Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fan Time...... 

Hello there Readers and Followers, how are you all doing? It’s that time again, and today I am proud to be conducting my 1st Fan Time Interview with a random fan. Also due to a overwhelming interest from many more fans, you will be treated to a few of these this week. 😎

Jay: Hello sir please tell us about yourself. 

Fan: My name is Robert Roman. I was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I currently live in Beaverton, OR. I’ve been a Pediatric ICU nurse for 7 years. Let’s go Yankees!

Jay: Well hello Mr. Rob, pleasure having you today. Let’s begin. 

How long have you been a Yankee Fan ?

Rob: Been a Yankees fan since birth! 1980! First onesie my mom put on me was a pinstripe onesie! LOL!

Jay: Very cool we are born in the same year.   

1st Yankee memory you remember ??

Rob: First Yankee memory...getting a signed baseball from Lou Pinella when I was a patient at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. I was only 4 or 5 years old, in the pediatric ward with really bad asthma, and he came in to see all of us, and sign balls and stuff. Still have it!

Jay: That is amazing. The Yankees have always been good about doing things like this. I bet that made you very happy? Rob: I was ecstatic! Pinella was always one of my parent’s favorite Yankees from those late 70’s teams. So I had a great appreciation for who he was, and what he meant to the franchise.

Jay: Very cool! Biggest Yankee memory you have?

Rob: So many BIG Yankee memories! One would have to be being in the stadium for game 4 of the 1999 World Series! So awesome getting to see them celebrate winning the championship in person. 

Jay: What A Night!! Rob: Close second and third would be being at World Series game 1 in 1998 for Tino’s grand slam, and World Series game 5 for Brosius’ game tying homer in the bottom of the ninth after Tino did the same thing the night before! The old ballpark was just so dang electric! I miss it!

Jay: Favorite all time Yankee and Why?Rob: Favorite all time is easily “Donnie Baseball”, Don Mattingly! He was/is the epitome of what a Yankees player should be! Played his butt off every day of his career, and woulda been a sure fire HOF’er had his back not cut him down.

Jay: Do the Yankees win the division or Wild Card? Why? 

Rob: I’m thinking it’s another wild card year for them this year. They’re having a great season, but Boston is just playing at a historic clip. Not much you can do about that, except beat them in October!

Jay: In your opinion what’s the Best trade deadline move the Yankees made ? 

Rob: It’s looking like Lance Lynn right now with how well he’s pitched since getting here. By season’s end, I suspect it’ll be between him and J.A. Happ.

Jay: Does the injury to Judge or Sanchez hurt us more? 

Rob: It’s been tough not having both of them in the lineup, but losing Judge is proving to be more problematic because of what it’s doing to the rest of the lineup. Our bench is shorter because we have to play Stanton, Hicks, and Gardner more frequently. And having to play Shane Robinson on the occasions we do has definitely shortened the lineup.

Jay: Who from next years free agent class do you sign ? Why ?

Rob: I suppose it would have to be a starting pitcher. Patrick Corbin seems like a good one to pursue. I wouldn’t be surprised if we sniff around on Dallas Keuchel too. He’s always pitched well in NY against us. I’d be interested to see if that would translate to success on our staff.

Jay: Very nice id love to have Corbin, have always been a fan. I think I’d stay away from Keuchel I see signs that say this is more than just a down year. No interest in Bryce Harper ? 

Rob: Not terribly interested in Harper OR Machado for that matter. They’re both going to command a King’s ransom on the open market, and I think our money is best spent shoring up our rotation. Besides, in a few years time, we’ve gotta start paying our own superstars too!

Jay: Very true I am still interested in Harper myself :)

What is your all time Yankee team using only players you have seen play ? (Tv or live) lineup and all. Full 25 man roster.....players can’t play out of position.  

Rob: Hmmm.......25 Man Roster of Yankees I’ve Seen Play:

Starting Lineup

LF: Rickey Henderson

SS: Derek Jeter

2B: Robinson Cano

3B: Alex Rodriguez

1B: Don Mattingly

RF: Dave Winfield

DH: Hideki Matsui

C: Jorge Posada

CF: Bernie WilliamsBench (assuming I can put anybody here)

Mike Stanley - C/1B

Willie Randolph - 2B/SS

Paul O’Neil - RF

Brett Gardner - OF

Starting Pitchers

Ron Guidry

Jimmy Key

David Cone

Andy Pettitte

CC Sabathia

(So many lefties! LOL!)

Bullpen

Mariano Rivera

Goose Gossage

Dave Righetti

Dellin Betances

Jeff Nelson

Mike Stanton

Ramiro Mendoza (ultimate swing man!)Jay: That he was Mendoza was money💲💲

Like it man!! Very interesting. Lineup should produce plenty of offense. Pitching staff would be shut down, and the bullpen would be lights out. However I think for me I’d have to take out one of the guys and add John Wetteland. 

The following questions are the fun True or False part of Fan Time.  

Jay: Sonny Gray deserves another start?

Rob: False - Sonny doesn’t deserve another start unless Lynn or Happ struggle

Jay: Stanton Hits 50 HRs ? 

Rob: False - Stanton probably finished with 42-45 HR’s

Jay: Judge still Hits 40 HRs ? 

Rob: False - Judge probably doesn’t see the field again until mid-September unfortunately

Jay: The yanks break the record for team Home Runs ? 

Rob: False - they’ve fallen off the pace for the HR record, plus Sanchez and Judge STILL aren’t in the lineup.

Jay: Yankees have 4 players with more then 30 Home Runs?

Rob: False - there will be quite a few with 20+ though!

Jay: Yankees Win the World Series ? 

Rob: True - I genuinely feel like we’re going to hit our stride with a couple of weeks left in the season, and ride that wave to a WS championship.

Jay: Greg Bird hits 25 Home Runs?

Rob: False - Bird might get to 20 if he gets hot though!

Jay: Sevy Wins CY Young ? 

Rob: False - Sevy’s recent streak of bad starts will keep him out of the running.

Jay: Even with Sale hitting the DL ? Don’t you think that helped Sevy’s case ? 

Rob: I think Sale’s injury helped the Astros pitching staff’s case for the Cy Young, more than Sevy’s to be honest! Lol!

Jay: Hope Not.....Brett Gardner is a Yankee next Year? 

Rob: False - This answer is totally dependent on Clint Frazier’s health going into next season. If he is, then he’s our 4th OF. If not, we might bring Gardy back for one more season.

Jay: Any Final thoughts on the Yankees this year or next ?

Rob: Final thoughts? Here’s hoping this is just the beginning of a dominant run for this ball club! We’re VERY young, super talented, and have a few more pieces coming up the line to join these guys in the coming years. It’s definitely exciting being a Yankees fan right now!

Jay: Boy I hope you are right. I do feel the same way but in baseball you just never know.

That about wraps things up it was a pleasure having you. Thank You for your time.   

Rob: Thanks for having me Jay! It was great chatting about the Bombers with you! Let’s go Yankees!

Jay: Your Welcome!! & Yes Let’s G⚾️ Yankees!!!

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5 comments:

  1. great interview! Smart man that Robert Roman! He knows his Yankees, his favorite team. He bleeds Yankee Blue.

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  2. great interview! Smart man that Robert Roman! He knows his Yankees, his favorite team. He bleeds Yankee Blue.

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