"In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about I made the mistake of naming some specific players," said Yankees Special Advisor, Reggie Jackson. "This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people and I’m disappointed that I didn’t take greater care in expressing my views. I have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees organization for any disruption that I caused in the clubhouse. I continue to have a strong relationship with the club and look forward to continuing in my role with the team. As always I remain dedicated to the great game of baseball."
Yankee fans, we're getting better. For sure. Why? Because of the pitching.
How about Andy Petitte and what he's brought to our staff and the clubhouse? He's special, and brings the leadership thats needed behind CC. Experience, the knowledge of knowing how to pitch as well as the confidence he brings to us, is his value to our club and our young staff. Hiroki Kuroda has also been a great addition for our staff. I believe that our young guns get confidence from both Andy as well as Hiroki. Having Andy and Hiroki pitching behind CC have taken pressure off of Phil and Ivan I believe it's helped them be more comfortable with the demand for success in New York. If we get this kind of pitching the majority of the season we will be there at the end fighting for the Championship of the American League. Our offense is good enough, even though it can get better, but to win, we need great pitching . David Robertson has been out, and "the Great Mariano" is out for the season. We've had patchwork with our setup men since Robertson has been down. But you have to give credit to Soriano for his role as closer since " the Geat One" has been on the DL.
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LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the times when there were no black players in big league baseball.
And about what it meant when Jackie Robinson broke the game's color barrier.
"Without Jackie, I wouldn't be in front of you," the Los Angeles Angels pitcher told several dozen kids at a Bronx ballfield Sunday. "Jackie's role in my life has been tremendous."
From Dodger Stadium to Fenway Park, there were ceremonies as Major League Baseball honored Robinson and his legacy. Video tributes and on-field celebrations at every ballpark included his family, his former teammates, players from the Negro Leagues and NBA great Bill Russell.
Players, managers, coaches and umpires all wore No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day to remember the 65th anniversary of the day the future Hall of Famer first took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Markers on each base noted the occasion.
"I'm very happy the players feel that connected," said his daughter, Sharon Robinson. "Back in 1997, players were saying, 'Jackie who?' So we've come a long way."
Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Hawkins and several former players joined Sharon Robinson at a youth clinic in a park where the old Yankee Stadium stood. Smiling boys and girls from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program in Harlem eagerly showed off their gloves and jerseys for two-time All-Star Harold Reynolds.
There was a pregame tribute at the new Yankee Stadium on Sunday night featuring Rachel Robinson, Jackie's wife, and Sharon before the Angels played New York. Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano — who is named for the baseball pioneer — hugged the Robinsons as they gathered with three Tuskegee Airmen behind home plate.
Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson wore customized spikes with the Jackie Robinson Day logo on the back and No. 42 on the tongue. The shoes will be auctioned off later, with proceeds going to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
On a shelf in his locker, Granderson had a small figurine of Robinson sliding feet-first in his Brooklyn uniform. He pointed out that Robinson's success provided opportunities for so many in baseball, not only blacks.
"It opened up doors for everybody. I think that's the one thing he would be proud of," Granderson said. "You just look at the diversity, all of which started with Jackie Robinson 65 years ago."
Granderson's teammate, Mariano Rivera, is the only active player still wearing No. 42. The number was retired by MLB 15 years ago on the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut.
"I think it's a great thing for baseball. I think it's a great thing for life in general, continuing to promote his legacy," Granderson said. "I don't think it's been forgotten, by the number of kids that are coming up to me saying, 'Hey, my first book report was on Jackie Robinson.' These are 6, 7, 8, 9-year-olds that are doing it."
Hawkins noted the dwindling percentage of black players in the big leaguers. There were only 8.5 percent on opening day in 2011 — there were twice as many in 1990 when the Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida started tracking the number.
Hawkins thanked his granddad for always steering him toward baseball instead of basketball and encouraged parents to do the same. He also said colleges could help by offering four-year baseball scholarships.
