Sunday, May 19, 2019

Books: Senator Tom Cotton's "Sacred Duty" At Arlington





Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery
By Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas
William Morrow; hardcover, $28.99; E-book, $22.99

Tom Cotton is the United States Senator from Arkansas. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

Red Bulls Shutout Atlanta

The Red Bulls celebrate their goal. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Red Bulls shutout Atlanta United FC, 1-0, on Sunday at Red Bull Arena for their fourth win in five games.

They have moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 5-5-2 with 17 points. Atlanta is in fourth with 20 points (6-2-4).

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mark Harmon Named 2019 NFF Gold Metal Recipient





The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that former UCLA quarterback Mark Harmon has been named the 2019 recipient of the NFF Gold Medal in recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, unblemished reputation and for reflecting the values of amateur football.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Yankees Take First Place In Style

The Yankees celebrating their big win. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Yankees scored three in the ninth, as Gio Urshela got another game-winning hit, to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium and take first place in the American League East for the first time since Opening Day.

Mets To Hold Seinfeld Night On July 5

Keith Hernandez and Jerry Seinfeld on their iconic episode of "Seinfeld."



Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez will reunite for Seinfeld Night at Citi Field on July 5, 2019, which is 30 years to the day of the premiere of the iconic show on NBC, when the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m.

Books: The Real Topgun





Topgun: An American Story
By Dan Pedersen
Hachette; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.00

When people think of Top Gun, they instantly think of the classic 1986 movie that starred Tom Cruise.

The title of that movie refers to its setting at the Topgun Navy Fighter School, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Books: English Baseball A "Pastime Lost"





Pastime Lost: The Humble, Original, and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball
By David Block
University of Nebraska Press; 328 pages; hardcover & eBook, $29.95 

Next month, the Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games in London, the first time Major League Baseball will play regular season games in the country.

England is arguably the birthplace of the sport, as its citizens of all ages, genders, and classes of society were playing a game called baseball long before the sport became America’s national pastime.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Yankees 3B Andujar Elects To Have Surgery

Miguel Andujar. Photo by Jason Schott.


Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar has elected to have right shoulder labrum repair surgery, and he is not expected to return this season.

The surgery will be performed on Monday by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Game 2: Yankees, Led By German & Voit, Sweep Twinbill From O's

Domingo German on the mound Wednesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Yankees got another great performance from Domingo German, who earned his eighth victory, and Luke Voit, who had a three-hit night, to win the nightcap of their doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Game 1: Yankees Win Home Run Derby Over O's

Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees slugged four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of their doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Updates On Yankees Pitchers' Returns From Injury

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.


On Wednesday afternoon, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, in his pregame comments ahead of their doubleheader with Baltimore, gave updates on the progress of their top reliever Dellin Betances and starters James Paxton and Jonathan Loaisiga.

Below is a report on each pitcher and what the skipper had to say about the progress and their rehabs and what he sees going forward:

Yankees Acquire Kendrys Morales

Kendrys Morales with Toronto.


On Tuesday night, the Yankees  acquired slugger Kendrys Morales, a first baseman/designated hitter, and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Yankees-Orioles Postponed Again - Make-Up August 12

Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees announced that tonight's game against and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather.

Judge Watch: RF "Hasn't graduated to baseball activities," According To Boone

Aaron Judge. Photo by Jason Schott.



Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was placed on the injury list on April 21 with a left oblique injury, which he suffered on a swing the day before in the sixth inning of a 9-2 win over Kansas City.

Boone: Andujar Decision Coming Soon

Miguel Andujar. Photo by Jason Schott.



On Monday evening, the Yankees made the announcement that infielder Miguel Andújar would be going back on the 10-day injured list with a right labrum tear a little more than a week after he returned from a lengthy IL stint.

Andujar was originally placed on the injured list on April 1, and at that time, the Yankees preached caution when it came to his rehab, but that surgery was an option.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Books: David Cone's "Full Count"





Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher
By David Cone and Jack Curry
Grand Central Publishing; hardcover, $28; E-book, $14.99; downloadable audiobook, $25.98 - available Tuesday, May 14

David Cone, a five-time All-Star and a five-time World Champion, is a New York baseball legend, and he tells his story in the entertaining new book, Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher.

Yankees-O's Postponed: What You Need To Know

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees announced that Monday night's game against Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions.

Yankees Put Andujar Back On The IL

Miguel Andujar working out earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.


On Monday evening, the Yankees made the announcement that infielder Miguel Andújar would be going back on the 10-day injured list with a right labrum tear a little more than a week after he returned from a lengthy IL stint.

