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Derek Jeter Day in the Bronx

Today, in the Bronx, at the iconic Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees organization retires the Number 2 worn by its All-Star shortstop [YouTube link] from 1996 to his retirement in 2014. Derek Jeter remains pure class in my scorebook;...

Posted in Notablog on May 14, 2017 12:02 AM

Song of the Day #1297 (The Sinatra Finale)

Song of the Day: That's Life, words and music by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon, is one of my absolute all-time favorite Sinatra recordings, an album title track that went to the Top Five (a #4 singles hit) on the...

Posted in Notablog on December 12, 2015 02:00 AM

Can a Diehard Yankees Fan Root for the Mets? You Betcha!

Yesterday, I was listening to ESPN Radio, to Yankees sports broadcaster Michael Kay, whom I respect, going on and on that a "diehard Yankee fan" can't possibly root for the New York Mets in the postseason. He's gone so far...

Posted in Notablog on October 21, 2015 04:05 PM

Song of the Day #1207

Song of the Day: My Way, with English lyrics written by Paul Anka, was set to music by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux, for the French composition, "Comme d'habitude." It was popularized by the Chairman of the Board, and though...

Posted in Notablog on September 28, 2014 07:54 PM

It Ain't Over Till It's Over, But . . .

I have seen many remarkable moments in Derek Jeter's remarkable career. From his 1996 "Rookie of the Year" season to his 2012 season, when, at the age of 38, he led the major leagues with 212 hits, before opening the...

Posted in Notablog on September 26, 2014 02:46 PM

Every Day is Derek Jeter Day

Religious fan that I am of the great shortstop of the New York Yankees, I am glued to my television set today, watching the festivities in celebration of the achievements of the Captain of the team, who retires at the...

Posted in Notablog on September 7, 2014 02:23 PM

Song of the Day #1190

Song of the Day: I Will Say Goodbye, music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is a gloriously melodic, if sad, song from the Legrand-Bergman songbook. My favorite instrumental version of the song is by jazz pianist...

Posted in Notablog on July 16, 2014 09:15 AM

Song of the Day #1189

Song of the Day: Always, words and music by Irving Berlin, is a 1925 gem that Berlin wrote as a wedding gift for his wife. The song has been recorded so many times by artists from Frank Sinatra to Patsy...

Posted in Notablog on July 4, 2014 03:37 PM

Song of the Day #1187

Song of the Day: Rock the Boat, words and music by Waldo Holmes, was a #1 Billboard Hot 100 single, that was bubbling in the Top Ten on this very date in 1974, when Derek Jeter was born. On this...

Posted in Notablog on June 26, 2014 08:24 PM

OH NO My Captain, Say it Ain't So

The last of the so-called "Core Four," Captain Derek Jeter has announced that the 2014 season will be his final in professional baseball. The past year, he sported so many injuries, this Yankee fan was starting to doubt that he'd...

Posted in Notablog on February 12, 2014 03:30 PM

Song of the Day #1123

Song of the Day: Drive By, words and music by Patrick Monahan, Espen Lind, and Amund Bjorklund, was recorded by the band Train. The full song can be heard on YouTube, but I must admit that I have a sentimental...

Posted in Notablog on April 1, 2013 02:12 PM

Yankees: On To Spring Training!

UGH. Boy was that awful. The Detroit Tigers swept the New York Yankees in the ALCS, and move on to the World Series. Nothing was more awful than losing The Captain, who went down in Game 1 of this series...

Posted in Notablog on October 18, 2012 07:37 PM

Song of the Day #1020

Song of the Day: Heaven Can Wait features the Oscar-nominated score of composer Dave Grusin. It's one of my favorite cinema comedies (actually an adaptation of Harry Segall's 1938 play of the same name, and a remake of the 1941...

Posted in Notablog on February 5, 2012 12:44 AM

D3K

Readers of Notablog surely know that I've had a long-time bromance with the great Yankee Captain, shortstop Derek Jeter. A few minutes ago, DJ got his 3000th hit, the first New York Yankee player... in fact, the first player in...

Posted in Notablog on July 9, 2011 02:16 PM

New York Yankees: World Series Champs!

It's like New Year's Eve in the neighborhood right now... because the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2, to earn their 27th World Series Championship! CONGRATULATIONS to the greatest franchise in sports history!...

Posted in Notablog on November 5, 2009 12:02 AM

Derek Jeter: All-Time Yankees Hits Leader

My favorite Yankee player just broke the all-time franchise hit record, held by the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig, for the past 72 years. Derek Jeter's single in the third inning---his 2,722nd lifetime hit---pulled him ahead of Gehrig, for the lead...

Posted in Notablog on September 12, 2009 01:12 AM

Farewell, Yankee Stadium

Readers of Notablog know that I am a fanatic when it comes to the New York Yankees. Tonight, the 85-year old Yankee Stadium, "the House that Ruth Built," hosts the final regular season baseball game of its storied history. The...

