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Yankees at the top at the break

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Four facts about the team with the best record in baseball.

1. Plenty of critics were ready to give up

It’s been exactly seven weeks since the Yankees lost the game that dumped them to last place in the division. At that time, the team didn’t look so good. For a while their rotation was a disappointment. There was a long stretch when their bullpen was short-handed. It seemed like a month went by with daily questions about failure to produce with runners in scoring position. That whole time, the Yankees asked for patience.

“The beginning of the season, we struggled,” Andruw Jones said. “Everybody was saying that we’re old, we’re not getting the job done, but this is not a sprint. This is a marathon. We kept battling and kept playing – plug here, plug that (player) in – until we got in a groove. We’re on a really good groove right now. We’ll take this break, take the time off, and come back in the second half and get the job done.”

2. They’re playing very well right now

It wasn’t only this four-game series in Boston. The Yankees have been playing well for the better part of two months, going 31-12 ever since they hit that low point in the middle of May. Their defense is reliable, their lineup is powerful and their pitching staff is beginning to look like one of the very best in baseball. Taking three out of four in Boston only highlighted what’s been going on for several weeks now.

“We wanted to finish strong with four days off (this week),” Derek Jeter said. “We’ve been playing good. We’ve been playing good for it seems like quite a long time. There’s a lot more attention paid when we play Boston, but I think we’ve been playing good regardless of who the opposition has been. It definitely feels good. We had four games here (at Fenway Park) in three days, it feels like we never left the place, but it definitely feels good to win.”

3. They could be better

If you’re looking for perfection, you’ve come to the wrong sport. Of course the Yankees could be better. Every team in baseball could be better, but the Yankees have some specific gripes. They’ve lost key pieces to injury, and some of their big bats are playing a little too small. If things go to plan with some of their disabled list guys — particularly CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte — they Yankees could add real difference makers along the way in the second half. If those additions are coupled with a few improvements — particularly Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin — this team could really make some noise.

“We’ve been through a lot this first half,” Teixeira said. “(But) I don’t think any of us would say that we’ve played our best baseball. Hopefully there’s better baseball to be played. That being said, you’ve got to feel good about your position right now.”

4. The bottom line hasn’t changed

Pick it apart any way you want, the goal is always the same. The Yankees are supposed to win. They don’t have to win pretty. They don’t have to win with big names. They don’t have to beat the Red Sox and no one else. Being the best team in baseball at the All-Star break is great. It’s undeniable proof that this team has played well through the first half, but there’s another half to play, and the Yankees are going to have to do this all over again.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Joe Girardi said. “Because not only have we had injuries, we’ve had situations where things haven’t went our way. We struggled with some pitching early on, then we struggled with runners in scoring position, but the one thing that this group has found a way to do is win games. And I’m proud of them.”

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75 Responses to “Yankees at the top at the break”

  1. blake July 9th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “Not real sure anyone will want Gardner anymore”

    I think he still has value but the injuries definitely decrease it….depends on hownteams view it….would you rather have a guy who has proven he can play in the big leagues and is one of the better defenders in baseball but who is a bit fragile….or a prospect who has proven nothing? Probably depends on who is answering that question……

  2. blake July 9th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Doesnt Girardi have to be a manager of the year candidate so far?

  3. Villa Nova-Ya July 9th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    blake -

    It’s a fair point – depends on what teams are looking for. I guess that would be the Yankees’ rationale for keeping him. When he plays, he is a plus plus defender who gives the offense a little different look. And in all honesty, this particular injury seems a little freaky, no? He’d healed in a normal way every other time.

  4. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    What does Arizona need?. They are 4 games back in the west, 3 in the loss column, and I believe they are 3 out of a wild card. If they are still within striking distance and Upton is still struggling, Towers will need major league ready and tested players to make a run, players where they currently have holes.

    The holes-RF if they trade Upton
    3rd base-the rest of the infield is fine
    Pitching-Hudson out

  5. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Arizona needs a 3B….they need an outfielder if they trade Upton and Id think they just would need upside hitters. I dont know if the Yanks have a match or not…..

