Archive for July 4th, 2008

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Call Ups Provide Yanks Relief

Yankees Rumors & News

With the season dragging on and the injuries piling up the Yankees recalled two anticipated prospects last week in Brett Gardner and David Robertson.

Their impact should be felt immediately as Gardner will be able to spell the struggling Melky Cabrera in center field and keep the hobbled Johnny Damon fresh in left. Robertson’s impact will be more of keeping the bullpen arms fresh.

Neither player should expect to see regular playing time, but that might not last long. Gardner’s arrival seems to have excited Yankee manager Joe Girardi because it gives him a real speed threat in the lineup. Gardner can also give the Yankees the advantage of the sacrifice hit more often than Cabrera could.

“He’s a guy that can make things happen at the top of the order,” Girardi said. “We’re going to play him,” Girardi said. “Being able to rotate the DH a little bit, we can do a lot of different things. He’s going to get …

Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

Forget the fact that LeBron James said he always plays well at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of basketball arenas. And ignore the remark about Brooklyn being his favorite borough. You can even throw out LeBron’s friendship with Jay-Z, part-owner of the Nets.
Yes, LeBron would love to play in a big market come 2010 – he is expected to opt out of his $17 million player option for the 2010-11 season – but his decision is going to come down to two things. The first will be which team can give him a max contract. The second, and most important item, is which team will give him the best chance of winning multiple NBA championships. Yeah, Bron-Bron loves the spotlight, but he’s also driven to win, as was evident in the Cavs’ last two playoff runs.
Both the Knicks and soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets are working to create the cap …

Splitsville: Mets-Cardinals Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets started the second half of their season with a huge road trip, beginning with four games in St. Louis. After splitting four games with the Yankees, the Mets were looking to get some kind of positive momentum going for the first time this season. They took on the surprising, hustling Cards. They’re a mini Gashouse Gang, but instead of Dizzy, Daffy, Frankie, Leo, Rip, Ducky and Pepper, they have Skip, Braden, Todd, Troy, Kyle, Joel and Brendan. Ok, they sound more like members of the Greenwich Yacht Club than the Gashouse Gang.
Monday, Cardinals 7-1: Sleepy in St. Louis
Take bad pitching, bad fielding and no hitting, mix it up, and what do you get? Another tired, lifeless loss. The Mets keep coming up with these types of sleepy, sloppy losses where they’re out of the game early and never …

If Need Be, Jose Will Fight the Media

Mets Rumors & News

Cross Keith Hernandez off Jose Reyes’ Christmas card list.  The Mets shortstop and SNY Broadcaster almost got into blows on the team’s charter flight to St. Louis over comments Hernandez made about Reyes on the air.

During Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the Yankees, Reyes slammed his glove to the ground after committing a throwing error, allowing Melky Cabrera to reach first base on a routine ground ball.  This prompted Hernandez to make the comments the set Reyes off

“Well, he’s got to get over that,” Hernandez said at the time, according to one transcript of the broadcast. “Enough babying going on now. He’s a grown man. He’s been around a long enough time. Take off the kid gloves.”

After the game, Hernandez’s comments got back to Reyes, who felt it best if he addressed it on the flight to St. Louis. While it is unknown what Reyes actually said, Hernandez reportedly responded:

“I was just doing my job – you should do yours.”

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