Yes, the mystique (and aura) is back in Yankeeland. The Yanks, who have spent the better part of the season chasing the Red Sox, are in first. It’s the way things are meant to be. Everything is in order. I’ve even heard that the weather is slightly more bearable in New York City today. And Yankees blogs are buzzing with the good news. Here are the highlights from this past week:
- Reporters and cynics thought Gary Sheffield would react poorly to the addition of Bobby Abreu. After all, Abreu seemingly takes his spot on the roster in 2007. But Sheffield works in mysterious ways, and he wants everyone to know that. Upon Abreu’s arrival in the Bronx, Gary, flouting social mores, didn’t just shake Bobby’s hand in greeting, he hugged his new teammate. If that’s not incredible enough, the notoriously crotchety veteran is prepared to change positions. He’s ready to play first if that’s what it means to stay in the pinstripes. Alex Belth at Bronx Banter linked to Gary’s explanation for this unexpected behavior: "Y’all think you know what I’m going to do, but you don’t. Nobody knows. That’s the mystique of me."
- Peter Abraham at Lohud Yanks reports that Hideki Matsui will probably not return until September if he comes back at all.
- In case you were wondering if the Yanks actually did well in acquiring Bobby Abreu and Corey Lidle for next to nothing earlier this week, Jay Jaffe at The Futility Infielder has the definitive answer: It was a "slam dunk."
- The always informative and brilliant Mike’s Rants has a piece up about whether Bobby Abreu is overpaid.
- I first saw this on No Maas: Apparently, during a recent interview Brian Cashman tore WFAN brainiac Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo to pieces. Strike 4,987,903 against sports radio. Is there actually intelligent sports radio in the world? Please let us know.
- Seth Mnookin, author of Feeding The Monster, explains Red Sox management’s relative inaction at the deadline. Is this a defense of Theo or just an explanation of what went down? And if it’s a defense, couldn’t this be applied to basically every team in the league? And wouldn’t that mean that every front office is unassailable? And wouldn’t that take away half of the fun of being a fan?
- I’m psyched about the existence of a YFSF Historical Task Force. Who knew we had such resources? So, we found out about the only time a game has been canceled due to excessive heat. What else do you guys want to know.? Are there any obscure little factoids that you’ve been wondering about? Ask away! Who knows. Maybe, you’ll get an answer.