No Tribute to Tony Gwynn at MLB All-Star Game

Last night’s MLB All-Star Game was a fitting tribute to Derek Jeter who will be retiring at the end of the season, but there was something missing….

Somehow Major League Baseball did not mention of the passing of Tony Gwynn who died after a battle with Cancer on  June 16th. I realize the retirement of Jeter is a big deal and he deserves all the praise for everything he has accomplished but no moment of silence before or during the game is unforgivable.

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Gwynn was one of the greatest ambassadors for baseball and this is the way they repay him, it’s a shameful moment that baseball commentators should speak about and force some kind of response from Commissioner Bud Selig. I’m a lil shocked that Selig dropped the ball on this as he usually does a good job remembering the greats of the game.

And it was not only Tony Gwynn who was forgotten, but there was no mention of Ralph Kiner, Jim Fergosi, Frank Cashen, Don Zimmer, Jerry Coleman, and Bob Welch who passed away in 2014.

On Wednesday MLB and Fox Sports released a joint statement concerning the lack of tribute:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year – including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer – and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual.”

This is a sad excuse by MLB and Fox Sports.

The game stopped for five minutes for Derek Jeter and a standing ovation as he left the field for the last time as an all-star, you mean to tell me baseball and Fox Sports could not fit in another five minutes for some kind of video montage for those who have passed away?

Come on Bud, you can do better. I am expecting something nice during the Playoffs and World Series!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

F-A-Natic Fridays – Are the Yankees SOFT???

As much I hate the Yankees I never thought I would ever think of the Yankees being SOFT, but after watching Boston come into Yankee stadium and sweep the series I think it’s time to starting questioning the mental makeup of this Yankee team.

Not only did Boston sweep the series but they also physically inflected some pain on the Yankees.  Boston pitching managed to hit 4 Yankees, including knocking Mark Teixeira from the game after getting plunked on the knee.

So how did the Yankees respond?

Well……

As I already mentioned the Yankees got swept at HOME by their hated rivals; so obviously Tex being hit didn’t ignite anything in them. Then on top of that David Ortiz went off on them AGAIN and blasted a couple of homeruns.  One of the homeruns Big Papi apparently offended Yankee manager Joe Girardi with the flip of the bat; so I guess this would be the time when the Yankees would definitely retaliate.  Girardi is an old school type of guy, so you have to believe something would happen, right???

Well……

So the Yankees did FINALLY respond as C.C. Sabathia hit Ortiz in the leg with a 97 mph fastball. Of course that only happened AFTER Josh Beckett hit Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

WTH!!!!

So the Yankees finally hit David Ortiz after 161 career games and 34 career homeruns against them; AND after the Red Soxs hit 3 of their star players.  I guess that seems like a fair trade-off, LOL!!!

Yeah, the Yankees are soft as baby shit!!!

There is no way the Yankee teams that had Paul O’Neil and Roger Clemens would have ever let that go down.  Without a doubt there would have been some kind of bench clearing brawl…

Where is Don Zimmer?  His old ass has more fight than these NY Yankees!!

No wonder the Yankees were swept at home, they have no heart.  I will even say that my NY Mets have more heart than these pretty boy Yankees; The Mets have 2 superstars down and they show more fight.

After Boston’s slow start the Yankees had the chance to bury their hated rivals; instead they let them stay in the race and now Boston is in 1st place.  Even though it is still early in the season (really not), I am not sure the Yankees have what it takes to challenge the Red Sox.  Of course the Yankees have proven me and others a lot smarter than me wrong before….

The only difference is those Yankees teams of past seasons had HEART!!