Around the Empire
ESPN | Andrew Marchand: To say CC Sabathia has had a resurgent season would probably be an understatement. The team’s former (and arguably current) ace of the staff talked about how getting free and clean from alcohol has helped him, but also studying games of former Yankees Andy Pettitte and David Wells. Both Pettitte and Wells had success later in their careers with how they used their cutters, and it seems Sabathia learned a lesson. He might (and should) even make his way on to the All-Star game roster.
FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Usually when signing a free agent to a multi-year deal, the team will reap the benefits in the beginning of the contract and suffer towards the end of it. With Carlos Beltran and the Yankees, however, it’s been the exact opposite. After a terrible 2014, and terrible first month of 2015, Beltran has done nothing but hit. With the last two seasons, Beltran has really impressed and started to make his Hall of Fame case stronger.
Fox Sports | Ken Rosenthal: Ninth round pick Tim Lynch made a hobby of going around and collecting autographs of ballplayers from a young age. When he wasn’t chasing down autographs, he was actually playing the game. Lorenzo Cain of the Royals vaguely remembers Lynch and finds it "crazy" that a youngster who was once chasing autographs was drafted. His goal for next spring training is to get Alex Rodriguez’s autograph.
CSN Chicago | Patrick Mooney: While the Cubs could really use some of the pieces the Yankees have in their bullpen, they’re not going to count on being able to deal with them. They will wait and see if Yankees decide to sell this year. Former Yankee Adam Warren says not in not in team’s DNA to just give up and sell pieces.
Randy Miller | NJ.com: Carlos Beltran missed both games against the Rockies with a sore right knee. After feeling somewhat better, he managed to convince Joe Girardi to let him back into the lineup. Beltran feels like even if he’s at 80%, he can help this lineup. While some may look at that as arrogance or cockiness, I look at it as the truth.
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Song of the Day
The Bare Necessities by Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
It’s Old Timey Week on Pinstripe Alley. If you ask me, when talking classic songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, this song is a bare necessity. If you have a problem with it, forget about your worries and your strife. As always, please link us your song of the day.