The votes are in, they’ve been tallied, and congratulations are due to our friends over at Bronx Banter, deservedly voted 2005′s Sports Blog of the Year in the Second Annual Best of the Blogs Awards. The good news: You’re currently reading the Runner Up, the second-best sports blog on the net, and that means we can proudly—proudly!—display the button you see above. Obviously we’re thrilled to place in a competition decided by a public poll, so to everyone who voted for us, thank you. We take it not only as an endorsement for ourselves, but for everyone in YFSF Nation who helps make the site such a success. This is an award we gladly share. Congratulations to all of us.
YF & SF
PS: We plan on winning outright in 2006!
by About YFSF · 4 comments
at 7:26 pm in
Not a bad week for young Epstein. First he upgrades the Sox bench and gives Trot a viable platoon partner in Wily Mo, and now he adds Hee-Seop Choi.
This is a solid low-cost/low-risk move by the Sox; Choi, at the very
least, is a strong offensive contributor off the bench. At the same
time, he could very well become the Sox starting first baseman of the
future, shifting Youkilis to a back-up role at third. Given Lowell’s
poor performance this past spring and last season, it’s not a bad thing
to have Kevin waiting in the wings. So, in the span of a week, Theo has
improved the bench from below average to very good. Meanwhile, Joe
Torre is contemplating carrying Wil Nieves as the third catcher at the
beginning of the season. If injuries strike both teams, the Sox are in
a much better situation.
by General Baseball · 23 comments
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New York (YFSFN), March 24th – Yankee outfielder Gary Sheffield’s endorsement deal with Burger King was terminated yesterday after Sheffield was seen violating the terms of his contract. Sheffield was spotted outside a North Tampa Golden Arches, sitting on the driver side of his SUV with a Big Mac in his left hand, a full "Super Value Meal #2" on the leather seat to his right. Confronted with video evidence of the ingestion, as well as DNA samples taken from a dirty napkin found outside the vehicle, Sheffield denied that he knew the type of hamburger he was eating, saying that "a guy he had never met before gave him the burger" and that "who was he to question what kind of burger it was, the man said it would be delicious". During a random locker search at Legends Field late yesterday afternoon, a calendar documenting the history of Sheffield’s McDonald’s visits (including a gold star on March 14th with the hand-scrawled note "Hot Damn, Shamrock Shakes!") was dismissed by the Sheffield camp as "character assassination, a frame-up job by the ‘Enemies of Sheff’ (EOS)". Sheffield’s handlers said that the lack of physical receipts — to this date none have turned up — would exonerate the superstar.
by Humor · 19 comments
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You might think, with the monster payroll, that tickets to see a ballgame at Yankee Stadium must be pretty outrageous. You’d be even more convinced of this if you followed the news reports that squak about the annual bump in the average price of a seat each year. It is true that the very best seats in the House of Ruth are expensive ($115 this year, $8,910 for the season–though the plan is sold out).
But looking through the Yankee ticket information guide, we’re impressed by what a good job the team does in making the game accessible at reasonable prices (though we certainly wish they were more reasonable). Yankee Stadium is a big place, so to some extent this just reflects the difficulty of filling it. (Whether this would be true at a new, smaller stadium is an important question for planners and fans alike.) Even still, the team provides a great deal of opportunity for fans to watch the team at rates that compare with other entertainment options in the city, especially for those fans who are willing to plan ahead. (Keep in mind that a movie ticket is now upward of $10). Some of the options, after the jump….
by General Baseball · 10 comments
at 10:08 am in
This is the first installment of a new Colbertian 434-part series in which I scan the web looking for interesting Sox- or Yanks-themed threads from the last few days. The intention is to provide you with a detailed snapshot of what Sox and Yanks fans and bloggers are thinking about at this moment. My intensive search (48 straight hours at my desk in front of the computer, no food, my girlfriend refusing to speak to me, a weight loss of 8 pounds, etc.) has yielded these items:
- Annalisa Ellis, a writer for The Phat Phree, does a detailed study of which Sox players she’d bone and which she wouldn’t. Would she do Manny? "Don’t let the clever “ManRam” nickname fool you. The only thing he’ll be ramming is my a** when I’m bent over the infield wall." What about Big Papi? "He couldn’t be on top, because I would die. I couldn’t be on top because dammit, I’m really not that flexible. So, it would probably have to be from behind and even calling him “Manny” wouldn’t make that fun." This is a new field of performance analysis. While her attempt is admirable, statheads have found several problems with her unscientific methodology.
