A lot of things going on this Fourth of July.
There will be the usual grilled hamburgers and flashing fireworks. For the Yankees, there will be the final home game before the all-star break. For most of the Yankees beat writers, including this one, there will be flights across the country for the upcoming West Coast trip. But that’s not all.
The all-star rosters will be announced at noon. In my opinion the most likely Yankees to make the team are, in order: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. I could see Swisher and Gardner becoming victims of an overly crowded outfield.
“I think it would be such an honor, man,” Swisher said. “This offseason was a huge growing up period for me. With all of the things that are going on in my life outside of baseball, that would be just a great honor. My dad’s got one. I’ve yet to get one, but I feel like I’m coming into my own. It would just be an honor to represent the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family and the rest of the city.”
The Boss turns 80
This is George Steinbrenner’s 80th birthday. To celebrate, the Yankees will display all seven World Series trophies – 1977, ’78, ‘96, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09 – the organization has won under Steinbrenner’s ownership since 1973. All fans at Sunday’s game will be able to view the trophies, which will be located on the 200 level concourse, just outside the Yankees Museum, near the right-field corner of the Stadium.
Strike out ALS
The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter will partner with the Yankees to officially launch a Text Campaign to help Strike out ALS at Yankee Stadium. Fans attending the game, watching on TV and listening on the radio will be encouraged to text: ALS to 50555 to make a one-time donation of $5 from their mobile phones. The initiative is intended to honor Lou Gehrig on the anniversary of his “Luckiest Man on Earth” speech.