• Roy White To Start Damon Runyon 5K

    Posted by on June 10th, 2011 · Comments (1)

    Last month, I shared some information on the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. And, now, I have some more information to share via a recent press release:

    When thousands of avid runners, passionate baseball fans, cancer survivors, and supporters from across the country gather at the Damon Runyon 5K starting line on August 7 to support the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, they will get the signal to run from New York Yankees great Roy White, one of the race’s official starters.

    The only charitable run/walk that uses the legendary ballpark as its course, the third annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2011. Participants will run or walk the Stadium’s concourses, climb stairs between levels, appear on the video board, and follow in the footsteps of their favorite players by taking their own victory laps on the warning track that circles the field. The event is on track to reach a three-year total of $1 million raised to fund groundbreaking cancer research by the nation’s most innovative young scientists.

    In addition to serving as an official starter for the race, White will be featured at a private reception for the Runyon 5K’s leading early fundraisers on June 21 at Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant in New York City. He will tell stories about his days with the Yankees, participate in a Q&A, sign autographs, be available for photos and watch the Yankees play the Cincinnati Reds in an interleague showdown.

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of the 1976 Yankees team that won their first American League pennant in 12 seasons before being swept by the Cincinnati Reds. The year was important in Yankees history as it marked their first pennant under late owner George Steinbrenner, who promised a swift return to the World Series when he bought the team in 1973.

    For a Roy White fan like me, this is exciting news.   I think it’s great that he can be part of the race and also have some time to share memories of that great 1976 season.

    Special Message To Select WasWatching.com Readers

    Posted by on May 10th, 2011 · Comments (12)

    Looking at the first 118 responses to our recent reader survey, I’m able to tally the following:

    • 65% of those who responded like me, and/or this blog, and find what I offer here to be enjoyable or useful
    • 30% of those who responded dislike or hate me, and/or this blog, and find what I have to offer here to be annoying and of little use
    • 5% of those who responded really don’t have an opinion on the matter

    I’m not surprised to see that the majority, close to two-thirds, like what I am doing at WasWatching.com. After all, most who responded saw the survey because they read and enjoy this blog. (And, my thanks to those who had nice things to say about me via their votes and comments in that survey.)

    However, the fact that close to one-third of those who responded – and perhaps one-third of those who read this blog – dislike or hate me and/or this blog is bothersome to me.

    There’s too much hate and displeasure in the world, period, as it is today. And, I don’t want to be the cause to add to any of that bad stuff.

    So, I have a favor to ask.

    Actually, strike that. And, make it “I have a plea to beg.”

    If you are someone who doesn’t like me, or what I do at this blog, please stop reading it (and what I write here). Please put an end to exposing yourself to what I write – if what I have to say and share leads to you being upset and having ugly thoughts towards me and/or this blog. There’s no need for you to read this blog. Take it – and me – off your radar.

    I’ll be honest. There are some other bloggers (and the like) out there who I think are F.O.S Asshats. Related, I stopped reading their blogs/sites and never went back to them. There’s enough on the internet that there’s no need for me to go out and read stuff that I don’t enjoy or find useful. It’s a waste of time to be concerned with things that you’re better off avoiding.

    Again, please consider my request – one that’s made with all sincerity and good intentions. If you don’t like me, or what I am doing at this blog, please do yourself some good and stop visiting this site – now and forever.

    Regardless of how you feel about me and my work here, I do not want to be the source of any irritation in your life. And, you have the power to put an end to any displeasure I may be causing you. This is why I ask you: Please stop visiting and reading this blog.

    Happy Mother’s Day

    Posted by on May 8th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Happy Mother’s Day!” to all the Moms out there today. (Holy cow! Where would we be without Mom?)

    Mother's Day souvenir charm issued to fans on Mother's Day in 1967 - which was also the date of Mickey Mantle's 500th career homerun.

    Runyon 5K @ Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on May 5th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    I mentioned this in 2009 and in 2010. And, they’re doing it again this year. Here’s the details:

    Thousands of avid runners, passionate baseball fans, cancer survivors, and supporters from across the country will descend on Yankee Stadium on August 7, and it won’t be to see the Bronx Bombers play the Red Sox. Instead, they will be supporting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which opened registration today for its annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium.

