Ernie Palladino

A-Rod (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images), Tom Brady fan (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images), Adrian Peterson (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Palladino: This Villain-To-Hero Stuff Is All Hogwash

Fans are easy. They forget. Or, more exactly, they don’t want to remember. Great stats and championships are the greatest causes of moral amnesia.


Jets fans during the forgettable 2012 season (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets’ Place On NFL ‘Pain Rankings’ No Surprise

At this point, simply avoiding another chapter in the Jets’ sad litany will suffice for both head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan.


Joe Girardi (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Stephen Drew (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) and Terry Collins (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Collins Would Kill To Have Girardi’s Stephen Drew Problem

The Yankees can afford to keep starting Stephen Drew at second base because they have other people to get the job done.


Mets GM Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets Deadline Trade May Not Be Worth The Effort

What is the price of a blockbuster trade that will cure the anemia that is the Mets’ lineup? Better yet, should they even bother to try?


Mark Teixeira

Palladino: Reborn Mark Teixeira Is The Key To Yanks’ Offense In Second Half

If Joe Girardi expects his team to win this thing, Mark Teixeira needs to keep doing what he’s doing.


Rob Refsnyder (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images), Michael Conforto (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yanks And Mets Must Temper Expectations For Refsnyder, Conforto

Minor league call-ups always make for great stories, but they don’t always make for great runs to the postseason.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis celebrates his third-inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Lucas Duda at Citi Field on July 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Palladino: Unlikely Power Show Could Spark Mets To Strong 2nd Half

Considering the Mets’ bats just received a fresh breath from two unlikely sources, things might be looking up for Terry Collins’ beleaguered lineup.


Jason Pierre-Paul

Palladino: Forget Football — Pity JPP Because His Life May Never Be The Same

For now, just hope he can leave the hospital in the healthiest shape possible because, when it comes down to it, we’re dealing with a human being.


Jason Pierre-Paul

Palladino: JPP’s Stupid Decision Was Selfish, And It Could End Up Haunting Giants

It’s a mess, and the Giants have no idea when, or even if, it will get straightened out. All from one bad, stupid decision. They never thought their star defensive end would create these kind of fireworks.


Jose Pirela, John Ryan Murphy, Didi Gregorius

Palladino: Winning First Halves A Good Start For Yankees, Mets

The Yanks and Mets both survived the first half of the season, one comfortably and one barely. It’s what the second half holds that hints that the only October baseball will occur in The Bronx.


Geno Smith (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Palladino: No More Excuses For Geno Smith

The supporting cast is in place. Soon it will be time for Geno Smith to put on the big-boy pants and lead the Jets — or else.


Jon Niese (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Palladino: Subtracting Niese Could Help Mets’ Playoff Hopes

The advice here: Get the best deal possible and take it.


Chris Young scores under the tag of Jason Castro of the Houston Astros in the eighth inning of their game at Minute Maid Park on June 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Palladino: Chris Young Doing For Yanks What He Couldn’t For Mets

Where he actually cost the Mets money, the veteran has been nothing short of a Filene’s Basement steal for the Yanks.


Lucas Duda walks to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 25, 2015. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets’ Win Didn’t Heal What Ails Them

The Mets aren’t dead yet, but that’s only because it’s too early in the season to make that sort of proclamation.


Ivan Nova

Palladino: Returning Ivan Nova Must Help Heal Yankees’ Pitching Woes

If nothing else, he’s a different face. After what the familiar faces have done lately, Nova really couldn’t do any worse.