Life in NYC
Since today is my first anniversary of moving from St. Louis to work in our MLBAM New York offices, a little Big Apple flavor here from the MLBlogosphere.
Spent a long, long, long day at Yankee Stadium today. It began in Joe Torre’s daily briefing in the Bomber dugout, on a beautiful sunny day. The subject was raised about what a microscope Randy Johnson is under, and this was before Big Unit’s start. Joe said this about Yankee fans:
"They’re there to pick you up when you need it, and they’re there to remind you that they’re there."
That was a great quote. Then he said, "they pay you money to come out and let you know how they feel."
So now I am looking at Yankees Chick’s post ("getting the win doesn’t count") and am reminded about what happened in the hours following what Joe said. When I was reading the Yankee game notes (which you can get at Press Pass), I noticed that Johnson entered the game having won 11 consecutive decisions at Yankee Stadium. That was the longest such streak by a Yankee since David Cone in the 1990s. Just then, I heard the boos begin. And they continued when, after the Yankees had given him a 9-5 lead, he walked the bases full and then gave up an RBI single.
So the Yankees’ ace proceeded to do one better than Cone by winning his 12th consecutive decision at home, in front of those Yankee fans, and he was booed. It’s just amazing to someone who moved here from St. Louis and spent most games at Busch Stadium. Just utterly, truly amazing. I’ll leave right or wrong to other people — it’s just night-and-day different. That’s life here, just as it was when Carlos Beltran was booed during his slow start, and I don’t know how the practice began, and it’s something that Joe Torre said before the game that you simply expect and even accept, because fans remind you that they’re there.
People are passionate in different ways. And at MLBlogs, people are passionate in their posts.
It will be amazing to see the Red Sox and Yankees posts side-by-side here Monday and Tuesday as Johnny comes marching home.
Welcome Andrea Mallis back to the MLBlogosphere. She posted under the blog heading of Planetary Pitch in 2005 and her blog has been restored and glad to see her Baseball Astrology back here. She has been featured in largescale media and definitely has an interesting perspective.
Chef Bob at Deep Fried Fish Blog has offered some tips to help you with blog bling.
It was a tough day today for the Blue Jays at Babe’s House, but Steve Mitchell, proprietor of Diehard Jays Fan, is having a good weekend. He was the MLBlogger of the Week on MLB Radio’s "Under the Lights" show Friday night, and he talked about the team and also rated some of the best and worst of the 23 stadiums he has visited. Click here to listen to Steve.
You also can find that link as well as that of previous guests in the drop-down menu under the MULTIMEDIA heading on the MLBlogs.com homepage. We’ll be snagging a different blogger each week for the Friday night show, a chance to promote your blog and talk baseball in front of a huge baseball audience. Another reason why your blog belongs in the big leagues . . .