    The only charitable run/walk that uses the legendary ballpark as its course, the 5K will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2011. The event is on track to reach a three-year total of $1 million raised to fund groundbreaking cancer research by the nation’s most innovative young scientists.

    Registration for individuals and teams opened today at www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium and is limited to the first 4,000 registrants. For a $40 registration fee and a minimum fundraising requirement of $60, participants can run or walk the Stadium’s concourses, climb stairs between levels, appear on the video board, and follow in the footsteps of their favorite players by taking their own victory laps on the warning track that circles the field. After July 7, the registration fee will increase to $50. Family members and supporters will have the opportunity to view the event from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate.

    100% of all funds raised by participants will go directly to top cancer researchers, some of whom will be on hand to answer questions about their cancer research. “You can’t win the World Series without the best team, and we can’t strike out cancer without supporting the most brilliant minds of our time,” said Lorraine W. Egan, Executive Director of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. “This is a great opportunity for fans to enjoy the Stadium, and – most importantly – for every participant to make a real impact on cancer.”

    Happy Earth Day

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2011 · Comments (1)

    To me, you can’t have baseball without wood, leather, grass and the weather. Well, maybe you could – but, it wouldn’t be the same as it is now…and has been for so long. So, as thanks to the Earth for giving us these elements of baseball, be nice to the planet. And, just don’t do it for “us.” Remember the Native American proverb: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

    PSA On Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls Event

    Posted by on April 14th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Charity-minded Yankees stars of past and present, including the likes of Mariano Rivera, Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson are among the New York athletes scheduled help raise funds for the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls at a benefit at The Clubhouse Grill (formerly Mo’s New York Grill) on Monday night, May 9, at 7 p.m. in New Rochelle, N.Y.

    In addition to the stars above, Steiner Sports founder Brandon Steiner has recruited many other New York sports greats for the lineup. Other baseball players expected to attend are Brett Gardner, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Richardson and Paul Blair.

    Hockey Hall of Fame Rangers Brian Leetch and Mike Richter, former New York Knicks Allan Houston, John Starks, and Anthony Mason and ex-Rangers winger Adam Graves also plan to be in attendance.

    Tickets for the cause cost $500 and include dinner, open bar, and a special auction with unusual items. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls. Fans wishing to donate can send a check to the address below or call 914-307-1030 and give a credit card. The check should be made out to Family Services of Westchester.

    Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Inc.
    Attn: Brandon Steiner
    145 Huguenot Street
    New Rochelle, NY 10801

    National Unplugging Day 2011

    Posted by on March 4th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    You know I’m soooooo down with this one! Here’s more on this via PC World -

    Hey, you! Put that smartphone down! Back away from that iPad! Switch off your laptop, and stop Tweeting! It’s almost time for the Second Annual National Day of Unplugging. After all, even geeks need to disconnect now and then.

    Based on the concept of the Jewish Sabbath (i.e. a day of rest), the National Day of Unplugging is put on by a group called Sabbath Manifesto. It runs from sundown on March 4 to sundown on March 5, and is exactly what the name implies–it’s a day of rest from all gadgets and electroinics.

    Sabbath Manifesto has a list of its Ten Principles to follow during the National Day of Unplugging. The basic gist: It’s a chance for you to avoid technology, get some fresh air, and get back in touch with friends and family.

    Click here for more on this movement and Sabbath Manifesto.

    Avoid technology? Connect with loved ones? Nurture your health? Get outside? Hey, those are all great things! And, something we should do much more often than we do, in our society, as a whole.

    Munson Awards Dinner To Honor Nick Swisher On February 1st

    Posted by on January 19th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    In case you missed this news…here’s the info:

    A trio of popular New York baseball stars will receive the prestigious Thurman Munson Award at the 31st annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 1, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. New York Yankees All-Star outfielder Nick Swisher, New York Mets outfielder Angel Pagan, and former Mets All-Star catcher Mike Piazza will be honored by the AHRC-New York City Foundation in memory of late, great Yankees catcher and captain.

    The formidable baseball threesome will be joined by the Nets all-star guard Devin Harris and Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek as the “Class of 2011.”

    Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend the gala, and has been involved in the benefit since its inception, raising nearly $10 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    “I love the way he plays, I love his enthusiasm,” said Diana Munson of Swisher. “Most importantly, he respects the history of baseball and the Yankees. On Old Timers Day, he was out there getting autographs and taking pictures. He’s not embarrassed by his love of the game, and respects the players. Plus, he’s cute.”

    The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City. AHRC New York City is one of the largest organizations of its kind, serving 11,000 children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

    The list of notable athletes to previously receive the Munson Award reads like a sports “Who’s Who,” and includes: Yankees – Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Willie Randolph, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Robbie Cano, Bernie Williams, Bobby Murcer, Joe Torre and Joe Girardi; Mets – Tom Seaver, John Franco, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub and Gary Carter; Basketball – Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, Jason Kidd, Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Allan Houston and John Starks; Olympians – Donna de Varona (swimming), Dorothy Hamill (figure-skating), Paul Hamm (gymnast), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating), Nancy Kerrigan (figure skating), Carl Lewis (track and field), Carly Patterson (gymnast), and Dwight Stones (men’s high jump).

    For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner contact 212-249-6188.

    Thanks to Jerry Milani for passing this along to me.

    Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31st, 2010 · Comments (4)

    I would like to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com a very happy and healthy new year. And, may all your resolutions for 2011 come true!

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Barring any breaking and hot Yankees-related news, I do not expect to be posting many entries to WasWatching.com over the next few days. Therefore, I wanted to take this time now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season. It’s been 68 months now that WasWatching.com has been up and running, and, I’ve truly enjoyed all the feedback to this site and its content that you have provided through the years. Thanks for that wonderful present! I hope you all have as much fun (as I’ve had here so far) during your holiday observance.

    Look for more stuff after Christmas!

    Also, I want to make a special “shout-out” to the following frequent “comment-makers” that we have at WasWatching.com:

    Evan3457, Scout, mondoas, UNC Tarheel, Ryan81, MJ, Raf, Corey, jrk, ken, lisaswan, G.I. Joey, EHawk, The Sandman, bfriley76, Jim TreshFan, JeremyM, butchie22, Brent, mwach1, Rich M, bags, clintfsu813, nettles, 77yankees, KPOcala, YankCrank, GDH, #15, BOHAN, sean mcnally, K-V-C, Pete, antone, OldYanksFan, Joseph Maloney and redbug

    My sincere thanks to those mentioned above for all their comments, etc., this year. You’ve added a lot to this site and it’s appreciated!

    Happy Tryptophan Day 2010!

    Posted by on November 25th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    I justed wanted to take a quick moment to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com (and their loved ones) a happy, and a safe, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy.

    2011 Yankees Season Tickets

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2010 · Comments (0)

    I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve been a Yankees season ticket holder since 2001. The seats that I have offer a great view – they’re in Section 213 of the Main Level, right by 1B.

    I get the full 81-game season package – and then I split the games with eight other parties. (For examples of how we split the games, click here.)

    It’s not a cheap thing to do – as I estimate that one “share” in the group this year will run about $1,443 – but, if you like to go to games, have great seats (as you stay dry and cool under cover in the Main Level – to go along with the great view), and have a chance for great seats to a post-season game (as we get the same exact seats in the post-season), it’s not a bad deal.

    We may have an opening in our group (for a share) in 2011. I will know soon – for sure. If anyone is interested in joining the group – knowing the price now (and that the money will be due very, very, soon) – drop me a note and we can talk about it off-line.

    Thanks.

    When Ten Cubed Equals Two Large

    Posted by on October 10th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    Yeah, I know, ten cubed equals one thousand…not two.

    But, today is 10/10/10 – and that’s sorta like ten cubed. And, today is the 2,000th day that WasWatching.com has been in existence. Hence, “When Ten Cubed Equals Two Large.”

    Two thousand days…and I don’t even want to think about how many hours over those days…it’s been alotta time. A whole heap of alotta time.

    I started this blog as an outlet. A vehicle to share in the celebration of things in Yankeeland that I found enjoyable. Also, a mechanism to facilitate some venting on Yankees-related items that I found unpleasing. In the process, over these past five and a half years, I’ve also put myself “out there” to a fair degree…allowing many to get to know me, somewhat, through my sundry posts these last 2,000 days.