    Speaking of needs….Simmons might be out for awhile for thr Braves and they again need a SS.

  6. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Im hoping Gardner is backk 100% soon

  7. Cashmoney July 9th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I really don’t see Cash adding any marquee pieces this season but you never know.

  8. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The Mets are interested in Ramon Hernandez….shoukd the Yanks be too?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

  9. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    You would have to think that Gardner will not bring back much before the TD, that it would have to be after the season.

    List of valuable pieces that could be gone soon after the AS game:
    Victorino
    Quentin
    Dempster

    I believe the Phillies will try and unload more salary like Polanco, Blanton, Wiggington, and make a pitch again to extend Hamels, but I believe he’ll possibly be traded to the team that loses out on Greinke who is gone if the Brewers don’t pick up the pace.

  10. CountryClub July 9th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I know most fans don’t want to read this, but I just don’t see the Yanks having any real interest in Upton. I think they’ll do just enough so other teams think they’re interested in the hopes of driving up the price for whoever eventually gets him.

  11. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Trader,

    If Amaro wants to sign Hamels he should do it after trading him….I think Cole is so close to free agency now that hes going to test it unless Philly offers a Sabathia deal….and they arent doing that most likely

  12. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    “I know most fans don’t want to read this, but I just don’t see the Yanks having any real interest in Upton. I ”

    Probably not…..but they absolutely should…..if he was a pitcher we would have already heard 50 rumors connecting them to him.

  13. Cashmoney July 9th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    The Mets are interested in Ramon Hernandez….shoukd the Yanks be too?
    ————
    the yankees should be interested in any catchers who can provide better offense than martin or stewie and can be an adequate mlb backstop. but I think Joe adores Martin along with Cashman, so most likely that ain’t happening.

  14. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Stewart called a great game last night….

  15. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I’m not etting my house on it, but if Cole Hamels hits free agency, which he has stated he wants to test, the Dogers will be the frontrunners.

    If Towers has a shot at the playoffs, and wants major league proven players, the Yankees have what it would take to get Upton, but I would think it would weaken them this year

  16. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I believe the Phillies will try and unload more salary like Polanco, Blanton, Wiggington, and make a pitch again to extend Hamels, but I believe he’ll possibly be traded to the team that loses out on Greinke who is gone if the Brewers don’t pick up the pace.
    ____

    Why would Hamels want to stay in Philly if the other key players are all being shipped off.
    Hamels will be a Dodger after this season….

    As for Upton, I just cant see the Yankees messing with what is currently working, other than maybe at catcher…. That being said, they are winning with the crap they have there with Martin right now (though I would be inclined to play Stewart more often the way Martin has been playing this year)

  17. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “If Towers has a shot at the playoffs, and wants major league proven players, the Yankees have what it would take to get Upton, but I would think it would weaken them this year”

    if they trade him it’s because the FO wants him out of there…there really is no other reason. I don’t know if the Yanks have enough or not….depends on who else gets involved.

    I think the Dodgers would be the front runner for Hamels as well…..

  18. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I have Greinke to the Cards and Hamels to the Rangers in the next month.
    Then Hamels to the Dodgers and maybe Greinke stays in STL….

  19. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    “As for Upton, I just cant see the Yankees messing with what is currently working, other than maybe at catcher….”

    it’s more than about now though….what about next year when Swisher is gone….Jeter is 39, Arod is 38….Granderson and Tex are a year older….Jones might be gone….Ibanez will be gone etc…..Upton could be a cornerstone player for the next decade…..this is a unique opportunity and if they can get him and choose not to it’s a mistake IMO

  20. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    it’s more than about now though….what about next year when Swisher is gone….Jeter is 39, Arod is 38….Granderson and Tex are a year older….Jones might be gone….Ibanez will be gone etc…..Upton could be a cornerstone player for the next decade…..this is a unique opportunity and if they can get him and choose not to it’s a mistake IMO
    ___

    Unless they believe what they have to give up to get him will hurt their chances THIS year….

