Archive for November, 2008

Yankee Stadium Retrospective: Mark Teixeira

November 6, 2008

Continuing my “Yankee Stadium Retrospective” series, I’ve got another player who’s been generating a lot of interest from Yankee fans lately, Mark Teixeira.

With so many Thunder players having tried to play there, I thought it would be interesting to get the perspectives of many big league veterans who have. 

In our one-on-one chat, here’s what Teixeira had to say about his memories of playing at Yankee Stadium:

Mark Teixeira on his first time playing at Yankee Stadium: “It was my rookie year.  I think it was early in the season too, so I wasn’t playing every day.  So my first game at Yankee Stadium, I think I sat on the bench for most of the game.  I can remember facing guys like Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte as a young player.  That was pretty special.”

Mark Teixeira on soaking in the experience: “It’s a little intimidating the first time you come in, but once you get on the field, it’s a lot of fun.  It’s a great place to play.”

Mark Teixeira on getting to play at Yankee Stadium in its final season: “It’s very special to know that this will probably be my last game here and to be a part of the end of a great era of Yankees baseball and the history of baseball, it’s going to be fun.”

Mark Teixeira on comparing seeing Yankee Stadium on TV to playing there in person: “TV doesn’t do it justice.  It doesn’t matter how many different angles you have with a camera.  Being here and feeing the fans and feeing the history is very special.”

Mark Teixeira on what his friends ask him about playing at Yankee Stadium: “They don’t really ask me too many questions.  But I always tell people that this is my favorite old stadium to go to.  For the new stadiums, I love Seattle.  But this is probably going to be my all-time favorite stadium.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

73*

November 6, 2008

Finally, the number 73 can be associated with something good in baseball.

That’s how many entries for the Thunder Thoughts team-signed baseball giveaway were received…which to me anyway, is a big number.

The winner has been notified…and if he so desires, he can post on here and let everyone know who he is. 

I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to know that he was chosen via the very scientific method of me sorting through all the entries, closing my eyes and touching the screen of my ever-disintegrating laptop.

Thanks to everyone for participating, and a special thanks to the Trenton Thunder for providing the baseballs to me.  For the eight of you who actually read my paper my loyal Democrat readers, there will be another contest coming up shortly for the remaining team-signed baseball.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Yankee Stadium Retrospective: Jake Peavy

November 4, 2008

You might remember that I promised a series in which I talked one-on-one with the game’s best players, asking them about their experiences at Yankee Stadium. 

I figured that with every player on the Thunder roster trying to get up there, it might be interesting to hear from recognizable players who had already played there.

I was going to hold off on it, but with all the interest Yankees fans now have around NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, I’d might as well debut it.

Jake Peavy on his fondest memories of Yankee Stadium: “Well, I don’t really have many fond memories, this is only the second time I’ve gotten a chance to come here in seven years.  Obviously, last night (a 6/18 loss in which he only lasted four innings) didn’t go that well.  But it’s just an honor to come and compete.  I heard Joe Girardi talking post-game about how we’re all privileged to be in the major leagues, and be among the few of us that are privileged enough to come here and compete on the grounds at Yankee Stadium with all the great things that have gone on before.  It was a privilege to get to pitch here.  My two trips in, I haven’t fared too well.  We lost two of three here in ’04 and at least have lost two of three here so far.  But just getting a chance to compete, it’s been an honor for me.”

Jake Peavy on comparing his first trip to Yankee Stadium to his most recent: “It’s fun.  The atmosphere, it’s always fun.  It’s always fun to come to a place with good atmosphere, and then when you combine that with a place that has the tradition and the history that this place does, it’s special.  And like I said, getting the chance to walk out there last night and compete against a great team and great players, it was something I’ll definitely cherish.”

Jake Peavy on his impressions of the new stadium: “I saw it just driving in, I didn’t see anything much more than that.  But I’ve seen some of the plans, and I’ve seen some of the virtual tours.  It looks pretty amazing.”

Jake Peavy’s impressions on Joba Chamberlain: “Just watching him a little bit on TV, obviously Joba’s got great stuff.  Once he figures out…just getting a routine and getting good and comfortable with what he’s trying to do, I’m sure he’s going to be one of the best.  He’s got a great arm.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Speaking of Balls…

November 4, 2008

The drawing for the 2008 Eastern League Championship team-signed baseball will be held tomorrow, and the winner will be notified.

We…uhhh, I got a ridiculous amount of entries for this, and I can’t say enough at how happy I am that people STILL care about this blog and the Thunder this long after the season has been over.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

For All You Brad Taylor and Greg Coleman Fans Out There…

November 2, 2008

Some of you may know that former Thunder GM Brad Taylor and Thunder Assistant GM Greg Coleman took on similar roles with the new Bowling Green franchise.

Despite my suggestion that they choose “Balls” as a team name — said the man making an obvious double entendre — they instead went a different route.  Check it out here

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com