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May 2, Osama is Dead, the Mets Win for New York, & America Unites Again

Hey guys,

So as we all know by now, Osama Bin Laden has finally been brought to justice. Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with Navy Seals, and the world is now a safer place because of it. I fear for the immediate reaction to this event from those who will seek vengeance, but with the central figure of Al-Qaeda eliminated, the terrorist organization will surely never be the same. Throughout history, the death of a people’s leader has led to lamenting, and often the sense of vengeance, but the loss of a leader like Bin Laden can also lead to their decline. Without a unanimous central leader, groups often dissolve and divide in the pursuit of direction. Power grabs will likely be made by multiple figures in Al-Qaeda, which hopefully can destroy their unity and resolve. The organization will surely never be the same now that their leader has expired.

FDNY, NYPD, and the Port Authority Police. Thank you for the sacrifice you made. IMAGE // http://www.douglasfiredept.com

That being said, as I do on most nights, I was watching baseball when the news broke. The game was between the Mets and the Phillies, and suddenly for me it seemed like the Mets needed to win this one. It was a moment that I felt would cap off a great redemptive night for New Yorkers. The Yankees had won earlier in the day, but the Mets were actually playing when it all went down. I turned off the volume to the game, and threw CNN on the other screen. Though I couldn’t hear what was going on at the game, it was clear that Philadelpians were jubilant and celebratory of the news. I was personally surprised they didn’t pause the game for Obama’s speech. It struck me as funny when Obama was speaking that he said something of the nature of, “we must continue to fight Al-Qaeda and their affiliates,” a line that I heard as, “we must continue to fight Al-Qaeda and the Phillies.”

It was one of those moments that sends chills down your spine as you watched the fans in Citizens Bank Park start a chant of, “USA!” It really reminded me of the baseball world around the time of 9/11, when players, fans, and citizens of the country rallied together in celebration of the American Spirit. With all the things in the country and world that create division among us American citizens, it was refreshing to see the unity that we all seem to harp on only in the face of tragedy and triumph. Whether you’re a conservative, a moderate, a liberal, a Republican, or a Democrat, one thing we all have in common is the love of our land, and the sorrow in our hearts for all the lives lost on the single greatest disaster in American history.

VIDEO: Philadelphia Reacts to the News of Bin Laden’s Death

This is my petition to make September 11, a national holiday. The most somber day in American history should be commemorated as a National Day of Remembrance. A chance for us all to remember just how lucky we are, and a chance to celebrate the lives of those lost on 9/11, rather than lament the tragic nature of their final day.

I know that I have already featured this video in previous posts, but this really seems like an appropriate time to rehash the memories of life immediately after 9/11. Check out these two videos, one of President George W. Bush’s visit to Yankees Stadium on game 3 of the 2001 World Series with some really awesome interactions between Jeter and the Commander in Chief. The other video I wish I could embed, but i simply can’t. It is of the Mets first game back after the tragedy. I urge you to check it out. It really was an amazing time for American unity.

VIDEO: Piazza’s Healing Home Run

April 25, Alec Baldwin Puts the Sox in Their Place

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Thanks to Steve Smith of the New York Giants, I have a pretty funny New Era commercial featuring Alec Baldwin and I think that guy from the Office. It also brought me back to some other notable New Era commercials in the past, so check out the new Alec Baldwin commercial, and some of my other favorites.

“You no Big Papi!”

“Come on Cole! Keep pounding the corner!”

April 22, The Giants and Jets to Open the Season on 9/11. Will Face Off on Christmas Eve

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

For the 2011 NFL season, the Giants and Jets will both open on September 11. There were talks early on the day that the schedule was announced that the two New York teams would face off against one another on the anniversary, but the league elected to have their match-up on Christmas Eve.

My initial reaction was disappointment when I heard that the two New Yorkers would not face off to start the season, but I’ve since decided that it’s not such a bad thing. This way both teams have a chance to seize victory on this somber anniversary.

So for all you New York football fans out there, take a look at this season’s schedule for the Giants and Jets.

The season opens with The Big Blue Wrecking Crew facing off with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field at 4:15. Gang Green also faces off with an NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowgirls at the Meadowlands in primetime.

This of course all hinges on the idea that there will be an NFL season in 2011, and that it will start on time.

To shift gears completely as far as sports go, the announcement of the tenth anniversary of 9/11’s football schedule brings me to today’s videos. The two videos that I picked out for today are of the Mets and Yankees once play was resumed following the attacks. Unfortunately, since the MLB has a tight grip on all of their video content, you will have to leave the site to see the Mets video. It’s pretty amazing the way that the Mets and Braves got together and united with national pride. The Yankees video is also a great watch, and you get to take a look at some behind the scenes interactions with our then president George W Bush. Bush and Jeter’s interactions before the game were awesome.

