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This Day in Sports

“Deep to left! Yastrzemski will not get it! It’s a homerun! A three-run homer by Bucky Dent!” 

I may not have been alive for this game but Bill White’s voice is forever engrained in my head as the legendary hit by Bucky Dent has been replayed over and over again as one of the greatest baseball moments of all time. Dent, who hit only 4 homeruns that year, lofted one out of Fenway to lead the Yanks to win the 1978 one-game playoff against their historic rivals, the Boston Red Sox.  This homer over the Green Monster led the Yanks to the postseason and an eventual World Championship. Dent may not have had the best bat in the lineup but he will forever be remembered for his hit on October 2, 1978.

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Exit Sandman


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I have to admit, just thinking about Mariano Rivera’s retirement brings me to tears. Not only is he the greatest closer of all time, he’s one of the last remnants of the Yankee team who I religiously followed growing up. The beloved Core Four dwindles to one as Mo along with Andy Pettitte (who announced his retirement last week) join Jorge Posada in retirement, leaving Jeter to carry on the legacy for a few more years.

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While Pettitte will be missed dearly, his retirement is largely overshadowed by the Exit of Sandman (Mariano’s nickname due to his entry song), who’s final season has been celebrated since Opening Day by all of baseball. The tributes have been unbelievable, with each team presenting Mo with  heartwarming farewell gifts as he closed his final game in each stadium. He has gotten everything from rocking chairs made of broken bats, to a Gold Record of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” , numerous donations to his foundation and even customized cowboy boots. The Red Sox gave him the 42 placard that graced the Fenway Park scoreboard each time he pitched, along with the visitor’s bullpen mound, an old stadium seat (#42) and a performance by the Boston Cello Quartet of “Enter Sandman”.  Click here to see all of his retirement gifts.

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But of course, the Yankees would not stand to be out done, honoring Mo in a 55 minute ceremony prior to Sunday’s game. It was a perfect good bye to this beloved Yankee. It started with a touching tribute to Jackie Robinson in Monument Park where the Yanks then added 42 to their litany of numbers never to be worn again. Ex-teammates came to celebrate and honor the greatest closer of all time. Metallica performed “Enter Sandman” in the outfield warning track as Mariano walked the walk he’s made so many times to the pitchers mound. The whole thing was beautifully done, bringing back so many memories as Mariano’s Yankee chapter closes.

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It will certainly be emotional the last time Mo makes his trip from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound to close his final game. One thing is for certain, while 42 will never grace a baseball field again, his impact on the game of baseball will live forever. Generation after generation will talk about Mariano Rivera as the greatest closer of all time. I feel lucky to have been able to watch him pitch his entire career. So hats off to Mo, Sandman, the great Mariano Rivera.

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Not Ready for a Goodbye

1378932547000-2013-09-11-jeter-dlIt looks like the Yankees will have to finish the race toward October baseball without the Captain. As I’m sure you’ve heard, Derek Jeter will be sitting out his favorite time of year due to a series of injuries that started last fall when he injured his ankle in the ALCS vs. the Tigers. There have been rumors that Jeter should hang it up.

While he only played 17 games this season, Jeter’s presence will certainly be missed by his team and fans alike. I know that personally, watching the race to the playoffs will not be the same without #2 on the field.

Here are 5 reasons why I think Jeter will be missed the most:

1. Flair for the dramatics

Jeter has always been one to make it exciting. Take his 3000th hit for example. Not only did he accomplish a feat only 28 players before him have done, he did it with a home run. He finished the day 5-5, leading the Yankees to a win.

And who could forget when Jeter took flight? Diving into the stands, Jeter ended the 12th inning with an unbelievable play.  The Yankees finished the game with a win as Jeter found himself heading to the hospital.

2. Captain Clutch

After many years of proving greatness under pressure, Jeter rightfully earned the nickname of ‘Captain Clutch’. He never fails to deliver in the 11th hour, doing anything to lead the Yanks to a win.

