Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
"The Other Guys" opened in theaters this past Friday starring Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg. But the comedy film starred a very popular New York figure in Derek Jeter.
The Yankees short-stop has been on Saturday Night Live and is engaged to actress Minka Kelly, so the acting potential is all around him. There was a lot of hype building up to his acting debut in a blockbuster, but he failed to disappoint.
Derek Jeter has won MVP awards for Major League Baseball's World Series and All-Star Game respectively. With his role as himself and as a bum, Jeter could add an Oscar to his set of awards.
In the film, Mark Wahlberg's cop character is called "The Yankee Clipper", because of an incident where he shoots Derek Jeter in the dugout steps before a World Series game. Derek Jeter is on the ground and fans believe that Wahlberg caused them a championship.
Jeter's funnier scene occurs years later when Wahlberg and Jeter meet at Nathan's in Coney Island. Jeter is dressed as a bum and is on the streets due to the shooting that occurred years prior. When Derek Jeter is dressed as a bum, the audience bursts into tears of laughter as now there is a comedic Jeter on the screen alongside a hilarious Will Farrell.
MTV recently revealed that Adam McKay, one of the film's leading producers, was surprised with how prepared Jeter was for his role. The filming occurred not too long after the World Series and many believed that the Yankee Captain would be partying it up, but instead he was ready for his next job with his lines prepared.
"The Other Guys" has the audience in tears even before the Derek Jeter scenes. It is a hilarious movie that draws just about the same praise and comedy glory of Will Farrell's "Step Brothers."
It is definitely a must-see flick this Summer and New York fans will gladly enjoy the acting of their very own Derek Jeter.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Quest for No.28 is about to begin. Baseball is back in full bloom for the Yankees as Spring Training is set to begin in 6 days. Before the Yankees start preparing for the season there are still a few question marks that have yet to be answered.
The Back-Up Left Fielder Competition and Bench Producer: The Yankees signed outfielders Randy Winn and Marcus Thames during the offseason, so that they may have a chance to compete with Brett Gardner for the open slot in left field. The Yankees lost Austin Jackson in the deal to acquire center fielder Curtis Granderson. Javier Vazquez's arrival back in the Bronx spelled good-bye to fan favorite Melky Cabrera. Johnny Damon may soon join Cabrera in Atlanta, as he has been offered a deal with the Braves next year.
Winn and Gardner may be the top choices for that open spot, but in recent years both have only proven to be as good as a fourth outfielder. The Yankees probably won't choose Marcus Thames even if he has a big Spring Training. He could win the last spot on the team for a bench role. Another option is the team's Rule 5 Draft Pick, Jaime Hoffman. Hoffman is considered a talented outfielder with some upside. This will probably be one of the biggest competitions in the Yankees Spring Training this year. Thames has power that would come in handy off the bench, so many predict he will win this spot. This allows Hoffman to mature and ripen a bit more until a possible Late Summer/September call-up.
Left Handed Pitchers Wilkin Arias and Royce Ring: These two pitchers will be in the spotlight as they look for a spot in the Yankees bullpen for 2010. Their chances of making the team may be slim, if Damaso Marte earns himself a spot in the bullpen again. These pitchers also will have to hurdle over their competitors like Jonathan Albaladejo, Boone Logan, Sergio Mitre, and Mark Melancon. Chad Gaudin and Mitre will be competing for a rotation spot, so if they don't make it there they will probably fall into the bullpen.
Kei Igawa, Jason Hirsh, Mike Rivera, Colin Cutis, Etc: The list goes on for the rest of the players invited to Spring Training. These four players highlight just a few that will probably just be donning the Yankees uniform in Spring Training. Afterwards they will trade that uniform in for Scranton Wilkes-Barre's uniform or Trenton's uniform. They have little to no chance of making the team right out of Spring Training.
Austin Romine and Jesus Montero: These two catchers will probably use Spring Training to get a feel of the Major Leagues. The Yankees could soon see these two guys in pinstripes and in the Bronx. Romine still has some room to improve, but Jesus Montero looks ready. If Jorge Posada or Jose Molina were to get injured for an extended period of time, the arrival of Montero could soon be nearing.
The Yankees have an overload of catchers with these two prospects included. Posada is their starter and Molina is his back-up. Francisco Cervelli is the back-up's back-up. Then come the two prospects. The Yankees could always use Romine as trade bait for something prized in the market in July. Montero is untouchable. For now, these two prospects will look to make great impressions in Spring Training.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Johnny Damon and the New York Jets are probably the biggest sports topics in New York, right now. The Yankees have reportedly made their final offer to Damon. It is now a take it or leave it deal. Scott Boras, Damon's agent, is still looking for the big bucks, but it is highly unlikely that big money is still left for Damon on any team. Johnny Damon texted Tyler Kepner recently and said that a return to New York is still likely.
Damon also said that he was considering retirement, but later on thoughts and rumors of retirement were dispelled. Again Damon goes against his word. This time on the belief of a possible return to the Bronx.
