On Matt Kemp’s Defense

Matt Kemp was an atrocious center fielder. There’s really no way around that. Of the 60 center fielders with at least 6,000 innings played since 2002, only the decline years of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Bernie Williams show up as being worse. His 2010 is the single worst DRS ranking of any player season we […]
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Sox 99 – Final Games

One of the most dramatic performances in postseason history enabled the Red Sox to defeat Cleveland in the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS. Pedro Martinez, who had been sidelined with back pain since game 1, came out of the bullpen to hurl 6 hitless innings as the Sox prevailed, 12-8. Starter Bret Saberhagen had been ineffective, touched for 5 runs in 1-plus frames.The Tribe...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

"Who's your Papi?" turns 10

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterPhoto by Jed Jacobsohn.October 18th, 2004. After a dramatic Game 4, the Red Sox and Yankees met again. It was also a win or go home situation for the Red Sox. The piching matchup was as great as the rivarly is, Pedro Martinez vs. Mike Mussina. In the first inning, David Ortiz drove in a run and the captain Jason Varitek walked with the bases loaded...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston finally sobers up: "One of the most painful baseball moments in a city’s history of painful baseball moments — a defeat during the 2003 American League Championship Series — was a cause for joy yesterday. Later, an Aretha Franklin impersonator came

Mwha-hahahahaha. This is priceless. It almost makes the entire season worthwhile!Those stupid Boston idiots... They swallowed the whole Jeter farewell ******** tour thing - hook, line, sinker, pole and boat. You know how they think they're so smart? They were too stupid to see this!  Bobby Orr? Yaz? Bernie Williams?  Did you see the looks on their faces? What a bunch of clowns...
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bernie Williams played guitar at Jeter's last game

Under normal circumstances, the Boston Red Sox probably wouldn’t invite a former New York Yankee to perform “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at Fenway Park. These weren’t normal circumstances. Derek Jeter played the final game of his illustrious 20-year career at Fenway Park on Sunday, and the Red Sox rolled out all the stops with a pregame ceremony for the Yankees captain....
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

After Jeter's number goes, it will be a long, long time before the Yankees close out another jersey

Like all Yankee fans, while fidgeting in bed late at night or sitting on the throne of eternal knowledge, I've occasionally tried to calculate exactly when the Evil Empire - (aka, the Incompetent Empire) -  will run out of jersey numbers.After Jeter's "2" is retired - (realistically, it is already gone) - we will have taken 18 numbers off the books. You could argue that it took...
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Forgotten Yankee

The 2014 New York Yankees season has been all about their past. The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour 2014 is almost over and the Yankees have held ceremonies for past players such as Tino Martinez, Goose Gossage, Paul O’Neill and manager Joe Torre. There is one player who is wrongly absent from this list. He spent his entire career in pinstripes, helped bring home World Series titles...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

No more denial, no more naive excuses for hope; it's time for the Yankiverse to accept its fate

I listened in the car - three hours of John and Suzyn's lycanthropic de-evolution from hope into sheer despair. In the beginning, their voices projected the jubilation of a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes. In the end, they were broadcasting from the viewing deck of the Hindenburg.In the first inning, they noted how Tigers' rookie Kyle Lobstein could be tight in his...
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 14, 2002

2002: Bernie Williams singled to drive in the winning run as the Yankees defeated the Royals 3-2 in a 14-inning marathon at Kauffman Stadium.Reliever Blake Stein retired the first Yankee batter he faced in the 14th, but allowed a single to Alfonso Soriano and two-out singles to Jason Giambi and Williams, which brought in the eventual winning run.Yankee closer Mariano Rivera gave...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

My favorite Paul O'Neill moment is one that never made the highlight reels

Back in the day, I was a big Paul O'Neill fan. And my late father was, too; that was his favorite player of the 90s dynasty years. (My mother thought O'Neill was a big baby for his temper tantrums, though!)Anyhow, I was very happy to see the O'Neill has finally gotten the honor he deserves, getting a plaque in Monument Park. If I hadn't already made previous plans to participate...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Where is Bernie Williams?

photo credit: peterkreder via “” Can someone answer this question for me.  I am not one to write a complaint, or a first person article that is not based on my experience at an event or interviewing an athlete, but this one I cannot resist. I am 20 years old, raised right across the river from Yankee Stadium.  I could see the stadium lights from my bedroom...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

John Sterling is a haunted, terror-filled, emaciated dog... but The Baseball Project rules

Last night, I rode with Bern, Baby, Bern to see The Baseball Project play in Cooperstown. (This is me, later, with drummer/singer Linda Pitmon, a notorious Twinkies fan, who is reacting to my TANAKA t-shirt. There were HUGE sparks between us. She could barely keep to herself.) If you've never heard The Baseball Project, try this song. They are a super-group that includes two Rock...
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss Compiles Awesome List Of Top 25 Baseball Moments On ‘Seinfeld’