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His flip to Posada in the ALDS series in 2001 vs. Oakland will go down in history as one of the best plays in baseball. Mike Mussina was pitching a 1-0 gem with 2 outs in the 7th. The tying run was rounding home as right fielder, Shane Spenser, released a cannon soaring over everyone’s head toward the on deck circle.  Jeter came swooping in out of nowhere, grabbed the ball and made a shovel pass landing perfectly in Posada’s glove who simply has to bend down to make the tag. They get the out and the Yanks end up winning the game. Watching the video gives me goosebumps.

3. “Mr. November”

The clock struck 12 and November baseball officially began. And of course, Jeter rang in it with the most dramatic of fashions. He collects another post season home run that lead the Yanks to a crucial Game 4 victory in the 2001 World Series.  With this hit, Jeter earned another nickname: Mr. November.

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Although Jeter is not typically regarded as a home run hitter, he’s come up big several times in critical post season moments. In his rookie season, Jeter hit a controversial home run to tie the Orioles in the ’96 ALCS. He broke the tie of Game 4 of the ALCS in 2000 with a 5th inning blast. Later that season, Jeter led off a pivotal Game 3 with a first pitch homer against the Mets in the Subway Series.

4. Yankee Legend

Joe Torre said it best: “It took me 30-something years to get to the World Series. [Jeter] thinks it’s an every-year occurrence. You look in his eyes, you see something special because he’s a leader. He was a leader when he was 20 years old.”

Jeter has been leading the Yankees to postseason wins since he stepped on a Major League field. He’s a bridge from Yankee legends of old and one of the last members of the dynasty years. When he steps up to the plate, Bob Shepard’s voices echoes through the facade of the stadium, representing the last Yankee to be announced by this legendary voice. He’s one of the last of Torre’s soldiers and the closest remain of George Steinbrenner’s legacy and ruthless drive to win.

As much as I hate to admit it, Jeter’s years on the diamond are wearing thin. He has left Yankee fans with no shortage of memorable moments and I have no doubt that there are several more left in him.

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Cheerleader Turned Sports Fan

IMG_0572I was six years old when I picked up my first set of pom pons. I have to be honest though, I wasn’t interested in the football games when I first started cheerleading. The only thing I wanted to do was compete. I dreaded every game I had to cheer at and counted down the seconds from the first snap of the game.

I took a stab at playing softball when I was 7 years old. My career started with hit, which ended up being my first and last. I didn’t swing the bat again that season, finding much satisfaction in a walk (which wasn’t hard considering I was about 3 feet tall with a very small strikezone).  I spent my time in right field working on my gymnastic skills and even did a few cheers for my team while playing the outfield. Comparable to Ricky Henderson (Hall of Famer who holds the record for most unintentional walks), I retired with a ton of walks, an admirable on base percentage and that one lonesome hit. I however, am still waiting for my Hall of Fame induction 😉

So I stuck to cheerleading and little by little began enjoying the games.  I learned the fundamentals of football and analyzed each game with my dad. I went from hating standing on the sidelines to loving every second of it. I have the best view in the house and am literally feet away from the action. Does it get any better?IMG_0566

I always used to say to my mom that cheerleading was a hard thing to stay involved in after you give it up. There’s no professional cheerleading league to follow or recreational adult teams to participate in. When it’s over, its over.

I realize now that this is not necessarily true in my case. While my days of standing on other peoples’ hands are numbered and I won’t do back flips for the rest of my life, the cheerleader in me will never die. I will always be a sports fan, always cheer on my teams (Yankees and Cowboys!) and forever cherish the love of sports that cheerleading helped me develop.

So welcome to my blog, a female fan’s perspective on everything sports.  I will be doing a lot of writing on current events, controversies, the big games along with how I celebrate them (recipes and tips to come). Stay tuned for an inside look of my very own sideline perspective!

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