Despite four pennants and two World Series victories, the Mets have embraced the lovable loser narrative. This is a difficult thing to define; clearly Mets fans to prefer their team to win, but the existence of this narrative, even though its relationship to reality is more tenuous, gives the Mets a more forgiving environment than some teams.
Baseball is a game where teams are currently trying to innovate to gain a slight advantage over other teams. The Yankees failure to do this has become almost their franchise identity, but missing another opportunity this year is nonetheless unfortunate.
What happened to baseball over the last 30 years? Every current pro stands on the shoulders of previous generations of players and owes them -- and the game -- their respect and gratitude.
Every mention of a core four, the alleged true Yankees at the heart of their 1996-2009 run, is a reminder of how another great Yankee, Bernie Williams, has become increasingly overlooked over time.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, pre-season favorites according to most baseball analysts and experts, are currently in first place in the NL West and have the best record in baseball after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks in a two game opening series in Australia.
For me, and likely many other teenage and 20-year-old Yankee fans, Jeter represented a childhood role model. For my generation, he means just as much as Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio or Babe Ruth meant to the young people of their respective generations.
In his upcoming memoir, Harlem to Hollywood: My Real to Reel Life, Grosso spins larger-than-life tales about his on-going love of the Yankees.
Critics of sabermetrics often focus on the inability of quantitative approaches to determine the value of real or imagined parts of the game like leadership, chemistry, team dynamics and the like.
Gardner, 30, is young by Bombers' standards and has excelled as a starter over the past four seasons. But what could have changed the Yankees' mind about Brett Gardner?
Jeter's place in Yankee, and indeed baseball history, is significant, but still not clear. Much of that will take shape after Jeter retires.
I highly commend Derek Jeter for his philanthropic efforts. Charity work is admirable, and much needed -- but charity does not solve problems.
Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the upcoming baseball season. Having spent my '90s childhood as a crazy Baltimore Orioles fan, my feelings on the subject are... complex.
I was 10 years old as I stood in front of Mantle. I sheepishly walked up to him, did not say a word, and just handed him the ball. Now, as pitchers and catchers get ready to report to spring training, I ponder.
Eric Simonson, who gets his kicks writing plays about sports figures, is jumping the gun on Valentine's Day by sending a lavish Broadway card to now 88-year-old Yogi Berra.
It's evident that Tanaka's stats are among the best of any pitcher in the world. But there is constant concern that he, like many Japanese pitchers before him, will be a big league bust. However, don't make the mistake of judging him on the failed potential of other Japanese pitchers.
Dear Sir, I know EXACTLY what you're trying to do. And don't even think about it. This business you announced yesterday -- something about you havin...