Today is the bleakest sports day of the year.  The MLB All-Star game is complete and, unless you’re a fan of the ESPYs or <<gulp>> the WNBA, there are no notable sporting events until tomorrow night’s 7:10pm first pitch.  What’s a baseball fan to do?  We here at Umpbump have some ideas: Take a break from statistically […]

Aside from his incarnation on Seinfeld, George Steinbrenner has given me very little enjoyment in my life as a Met fan. And even though his presence in the Yankees organization has become much smaller, the man’s legacy continues to haunt: Steinbrenner and (Barbara) Walters always insisted they were nothing more than good friends. But some […]

In the wake of the free agency splurge conducted by the New York Yankees, there seems to be a new wave of uproar among baseball fans, writers, and even a team owner regarding the spending habits of the Steinbrenner clan. Collectively, the Yankees will be dishing out $423.5MM for the services of Mark Teixeria, C.C. […]

It’s the day of Jennifer Steinbrenner’s (second) wedding. Hal Steinbrenner, the youngest of the Steinbrenner boys, and his date Kay Adams are walking arm in arm at the reception, when Kay notices one of the guests — Yankees manager Don “Donny Baseball” Mattingly. Kay is totally excited to see one of her heroes. The following […]

We here at Umpbump got an e-mail yesterday from a reader named Evan who works for the magazine Conde Nast Portfolio and its website,, in response to our post concerning the , within which we mention the failing health of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Evan sent us a link to an article that Conde […]

Fortune Magazine is reporting that the cable network that helps feed the Yankees’ machine, the YES Network, , fueling speculation that the team itself may be next. It has become a pretty poorly kept secret that the health of current owner George Steinbrenner has been failing for quite some time. In 2003, the Yankee owner […]

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