue Oyster Cult
6/21 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
6/22 Rhythm of the Night DeBarge
6/23 Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
6/24 Love Shack The B-52s
6/26 London Calling The Clash

7/12 Stand Back Stevie Nicks
7/13 Let the Music Play Shannon
7/14 I’m Your Man Wham
7/15 Let’s Go Crazy Prince
7/16 Eye of the Tiger Survivor
7/18 Game 1 You Spin Me Round Dead or Alive
7/18 Game 2 Just a Friend Biz Markie
7/19 Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.
7/20 The Heat Is On Glenn Frey
7/30 I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
7/31 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Eurythmics

8/2 Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money
8/3 Game 1 Into the Groove Madonna
8/3 Game 2 Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard
8/4 When I Think of You Janet Jackson
8/12 Game 1 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
8/12 Game 2 Bust a Move Young MC
8/13 Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder
8/14 Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat
8/15 Dancin’ in the Dark Bruce Springsteen
8/16 Material Girl Madonna
8/17 You Make My Dreams Hall & Oates
8/18 867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone
8/30 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister

9/1 Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran
9/3 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
9/4 Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths
9/19 The Power of Love Huey Lewis & The News
9/22 The Final Countdown Europe

10/4 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
10/5 All Night Long Lionel Richie
10/15 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
10/17 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi
10/18 Don’t Stop Believing Journey

Knockout Punches

Bronx, N.Y., September 1, 2019: Yankees 5, Oakland 4 — Fans waiting for the Yankees to bring the hammer down on the visiting A’s after the miserable way the Bombers were treated in Oakland last week needed two things to succeed: infinite patience, and faith in their big bats. The Yanks came from behind late on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, under clear and cool skies in the Bronx. Continue reading

As Time Goes By

Bronx, N.Y., July 20, 2019; Yankees 11, Colorado 5 — Although the 11-5 Yankee victory over Colorado in steamy Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon could be called a blowout, despite the Rockies’ spirited five-run rally in the sixth, the biggest reason the home team took this one was that they stuck to fundamentals. They cleared no fences with their 14 hits, and were charged with no errors. And for five innings, Masahiro Tanaka was as good as could be. Continue reading

Yabba Dabba Doo!

Bronx, N.Y., July 14, 2019; Yankees 4, Toronto 2 — Restoring a little order to their season, the Yankees not only took a three-gamer from Toronto with a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon, they finally hit their first home run of the season’s second half, via Mike Tauchman’s towering blast to right in the home seventh inning. Continuing a solid sophomore season piloting the pinstripers, Aaron Boone gets credit for his choice of Tauchman to play left. Through the first six innings, Mike had gone down swinging and popped a stunningly inept bunt to third baseman Vlad Guerrero, Jr. But his long ball late in this game provided a huge insurance run. Continue reading

Win On, Win Off

Bronx, N.Y., June 26, 2019; Yankees 8, Toronto 7 — Two things were revealed during a gorgeous afternoon in Yankee Stadium Wednesday. First, the hawk is apparently not a fan of day games, or maybe just not of the sun. And second, the Yankees can score runs with base hits, along with bashes, even if DJ LeMahieu is not the guy at the plate. Continue reading

The Defense Ponies Up

Bronx, N.Y., June 22, 2019; Yankees 7, Houston 5 — How many days will Yankee fans refrain from booing Giancarlo Stanton following his four-rbi performance Saturday night against Houston in their 7-5 win? It was a contest in which he also played a stellar left field. Admittedly, he had plenty of help from his teammates on both sides of the ball. As a matter of fact, in a season where defense has not been this team’s strength, their collective play in the field may have been their finest showing of the year. Continue reading