Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Top Of The Heap!

New York New York.

The Universe is back in order.

Hideki Matsui finally gets his much deserved ring and MVP!

I hope he stays in pinstripes.

Time to celebrate!

Baseball's all that's real!

My beloved Bronx Bombers return home for Game 6 of the World Series.

Daddy's new house needs the aroma of champagne & Matsui could sure use World Series *BLING* on his finger.

~Vintage 1952 World Series Ring.

They say the Yankees are the team most people love to hate, that's because there is no denying they are simply the BEST.

I grew up in the Bronx, home of egg creams, handball, stickball and Yankee Stadium, you could practically smell the hot dogs and popcorn through the entire borough when there was a game going on.

Sometimes its difficult to explain to someone who is not from there how baseball was ingrained in my culture. I watched baseball with dad, religiously. Those were some of the best times of my childhood. Dad was a hardcore Cincinnati Reds fan but he had respect for the Yankees.

I only had eyes for the pinstripes, even when they were going through their most difficult years in the 70s.

Later, in my early 30s I worked for a time with an organization of which Steinbrenner is a member. I spoke with the man, several times, he was always gracious, accommodating and generous. I will not lie when I say that I was pleasantly surprised.

I now live in the NW but no matter, I will always be a die hard Yankee fan. You can take the girl out of the Bronx but you cant take the Bronx out of the girl.

My mother was what you could call a super Yankee fan, her favorite player was Derek Jeter

Mom was in her 70s when she stood up on the hood of her car during the parade the City of NY held in honor of the Yankees victory of the 1999 World Series. She taped every single Yankee game! Im not that bad, I only record the World Series, if the Yankees are playing, the Parade and the Key To The City ceremony.

I have been doing a bit of vintage Yankee sleuthing

World Series watch 1923

World Series 1937 Official Program 25 cents!

A vintage magazine AD

1939 Spring Training St Pete FL.

'When Mantle learned that he and DiMaggio would have plaques side by side, he insisted that DiMaggio's "hang a little higher than mine"

Gehrig & Shawkey go fishing at the golf course LOL!

'As part of Gehrig's surprising desire to take Hollywood by storm he had earlier set his sights on playing Tarzan.'

"These were the most revealing portraits of Gehrig's body ever taken . . . his lower body appeared to belong to another species, neither man nor ape. Each thigh was bigger than many a man's waist, each calf the size of a Christmas ham. Here was the hidden source of his tremendous power and durability." ~ Jonathan Eig. Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005, 432 pp

Credit and Brian Bohnett.

The best line of his Farewell Speech

'...for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.'

Years later another wonderful man and fantastic musician by the name of Michael Houser would use those words in an announcement to his fans and the world regarding his illness.

Michael Houser ~ January 6, 1962 - August 10, 2002

Whatever happens tonight I can always count on my Yankees conducting themselves with class and style and performing best under pressure.

This post dedicated to all Yankees team members past and present.

'At night all the faces light up as the players take the field' - Rebirtha ~ Widespread Panic

Let's play ball!

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