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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/17/16

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Bird got advice from Tex; Cashman rooting for Chicago and Cleveland; NYY should pursue Goldschmidt

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Around the Empire | Randy Miller: Greg Bird is the heir apparent to Mark Teixeira at first base. Barring any big moves or setbacks, he’ll likely be starting their on Opening Day. Once his rehab shifted from Tampa to New York in September, Bird spent a lot of time listening to Tex and soaking in all he could. Bird still hasn’t been cleared to play first and his shoulder still hurts from time to time, but he’ll be in better shape come spring training thanks to this stint in Arizona.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Brian Cashman is rooting for a Chicago/Cleveland World Series. He says that if both teams make it to the World Series, then it justifies the high price he demanded for his ace relievers and those teams would have no regrets on paying that price. Everyone wins. | Joe Giglio: Even though Greg Bird impressed in his audition for first base back in 2015, he’s still a question mark heading into 2017. With that said, the Yankees should consider making a push for Paul “America’s First Baseman” Goldschmidt. He’d cost a lot, but could be worth the price if the Diamondbacks made their star available.

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It’s 2003 Week on Pinstripe Alley. This week we’ll be celebrating the anniversary of Aaron Boone’s incredible home run with songs from 2003. What better to reminisce with than a song that talks about just having one shot, one opportunity and having to give it everything, as Boone did that night. As always, please link us your song of the day.