Yanks will miss Gardner

Our feature on Polly Tompkins ran today during pregame and Polly texted to make sure we knew she appreciated it. Sometimes, that’s all that matters. This is one of those times.

Polly is such an inspiration, an example of how to stay positive — and keep smiling — when faced with extreme adversity. In her case, it’s the return of cancer. And we wish her well as she continues to fight and, hopefully, continues to get good news.

brett_072609.jpgBrett Gardner: The Yankees will miss the instant offense and speed on the basepaths he provides, not to mention that he’s hit over .300 since mid-May. Gardner will be in a cast for two weeks and re-evaluated. He won’t be available for the series in Tampa, which starts tomorrow, or the upcoming one against Boston, beginning Aug. 6 at the Stadium. He’s the player in pinstripes who plays most like a Ray.

Rickey Henderson:
The man who once said, “I’m a walking record” will make a speech that could be one for the ages at the Hall of Fame. We’ll have to catch the (many?) highlights.

Paul O’Neill:
His kids are here today, so there are three pizzas in the booth. Or what’s left of them. “Another slice and some ice cream and I’ll be set,” Paul just said between innings.

Alfredo Aceves: He joined media relations czar Jason Zillo on “Batting Practice Today presented by Audi” to talk about HOPE Week. Ace made a big impact, playing guitar for the Camp Sundown children and young adults late Thursday night. He had as much fun as they did.

CC and CC: Still have to read the Sports Illustrated article on Carl Crawford. That’s on the to-do list during the flight. On Wednesday in Tampa, Crawford will be joined by CC Sabathia for an hour before the game for “Catching up with Carl Crawford,” an event to encourage more African-American youth to play baseball. They’ll tell stories to the kids. We’ll try to listen in.

Adam Jones:
The Orioles center fielder is one of the best young players in the game. He also happens to share his name with the NFL cornerback nicknamed Pacman by his grandmother. Pacman Jones has had a hard time staying out of trouble, to put it charitably. Adam Jones, an All-Star, cleans his own cleats in the clubhouse. Where are we going here? Last night, while a sports wrap-up show was providing background noise, we heard an anchorman who thought he was very, very clever link the two, yelling “Pacman!” while some Orioles highlights played. That’s nice. And just wrong on a couple of different levels.

Meanwhile, Adam Jones the Oriole can’t stand being called Pacman. Can you blame him?


  1. bob15

    Thanks for the updates Kim. I’m going through some personal problems and hope to be back posting on your blog sometime soon. Thanks for alll the info you supply us with. You are a regular part of my web-day.

  2. adegenna@suffolk.lib.ny.us

    Hi Kim,
    I would like to know if Jorge hears or likes when THAT person keeps yelling Hip Hip? I can see maybe 3 times but not the whole time Jorge is up at bat! It is very annoying for us watching on TV, I can just imagine the poor people at the game!

    Hopefully THAT person reads your blog.
    I love when Paulie is in the booth with Michael, we get some laughs and not a lot of instructions about baseball that we already know.

    Hope you keep up the blog it is fun.

  3. heyyhaylz@aim.com

    Hi Kim :]
    Your blog is awesome and I love reading it everyday!
    Will the Polly Tompkins feature from the Pre-game today be put on the blog, or on yesnetwork.com at all? I didnt get to see all of it and it would be great to be able to :]
    Thanks for everything, Kim!

  4. mattwest

    Kimberly, I like your blog a lot! You provde great insight and is written very well. I myself write a blog for the Angels, I was wondering if you could ever take a quick read if you get a few minutes, as I know you’re very busy. I know, it’s the Angels, but we both hate the Red Sox!!! I would greatly appreciate it, thank you.

  5. karim1

    Hey Kim you are awesome from Karim. Did you like hope week? I did. Can you please Phil Hughes do feel well pitching out of the bullpen? Is Nick Swisher classic to your.

  6. karim1

    Hey Kim you are awesome from Karim. Did you like hope week? I did. Can you please Phil Hughes do feel well pitching out of the bullpen? Is Nick Swisher classic to your.

  7. karim1

    tell for phil hughes about his bullpen that`s what I mean sorry about that. Can you please please tell everybody from yes network I said hi all including you are awesome

  8. karim1

    tell for phil hughes about his bullpen that`s what I mean sorry about that. Can you please please tell everybody from yes network I said hi all including you are awesome

  9. jakissell

    Hello Kim,

    I am a huge Kimberly Jones fan, and one of the reasons why I am such a fan is because of your special segments, such as the one on Polly Tompkins which aired on Sunday, July 26th. It was just superb. Superb! It was so poignant, so powerful and so uplifting. Polly really is a radiant person. I just love her. Who wouldn’t? I hope she continues to do well. This segment is truly Emmy worthy. Thank you for covering it and sharing Polly with the rest of the world. She truly is special. Everything about that segment was just exceptional.
    Thank you, Kim, and keep up the terrific work.

  10. k8handy@twcny.rr.com

    Hi Kim,
    The feature on Polly was awesome! Her dad had family and friends over and we all watched it together. We laughed and cried. I absolutely loved it! Who knew that Pollypalooza would still be going strong two months later?!?! This is all so much fun. We might not be able to make the game-a-week that her Dr. prescribed, but I know for sure that each contact between Polly and all of you at the stadium means the world to her. You all have helped keep her spirits high… really high!!!
    The other comments posted here in support of Polly are so kind and compassionate. What else would we expect from Yankee fans, right? Thanks, Kim (and E.J.), for all of your hard work and genuine concern for my friend. You are amazing! Kate 🙂

  11. hvanscoy@frontiernet.net

    Your feature on Polly Tompkins was awesome! It is impossible to describe the impact you, and the Yankee organization, have had on Polly’s healing. From the bottom of every heart in Candor, NY, and every friend and relative around the world, THANK YOU.

  12. deb

    WOW! What an interview with Polly Tompkins! I am so glad the Yankee organization is keeping the viewers informed of Polly’s journey! She is an amazing woman! And the Yankees are so compassionate…Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez have hearts of gold. Thanks to you, Kim, for your genuine concern for Polly and helping her through this difficult time. She will overcome!!!!

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