A nice day for parade

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It’s a beautiful November day in New York City. The skies are clear blue, and the temperatures are hovering in the upper 40s. You couldn’t ask for a nicer day for a parade. So let’s have one.

In honor of your 2009 World Series Champions, the City of New York is hosting a ticker tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan. The march toward City Hall starts at 11 a.m. and ends at around 12:30 p.m. when the Mayor will present the Yanks with keys to the city. While an estimated 500,000-1 million fans will turn out for the celebration downtown, many of us have to go to school or work. Fear not though for the parade is being broadcast live for free online via MLB.com. The YES Network and MLB Network will be carrying it live, and the city’s local news stations should be as well.

So for those of you watching at home, those of you furtively catching glimpses of the parade will in your cubicle, those of you in class, this thread’s for you. Toast the team; cheer the World Series victory; and bask in the glow of winning after a nine-year wait. For us Yankee fans, it seemed to be an eternity.

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  • Frank1979

    I know this might be a stupid question, but in order to watch it online on mlb.com do I have to sign up and pay for it? Or is mlb.com broadcasting it for free?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Free. I updated the post to reflect that, but had you simply clicked over to MLB.com, you would have learned that yourself! :)

      • Frank1979

        Thanks Ben!…Sorry, I’m stuck at work (like I know many others are today)and busy doing some other stuff…I just didn’t want to go over to mlb.com only to get disappointed if I found out I had fill out forms and fork over some money.

        Like I said, I knew it might be a stupid question!

  • Salty Buggah

    Fuck yeah! Parade time!

    Does anyone think there will be the parade video on mlb.com later? My internet chose today to be crappy. Do you think the parade video will be in its completion?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Good chance that YES will replay this baby for hours on end today too. What else are they going to show? The Nets?

      I do think MLB.com will archive it for us all too.

      • Salty Buggah


      • Obnoticus

        Can’t believe I’m stuck at work. luckily MLB.com isn’t blocked… yet.

      • Zack

        Their schedule shows Francesa on after, the Nets game, and the Parade re-run at 10pm (or whenever the Nets game ends)

  • Raf

    damn work. hopefully i can get it to stream in the office but they arent too good about these kind of things.

    • Raf

      yes its working!

  • jsbrendog

    why are these jagons talking about umpiring over the parade? i wanna hear people screaming and yelling and bands playing not hear two jackoffasaurs pontificate on lameness

    • Stryker

      exactly. these dudes are fucking this up hahahaha

      • Thomas

        One of the comments at MLB.com says

        who are these guys? they make me miss McCarver”


  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I hope MLB gives simultaneous shots of Boston, Anaheim, Minnesota, Philly, Colorado, Los Angeles and St. Louis’ parade routes too.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Hideki Matsui and Paul Blart.

  • David71

    Did you see that amazing Yankees laptop on set at the beginning of the broadcast?!! I MUST GET ONE! Anyone know where I can buy?

  • Salty Buggah

    I watching mlb.com right now and the guys are talking with callers about the Yanks about next year. One guy called in to say how the Yanks should keep Nady. He said how he’s a great hitter (he’s good) and how he’s exceptional defensively (no way). He wanted him over Swish. Another called in to say how we should move Melky to left and get a CFer. When asked who, he said Hunter.

    • Stryker

      these callers are stupid, man. i’m watching on mlb.com as well.

    • whozat

      If we’re taking CFers who are under contract with other teams, why not just steal Grady Sizemore?

      • http://Youcan'tincreaseyourrange TLVP

        Carl Crawford?

  • Frank1979

    I love how Matsui is wearing a white dress shirt and an suit jacket. He looks like he’s posing for some really nice whiskey advertisement like Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. So classy…

    I really hope they bring him back for another year.

  • Thomas

    Jay-Z and A-Rod together. Maybe they’ll break out a duet of Sucka Got No Juice!

    • jsbrendog

      athlete’s rap album i would want to hear the least:


  • Joe D.

    Awesome team.

    Fantastic season.

    I’m hoping for a parade walk-off.

