A Turning Point for the New York Yankees Franchise: A Season Without Georg

As the 2011 MLB season kicks off I am still flummoxed by just how the perennial powerhouses have fallen, the New York Yankees. This is not to say that this fan base is going to have to endure losing seasons. Rather, it is how the baseball franchises that could once be counted on to take first place in their AL East each season (even when they were not winning World Series) have serious concerns.

The New York Yankees are embarking on a season without George the father. His two sons have inherited the empire and they may be well on their way to proving the axiom that sports ownership passed down along generations see glories squandered by the children. Certainly the Chicago Bears can attest to the McCaskey’s incompetence after George Halas created the Monsters of the Midway. The Yankees fandom suffered a dear loss with George’s passing last season and perhaps an even greater loss when his daughter divorced the heir apparent, Steve Swindal.

Now Hal is in charge and he has Brian Cashman running the franchise with dollar signs in mind before wins. The first sign of troubling times maybe ahead maybe that the Yankees allowed the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez. While the Gonzalez plays first and the Yankees already have a Mark Teixeira in place there with a hefty price tag, Gonzalez could have been the DH or Gonzalez and Teixeira could have taken turns in either position.

Still, this team has enough talent on the field to warrant spending money on New York Yankees tickets to Yankee Stadium, but this is a team that is a certain underdog in the AL East. The Boston Red Sox are the favorites to win the division, the pennant, and the World Series and the Tampa Bay Rays are thought of as equals to the Yankees. Maybe this is just what Hal needs to turn from reluctant owner to a rabid egomaniac hell bent on winning: an inspiration season after his father’s shadow has dissipated.

Heid and Spencer Pratt Calling it Quits???

Season 6 of the hit HBO show “Entourage” returns on July 12th and has some big guest stars. “High School Musical” hottie Zac Efron joined the show and actually shot some scenes at the Niketown store in Beverly Hills today. None of the other cast members were there but a Niketown employee said Efron shot a scene talking on a cell phone and that he was really nice. Also joining Jeremy Piven and Adrian Grenier this season will be Tom Brady, LeBron James and Lil Wayne and they will all appear as themselves. I don’t know about you but I am ready for some good summer shows to start back up!!

Madonna is out and Kate Hudson is in when it comes to officially dating Alex Rodriguez (A Rod) from the New York Yankees. It seems that Kate and son Ryder followed A- Rod on the road to Dallas during a three game series against the Texas Rangers. A source says they stayed at the same hotel and even worked out together. It seems like love is in the air, now we will just see how long it lasts. Wonder how Chris Robinson, Kate’s ex and Black Crowes band member feels about baseball.

I finally got to see a monologue by Conan O’Brien and I am happy to say it was for his first “Tonight Show” gig. He was finally early enough for me to see him and I have to say he was funny. It was odd to not see Jay behind the desk but I think he did a fine job for his first night. The sketches were funny and he did a good job with guest Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam. I must admit though that my heart still belongs to Letterman. He is just my favorite and his show was funny as always. David Letterman had on Bill Cosby and his mom, who said, “Well Dave, I see you didn’t get the Tonight Show again.” You have to admit…pretty funny. I wish Conan luck in his new beautiful studio and everyone will just settle into to their favorite host or who has the best guest on that night.

The word of the day for Mr. and Mrs. Pratt is – WIMPS!!! It seems the duo cannot decide if they really really want to quit the NBC reality show, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” or if they want to stay. Now I am not saying I could do it but I would NEVER sign up for that. What were they expecting….easy living since they are “celebrities” – it’s the JUNGLE? So quit your whining guys. Literally the first night, Monday, during the premiere they threatened to quit twice and did and then unquit and came back to Tuesday nights show. At the moment it seems like they quit but honestly I am not really sure. We will just have to wait and see. Here is a quote from Mr. Super celebrity Spencer Pratt himself…”Super- celebrities don’t belong in the jungle. They belong in Hollywood with the paparazzi.” That makes you really like the guy right?? That statement is so irritating for so many reasons… the first being that he thinks him and wifey Heidi Montag are super celebrities!!! Anyway more power to the nine celebrities’ toughing it out in the Costa Rican jungle for charity. Lou Diamond Phillips, Stephen Baldwin and Janice Dickerson are sticking around – for now anyway. Bye bye Heidi and Spencer…hurry back to “The Hills” while you still can.