NEW YORK -- The Yankees unveiled an image mural in the right-field bleachers Thursday that pays tribute to George M. Steinbrenner, who passed away July 13 at the age of 80.
Measuring 40 feet wide and 13 and a half feet tall, the image features a photo of the late principal owner on a Yankees blue background with the trademark Yankee Stadium frieze across the top. The mural also bears Steinbrenner's name, the years '1930-2010,' and in large font, 'THE BOSS'.
The mural replaces a listing of the Yankees' 27 World Series championship years. The team said those would be relocated to the facing of the H&R Block Suite Level around the Stadium bowl, in view of the field, prior to the next homestand.
Yanks to honor Houk with black armbands
NEW YORK -- The Yankees will wear black armbands on the left sleeves of their uniforms for the remainder of the 2010 season, recognizing and honoring the passing of Ralph Houk, who died Wednesday at the age of 90.
Additionally, a moment of silence was held in Houk's honor prior to Thursday's Yankees game against the Royals.
"Ralph Houk was a leader in every sense of the word," the Yankees said in a statement. "In addition to his contributions to this organization for over 20 years, which included managing the Yankees to three consecutive pennants and two world championships in 1961 and '62, 'The Major' was a World War II hero, leading his men in the Battle of the Bulge, and earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Silver Star.
"His contributions to Baseball, the New York Yankees, and our country, will be forever remembered and recognized. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter, Donna, his son, Robert, his four grandchildren and his 10 great-grandchildren."
The Houk armband will be worn beneath the patch honoring Bob Sheppard. The Yankees are also wearing black oval logos on their chest for principal owner George M. Steinbrenner.
Granderson undaunted by the Big Apple
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson is the first to admit that his first year playing with the Yankees hasn't gone as expected, but he rejects the idea it has anything to do with New York's bright lights.
In discussing Granderson's performance thus far -- he entered play Thursday hitting .238 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 69 games -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi bounced around the idea that the transition to the Big Apple might be a factor for Granderson, a 2009 All-Star with the Tigers.
"It could be adapting to life in New York, it could be adapting to the American League East, the outstanding pitching that he's had to deal with -- a lot of left-handers that he's had to face," Girardi said. "It could be a lot of different scenarios. You're not sure exactly what it is, but we've seen it happen to other players."
Granderson said that playing in a major metropolis isn't daunting to him.
"I'm from Chicago, so I like the big city feel," Granderson said. "I like the fast pace, I like having options to do things at all times -- eating and entertainment, when friends and family come to town, the idea of always having something to do.
"All of this is kind of second nature to me when you talk about living in New York versus Detroit or Chicago. All three of them have been very comfortable for me. ... It's just baseball when it's all said and done. The main objective is to go out there and continue to have fun and win ballgames."
Yankees rookie Colin Curtis had to make a deal with the lucky fan who caught his first Major League home run on Wednesday. The fan scored Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez autographs, both of which Curtis had to personally chase down. ... Mark Teixeira has reached base safely in 38 straight games (since June 6), the longest such streak of his career. ... The Yankees have scored at least four runs in an inning 33 times this season, the most such innings in the Majors, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.