  21. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    The Yankees need offense going forward….they are hanging in there this year with the long ball but they have nothing coming in the minors until 2014 at the earliest and probably 2015 or 2016 before those guys are really contributing…..

  22. CountryClub July 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Upton could be a cornerstone player for the next decade

    —————–

    The problem is that he’s not a sure thing. He’s been up and down in Arizona. Teams worry about a bum shoulder. How will he react to playing in NY? I think the cost will be way too much for a player with that many questions.

  23. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    “Unless they believe what they have to give up to get him will hurt their chances THIS year…”.

    that’s a fair point…..hard to say without knowing what it would take.

  24. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Whatever they do, they CANNOT under an circumstances trade Ivan Nova anymore….
    Cost effective and he has basically become a #2 starter for us…..

  25. blake July 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    “The problem is that he’s not a sure thing. He’s been up and down in Arizona”

    so was Matt kemp for awhile

  26. randy l. July 9th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    “Probably not…..but they absolutely should…..if he was a pitcher we would have already heard 50 rumors connecting them to him.”

    blake-

    really good hitting is just simply not necessary. nothing like crisp 1-0 games to put those fans in the stands to create the cash flow to buy pennants.

    cashman is sly like a fox. he has more good pitchers on the disabled list than most teams have in their starting rotation. he stockpiles them. he’s ready to bing them out of the weeds at any time. joba, sabathia. pettitte,aardsma, pineda,rivera, etc.

    ready and waiting.

  27. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Again I am pretty convinced out starting RF in 2013 will be Torii Hunter and Chris Dickerson will be the 5th OF (Jones could be brought back as the 4th OF)….

    Hunter would be a one year stop gap until someone in our minors is ready to impact either in 2014 or 2015…..

    this is my guess since i am positive it wont be Swisher and most likely not Melky.

  28. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    “Unless they believe what they have to give up to get him will hurt their chances THIS year…”.
    ——————————-
    That’s a very good point, because the Yankees do have pieces that Towers might want to get into the playoffs, but as I said before, those pieces might weaken the Yankees this year.

  29. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    And truthfully i am still skeptical of signing Granderson to a large 3-4 year deal..
    I believe they are going to have to go ALL IN on Cano to the tune of 9/225 (more than Prince Fielder)…

  30. Triple Short of a Cycle July 9th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I’m really surprised that Cain is getting the nod over Dickey to start the all star game. We now know what will be dominating WFAN for today and tomorrow

  31. Villa Nova-Ya July 9th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Two points

    If Arizona sees themselves as still in the thick of it, I do not see why they would trade Upyon..

    I may be wrong, but I didn’t think trade deadline dels were about the future. I have always thought that they were about addressing needs to get you through a pennant race. The Yankees may need to look at some issues that hey will certainly have going forward, but they are not going to do it now, when prices are particularly heightened.

  32. Villa Nova-Ya July 9th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Dickey is not starting??

    Color me disappointed.

  33. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    If I am Cashman I put together a worthwhile offer like i mentioned and send it to Boras THIS OFFSEASON. I dont wait until he is a FA… If he doesnt want to take 25 M a year for 8-9 years, then at least Cashman can say he made a more than fair offer…

    this way they also know what they have to do next offseason to get payroll down.

  34. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    ac1-

    Hunter is currently making $18.5M. He’s not going to get that in FA but I doubt he’ll play for 5-6M for a year.

  35. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hunter is currently making $18.5M. He’s not going to get that in FA but I doubt he’ll play for 5-6M for a year.

    ____

    No but he would probably have to take a one year deal and that keeps the Yankees out of worrying how it affects 2014….

    Even so, who is going to give Hunter more than 10-12 million now?

  36. spidanyc July 9th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Swisher, Tyler Austin and Phelps for Upton.

