Posada and Teixeira now BFF

The visiting clubhouse in Cleveland is kind of like a mini arcade. There’s the Big Game Hunter Pro, aka the Kyle Farnsworth Game. Farnsworth never looked more comfortable than when he was playing that game. And rather scary with the play rifle in his hand. Ramiro Pena appears to have developed quite a fondness for the Farnsworth game. “I love it,” he said, while shooting.

mark_blog_053009.jpgThere’s a Nintendo game — an original — and a Cornhole bean bag game, which A.J. and Tomko played in the tunnel leading to the dugout. About an hour in, both were sweating.

Gardner and Bruney regularly do battle on a Tiger Woods video game. The winner gets custody of a Tiger figurine. Today, while sitting at his locker, Gardner painted the figurine green, then hid it from Bruney and swore a couple of us to secrecy. (The green paint on his fingertips might have been a giveaway.) After that, Gardner borrowed Joba’s laser and pointed the little red light at unsuspecting teammates.

Meanwhile, Bruney and CC — tonight’s starter — were playing a Nintendo baseball game on the big screen. (CC might have had more trouble with that game than he is with the Indians.)

And in Posada’s locker sat a framed back page of Newsday from May 17, 2006, when Teixeira — then a Ranger — barreled over Posada at home plate. Teixeira signed the paper, “To Jorge: Thanks for your forgiveness. Now we are best friends! Mark Teixeira”

The first-place Yankees are a fun bunch.

Another save by Mo: Last night, we walked with Mariano from the clubhouse to the team bus. We had to go through the Indians family room and up a flight of stairs. At the base of the steps, a young Cleveland player and his wife were struggling with their baby’s stroller. The player was holding their sleepy daughter and the wife couldn’t manage to lift the stroller on the steps. So Mariano did what a lot of people wouldn’t have — he carried the stroller up the stairs. You should have seen the looks on the faces of the Indians player and his wife. They were completely in awe. Mariano and the couple exchanged some words in Spanish and then he got on the bus.
 
Aces wild: Had a nice pregame chat with Aceves, who likes to show off a nasty cut on the base of the big toe on the bottom of his right foot. It’s gross. He says it’s not the slightest bit painful. Anyway, he loves his role, even thought it is not defined in any way. He says he wants to pitch every day, doesn’t care if he pitches three innings (as he did last night) or the eighth inning (Girardi likes Aceves’ versatility too much to limit him to one inning on a regular basis) or comes in as a long man (as he did when Joba was hit and left in the first inning against the O’s) or as a starter. He just wants to pitch and he doesn’t complain. He also says his shoulder feels better than ever and is amazed that he has no soreness whatsoever. Then he showed us the toe, so the conversation ended.

Swish-talk: Swisher reports that his dad, who is here, likes his Swish-hawk haircut and his stepmother absolutely loves it. “It’s so easy,” he said. “Just run some water through it, a little gel and it’s done.” He was also delighted when we passed along the message from Polly Tompkins. Delighted!

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This whole post made me so happy! I love that the Yankees are winning and their dynamic definitely seems to fit that of a fantastic first place team

Good job Kim….good stuff! It’s great reading about Mo doing thing like that. He is a good guy, no doubt about it.I love the mass hysteria up in Bean Town as the RS appear to be head to 1 1/2 games back. They want people traded, fired, hung and sent to hell.I loved Kay blaming you for Pettitte’s injury! Nice Kim, real nice! lol

Nice piece of blogging.

This is shaping up to be a special team…very special..Hope they can keep it up for the next 75% of the season.

Love Teix’s gesture…what a guy..what a player.

Go Yankees..
Kay’s catch phase of the night..
Asking JF a question…
MK: I need some Flaherty clarity.

Good one Michael.

I read something on the Boston Globe and the Dirtdogs don’t even refer to their team as the Sox…They are referring to them as….”The Second Place Team” lol

Go Yankees!!!!