“Seinfeld” might have debuted over 25 years ago, but the show remains timeless even today. That includes all of the connections the comedy made to America’s pastime, and there sure are a lot of them. So many that was able to create a list of the top 25 baseball-related moments on “Seinfeld,” bringing middle-aged men and women back to their childhood all over again...
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hey, Hal, when you were passing out all those Monument Park invitations, you forgot one

So, we have two new members of the Monument Park fraternity this weekend. Congratulations, Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez.We'll have a bunch more plaques put up over the next few years ... we've got Paul O'Neill, Joe Torre and Bernie Williams announced, and that doesn't even figure the inevitable Jeter-Rivera-Pettitte-Posada run. At this rate, they may have to rebuild the old Stadium...
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bernie Williams Breaks Down the 2014 Yankees

"I haven't been following them that much."
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–June 8, 1993

1993: The Yankees scored five runs in the ninth for a 9-4 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Billy Brewer walked leadoff hitter Spike Owen, but the rest of the damage was done against Rusty Meacham, who allowed four singles and a double in the inning. Pat Kelly’s single drove in the go-ahead run, with Bernie Williams and Jim Leyritz picking up RBI singles. Mike Gallego’s...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: May 29, 1994

1994: The Royals scored five runs in the first two innings, but needed a three-run eighth to put away a 10-6 win over the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. Four batters into the bottom of the first, the Royals had three runs off Yankees starter Terry Mulholland. Vince Coleman led off with a triple and scored on Wally Joyner’s single. One out later, Dave Henderson homered to left...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

At the rate Monument Park is expanding, by 2030, the Yankees will need to annex the Crimea

Yesterday - finally finished with fighting the Evil Umpire - the Evil Empire announced plans to enshrine Paul O'Neill, Joe Torre, Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez in Monument Park, which is expanding at a rate that would give Vladimir Putin a chubby. Next year, they will add Bernie Williams. Of course, they eventually will toss in Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, Why not...
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeter makes final appearance in Milwaukee, site of big '95 moment

MILWAUKEE -- Derek Jeter hasn't spent much time in Milwaukee over his illustrious 20-year career with the New York Yankees, but the future Hall of Famer recorded his first big hit in the major leagues at Milwaukee County Stadium. As a 21-year-old September call-up in 1995, Jeter served as an emergency fill in and helped lift the Yankees to a crucial win as they chased a playoff berth...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

John Sterling debuts ridiculous new home run call

New York Yankees play by play man John Sterling is known for his trademark home run calls that make some kind of ridiculous pun on the player’s name.  Calls like “It’s an A-bomb from A-Rod” for Alex Rodriguez or “Bern baby Bern” for Bernie Williams or calling Jason Giambi the “Giambino.” Rookie infielder Dean Anna hit his first home run for the Yankees yesterday...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cooper Stadium: When Memories Become Eyesores

Photo is courtesy of   Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Like Us on Facebook! We all have places that we cherish from our childhood.  This is especially true when it comes to sports venues.  There’s a reason that the good folks of the Navin Field Grounds Crew give...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Simon to perform at baseball Hall of Fame

Paul Simon has been added to a concert that is part of the Baseball Hall of Fame's 75th anniversary celebration. The Hall said Wednesday that the 12-time Grammy Award winner and longtime baseball fan will perform August 2 at Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams also will perform. Hall...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

He's all yours, Seattle! And a note from Yankee fans everywhere: Good luck in figuring out what makes Robbie run.

In today's Daily News, John Harper piles 400 words atop a question that has dogged Yankeekind for a decade: Why did an otherwise great player thumb his nose at tradition, teammates and the fan base by jogging out routine grounders? Yes, now that he's playing for Microsoft, the NYC media is finally wondering about Robbie Cano's hard drive.To be sure, folks mentioned it in the past...
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeter's decision to retire signals end of an era

One by one, Derek Jeter watched them walk away. His baseball brothers in pinstripes, the gang that grew up champions. Bernie Williams was the first to go. Then, best buddy Jorge Posada. Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte said goodbye together just a few months ago. And now, the last link to the latest run of New York Yankees dominance is ready to retire. When the captain revealed...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 15 all-time coolest Yankees (continued): Numbers 7 through 5

Remember this, from the Smithsonian's "American Cool" exhibition: What do we mean when we say someone is "cool"? Cool is a supreme compliment that evokes people who exude rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge, and mystery.Wait a minute. Did they say mystery? Hmm... That vaults Kevin Maas into the top 100! But not quite here.Continuing our quest...7. Bernie Williams:  Only...
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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