- I think SF broke the news here first but several blogs have posted pieces about it as well: Turns out, Sheffield is alleged to have knowingly used performing enhancing drugs. Steve Lombardi at Was Watching wonders if these drugs actually enhanced his performance.
- There are a couple of fun pieces up at Replacement Level Yankees Weblog. SG uses simulation software and different projections systems with the folowing results: The Yanks will win the AL East by two games over the Sox; it is highly unlikely that the Yanks will score 1000 runs.
- Oh yeah, the Yanks and Sox played a game last night and there were some fireworks. Buster Olney noted the plunk fest in his blog and believes it’s a sign of things to come: "There’s almost no doubt that they will have incidents this year, and you can almost assume that Farnsworth or Tavarez or Sturtze will be in the middle of something."
- Finally and on an unrelated note, this Teddy Wayne piece at McSweeney’s notes the uncanny similarities between living through junior high school and living through Bush’s presidency.
by General Baseball · 8 comments
at 12:35 pm in
Do our esteemed Yankees Fans who visit this site really think that the Brian Cashman can’t make deals like Theo Epstein just because he’s a Yankees employee, as many who post over at NYYFans.com do? This thread, which is about the Wily Mo acquisition, includes several entries that posit that Epstein gets players, and I quote one comment, "practically for free, deals that would never be made for Cashman". Another states that for this reason "it’s futile to compare them on this basis".
Can this be true? Does our beloved Theo really have players handed to him like cocaine to Kate Moss? Does Cash have to work that much harder with his trade partners? Is Theo such a super-genius that other GMs just throw their hands in the air and give up potential studs for a pile of resin bags? Are the members of NYYFans from this planet? Help us out, YFs. Tell us what you think.
by General Baseball · 10 comments
at 9:27 pm in
Apparently this is what you use to take flaxseed oil.
by General Baseball · 1 comment
at 8:12 pm in
As you may have heard, the overwhelming majority of Red Sox starters will not play tonight against the Yanks. Some possible excuses:
-Too depressed to travel due to Arroyo deal
-Everyone’s sick of Johnny D.
-Must attend Swift Boat Veterans for Truth meeting (Schilling Only)
-BoSox Book Group still working on Vollmann’s titanic Europe Central
-Don’t want to miss Anna Benson on Bill O’Reilly
-Still tired from the WBC
-They’re a giant bunch of pussies. Obviously.
by General Baseball · 11 comments
at 4:17 pm in
That’s Dutch for “baseball is spoken here,” tagline for a full-page WBC ad in the NYT congratulating Japan on its victory. Why post it here? Well, we just like the way it sounds. And because it’s what we do. So we’ll say it again: Hier Wordt Honkbal Gesproken!
by General Baseball · 3 comments
at 9:44 am in
Nick asked me yesterday in a side email if Bronson Arroyo was "lied to" by the Sox’ front office over their intentions to trade him. I told him I didn’t think so, and no less unbiased a figure as Theo Epstein just asserted the same thing ;). Today, Bronson spoke out, and if you read this article and this article you’ll see that it’s pretty clear that he wasn’t lied to, that he himself had a trade on his mind, though it came more quickly than he thought. He even disregarded his agent Greg Clifton’s advice not to accept the Sox’ 3 year contract offer, as Clifton (correctly) felt this made him an attractive target for small market clubs, just like us. My biggest quibble (and it’s a minor quibble) is with the title of the first article ("Arroyo Cries Foul Over Trade to Reds), which seems to misrepresent Arroyo, who has handled this surprising trade with class and pragmatism, even while he’s obviously in a state of major disappointment.
