nygreporter Sports Special: Jorge Posada Retires After 17 Seasons

January 27, 2012

NEW YORK – Most of our readers know what a sports special is for this website. It is when we cover something outside of New York Giants football but New York related news. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada retired this week (1/24/12) after 17 years in the majors. I don’t know how many dozens of games I’ve seen him play in over the years at the stadium. He always handled himself with class and was a true leader in the locker room. He lead by example and was a good friend to his team mates. I think Jorge has a good plan with spending this summer with his family. I realize some of our readers might not be Yankee fans but I am and this is a significant moment in Yankees history. All that fans can do is wish him well on the rest of his journey in life. It’s so rare that a player sticks with one team their entire career these days, it’s refreshing to know it hasn’t vanished altogether from Major League baseball. We salute you Jorge.

Don’t even bother asking me if Jorge Posada should be in Cooperstown, my answer is yes. What do you think I’m going to say? Bernie Williams belongs in the Hall of Fame too, along with Don Mattingly and the body of work for the game of baseball he’s put together. But this story is about Jorge Posada, thank you Jorge for all of your years in pinstripes and leaving the game on your own terms. You will forever be known as one of the all-time greatest Yankees in New York history. It simply will not be the same without you on the team. God bless you and your family.

Did you know that Derek Jeter was Jorge Posada’s best man at his wedding? It’s true.

Here are some of Jorge Posada’s accomplishments.

5X World Series Champion

5X All-Star Player

5X Silver Slugger Award Winner

17 Years with the Bronx Bombers

7X American League Champion Pennants

1990 Drafted by New York Yankees

If you’re a Yankee fan, what is your favorite memory of Jorge Posada?

RD – nygreporter.com

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nygreporter Sports Special: Mariano Rivera Gets Save 602

September 20, 2011

NEW YORK – It is time for another nygreporter sports special. Our readers know these sports specials are about the world of sports in general and not specifically about the Giants. They are usually about a New York team or player but could be about anything sports related and from anywhere in the world. Today, I would like to discuss a guy named Mo, maybe you have heard of him. Mariano Rivera is the best closer to ever play the game of baseball, period. On September 19, 2011, during a beautiful day game, Rivera collected his 602nd save to officially make him the all-time saves leader in Major League Baseball. He also has 42 post season saves that do not count towards the regular season total. Congrats to Mr. Rivera, who is one of the classiest guys in the game and one of my favorite all-time players.

Let’s take a quick look at Rivera’s numbers. I expect these numbers will change rather quickly but as for today, here there are. Mariano is a 12-time All-Star, 5-time World Series Champion, 1999 World Series MVP, the all-time MLB leader for saves (602), the MLB all-time leader in post-season saves (42) and the MLB leader in finishing games (881). He has also won a ton of other awards but these are the big ones in my opinion. Not a bad resume at all and the guy already has 40 saves this year. It is amazing that after all of these years, opposing batters still get chills when they hear the “Enter Sandman” song blasting out over the speakers. I am so glad that I was able to watch his entire career from start to finish. Guys like Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte were my generations Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson, Lou Gehrig and Joe D. Rivera is also the last player allowed to wear the #42 jersey which has been retired throughout baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson.

It seems like just yesterday, when the Yankees debuted a right hander named Mo but it was actually 16 years ago in May of 1995. Since then, there has been no better closer in baseball and fans were able to see a legend perform on the field every summer in ballparks across America. For most Yankee fans, Rivera will forever be remembered for his cutter, for breaking bats and his cool demeanor. He was always more concerned about winning games then he was about personal achievements. I have an authentic Mariano Rivera baseball jersey in my closet. It takes a lot for me to go out and buy an authentic jersey in any sport because they cost so much. A player must also be exceptional for me to want to wear their name or number on my back. Rivera is one of those players and I wish he could play the game for another 20 years. He is truly a New York Legend.

I have my own personal story about Rivera to share with you now. Actually, I have dozens of stories about seeing Mo get saves LIVE in front of me but one stands out most of all. It was October 27, 1999 and I was in the Bronx for Game 4 of the World Series. You may remember, the Yankees beat the Braves 4-1 in Game 4 that year and I was in the House that Ruth Built when it happened. Roger Clemens was on the mound and beat John Smoltz (both Cy Young winners) while Mariano Rivera closed out the game for the save and sweep of the Braves. Rivera was also named the Series MVP. It is without a doubt the greatest single LIVE sports moment of my life. To be there for “the moment” my favorite baseball team won a Championship is the stuff we all dream about as kids. Thanks for the memories!

Do you think Mariano Rivera is the best closer to ever play baseball?

