A New York sports fan in Kansas

Eating, breathing, drinking all that is the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Boston Bruins. I am from Massachusetts I should like one local team.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Forget publication predictions. Giants will win the East

It has come to my attention lately as I have looked through the various football yearbooks this summer that the pundits are not very bright. The Giants, who just happened to have finished first last year, have done nothing but improve themselves. In spite of bringing in Moss through the draft in addition to the free agent signings of Lavar Arrington plus R.W. McQuarters, Will Demps, and Sam Madison pundits still have them predicted from second place to last place. I don't understand how the Eagles with their top receiver Reggie Brown, Cowboys with TO but Drew Bledsoe still throwing to him, and the Redskins with Mark Brunell at the helm have made themselves so significantly better to unseat the Giants atop the division. It will be the Giants again this year. Bank on it.

Wilson Added, Red Sox stay put

The addition of Craig Wilson means even more depth and balance to the Pinstripers. He is a nice right-handed addition with power for days when either you rest Jason or can start at DH. He is batting .307 against left-handed pitchers and has double-digit home runs for the 5th time in his 6 big league seasons. The sweetest part is that all we had to give up to get him was Shawn Chacon who quite frankly should have been released by now. On another positive note while the Bombers added some real talent and filled needs the Red Sox decided to stand pat. Now to just hope the White Sox or Twins can win the wild card instead of the Red Sox.

Abreu, Lidle, two needs, one trade

The Yankees were able to fill two needs with one trade and did not have to give up Phillip Hughes to do it. Here a couple of encouraging stats to point to for both players. Lidle has a 3.74 ERA in July and has won four of his last five starts. I don't think that pitching against lefties with the short porch in right will be as big of an issue as some might think. Pitching outside of a big hitter's park in Citizen's park he only gave up 5 home runs in 47 IP's which isn't too shabby. Abreu was hitting at .277 at the time of the trade but he was hitting .288 on the road compared to .267 at home. He should be aided by the short porch in right as well as being able to utilize his speed in the gaps at the stadiu. Also, plan on Abreu being the end of Gary Sheffield's time with the Yankees after this season. This move certainly can't hurt and will provide some real depth when Matsui comes back, perhaps as early as August. Melky would be a nice luxury to have as a fourth outfielder behind Matsui, Damon, and Abreu.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

You grew up in Massachusetts and you are a Yankees fan?

My Dad always said that when he grew up you were either a Dimaggio or a Williams fan. He happened to be a Dimaggio fan so he grew a Yankees fan and taught me well growing up. I am old enough to remember the old glory days of the late 70's Yankees and the tough times, yes those who like to whine about the Yankees, there were the tough times of the Stump Merill era in the late 80's and early 90's. My greatest Yankee moment was being at the playoff game of '78 to see Bucky Dent's Home Run.