    Who gets pie?

  • Kevin

    Wish these jackbags would shut up and let us enjoy the parade. Yes should be broadcasting this.

  • Stryker

    HAHAHAHAHA OF COURSE they have burnett and molina on the same float

  • http://inthemasses.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/mad-max-poster-1.jpg gxpanos

    Have we talked about Robertson’s wife yet? Damn!

    Also, LOVE Cervelli’s suit. He thinks he’s at the NFL Draft, not a November parade.

  • Jackson

    David Robertson has a hot wife

  • CountryClub

    If you guys arent liking the MLB feed, try this one from ABC:


  • crapula

    Robbie: too lazy to put on a sweatshirt

    • Zack

      suprised he even showed up

  • crapula

    YES is the only station going to commercials. Odd.

  • crapula

    The announcers don’t know that Melky doesn’t speak English.

    Channel 4 announcer: “I’m told they have a tee shirt that says Got Melk?”

    what dumbasses

  • crapula

    Melky looks gangsta with that hat and coat. Like Tony Soprano gangsta.

  • Jackson

    I’m just throwing this out there, I hate the term ‘core four’

  • jsbrendog

    so since this is tagged as “open thread”

    twins trade carlos gomez to brewcrew for jj hardy. so cameron will be out there for sure…just sayin….

    • Tampa Yankee

      So the trade is now Johan for Hardy?

      • jsbrendog

        heh basically

    • Thomas

      Seems like a solid move for both teams. The Brewers shed payroll, open up a spot for Escobar, and get cheap CF with some potential. The twins get probably the player, but coming off a down year and is going to be expensive and FA soon.

      I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to adding Cameron if the price is right.

    • Rob H.

      Looks like the D-backs have picked up Webb’s option so there goes that possibility for the yankees.

  • Will

    Ugh, ABC’s coverage is terrible.

    • Will

      And then I switch to MLB.com to hear them trying to figure out why Matsui led the parade, if it was just a coincidence. Ugh.

      • http://twitter.com/tjamato TJ

        I’m watching ABC coverage on ESPN360 and it’s pretty bad.

        Who is it that keeps shouting at the players for interviews?

        • Will

          And then they have the reporter on the route who literally doesn’t know who any of the players are and has to ask people on the street. It’s also running at a good 1-minute lag behind the mlb.com one.

          • http://twitter.com/tjamato TJ

            Yeah that’s pretty awful too.

  • Ivan

    Man I wish I was there. Fucking school lol.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Thank you God for YES.

  • CountryClub

    Minka on Jeter’s float; she’s low key though. His parents are on there too.

  • Stryker

    no hughes, cashman or bruney?

  • jsbrendog

    no one cares what 2 jagons on mlb.com who dont even know who is on these floats thinks about joba.

    well, he wants to be a starter, he really desperately does, really bad, but i think he is a bullpen guy.

    my god i hate these guys.

    and the other guy’s response, “he is the heir apparent” ugh.

  • MikeD

    No disrespect to YES, but I’m digging the parade more on MLB Network. They have have better audio. You can hear the crowd noise much better.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    This team is a pretty good-looking group in their Sunday clothes, yo.

  • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

    No school for NJ people! Teachers convention for all of the state. but I can’t make it to the parade regardless. :(

  • Will

    I like pretty much anybody who pronounces The Bronx as “Da Bwonx”.

  • Will

    Here’s something mind-numbing for everyone:


    • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

      What a homer. ESPN is just teeming with stupidity.

    • Raf

      thats not even clever in any way. just an asshole blurting something out.

    • Frank1979

      I wonder how come Reilly didn’t point out the difference between the Red Sox and Rockies payrolls in 2007 ($143M-$54M.) Or maybe the difference between the Phillies and the Rays last year ($98M-$44M.)

  • dkidd

    hope everyone is having a great time

    take lots of pictures!

  • jsbrendog

    angel berroa, jose veras, cody rancosom, kevin cash get ws rings. wow.

    • Jeremy

      Don’t forget Josh Towers!