    For the most part, it’s been a very interesting and fun journey. And, for sure, it’s been a learning experience. Related, whether you’ve been reading this blog for the last 5 1/2 years or for some portion of time less than that, please accept my thanks for your contribution towards those results.

    Good lookin’ out. And, may you always hang wit’em.

    Backing Berg Bike To Benefit National MS Society

    Posted by on September 30th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Please consider helping Ted Berg in his fight against MS

    Thanks.

    So, What I Miss?

    Posted by on September 20th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    I was up in Binghamton on Friday (visiting family) and spent Saturday and Sunday up in Cooperstown (pictures to follow). But, now, I’m back – after a lot of driving over the last three days.

    So, if not for some A-Rod heroics, the Yanks would have dropped two of three to the O’s, huh? (Yeah, I’m just kidding – sorta/kinda.) And, Donnie Baseball is the new Walter Alston? (Man, that’s crazy – like Willie Stargell closing out his days as a coach for the Braves.) And, tonight’s Big Stein’s day at Monument Park!

    I have some catching up to do today…so, you tell me, what’s been (to you) the biggest stories in Yankeeland (and baseball) over the last three days?

    Replay Of Me On New York Baseball Digest Radio

    Posted by on August 29th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    To hear a replay of Mike Silva’s interview of me, that aired tonight on New York Baseball Digest Radio, click here.

    The interview (with me) starts 3 minutes into the clip (found on BlogTalkRadio via the link).

    NY Baseball Digest Live – Tomorrow

    Posted by on August 28th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Tomorrow evening, during the 9 pm (ET) hour, I’ll be on “NY Baseball Digest” with Mike Silva – to talk about what’s happening today in Yankeeland. Click here for more information about the live show, call-in numbers, etc.

    Thanks

    Posted by on July 30th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    In terms of “Page Views,” July 2010 has been the busiest “traffic” month at this blog since October 2009. In fact, July 2010 is the second highest “Page View” month here (next to October 2009) in the last 14 months.

    Just wanted to say thanks to all those who have an interest in what’s happening here and/or who enjoy this blog – for your part in making this happen.

    If there’s one thing that I’m most proud of these days, regarding this blog, it’s the WasWatching.com online community that’s resulted from it. You all are the best! Thanks again.

    And, of course, if anyone desires to make another form of support towards this blog, that’s always appreciated as well.

    Happy Father’s Day!

    Posted by on June 20th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Just as baseball and apple pie are staples of America, statistics and fathers are the hemoglobin of baseball. So, since today is Father’s Day (really, it is, Hallmark says so!), I want to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

    2010 Runyon 5K @ Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on May 12th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Remember the Runyon 5K @ Yankee Stadium last year? In case you missed, here’s some video on it:

    With this effort last year, which sold out completely, almost $300,000 was raised to support the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. And, they’re getting ready to do it again – with this year’s event scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2010. More details can be found at www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium. Looks like a lot of fun – and it’s for a great cause.

    Hi Mom!

    Posted by on May 9th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Happy Mother’s Day!” to all the Moms out there today.

    Holy cow! Where would we be without Mom?

    Thanks

    Posted by on April 30th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    In terms of “Page Views,” April 2010 has been the busiest “traffic” month at this blog since October 2009. In fact, April 2010 is the second highest “Page View” month here (next to October 2009) in the last 11 months.

    Just wanted to say thanks to all those who have an interest in what’s happening here and/or who enjoy this blog – for your part in making this happen.

    If there’s one thing that I’m most proud of these days, regarding this blog, it’s the WasWatching.com online community that’s resulted from it. You all are the best! Thanks again.

    And, of course, if anyone desires to make another form of support towards this blog, that’s always appreciated as well.

    Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards Giveaway

    Posted by on April 20th, 2010 · Comments (23)

    Up for a little Yankees trivia with a prize at the end of the stick? O.K., then, read the following:

    I was born in Boston, Massachusetts – and I played for both the Red Sox and Yankees in the same season. The number I wore while playing with the Yankees was worn by another player in New York just before me – and he also played for both the Yankees and Red Sox. In that player’s last major league game, another Yankees player hit a career milestone homerun. The player who hit that homerun once won an MVP award for another team. And, the year he won, a Yankees player finished third in the voting behind him.

