The San Francisco Giants completed their 3-1 series comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. A big reason that the Giants won Game 7 was Hunter Pence's bases clearing, broken bat double in the five run third for San Francisco, but should the double have counted?
According to MLB rules, Rule 6.05 states, "A batter is out when... (h) after hitting or bunting a fair ball, his bat hits the ball a second time in fair territory. The ball is dead and no runners may advance."
When you look at Pence's hit in super slow speed, you can see the ball bounce off the bat a second time after the bat broke, so it appears as if the ball was indeed struck a second time, technically.
It was nearly impossible to tell in real speed, so, really the Cardinals couldn't complain about it and, since the Cards were shutout, it didn't totally win the game for the Giants.
The Cardinals only have themselves to blame for blowing a 3-1 series lead and only scoring one run in the last three games of the NLCS. Still, it was a great first season for Mike Matheny and his Cardinal squad.
The San Francisco Giants trotted out Misa Malone, a performer from the San Francisco based show Beach Blanket Babylon, to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch and it was very odd to say the least.
Malone had probably the biggest and most dumb hat I have ever seen, which is actually a commonplace on Beach Blanket Babylon. If you knew anything about the show than you weren't surprised, but I willing to bet about 90% of the audience had no idea what the hell the hat was all about.
She started to sing a flubbed a couple of lines and sighing in the middle of the song after messing up a line. Good thing for her though is that the big dumb hat worked as a deterrent as more are actually talking about the said big dumb hat rather than a lackluster singing performance.
Another note, aren't you supposed to take off your hat during "God Bless America"?
The San Francisco Giants mustered up enough strength after that and held onto the lead and force a Game 7.
Word is this guy will sing "God Bless America" for Game 7 in keeping with tradition.
The plastic had been rolled up and quickly taped to the ceiling. Some of the plastic had been ripped down and tiny shreds were still seen tacked to the wall of the clubhouse.
It was a somber mood in the Nats clubhouse. Some players were hugging each other in sad embrace and others were tearing up. The Nationals closer Drew Storen was seen walking in circles in the clubhouse with his uniform off.
Another photo shows Storen sitting alone in front of his locker with his head held down.
It may have been a tough end to a fantastic season in the nation's capital, but it appears as if the future is bright in Washington and Nats fans just have to wait another year for a World Series run.
Former New York Met and SNY analyst Keith Hernandez has announced that he might be shaving off his legendary mustache.
During a Mets broadcast, Hernandez announced that for the Mets season finale, Hernandez might appear on screen without his mustache. The same mustache that was voted greatest sports mustache of all-time by the American Mustache Institute.
Hernandez's 'stache has been getting more and more gray throughout the long Mets season and that is due in part to Hernandez's contract with "Just for Men" ending. The contract stated that Hernandez had to keep his mustache from getting gray.
Hernandez isn't happy with the gray, but is getting used to it, saying, “I’m not totally happy with the gray,”
“It’s something I have to get used to. I have more people, on the female side, who tell me they prefer it gray.”
Hernandez has been growing the famous mustache since he was 18, so it would be very weird to see him without it.
“I don’t want to draw attention to it,” Hernandez said. “I’ll do it, and whoever’s watching the game will see it.”
Hernandez did shave the mustache back in 1977 when he was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals to appease manager Vern Rapp and his stance on facial hair, but soon returned to the first baseman's face.
He also shaved it in 1987 to try and break a slump. It worked as he hit two home runs against the Chicago Cubs.
The Hernandez mustache saga might be the only reason to watch Mets baseball late in the season as we watch this story unfold.
The Mark Graham Sports Blog will follow this story as it unfolds.
In what was going to be his last All-Star Game, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones stepped up and spoke to his National League teammates before the game.
Chipper, in his first game ever at Kauffman Stadium, was asked by NL manager and former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa to address the team.
Chipper quoted the great Lou Brown from "Major League" by saying, "We've won two. Win three, and that's a winning streak. We have an opportunity to do that tonight. And I am not going out losing my last one. So, you with me?"
Chipper and the NL team did just that by taking this year's edition of the MLB All-Star Game 8-0.
Jones, in his last ever All-Star at bat, singled against Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale.