  • dkidd

    officially sick of the term “core four”

    • Salty Buggah

      New “core four:”

      – Cody Ransom
      – Angel Berroa
      – Brett Tomko
      – Kevin Cash

  • Salty Buggah

    Freddy Guzman. Bouncing around AA/AAA to World Champion. Awesome luck.

  • Marsha

    I am in Florida with no TV coverage and an ancient iMac. :(

  • Will

    never knew swisher was going out with joanna gracia!

    on a sidenote, the mlb.com guys are awful. They seriously think that the yanks will try for lackey.

  • Peedlum

    these announcers are awful, awful, awful. The following are actual, though slightly approximated since I don’t type that fast, quotes (most of the awful ones are from Brenda, who if I remember right is Brenda Russell) from about 30 minutes in.

    “Oh here comes A-Rod–oh wait, that’s Reggie Jackson.”

    “One of the big hitting stars of the World Series, Mark Teixeira.”

    “There’s Jay-Z!” (No mention of A-Rod, and I think Burnett, Cervelli or the other 3 guys on there I can’t make out because of the crappy video quality).

    “There you see a small fire, where some of the ticker tape caught fire–this also happened in 1990”.

    Really? I wasn’t aware that NY held a parade for the Cincinatti Reds. . . .

    “Jorge Posada–we learned about him when his wife was on Good Day NY, he likes to eat pasta the night before, carb load and he doesn’t get a restful sleep the night before games, he talks in his sleep, punches things around, he yells at the umpire.”

    They have an umpire in there?

    Right after that “Oh and who’s that there with his kids” other announcer with mild contempt “Jorge.”

    “They’re giving the fans the finger up-number 1.”

    uhhhhhh. . . .that has many possible bad meanings.

    “We just saw Derek Jeter. He didn’t look too old, he looked really happy, smiling at all these people.”

    “CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira there. We could call that float the free agent float because all of them became free agents this year. ”

    Other announcer “Should be a very interesting off-season to see if they come back”.

    “I don’t know much about baseball, but people keep coming up with names and statistics and things, that must mean the Yankees had a heck of a year here.”

    other announcer: “They did have a good year–they won the world championship.”

    They are interviewing the sanitation workers cleaning up: “How long are you guys going to be here”
    “Till 5 or 6”
    “That’s it?!?”
    “Yeah, they won’t pay us for more.”

    “You can tell the Jersey spirit in these Yankee floats.”

    Does she think they play in Jersey?

    I had to go get some breakfast before the city hall ceremony, so I missed the in between part which probably had some gems.

  • http://www.brothersrivalry.blogspot.com/ Pedro (from Brazil)

    These guys on MLB.TV must be joking, no?? They basically said that was Wang fault that foot injury back to 2008 because he is a professional athlete and that can’t happens….can someone shut these guys up ?

  • Will

    Suzyn sounds like Kathy Griffin. It scared me.

  • http://beyondthediamond.wordpress.com Aaron S.

    Who selected the music during the key ceremony? I mean, really?

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Venga Bus?

    Come on.

  • crapula

    The audio on all the stations sucks and the 6 Flags song is driving me nuts.

  • Tom T

    Must…. kill… self….

    REALLY? 30 minutes of VEnga bus on repeat?!

    • crapula

      It was picked out by a Red Sox fan.

  • crapula

    Yankee security is MIA…that must be comforting.

  • http://beyondthediamond.wordpress.com Aaron S.

    Who are these “Keepers of the Pinstripes”?

    • Salty Buggah

      Pretty sure its the uniform guys.

  • henry frisch

    Let me say, I have been going to parades for decades. I vividly remember the 1962 parade for John Glenn. I went to two Yankee parades at the end of the 90’s. But never have I experienced such a lousy, disorganized, downright dangerous parade. Bloomberg really screwed this up. In the past you went wherever you wanted. Today people were forced sardine style into the side streets so deep that one person near me got to say, “It was the worst parade I never saw”.Also, where was the shredded paper? Whole toilet paper rolls struck people in the head, and that was it for paper. I don’t think I’ll go to any more parades organized by $100 million Mike. He sure knows how to put the wrong cap on a great season.

