Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The New York Game

Welcome to The New York Game. The title refers to the style of play developed and codified by Alexander Cartwright of the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club in the mid-nineteenth century. Despite the still widely accepted myth that Abner Doubleday “invented” baseball in Cooperstown, New York in 1839, The Knickerbocker rules, applied to a baseball precursor known as “town ball,” essentially established the modern game as we know it.

With this blog I intend to focus on the Yankees and the wider baseball world. I might even occasionally discuss that other New York team, the Mets, ill-fated Hotspur to the redoubtable Prince Hal (note: not a reference to Hal Steinbrenner). It’s been a slow couple of weeks for all matters ballgame, but with six days before pitchers and catchers report, that’s about to change.

Was that a “Yankee, go home?” I just heard? Oh no, my friend. We’re just getting started.

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