October 4, 2011 4:14 am at 4:14 am #599745
I think that Hashem is making the Yankees lose so they’ll be knocked out of the playoffs and our heads will be clear for davening on Yom Kippur…October 4, 2011 5:43 am at 5:43 am #819595
Yeah yitay it has nothing to do with with questionable starting pitching and an aging team i think this is more about Justin Verlander than Hashem.October 4, 2011 6:04 am at 6:04 am #819596
I didn’t know He was such a baseball fan.October 4, 2011 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #819597adorableParticipant
ronrsr- lolOctober 4, 2011 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm #819598Sam2Participant
Wow. The “world revolves around New York” mentality that some people have is amazing. And what about the Jews in Detroit?October 4, 2011 6:15 pm at 6:15 pm #819600
I don’t know, I think CC must have had some “syata d’shmaya” (lashon sagi nahor) in allowing so many walks last night. It’s interesting though, I though we were getting a break when the first game got delayed until after Yom Tov, I thought it was hasgacha for us Yidden to be able to enjoy the game. My, how the tables have turned.
Haha. But l’mayseh there are more Jews here than there so if Hashem wanted to clear the greatest amount of heads he’d knock out the Yankees before the Tigers. So it’s really not just that the world revolves around New York. Though that’s also true…October 4, 2011 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #819601
Wow. The “world revolves around New York” mentality that some people have is amazing. And what about the Jews in Detroit?
The Lions are 4-0 , Who says Miracles dont occur anymoreOctober 4, 2011 6:37 pm at 6:37 pm #819602
So maybe Hashem is happy with the Out of Towners but unhappy with the In Towners… Lol.October 5, 2011 3:11 am at 3:11 am #819603
I didn’t know He was such a baseball fan.
I do know He loves the human race, or He would not have created baseball in the first place.
That said, I would hope that He would be smart enough not to interfere with individual games, and would just let them be fair athletic and strategic contests between teams trying their hardest to win.
Anything else would just ruin the game.October 5, 2011 3:14 am at 3:14 am #819604
Wow. The “world revolves around New York” mentality that some people
Almost all of the really great Jewish ball-shpielers of all time played for “out-of-town” teams.
Can’t think of any greats who played in NY offhand.October 5, 2011 3:33 am at 3:33 am #819605
so what happened did Hashem change his mind?October 5, 2011 3:38 am at 3:38 am #819606
Interestingly enough, I actually had a book once that listed all of the Jewish baseball players ever, and it noted that the Yankees have never had a Jewish player. This was a little while ago however, and they may have had one or two since then. The Mets have had a couple though, including Scott Schoeneweis and Sean Green.October 5, 2011 3:49 am at 3:49 am #819607
I didn’t know He was such a baseball fan.
Of course He is. In fact, He’s such a huge fan that He started off the bible with baseball.
Genesis 1:1 “In the big inning…”
The WolfOctober 5, 2011 3:56 am at 3:56 am #819608
ROTFL!! Good one Wolf 🙂October 5, 2011 4:04 am at 4:04 am #819609Jersey JewParticipant
your book must have been VERY incorrect because if I recall correctly, Ron Bloomberg was a jew and I know for sure that Ken Holtzman was a jew too!October 5, 2011 4:05 am at 4:05 am #819610Josh31Participant
The Empire Strikes Back.
10-1 with a big 8th inning.
If the Tigers don’t finish them off Thursday, the Rangers will have to do the task.October 5, 2011 4:16 am at 4:16 am #819611
Interestingly enough, I actually had a book once that listed all of the Jewish baseball players ever, and it noted that the Yankees have never had a Jewish player. This was a little while ago however, and they may have had one or two since then. The Mets have had a couple though, including Scott Schoeneweis and Sean Green.
Must be a very old book. Off the top of my head, I thought of Ron Blomberg, who played with the Yankees in the 70s.
The WolfOctober 5, 2011 4:33 am at 4:33 am #819612
Now that I give it further thought, the book’s author missed Jimmie Reese, who played with Babe Ruth in the 30s (and who, IIRC, was the last surviving teammate of Ruth’s).
Other pre-1980s players include:
Elliot Maddox, a convert* who played for the Yankees in the 70s.
Ken Holtzman (1970s)
For the record, my favorite Jewish-themed baseball nicknames are:
Mike Epstein (SuperJew)
Moses Solomon (The Rabbi of Swat)
* I have no idea about the halachic validity of Elliott’s geirus. However, I doubt that yitayningwut’s book would have been too worried about that either.October 5, 2011 5:30 am at 5:30 am #819613elikatzMember
for tashlichOctober 5, 2011 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #819614ootinnyMember
Yanks are gonna kill Detroit on Thursday.Only reason they lost Monday night was bec Yankees (especially Jeter) didn’t hit. Not bec of CC- CC’s one of the best pitchers in baseball!October 5, 2011 3:35 pm at 3:35 pm #819615
The Mets have had a couple though, including Scott Schoeneweis and Sean Green.