"Yeah, I was thinking beat it out all the way," Jones said. "At 40 years old, legging out a hit in the All-Star Game. That's exactly how I scripted it."
For Showtime's boxing coverage, they decided to bring on former boxing judge Chuck Giampa and use his vast knowledge of boxing to help fans know how to score fights. Or as Giampa puts it, "taking you inside the mind of a judge".
...and nothing else apparently.
It is a pretty bad performance, but it was his debut, so I guess we can cut him a little slack. So I've decided to compile a list of the worst calls of all time.
#5- Dick Vitale's Improv
A lot of people don't like Dick Vitale, I appear to be in the minority, but even I agree this clip is bad. After Dan Shulman gets knocked over by Duke's Kyle Singler, Dickie V decides to throw in a little improv. Bad idea.
So he's saying its a charge?
It seems like Dick Vitale is just afraid to take control and call the game for just a few moments.
#4- Chip Caray's Basehit Caught
I don't like Chip Caray. Chip is definitely the weak link in his broadcasting family, his father, Skip, was a longtime announcer for the Atlanta Braves, and his grandfather, Harry, was the very popular Chicago Cubs announcer.
Chip continuously gets things wrong and this clip is a perfect example.
The way the ball was hit, it was clear it was going to be an out, but Chip allowed himself to be a fan for a moment and called it a basehit. A hit that would have won the game.
No wonder why the Cubs fired him.
#3- Tim McCarver Can't Count
Tim McCarver has been in the game for a long time. Hard telling why, but he has been there awhile. In Game 1 of the epic 2011 World Series, McCarver makes one of his many blunders by saying the word 'strike' has five letters.
...or as Family Guy sees it
#2- Everything Pam Ward Does
Pam Ward of ESPN gives female broadcasters a bad name. A lot of female announcers do a good job, like Beth Mowins and Doris Burke, but its Pam Ward that ruins all the work they put in.
Here are just some of her fumbles:
"He has thrown three picks, but no interceptions"
When announcing a game in Lexington, she called Lexington "Louisville"
After a punt, she said the fair catch had been caught, but it was rolling down field.
"A 100 yard touchdown return for the touchdown
...and there's many more.
ESPN just needs to cut their losses and let her go.
#1- "Boom Goes The Dynamite"
The only reason that Pam Ward isn't #1 on this list is simply because "Boom Goes The Dynamite".
We continue our Year in Review, albeit a bit late, with our look at the Best Sports Moments 0f 2011.
Abby Wambach Keeps US Hopes Alive With Miracle Goal
Remember in the 2010 World Cup when Landon Donovan's goal lifted the US into the knockout round, only to lose to Ghana, GHANA!, and made Americans care about soccer for a hot minute. Well, Abby Wambach's goal in the 2011 Women's World Cup was perhaps bigger than Donovan's. If not for that goal, the US don't make it to the Finals, where they eventually lose to upstart Japan. This goal does not get nearly enough credit like Donovan's did.
Mavericks Defeat Big Three, Nation Rejoices
The Miami Heat have become the villains of the NBA ever since LeBron and Chris Bosh decided that it would just be easier to join a team of superstars to win a title rather than lead one, like Michael Jordan did. So when they reached the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, most of the US, except for a smattering of people in South Florida, were rooting for the Mavs. The Heat finally met their match going up against Dirk Nowitzki and Jason "Jet" Terry as the Mavs won the series in six games. I don't think I've been that happy during an NBA Finals since Jordan pushed off Byron Scott in the '98 Finals to give the Bulls their most recent title.
David Freese Goes From Goat To Hero In One Game
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese had quite a postseason winning the NLCS MVP and World Series MVP, but Game 6 every baseball fan can agree was quite a roller coaster. Freese had committed an awful error in the 5th inning when he dropped a routine pop up from Michael Young. That error allowed the Rangers to score later in the inning to take a one run lead. Then in the 9th inning, Freese stepped up to the plate with two outs against a young flame throwing closer in Neftali Feliz and hits a bases clearing triple to tie the game.
After the Rangers blew a two run lead in the 11th inning, Freese once again came to the plate against Mark Lowe, perhaps the Rangers weakest reliever, and hit a bomb to dead center field to force a Game 7 that the Cards would eventually win. ESPN's Buster Olney has said that Game 6 was the greatest game in baseball history.
