And now begins the really tough stretch. Starting Friday the Yankees play 14 of their next 17 games against the Orioles and Red Sox.
Derek Jeter comes back on Monday night. Yes, again. Jeter represents the last bit of hope for the Yankees, hope that he might be the final piece of the puzzle for a team that’s clawed back into the playoff race.
Only in the world of A-Rod can so many jaw-dropping stories keep coming at you like baseballs being fired from a pitching machine. Bigger stories every day? A-Rod was right for a change. What the heck is happening tomorrow?
How did we end up here? How did we get to the point where a minor league game in August could be the last chance to see one of the greatest players in baseball history?
“Suspensions and testing and the whole drug program that they’ve got is obviously a failure,” Fay Vincent said. “It’s not working, and something has to be done to keep these guys from doing what they’re doing.”
Wetteland, who retired in 2000 after four seasons with the Rangers, spoke to the media after getting to chat with Rivera on Thursday during an on-field ceremony. He offered his unique perspective on Rivera’s career.
For being such a great player, Brett had — prior to the Pine Tar Incident — gained his greatest national attention for an ill-timed case of hemorrhoids during the 1980 World Series.
The lack of power on this team is staggering. A three-game series at Fenway Park without a single home run? That hasn’t happened to the Bombers since 1995.
It isn’t easy to bounce back from strains, even when only Grade 1. And when you are nearing 40 instead of 20, it is generally just a little bit more difficult.
Next week, the Yankees begin HOPE Week. Meanwhile, on the field, the Yankees will begin another type of Hope Week.
This is not how the Yankees were supposed to go to battle, using 41 players in the first 77 games.
So why were A-Rod’s rehab tweets a bigger deal than those of Mark Teixeira or Curtis Granderson? Listen to all the audio from a strange day in Yankee-land.
The passing of Dave saddened me deeply. We lost a fine all-time Giant and a wonderful broadcaster. I lost a former co-worker and a man I was honored to call a friend.
Don Mattingly’s return to Yankee Stadium as manager of the Dodgers is unprecedented. Never has a player as iconic as Mattingly returned to New York in a visiting uniform.
Positive news for the Yankees — an MRI only revealed inflammation in Mark Teixeira’s right wrist.