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  • Derek Jeter takes to streets, thanks New Yorkers in goosebump-giving commercial

    Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew3 hrs ago

    To hear Gatorade's "senior director of consumer engagement" Molly Carter tell AdWeek, the idea for Derek Jeter's latest spine-tingly retirement commercial came from The Captain himself.

    So, too, did the choice of song — Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

    The ad wizards took it from there and the result is a lot of fun to watch: Jeter one day decides to walk the last few blocks to Yankee Stadium, surprising ballplaying kids and beer-drinking adults along the way.

    From AdWeek :

    Gatorade, the official sports drink of Major League Baseball since 1990, roped off a few blocks before a home game in the Bronx this July and "just kind of let Jeter go," said Carter. The shock and surprise on fans' faces when their idol walks into Stan's Sports Bar, or autographs baseballs, is genuine, she said. The 90-second "My Way" spot breaks online Thursday, and will air on TV for the first time Saturday on the YES Network and Fox.

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  • Marcus Stroman suspended six games for throwing near Caleb Joseph's head

    David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

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    It turns out Major League Baseball just needed a little more time to punish rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays. The league announced Wednesday afternoon it was suspending Stroman for six games, along with issuing an undisclosed fine, for throwing a ball near the head of Caleb Joseph of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

    Jon Heyman of CBS tweeted that Joseph will appeal.


    marcus stroman gets 6 game ban for throwing at caleb joseph. he will appeal. #bluejays


    A report by Newsday's Steven Marcus a day ago saying the league would not be taking action turned out to be premature and wrong.

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  • Yankees' Girardi and Rays' Maddon at odds after Jeter hit by pitch

    David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago



    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Tampa Bay Rays should stop pitching inside if they're going to keep hitting his players.

    Rays manager Joe Maddon says thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Oh, and we're not really sorry, either.

    Girardi got his Italian Irish up Tuesday night after Yankees captain Derek Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. Umpire Rob Drake warned both teams, which brought out Maddon and Girardi — who didn't like being warned when his team hadn't done anything.

    Girardi even yelled the Rays' way — getting animated at Geltz or Maddon or both — because Geltz's pitch went up and in. Not long after, Girardi was ejected for continuing to argue from the dugout. Girardi noted later to the media that Rays pitchers hit the Yankees five times over the past four games, including Jeter twice and Chase Headley in the mouth.

    Via, Maddon said:

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