"Play the game," Hawkins said.
Asked whether he thought MLB would ever again achieve a high population of black players, he said: "Anything's possible."
Jackson recalled his days in the minor leagues, where he was not allowed to stay in the same hotels or eat in the same restaurants as his teammates. He said he sometimes spent the night on the couch at the apartments of Rollie Fingers, Joe Rudi, Dave Duncan and others.
"It was a very embarrassing time in your life," he said.
Jackson paused to "to remember what it was like, what I went through" and reflected on the likes of Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe, black players who followed Robinson to the Dodgers.
"He represented all of us," Jackson said. "I really feel he represented black and white."
Newcombe and former Los Angeles star Tommy Davis threw out ceremonial first pitches at Dodger Stadium before the game against San Diego.
Hall of Fame Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who had missed five games because of a bad cold, returned to the broadcast booth. Scully, now 84, called Brooklyn games for more than seven years when Robinson played.
"All I want to do is think about the game and Jackie and how grateful I am to be back," Scully said.
Tweeted current Dodgers star Matt Kemp: "Thank u Jackie Robinson!!!"
In Boston, former Robinson teammate Ralph Branca threw out the ceremonial ball before Tampa Bay played Boston. The 86-year-old Branca tossed the pitch on one bounce from the front edge of the mound to his son-in-law, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
Branca remembered being at Ebbets Field a day before Robinson's debut.
"I was in the locker room when Jackie walked in. I walked over, shook his hand, 'Welcome aboard,'" Branca said.
"I didn't think about the color of his skin because I lived on a block that was the United Nations of all. It was four black families, about nine families (of) Italian extraction, two Irish, two German, two Jewish. So it was a league of nations on my block. So blacks, I played with them, went in their house, they came into mine. So seeing Jackie meant nothing special or different to me," he said.
At Safeco Field, Russell bounced his first pitch to Seattle's Chone Figgins before the Mariners hosted Oakland. At Turner Field, Robinson's grandson, Jesse Sims, was on the field with Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn before Milwaukee visited Atlanta. At Citizens Bank Park, Harold Gould and Mahlon Duckett of the Philadelphia Stars from the Negro Leagues were recognized, along with members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
At Kansas City, Cleveland manager Manny Acta said it was a special day.
"It has a lot of meaning to me. Those guys opened the way for everyone else. Jackie and Larry Doby, Frank Robinson was the first African-American manager. And Felipe Alou, Tony Perez. It was tough for those guys, even tougher for guys like us, minorities and foreigners."
"It wasn't tough for me," the Dominican-born Acta said. "I had it made because of guys like that. Those guys had to break the ice. They did it for us.
Hey guys and gals, just got home, after we lost our run at the series this year. The Tigers took a bite out of the big apple, so I'm at home watching some of both series. I'm hanging out doing some house cleaning to the my garage with my car collection. Today I'm gonna enjoy a cruise in my 40 Ford convertible. Time permits me to wax my '62 409 4 Spd , dual quad, black Impala and my 63 red fuel injected split window corvette. Hit me with some questions anytime
But this time it feels a lot better. We scored some runs 10 of 'em. We arrived in NY this morning at 3a I got to bed at 4 and got up to do a media blast for Folds of Honor and Busweiser giving 2,000,000 to deceased and disabled veterans survivors . The children and spouses of those killed or disabled in action. The Two organizations have teamed up to give this money to the families to further their secondary education.
I am so proud to have been asked to participate in this program. I feel blessed and honored that they asked me to be involved.
Tomorrow I believe we will have a great game as a team.
Nova is ready and so is the team. Yesterday we had a quiet confidence about the team and in the clubhouse before the game. I expect the same atmosphere within the team Tomm also. We will at a great game.