Mets Announce Return Of "Strikeout For Savings" Program

Mets star Noah Syndergaard on the mound recently. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets announced that the popular “Strikeouts for Savings” promotion is returning when the Mets visit their National League East rivals Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins beginning Tuesday night.

MLB Players Of The Week: May 13th

George Springer of the Houston Astros.

All-Star outfielder George Springer of the Houston Astros and starting pitcher Mike Fiers of the Oakland Athletics have been named the W.B. Mason American League Co-Players of the Week, and starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Yankees Set For Hicks Return; Send Tauchman Down

Aaron Hicks celebrating a big moment last season. @Yankees.



The Yankees sent outfielder Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday's game in anticipation of the return of center fielder Aaron Hicks, who was activated from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Monday.

The Yankees also placed RHP Jonathan Loaisiga on the 10-day I.L. (retroactive to 5/10) with a right shoulder strain, and recalled RHP Chance Adams (#35) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Major Progress on New Stadium For Oakland A's

The proposed A's stadium at Howard Terminal. @Athletics.

A term sheet between the Oakland Athletics and the Port of Oakland outlining terms for the possible development by the A’s of approximately 50 acres of Port property at Howard Terminal was approved by The Board of Port Commissioners with a 7-0 vote 7-0. 

Books: Inside Family Guy





Inside Family Guy: An Illustrated History
By Frazier Moore; foreword by Seth MacFarlane
Dey Street Books; hardcover, $34.99; available Tuesday, May 14

If you can believe it, Fox's seven-time Emmy Award-winning primetime animated series Family Guy, debuted twenty years ago.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Books: Red Sox vs. Yankees, A New Way To Look At Baseball's Best Rivalry





Red Sox vs. Yankees: Hometown Experts Analyze, Debate, and Illuminate Baseball's Ultimate Rivalry
By Bill Nowlin and David Fischer
Sports Publishing Paperback; $16.99; available Tuesday, May 14

The intense rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox  is one of the greatest in sports, creating some of baseball's most memorable moments.

Mets Mother’s Day Game Postponed: Information For Ticketholders

Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets have announced that Sunday afternoon’s game against the Miami Marlins has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather and rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday, August 5 at 4:10 p.m.The second game of the double-header will start approximately 20 minutes after the end of the first game.

Yankees Get Green Back In Bullpen

Chad Green.

The Yankees recalled reliever Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday morning.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

MLS Road Report: Red Bulls Roll In Dallas; NYCFC Wins In LA

@NewYorkRedBulls.



The MLS locals had road games against Western Conference foes on the road on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Bulls rolled to a 3-1 over FC Dallas, while New York City Football Club shutout the LA Galaxy and won, 2-0.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mets Respond In Big Way To Callaway's Call To "Do Some Small Things"

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway on Friday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets made some history as they scored early and often to rout the Marlins, 11-2, on Friday night at Citi Field.
This was just what the Mets needed after a tough road trip after they lost five of six in Milwaukee and San Diego, and fell below .500, at 17-20 entering this three-game series with the 10-27 Marlins.

World Champion Red Sox Visit The White House

President Trump holding up the Red Sox jersey that was presented to him. @WhiteHouse.



The World Champion Boston Red Sox visited the White House and President Donald J. Trump on Thursday.

Last season, the Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season before beating the Yankees and Houston Astros in the American League postseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

Citi Field's New Bag Policy Begins May 20th

Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets, on Friday afternoon, announced a new bag policy at Citi Field to enhance ballpark safety.

Mets 2019 Honorary Bat Girl

Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets will host 2019 Honorary Bat Girl is Jennifer Murphy from Floral Park, NY, on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, at Citi Field.

Boone On Yankees' Big Series In Tampa: "We've got to put our best foot forward"

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Yankees will face their first big test of the season this weekend in Tampa Bay when they open a three-game series with the Rays.

Tampa Bay is 23-13, and have led the American League East from day one, and the Yankees (22-15) have made their 6-9 start a distant memory as they have won 16 of their last 22 to pull within one-and-a-half games of Tampa Bay.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happ-y Night For Yankees As They Close Out Mariners

Two Yankees runs scoring late on a Gio Urshela hit. Photo by Jason Schott.



J.A. Happ had one of his [best starts of the season as the Yankees beat the Mariners 3-1 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium to take three out of four games in their series.

Happ threw five innings, allowing just one hit and three walks, and striking out seven to earn his second win of the season, improving to 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA.

Yankees Place Betances On 60-Day IL; Call Up Cortes, Jr.

Dellin Betances.


