Last Day at the Convention

Last Day at the Convention.

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Feature stories

What makes a good feature story? It is a special human interest story and appeals to people’s emotional side usually. Writing a feature is like planting a seed and watching it grow into something that affects the reader. I found an oldie but a goodie that I think truly exemplifies what a good feature story should be like.

The article is about Mark Teixeira and his honoring of a cancer patient he met. It is one of the stories that could bring tears to my eyes. It is a wonder how 351 words on a page could have such a huge effect on me. I have never been more of Teixeira fan than I was after reading that article. Because, after a while you start to realize you are a fan of the game for so much more than how well a guy swings a bat. I am a fan of the game for guys like Mark Teixeira. A guy who came to the bedside of a sick kid on one of his last days and made it one of the happiest days of his life.

That is what a feature story can do for you. It can change your life, even for a brief moment, it can play a small role in your life if you do it right.

YES please!

How about those Yanks today?

Nothing better than Suzuki scoring on a two-out error in the bottom of the 14th to bring the yanks up one on the O’s!

Which brings me to the point of this blog post…one might wonder where I found this wonderful news? Well, my favorite place to get Yankees news (besides the pinstripe blog I covered last week) is the YES network website! YES is something I truly love about the Yankees. I think the network is something very unique to the New York franchise.

I like it better in comparison to the MLB website only because the redirections are less confusing. When clicking on one thing on the MLB site it can take you to the general page or another team’s page while the YES is specifically only Yankees (as the world should be.)

I love the videos on this website. That is probably my favorite part. They have highlights of the most recent games, classic Yankee moments and even shows such as the Joe Girardi show. In fact, I just watched Jeter’s 3,000th hit again, don’t worry it was still just as good the 36th time around. I love that the website incorporates the network’s shows, statistics, player profiles and fun trivia. What more could a Yankees fan ask for?

Hey blogosphere! Did you miss me?

Hey guys!
Sorry that I have been missing in action for a few months but have no fear! I am back and ready to rock your blogging world.

This week I want to take a closer look at a blog I visit nearly every day. I have been looking at pinstripe alley for as long as I can remember! It is hands down my favorite blog but really you don’t critique something until you realize you need to.
There are many things I love about the site. I really like that there is a separate tab for fan posts only and it is clear that just anyone can post on it. I think you play it safe that way anyone says something offensive (which happens quite often.) I like how the layout is very unlike an actual blog. They have tabs for a roster, schedule, statistics and even tickets! I don’t think that is something you normally find on a blog but when you have a blog that is as popular as pinstripe alley, the possibilities are endless.

Now, this might get a little confusing because I am going to completely contradict myself, I really dislike the organization at the same time. What I would like to see, in a blog as big as this, is a separation of categories. They could do so much with that, for instance, they could organize by games, players, past players, statistics and with such a broad range of blogs that come through they could honestly do several other categories. When you have such a loyal readership, I think it would be a lot easier to navigate through the blog if they started separating the blogs by categories.

I really try to model my web writing after the kind I find on their website. I like to say it is somewhere in between a news article and a personal blog post. Let me expand, their writing is not too informal but at the same time I can imagine a guy in a pinstripe jersey yelling at a TV screen in the same manner he speaks in his posts, which is what I think makes the best writers. If you can convey a message but still give your reader some idea of who you are in your message then I think you are a great writer.

See ya next time and GO YANKS!

P.S.- Hallelujah we won tonight! How ’bout Grandy-man?? Who thinks we will get back up on the O’s? I do!

Don’t Go Mo

So, apparently, Mariano Rivera has hinted that this may be his last season. Yeah, I get it, you are pretty old but don’t leave us yet! I can’t handle the emotional trauma I will suffer when Mo leaves. Well I guess you can say he has left his cleat marks on the dirt though.

Rivera has won the American League All Star Award 12 times and has 5 World Series Championships under his belt. That is a lot of work. Mo (his nickname) is viewed as one of the most important relief pitchers in MLB history!

