“They were doing some weird hand sign in the form of a triangle” — beloved New York radio personality Craig Carton apparently is not hip to the famed Jay-Z Roc-A-Fella hand signal.
Carton was one of the hosts of CBS’ broadcast of the World Series-winning New York Yankees’ victory parade down Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes. Huge Yankee fan [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] actually showed his team pride by getting on the float with one of the team’s franchise players, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez. Throughout the Bronx Bombers’ World Series run, Hov has been vocal and active with his love of his favorite Major League team.
Jay was slated to perform “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys during the opening game of the World Series last week, but due to inclement weather the duo did not perform until game 2.
“First of all, the new [Yankee] Stadium — it’s the Yankees and it’s game one of the World Series,” Jay told MTV News of his performance. “I’m beyond excited about it, and on top of that, it’s a New York record. It’s a record that pays homage to New York [and which was also performed at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards]. The timing of that couldn’t be better.”
Hov was also elated that his songs such as “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town” have been played during the different Yankee player’s at bats during home games.
“Jeter plays ‘Empire State’ every time he’s at bat. A-Rod does ‘Already Home’ and ‘Reminder,’ ” Jay continued. “[Robinson] Cano does ‘Run This Town.’ It’s like the Jay-Z compilation at the stadium. It’s beautiful, incredible, beyond explanation. Just the whole fact, being in Yankee Stadium, really interacting, knowing the players. I grew up a fan of he Yankees — Reggie Jackson, Mickey Rivers, Chris Chambliss, God bless [the late] Thurman Munson, all these guys. To be there and interact with all these guys [the current Yankee team], they’re throwing the Roc sign up — it’s fantastic.”