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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/28/16

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Gardner lone NYY Gold Glove finalist; Torres & Bird power Scottsdale to victory; NYY’s World Series influence; Laird enjoying success in Japan

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Around the Empire | Randy Miller: Brett Gardner is Yankees’ lone representatives for Gold Glove consideration this year. For left fielders, he’s up against Alex Gordon of the Royals and Colby Rasmus of the Astros. Though his throwing arm is pretty weak, Gardner still made some highlight reel worthy saves in the outfield along with some pretty accurate throws to get consideration. Let’s hope he finally gets one here! | Doug Miller: If you caught last night’s stream of the Scottsdale Scorpion’s game, you likely caught a potential glimpse into the Yankees’ future. Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird had big games as they powered the Scorpions to victory with big home runs each.

Wall Street Journal | Jared Diamond: The Yankees were once known for just always being the team that made it to the World Series and showing their dominance throughout the league. While the annual ticket to the playoffs/World Series may no longer be, the Yankees are still in the World Series, even when they’re not. Both teams that are fighting for the championship now, the Cubs and Cleveland, have the Yankees to thank for them getting this far, fortunately it seems the Yankees have made out well this time around too.

Japan Times | Jason Coskrey: In former Yankee Legend news, Brandon Laird is powering the Nippon Ham Fighters currently in the Japan Series. Out to dinner one night last year where he ordered sushi, the chef told him it would be his good luck meal, and that if he homered the following day he’d have to do a sushi dance. It worked because he homered the next day and started doing a dance which instantly became a hit among his teammates and fans. Cool to see someone find this success outside MLB. For what it’s worth, after being down 0-2 in the Japan Series, the Ham Fighters now lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 against Hiroki Kuroda’s Hiroshima Carp.

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Song of the Day

Seasons of Love by Rent Cast

It’s Time Week on Pinstripe Alley. Today’s song comes from the Broadway musical hit Rent and has many adaptations of it, but I’ve chosen the one from the 2005 film. I forgot how many people were in this movie and find it amusing to see people I recognize from other things in this. As always, please link us your song of the day.