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Yankees: Super Bowl is over…. do you know what that means?

First off, my apologies my lack of writing but I have been sick with the flu the last few days and am still not close to 100%.

Seattle

Seattle (Photo credits: www.roadtrafficsigns.com)

My weekend’s goal was to muster up enough energy to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, which turned out to be as exciting as watching paint dry.

The Seahawks played a great game, but Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos undeniably aided Seattle’s victory by making every mistake possible from the get-go.

The highlight of my Super Bowl Sunday was getting to watch Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as they put my first reservations to shame.

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Yankees: Do you know this isn’t your 2009 Bronx Bombers?

“It’s about winning the summer. It’s not about winning the winter. That’s what we’re going to try to do again.”

Yankee Stadium - 4/13/11

Yankee Stadium – 4/13/11 (Photo credit: jvdalton)

Those are the words that Boston Red Sox Johnny Gomes told the Boston Globe when asked what he thought of the New York Yankees off-season spending spree.

And the reigning champ could not have said it any better, as the Yankees big winter makes them the team with something to prove heading into 2014.

What is truly baffling is how a $500 million winter spending spree could leave any team with uncertainties but that is the state of the 2014 Yankees.

And anyone blind to the questions looming is suffering from déjà vu circa 2009.

What separates 2009 from today is that was money better spent, and that championship season the team was not banking on veterans coming off injuries to stay healthy or bust. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Do you know this isn’t your 2009 Bronx Bombers?’ »

Yankees are starting the season with a risky infield

As of today, the New York Yankees starting infield on Opening Day will showcase Mark Teixeira (1B), Brian Roberts (2B),

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Derek Jeter (SS) and Kelly Johnson (3B).

This fragile foursome played a total of 227 last season combined. Johnson is accountable for 117 of those games, while Jeter, Tex and Roberts missed time due to injuries.

All you have to do is check out the latest sportsbook odds for MLB to see where the Bronx Bombers currently rank, and it is not at the top of the AL East even after signing Masahiro Tanaka. My guess is this is due to the shaky infield.

Truthfully, no one in their right mind could predict the Yankees as the division favorites with such a dubious infield being compared to the Word Series Champion Red Sox.

You might disagree with me, but at least read my notes explaining why this is hodge-podge infield. Continue reading ‘Yankees are starting the season with a risky infield’ »

Yankees: You must read this letter to Alex Rodriguez

While I was casually surfing the web yesterday, looking for new additions for my Nike Dunk Sky Hi collection, I randomly

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks w...

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks with former Yankee great Reggie jackson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

came across something on the Classic Kicks website.

It was the reaction of a New York Yankees fan named Bernie LeRoy about what has gone on with Alex Rodriguez titled, A Fan’s Notes (With Apologies To Fred Exley).

In this note, Mr. LeRoy vents his disappointments about A-Rod and he really struck a cord in me.

As a long time believer of trying to see the good in everybody, including A-Rod this note made me think hard about this man I have defended.

With A-Rod suspended for the entire 2014 season, I have plenty of time to ponder this some more. Continue reading ‘Yankees: You must read this letter to Alex Rodriguez’ »

Yankees: The Michael Pineda project part two

As New York Yankees fans relish about the Masahiro Tanaka signing, I started thinking about the return of another

Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

pitcher, Michael Pineda.

Maybe you had forgotten that Pineda was the main piece the Yankees got in return from the Seattle Mariners for Jesus Montero back in 2012.

Or maybe you don’t remember seeing Pineda pitch in the Yankees pinstripes, and that is because he hasn’t yet.

But as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow founder and I remember drooling over Pineda during his 2011 rookie campaign with the Mariners.

Following that dazzling rookie season, ESPN’s Keith Law ranked Pineda the fifth best pitcher under the age of 25 in MLB. And here is why: Continue reading ‘Yankees: The Michael Pineda project part two’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Tweeting Tanaka

The New York Yankees got their man yesterday when they inked Masahiro Tanaka to a 7-year, $155 million deal.

Tweeting Tanaka.

Tweeting Tanaka.

Fielding a postseason contending team is what Yankees fans are accustomed to having, and the fact that Hal Steinbrenner blew past his budget to get Tanaka has New Yorkers excited for baseball again.

The whom, what and where regarding Tanaka’s free agency stayed top-secret until FOX SPORTS Ken Rosenthal broke the news that he was coming to the Bronx.

Total privacy like that is unheralded, which I found very comforting and respectful.

But as an admitted twaddict, I could not help but share my 14 favorite #Tanaka tweets after it was confirmed he would be donning the pinstripes. And let me tell you my twitter page froze about 10 times because Tanaka was trending.

Just to prove how much Tanaka’s popularity is soaring in NYC… it was reported that the January 22nd edition of Yankees Hot Stove on YES was the most watched of this off-season according to Nielsen data.

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