Posted in Notablog on September 21, 2008 12:05 PM

Derek Jeter Breaks Record

Yankee fans have little to cheer this year; the team ain't gonna make the postseason, and the Ol' Stadium is being torn down at the end of the season, as a new one opens across the street for the 2009...

Posted in Notablog on September 17, 2008 06:50 AM

As the (Yankee) World Turns

Spring Training is here, and that means that as the Yankees take Legends Field in Florida, Soap Opera takes Center Stage! The media has been all over the changing relationship between Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter....

Posted in Notablog on February 21, 2007 10:24 AM

Jeter Wuz Robbed!

Readers of Notablog know that I'm a huge New York Yankees fan and a big Derek Jeter fan, and let me just say that, with regard to yesterday's balloting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, in which Jeter...

Posted in Notablog on November 22, 2006 05:51 AM

Postseason Sparkle

There's a long, long way to go, but yesterday the postseason started off with a bang for Yankee fans. The Yanks took the opener of their division series against the Detroit Tigers, 8-4. MVP candidate Derek Jeter was terrific, going...

Posted in Notablog on October 4, 2006 06:24 AM

D2K

Notablog readers don't need to be reminded that Derek Jeter is one of my favorite Yankees of all time. Well, the Yanks are currently losing to the Kansas City Royals, 7-5; the game is in rain delay. But this much...

Posted in Notablog on May 26, 2006 10:43 PM

Oh Captain, My Captain

Well, it's little consolation for being knocked out of the postseason so quickly, but... the first of the postseason honors are coming in, and my favorite Yankee, shortstop and Captain of the team, Derek Jeter got his second straight Gold...

Posted in Notablog on November 1, 2005 09:55 PM

Patrick Giles, RIP

Patrick Giles was a writer. His articles appeared in the NY Times, Newsday, Interview, and so many other periodicals. I first met Patrick online on one of those contentious e-forums. We had a few things in common: We were both...

Posted in Notablog on October 25, 2005 06:50 PM

Waitil Next Year!

Yeah, yeah, I'm disappointed in the Yankees' loss last night to the Angels. The "Waitil Next Year!" refrain is starting to make me sound like an old Brooklyn Dodgers' fan. I could go on and on about why I think...

Posted in Notablog on October 11, 2005 09:05 AM

Touring a Baseball Cathedral

The 2005 baseball postseason is set: Of most interest to this New York fan, the Yankees are headed out West to play the Angels. (If the rumors are true, some NY baseball greats might be joining the Los Angeles Angels...

Posted in Notablog on October 3, 2005 08:44 AM

Song of the Day #328

Song of the Day: Let's Get it Started is credited to six writers, including Jamie Gomez and Allan Pineda of the hip hop hybrid group known as Black Eyed Peas. It has become a rhythmic anthem of sorts in many...

Posted in Notablog on July 12, 2005 08:24 AM

Derek Jeter, Yankee

From the very first moment that he took the field in 1995 to his full Rookie of the Year season in 1996, from his naming as MVP of the 2000 All-Star Game and 2000 World Series to his naming as...

Posted in Notablog on June 18, 2005 10:37 PM

Another Winner Last Night

Derek Jeter led the New York Yankees to a win over the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, with one of those classic catches that will be shown on sports highlight shows for eons ... along with his many other spectacular plays. Yanks...

Posted in Notablog on May 26, 2005 10:58 AM

Yanks 2, Boston 0

I know, I know, it's still very early ... but that was fun. The Bosox tied the game in the 9th inning, and Derek Jeter came up in the bottom of the 9th, the Stadium bathed in spring sunlight, and...

Posted in Notablog on April 5, 2005 04:47 PM

Yanks 1, Boston 0

Okay, we've got a long way to go. But it was still nice seeing pitcher Randy Johnson make his debut at The Stadium. It was still nice seeing shortstop, and Yankee captain, Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees beat...

Posted in Notablog on April 4, 2005 10:32 AM

A Word About Links

Yesterday, I posted the following comment on SOLO HQ, which is worth reproducing here at Notablog. It also elicited additional follow-up starting here and continuing here (with a response from me here about a television interview I gave back in...

Posted in Notablog on March 10, 2005 08:52 AM

I Told You So

I'm ecstatic over the results of yesterday's vote! Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter won his first Gold Glove! (See follow-up "Go Jeter!" comments at L&P.) As for that other race, the one in which President George W. Bush won four more...

Posted in Notablog on November 3, 2004 10:16 AM

When You're a Loser ...

... it doesn't feel all that good. And what a loss it was for Yankee fans. But who am I to talk about losses? Not in the face of a history of enormous losses by the Boston Red Sox, who...

Posted in Notablog on October 21, 2004 08:36 AM

October Baseball

Whether the Yankees ultimately win or lose this division series with the Minnesota Twins, last night's game, for Yankee fans especially, was the quintessential example of October baseball. A thrilling, dramatic extra-inning game in Da Bronx, as Derek Jeter, Alex...

Posted in Notablog on October 7, 2004 07:29 AM