For the first time in 37 years, the most prized franchise in sports will be without their “Boss.” Don’t be fooled. George M. Steinbrenner will be watching all 182 games this year from up above. The Boss probably had the best vantage point to watch the offseason drama that involved the very shortstop he molded into one of the game’s most iconic figures. Derek Jeter has been the unheralded leader of the Yankees since 2003, and in my mind, since the1996 Championship.
With the Jeter situation behind them for now, the New York Yankees open up their 2011 campaign this week. The Yankees are led on the hill with their workhorse, C.C. Sabathia. Carsten Charles will have to go above and beyond in his third season with the bombers in order for the Yankees to be contenders once again. After a strong spring training from AJ Burnett and Ivan Nova, the Yankees feel confident entering this season with four solid starters, including young gun Phil Hughes.
More than anything, the Yankees’ returning players will determine their prospects this season. On the right side of the infield, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano are some of the best players at their positions and have been there before. The second spot in the batting order will have to carry the ups and downs of Alex Rodriguez and Jeter, and must be able to shoulder the load. While the load in this case is quite large, these two studs will have no problem: Rodriguez is coming into this season with a new stance, a new haircut, and, not surprisingly, a new woman. What he brings to the Bronx is experience. Experience this season will bring the Yankees on the doorstep of their 28th World Series. Unlike the new look Red Sox, Rays, and Rangers, the Yankees know their roles; they know how to win, and win they will. – Dan McNamara ’13Read More
The 2011 NCAA Tournament has been one of the most exciting in recent memory as upsets have occurred more commonly than breakouts of acne in America’s high schools, and the majority of games have been closer than a shave with a Gillette razor.Read More
The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Texas A&M at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, were a huge success for the two men and two women from the Indoor Track and Field Team. Shelby Greany ’13, Hannah Davidson ’12, and Julian Matthews ’12 all earned Second Team All-American status with their excellent performances. David McCarthy ’12 led the group of four with an excellent performance that earned him First Team All-American status.Read More
My cousin, James Thurston, is in the Marines. He is already on his way to Afghanistan for a nine-month tour of duty. It is a scary feeling to know that I have a family member over in hostile territory. To make things worse, I had no idea he was stopping home this past weekend to see our family. I could not make the trip home. Then, I received text messages and voicemails informing me that he now has a fiancRead More
The Softball team won on Tuesday March, 29, against Fairfield University 2-0. This win improved the Friars’ record to 12-17 overall and 1-2 in the Big East.Read More
When the Pawtucket Red Sox open the 2011 season with a home game at McCoy Stadium next week against the Rochester Red Wings, things will not be quite the same. McCoy will undoubtedly be brimming with smiling faces and happy families watching America’s pastime in perhaps the nation’s finest minor league ballpark. But missing from McCoy will be the man who made all this possible: the late owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Ben Mondor.Read More
The Tennis Team faced three Big East foes over Spring Break in a span of three days. On Saturday, March 12, the Friars fell to Cincinnati 7-0, on a neutral site match which was held at the University of Pittsburgh. The Friars were led by Marisela Aviles-Duron ’13 as she hung tough at first singles. Early on, she was able to control the tempo and ended up coming out of the first set tiebreak to take an early lead, but fell in the next two sets to a tough loss.Read More
The Joys and Dangers of Being a Big East School. We are lucky, here in Friartown, to attend a Big East school. That means that all of our teams play with the best of the nation’s best. But it also means that sports is a major part of the Providence College experience. And that, according to a recent Harvard University study, might increase the likelihood of on-campus drinking. The study reports that college sports fans are more likely to drink (and to binge drink) than their non-fan peers. It is this drinking culture which is blamed for unruly behavior and rioting associated with sporting events.Read More