Yankees Suck postsWednesday October 09, 2013
Another Boardwalk Empire/ Pinstripe Empire Casting Call: Domenick Lombardozzi as ... ?
When HBO's “Boardwalk Empire” cast Domenick Lombardozzi, Herc from “The Wire,” as Al Capone's brother, I thought, “Perfect.” I was surprised that Lombardozzi towers over British actor Stephen Graham, who is otherwise fantastic and underrated as Al Capone, and I've wondered whether the real Al was shorter than his brothers. Otherwise it's perfect casting.
Last week, when we saw Lombardozzi hatless and in period clothes, I thought something else: Holy crap, this guy should totally play Babe Ruth:
Domenick Lombardozzi and Stephen Graham as Ralph and Al Capone in HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.”
In the past, Hollywood has cast fatties to play Ruth, but Ruth wasn't really fat until the end of his career. He was certainly odd-shaped, with thin legs on thinner ankles, and his face was never lean, but he wasn't gut-heavy until the 1930s. He was tall, too, 6'2“”, and Lombardozzi is 6'0“. Can he swing a bat? Left-handed? He seems athletic enough. He's actor enough.
Someone at HBO needs to push this through. Billy Crystal needs to finally make his follow-up to ”61*.“ And why not the greatest Yankee of them all?
The Bambino and Sultan of Swat, circa 1920
The Yankees Original Owners
I read this last night after the New York Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for only the second time since 1995. It's from Robert Weintraub's “The House that Ruth Built,” and it's about the Yankees original owners:
The owners, Frank Farrell and William Devery, were former bartenders who used corrupt connections in Tammany Hall and the police department to punch about their weight and become owners of a baseball team. They were usually broke, thanks to tastes for liquor, (slow) horses, and prostitutes, and forever on the verge of indictment for one dubious scheme after another.
Devery, apparently, was a New York City police captain known for graft, mocked in editorial cartoons in Harper's Weekly. According to The New York Times, July 1903, Devery also popularized the colloquial phrase, “Touchin' on and appertainin' to ...” which, because it wasn't good English, he then denied he popularized.
These guys sold the team, still mostly known as the Highlanders, to Jacob Rupert and Tillinghast Huston in January 1915 for $460,000. Then Harry Frazee needed cash to continue his theatrical productions and the rest is history.
Start ... Spread-ing ... the Noooooooze
For only the second time since 1995, the New York Yankees failed to make the postseason. They currently have 82 wins with four games to go. In the A.L. East, they're tied for third, 13.5 games back of Boston. Their run differential is -23. Their average age is 53.
From manager Joe Girardi:
It's extremely disappointing, and back to the drawing board. It hurts.
Show 'em where it hurts, Carey:
About Which NY Yankee's Post-Season Performance Was the Following Said?
Here's the quote:
It is almost certain that X can never be restored to anything like the position he held in the minds of the fans ... X is no longer a youngster, and [has a chance] to become a liability to the NY club instead of its best asset.
- A) Alex Rodriguez after the 2007 postseason.
- B) Babe Ruth after the 1922 World Series.
- C) Joe DiMaggio after the 1949 World Series.
- D) Derek Jeter after the 2012 postseason.
Answer in the comments section.
The Worst Tweet Ever, or Sympathy for C.C. Sabathia
Tonight I noticed the Tampa Bay Rays scored six runs off in the top of the second off C.C. Sabathia, who, until recently, was the Yankees was most dominant pitcher, and a good part of the reason they won their 27th championship in 2009. So I had a little fun. I tweeted the following:
C.C. see ya, goodbye
C.C. see ya, don't cry
The ringing doubles that take you
Away from us no words can tell how glad it makes us
I thought I was kind of clever. (Well, lame third and fourth lines, but I have a day job.) I thought I really stuck it to the guy. But I'm a piker compared to some Yankees fans.
On Twitter, that selfsame Twitter, I noticed C.C. was trending and checked out what people were saying. Here's what one Yankees fan was saying:
Notice that he's sending that not only to C.C. but to C.C.'s wife, too. If you dig deeper you'll find out he's tweeted 500+ times and has eight followers.
Stay classy, Bronx.
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