(Oh, and Johnny Damon has an opinion, too (shock!!), and it’s sub-mental. Johnny thinks Arroyo should be allowed to "re-do his contract" because of the trade. Right. You really think Bronson’s going to get more than $11M from the Reds, Johnny? )
by General Baseball · 26 comments
at 1:05 pm in
After yesterday’s performance by Mike Mussina at Joker Marchant Stadium against the Royals (12 hits, 4 dingers, 10 runs, 75 pitches) we have to wonder if Cash is currently on the phone pleading with Alan Hendricks in the hopes that his most famous client might rethink that whole retirement thing and, you know, pick up again with the Bombers. Especially now that Wright tweaked his shoulder. (Also hurting: Scott Erickson, but maybe that’s a good thing.)
by General Baseball · 3 comments
at 9:31 am in
Congratulations to Sadaharu Oh and Team Japan, champions of the World Baseball Classic after a 10-6 victory over Cuba before a sold-out crowd of more than 42,000 last night in San Diego. That they did it without their greatest star, who preferred to remain in Yankee Camp, is even more impressive. (Ichiro, however, scored three runs last night, and his helmet goes to the Hall of Fame.) Kudos also to Cuba, for mounting a comeback in a game in which they were down 4-0 and 6-1, and for their overall achievement in making the final. Those players don’t get a chance for glory on the game’s greatest stage; it was nice to see them have that opportunity here, and to take advantage of it so well.
For all the criticism—and, yes, there is much to be learned for the next go-round in ’09—it’s hard not to see the WBC as a wonderful success. The players who played loved it. Attendance hit somewhere around 750K. Excitement was built around the world. International baseball federations now have a little more in their coffers for development. (Let’s hope MLB spends their money earned on programs in America’s inner cities.)
Okay, to celebrate we’re going to go read this
PS: The WBC All-Tournament Team after the jump. But we think you can guess who’s starting at short.
by General Baseball · 5 comments
at 8:54 am in
With Coco hitting about .500 in spring training, Theo is moving ahead with the outfield youth program in Boston, acquiring former Yanks farmhand and “tools freak” Willy Mo Pena from Cinci—and for the low, low price of Bronson Arroyo. Ostensibly he’ll platoon with Trot in right, but he can cover center if the Sox choose to move Manny and put Coco in his natural LF. Interesting move, to say the least. Pena has speed and pop, along with a checkered history.
by General Baseball · 24 comments
at 12:15 pm in
A lot of positive press today following the Big Unit’s performance yesterday against the Indians: 6 ip, 4 h, 9ks, no walks, no runs. Pretty damn encouraging unless you saw it happen in real time. In which case it was at times impressive, and at others a bit unnerving. Yes, he was getting strikeouts and looking, often, sharp. But there were a good number of sliders and fastballs that caught the fat of the plate. That these wound up, for the most part, in Yankee gloves was more a matter of luck than anything, and one wonders whether these pitches, when tossed to the likes of Manny and Papi (rather than Cleveland minor leaguers) will travel far and high. We’ll hope not.
by General Baseball · 4 comments
at 11:08 am in
It will be Cuba vs. Japan tomorrow night in the WBC finale. Gone are fan favorites Dominica and Japan.. The good news for the Yanks and Sox: everyone’s coming home. Especially good news for Gary Sheffield, who seems to be a bit lonesome without his pals from Team USA. Poor fellah. Anyway, as for the game, our money’s on the sake squad. But we kind of wonder what happens if Cuba wins. Ceremonial visit to the White House probably out of the question.
by General Baseball · 11 comments
at 10:51 am in
Over an advertiser-sponsored dinner last night with both Mrs. SF and Mrs. YF, YF and I were off in our own little universe discussing the state of the division. At one point, I questioned why the Blue Jays seemed to be getting a free pass on the "downside" argument. That is, everyone keeps saying how the Yankees could win 100 games, but that their staff is so shaky they could win 85 games. Same with the Sox – Peter Gammons just this past week (ESPN Insider, unfortunately) re-raised the possibility of a Red Sox implosion, a lazy supposition that has been beaten to death all over the blogosphere, by Sox lovers and haters alike. A quick snippet:
The 2006 Red Sox could be 95-wins good. They also could be a third-place team that is a lot closer to the Orioles than the Yankees. This is reality. They knew it was coming.
No shit, Peter.
But the Blue Jays, who have been touted as an up-and-comer, and who made significant splashes in this year’s free agent market, have largely escaped this downside speculation despite a very shaky rotation full of health risks. At times they have been boosted as the new kids on the block, ready to challenge the Yankees and Sox. But as far as I can tell they have also been immune from the questioning that this site’s two namesake teams have faced. Not any more.
by General Baseball · 3 comments
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