  • Dante

    Venga Bus on repeat? Are you F’N kidding me? That was brutal. Also a message to Jay-Z… You CANNOT make the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can you pompous ass. I think Millions of people worldwide are proving that right now.

    • Chili Davis

      Agreed w/ all of this. I don’t like Jay-Z at all.

  • Al from BX

    The parade was awesome and I had so much fun!! Ok Shelley, exchange numbers with your manager now!!!!!


  • Dante

    Exactly! That part of the song is especially blasphemous. What an arrogant bastard. I was really hoping one of the players would say “Sorry pal, but you can’t make this hat more famous than us.” I think the fans might have booed when he said it but my ears were still burning from that painful Venga Bus overdose

  • Dorian

    Girardi decided to keep Molina with Burnett on full rest.

  • Tom Zig

    I was at the parade and was able to see most of the players

    Players I didn’t see:

    AJ Burnett
    Pretty much the entire bullpen minus Joba, Mo, and Coke

    Anyone see these guys?

    • TheLastClown

      Joba’s warming up for the 8th

      Coke’s at work, those chimneys don’t sweep themselves you know!

      Mo? Well Mo only takes physical form from the beginning of Spring Training until the WS is over. He’s all around you now, as a soft, warm light.

  • TheLastClown

    Hey, has anyone seen Joe Posnanski’s screed on the Yankees and his distaste with, guess what? Hold for it….the payroll!!

    To be fair, he does warn us Yankees fans away, but I had to give it a read, as I usually enjoy his work.


    I like how he says that “dominance doesn’t look like dominance in baseball.”

    Didn’t you guys know? We’ve totally dominated baseball since 1995!!

    Congrats you guys on watching our 15th consecutive World Series Championship! I guess it’s getting a little boring, winning every year, although it’s fun to see the kids in RBI getting Jeter’s throwaway rings, I mean the guy’s only got so many fingers…

    But seriously, he *Joe Pos* seems to be a bit blinded by anger. He bemoans the payrolls since 2002, and calls the game rigged. Then says that even though the Yankees didn’t win from then *2002* to now, that there’s been no real competition for them, that they just smother other teams with money.

    Unfortunately, the Yankees did NOT have the highest payroll in 1998, the most dominant year of the dynastic 4. Even when they had the highest, the payroll parity was much greater during the late ’90s when they were winning.

    The article, to me, somehow diminishes the glory of the D’Backs, Angels, Marlins, Red Sox, White Sox, Cards, Red Sox again, and Phillies *throw the Rays in too*.

    “Hey all you other teams, enjoy your statistical outlier victories while you can, because such is the nature of baseball, but the great and powerful Oz has & will come again to smite you down with the awesome cudgel of capital!!”

    He admits that the framework of baseball, combined with the short series playoffs, creates even enough variance to keep him interested. He admits that it’s very probable, and even likely, for other teams to win besides the Yankees. And yet, when the Yankees win, it makes him want to throw up to hear that they didn’t listen to the doubters. As if there weren’t enough doubters all year long. As if it was automatic that AJ Burnett pitches well, Andy doesn’t get hurt & preforms all year. As if we didn’t have a talented homegrown youth core that more than pulled its weight this year. Remember when Jorge & Molina went down & we were starting Cervelli with Cash in reserve? *hehe I like puns*

    How many people credited the turnaround & surge this year to Hughes in the BP? I’ve heard it more times than I’d like to remember.

    How great would it be if Jim Pohlad decided to use a bit more of that $2B+ net worth to make the Twins the Yankees of the central division? I would love to see something like that, just to watch the cognitive dissonance erupt across baseball-writerdom.

    Eh, I’m done ranting. Hope it made sense.

  • ansky

    Saw the parade on TV and it looked pretty awesome. However, can someone tell me why Suzyn kept yelling into the microphone? That was BRUTAL on TV. I thought we had signed Roger Clemens again or something.