November 5th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
Well, it’s over. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys rocked the house- well, actually they rocked Yankee Stadium, technically, but you know what I mean. The cast of Glee absolutely killed the National Anthem- in the best way possible-I think I’ve watched it on YouTube about 20 times already! Spike Lee, Regis Philbin and Donald Trump have to wait until next season to sit in the stands and watch another game. Kate Hudson will also have to wait till then to cheer on her boyfriend A-Rod, although I am pretty sure that she won’t mind, seeing as she will get him all to herself for the next few months. Where does that leave me? Well, it leaves me with the knowledge that come April, the game I love will be back.
I am the ultimate girlie girl. The girl who loved wearing dresses as a child—if it wasn’t pink, purple or frilly, I wasn’t wearing it. I danced, took gymnastics and did musical theater. I was the girl who, at 25, still had the walls of my bedroom painted pink. And, oh yeah, I am the girl who loves baseball. No, I mean, I really love baseball. Specifically, the New York Yankees.
My family is from New York—I know a lot of people say that, but mine is really from New York, as in, so many generations back that we lost count. We have a lot of New York pride and a lot of pride in our New York sports teams.
One of my fondest memories is from the 1996 World Series. I remember being upset because even though my parents let me stay up past my bedtime that night, they wouldn’t let me stay up to watch the whole game. Well, my dad must have changed his mind because he woke me up a little while later so I could watch them win. He told me that he wanted me to see the Yankees win the first World Series since 1978. I remember how excited my dad was when they won—I will never forget the look on his face when Charlie Hayes caught the final out of the game.
My dad grew up watching a Yankee dynasty-Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Tony Kubek, Bobby Richardson and Clete Boyer (the phenomenal fielding third baseman). He and his older brother would sit around the TV in their apartment in Queens in the middle of summer watching the Yankees play. They would sit in the sweltering heat-with no air conditioning- watching the greats play. They got their love of baseball from their father. He was an avid Yankee fan and would often watch the games with them. Not surprisingly, both brothers passed the love of the game onto their own kids- little did they know that there would be another Yankee dynasty for them to grow up with.
Starting in 1996, with that game that had such an impact on me, the Yankees absolutely dominated- winning four World Series in five years. Those were the days of David Cone, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte- the latter of which make up “the core four” who still play for the Yanks today. After I caught that Yankee bug, there was no going back.
What is so great about this game is that it brings people together. Last night, as we watched the Yankees win their 27th World Series, we were all in different places- my brother is in college in New York, my dad is on a business trip and I am out here in Los Angeles. Even though we were 3,000 miles apart we were constantly texting and calling each other the whole time. It wasn’t just about the game, it was about the fact that the game brought us together. My grandfather passed the love of the Yankees to my dad, he passed it to my brother and I, and you can be 100% sure that when I have kids of my own, I will pass it down to them. Because the truth of the matter is that it isn’t about the game- it’s about loving it.
November 2nd, 2009
04:09 PM ET
Game Five of the 2009 World Series is scheduled to begin at 7:57 p.m. ET tonight in Philadelphia, and hitting the national stage is seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette. She'll be performing the National Anthem.
It's not an easy song to sing, and having a stadium-sized audience of fired-up sports fans - not to mention millions more watching on TV - is either one hell of an inspiration or a recipe for total disaster.
Morissette is certainly no shrinking violet, as the lyrics to her songs attest. I'm guessing she'll nail it. Not everyone has managed to, though, and I'm betting you can remember a few botched attempts.
Who do you think has performed the worst rendition of the National Anthem ever?
October 28th, 2009
04:26 PM ET
The cast of Glee performing live? Jay-Z and Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind?” Kate Hudson hanging out with Rudy Giuliani and Billy Crystal? A woman selling sex for tickets just to get a peek of all of the action? You must be thinking to yourself, “Is she making this stuff up?” Nope, I am just describing the World Series, starting tonight, between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Folks, the World Series is better than anything on primetime TV these days. It’s better than any scripted show out there. You’ve got your lead characters- the McDreamys and McSteamys if you will. For example, on the Yankees we have Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter- old friends who depending on the day, either love each other or hate each other. Their love lives are the stuff that nighttime dramas are made of- the kind of storylines that fans thrive on. After A-Rod’s divorce he was linked to none other than Madonna, and now he is dating Kate Hudson. Hudson is now a regular fixture at the games, and usually rocking some killer style in the stands. I am even convinced that she got her hair and makeup done before the last game—she was definitely ready for the close-ups that she knew the cameras were taking of her every time her man was up at the plate. It’s rumored that she has even become his good luck charm.
Jeter’s longtime love, Friday Night Light’s Minka Kelly, plays it a little more low-key, sitting in his private box away from the other wives and girlfriends of the players. Not to worry though FNL fans, you won’t miss your Minka Kelly fix because the cameras know where to find her! In addition to Kelly, you can also expect to see loyal Yankee fans like Billy Crystal, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, and maybe even Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. On the Phillies side, you should be on the lookout for Kevin Bacon, Rob McElhenney, Fabian, Tim McGraw and Bill Cosby and even our very own Vice President Joe Biden! There will be better celebrity sightings at these games than the red carpet at the Golden Globes!
On top of all of the stars, we are treated to musical performances- the soundtrack to the World Series if you will. The uber-talented cast of Glee may have been snubbed by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but you can get your fix by watching them on the World Series. These are the guys who reinvigorated the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” last spring, and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with the National Anthem!
We also are going to get to hear Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sing their ode to New York, “Empire State of Mind.” It’s like getting a free concert with some of today’s hottest stars- and you know Beyonce will be in the stands.
So how hot are tickets to this show? Well, there is a woman in Philly, Susan Finkelstein, who allegedly offered sex for tickets to a game. For those who are looking for a far less illegal way of attending, tickets are still available, but they are going for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. You could do what you normally do on a weeknight however, and watch the game in the comfort of your own home. Just think, all of those celebrities, the music and on top of that, a great baseball game, all right there in your living room- what could be better than that?
The fact of the matter is that we watch TV to inspire us. We watch it for hope, for fun and for entertainment. Well that’s what baseball is about—hope, fun and entertainment. Imagine all of that in one place and you have the World Series—sounds like Must See TV to me.
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