Just a quick announcement that tomorrow I’ll be hosting a chat at noon. Seems like a good thing to do on the final day of the all-star break. My hope is to spend this afternoon and most of Wednesday taking a position-by-position look at the Yankees as they head into the second half of the season. For now, a few quick links.
• Out in Arizona, my friend Mark Feinsand has the story of Robinson Cano’s big night in the Home Run Derby. “It doesn’t matter how much money you make or how long you play, that’s the kind of memory you can always share with your family,” Cano said. “When you retire, you can look over and say, ‘Wow, I was good back in the day.'”
• One of the more bizarre Yankees stories developing out in Arizona is the idea that Derek Jeter has somehow let down Major League Baseball by not attending the all-star game. If he weren’t coming off an injury, it would be a different situation, but if he doesn’t think he should play in the game, I can’t get too worked up about Jeter not attending.
• Speaking of Yankees center fielders, Josh Norris reports that Slade Heathcott could be heading for season-ending shoulder surgery.
• Turns out, the fan who caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit might have to pay considerable taxes on the gifts he received from the Yankees.
Associated Press photo of Cano, and I’m guessing that one didn’t get out of the yard