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Postseason 2017: 2am start.

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Reflection, Yankees on October 1, 2017 by slateman

The first season I’ve been detached from in decades winds down today and the postseason for my beloved Yankees is a bit shaky. While it’s been a fun and rather surprising year, I don’t know if we have what it takes. The one-game playoff versus Minnesota is one of those ‘anything can happen’ situations and I’ll admit the best of two concept I heard about recently sounds like a better solution. But even if we beat the Twinkies, we go up against the team coming off the hottest streak in over 100 years. That shortened five-game series is no less stressful! And the winner faces either the Astros (*ahem*, 2015) or the Sox (hatred). OMG, the latter would be insanity.

But that’s getting way ahead of ourselves. Gotta fend off Minnesota, whom we recently swept, first. And that game starts at 2am here. How can I not watch? Alternately, how can I? Well, I did get up at like 3am to watch when the Yanks and Matsui opened their season in Japan a lifetime ago. Oh how I love the postseason. Oh how I hate thee.


Posted in Blog, Borderlands, Cubing, DoDon Pachi, Games, Godflesh, Personal, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, The Walking Dead, Yankees on November 2, 2012 by slateman

It’s been a long time and a lot has happened. I’ve had some ups and downs these past few weeks but the good has been rather good. Let’s see…

First off, I’ll be getting a new cube any day now and I’m pretty psyched. It’s a cool one, it’s the curvy copter, and it’s a jumbling puzzle. It should be spectacular.

My Godflesh site turned 17 years old a few weeks ago. That’s insanely old.

Resident Evil 6 and Borderlands 2 – Making progress. Taking forever. Well worth the cashola.

I also picked up Street Fighter X Tekken as well for cheap. I’d played it several months ago and look forward to having it in my library!

The Yankees – I couldn’t even write about this. I still can’t.

The Walking Dead – both the game (episode 4) and show (episode 3) were solid. The game may have been a filler/connector episode and the show an introducer, but both were strong and make me yearn for more. Sadly the game’s sequel must wait quite a while.

Hurricane Sandy – :( So much destruction. :( :(

EPISODE VII!?!?!? I’ll post some thoughts on this soon. It may actually have a chance of being good. Four words – Pirates Of The Caribbean.

DoDonPachi: Maximum came out on the iPad and was on sale so I snatched that up. It’s kinda fun. It’s cool seeing the returning characters/stages/music and it is a pretty good challenge on later levels. I may pick up ESP Galuda II as well.

Enough for now?

No Football. Why? No Remote!!!

Posted in Blog, Yankees with tags on September 23, 2012 by slateman

As my Yankees are not looking good today and as my kids are driving me to utter madness, I would love to enjoy my Sunday the way it was meant to be enjoyed. With football.

Alas! it is not to be! My remote control has been missing for about three days and with a parental lock, I’m stuck! Unless I want to watch the Disney Channel (I do not), I’m screwed. Think you could help? Here’s a pic of my remote. Just send me one. Thanks! xoxo

What I Love About Baseball / What I Hate About Baseball

Posted in Blog, Yankees on September 23, 2012 by slateman

(Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Jeter leaves the bases loaded in the 12th (or whatever) inning.

The A’s score FOUR in the 13th. Efffff.

The Yanks score FOUR in the bottom of the 13th. WTF?!

If the Yankees didn’t win, I would have hated baseball. They didn’t. I love baseball.

It’s unfair, most certainly. I was yelling at this new Melky as he missed the bag @ 3rd!?!? I’ll give Arod credit, that should’ve won the game.

Nuñez would’ve stranded the bases loaded too if not for that E3. Man…I hate baseball sometimes. I loathe extra innings. However, as the O’s won, we needed a win, and right now, I love baseball.

Jeter: #10

Posted in Blog, Yankees on September 16, 2012 by slateman

Back in May, I commented on how Jeter had gotten to #18 on the all-time hits list. It’s not mid-September, and he’s been moving on up, now holding #10 to his lonesome. This has been an exciting summer, watching him climb that list, seeing him have such a spectacular year. Let’s look at the list as of today!

