Debuting the blog…oh, and that other debut

damon_250.jpgSo I told Kevin Sullivan, our persistent internet guru, that I will become a blogger when Penn State wins a national championship in basketball.

Voila!

The Nittany Lions won the NIT on Thursday night — Joe Paterno, Franco Harris and 35 busloads of students turned the Garden into a PSU party — so let the blogging begin!

All right, how exactly do you DO this?

Peter Abraham of the Journal News is the king of this stuff; his lohud.com blog is a completely natural and entertaining extension of his reporting/writing/opining. Neil Best of Newsday is obsessed with the millions of page views Watchdog receives. And Bob Lorenz is funny like he’s always funny.

Where does that leave us? Feeling like a fat guy in a little coat. Or a tad uncomfortable. We’ll get over it.

Thank God it’s baseball season
Which also makes this the perfect time to launch a blog. Really, just perfect. Phil Hughes suggested I take over his blog instead of starting my own. I think he’s lost some enthusiasm for blogging. I also think he’s still 22 years old and probably has a lot of other things to do.

Oh, yeah, the new Stadium
Were you there? We did the whole shebang, pregame, game and postgame Friday night. It felt oddly like the last night at the old Yankee Stadium. But different. If that makes sense.

It seemed fitting that Derek Jeter got the first Yankees’ hit. Perhaps it’s telling that Robinson Cano cracked the first home run. Arguably, it’s an omen that the Hideki Matsui and Cody Ransom homers each hit a foul pole. At the least, it was definitely illustrative that Nick Swisher inserted himself into a Johnny Damon postgame interview. And it was revealing that CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett knew they wouldn’t throw a pitch but stuck around until the last rainy out.

The clubhouse is oval-shaped. The starting rotation is together – Joba likes hanging with the veterans. I found it kind of interesting that best buddies Cano and Melky Cabrera are across the room from each other; I’ll have to ask Robbie about that. Jonathan Albaladejo and Swisher are on either side of the main entrance; Swisher is louder. Jeter and Jorge Posada are at the opposite end of the room, on either side of a hallway that presumably leads to the training room, shower area, coaches’ rooms and other as-yet-unknown destinations. The clubhouse is spacious, has impressive amenities (mounted laptop computers, electrical outlets and shelves for personal items/photos at each locker) and is very clean. AAA would give it five stars.

Just heard on TV
A nitwit who shall go unnamed saying Tom Coughlin has to “win over” the locker room after the Giants’ release of Plaxico Burress. Same guy then says something about Jerry Reese having to prove himself as a GM who can replace the wide receiver.

Ugh. That clichéd nonsense gave us a headache, which means it’s time to end this blog. Not the whole blog. Just, you know, say good-bye. For now.

How DO you end blog posts, anyway?

21 Comments

“Fat guy in a little coat” Lol, I love Tommy Boy.
I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
I have a strong feeling that Robbie will have an unbelievable season this year. Having the first unofficial homer might be foreshadowing that. It was indeed only fitting that Jeet should get the first hit [though technically unofficial as well]. I wonder who will hit the first official homer on the 16th. A lot of people thought that would be A-Rod, but I wonder how Alex feels now that he’s out of the running. I’m going to make a prediction and say it’ll be Damon. He got robbed of the last homer in the old Yankee Stadium.
Looking forward to more posts. =)
– V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

Kim I love you, marry me?

Kim I love all of your informative yet playful interviews. You always seem to be enjoying yourself. Given the way things are going in our country lately you are breath of fresh air. By the way, you are one of the most beautiful women that I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do have a question for you, is the voice of Yankee Stadium going to be there this year? Let’s go Yanks!

LOL Kim…keeping up with the Jones. That will also define the standards others will have to to keep up with when a stadium is built. With all these new blogs coming up on the yesnetwork wondering if I will become a blogaholic. Looking forward to the new season..Gooooooooo Yankees!!!

I’m excited that you are blogging. I love your TV interviews and I have enjoyed your recent stints on the FAN. Good luck with this endeavor and have fun with it! That’s what blogging is all about!

Kim-

Welcome to blog-land. Lesson number one to learn from Hughes blog early and often you are right he seemed to give up almost as soon as last season started.

Also watched the game on replay lst night as I was at the game how great is the stadium huh but I sure hope that your in game pieces are a preview of things to come during the season would be great to see you during the game more.

Kim, this was an excellent start to your blogging. I’ve bookmarked you and look forward seeing your future entries. Keep up the GREAT work.