Eric LeGrand Leads His Team On The Field After Spinal Cord Injury
This is perhaps the most inspirational moment of the year. Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand had suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making attempting to make a tackle last season in a game against Army. Doctors said that LeGrand would be paralyzed from the neck down, but in January, LeGrand defied the odds and regained feeling in his shoulders and sensation throughout his entire body. In July, LeGrand was able to stand with some assistance and was gaining feeling back in his arms.
On October 29, Eric LeGrand led his Rutgers teammates onto a snowy field for its game against West Virginia. LeGrand sat in his wheelchair with an ax across his lap symbolizing coach Greg Schiano's message to "Keep Chopping". LeGrand has indeed taken that motto to new heights.
Tim Thomas, Tim Thomas, Tim Thomas
As a Bruins fan, I feel I need to put this down on my list of moments. Without the outstanding goaltending of Thomas, the Bruins don't win the Cup. Hands down. Sure the Bruins have great pieces around him, but without solid goaltending you can't go far. Case in point, the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the epic seven game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas was perhaps his best in Game 7. The Bruins won Game 7 by the score of 1-0 and Thomas was a huge, if not the main, reason they won that game and the series. The Lightning gave the best challenge to the Bruins all playoffs, not the Canucks. Dwayne Roloson would not back down and if the Canucks had Roloson in net, Vancouver would be hoisting the Cup not Boston. Thomas' GAA was an outstanding 1.98 and his save percentage was .940. So, yeah Tim Thomas big, huge part of the Bruins Cup run.
September 28, 2011: Greatest Night of Baseball Ever
Four teams entered the final night of the baseball regular season with two spots on the line. The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox were trying to find a way to stop the bleeding and back their way into the postseason. The St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays were just trying to complete to epic comebacks and surprise the baseball world by making the postseason.
The Cards won rather easily over the Major's worst Houston Astros, but the other three games were of epic proportion. The Atlanta Braves blew a 9th inning lead to the Philadelphia Phillies and lost the game in extras to complete the meltdown. The Red Sox seemed to have the game locked up, at least according to Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy, and all of New England was calling for the umps to call the game early due to rain, but to no avail. Papelbon ends up blowing the save when Red Sox killer Robert Andino lined a hit to left field that came up short from a diving Carl Crawford's glove. The Red Sox lost to the Orioles and were now rooting for the Yanks.
The Yankees had a SEVEN run lead in their game against the Rays, but in true Boston sports fan tradition the Rays came all the way back to tie it in the 9th inning when seldom used Dan Johnson just cleared the right field fence to tie the game. Red Sox fans should have known something was up when Joe Girardi kept one of his seldom used, worst relievers in the game for 2 and 2/3 innings and didn't use Rivera to close the game. Again in true Boston sports fans tradition, Evan Longoria launched a ball just over the left field wall and sent the Rays to the postseason and the Red Sox, and Terry Francona, packing.
I'm sure there is more, but I can't keep typing forever. If you have any more moments I should have mentioned, feel free to comment below. Have a Happy New Years, folks.
The Philadelphia Phillies have given Ryne Sandberg permission to talk to the St. Louis Cardinals regarding their managerial vacancy.
Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies AAA manager, was once regarded as the heir apparent to the Cubs manager job until Wednesday when Theo Epstein said Sandberg will not be interviewed. Sandberg was a finalist to replace Lou Piniella as Cubs manager, but the job ultimately went to Mike Quade.
Sandberg is a legend in Chicago and would be a huge coup if the World Champions can get him as manager. Sandberg, who spent his 15 of his 16 years with the Cubs, has a .285 career average and, when he retired, had the record for most career home runs by a second baseman with 277.
Sandberg is regarded as a manager in waiting and has had great success in the minors. He won the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2010 with the Iowa Cubs and his Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs made it to the International League finals losing in four games.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring after 16 seasons as Cardinals manager and 33rd overall. La Russa has won three World Series in his soon to be Hall of Fame career, 1989 with Oakland and 2006 and 2011 with the Cardinals.
