Archive for July 25th, 2008

Friday, July 25th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees front office is showing confidence in a team that has won six games in a row and have gone out and made a splash trading for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte according to

Just three games back in the AL East and the Wild Card the Yankees have decided they are going for it and have traded relief pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, minor league slugging prospect Jose Tabata, and double-A pitchers Phil Coke and George Kontos.

Nady has a .330 batting average, .919 OPS, and has 13 homers and 57 RBI’s this season. He will likely be inserted in the Yankees lineup as the everyday left fielder for now. Once Johnny Damon fully mends his shoulder he may get starts as the DH a few games a week.

Marte is 4-0 this season with a 3.47 ERA. His 1.16 WHIP and .217 batting average against are very impressive. He becomes the lefty reliever the Yankees have lacked for years, although …

Jets Rumors & News

Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, signed a five-year $50 million dollar contract with the New York Jets. Gholston will receive a $21 million dollar signing bonus. He missed the first day of training camp at Hofstra University, a total of two practices. Last year’s first-round pick, Darrelle Revis missed 21 days of training camp and 23 practice sessions. The cornerback eventually signed a six-year contract on August 15th, 2007.. Revis’, holdout was the longest for the franchise since 1996 when Keyshawn Johnson held out three weeks as the number one overall pick. The top 4 picks in the 08 draft have signed with their respective teams. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who was selected fifth by the Kansas City Chiefs, has not signed yet.
The 6’4” 260 pound defensive hybrid, became the 67th Buckeye selected in the first round, and 11th since Jim Tressel has been the …

Yankees Rumors & News

While most Yankees fans are clamoring for a left fielder or another starting pitcher as the July 31 trade deadline looms, one overlooked position seems to be that of catcher. It appears Jorge Posada is lost for the season, and it could be that he is no longer able to play as an everyday backstop again.
In the meantime, Jose Molina has filled in as the regular catcher, with very mediocre results. While he is a decent defensive player, his .220 batting average, .260 on-base percentage and .300 slugging percentage are laughable.
You’ll take that out of a back-up catcher one game per week, maybe. Jose’s brother, Bengie Molina, on the other hand is a whole different story. Sure, the Giants catcher may be the slowest baseball player since Cecil Fielder, but beyond that, it’s hard to find something he doesn’t do well.
This guy …

Camping Time

Giants Rumors & News

New York City just came out of a five day heat wave, the Yankees head to Boston for a showdown series, the Mets are battling the Phillies for first place and the Olympics are around the corner. Is it really time for football?

Yes boys and girls, NFL training camps open this week. Two-a-days, quarterback battles, rookie holdouts and more Brett Favre talk than you can shake the proverbial stick at. But in New York the football focus is on the New York Giants. They are some how in possession of the Vince Lombardi trophy. Yup, it really did happen. So while Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, and company are playing with house money going into this season-not even the most die hard fan thought the Giants had a Superbowl run in them last season-expectations have been raised. Throw in the Jeremy Shockey trade, Michael Strahan’s retirement and an absolutely loaded NFC East and it’s clear that the Giants need a productive training camp to have a successful season.  …

George Stone Relaxes by Swimming: Topps and the Mets

Mets Rumors & News

While rummaging through my old baseball card collection (yes, I am an adult with a wife and child), I dug up some old Topps cards from the early 1970s. On the back of some of these old cards there is a comic-like drawing with a little tidbit on what the player did during the winter or maybe a hobby he enjoys. The Mets players I came across included pitcher Cal Koonce, whose 1970 card says, “Cal is a stock-broker in the off-season.” Met legend Ed Kranepool’s ’70 card states, “Ed and Ron Swoboda own a restaurant in New York.” Obscure infielder Bobby Pfeil’s card reads, “Bobby works in a movie studio in the off-season.” And George Stone’s ’73 card tells us, “George relaxes by swimming.” Accompanying it is a drawing of a pitcher winding up while wearing a bathing suit.
Topps still throws these little nuggets on their cards to this day, and I …

Knicks Rumors & News

Madison Square Garden was built in 1968 and is the oldest building in the National Basketball Association. The last and only time it hosted an All-Star game was in 1998 when Michael Jordan played his last season with the Chicago Bulls. The old Garden hosted three All-Star Games between 1954 and 1968. The Garden attracts over 4 million visitors a year with over the 400 events they plan annually. One of the major benefits of New York City being the host of the 2012 All-Star Game goes beyond sports.  It would be a great lift to the economy with new jobs opening and tourists coming in specifically for All-Star Weekend, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the Greatest City in the World
On April 3rd, MSG unveiled their plans to renovate the world’s most famous arena. The project is going to cost around $500 million dollars which will be …

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