  1. Rose: 4,256
  2. Cobb: 4,189
  3. Aaron: 3,771
  4. Musial: 3,630
  5. Speaker: 3,514
  6. Anson: 3,435
  7. Wagner: 3,420
  8. Yastrzemski: 3,419
  9. Molitor: 3,319
  10. Collins: 3,315
  11. Jeter: 3,285
  12. Mays
  13. Murray
  14. Lajoie
  15. Ripken
  16. Brett
  17. Waner
  18. Yount

As you see, he’s moved past some legendary hitters. With 18 games remaining, it’s unlikely he’ll move up on the list any more this year. However, even a decent year in 2013 would move him up to #6. (An excellent season could yield #5.) I’m thrilled to have watched so many games this summer. And while I don’t have a great deal of confidence about this postseason, I love Jeter and it has been sensationally fun seeing him do all he can do for the past two decades. Hopefully I can update this page next summer and he can pass the Yaz.

The Walking Dead: Season 3 Poster

Posted in Blog, The Walking Dead, Yankees with tags on September 5, 2012 by slateman

Fucking A! If this is not bad-ass, I don’t know what is. Bring on October!!! (something I will rarely say, seeing as how I hate the end of summer, and particularly this year as the Yankees are starting to suck, and October is not necessarily a shoe-in. I digress…)

Yankees: First Place – Best Record In AL. Boston In Last.

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Yankees on June 13, 2012 by slateman

This has been a very strange year in the AL, particularly in the AL East. However, after sweeping the Mets and tonight’s glorious comeback vs. the Braves (finally some kudos to A-Rod, who has been an easy target for mockery), we’re in sole possession of first, the best record in the AL and Boston is in last. Honestly, what more could I ask for??? Well, some runs with RISP and some better bases-loaded at bats. I’m psyched.

Jeter: #18

Posted in Blog, Yankees on May 13, 2012 by slateman


After going 0-for-2 in the first two innings of today’s game vs. the Mariners, Jeter got two singles in the later innings to keep his average at a solid .376. In doing so, he tied Tony Gwynn for #18 on the all-time hit list with 3,141. Next is Robin Yount with one more. Paul Waner has 10 more, George Brett a dozen. In the next few weeks, Jete can move up to #15. It really got me thinking. I’ve witnessed firsthand a career for the record books. I can say this because I tend to watch/listen to 90% of the games every season. So, the question lingers…

Who precisely is next?


Know the most amazing thing about this list? I remember Yount, Brett, Ripken, Murray and Rose all playing. 5 of the top 17 players were in my lifetime. Beyond that, Lajoie? Wagner? Anson, Speaker…these names are legendary! Yastrzemski was the last triple crown winner 45 years ago. With 129 games left this year, I’m looking forward to a healthy Jeter. If he can keep up a decent average, a safe estimate of another 150 hits is not outrageous. With that, he’d pass even Willie Mays and sit at #11 all-time. I know people talk about him being 37…but I remember seeing Pete Rose play towards the end of his career. He just kept going. Not saying Jete is as good as Rose, but even with the last two ‘poor’ seasons, he still had 341 hits total. Let’s say he takes the option for another year. If he gets to 3,200 this summer and could match his 2010/2011 totals of 340 hits over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, he could be sitting at ~3,650. That would pass Stan Musial and place him beneath Aaron, Cobb and Rose. Legendary.

