Sunday, September 11, 2016

Greedy Pinstripes Weekend Finale Open Thread

The weekend just flies by, doesn't it? Between the yard work, helping the kids with school work, being a dad, being a husband and being a blogger there just isn't enough time in the day. The weekends used to be for rest but now they are simply for catching up or go, go, going. Oh well I'm not complaining and I wouldn't have it any other way but by around this time Sunday evening I'm usually pretty done both physically and mentally. So for that reason I leave you with an open thread for the evening to discuss whatever you'd like.

Enjoy it and enjoy the rest of your evening and weekend. Have a good one and never forget!

Weekly Prospects Check In: Tyler Webb

Keeping with the Yankees minor league affiliates that are in the postseason and fighting for a respective championship, like the Triple-A Governors Cup, we check in with a prospect who has to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft this winter or could be lost to any of the other 29 MLB teams in the league. His name is Tyler Webb and he is a left-handed relief pitcher for the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders.

As the RailRiders look to win it all it will come off the backs of a nice offense, some gritty defense, good starting pitching and some elite relief work. Relief work that includes Mr. Webb and this stat line here for you all to see this evening:


Game Thread: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 9/11

Here we go ladies and gentleman one last time as the New York Yankees remain home in the Bronx to play host to their division rival Tampa Bay Rays. The finale of the four-game set will take place this afternoon inside Yankee Stadium with Luis Cessa taking the mound for New York and Matt Andriese taking the mound for Tampa Bay. The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

Not to look ahead too much, because I know the Yankees aren't, but tomorrow night New York welcomes the Los Angeles Dodgers to town for a historic three-game set. How often do we see the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees face off head-to-head let alone in the Bronx? Not often at all so if you want to see these games live click the Yankees Tickets link at the top of the blog and secure your seats now. If you can't make it live then you can at least root for the home team from afar and follow along with us by either liking our page on Facebook or by giving our Twitter handle @GreedyStripes a follow.

Need a win. Get a win. And never forget. Go Yankees!

September 11th - Never Forget

Good morning Yankees family and a very somber September 11th to you all. This day will always, at least as long as I am alive, be a horrible day ingrained into my memory. Where were you when the world stopped turning on the morning of September 11th? I was in my 10th grade math class room with a teacher whose name I'll never remember with 29-30 other classmates I'll probably never speak to again. I will ALWAYS remember the 2,996 people killed in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and those on United Flight 9 along with the over 6,000 injured.

The loss of life was unprecedented. The loss of life in law enforcement and for fire fighters may never be matched again. We may never see anything like this in the history of our great country again and you know what, that's A-okay with me. Never forget ladies and gentleman. Never forget.

Silence (over Manhattan)
by Paula Bardell

A black September shadow cloaks the dawn,
The City’s once white teeth now rotting stumps,
Midst choking dusty embers ether-borne,
Its shrunken soundless heart now barely pumps.
Infernos upon retribution rise,
Fanaticism maddening the flames,
Its once imposing deities abscise,
As the faceless antagonist proclaims:
A consummation sweet but unfulfilled,
A penetrative burst without regret,
A zealous passion never to be stilled,
An earthly instinct powerful, and yet –
This bitter loathing blowing from the East,
Curtailed but could not kill the feisty beast.

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 9/11

The finale of this big four-game set goes down today between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx. The Yankees have been a forced to be reckoned with lately and especially in this series as the Rays and even Mother Nature tried and failed to stop New York more times than not this series. New York is on a roll and they look for complete domination this afternoon in the finale of the series. In the finale the Yankees will send Luis Cessa to the mound to square off against Matt Andriese for the Rays. Should be another good one in the Bronx.

Cessa will be making the fifth start of his MLB career this afternoon in the Bronx and he is looking to keep his unbeaten record clean in the start. As a starter Cessa is 2-0 this season with a 3.09 ERA in four starts despite giving up far too many home runs.

Andriese has lasted just nine innings in his last two starts while allowing 14 runs in that same time period, yes please. Andriese has allowed 10 home runs in his last seven starts which is not a great sign as he enters a home run friendly ballpark in the Bronx. Well it's not a good sign for Tampa Bay anyway.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. On days like today, even in the midst of a pennant race, the games become less important and the meaning of the actual day takes center stage. Well it should anyway. Need a win. Get a win. More importantly though, never forget. Go Yankees!

Weekly Prospects Check In: Dietrich Enns

Dietrich Enns is one of the many Yankees prospects that will have to be protected or left out for the taking before this winter's Rule 5 Draft. Earlier when I wrote about the potential Rule 5 Draft picks this winter I basically dismissed a couple arms as having little-to-no chance of being selected this winter and Mr. Enns was one of them. Upon further review, and with a little help from a friend in the comments section, I delved deeper and realized just how wrong I was. Insert foot in mouth. I won't make that mistake again and if opposing teams down in Triple-A make that same mistake it may be game over in the Governors Cup Final.

Can Enns and the RailRiders take home the Triple-A Championship? Stay tuned:


This Day In New York Yankees History: September 11th

On this day in 2009 Derek Jeter became the Yankees all-time hits king passing Lou Gehrig with an opposite field single in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles. Derek would pass the former Yankee captain and Iron Horse with his 2,722 hit of his Yankees career after Gehrig held the franchise record for more than 70 years.

Also on this day in 2001 as we all know and will forever remember terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York, Pentagon in Washington D.C., and got overtaken above Pennsylvania resulting in a plane crash. Major League Baseball cancelled all games on this day for security reasons and to allow everyone to reflect, mourn, and catch up with what was going on around the country.

Today we once again honor those who have fallen, those who protect us and pray for our country. Never forget.