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Looking Back: Gammons ’86 Playoff Preview

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I thought it would be fun to look back at the preview of the playoffs and I found this old Sports Illustrated article by Peter Gammons from October 6th, 1986. Gammons previews all four playoff teams, but he seems particularly excited about […]

What Is Your Favorite Old Ballpark? Honoring Torre, Wright’s Crossroad and Friendly Neighborhood

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Last night the SNY booth was discussing old ballparks and it gave me the idea to reach out to my Twitter and Facebook followers to ask what old ballpark would they have liked to watch a game. Here are the responses I received: Ebbetts Field Polo Grounds Crosley Field Jarry Park Original Yankee Stadium Astrodome […]

Nitkowski Talks About Media and the “Controversial” Stem Cell Therapy

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

On Sunday, C.J. Nitkowski joined me during my 1240 AM WGBB show. He shared his memories of 9-11 and the 2001 Mets team that he was a part of during the month of September. We also discussed his attempt to use stem cell therapy on his shoulder in order to revive his pitching career. If […]

Karma, Quote of the Year, The Franchise, Belt for Beltran, Pitching Dominance

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Good to see Christian Lopez getting a break as the Miller Brewing Company has offered to pay any potential taxes incurred from the swag the Yankees gave him for Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit ball. It’s a smart campaign for their “High Life” brand that is positioned for the “everyday man,” which Lopez certainly is. In a time where big […]

Jeter Interview from ’92, Payroll Pork, Topps Traded, Kay’s Conspiracy

Friday, July 8th, 2011

This was played before the game last night. It was an interview with Mel Allen for Yankee Magazine. I assume it originally aired on MSG. *** Do you realize that Johan Santana is makes up 18% of the Mets payroll? Alex Rodriguez comprises 15% of the Yankees? Baseball-Reference put out a list of the 100 players making the highest percentage […]

Mets Ownership Drama Headlines 10pm Digest

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

There is another controversy at Citi Field as I am joined by Howard Megdal of the Journal News. We will break down the comments by Fred Wilpon in The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. We also will take a look at prospective minority owner David Einhorn and what this means for the club going forward. […]

Francesa: Josh Hamilton Closest Thing to Mantle

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

During their weekly segment on WFAN yesterday, Mike Francesa and Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated gushed over the talent of Josh Hamilton. Francesa went on to say that Hamilton is “the closest he’s ever seen to Mickey Mantle.” Heyman informed the audience that Hamilton is so good that Nolan Ryan stops to watch him take […]

Will DiMaggio’s Streak Ever Be Broken?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Kostya Kennedy, author of the new Joe DiMaggio book “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports,” joined me on last night’s radio show. When discussing the project we talked about how this record has withstood the test of baseball time. Despite different eras of offense, performance enhancing drugs, expansion, and even the […]

Listen to 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Hear me talk to SI’s Kostya Kennedy who just released his book 56: Joe Dimaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports. We will talk about how his book delve into how the streak impact American life, where it stands versus other American sports records, and his perspective on DiMaggio at the point in his […]

56 Might Not Be The Toughest Record to Beat

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Let’s take a break from the mundane days of spring training to bring up an old debate: Joe DiMaggio‘s 56 game hitting streak. Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated just released a book called “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports.” In the book Kennedy gets inside the numbers, and gives and modern […]

Nova, Hughes, and Gee At Risk in 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Tom Verducci did his annual “Pitcher Abuse Analysis” yesterday, and three pitchers from the local teams showed up: Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, and Dillon Gee. With starting pitching depth issues for both teams this can’t be good news. Verducci calls it the “year after affect.” What is it? It states that “pitchers 25 and younger […]

Watch: Incarcerated Bob vs. Jon Heyman

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The most hysterical thing about social media is how anyone can become a media star. Those who are users of Twitter know about a man named Incarcerated Bob, a man who became famous for calling the “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN. He got his nickname for spending nine months in an upstate correctional facility […]

Mystery Team, Texas Investors, Cloud Lee Sweepstakes

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Cliff Lee saga continues to take a few odd turns as Jon Heyman of SI reports late tonight that even though the Yankees have offered one more year and more money, Lee’s time in Texas, and a possible mystery team, could be obstacles to a deal being finalized. We have been reporting about Lee’s […]

Manuel Extension? Remember how Isiah Worked Out?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Back in March of 2007 the Knicks spent about five minutes in a playoff spot when James Dolan awarded then Coach Isiah Thomas with a multiyear contract extension taking him off the hot seat. We all know how badly that turned out as Thomas was fired two years later for bad performance on and off […]

DeJesus A Good Fit for Yanks But is there Room?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Back in early December I brought up Kansas City outfielder David DeJesus as someone that could be a “value player” available in the marketplace. DeJesus is actually a local product that was born in Brooklyn and played for Rutgers University. He was drafted by the Mets in 1997, but did not sign. Yesterday, Jon Heyman […]