Farewell, Bobby Murcer

bobby_murcer.jpgIt was incredibly saddening to hear of Bobby Murcer’s passing on Saturday, as the Yankee icon lost his battle with brain cancer after 19 months at the age of 62. Murcer came across as warm, optimistic and personable on the air, and upon encountering him in person, you would quickly learn that it wasn’t just an act.

Murcer was as genuine of a good guy as you would have hoped him to be, and I never heard anyone say one single thing that would make you think otherwise. There were good days and bad days for Murcer in battling this terrible condition, but through it all, he really showed the heart of a champion.

It’s a little difficult to imagine that Murcer will not be returning to the Yankees’ broadcast booth, the place he loved so dearly in retirement from baseball and one other thing he felt just as passionately about — playing for the Yankees. In his final days, Murcer stepped up the efforts on his autobiography, ‘Yankee for Life.’ That title seems ultimately appropriate today.

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I was so happy on Saturday when the Yankees won the game at Toronto and then was suddenly shocked and in tears when I heard that Bobby Murcer had died. How sad. I cried the whole weekend. What a giant of a man — I will miss him so much. I love the Yankees and I love how he was such a wonderful part of the YES network team. I watched every minute of the tributes on YES. Thank you for helping us through this very sad time.

Millie Martin

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Bobby the yankees and yankees fans will always hold a place in our hearts for you!!! We all love you and miss you god must have wanted the best person and thats why you are with him now!!! My heart goes out to bobby’s wife Kay and his kids for there loss!!! when i got the bad news i broke down crying yes men do cry!! i saw him come up with the yankees in 69-70 and he was nothing but the topps just the way he was a class act!!!! bobby may you now have no pain and be free to fly with your new wings p.s. say hi to the scooter, the mick, and munson for all of us old timers love you will never die in our hearts!!!!

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In Memory of Bobby Murcer …

Bobby Murcer is my all-time favorite “New York Yankees” player, and it was very sad to hear of his passing … Bobby was truly a “Yankee Great”, and great Yankee player, who carried on the awesome Yankees tradition with class, grace, and humor, that made it a pleasure to watch him as a player, and listen to him in the broadcast booth … And, Bobby was really “a nice person” who was loved and respected by all – in the Yankees family, by the fans, and throughout baseball … Bobby We Will Miss You – May You Rest In Peace … May Our Lord reserve a special “Box Seat” for you in Heaven; and, May God always bless you and your family !!! … Bobby, you will always be “number one” in my heart — and, “number one”, in the hearts of all Yankee fans !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] Curran …

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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One more bat isn’t going to do anything for this lineup. I dont care if he bats left, right or can switch mid-swing.

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Sexson’s problem could be the entire management of the Mariners. That team has totally underperformed and its management is in disarray. Maybe a change of scenary might help the guy. All I know is he has got to be better than running Betepuke out there everyday, that guy is BAD.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 13, 2008

Scranton/WB 8
Columbus (Nationals) 6 (11)
W: H. Phillips (3-4, 5.34); L: J. Warden (1-3, 3.96)
HR: SWB: E. Duncan (9), N. Green (7). COL: J. Padilla (2), R. Bernadina (1), J. Spearman (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_swbaaa_colaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Binghamton (Mets) 4
Trenton 6
W: M. Melancon (4-0, 1.94); L: E. Brito (4-2, 3.25)
HR: BIN: S. Paniagua (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_binaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 4
Vero Beach (Rays) 2
W: G. Duff (2-6, 3.48); L: R. Morse (2-6, 3.58); SV: J. Schmidt (8)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_tbyafa_vbdafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
West Virginia (Brewers) 3
Charleston 9
W: W. De La Rosa (5-3, 2.20); L: D. Merklinger (3-6, 6.54)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_wvaafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 4
Tri-City (Astros) 3 (7)
W: D. Kapala (1-0, 1.29); L: K. Godfrey (0-3, 8.38); SV: J. Kiley (1)
HR: TRI: J. Gaston (1).
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I’d trade kennedy, austin jackson, and cash to get holiday.