And I've got the privalidge to have a front row seat. JV against CC, Verlander and Sabbathia weighing in at 24-5 and 19-6, can it get any better? Not for me. It's Carfish Hunter vs Tom Seaver like the 1973 A's -Mets series, Can I say "we gotta win". I can say it, but we do have tomorrow. I thought last nights game was not as bad as it looked, because we did have chances to win before it ended. Two men on with Robbie at the plate representing the winning run, I'll take that. We had a chance to win and that's all we can ask for. We need to win this one, and when we do, we go all the way.
By the way beware of the Brewers they're good, and at home they have the best record in baseball.
A side note, Comerica Park plays bigger than any other park in baseball. It should be a pitchers delight. 2 of the best in the game pitching tonight and the fan in me is loving it .
See you there, or on the radio or the tube.
Ahhhh yes,... Oct 3
It's a good time of the year dontcha think?
Yanks Playing as Good as!!
The Yanks just left the windy city and the Chicago White Sox ran into a noreaster called Yankee pitching. I was impressed CC the first night Phil Hughes with a great performance night 2. An offensive blow out Wed night with 18 runs another 5 for 5 night by "old man jeter and Thursday a determined gritty performance by Ivan Nova still under 25 years old. Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes raised their hands together to be main.stays of the ever surprising and impressive Yankee starting 6!!!!
The yanks couldn't be playing any better than they are now as the enter Beantown tied w the Red Sox this weekend to play for first place. Ahhh baseball in August, the start of the stretch run and the Bombers and the Bosox have the baseball world buzzing. I love it and as Mr Cromartie of the Jets says "can't wait"
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His nails painted in a peachy shade of orange to clash against pinstriped pants, Martin repeatedly called for a pitch he loves and got nods. Burnett's winning changeup was the talk of the clubhouse on Wednesday after the Yankees' 7-4 victory over the Orioles.
"It took me 12 years to throw a changeup," Burnett said. "He believes in it and I'm starting to, more and more. It's going to be a big pitch. I threw a lot of them in fastball counts tonight and it felt good."
Getting home runs from Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, Burnett pitched scoreless baseball into the seventh inning before serving up a pair of two-run homers -- pitching to the scoreboard with a seven-run lead at the time, as Rodriguez would put it.
Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts hit big flies, but Burnett got the win in the end -- his third in three starts, giving him more than the entire Red Sox team and marking the first time he has opened a season in such victorious fashion.
"I loved him. He threw the ball extremely well," Rodriguez said. "He was flawless for six innings and I thought he threw the ball with a lot of conviction. He mixed in a devastating changeup, and I thought overall he threw to the scoreboard. It's a sign of maturity."
That changeup, the one that Burnett tossed 14 times on Wednesday, has always been a useful topic to fill space during Spring Training but something that essentially vanishes once Opening Day rolls around.
Burnett knows his bread and butter comes with the fastball and curveball, but the changeup had just enough dip and dive that Martin became intrigued by it.
The first-year Yankees catcher -- who had been painting his nails with Wite-Out so pitchers could better spot signs, before trying out a new Technicolor look on Wednesday -- tried to drill the changeup mantra into Burnett's head, over and over.
"It's just something I saw in the bullpen in Spring Training. It's got good action to it," Martin said. "He works it off the same plane and the hitters see a fastball coming at them. The next thing you know, it dips. He gets a lot of ground balls with it."
Burnett's night didn't really roll until he got through the second inning. After that, he sent 12 of 14 Orioles batters back to the bat rack, some muttering about scouting reports that needed updating.
"He had a really good changeup tonight, which last year he didn't use that much," Wieters said. "It's going to take some adjustments now to get used to him throwing three pitches now instead of the two he used to throw. When he's able to throw that changeup over for a strike, it makes it real tough."
After being shut out on Sunday and going dark with a rainout on Tuesday, the Yankees made up for lost time by blasting right-hander Chris Tillman for six runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Rodriguez connected in the first inning for a three-run homer, his fourth of the season and the 617th of his Major League career.