    The first person to name all of the following, correctly, in the comments section of this entry, will be the winner of a free copy of Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards:

    1. Who was the aforementioned player born in Boston, Massachusetts?
    2. Who was the player who wore the same number as the player in “Question 1″ (above) who also played for the Yankees and Red Sox?
    3. What Yankees player hit a career milestone homerun in the last game for the player in “Question 2″ above?
    4. What Yankees player finished two slots behind the player in “Question 3″ above in the MVP voting when he won it for a team other than the Yankees?

    Good luck to all who decide to play this game! And, thanks the good folks at Seven Footer Press for making this possible.

    Also, please note that I will not leave a comment in the comments section until a winner has been found in the contest. I will not be commenting on an interim basis to indicate whether someone is incorrect, partially correct, or not answering the questions in the required manner. And, please, only leave comments in this entry if you’re participating in the contest. Related, please do not attempt to interfere with “the game” by suggesting to someone that their answers are correct or not – even if your intentions are good. Thanks!

    Replay Of Me On The Phil Show

    Posted by on April 7th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    To hear a replay of me talking some Yankees baseball and more on The Phil Show – which aired on Tuesday, April 6th – use the player below.

    The interview (with me) starts right at the beginning of the show.

    The Phil Show – Tuesday, April 6th

    Posted by on April 6th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Today, April 6th, during the 10 pm (ET) hour, I’ll be on The Phil Show – to talk some Yankees baseball.

    Check it out, if you get a chance…

    Well, Yes, And Thanks For Asking

    Posted by on April 2nd, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Someone recently asked me about making a donation to help support WasWatching.com.

    We haven’t accepted donations here since 2007. But, now that this blog is an independent, and not part of a network, etc., there’s no reason not to accept a donation – should someone want to do it. So, if you’re interested in doing this, below is a way that you can, via PayPal:





    Green Day

    Posted by on March 17th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Irish and Bob Meusel  10/10/1923
    Library of Congress LC-B2- 6077-13

    Hey, if you’re like Bob’s brother, have a great (and safe) day today! And, if you’re not, have a wonderful day anyway!

    Clearing Up Crawford Comments

    Posted by on February 26th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    As much as I hate to acknowledge bellyaching about something that I’ve written here, this time, I feel that a follow-up is necessary.

    First, a flashback to what brought this all about in the first place. Three days ago, I wrote:

    Two things about Carl Crawford: One, he’s very “street.” Think Mickey Rivers meets Rickey Henderson – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Two, I dunno why…but…I just have this feeling that he’s one of those players who will be out of the game by the time he’s 35 years old. Granted, that’s not until 2017. And, I could be totally wrong on this…and he’ll be a Tim Raines type who plays into his late 30’s.

    I’m just saying…if it were me, I’d be careful about giving him a very long term deal once he hits the free agent market. I’d be very concerned about going more than 5 years on an offer. But, that’s just me…

    In the time which has followed that post, it seems some people are focusing on two things therein and taking it places where it doesn’t belong. And, those items are he’s very “street” and I’d be careful about giving him a very long term deal once he hits the free agent market – in reference to Carl Crawford.

    Making a leap like this is the same as hearing me say “First, see that car over there? It’s a Chevy. And, secondly, and I’m not sure why I feel this way, but, I think it’s not a good idea to drive in the winter. I’m just saying…if it were me, I’d be careful about driving in the winter.” – and then running with it telling everyone that I said you should not drive a certain car in the winter because it’s a Chevy.

    Let’s get back to the Crawford thing. First, I said “he’s very ‘street.’” And, I later tried to clarify that with a comment that shared it “just means he’s got more of a ‘street’ image than a college or boardroom image.” That’s it – period.

    To me, being “street” means you have a “street persona” – as in being someone with street smarts and look as opposed to being the type of person who does the crossword puzzle in the Times every Sunday and who prefers to vacation at The Kurgarten in Baden-Baden.

    Is this why “I’d be careful about giving [Crawford] a very long term deal once he hits the free agent market”? No. Again, don’t forget that I prefaced that concern with “I just have this feeling that he’s one of those players who will be out of the game by the time he’s 35 years old.” My concerns about the Yankees signing Crawford have nothing to do with his image/style – none, whatsoever. My concerns are about giving a long-term deal to a player who I suspect might not have many productive seasons past his mid-30′s.