Ike Davis is Jewish (His FATHER is NOT-Jewish)
Side note Alan “Shlomo” Veingrad was an Offensive tackle for the Packers and Cowboys and became a Chabbadnick after he retired . You would never know he was a Pro Football player the way he looks now.
He organized the first Glatt Kosher Tailgate at Lambeau FieldOctober 5, 2011 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #819616gregaaronMember
The fact that most Jewish players played for OOT teams means diddly-squat – in a league with 30 teams, 28 of which would be considered out of town (although Blue Jays fans try to be more in-town than Yankees or Mets) odds are that most players will end up with OOT teams. Signing players to appeal to the local demographic generally doesn’t work – the Atlanta Thrashers had by far the most African-American players of any NHL team last year in an attempt to draw more minority fans, and, well, MinyanGal can tell you how that turned out.October 5, 2011 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #819617
Lol thanx guys for the corrections, it’s interesting to know.October 6, 2011 3:03 am at 3:03 am #819618
I was really thinking of the greats of the game, such as Greenberg and Koufax. Of course, Koufax did play for Brooklyn in his early years, before moving with the Dodgers to L.A. He didn’t do much playing though, spending most of the time on the bench as a pitcher who was too wild to pitch regularly.
There was also Art Shamsky who played for the NY Mets in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
Currently, Kevin Youkilis who plays for the Boston Red Sox is Jewish. He was recently voted “Jewish Player of the Decade.”
His family name was changed from Weiner several generations ago. He started his career in the Jewish Community Center fast-pitch softball league.
The Baseball Prospectus player page of Youkilis accidentally named his page “You Kike.” They named pages like this: take the first five letters of the player’s last name and the first two letters of his first name to create the unique URL for information on the player. In this case, the URL for Youkilis spells “Youkike.”
In 2006 the Red Sox had three Jewish players on their roster at the same time, Youk, Gabe Kapler and Adam Stern.October 6, 2011 3:05 am at 3:05 am #819619
It’s an old tradition in NY to compose teams of players of various ethnic groups — just ask Branch Rickey who did it better than anyone else. A Jew or two, an African-American or two, an Irish Catholic, an Italian Catholic . . . . That filled up the seats at Ebbets Field.October 6, 2011 3:07 am at 3:07 am #819620
I am not sure Gabe Kapler is actually jewish, I heard his mother wasnt.
I also heard Ryan Brauns mother was not jewish either
It could be that Amare Stoudamire of the Knicks is jewish, His mother has jewish roots, but not sure what those roots areOctober 6, 2011 3:32 am at 3:32 am #819621
Three Jews walk onto a major league diamond . . . . sounds like the start of a funny joke.October 6, 2011 3:46 am at 3:46 am #819622
apropos of this baseball season, but not perfectly on topic, I am bursting to tell this, while it is still mildly topical:
You may recall the comedy team ‘Bob and Ray’ who were on NY radio in the 60’s on WOR and on Boston radio before that.
They also played the voices of Bert and Harry Piels in the Piels beer commercials.
They were originally from Boston and were big Sox fans, particularly Ray.
I recall the last line of Ray’s obituary, which I believe he wrote himself: “Cause of death: Boston Red Sox”October 6, 2011 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #819623
This just doesn’t seem right tonite is erev Yom Kippur and the Yankees are starting a lox (Ivan Nova)October 6, 2011 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm #819624
*rolling eyes and snorting, trying to hide laughter*October 7, 2011 3:58 am at 3:58 am #819625
tonight’s game looked like a fair contest. No sign of divine intervention in that game.October 7, 2011 4:01 am at 4:01 am #819626
Its all over Yankees fan’s im afraid i can’t feel any sympathy for you guys my team hasn’t been to the world series since 1945.October 7, 2011 4:06 am at 4:06 am #819627Josh31Participant
The Tigers have been granted MODERATOR status and have closed down this thread in advance of Yom Kippur.October 7, 2011 4:14 am at 4:14 am #819628LemonySnicketParticipant
That was a painful end! Oh well, at least we won’t have to worry about the score during Yom Tov this year.October 7, 2011 4:26 am at 4:26 am #819629
Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains.
That’s what baseball is all about.October 7, 2011 2:12 pm at 2:12 pm #819630GumBallMember
YANKS ARE’NT LOSEING!! THEYRE WINNING!! DON’T JUST GIVE UP ON THEM!!October 7, 2011 3:13 pm at 3:13 pm #819631
We gave up on them.October 7, 2011 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm #819632GumBallMember
DON’T!! they’re the best BB team out their!! GO YANKS!!October 7, 2011 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm #819633
In the words of the wise Reb Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”
It’s over. Wait til next year.October 7, 2011 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #819634
The only shaila is was this a gezeira from last year’s Rosh Hashana or this one?October 24, 2011 7:08 pm at 7:08 pm #819635
People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
– Rogers Hornsby
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