You are right about sexon…but something doesn’t sit right with me about him. Why would a team just release him like that? Could there be another problem other then his BA??

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Michael they need a righty stick against lefties. Sexson batted .300 plus against lefties. His problem is against righties. I’d take him to platoon over Betapuke anyday. Holliday is available but it is going to take a lot to get him.

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2 .300 hitters are out of this lineup. They don’t ned Sexon-a .220 at best. They need a guy who makes contact who can get hits w/ RISP….
I heard Matt Holiday is Available…is this true?

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Again, the power outage continues. Day 10. Yesterday’s surge was only temporary. We THOUGHT we had the line fixed and when we hit the switch, the power came back on but only briefly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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5 out of the 9 starters today are 0 fors. This offense is so inconsistent.

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Man today’s game is a reflection of the first half of this year. No hitting again. Lots being talked about concerning Sexson. At this point is he any worse than that of Betapuke? Pavano & Betapuke = two best reasons to fire Crashman.

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The Yankees never should have traded him.

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I can’t say enough about both the character and class of Bobby Murcer. Some of his on-air name slip-up’s were incredibly humorous which gave me a little bit more interest in Murcer when I was younger. Nevertheless he will be remembered as a great YANKEE for Life, and a great sports broadcaster. I never knew he was this close to losing the battle, he didn’t let you know it with his cheer and how hard he fought against cancer. RIP BOBBY MURCER

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
7/14 – MON – – –
7/15 – TUE – 8p – ALL STAR GAME – FOX
7/16 – WED – – –
7/17 – THU – – –
7/18 – FRI – 7p – YANKEES vs Athletics  – MY9
7/19 – SAT – 1p – YANKEES vs Athletics  – YES
7/20 – SUN – 1p – YANKEES vs Athletics  – YES

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 13, 2008

Scranton/WB
Columbus (Nationals) 1:05p
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Binghamton (Mets) 6:05p
Trenton

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Tampa
Vero Beach (Rays) 1p
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West Virginia (Brewers) 4:05p
Charleston

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Staten Island
Tri-City (Astros) 5p
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 12, 2008

Scranton/WB 4
Columbus (Nationals) 0
W: J. Karstens (4-4, 3.86); L: M. Hinckley (0-1, 3.00)
HR: SWB: M. Carson (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_12_swbaaa_colaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Binghamton (Mets) 3
Trenton 1
W: T. Lavigne (2-1, 3.62); L: B. Bruney (0-1, 6.75); SV: E. Kunz (25)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_12_binaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 3
Vero Beach (Rays) 1
W: R. Pope (5-4, 2.32); L: M. Walker (4-7, 4.87); SV: J. Schmidt (7)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_12_tbyafa_vbdafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
West Virginia (Brewers) 5
Charleston 4
W: R. Mercedes (4-4, 5.23); L: L. Pendleton (6-5, 3.04)
HR: CHA: B. Laird 2 (11).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_12_wvaafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island4
Tri-City (Astros) 3
W: T. Dennehy (1-0, 0.00); L: S. Wolf (0-1, 2.86); SV: P. Venditte (7)
HR: TRI: D. Flores 2 (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_12_staasx_trcasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCL Indians 3
GCLYankees 2
W: Salazar (3-0; 1.06) L: Castillo (0-1; 3.00) S: Popham (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_07_02_indrok_yanrok_1
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Terrible new about his passing, i only got to hear him commentate on games when it was the YES feed on mlb.tv. He will be sadly missed by all the Yankees fans.

My thoughts are with his family at this time.

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I enjoyed his commentary for years. Class act that will be missed…..

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I wept when I heard the announcement on FOX yesterday. This is incredibly sad. R.I.P., Bobby. We will miss you terribly.

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