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Ernie Palladino

Victor Cruz (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Palladino: Victor Cruz At RB? Giants Shouldn’t Even Consider It

You have to admire Cruz for his willingness to subject himself to the rigors of backfield work, even if it’s just for the sake of gimmickry. But there’s no way the kid should play even a snap at running back.


Francisco Cervelli of the New York Yankees jokes with teammate CC Sabathia before the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 1, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Scott Iskowitz/ Getty Images)

Palladino: Fear Not, Yankees Fans — Slimmer Sabathia Will Be OK

The Bombers have some legitimate issues. But at least CC might have eliminated one of them through controlled weight loss. Whether the velocity increases, that’s another story.


Sandy Alderson (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Palladino: 90 Wins Wouldn’t Just Be Amazin’ For Mets — It’d Be A Miracle

The way the Mets are positioned right now, a 90-win season would not only give cause for a century-long extension for Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins, but the erection of a healing shrine.


Ike Davis (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

Palladino: After Latest Controversy, It’s Time For Mets To Cut Ties With Ike

Otherwise, the Mets will be stuck with a guy who can’t hit, doesn’t like talking to his superiors about injuries and squawks when his hiding of them hits the newspapers and websites.


An NFL official reaches for a penalty flag during a preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 17, 2013. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Palladino: Penalizing Racial Slurs A Good Step For NFL

Emphasizing respect never hurt the quality of any sport. The players will be fine. Their dictionaries have plenty of other words to choose from.


Noah Syndergaard (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets Holding Back Syndergaard Makes Cents, But Little Sense

Dollars and cents always seem to take priority over wins and losses, and there is where a lot of the Mets’ problems lie. If Noah Syndergaard proves that good, it might be worth sacrificing the extra cash to get him started in the big leagues.


Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets Only Wish They Had Yankees’ Problems

While some Yankees fans engaged themselves in some minor hand-wringing over Masahiro Tanaka’s middle-distance running capabilities, just as many Mets fans wondered why on earth Ike Davis is still on the roster.


Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates after Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics on October 15, 2001 at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 5-3. (Photo By: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Palladino: Legendary Derek Jeter Defined Himself In 2001

It’s not time to say farewell yet. But when he comes off the field after that last out, no matter what part of the season it occurs, we can smile. We saw the best.


Michael Sam #52, then of the Missouri Tigers, celebrates with fans after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Palladino: It’s Not Complicated — Michael Sam Will Fit In If He’s Good

If Sam turns into a run-stopping, pass-rushing demon, his teammates will look upon him with the same reverence as any star. If he proves incapable or, heaven forbid, fainthearted, he won’t have a chance.


Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Palladino: A-Rod Must Come Clean During Suspension

If the Yankees third baseman cares at all about returning to the game with any ounce of personal integrity in 2015, a full confession is his only exit strategy.


Ralph Kiner (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Palladino: Kiner Took Another Part Of The Soundtrack With Him

If you were a Mets fan growing up in the 1960s and 70s, let alone the 80s, 90s and into this century, you listened to the always informative, always amusing words of one Ralph Kiner.


Derek Jeter (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Palladino: Derek Jeter Unburdening Himself Of All Things 2013

We know this. The girlfriend is gone. The spikes are tied on tight. He has taken the first step of a long journey into 2014, and has left the scarred remnants of last season behind.


Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning walks off the field after losing to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images). Brother Eli Manning shown looking dejected during game on television (Photo by Chris Colton, CBS New York).

Palladino: Dominant Seahawks ‘D’ Wrecks Both Mannings

As Eli Manning looked on at his brother’s struggles in Super Bowl XLVIII, he must have said, “Welcome to my world, Peyton.” Or, as Yogi Berra might have said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”


Justin Tuck (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Justin Tuck May Find Free Agency To His Liking

Just because we’ve moved a couple of days closer to Sunday’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a bit of Giants news hanging over Super Bowl week.


Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Palladino: The Seahawks Don’t Like NYC? FUHGEDDABOUDIT!

You’d think these guys had something better to do — like maybe play a Super Bowl — than come to Prudential Center for Tuesday’s Media Day crush job and complain about good old New York City.