Damon was spotted on Saturday night leaving Mickey Mantle's restaurant in Manhattan. When asked about a short interview with reporters, Damon accepted. The reporters sat down at the table, but soon had to stand back up because Damon's date had returned from the restroom. His date was the one and only Kate Hudson.
Reporters sat down to question Damon about his free agency, but instead he would be answering questions about why he was on a date with Kate Hudson. Hudson was Alex Rodriguez's girlfriend and lucky charm during the 2009 playoffs. Damon is a married man!
When asked about the date, Damon responded that Kate and him were just having dinner and were going out to get a few drinks afterwards. Was there love attached? Damon said, "Kate and I are very close. I won't say anything more about us."
"Us"? Damon says that he and Kate met at Rodriguez's party celebrating their championship. While A-Rod was in the restroom, Damon got close with Hudson. As the Jersey Shore folks would say, 'Damon committed the robbery.'
Johnny Damon is no stranger to robbery. He is a very good base runner and is always a threat to steal. That may be one reason why the Yankees would like to re-sign him. But after the Hudson date at Mantle's, Damon said that a return to the Bronx probably will not happen.
"It will be hard to look at Alex in the eyes. During my time in New York, I grew close with him. After my relationship with Kate became more intimate, I think Alex and I grew farther apart," said Damon.
As for Damon's family, Michelle Damon has refused to comment on the issue. A close friend to the family says that Michelle 'saw this coming. This could turn into a big cat fight between Hudson and Michelle Damon.
Speaking of felines...hopefully this doesn't turn into a Tiger-like situation. That is Tiger as in Tiger Woods. The man that hid an entire playboy calendar worth of women from his wife. Who knows how many more women Damon could be hiding? One thing is certain, Damon will not be in the Bronx next year.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The baseball media has been tracking Johnny Damon and the New York Yankees since the day that Matt Holliday and Jason Bay were removed from the market. People are hoping that the two sides can just put their troubles behind and come to an agreement. Then there are the big names like Rick Ankiel that have been thrown out there as options. The one man that the Yankees have been overlooking is Rocco Baldelli.
Baldelli signed with the Red Sox last offseason, but had very little playing time. Before playing for the Red Sox, he had a stint with the Tampa Bay Rays/Devil Rays. He had a couple of pretty good seasons, but was always limited because of injuries. That might be one thing that turns off the Yankees about Baldelli.
The Yankees probably like the fact that he can be a good right-handed hitter for their line-up and hit well against lefties. Baldelli is a .295 hitter against lefties throughout his career. That would be great for the Yankees. According to multiple sources, he was a very well liked guy in the clubhouse in Tampa and Boston. The Yankees Clubhouse is already pretty laid back. Baldelli would probably feel comfortable with the atmosphere in New York.
The Yankees will have a lot of questions to answer about left-field as they enter Spring Training. Their quest for No. 28 probably could be weaker if they aren't settled in the outfield. A Brett Garder/Rocco Baldelli platoon for the season would not be bad. He's a cheap and good option. The Yankees should deeply consider him.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
By: Christopher Chavez
The Yankees are still in dire need for a left-fielder. Johnny Damon is in dire need of a job. Why can't they both just get along. In a recent text message exchange with Tyler Kepner, Damon said, "I'm sure things will work out somewhere."
That somewhere could be New York, but not for a long period of time. Damon will probably end up signing just a one-year contract with the team that chooses to make him an attractive offer. The Yankees only have about two million dollars left to spend this offseason according to their front office representatives. The Yankees basically have room for one more player on the roster. One more player to play the outfield or to pitch.
The Yankees might be looking at a pitcher so that they will have a suitable end of the bullpen with Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Ben Sheets, Mark Mulder, Joel Pineiro, Pedro Martinez, Jarod Washburn, or a reunion with Chien-Ming Wang are all possibilities. For the spot in left-field the Yankees could be looking at Damon, Rick Ankiel, Reed Johnson. or even Endy Chavez as options. Brett Gardner is the current left-fielder for Opening Day 2010 in Boston, but not too many fans are sold with the idea of having such a young guy play for the Yankees.
Kepner asked Damon whether a return to the Bronx has been ruled out. Damon replied to Kepner's text message saying, "I never say never anymore."
As of now the 2010 Opening Day Line-Up might look a bit like this:
1. Derek Jeter - SS
2. Curtis Granderson - CF
3. Mark Teixeira - 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez - 3B
5. Jorge Posada - C
6. Nick Johnson - DH
7. Robinson Cano - 2B
8. Nick Swisher - RF
9. Brett Gardner - LF
It's all about 2011 and the free agent market. That year, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will receive new contracts with the New York Yankees, without a doubt. Then the Yankees will start to get their left field situation settled by taking good looks at Carl Crawford and Manny Ramirez for left-field. Cliff Lee hits the market also. While Pettitte and Vazquez could be coming off the books. It is too early to start discussing the 2011 free agents, but by now everyone must have an idea about the Yankees approach to Carl Crawford next year.