La Russa ranks third overall in managerial wins with 2,728 behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. This past season might go down as one of La Russa's best jobs ever. The Cardinals erased a 10.5 game deficit in late August and beat the Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers on their way to their 11th World Series title.
La Russa said of his retirement, "Other than some of personal attachments, I feel good, I feel good that this is the right decision and there's something out there."
Tony La Russa certainly will be missed in St. Louis and I wish him well on his well deserved retirement.
The St. Louis Cardinals have won the 2011 World Series in a dramatic comeback against the Texas Rangers. Now the big question arises: What's next for Albert Pujols?
Pujols was asked that question after his team had won Game 7 last night, but Pujols remained quiet on the issue. With free agency beginning next week, both the Cardinals and Pujols need to make a decision.
The World Series win definitely helps their chances at re-signing Pujols, but other teams are willing to break the bank on him. The Red Sox could still sign Pujols, but that means him more than likely playing DH and David Ortiz not returning. The Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein need to make a big splash and what bigger splash than landing the biggest name in baseball away from your rival. The Cubs have the money, but Epstein needs to sell him on the idea.
Another surprising team could be the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers expect Prince Fielder to leave so use that money to sign Albert Pujols and it would make a slight improvement to an already pretty good team. And what free agency season would be complete without the New York Yankees. The Yankees have a ton of money and are willing to throw it around, so why not attempt to sign Pujols? The Yankees would be willing to offer him $300 million. The Yanks already have Mark Teixiera at first, but one or the other could play DH, a huge upgrade from the aging Jorge Posada.
However, the Cardinals seem to be the favorite and rightfully so. Why would Pujols leave the only team he ever played for? He has already won two titles with them and they have a young electrifying team who can easily repeat next year. The Cardinals need to keep Pujols around as a mentor to all the young players if they want to continue their success. They need him more than he needs them. If you ask me, the St. Louis Cardinals re-sign Albert Pujols and make him a Cardinal for life.
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz's condition is unclear for tonight's pivotal Game 7. Nelson Cruz injured his groin on David Freese's game tying triple in the ninth. It is unclear the extent of Cruz's injury.
Cruz stayed in the game until the 11th inning when manager Ron Washington pulled him for precautionary reasons. "I didn't want to take the chance and run him back out there," Washington said, "I haven't had anything from the medical department as to the seriousness of it, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything is."
Nelson Cruz has stated that he will be playing saying that he is a little tight be otherwise fine.
The Rangers will be looking to win their first World Series in their 50 year history.
The St. Louis Cardinals were down to their last strike twice last night, but Lance Berkman and David Freese refused to quit. The St. Louis Cardinals, this years team of destiny, won Game 6 in dramatic fashion after David Freese's walkoff in the 11th and coming back twice against the Texas Rangers.
Game 6 started off, oddly enough, as one of the worst games in World Series history. Defensive miscues on both sides led to unearned runs. Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal miscommunicating on a pop fly that fell and later led to a run. Eventual Game 6 hero David Freese dropped a pop up that even I could have probably caught. Michael Young throwing the ball away from Colby Lewis who was covering first. It was an ugly game defensively. The one great defensive play was when Mike Napoli made a snap throw to third to pickoff Matt Holliday to add to Holliday's World Series woes.
After the defenses seemed to settle down, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz went back to back to give Texas a two run lead in the seventh. Ian Kinsler drove in another run to make it a three run game.
All seemed to be over for the Cardinals, until the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinals, after a Albert Pujols double and a Lance Berkman walk, were down to their last strike. With All-Star closer Neftali Feliz on the mound, it seemed that the Rangers were finally going to win a title. Just try telling David Freese that. Freese ripped a two run triple down right field just out of Nelson Cruz's reach. Just like that the Cards were back in the game and the Series.
In the 10th, injured Josh Hamilton crushed a two run home run to put Texas back on top. The Rangers could relax again. Ron Washington put in veteran Darren Oliver to try to close out the Series, but back to back singles gave the Cardinals life again. Enter Scott Feldman. Feldman, who looked so good earlier in the postseason, was trying to earn his first career save, in the clinching game of the World Series no less, but Lance Berkman, down to his final strike, lined a single to center field. Yet again the game was tied.
