The New York Yankees in Spring Training – Update 3

(with just a little insight into the first few days of the season!)

Well, if you compare my previous two articles on the Yankees in Spring Training,( ), with what has actually happened you’ll find that I was pretty close to correctly predicting the opening day roster.

But I was lucky!

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The Shakespearience Too at Ravenscourt Arts

Presenting Shakespeare for ages 10-14 (i.e. the ages before they start formally studying the writer for exams in school) is not an easy task but it is a challenge that I have set myself over these last six years and I have to say with some degree of success.

This year was our largest project to date. With 1600-1700 young people signed up to attend and with our troupe now firmly esconced in our own theatre at Ravenscourt Arts, we decided to strip back to basics and bring in a new cast to work with a new script. Time to take some risks.

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Songs and Stories

Who: Judie Tzuke

What: Songs and Stories

Where: Ravenscourt Arts, Hammersmith

When: 20th February 2015

Ravenscourt Arts is a delightful little venue. Seating 160 with immaculate sound reproduction, great lights, an engaging atmosphere and well-thought-out design, it is a great place to host a concert. Consequently, it is the ideal place for the kind of tasty dish that was served up on Friday night.

Tonight is the “secret” launch night for Judie Tzuke’s first ever full acoustic tour in a long and successful career. There’s some joke about the “pineapple gig” that the all-invited audience seem to be in on but we don’t need to dwell on that. What we have is an acoustic set which spans the bases from the debut album “Welcome to the Cruise” right up to the as-yet-unreleased “Woman Overboard”.

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Time Lapse in Hammersmith

Mostly Hackett but things turned a little Autumnal too.

What: Steve Hackett

           Supported by Mostly Autumn (acoustic)

Where: Hammersmith Apollo

When: 1 November 2014

It was February 1984 and a close friend and I went to see Genesis at the NEC in Birmingham. Collins, Rutherford, Banks. I’d been a Genesis fan for about six years. Loved “Seconds Out”, “Wind And Wuthering” and “Duke”. Didn’t like the production on “Trick of the Tail”. Found “….And Then There Were Three” a bit of a mixed bag. Then I discovered the Gabriel years and my perception of the band began to change. “Trespass”, “Nursery Cryme” and “Foxtrot” joined “Duke” as my favourite Genesis albums.

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The Twilight Dawning 2nd Annual Yankees Baseball Awards


That’s TWI-D (Twilight Dawning) not TWIB (This week in Baseball)

Here’s the roll of honour:

Batter of the Year 2009: Derek Jeter
Pitcher of the Year 2009: C.C. Sabathia

Bench player of the Year 2009: Ramiro Pena
Relief Pitcher of the Year 2009: A three-way tie:

David Robertson – Mariano Rivera – Alfredo Aceves

For the record, here are the total points gained:



Derek Jeter                  8

Alex Rodriguez           5

Robinson Cano           4

Jorge Posada               3

Hideki Matsui             2

Melky Cabrera            2

Johnny Damon            2

Mark Teixeira              1

Brett Gardner              -1

Xavier Nady               -1

Nick Swisher               -2 




Ramiro Pena                4

Francisco Cervelli       3

Jerry Hairston jr          1

Juan Miranda              1

Kevin Cash                 -1

Cody Ransom             -2

Eric Hinske                 -2

Shelley Duncan           -2

Freddy Guzman          -2

Angel Berroa               -2

Jose Molina                 -3



C.C. Sabathia              6

David Robertson         5

Mariano Rivera           5

Alfredo Aceves           5

Andy Pettitte              3

Joba Chamberlain        3

Phil Hughes                 1

Mark Melancon           1

Phil Coke                    1

Chad Gaudin              1

A.J. Burnett                0

Damaso Marte             0

Brett Tomko                0

Brian Bruney               -1

Jose Veras                   -1

Sergio Mitre                -1

Ian Kennedy               -1

Jonathan Albaladejo   -2

Chien-Ming Wang      -2

Anthony Claggett       -2

Edwar Ramirez           -3

The way that is calculated favours those players that are consistent. Teixeira’s awful April and October explains why he might have ranked lower than on other season summaries. Other than I think it’s pretty reflective.