 “Whatever we need to do, I will do, and it’s pretty much the same as always. We’ve had to fight hard the last couple of years.” Rivera is having vocal cord issues and will have to face surgery. General Manager Brian Cashman can’t speak on behalf of non-baseball related injuries. It is always sad when one chapter ends but I have learned throughout life that just because it ended doesn’t mean that it wasn’t great.

Mo was a great chapter in an entire book of great Yankees and marked his pages by being a great relief pitcher. Just because one chapter ended though, does not at all mean that the book is ending. Many many chapters are still going to be written about so many more great players to come! At the end of the day it’s an honor to wear those pinstripes and if you are a part of that history that started with Babe Ruth then it’s an honor. Even as a fan, I am honored to be a part of such a huge legacy. Derek Jeter put it best “There are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change. That’s pride, tradition and most of all we have the greatest fans in the world.”

Weeden2Posada? No, I don’t have my sports confused.

So I was reading some articles about OSU football and ran across an old article talking about how Brandon Weeden being drafted as a Yankee pitcher. It’s insane how my two favorite things (OSU football and the Yankees) are combined into one awesome person! I don’t care how old of a quarterback he is, I think his experience in the MLB truly helped improve his skill as a football player. Shoulder injuries prevented him from continuing his baseball career but his journey led him to a place just as good with just as bright of a future (and that future definitley is a BRIGHT ORANGE).

I loved when Brandon Weeden tweeted about Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hits and how he felt so honored to play with him. With draft picks coming up for the Yankees I hope they are choosing players that don’t exemplify just great talent but also great leadership qualities. I think a huge part of picks is not just based on their ability to play baseball.

With a team like the Yankees you can’t bring in guys who won’t fit in and are in it just for the fame, even though many people think that. You have to bring in players with heart and truly love the game. If not, how can you expect guys without chemistry with eachother off the field, to play well together on the field. Especially in this industry when money can completely warp your mind you have to find players that are passionate for the game not what comes along with it. Brandon Weeden is a genuinely good guy and I hope that there are many more future leaders like him to join the Yankees. Those are the type of the players that turn baseball from a game into a dream for many young boys and those are the type of players I admire for who they are off the field.

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.

Yesterday, someone asked me why I love baseball so much. At first, I thought what a stupid question! Why wouldn’t I love baseball? However, I started to think, what is it that keeps my eyes glued to every pitch?

I kind of realized with this blog I went into this huge rant of why I love the Yankees and forgot to mention why I loved the sport of baseball in the first place. Of course, my Dad is a huge reason why I love baseball. Not living in New York, of course, made my Dad watch every game on TV. Baseball was always there. It was always on in my house.

I remember going to my first professional baseball game. I loved the smell of the ballpark, as weird as that sounds. I loved everything about it. I think the real obsession started at the local library. You could rent one movie a week for free. Every week I would go get “The Sandlot” and then rent it again the next week. It was, hands down, my favorite movie. I knew every line. My favorite part was when Babe Ruth comes up (no biased at all) and says “Heroes get remembered but legends never die. Follow your heart kid and you’ll never go wrong.”

One of my best friends died when he was only 10 years old. He dedicated his entire young life to baseball. It was his passion and even though I often dreaded going to so many of his games, once I was there and saw how much he loved the game I couldn’t help but get excited. It was very fitting that there is a field named after him. After he died, baseball was something to turn to for all of us. Baseball was the thing that made him the happiest and in times that were so happy we needed baseball (or softball) to keep us going.

I think I got so caught up in the fact that I had to defend my team so much that I forgot the reason why I fell in love with baseball in the first place. I was quickly reminded at my nephew’s t-ball game last spring. Seeing him get so excited and absorbing the information made my heart warm. That precious child promising me he would get me a homerun made baseball less of just a sport and more of a passionate love. He got me that homerun too and won game ball. I have never seen him so happy and proud of himself. That’s why I love baseball. Baseball to me is seeing my nephew get a homerun. It’s funny how I saw almost that EXACT same smile on Derek Jeter’s face as he got 3,000 hits. That smile is baseball to me. “You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”