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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/25/16

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Betances to represent the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic; Gardner honors military for Thanksgiving; Red Thunder jokes with Harper about joining NYY

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“Hello? Yes this is not-an-elite-closer Dellin Betances.”
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Around the Empire

New York Post | George A. King III: While MLB won’t officially announce World Baseball Classic rosters until after a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, we know which country one Yankee will be representing. Dellin Betances has officially stated that even though both the United States and the Dominican Republic wanted him to pitch, Betances will represent the DR. He says that his family is from there and he wants to make them proud.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Brett Gardner and his wife, Jessica, hosted a luncheon for U.S. Air Force members at Charleston Air Force Base. Gardner, who grew up near Charleston in Holly Hill, said that this is a small way for him and his wife to say thank you and show their gratitude to soldiers who keep us safe and free. Classy gesture by the Gardners!

New York Daily News | John Healy: Clint Frazier aka Red Thunder recently shaved part of his head, and somehow that led to him possibly recruiting Bryce Harper to the Yankees. Red Thunder offered to give Harper some and pointers for maintaining fun hair while still falling under the Yankees grooming policy. Would be cool to see these guys patrolling the outfield in the Bronx together one day!

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Song of the Day

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It’s Thanks Week on Pinstripe Alley. My final entry for this week is a nod to Mariano Rivera. With all the talk about who the Yankees may or may not sign to be their closer, I’m thankful that we had the pleasure of having Mo as a constant in the Yankee bullpen for years. Or something along those lines. As always, please link us your song of the day.