Jacoby Ellsbury wondering how long Red Sox fans will boo him now that he signed a 7 year/$153 million deal with the New York Yankees.
MEET THE METS,
MEET THE METS,
Step right up and greet the Mets!
Bring your kiddies,
bring your wife;
Guaranteed to have the time of your life
The New York Yankees made $53 million in concessions.
October 2, 1978
What was this guy’s name again? Bucky Something Dent. I can never remember his middle name.
Andy Pettitte’s 1995 scouting report:
"Big strong left handed pitcher. Had good poise. Dominated other ball club. Good curve. Throws hard. Definite starter material."
A perfect ending to a perfect career.
First pitcher in MLB history to pitch at least 15 seasons and never have a losing season. Finished 2013 11-11 after his win in Houston.
a complete game 2-1 victory over his hometown Astros.
It was his first complete game since 2006.
Added note: Pettitte never had a losing season in his career (@jaysonst)
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The starting lineups for Mariano Rivera’s first game at Yankee Stadium, June 6, 1995*.
Rivera started: 4 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, hit 2 batters, gave up homers to Geronimo Berroa and Ruben Sierra
A’s won, 8-6.
Mariano Rivera’s scouting report, July 8, 1995
"DID NOT SEE AN OFF-SPEED PITCH. HE NEEDS ONE FOR THE FUTURE."
Courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Start spreading the news … I am leaving today … I want to be a part of it … New York, New York
For only the second time in the past 19 years, the New York Yankees failed to make the postseason. Sigh. (Photo of a sad-looking bunch of ballplayers during the Yankees 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night by Barton Silverman / The New York Times)
#8 HOUSTON, HELLO: OK, one more postseason nugget before we move on. This man faced the best hitters on the best teams in baseball in 98 postseason games — and held them to this microscopic slash line: .174/.212/.227. Now here’s what that means, essentially: In the most important games of his life, he turned the best hitters on earth into Houston Jimenez — only not that good. (Jimenez’s career slash line: .185/.221/.234.) Not even David Copperfield could pull off that magic trick. Could he?
#16 WELL ADJUSTED: If you’re not familiar with one of best new-age pitching stats in existence — Adjusted ERA-Plus — it essentially takes a pitcher’s ERA, adjusts it for ballpark factors and the era in which he pitches, and then compares him to the “average” pitcher of his time. And the verdict is in. Rivera hasn’t been merely the greatest relief pitcher ever. If we go by Adjusted ERA, he’s been the single most dominant pitcher ever, starter or reliever. On a scale in which the average pitcher rates 100, Rivera’s Adjusted ERA, over a 19-season career, is an unreal 205. Not only is that the very best Adjusted ERA in history among pitchers with at least 1,000 career innings, but nobody else is within 50 points of him. Right, 50! Your runner-up: Pedro Martinez — at 154. Holy schmoly.
#21 THE LEADING MAN: Finally, for all these years, Joe Torre and Joe Girardi have pretty much run every game they’ve managed with one thought: Hand a lead to Rivera, kick back and start loving life. It’s worked out kind of well, I’d say. Over these last 19 seasons, the Yankees have handed Rivera a lead in 914 different regular-season games. Their record in those games? How about 868-46, the Elias Sports Bureau tells us. That’s a .950 winning percentage. They’ve placed 68 more leads in his hands in the postseason — and gone 64-4. That’s a .941 winning percentage. You realize, right, that pretty much nothing in life or baseball is 95 percent certain to happen? But winning a game when you hand Mariano Rivera a lead to protect?
"It was just so cool that Motley Crue showed up for Mo."