Friday, May 1, 2015

Alex Rodriguez Hits Home Run #660 All-Time

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez has hit his 660th home run of his career to tie Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list. Steroids or not this is a milestone and a hell of an accomplishment and I will give credit and congratulations where credit and congratulations is due. Congrats A Rod, you came back when no one said you should and you put together a great first month of the season when nobody said you could. You deserve this!

Now about that $6 million check....

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 5/1

It is Friday night and it’s the rivalry renewed between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The last time these two teams faced off against each other on a Friday night they played two essentially as these two teams played in what quickly became a marathon. Hopefully for both team’s sake they don’t go for two plus games again tonight because I’m not sure either bullpen could handle it. Anyway, tonight we are being entertained with a Justin Masterson and CC Sabathia pitching matchup tonight in Fenway Park. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

If you’re in the Boston area then grab a pair of Yankees tickets for this weekend’s series in Fenway Park by clicking our Yankees Tickets link at the top of the blog. We can offer you cheap third hand seats without any fees or shipping costs associated with them through our partnership with Ticket Monster. If you’re a homebody like me or you’re just not in the Boston area then join us on Twitter (@GreedyStripes) or in the comments section to interact during the game.

Hopefully Sabathia gets his first win tonight in Fenway and we can get out of here with a victory. Go Yankees!

MLB All Star Game Voting Has Officially Begun!

Voting has opened for the 2015 MLB All Star Game that will be help in Cincinnati this season so it’s time to send your favorite New York Yankees player to the midsummer classic. Whether it be Jacoby Ellsbury in the outfield, Mark Teixeira in the infield or Alex Rodriguez finally displacing David Ortiz at the DH position (which won’t happen) we the fans needs to band together and send our boys to Cincinnati. You can vote for your All Stars, Yankees or not, RIGHT HERE or by going to Time to represent ladies and gentleman so make sure you use all 10 of your votes, or 15 if you have an applicable account like I do, and send your favorite players. 

Best Yankee Comebacks of All Time

The New York Yankees are one of the most successful US sports teams of all time but that doesn't mean the winning always comes easy. Here, we take a look at the best New York Yankees comebacks of all time.

New York Yankees 15-9 Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park, 21st April, 2012)
It is one of the biggest rivalries in American sport and it was a game that took place on one of the most historic days in the history of the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were celebrating the 100th anniversary of their home stadium on the weekend of 20th-22nd April, 2012, with a game against the Yankees, who were their first ever opponents at Fenway Park, on 20th April. Both teams wore their 1912 kits as a tribute to the anniversary and the Yankees cruised to a 6-2 win.

Desperate to avenge the landmark day defeat to their rivals, the Red Sox could not have asked for a better start the following day in a second encounter against the Yankees. Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Ross led the attack for the Red Sox as they powered into an incredible 9-0 lead after five innings. All hope was seemingly lost for the Yankees before Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez launched the fightback. The Yankees secured 15 points in just three innings to complete one of baseball's most remarkable comebacks against their arch rivals.

Texas Rangers 13-14 New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium, 17th May, 2006)
It was a season that will be remembered by Yankees fans more for the tragic loss of pitcher Cory Lidle when his private plane crashed into a high rise apartment block in Manhattan. However, a season that was overshadowed by Lidle's untimely death created one of the most stunning Yankees comebacks of all time.

Before the tragic loss of Lidle, Yankees were up against the Texas Rangers at home on 17th May, 2006. It had not been the best of starts for the Yankees with the Rangers taking an early 9-1 lead after just two innings. The third innings provided a glimpse of hope with the Yankees pulling the score back to 10-3 but a win still seemed a tough task. The fourth innings produced no further scores but the Yankees pulled two more points back in the fifth innings and then an outstanding six point hit without reply for the Yankees in the sixth innings saw them take a shock 11-10 lead. The Rangers pulled the game score back level in the seventh innings before the Yankees stole the win in the final innings. Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter were the heroes of that day in what was generally a season to forget for Yankees fans as they crashed out of the American League Division Series to Detroit Tigers.

Never Bet Against the Yankees
It is a term that has long been mentioned by the more confident Yankees fans. Their proven track record of staging against all odds comebacks has seen those that partake in online sports betting to avoid placing a bet against a Yankees win, even if they are suffering a 9-run deficit. Baseball is one of the most popular sports for US fans to wager on, with many sites offering online options for people in the USA.

