Call the Fantastic Four!Â Call the Ghostbusters!Â Hell, somebody at least get in touch with those meddlesome kids who travel around in a van with their dog.Â (Just tell them to leave Scrappy Doo at home.) Ghosts are haunting Yankee Stadium! The Curse of the Bambinoâ€”Babe Ruthâ€™s posthumous revenge for Harry Frazeeâ€™s decision to sell [...]
The first rule in making baseball predictions is to expect the unexpected. Don’t go with last year’s winners, popular favorites, or big-money ballclubs. Unless they deserve it, of course. Now that we’ve gotten past the obvious rules, there are the string of unknowns that can pop up anywhere during the course of a 162-game schedule, [...]
Ever sinceÂ Javier Vazquez made a name for himself in 2004, after giving up a grand slam to Johnny Damon in the American League Championship series, Yankee fans have dreaded the sight of the right-hander on the mound. When the Yankees traded for Vazquez in the 2009 offseason, mixed feelings were going around. He was coming [...]
Two seasons ago, the Yankees missed the playoffs for the firstâ€“â€“and lastâ€“â€“time this decade. They went into the off-season with a sense of urgencyâ€“â€“a sense that holds none of the connoted nerves for Yankees fans, considering they always have the financial power to get the job done. And they did. The Yankees signed three of [...]
With the postseason set to begin on Wednesday, the YankeesÂ announced their roster for the American League Division series against the Twins. As expected, AJ Burnett is on the rosterâ€“â€“although he is not in the starting rotationâ€“â€“while Ivan Nova and Javier Vazquez has been left out. Now, it would seem to be a ridiculous decision to [...]
Since 1920, 391 Yankees pitchers have had a seasonal ERA of at least 5.30. Of all those pitchers, no pitcher has been allowed to pitch as many innings as A.J. Burnett. Why? Because Burnett is on a five-year deal, and he is making $16.5 million this season. Essentially, he is here to stay and the [...]
In our culture, villains are meticulous and cunning. Heroes jump off buildings and yell â€œyippee-kay-yay, mother-@#$%er!â€
Heâ€™s not trying to get outs and win baseball games. Heâ€™s trying to avoid being on the back page of the Daily News, his hat pulled down over his eyes, his head tilted downward, walking off the mound as manager Joe Girardi waits to hand the ball to reliever Sergio Mitre.