    This makes sense for both teams. Who hangs up first?

  37. Villa Nova-Ya July 9th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I mean long- term needs. Obviously if hey have a need now they will address it now.

    No one saw the Cliff Leered stuff a couple of years ago. Everyone thought the Yankees were set with pitching. And there was always the chance that Lee was going to be a rental, though we hoped not. So I guess it is not entirely out of the question that the Yankees explore what it would take to get Cole Hamels. But I have to think that they would have to believe there was a chance to sign him in the off season. Rumors are pretty insistent that Hamels wants to go to the west coast.

  38. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Swisher, Tyler Austin and Phelps for Upton.

    __________________________________

    Arizona hangs up first….
    Maybe add Nunez and they would have a deal?

  39. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I dont see Yankees trading for a Hamels when they will have Pettitte returning in late august or September for the playoff run…..

    Could be wrong, but the Yankees starting pitching has been very good…

    Playoff of CC/Nova/Pettitte then either Kuroda/Garcia/Hughes/? depending on the match up…

  40. ac1 July 9th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I said Nunez knowing Drew is already in AZ but Nunez would move and play 3rd full time….
    again, just a thought though i dont want to trade 4 players for Upton or anyone.

  41. Triple Short of a Cycle July 9th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Could be wrong, but the Yankees starting pitching has been very good…

    Playoff of CC/Nova/Pettitte then either Kuroda/Garcia/Hughes/? depending on the match up…

    —————————————————–

    The hitting is what I worry about in the playoffs

  42. CountryClub July 9th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    so was Matt kemp for awhile

    —————

    Yup, but it doesnt change my point. You dont trade the kind of players that it will take to get Upton unless your confident he’s an All Star. And there’s no way they Yanks can be confident about that. It’s not like he’s cheap. He WOULD be cheap if he becomes the player people think he can become. But if he doesnt….

  43. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Swisher, Tyler Austin and Phelps for Upton.
    ———————————–
    Those are pieces that could help push Arizona into the playoffs and provide them with a corner OF’er 2 years down the road, however I believe the Yankees would be weaker, but still make the playoffs, so If I were Cashman I’d try and substitute another pitcher/pitchers for Phelps, and allow Towers 48 hours to extend Swisher, while the Yankees do a thorough phyical/MRI on Upton. :)

  44. CountryClub July 9th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Ariz would have no interest in Swisher. They wont trade a player with 3 yrs of team control for a guy that’s going to be a FA and that will command a deal that will be larger than the guy they’re trading. Austin and Phelps could be in the deal, but they’d be the 3rd and 4th players. Add Nova and Williams or Sanchez and you’d probably have a deal.

  45. Triple Short of a Cycle July 9th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Was that a joke post? That would be the biggest ripoff deal ever for the Yanks.

    The Yanks would be weaker giving up Swisher and getting Upton??? Crazy talk

  46. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    “Swisher, Tyler Austin and Phelps for Upton.

    This makes sense for both teams. Who hangs up first?”

    Towers

  47. Cashmoney July 9th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I like Nunez, I think if he gets some consistent time at SS he will be an above average one.

  48. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    “Yup, but it doesnt change my point. You dont trade the kind of players that it will take to get Upton unless your confident he’s an All Star.”

    assuming he’s healthy….and that is a concern….then I’m sure enough to gamble it. I wouldn’t trade Nova but pretty much anybody in the minors would be fair game for him for me as those guys are more of a gamble that a talent like Upton is.

  49. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Garnder, Banuelos, Betances, and Austin is probably a more realistic package for Upton….and that might not be enough.

  50. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Triple-

    I agree, the Yankees would be weaker this year, however, I think the Yankees will and should be interested in Upton, especially if he is physically fine, beause he has a cost controlled contract and is a 24 yo talent, having an off year.

    I’m sure Cashman and Towers will be talking. So no it wasn’t a joke, just that if the Yankees wanted Upton, they do have major league ready players to get a deal done.