Yogi & Guidry (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

OK, speaking of legends…Yogi is the man. The other day I talked about Jete being top 5 Yankees ever, and the more I thought about it, and the more I looked at the stats, how can I possibly not include Yogi? The Babe, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Yogi, Mantle, Jete. If I had to pick 5, that would be hard and maybe Jete doesn’t make the cut. Today was Yogi’s 87th birthday and they had a big celebration. I’ve seen a lot of Old Timer’s games, and the legends are becoming fewer. When Scooter died a few years ago, it really hit me hard. Yogi is another one. *Ahem* 3 MVP Awards, 10 WS titles (in 14 appearances), a lifetime .285 hitter, 2,150 hits, 358 HRs, 1,430 RBIs and 1,175 Runs. His postseason stats, all World Series games, mind you, consist of 75 Games and 39 RBIs. Between ’55 and ’57, his BA in those WS were: .429, .417, .360 and .320. I could go on and on…but I fear the day when Yogi’s gone. Not to be morbid, but if Jete is the man, then Yogi is the fucking man. Let’s not forget he’s been married to the same woman for 63 years. He is a legend.

Sorry for the long rant…

Mariano Rivera – Oh No

Posted in Blog, Reflection, Yankees on May 5, 2012 by slateman

GOAT Indeed (Al Bello/Getty Images)

I avoided the typical pun headline although I did think about using one. This one has taken some time to settle in. No Mo? No Jorge? Andy isn’t back yet. The Core 4 is now just Jete. And…let me take a moment to say that Jete is the fucking man right now. It is so much fun watching him hit lately. Let’s hope he can keep this going. Shut those naysayers up.

Back to Mariano. Oh man…now, he says he’ll be back. Initially I figured he was done. DONE. However, there’s always been something about Mo. I’ve never seen a player so cool. He could blow a 3-run lead and it wouldn’t bother him a bit. He’d come back the next day all chill. Will he be back? I don’t know the severity of the injury but the more I think about it, maybe I’m wrong. He’s not done. If he comes back, can he be as dominating? I think this guy is a machine, a term we’ve used repeatedly over the past 17 years. And if he has the drive, which he appears to, I see no reason why he wouldn’t come back. Of course, my dreams of another World Series are maybe a little romantic, but now THAT would be the way to end it. Andy->Mo, Jorge throwing out the first pitch, a 4-for-4 day for Jete? OK, now I’m getting a little exaggerated.

I’m 36 years old. I have been watching the Yankees, and remember watching them, for almost 30 years now. I have no plans on stopping. For fans like that, seeing a player like Mo go down is a big deal. It means a lot for our playoff aspirations. It means a lot for Robertson (= awesome) and whoever ends up being the 7th-inning man. But it means a lot for the face of NY, for who we are. I may attribute too much weight to things like this but the few of you reading, if you are a fan…you know precisely what I’m talking about. And don’t get me started on the day Jete retires. That will be a day unlike any other since…Mattingly? I can say now, without a doubt, Jete is the biggest Yankee player since Mantle. DiMaggio before him. Gehrig and Ruth before him. Stats aside, with leadership, durability, confidence…if Jete is not top-5, you need to rethink stuff. (Who would be in the final spot? Yogi? Whitey? Mo???) He’s been the face of the Yankees for a long time. Oh, and I probably mentioned, he’s the fucking man. (batting .404 as of this writing)

Vacation Over: Back To Work = …?

Posted in Blog, Cubing, Games, Yankees on April 23, 2012 by slateman

OK, so my week off is over. I may say I hate vacations but I got to spend a full week waking up and hanging out with the boy and my sunshine (that’s Aiden and Kairi for the uninitiated). In any event, what’s the week to come to bring?

Module: Imagineering

First off, I’m kinda psyched that Module has released a new album. His Site has the full album…I should just buy it? The Shatter soundtrack is just about perfection. From what I’ve heard, I like this…I don’t love it. Oops…I was listening to samples from his first album. NP: The new one. OK, I more than like it.

What I DO love? The Yankees coming back from 9 down yesterday. I think the rain-out today is actually beneficial to the Sox. Let’s face it, they won’t be this bad forever. When we make this game up, likely sometime in September, they’ll win it. Mark my words.

I guess I miss my students a little bit. Sue me for loving my job so much.

The Windmill Cube is the bomb…BTW. So much fun.

To work in the AM. Bring it on!