Even this season, the Yankees are considered to be 28/1 outsiders to win the World Series but they are still attracting bets. Washington Nationals are the current 13/2 favourites with the Los Angeles Dodgers priced at 6/1, Detroit Tigers at 11/1 and the St Louis Cardinals at 12/1.

The Yankees seem to thrive in the face of adversity. They have slightly more favourable odds to win the American League East at 9/2 with rivals Boston Red Sox the 11/8 favourites with Toronto Blue Jays available at 7/2. So the odds are once again up against the Yankees but only a fool would bet against them.

Boston Red Sox 11-12 New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium, 26th June, 1987)
There is nothing like getting a big comeback win against your biggest rivals and it was the Boston Red Sox that were once again on the receiving end of Yankees history in this 1987 clash between the two baseball giants.

The Red Sox had taken a 9-0 lead after just two innings with many Yankees fans fearing the worst on their own patch. Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, and Dwight Evans were all playing like men possessed and it seemed like the result could only be heading one way even at that early stage of the game. However, in one of the most spectacular single innings performances in the history of the sport, the Yankees hit 11 runs to turn the game on its head with Willie Randolph, Dave Winfield, and Wayne Tolleson all impressing with the bat. The Yankees went on to win 14-13 and subject their rivals to another crushing comeback defeat. In a poetic twist, the star pitcher for the Red Sox that day was future Yankees icon Roger Clemens.

New York Yankees 6-2 Milwaukee Braves (County Stadium, 9th October, 1958)
This match is included in this list not because of any single game comeback but because of what the win represented in terms of comebacks. This was the seventh game in the 1958 World Series and the Braves had taken what looked to be an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with the Yankees only having two more home games left in the series. The result appeared to be written in the stars.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first innings. That meant they were 1-0 up in a game that would seal the World Series if they won. Lesser teams would have cracked under that pressure but the Yankees galvanized and ensured the scores were level entering the final two innings. The Yankees then pulled off a four run score in the eighth innings and kept a no score in the final innings to secure the World Series and complete one of the greatest World Series come backs of all time. Bill Skowron was the lead man as he hit two home runs with Yankees legends including Yogi Bera and Whitey Ford also helping to cement their places in Yankees history.

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 5/1

The New York Yankees lost on Wednesday afternoon in 13 innings and had an off day to think about it and let it sting so hopefully the offense will be up to the task of taking it out on the Boston Red Sox tonight in Fenway. The Yankees head into the contest in first place in the American League East division and are the only team still with single digits in losses heading into the contest. The original pitching matchup for tonight was supposed to be Justin Masterson for the Red Sox and Michael Pineda for the Yankees but Pineda was used yesterday in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka so in steps CC Sabathia. Sabathia is still searching for his first victory of the season, although he has pitched well enough to win at least two of those decisions this season. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Sabathia is winless in his first four starts of the season posting a 0-4 record with an ugly 5.96 ERA. Sabathia has pitched better than his record and his ERA suggests but has not registered a victory since April 24, 2014 and is on a six start losing streak, the longest drought of his career. Hopefully Sabathia can snap that streak tonight in Fenway Park.

  • Masterson has not been especially sharp this season for Boston but is coming off a start where he allowed just three runs over seven innings to the Baltimore Orioles. This marked just the second time Masterson threw a quality start this season and has shown better control in each of his starts this season, something that hopefully takes a step back tonight in Boston.

This is going to be another tough series for New York against another great team so I fully expect the Yankees to bring their “A” game to Fenway Park tonight. Masterson has struggled this season, and don’t get me wrong so has Sabathia, so hopefully the Yankees can jump out early and often tonight and set the tone. Go Yankees!

Looking on the Bright Side For Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka has, at least temporarily, avoided Tommy John surgery after four doctors including Dr. James Andrews cleared him to rest and rehab his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. This week we learned that Tanaka went into the Yankees complaining of a wrist injury that ended up being a “small” forearm strain that landed him on the 15 day DL and will keep him out of the Yankees rotation for at least a month. This much we do know and unlike the many on Twitter who went absolutely ape crap crazy on Tuesday night calling for the head of Brian Cashman because Tanaka did not get Tommy John surgery I am going to try, now that I am calm and had a night or two to sleep on it, to remain optimistic about the whole ordeal because there is plenty to be optimistic about. Keep reading and I’ll try to get there as quickly as I can. 