  51. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    If you want a sure thing super star then be prepared to spend 200 million dollars on it…..if the Yanks aren’t willing to do that anymore then they need to find other ways to acquire that type of talent….they need a cost controlled outfielder…..Upton is one with super star potential….as I said it’s a unique opportunity and one I would push strongly for if I’m Cashman…..players with Upton’s ability are rarely available at his age.

  52. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    “just that if the Yankees wanted Upton, they do have major league ready players to get a deal done.”

    I’m not sure that’s true

  53. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Gardner, Banuelos, Betances, and Austin is probably a more realistic package for Upton….and that might not be enough.
    ———————————————–
    Only if the Diamonbacks who are currently 3 back in the loss column are out of it by the TD.

  54. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I think if the Dbacks move Upton is more than about winning this year…..it sounds like an ownership pushed thing to me…..Towers is a big picture guy….if he thinks a deal makes them better long term he’ll pull the trigger regardless of where they are in the standings IMO.

  55. blake July 9th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Rosenthal On Upton, Rangers, Twins, Tigers
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 9 at 9:02am CST]
    The Diamondbacks are willing to trade Justin Upton even if they’re in contention, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Arizona GM Kevin Towers won’t make a deal unless he’s “dazzled”, Rosenthal reports. Here are Rosenthal’s latest rumors, starting with Upton:

    The Diamondbacks could pursue Major Leaguers instead of prospects for Upton if they remain in contention for a postseason berth. Upton raises some questions with his effort level and body language, according to Rosenthal, but the outfielder appears to have drawn “huge” interest from teams such as the Pirates nonetheless.
    The Rangers prefer Cole Hamels to Zack Greinke, though they continue scouting Greinke.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

  56. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Blake-

    Thanks for the link on Upton. Now I know that management has instructed Towers to trade him. Towers and Cashman will be talking this week.

  57. ericns1 July 9th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Great job Chad, rest up and enjoy the break!

  58. Yankee Trader July 9th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Have a great day everyone and Chad, thanks for all you do to make this the best Yankee blog site.

    Get some rest and enjoy some family time.

  59. Doc Iac July 9th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    the chances of gettin upton is slime, however if they do get him, what will the outfeild look like, assuming we still have swisher and granderson?

  60. DONNYBROOK July 9th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    - YANKEE BULLPEN REPORT AT THE ALL-STAR BREAK -

    (1) BOONE LOGAN – Appeared in 43 of 85 games

    (2) CLAY RAPADA – Appeared in 41 of 85 games.

    (3) RAFAEL SORIANO – Appeared in 36 of 85 games.

  61. Sock Puppet July 9th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    These guys are playing very well right now. Good job crushing the Sux !

  62. ctyankeefan. July 9th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    If the Phillies are really trading away, does anyone think they would deal Pence? And if they would should be we interested? I feel like I see him on all kinds of highlights this year.

  63. CountryClub July 9th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Rapada appearing in so many games is no big deal. He’s thrown less than 25 innings.

  64. blake July 9th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    “If the Phillies are really trading away, does anyone think they would deal Pence? And if they would should be we interested? I feel like I see him on all kinds of highlights this year.”

    Im sure they would but theyd want a lot because hes pretty much their only hitter thats healthy, relatively young, and doesnt suck.

  65. CountryClub July 9th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Logan is the one I’d worry about if you wanted to worry about a reliever. He’s already thrown 31 innings this yr. He didnt throw 42 in either of the past 2 years.

  66. blake July 9th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Two guys that they Yanks could have had in the draft….Mike Trout and Nick Castellanos…..Trout if the Angels hadnt picked him right before and Castellanos if they hadnt chosen Culver instead……think if they had those two…..no wait dont….

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 9th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    “The beginning of the season, we struggled,” Andruw Jones said. “Everybody was saying that we’re old, we’re not getting the job done, but this is not a sprint. This is a marathon. ”

    1. Truly makes me wonder if they read lohud. Or maybe the same stuff is said on the FAN.

    2. It is silly to make negative judgments at the beginning of the season or when a team is in the middle of a slump. All you have to do is look at where the Yanks are at to know whether you were a (typical?) precipitous fan or one who understands the difference between a sprint and a marathon!