In the second inning, New York chased Tillman with two-out damage. Derek Jeter tapped a soft single near the mound, knocking in Martin, and Robinson Cano ripped a bases-loaded double that brought around two more runs.
"I don't know if we needed six [runs]," Rodriguez said. "I just think overall we want to just keep professional at-bats and we want to keep passing the baton and trusting our teammates. I think the key is no easy outs."
Rodriguez finished the night with 1,839 career RBIs, tying Al Simmons and Ted Williams for 11th place on baseball's all-time list. Jeter's RBI single was his 2,935th, tying Barry Bonds for 32nd place in Major League Baseball history.
"Anytime you hear those names, it's extremely flattering and humbling," Rodriguez said.
Posada tacked on a solo homer off Chris Jakubauskas in the fifth inning, striking the second deck in right field. It was Posada's fourth homer and just his fifth hit of the season, snapping a 0-for-19 skid.
"Everyone wants to feel like they're contributing and swinging the bat well," Girardi said.
Burnett steamed into the seventh, but was touched for a Mark Reynolds double and then Wieters' first home run on a 2-0 cookie.
After a walk to Robert Andino, Roberts joined the party with a two-run homer -- his third -- into the Yankees' bullpen, drawing Baltimore within three runs.
It was the 112th and final pitch for Burnett, who allowed seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Dave Robertson, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera finished up with scoreless work the rest of the way.
"The way he's throwing the ball, he's going to win games if he can consistently locate his fastball and mix those other two pitches in," Girardi said of Burnett.
In retrospect, Burnett's night turned in part when Larry Rothschild visited the mound with two outs in the second inning. Burnett was becoming frustrated by hitting his heel on the mound during his delivery.
"Don't worry about that right now," Rothschild barked, according to Burnett. "Just get this guy out and we'll talk in between [innings]."
Credit Rothschild with a partial assist. Andino popped out, Burnett won again and a relationship that began with chats at Burnett's Maryland home during the winter is paying some dividends in the Bronx this spring.
"I think with Larry, it's all confidence," Burnett said. "That's what it should be at this level. You've been pitching long enough where you should go out and feel confident that your stuff is good enough."
Soriano issued three walks in a relief outing for the first time in his career and departed on the hook for four runs, as the Yankees flushed a dominant CC Sabathia start and lost in 10 innings to Minnesota, 5-4.
Mr. October is one of the celebrities who have become prominent when it comes to the sale of collectible cars. Drive On talked to him last summer when he was selling some of its cars at the Pebble Beach auctions.
Buyers not only get a collectible car, but one owned by Mr. October himself. Sort of a double pedigree.
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There was a span of nearly 15 years in which Reggie Jackson refused to step inside Pebble Beach Country Club. Wary of what it represented, he simply wasn't ready to be identified as part of the establishment.
Today, this is home for Jackson, one of baseball's greatest stars who got rich during the infancy of free agency -- signing for nearly $3 million in 1976 with the New York Yankees-- after experiencing the hatred of racism while playing in the 1960s.
"This is the life, isn't it, buddy?" says Jackson, sitting comfortably on the outdoor deck at Pebble Beach, overlooking the putting green and looking out onto the Pacific Ocean. "This is on the bucket list of places."
Jackson, 64, in many ways reflects the transformation of a generation, the 77 million Baby Boomers who helped change America and are beginning to enter retirement. As a player, Jackson thrived on agitating baseball's establishment with his swagger and braggadocio. When he signed with the Yankees, he said, "I didn't come to New York to be a star, I brought my star with me."
Before then, he was on the Oakland Athletics' championship teams of the 1970s whose beards and mustaches, brightly colored uniforms and white shoes made them something of a counterculture in baseball.
Now, he is an icon of the generation born between 1946 and 1964 -- and part of the establishment. Jackson is a consultant for the Yankees, interacting with players while assisting management.