After a 1-2-3 11th for the Rangers, Mark Lowe entered the game for the Rangers, perhaps the worst arm in the Rangers bullpen, and gave up the walkoff home run to NLCS MVP David Freese. The Cardinals are very much alive and kicking.
This game as I was watching it reminded me of the '86 World Series Game 6. Both teams leading late in the game trying to nail down their first titles in several years only to give up those said leads. This game was the best World Series game I have seen in some time. This Series is the best I have seen in some time.
Who knows what Game 7 will bring. Nelson Cruz and Matt Holliday are both hurt. Both the Rangers and Cardinals bullpens are exhausted and are expected to again be overworked. Chris Carpenter pitching on short rest. It just seems to me that the St. Louis Cardinals will win Game 7 tonight. They have home field and most importantly momentum.
I got into a debate with a friend of mine about who had the most exciting postseason, the 2004 Boston Red Sox or the 2011 Boston Bruins. He, and many others who chimed in, said the Bruins. I, and two other people, said the 2004 Red Sox.
People used the World Series as an example of why it wasn't exciting. The Red Sox World Series that year was a sweep, but did feature a very exciting Game 1 that was capped off by a two run home run by Mark Bellhorn in the eighth. But it all goes back to the grandiose American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox coming off a heartbreaking 2003 loss to the vaunted New York Yankees fell behind 0-3 and was three outs away from yet another defeat. Then the planets aligned and the heavens opened and the Red Sox miraculously won four straight to win the American League pennant. People also forget that the ALDS was won on a walk-off home run by David Ortiz.
The 2011 Boston Bruins playoff run was exciting don't get me wrong. The B's falling down 0-2 to the hated Canadiens before coming back to win Game 7 in overtime. The Flyers series was pretty much a stinker save for Game 2 when David Krejci scored a game winner in OT. The seven game defeat of the Tampa Bay Lightning included a 1-0 win in Game 7 and again falling 0-2 to the Vancouver Canucks before winning in seven. Tim Thomas was playing the best hockey of his career and the Bruins riding a wave of emotions after Game 3 when Aaron Rome viciously knocked out Nathan Horton.
Both teams were very similar when it comes to storylines and excitement, but in my opinion the Red Sox run in 2004 just beats out the 2011 Bruins. The Bruins are still fresh in people's minds and are just prisoner of the moment. When you think of the legions of Red Sox fans that have come and gone without seeing them win a World Series title, that right there takes the cake.
I might be a little biased in picking the Red Sox because of my brother. My brother, and pretty much everyone else in my family, is a Yankee fan and I had to endure and suffer through the Yankee dynasty as the Red Sox would just curl up and die when October came. For just one year, I finally had the upper hand and the Red Sox had finally broken through and beat the Yanks, in historic fashion nonetheless. I admit my eyes welled up a little when Keith Foulke tossed that ball to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out I thought I would never see. My brother was away in college, so I didn't get to talk to him right after, but my mother received a phone call from my brother after the game and left a simple message: "Congratualtions".
I'm a huge Boston Bruins fan don't get me wrong (just ask my family during the playoffs), but that magical 2004 season cannot be beat in my mind. As Boston was finally kings of the baseball world and I could now gloat to my family members after years of suffering.
In honor of this years World Series, I have decided to pick my greatest World Series lineup ever. The lineup is based solely on performances in the World Series throughout a player's career or single season and is voted on by the writer's here at The Mark Graham Sports Blog, i.e. Me.
Catcher- Cincinnati Reds C Johnny Bench
The 1976 Series saw the Big Red Machine of the Cincinnati Reds face the Bronx Bombers. That year no one was better than Johnny Bench. Bench was coming off from a dreadful '75 Series against the Red Sox which saw him hit only .207 in a seven game series. Bench went on to hit .533 with six RBI's while sweeping the Yankees to win his second and final World Series crown.
First Baseman- New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig
The Iron Horse makes this list by not having a single standout of year, but a standout career in the World Series. Gehrig had a career average of .361 in the Series and in 1928 and 1932 he hit above .500. The '28 World Series was probably his best, he hit .545, 4 HR, and 10 RBI in a four game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Second Baseman- New York Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson
Bobby Richardson is the only winner of the World Series MVP awarded to a losing team. Richardson and the Yankees lost an epic seven game series to Bill Mazeroski and the Pittsburgh Pirates, but not because of Richardson. Richardson drove in 12 runs and hit .367, but still could not overcome the Pirates.
