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Around the Empire: Yankees news 6/13/16

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Ike Davis is the latest in the revolving door of first basemen; Yogi Berra remembered in first Old Timers' Day since his death; Matsui hit a no-doubter off Cone; 27th round pick Phillip Diehl to sign; Ticket policy is ruining the fan experience

Miss you, Godzilla!
Miss you, Godzilla!
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Around the Empire

New York Post | Zach Braziller: The Yankees revolving first base door continues to revolve. After the Rangers released Ike Davis early Sunday morning, the Yankees pounced on the opportunity to have an actual first baseman. Within hours of his release, the speculation rumors hadn't cooled down and he was already signing a deal with the team. Davis signed a major league deal and is expected to be a platoon partner with Rob Refsnyder. Chad Green was optioned to make room.

ESPN | James Quintong: Hideki Matsui donned the pinstripes once again for Old Timers' Day, and it was just as exciting as one could have expected. After making a deal with David Cone prior to the game, Cone gave Matsui the perfect pitch to hit. Then Godzilla did to that baseball what Yankee fans had gotten accustomed to seeing for seven years.

NY Daily News | Ari Gilberg: Speaking of Old Timers' Day, yeterday's was the first one since Yogi Berra's passing. While it was definitely very weird as a fan to not see Berra there, I can only imagine what it must have felt like as a participant to not see a staple of Old Timers' Day there for the first time. His former teammates and players remembered him by sharing stories of the legendary catcher.

The News Star | Sean Isabella: Phillip Diehl, the Yankees' 27th round pick out of Louisiana Tech, has decided to forego his senior season and will indeed sign with the Yankees. Diehl, projected to be a reliever, says that he's honored the Yankees took a chance on him after his stock had fallen due to a previous elbow injury. He believes he's gotten all that he could out of his collegiate career, and is now eager to get his baseball career started. Best of luck to Diehl, hopefully we'll be cheering for you in the Bronx someday soon!

New York Times | Billy Witz: When the Yankees first announced their ban on Print-at-Home tickets, most fans thought this would be an inconvenience. Surprise surprise, they were right. From not being able to transfer mobile tickets to the mobile tickets not being scanned properly at the gate, there are plenty of issues with the Yankees' policy. The team says that these issues are with the minority of mobile ticket users and the issues get resolved, but this is at the expense of fans having to sacrifice game time to resolve their issues. They claim they're enhancing fan experience, but it's really the opposite.

Fun Questions

  • Have you been to a game at Yankee Stadium this season? Did the new ticketing policy affect your experience at all?
  • What should the Yankees' plan with Ike Davis be?

Song of the Day

Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

It's Old Timey Week on Pinstripe Alley. This week we're looking at songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Originally released in 1958, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people only knew it because of Back to the Future. Hey, even though it came out in 1985, he was at least back in 1955 so it would still count! As always, please link us your song of the day.