RD – nygreporter.com

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nygreporter Sports Special: Derek Jeter Gets 3,000th Hit

July 9, 2011

NEW YORK – As our readers know, every once in a while we do a sports special here at nygreporter. These are stories away from the usual New York Giants news but extremely relevant in the world of sports. These stories mostly revolve around the New York sports scene. Our current story is no different. Today we congratulate a true Yankees legend and overall sports legend, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter hit number 3,000 in dramatic fashion this afternoon by hitting a home run off David Price in the 3rd inning to tie up the game 1-1 against the Rays. The fan who caught the ball, Christian Lopez does the right thing and gives the ball back to Jeter and asks for nothing in return. The Yankees respond by giving the kid a ton of free stuff including 4 championship seats for the rest of the season. The baseball world is full of Yankee haters but even the most jaded baseball fan has to respect Derek Jeter and what he has meant to the game of baseball in general. Derek is a first ballot hall of famer and will have a plaque in beautiful Cooperstown, New York one day. His resume reads like every little league baseball players dream career. He was the 1996 Rookie of the Year, 5x World Champion, 12x All-Star player, 5x Gold Glove winner, 4x Silver Slugger winner, 2x Hank Aaron award winner, World Series MVP, All-Star game MVP, Member of 3,000 hit club and a ton of other awards and nominations too numerous to list here.

Derek Jeter is my generations Mickey Mantle or Babe Ruth if you are a Yankee fan. I have watched him play his entire career from the very first game back in 1995 and have seen him do things that nobody has done before. DJ has spent his entire career with the New York Yankees and he will end his career with the Bronx Bombers one day too, the fans love him for that. He remains the benchmark for class and success for every kid who picks up a bat or glove. Mr. November is without a doubt one of the greatest baseball players to ever put on a uniform and nobody can deny this fact.

I’m writing this during the Yankees game being played LIVE right now and wouldn’t you know it? Derek Jeter just hit a double to go 3-3 on the day thus far (3,001 hits) and we are only in the 5th inning. So far, he has hit a single, a double and a home run. He is only a triple away from hitting for the cycle. The guy is simply amazing.

I would like to personally congratulate Derek Jeter on his legendary accomplishment. It’s too bad we have to get old DJ!

RD – nygreporter.com

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nygreporter Sports Special: The New York Knicks Are Back!

February 23, 2011

NEW YORK – It has been a while since we’ve done one of these sports specials (the rare article not concerning the Giants but the world of sports) but the recent news about Carmelo Anthony coming to New York is too big to ignore. Donnie Walsh and James Dolan are putting together something special in New York and I expect Madison Square Garden to be rocking once again. It has been a long time since I checked the Knicks schedule and made plans to watch a game. Normally, I flip through the channels and will come across a game and watch ten minutes or so before changing the channel but not anymore. I haven’t been this excited to see a Knicks game (the Carmelo debut) in a decade. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni must be licking his chops at the thought of coaching all of this talent.

The Knicks can expect to have season ticket sales skyrocket and a massive boost in jersey sales by the end of this week. There are currently more pre-orders for Carmelo Anthony Knicks jerseys (Carmelo will wear No.7), then there are physical jerseys available. Let the madness begin in New York! The fact that tonight is “Legends Night” at Madison Square Garden (vs. Bucks) will only add to the drama as the team introduces Anthony to the crowd. No one knows if he will play or not tonight but he will certainly get introduced. The guy must be exhausted after this six month journey and the team may opt to give him a short break. But one thing I know for sure is he will play against the Miami Heat on Sunday. This is the game I have marked on my calendar (Sunday 2-27-11 at 8 PM EST).

Interestingly enough, I was at game 5 of the NBA playoffs back in 2000 when the Miami Heat were hosting the New York Knicks. This was the last time I was really excited about a Knicks game. Yes, they have had other accomplishments since then but I never had faith in the teams put on the court. I’m embarrassed to admit that but my interest just wasn’t there. I have always been a fan of the Knicks and rooted for them but it was hard to defend them after those atrocious years. Today is completely different though. Fans can see that New York is trying to win games and become better and the fans can do nothing but respect that. With the ever changing landscape of the NBA the past few years, it seemed like the Knicks had fallen way behind the rest of the league but not anymore.

When the Miami Heat made their “super” team last year by brining in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play alongside Dwayne Wade, NBA fans were left standing stunned with their mouths open. The Heat simply employed the same strategy that the Boston Celtics have had success with, so can you blame them? The NBA of the future will consist of a few “super” teams dominating the league for decades, if teams do not plan for it now, it will be impossible for them to compete later on down the road.

Reports have confirmed that the Knicks are looking to grab a Center before tomorrows trade deadline but it is unlikely that will happen. Ronny Turiaf will play Center until the team can work that out. Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields and Carmelo Anthony will round out the starting five. Something that is more likely to happen then grabbing a Center by tomorrow is bringing in an all star guard to round out New York’s own “Big Three”. The top name on that list is Chris Paul, followed by Deron Williams. If the Knicks are able to get one of those two guys over the summer, the Knicks will be in the playoffs for the next 6-8 years guaranteed and will probably win one or two rings. When the New York Knicks win that first ring, it will be bigger then the New York Yankees winning a World Series because Knicks fans have been waiting longer for it to happen. I’m extremely excited and ready to see what this new group of men can do for the organization, the fans and the city.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the New York Knicks?

RD – nygreporter.com

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