The Yankees are either going to survive this rest and rehab thing on his elbow or they aren’t and it’s looking more and more likely that it’s going to come to a head sometime during the 2015 season. This can be a good thing or a bad thing for New York when you consider his opt out clause that Tanaka has written into his contract that will allow him to opt out after the 2017 season. If Tanaka ends up going down with Tommy John surgery in 2015 he will miss likely the entire 2016 season due to rehab and will not be the same in 2017. Usually pitchers take a year off to rest and rehab and a year of getting back into the grind that is the Major League season before you see the true finished product two years removed from the surgery. Tanaka may be the exception to the rule, in either direction, but he would be unlikely to put up numbers similar to his first 18 starts in 2014 meaning the likelihood of him exercising the opt out clause has to be low.

If Tanaka can make it through the season without any further problems with the elbow and can make it through the 2017 season without a Tommy John surgery then he may opt out of his contract, and honestly that may be the best thing for the Yankees. Tanaka is signed through the 2020 season and all signs point to this rest and rehab just being a band-aid to his problem meaning that the Yankees simply delayed the inevitable with Tanaka’s elbow. If Tanaka opts out and walks away from the final three years of his contract it may be a blessing in disguise for New York, especially if he succumbs to the surgery in the final three years or beyond like Adam Wainwright eventually did in a similar situation.

There is a lot of “what-if’s” and moving parts in this theory, I know, but it has to be, or should be at least, in the back of the minds of the Yankees brass. It’s either going to work out or it’s not and in a pair of scenarios it could work out for the Yankees so don’t panic and let’s look on the bright side. Either the Yankees will have to pay Tanaka big money to rehab his elbow with a gaping hole in their rotation or it will be someone else’s problem but we cannot predict or prevent either outcome so let’s all take a step back and enjoy him while we have him, shall we?

TGP Daily Poll: Justin Masterson Chokes in Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry

I don’t know who will win the first game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, although I lean towards the hotter team in New York, but I know it won’t be Justin Masterson. He will not have a quality start in Fenway Park Friday night.

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Weekly Check In: Robert Refsnyder

It’s Friday morning, Happy Friday by the way, so it must be time to check in with possibly the second baseman of the future for the New York Yankees Mr. Robert Refsnyder. Since Stephen Drew has at least been hitting for power, four home runs, and has been driving in runs, 10 RBI, the drum beating for Refsnyder in the Bronx has at least slowed but it’s not gone completely. Let’s see what Drew’s average that currently sits below the Mendoza Line is up against:


Pirela To Continue MLB Rehab With RailRiders

The New York Yankees announced today that infielder Jose Pirela will continue his MLB rehab with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beginning Thursday, April 30 when the RailRiders take on the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) at 7:05pm.

Pirela went 1-for-10 in three games with the Thunder on his rehab assignment. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in Wednesday night's defeat to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays). Combined between Tampa and the Thunder, Pirela is 1-for-14 on his rehab from a concussion suffered while playing center field for the Yankees at the end of Spring Training.

From 2011-2013, Pirela was a significant contributor for the Thunder—particularly for the 2013 Eastern League championship team. Including his rehab, he has appeared in 337 games (T-3rd All-Time), recorded 331 hits (4th), 68 doubles (4th), 12 triples (T-2nd) and scored 178 runs (4th) in his Thunder career. In 2014, he was added to the Yankees active roster on September 16th and made his MLB debut on September 22nd. He went 8-for-24 (.333) in seven games with the Yankees.

Your Thunder return to ARM & HAMMER Park on Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm for a three-game series with the Akron Rubberducks (Cleveland Indians). Friday marks the beginning of Family Fun Weekend at ARM & HAMMER Park where the Kids Zone is completely free to all fans 12 and under. For more information on promotions and tickets for the upcoming homestand visit

This Day in New York Yankees History 5/1: Bernie Hits Six

On this day in 1996 Bernie Williams became only the second member of the New York Yankees to get six hits in one game. Bernie went 6-8 against the Baltimore Orioles joining Myril Hoag who accomplished the feat in 1934 against the Boston Red Sox.

Also on this day in 1953 Mickey Mantle hit his first home run of his career off White Sox pitcher Randy Gumpert. Mickey would go on to hit 535 more home runs in his Hall of Fame career.

Finally on this day in 1920 Babe Ruth hit his 50th career home run at the Polo Grounds. This would be his first home run as a member of the New York Yankees.