[VIDEO] The Mets first game after 9/11

April 20, This is Beyond Baseball

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

I was reading an article on MLB Trade Rumors yesterday about the Upton brothers, and how they have been the topic of many trade rumors throughout the years. The post by MLBTR inspired me to seek out some videos of the brothers, but instead what I found was the Beyond Baseball commercials from a few seasons back.

So instead of dedicating a post to the Upton’s, I decided just to post a few of my favorite Beyond Baseball commercials. There was one for Grady Sizemore that I wish I could find, but these will have to do. Check em out.

Curtis Granderson

The Upton Brothers

Nick Adenhart

Joba Chamberlain

Tim Lincecum

CC’s Latest Spot in a Field of Dreams Style Commercial

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

From the moment CC Sabathia donned the Yankees Pinstripes for the first time, it was apparent that he was born to wear the uniform. Since he arrived in New York in 2009, CC has been in his fair share of commercials. His latest spot is in a PepsiMax commercial. Check it out, my favorite part has to be Ricky Henderson beating himself in Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Also take a look at this old one of CC and Johan Santana promoting Subway. Santana’s poor attempt at the English language makes this one memorable.

April 11, 2,000 Hits

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Thanks to all of you out there, Daily Video Picks has now reached 2,000 views/hits. Whatever you want to call it. To celebrate the occasion, I figured I would take a look at some players in MLB history to reach the 2,000 hit plateau, and like DVP, look at some players that most recently reached 2,000.

Pete Rose has the most hits in MLB history with 4,256. The only other player to reach the 4,000 hit plateau was Ty Cobb, the Georgia Peach.

Cobb was one of the most interesting players in the history of the game. He was the best player to ever play the game while he was active, shattering countless records by the time he played his final game. When Cobb first started playing, it was the dead-ball era, and baseball was a game of small-ball. By the time he had retired, the game was well into the live-ball era. Babe Ruth had entered the game, and revolutionized the way baseball was being played with his tremendous power. Baseball transformed completely when Ruth proved you don’t have to do the little things to bring home a run if you can just smash the ball out of the park. I cant start to get into talking about Ty Cobb as a player and a person, so check out this great article by Larry Schwartz for ESPN.

Moving on from history long ago to more recent happenings, Magglio Ordonez is the most recent active player to compile 2,000 hits. Ordonez sat out the third game of the season opening series against the Yankees with a sore ankle, but is back in action. So far in the 2011 season Ordonez is 7-23, but the season has just started, so that’s not saying a lot. He is still a serviceable MLB player, displaying a well rounded offensive attack. I don’t see an end anywhere in the near future for Magglio’s career.

A great Yankee to reach the 2,000 hit plateau was Paul O’Neill with 2,105. O’Neill was my favorite player while I was growing up. As George Steinbrenner put it so well, Paul was The Warrior. Check out this classic clip from when O’Neill made a guest appearance on Seinfeld. Unfortunately you will have to open a new webpage to see the clip, but I assure you it is worth it. I remember when I read Paul’s book, Me and My Dad, that he was offered to go on the show at an earlier point but turned it down because he was so modest and restrained. It wasn’t until he realized his parents loved the show that he told them about Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld’s offer for him to be on the show. His parents couldn’t believe he would turn in down, and convinced him to reconsider his position.

[VIDEO] O’Neill on Seinfeld

So that brings us to today. There are a few players that are flirting with 2,000 hits right now. Who do you think will get there first?

April 9, A Day of Sports

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

[UPDATE 7:43 PM] — So the Rangers did all they can at this point to make the playoffs, but their fate is still out of their hands. Luckily, the Lightning are out to an early 3-0 lead, and things are looking up for the Blue Shirts. It’s frustrating that the Rangers have now played do-or-die games in the last two seasons on the 82nd game, but on the bright side at least they have been keeping it exciting, and thankfully they had a winning effort on the final game this time.

Rangers fans enjoy the highlights, and lets hope the Lightning finish the job.

Nice job Drury. Keep it up.

Lets go Lightning!

Hey guys,

I don’t have a lot of time to write today, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

There are a whole lot of sporting events to choose from today if you are a New York sports fan.

12:30 – Devils vs Rangers – Rangers need to win, and Carolina can’t win for the Blue Shirts to make the playoffs. Score so far is 1-1.

1:00 – Yankees vs Red Sox – I would like to see the Yanks take care of business today, light up Buchholz, and send the Sox into a new losing streak.

7:00 – Lightning vs Hurricanes – This game could be big for the Rangers if they can manage a win today. I will have a lot of respect for Tampa if they play their “A Squad.”

All Day – The Masters – Tiger is very much so in the hunt. This could be an exciting weekend of golf.

I’ll try to find time for tomorrow to be a bit more comprehensive of a post. In the meantime, enjoy this video of Chris Drury, Danny Briere, and the Buffalo Sabres stepping on the hearts of Rangers fans everywhere in game 5 of 2007. Drury continues to crush the hopes of Rangers fans even now that he is on the team.

He did score the Rangers first goal today, but we’ll see if he can finally put together a clutch effort.