On ESPN’s Baseball Tonight…they were really giving up some love for Teix…big time. He might have some BFF’s there too.

Kim,

What a fun slice of life to let us glimpse. The Yanks ought to raffle off some spots on a video tourney against kids or something.

Love that BFF story. Hope that has something to do with Jorge’s hot hitting. It’s so much fun to be a fan of this team. I write a limerick to Mark Teixeira every day now on the mlb Yankee site. I wrote one and he did well, so I don’t want to stop writing them.

Anyway, thanks again for your perspective.

yankees are on fire…
everyone injured is comin back…

we dont really need anythin else besides another hard throwin reliever perhaps..
please get rid of veras..

oh and one more thing to ms. kim jones..

love your work..your insight..you research on players..

but for years..cant you tell derek jeter hates when you jinx things?

there is a reason why he gave you a comment while you asked about the 16 game no error streak..and the first place question.

baseball players are superstitious..heck..i watch all the yankees gane and never answer my fone during the game..

so please chill with the jinxy questions..

for instance..if arod hits 50 homers..dont ask him how he feels hittin 50 homers..and dont ask how he’d feel if he hit 51.

yankees are on fire…
everyone injured is comin back…

we dont really need anythin else besides another hard throwin reliever perhaps..
please get rid of veras..

oh and one more thing to ms. kim jones..

love your work..your insight..you research on players..

but for years..cant you tell derek jeter hates when you jinx things?

there is a reason why he gave you a comment while you asked about the 16 game no error streak..and the first place question.

baseball players are superstitious..heck..i watch all the yankees gane and never answer my fone during the game..

so please chill with the jinxy questions..

for instance..if arod hits 50 homers..dont ask him how he feels hittin 50 homers..and dont ask how he’d feel if he hit 51.

Nice post Kim.

There are about 7 golden globes in the NY Yankee infield. I just read that Tex has two, A-Rod has two, and Jeter has three. Good defense there.

Kim: I still remember your first on camera report and remember thinking “She’ll never make it”. I must apologize. You have really done a wonderful job. I have become a BIG fan. Now that I have discovered your blog it is the first thing I go to on the YES site. Absolute love it. I’m really enjoying your interviews and can’t wait for the one with Tino. Tino & Paul O’Neill are my faves. Have a suggestion. Would love for you to do one with Jim Kaat. I believe I’ve read somewhere that he will be in the booth for the Boston series. I can’t wait. He is sorely missed. Is in fact the BEST analyst the Yankess have ever had. I’ve been a fan for over 50 yrs and am looking forward to the rest of the season. Keep up the good work. Also love the interaction between you and Derek. You make a good pair.

Hi Kim, it must be fun in Yankee land right now. Your a great reporter and its a pleasure watching you. I had a chance to meet you last week during oriole game when I had my behind the scenes experience with Sweeny. It was interesting and fun being on the field and having a chance to meet you was surely a highlight for me. Keep up the great work…

thats funny i remember that game was nuts when tex bowled over jorge the yankees trailed 9-0 in the 2nd and a crazy rally and back and forh in the last couple innings that tied the game 12-12 mo gave up the go ahead run then jorge won the game with a walk off home run so he should have told tex i forgave you long time ago we won hahaha and yeah im glad to see a yankee team that gets along so well and has fun and not so buttoned down like they were in the past

WOW.

I JUST POSTED ABOUT 14 HOURS AGO LAST NIGHT AFTER THE GAME…WARNING KIM NOT TO ASK JINX QUESTIONS.

YANKS GET BEAT…BUT STIL NO ERRORS.

AT LEAST KIM IS .500 NOW..

YESTERDAY SHE ASKED ABOUT BEING IN FIRST PLACE..AND THE 16 GAMES IN A ROW WITH NO ERRORS.

THANKS KIM.
THANKS.

Did I really say golden globes? Wow, must have been tired. I mean golden gloves.

Kim,

Thats great stuff…………you do a great job on the broadcasts……….enjoyable to listen to.

Thanks !!

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