Archive for September, 2009


Posted by on Thursday, 10 September, 2009

Baseball.  It’s all a blog.  Yankee Stadium one day and then I cross the River and arrive at Mets Citi Field.  The ball parks are as different as  night and day, really.

While the Yankees players are 9 game ahead of Boston Red Sox in the standings anticipating post season games, the Mets are struggling to complete the season, with their ownership contemplating how to correct the “crash” of the 2009 season.

Both teams opened the season in brand new ballparks.  Both teams began play with questionable players.  So, what made the difference that one team achieved success and the other suffered injury after injury.

In this web site, we shall continue with this subect as the Major League Baseball season come to an end.


Posted by on Thursday, 10 September, 2009

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A-Rod and Teammates Join Youngsters in a Good old Fashioned Stickball Game

Posted by on Monday, 7 September, 2009

On this wet Friday in August, there is nothing abnormal about seeing kids play stickball in the streets oh the Bronx. Add some Yankee players to the game and you now have the makings of a dream.

A-Rod and Kids

A-Rod and Kids

Yankees Alex Rodriguez, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Sergio Mitre decided to get some extra swings before making their way into the Cathedral they work in. They joined youngsters from The United League in a good old fashioned stickball game at a lot outside the old stadium where the Yankee Mural wall is. The kids lined up to take turns of pitching to both A-Rod and Hairston. Mitre played the role of cheerleader, as he was left with babysitting duties for his son Sam. It was more than hit and run for these three Yankees players. They took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with all the kids and passersby who were stunned to see the trio playing stickball on this drizzly day.

The last Yankee player to be seen swinging a stick in the streets was folk hero Joe Pepitone, back in the 1960’s. NY Giants Willie Mays was also a regular swinger back in the 50’s.

After the game the players treated all the kids to lunch at Billy’s Café. Rodriguez spoke to the kids and challenged each of them to read a book a month. He stressed how education is huger than hitting a homerun. Yankees Advisor Ray Negron was hailed by Rodriguez for giving back to the children. Negron organized the event and helped to hand out gift certificates for Modell’s Sporting Goods which were donated by CEO Mitch Modell. They were then presented with Certificates of Appreciation, which were freshly signed and put together by Bronx Chamber of Commerce President Lenny Caro.

The players then made their way to work, which was across the street, as they mingled with the well behaved crowd which showed nothing but love to Rodriguez, Hairston, and Mitre. For the few lucky players of The United League, who had a chance to pitch to Rodriguez and Hairston, the memory will last a lifetime. The Yankees come through again providing HOPE to everyone they come in contact with.

By Aris Sakellaridis