July 20, 2014

LAST CALL! Spend Game Day with Derek Jeter

You have until midnight to enter for a chance to have one of your dreams come true.

All you have to do is support Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation with at least a $10 donation, and there's a chance you'll be selected to spend a day with Jeter on game day. The full deets are below, and then try watching the video below and not donating.

It's impossible. #RE2PECT 
The Turn 2 Foundation wants to invite you and three of your friends to come to New York City and go to a private pre-game lunch for four with Derek Jeter at one of his favorite Manhattan restaurants. You will then travel from lunch to Yankee Stadium with Derek and get a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the Stadium courtesy of the New York Yankees.

State of the Yankees: Midseason Review

The Yankees just finished off a sweep of the Reds to start the second half and sit three games out of first with a 50-47 record. Despite how poorly they've played, the AL East is still, somehow, wide open for the taking.

Last time I checked in, Yangervis Solarte was leading the team in just about all offensive categories and CC Sabathia had just hit the DL for his knee, which, at the time, I thought was a cover for his poor performance. Today, Solarte is back on the active roster after a massive cold streak sent him down to the minors, and we just found out CC is getting season-ending knee surgery.

Injury Bug
While CC's injury is certainly a concern for his career, it doesn't compare to the impact Masahiro Tanaka's elbow surgery will have on the Yankees season outlook. Tanaka was an AL Cy Young candidate, and now he's likely out for the year. Now, the only member of the Opening Day rotation who hasn't spent time on the DL this season is Hiroki Kuroda.

July 19, 2014

The Once and Future Yankees

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post.

The Yankees’ nearly two decades of baseball dominance and their run of nine straight division titles (1998-2006) was all about top notch home grown talent. Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and The Captain, Derek Jeter, all came up through the Yankees farm system. Flashy free agent signings over the same period of time, like Jason Giambi, Mike Mussina, CC Sabathia, and Alex Rodriguez got huge headlines, and were no doubt huge contributors–and still are in the case of Sabathia and A-Rod – but if not for the core group of Yankees prospects turned Yankees stars, the World Series titles wouldn’t have come.

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