    But, again, people see what they want to see, etc., and then go on the attack.

    First, there was a comment made on Twitter by someone (whose profile there boasts that he’s an “… all around grump” and that he “want[s] your skulls”) proclaiming “that’s basically it @waswatching / steve lombardi is a racist.” And, more recently, Rob Abruzzese at BBD authored a long feature about my comments regading Crawford and said my “entire argument reeked of…subtle racism…[but]…I’m not here to accuse Lombardi of racism, that’s not for me to decide.”

    Me, a “racist”? Really?

    Again, people hear what they want, and take it from there…I suppose?

    It’s just too bad that these same people were not paying attention on January 12th, 2009 when I wrote:

    It was announced today that Rickey Henderson received 94.8 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and he will now be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 26, 2009. For me, this is thrilling news.

    As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m a big fan of Rickey Henderson. In fact, back in the 1980’s, when I last played ball, Rickey Henderson was the player that I wanted to be…which is funny – because I can’t run a lick. But, I wore my stirrups just like Rickey did in the ’80’s – and had white spikes like him too. And, when I would lead-off base, I would tap my toes into the ground like Rickey did when he took his lead…

    It wasn’t always this way for me. In the 1970’s, I was more of a Thurman Munson and George Brett guy. And, actually, the Brett thing stayed with me into the ’80’s as well…as I patterned my stance and swing, albeit from the right-side, after Brett. (But, for the record, during BP, I used to goof around and try and use the “young” Rickey Henderson batting stance – where he had the one-inch strike zone.) Further, once my playing days were over, in the 1990’s, I was more of a Cal Ripken and Paul O’Neill guy. But, I never lost my respect for Henderson.

    Back in 2004, when Rickey Henderson was playing for the Newark Bears, I thought it would be cool to have a picture of him in his Bears’ uniform. Given Henderson’s greatness, I figured it would be like having a nice photo of Babe Ruth in his Boston Braves uniform.

    So, I called the Bears and asked them if they had any photos of Rickey for sale. They put me in touch with Rickey’s personal assistant. When I spoke to his assistant, and told him that I wanted two pictures – one for my daughter, then two-years old, and one for my son, who was recently born – he asked me if I wanted them personalized, with my kids’ names. How cool is that?

    So, for the last four years, both of my kid’s rooms have a picture of Rickey Henderson, in his Bears uniform, hanging on the wall – autographed by Rickey, personalized by Rickey for them…by including their name above his signature.

    Yeah, Rickey Henderson – who is really no different from Carl Crawford in terms of his image or whatever you want to call it. Really, the only difference between Henderson and Crawford is that Henderson had a better batting eye and played in the majors for a quarter-century whereas Crawford just has eight season under his belt, to date.

    So, if I were a racist, explain to me why I have so much respect and admiration for Rickey Henderson – and have a picture of him hanging in the rooms of all my children? Does that sound like a racist to you?

    In any event, as we know, people cherry pick and make inferences – as they have in this case. What can you do? And, all that really matters is that my family and friends, those who really know me, know the truth. But, I felt that I should at least try and clear this matter up – hence, this post.

    WasWatching.com 2010 Reader Survey

    Posted by on February 25th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Back in March of 2008, we did a reader survey. Click here and here to see the results of that effort.

    Well, two years is a long time. So, I’ve decided to re-run the survey now. Please consider taking this reader survey. It’s safe, easy, and quick. It should take you just a few minutes to complete it. Thanks in advance for your time on this request!

    Click here to take survey.

    2010 Mother’s Day Honorary Bat Girl Contest

    Posted by on February 25th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    BatgirlThe good folks at MLB.com recently passed along this press release to me regarding Major League Baseball, and “Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” launching their 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest.

    It’s an online contest in support of the annual breast cancer awareness cause on Mother’s Day.

    Basically, anyone can submit stories of how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer. Testimonials can be submitted by an individual (or on behalf of someone else) who had or has breast cancer, or is an advocate/supporter of the cause. One person will be selected per big league team and will be recognized during their club’s scheduled Mother’s Day celebrations. Each Honorary Bat Girl will have an opportunity to take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive two tickets to the game and pink MLB merchandise.

    I know that breast cancer awareness is important to many – and wanted to share this news here in case you missed the press release at MLB’s site.

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