    ****************

    “I’m proud of these guys,” Joe Girardi said. “Because not only have we had injuries, we’ve had situations where things haven’t went our way. We struggled with some pitching early on, then we struggled with runners in scoring position, but the one thing that this group has found a way to do is win games. And I’m proud of them.”

    Amen, Joe. Amen. (Someone needs to tell Joe that it’s “…where things haven’t gone our way.

    ;)

    Can’t wait to just enjoy te HR Derby and the AS events.

    Great day all!

  68. austinmac July 9th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I don’t see Victorino as a player I would give up much for. He has not played well this year.

    Upton would be a great addition.Sure, he could fail. Name me a player who the Yankees could acquire that might not. All trades have risks just as not making trades has risks.

    The Rangers are going to upgrade by adding Greinke or Hamels, probably Hamels. That would make them the clear favorites if they are not already having been to the last two Series.

  69. austinmac July 9th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Aardsma sees the orthopedist today. That visit could impact whether the team tries to add a reliever. Right now the pen is short. A healthy Aardsma and Joba would, of course, change that. Fortunately, they shold know beofre the deadline if these guys are likely to be able to help.

    Meanwhile, Blake and I are continuing our advice to Cashman to get Upton. He listened so well on Cespedes and Soler.

    Personally, while the team needs the break, I don’t like four days without any real games.

  70. blake July 9th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    “Meanwhile, Blake and I are continuing our advice to Cashman to get Upton. He listened so well on Cespedes and Soler.”

    He never listens to me ;)

  71. randy l. July 9th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    blake’s dental patient:

    “excuse me, when can i see the dentist? i’ve been sitting here for two hours.”.

    receptionist: “he’ll be with you as soon as he finishes his latest blog post. he’s trying to get upton. you’ll have to be patient. just suck on those ice cubes. a broken tooth isn’t that bad. man up, lady”.

  72. Sock Puppet July 9th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Nix is a perfect fit on these Yankees, plays all his positions well and is pretty good with the bat too. Made many here forget all about Nunez and all his errors. :lol:

  73. blake July 9th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    blake’s dental patient:

    “excuse me, when can i see the dentist? i’ve been sitting here for two hours.”.

    receptionist: “he’ll be with you as soon as he finishes his latest blog post. he’s trying to get upton. you’ll have to be patient. just suck on those ice cubes. a broken tooth isn’t that bad. man up, lady”.

    Priorities :)

  74. 86w183 July 9th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I’d be stunned if Arizona moved Upton when they are so close to the top of the division. If anything happens it’s more likely to be in the off-season.

    Torii Hunter isn’t a very good full-time player any more and will not command $ 10 M plus age age 37 (which he turns next week). If he/Dickerson replaced Swisher that might be adequate, but not for $ 10 M.

    I only see the Yanks doing something significant if Gardner gets shut down and they have to find an every day LF. Otherwise the key second half additions will be Gardner, CC, Joba and Andy Pettite…..

    And those are pretty damn good additions for free.

  75. yankeepankee July 9th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Hi folks:

    I can’t stand Mike Lupica.
    He’s best buddies with Fred and Jeff Wilpon and a Boston College grad, main reasons he’s been trashing the Yankees for the last 20 years.
    But we have a chance to get back at him with immediate gratification.
    He has a radio show on ESPN (1050 am and 98.7 FM) every weekday from noon to 1 p.m. EST.
    And of course, he continues to bash the Yankees – always mentioning payroll, killing A-Rod, saying the Mets are the best New York team etc..blah. blah.
    Let’s all call him at 1-800-919-ESPN (3776) as much as possible and get on his Yankee-hating!
    He’s been flustered by some angry Yank fan calls. We can get him good! Let’s do it!

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