Third Baseman- Toronto Blue Jays 3B Paul Molitor
This one could be argued because Molitor did split time at DH during the series, but he did play some third base and its my call. Molitor had played in one other World Series before the '93 Series, but that was 11 years prior when his Brewers lost a seven game series to the Cardinals. Molitor would make sure that he was to win this time by hitting .500 and driving in eight runs as the Blue Jays won their second straight and Molitor's first. Molitor would win the World Series MVP.
Shortstop- New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter
No other active player has more World Series hits, 50, than Derek Jeter. Jeter has the nickname "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" for his antics in the Fall Classic. His performance in 2000 was arguably his best with a .409 average and hitting two homers while defeating their crosstown rival the New York Mets. Also, Jeter has only committed three errors in his seven World Series appearances.
Outfielder- New York Yankees OF Reggie Jackson
I know what you're thinking, "Why so many Yankees?", but I would be remiss if I didn't add Reggie Jackson to the lineup. Mr. October in 1977 had probably the best game in World series history. In Game 6, Jackson hit three home runs in the series clinching game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson would become the first player to win World Series MVPs with two different teams.
Outfielder- Pittsburgh Pirates OF Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente would have won more World Series had he not tragically died in 1972, but 1971 was his crowning achievement. Clemente hit .414 and collected 22 total bases as his Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in, sadly, his last World Series. In 1972, Clemente died in a plane crash trying to hep earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Outfielder- Boston Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez
ManRam's inclusion on this list is a controversial one, but I stick by it. Ramirez was a huge reason the Red Sox overcame a 0-3 hole to the Yankees and the sweep of the Cardinals. Ramirez hit .412 and seemingly got hits when the Sox needed him to. He may have been one of the worst fielders in the World Series, but will be remembered throughout New England and Red Sox Nation as the man who helped "Reverse the Curse" so that's why I chose Manny.
Starting Pitcher- St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson
This was a no brainer. The Cardinals would have never won the '67 World Series against the Boston Red Sox had it not been for Gibson. Bob Gibson started three games in the seven game series, won all three and pitched complete games in all of them, including one shutout. Gibson's ERA in that year's series was 1.00. 1.00! With pitching these days and pitch counts, it is safe to say Gibson's feat will never be matched again.
Closer- New York Yankees P Mariano Rivera
Again another Yankee, but when you win 27 titles you should probably have more than one player on this list. Mariano Rivera is lights out in the World Series, except 2001 (Thank you, Luis Gonzalez and Craig Counsell), and owns the career recors with 11 saves in the Fall Classic. Rivera also has a 0.99 ERA and a record of 2-1. The '98 Series against the San Diego Padres had Rivera notching three saves while not allowing an earned run. The greatest closer in history is also the greatest closer in postseason history.
Will there you have it my lineup for the Greatest World Series team ever. I know some names should have been added to the list, but I stick by my decisions and feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with my picks.
In "shocking" news, reports are coming out that former New York Yankees jason Giambi and Roger Clemens drank beers in the dugouts during games.
Giambi and Clemens would pass around Giambi's "protein shake", code name for beer. The source also claims that beer drinking would continue in the clubhouse and training rooms. The Yankees aren't alone either, the Mets were also called out for beer drinking. The source states that Mets players would go into the clubhouse with Gatorade cups and have them come back filled with beer. Beer distributors would also leave beer for the players, sometimes numerous cases during games.
Another report says that former Yankee and A's player and all-around class act Jose Canseco drank beers before each of his home runs in at least one of his two three home run games.
Drinking appears to be a big problem in baseball with more and more reports of players drinking during games. The St. Louis Cardinals have taken an extra step by banning alcohol in the clubhouse after the drunk driving death of pitcher Josh Hancock in 2007. Teams need to nip this in the bud before the problem gets worse and have another incident similar to the Hancock accident. Also, regular working Joe's can't drink while they're working, so why can ballplayers? These athletes need to be professional and grow up.