"I was a big star once," says Jackson, one of baseball's most prolific home run hitters (563) during a 21-year career that ended in 1987. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1993. "Now, I'm just a face in the crowd. Just a little more recognizable than others."
Jackson says his heritage symbolizes the Boomer generation. He is the son of an African-American father and Hispanic mother (full name: Reginald Martinez Jackson) but says he always has been viewed as black. "I was a mixed player. Latin, black and white. I called myself a colored kid. But people ... just said I was a black man."
Jackson grew up in the largely Jewish community of Wyncote, Pa., north of Philadelphia. He says he upset some boosters and influential alumni at Arizona State University by having a Hispanic girlfriend who they thought was white. He believes he was bypassed by the New York Mets with the first pick of the 1966 amateur draft because the team did not want him dating outside his race.
He couldn't eat in the same restaurants, sleep in the same hotels or share an apartment with white teammates during his 1967 minor league season in Birmingham, Ala. For Jackson, the evolution of racial attitudes in America is a benchmark of his generation.
"It wasn't until really I got to be 50 when you started seeing so many mixed(-race) children," he says. "Look at the NBA. You see a lot of black players, but look at their complexion. They're light-skinned because they're mixed. I think it's appropriate that (President) Obama is mixed. He typifies the environment we live in."
Jackson, who moved to Carmel in 1978, says he joined Pebble Beach Country Club about 17 years ago, but it took 15 years for him to set foot in the club.
"Too hoity-toity," says Jackson, who still has the Rolls-Royce Corniche he bought with his signing bonus from the Yankees in 1976 but, in contrast with many of today's wealth-flaunting sports stars, is wary of being photographed with the car.
"I have the car because of the memory it represents, but I don't want people to see pictures with me by it. It just reeks of segregation," Jackson says.
Jackson, who wants to run or own a baseball team, says that, although his sport is far more racially balanced than when he was young, he still sees inequities. There is one minority who is the majority owner of a major league team: Arte Moreno, a Hispanic who owns the Los Angeles Angels. There are no minority club presidents.
"Things have changed, but there's still work to be done," Jackson says. "I hope people aren't satisfied. This country has a racial divide on certain issues. Maybe there will come a time when that changes. I just don't know if I'll be around to see it."
'He was an inspiration'
Jackson believes he came along at just the right time.
He's unsure he would want to play in this egocentric era of sports, when personal statistics often seem to mean more than winning. He feels sorry for today's athletes, having to deal with Twitter, camera phones and 24-hour news cycles. He says he could have handled such scrutiny but adds, "It seems everyone is out to get you.
"It was easier in my era. There wasn't as much attention," he says. "Now, players are so privileged. When I played, there were writers making the same as ballplayers. Guys were making $50,000. Now, you look at guys like (Yankees shortstop) Derek Jeter, and he's probably got $200 million in the bank. If Hank (Aaron) and Willie (Mays) were playing today, they'd be making more than $30 million a year.
"There's so much money out there that players are more home run-conscious now. It's like, 'I'm going to get mine, so I don't need the game.' "
Jackson insists he never uttered the words, "I'm the straw that stirs the drink," as he was famously quoted in Sport magazine in 1977. Yet he was one of the most outspoken and celebrated athletes of his generation. He had his own candy bar. He was in movies, hosted TV shows and was a color commentator.
"If you have to be flapping your gums to draw attention to yourself, it doesn't say much to me," Jackson says. "The great ones don't need to talk."
As a player, Jackson backed up his bravado, often with style. He won five World Series titles and made 14 All-Star teams. He was great in the clutch, hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series for the Yankees, and earned the nickname "Mr. October," which he later patented.
"He was my favorite player," says Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. "Nobody watched a home run like Reggie. Everybody who has come behind him still can't do it better than he did."
Says Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers, Jackson's former teammate in Oakland: "Reggie had his own style, but we didn't mind that at all. Really, he took the heat off the rest of us. He always had something to say, and the sportswriters loved it."