Kim, I’ve been hoping you’d find time to do a blog for some time now. I don’t know how you’ve found the time, since you obviously work really hard, but I’m glad you have.

I enjoy your unique insight into the Yankees, and your excellent knowledge of sports in general. You are also a very informative and entertaining member of the WFAN team too.

Thus, I’m hoping you can give the excellent Pete Abraham a run for his money! I’m sure you can.

On the new Stadium, it seems the Yanks built a Cathedral, rather than a ballpark. OK, I guess, but not exactly fun. And from watching on TV, the field itself is visually boring.

Frank

Kim = Hot

That is all.

Kim I enjoy your work on the Yes network you do a great job, dont let Derek Jeter mess with you too much though. I am a fellow blogger and you will get the hang of it, just type what you feel and don’t think about it too much. I will add you to my list on my blog and hope you might check it out at http://gmarchese.blogspot.com Good luck and keep up the good work.
Gary

Kim, this blog is awesome. I like your work on TV and the blog is a great idea.you’ve been bookmarked,hah.. keep up the good work. I was at the game on friday, the new place is great and the team looks well rounded. here’s to a good 2009 season!

Kim , Lets get married . I promise you wont regret .

Kim, I love your work on YES – you always provide us with information that no one else does. One question – will you be ready when AJ does his pie routine? Watch out as you may end up on the receiving end of a pie yourself!

27… what else is there to say ?

Welcome to to the blogosphere. I’m also a newbie. I was inspired to start by Jane Heller after reading her book, Confessions of a She-fan, and blog.
I was there Friday. Read my impressions at ayankeerose.mlblogs.com I was a reluctant convert! (p.s. The mKay I reference is your friend Michael Kay.)
One more thing, I’m sure I was one of many (but it meant the world to me)…Thank you for your kindness at the OYS on the final day, you graciously offered to take a picture with me when you noticed my friend snapping a shot of me with you in the background (not wanting to bother you). You’re the best!

Welcome to to the blogosphere. I’m also a newbie. I was inspired to start by Jane Heller after reading her book, Confessions of a She-fan, and blog.
I was there Friday. Read my impressions at ayankeerose.mlblogs.com I was a reluctant convert! (p.s. The mKay I reference is your friend Michael Kay.)
One more thing, I’m sure I was one of many (but it meant the world to me)…Thank you for your kindness at the OYS on the final day, you graciously offered to take a picture with me when you noticed my friend snapping a shot of me with you in the background (not wanting to bother you). You’re the best!

Welcome to to the blogosphere. I’m also a newbie. I was inspired to start by Jane Heller after reading her book, Confessions of a She-fan, and blog.
I was there Friday. Read my impressions at ayankeerose.mlblogs.com I was a reluctant convert! (p.s. The mKay I reference is your friend Michael Kay.)
One more thing, I’m sure I was one of many (but it meant the world to me)…Thank you for your kindness at the OYS on the final day, you graciously offered to take a picture with me when you noticed my friend snapping a shot of me with you in the background (not wanting to bother you). You’re the best!

Welcome to to the blogosphere. I’m also a newbie. I was inspired to start by Jane Heller after reading her book, Confessions of a She-fan, and blog.
I was there Friday. Read my impressions at ayankeerose.mlblogs.com I was a reluctant convert! (p.s. The mKay I reference is your friend Michael Kay.)
One more thing, I’m sure I was one of many (but it meant the world to me)…Thank you for your kindness at the OYS on the final day, you graciously offered to take a picture with me when you noticed my friend snapping a shot of me with you in the background (not wanting to bother you). You’re the best!

Welcome to to the blogosphere. I’m also a newbie. I was inspired to start by Jane Heller after reading her book, Confessions of a She-fan, and blog.
I was there Friday. Read my impressions at ayankeerose.mlblogs.com I was a reluctant convert! (p.s. The mKay I reference is your friend Michael Kay.)
One more thing, I’m sure I was one of many (but it meant the world to me)…Thank you for your kindness at the OYS on the final day, you graciously offered to take a picture with me when you noticed my friend snapping a shot of me with you in the background (not wanting to bother you). You’re the best!

Hi Kim,

Something to keep in mind is that the Yankees have beat up on Red Sox’s pitchers (Smoltz and Penny) that they will not see on a potential ALCS against the RedSox. On the other hand, Sebathia, Petitte and Burnett are 2-5 against the Sox this season. For all those Yankees’ fans, you have not won anything yet. Just keep that in mind. What say you?

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