On Thursday morning, the Yankees placed reliever Dellin Betances on the 60-day injured list and called up Nestor Cortes, Jr. from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Book Chat: Jack Curry On Collaborating With David Cone On "Full Count"

Jack Curry.


Jack Curry is an award-winning sports journalist who has been an analyst on the Yankees' pre-game and post-game shows on the YES Network since 2010. Prior to that, he covered baseball for 20 years for the New York Times as a Yankees beat writer and national baseball correspondent.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Montreal Uses Late Surge To Beat Red Bulls

Aaron Long of the Red Bulls heading in his goal. @NewYorkRedBulls.



The Red Bulls lost to the Montreal Impact, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena, dropping the final game of their three-game homestand in which they won the first two matches.

Books: "The Case For Trump" By Victor Davis Hanson

President Trump.


The Case For Trump
By Victor Davis Hanson
Basic Books; hardcover, 400 pages; $30.00

Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno.

In his new book, The Case For Trump, Hanson examines the rise of Donald Trump from businessman to longshot presidential candidate to completing the upset of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Akashic Books Noir Series: Vancouver, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, & Sidney





When Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books published Brooklyn Noir, edited by Tim McLoughlin, in 2004, they did not expect that it would be the start of a series.

McLoughlin's concept was to identify local authors who knew Brooklyn's neighborhoods even better than he did, to ask them to write original stories, and as its editor to celebrate his beloved and diverse home.

Yankees 2019 Honorary Bat Girl

Yankee Stadium.



Major League Baseball has announced the 2019 Honorary Bat Girls for each MLB Club in support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day.

Thome, Alomar, Lindor Named 2019 MLB All-Star Ambassadors

Jim Thome.


Some of the biggest names in Cleveland Indians history, current star Francisco Lindor and legends from their 1990s heyday, Jim Thome and Sandy Alomar Jr., were named the official 2019 MLB All-Star Ambassadors during a surprise pick-up game at Progressive Field with local youth baseball and softball players. 

Red Bulls Sign Forward Tom Barlow To MLS Contract

Courtesy Red Bulls.



The Red Bulls have signed forward Tom Barlow to an MLS contract. The 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick joins the First Team after scoring 18 goals in 34 games with New York Red Bulls II.

Resilient Yankees Keep Winning

@Yankees.



The Yankees have proven to be a resilient group this season, as they continue to win games despite having over 10 players on the injured list.

The thing that's admirable about the Yankees is that, no matter who is in the lineup, they are expected to win.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tiger Woods Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Tiger Woods with President Trump after receiving the prestigious honor. @WhiteHouse.


Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golfers ever and fresh off his stirring Masters victory, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald J. Trump on Monday evening.


Syndergaard Named National League Player Of The Week

Noah Syndergaard pitching to the Reds' Joey Votto last Thursday. Photo by Jason Schott.



Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week. Another starter, Jake Odorizzi of the Minnesota Twins, was named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Yankees Veteran (CC Earns Historic Win) & Rookie (Estrada Gets 1st HR) Power Yankees Past Mariners

Thairo Estrada reaching the dugout steps after his home run. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees earned a 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, as CC Sabathia earned a historic win and rookie Thairo Estrada hit his first career home run.

Sabathia battled through five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.

Yankees Have Frazier Back; Maybin Will Still "Play A Bunch," Says Boone

Clint Frazier.


On Monday morning, the Yankees returned outfielder Clint Frazier from rehab and reinstated him from the 10-day injured list, which he was on since April 23 with a left ankle sprain. 

Mets Announcer Ron Darling Health Update

Ron Darling. Courtesy Turner Sports.

Mets announcer Ron Darling has been sidelined from SNY since he announced on April 13 that he would be having surgery to have a mass removed from his chest.

On Monday, a little over three weeks after that sad news, Darling, who also pitched for the Mets and was a member of the 1986 World Championship team, gave an update on Twitter.

Mets Acquire Font To Add Depth To Bullpen

Wilmer Font.


The Mets announced on Monday they acquired right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

2019 Mother's Day Gift & Travel Guide

A 1800Flowers.com selection.

BY LLOYD CARROLL

It is impossible to express one’s love for the woman who raised us and made us who were today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless we should all put a little thought into a thank you even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.

Books: On What Makes Baseball Special

Yankee Stadium's famous facade. Photo by Jason Schott.



With the baseball season in full swing, it's time to take a look back at the history of the game and what makes it so special. Let's take a look at some new books that will illuminate your thinking of the All-American game: Chumps to Champs: How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the 90's Dynasty by Bill Pennington; Wrigley Field Year by Year by Sam Pathy and John Thorn; and When The Crowd Didn't Roar by Kevin Cowherd.