Jackson -- who has earned more than $1 million annually through his vintage car collection, real estate investments and endorsements that have included companies such as Microsoft, Compaq, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard and Puma -- came along 20 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. In his era of baseball, Jackson stood out because he was a college-educated black man who was outspoken and unafraid to challenge managers or team owners.
"He was a guy you were not going to run over, and he could match up intellectually with you," Williams says. "And as a young black male at that time, he was an inspiration."
Dave Stewart, a former pitcher and front office executive who now is a player agent, says, "In a period of time when a lot of black athletes were afraid to talk, Reggie spoke. And we listened. He's one of my favorite people in the world. He's an icon."
Jackson understood finances at a time when many of his peers were ignorant in business ventures. His collection of 65 vintage cars is worth perhaps $20 million. He bought his five-bedroom Carmel home in 1978 for $485,000; he says it's now worth about $5 million.
He has stocks. Real estate holdings. A condo in Newport Beach, Calif. A personal appearance in which he signs autographs can generate as much as $30,000. Even more valuable to Jackson is the image he has cultivated through the years, as a sports icon and now as a mentor.
This week, when free agent pitcher Cliff Lee rejected a seven-year, $150 million offer from Jackson's Yankees for a $120 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, one of Lee's former teams, Jackson understood. Lee's signing was widely viewed as a sign that he placed his comfort above making the most money.
"Good for him," Jackson says. "I'm not happy for the Yankees, but I'm happy for him.
"Some may find it unbelievable he left that kind of money on the table, but I think it's great for this generation."
Still grateful to teammates
Jackson remembers who stood by him when he faced racism in his early years in baseball.
He says he'll forever be indebted to former Birmingham manager John McNamara for refusing to stay at a hotel where Jackson was forbidden and for refusing to eat at a restaurant where Jackson could be served only if he ate on the team bus.
Jackson says he has lost touch with former Oakland teammates Dave Duncan, Fingers and Joe Rudi over the years. Yet they'll forever have a place in his heart, he says, for letting him stay with them for two weeks as he searched for a place to live in Birmingham. When the white players were threatened with expulsion from their apartment for allowing Jackson to stay, Jackson insisted on leaving, not wanting to cause trouble.
"I was totally unaware of segregation," says Duncan, now the St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach. "We were California kids. We go to Birmingham, and we're confronted with a completely different attitude of race. I don't think any of us really knew everything Reggie had to deal with."
Says Jackson: "It was the worst thing I ever went through. But the fact I did, I'm glad I experienced it. ... I instead wanted to focus more on what I could do to make a change."
Now, as his work in baseball continues with the Yankees, Jackson is reflective.
"I've had a great life," he says. "I've piled up a lot of wealth and been able to distribute it to my family, doing things to help God's children, which, to me, starts with family.
"I'm a grateful dude."
$126m for Jason Werth ? He's a nice player, but DUDE!!! Where's this goin?
In the aftermath of the team's 6-1 loss in the American League Championship Series on Friday, Cashman wasted no time offering a vote of support to Joe Girardi, saying he "absolutely" wants the manager to return for the 2011 season.
Cashman also expects Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will be back in pinstripes when the Yankees report to start their mission anew in February, and he is willing to wait once again for a final answer from Andy Pettitte.
Facing elimination, the Yankees kept alive their dreams of a 41st AL pennant as they attempt to become just the fifth team in history to recover from a 3-1 series deficit and advance to the World Series. The ALCS returns to Rangers Ballpark for Game 6 on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
Mark Teixeira crushed a tiebreaking two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Twins in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Target Field on Wednesday.
Teixeira's game-winning blast off Jesse Crain came after the Yankees had to bail out ace CC Sabathia, but Mariano Rivera nailed down the final four outs to log his 40th postseason save, helping New York improve to 6-0 in playoff games played in Minnesota.