The New York Yankees are currently in first place in the AL East with the second-best record in all of baseball, so as soon as they have that best record in baseball status locked up – and maybe toss in a few highway robbery trades as well – all will be well in the universe, according to Yankees fans. One of the luxuries of being “business as usual” for baseball’s highest payroll is that Yankees players and fans can once again laugh, not only at the fans of teams beneath them in the standings, but also at their own miseries of previous years.
For example, on Friday the Yankees visited the Kansas City Royals for a quick three-game sweep to extend their winning streak to five games, but because Kauffman Stadium is where Yankees closer and first ballot Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera ended his season a wee bit early last season while shagging fly balls in warm-ups, his teammates decided to poke fun at the injury with the “No Mo Zone”.
This is C.C. She’s a year and a half old. She can recite the retired numbers for the New York Yankees.
Okay, so she has a little help, but f**k you, she’s not even two. I’m a grown-up with a sports blog and I can’t recite the Cleveland Indians retired numbers without facepalming for five minutes. YOU try remembering Mel Harder! Anyway, C.C. (who shares a name with a Yankee, and is very excited about that fact) is adorable, thinks her daddy is the team captain of the New York Yankees and does a pretty-okay job of spitting out “Mattingly.”
There are plenty of sports events to watch on TV tonight, from the Phillies-Reds game at 7PM ET on ESPN 2 to the Sabres at Bruins on NBC Sports at 7:30 PM ET to the incredibly intense Jazz and Lakers games, on ESPN at 8 PM and 10:30 PM respectively, which will decide the fate of both of those teams, as one of them will miss the playoffs. There’s also WWE Main Event on ION, in the event that I ever discover what channel that is on U-verse.
Chances are I’ll probably end up watching the Cardinals game in an exhausted daze on my couch, because the 24/7 cable news cycle is breaking me to pieces, and I don’t even watch that nonsense. But it finds a way to sneak up on you and get you in a mental chokehold, like carbon monoxide in a running car in the garage, except all in my brain. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, to be honest, but I’m tired and my head and heart hurt, that’s for sure. (I’ll be more fun tomorrow, I promise.)
But baseball made me pretty happy last night as teams and fans across the country paid tribute to the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, and I’ll watch that New York Yankees video again, as the Bronx Bombers fans sang along with “Sweet Caroline” for one night. And I had some leftover photo tributes left over from my morning search, so I figured in lieu of the TV listings, we could honor New York’s finest baseball fans one more time.
Actually, I should say that most baseball teams (if not all) and fans were class acts last night, as moments of silence were held in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing at ballparks across the country. More specifically, a number of parks played “Sweet Caroline” as well, as the song, of course, is a staple of Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park tradition.
But because sports fans can be such overzealous a-holes sometimes thanks to heated rivalries, it’s especially sweet to see that New York Yankees fans paid their respect to their bitter adversaries in Beantown by playing the song and singing along. Leave it to the one thing that makes people act the most insane to help bring us a little closer to normalcy.
Now I don’t know much about the music that you crazy kids are listening to today, but I’m told by the barista at my Starbucks that Jay Z is a hippity hop rap maker, and he’s quite successful. So successful, in fact, that he could write down 100 jobs and careers on a piece of paper, cover his eyes and point, and just up and do whichever gig he chooses, simply because he’s wealthier than most nations and just doesn’t give a proverbial f*ck.
That’s why it wasn’t very shocking when New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano announced that he had fired his agent Scott Boras and declared that he was the first professional athlete to sign with Jay Z’s new sports agency, Roc Nation Sports.