Archive for October 4, 2009


>Yanks slugger finishes one shy of Tatis’ big league record

ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Rodriguez entered the sixth inning on Sunday needing seven RBIs to reach the 100 mark for the season. He emerged holding a new American League record.

The Yankees slugger belted a three-run homer and a grand slam in New York’s 10-run frame, leading the Bombers to a 10-2 victory over the Rays in the regular-season finale and reaching a special achievement he had joked about minutes earlier.

Knowing he needed four more RBIs for the century mark after homering off Rays starter Wade Davis earlier in the inning, Rodriguez said he was telling teammate Eric Hinske that he might have a chance if Mark Teixeira got aboard to load the bases.

“I was telling him, ‘I may have one shot,'” Rodriguez said. “‘If they load the bases, I might pop one — you never know.’ Obviously, I was joking around. And when I hit it, I just thought of that.”

Rodriguez’s 30th home run of the season made him the first AL player to have seven RBIs in a single inning. The only other Major Leaguer to have seven or more RBIs was Fernando Tatis, who hit two grand slams as a member of the Cardinals to collect eight RBIs in the third inning on April 23, 1999.

Twelve American League players held the previous record with six RBIs in an inning, most recently accomplished by Boston’s David Ortiz on Aug. 12, 2008. The two shots gave Rodriguez 30 homers and an even 100 RBIs to close out a season in which he missed 28 games before coming back from right hip surgery.

“It’s incredible,” Teixeira said. “That’s a high-water mark for any hitter, no matter if he plays 162 games or whatever it is. For Alex to get that, with at least a month that he missed, that’s incredible.”

Rodriguez might never have had the chance for the grand slam had the Rays allowed Andy Sonnanstine to pitch to Teixeira, who was intentionally walked to bring up Rodriguez.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t understand it. I was like, ‘Great!'”

The frozen AL homer leaderboard might lend a hint as to why the Rays pitched around Teixeira with two outs. The first baseman finished tied with Tampa Bay’s Carlos Pena, each owning 39 home runs — even though Pena’s season ended on Sept. 7 due to an injury at Yankee Stadium.

Teixeira said he couldn’t tell if that was why the walk had been issued.

“I don’t know — those things don’t matter to me,” Teixeira said. “I don’t think about those things. … They’re still trying to win the game right there. Maybe the numbers worked out where they wanted to pitch to Alex, but it didn’t work out for them there.”

“You’ve got to pick who you want to pitch to, and it worked out really well for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez’s two homers and seven RBIs confirmed that 2009 would be his 13th season of compiling 30 homers and 100 RBIs, giving him a new Major League record and breaking a tie for 12 seasons with Manny Ramirez and Jimmie Foxx.

Rodriguez has also reached the 30/100 mark in 12 consecutive seasons, tying Foxx’s Major League record, set from 1929-40. Yet Rodriguez said he wasn’t even trying to hit the grand slam that made it all possible.

“I wish I could tell you that,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously, I’m just trying to hit the ball somewhere hard.”

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Words To Live By. Please respect everyone’s privacy by following the advice below!

A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails. Please read the short letter below, even if you’re sure you already follow proper procedures.

Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.

Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for someone to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That’s right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps.
Try the following if you haven’t done it before:

(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That’s right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the “Forward” button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don’t click on “Forward” first, you won’t be able to edit the message at all.

(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address. If you don’t see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that’s it, it’s that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say “Undisclosed Recipients in the “TO:” field of the people who receive it.

(3) Remove any “FW :” in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.

(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading .. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.

(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. DO NOT put your email address on any petition. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email addresses on a petition. (And don’t believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just isn’t so!)

Some of the other emails to delete and not forward are:

1. The one that says something like, “Send this email to 10 people and you’ll see something great run across your screen.” Or sometimes they’ll just tease you by saying ‘something really cute will happen.’ IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (We are still seeing some of the same emails that we waited on 10 years ago!)

2. I don’t let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed.

3. Before you forward an ‘Amber Alert’ , or a ‘Virus Alert’, or some of the other emails floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that’s been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes. Just go to http://www.snopes.com . or http://www.truthorfiction.com It’s really easy to find out if it’s real or not. If it’s not, please don’t pass it on.

So please, in the future, let’s stop the junk mail and the viruses.