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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/25/16

Mark Teixeira returns today and hopefully his offense does as well; Rob Refsnyder has done everything the Yankees have asked of him; Yankees will host Yulieski Gourriel for a workout in Tampa; David and Danny Mantle talk about how their dad raised them

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
If my offense doesn’t return, screw kale!
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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: The day that a lot of people have been slightly meh about has arrived. Mark Teixeira is back from the disabled list (Ike Davis has been DFA'd). There is no question that the Yankees have missed his defense at first base. His offense is a completely different story. To say that his offense was horrid would be a gross understatement. Maybe his rehab time gave him an opportunity to look at what was wrong and correct it. We can only hope that’s the case.

Newsday | David Lennon: One of the main reasons fans have been slightly meh about Teixeira’s return is due to Rob Refsnyder. Refsnyder was essentially put at first base due to necessity, the hope that his bat would live up to standards, and because Firstblor destroyed other first basemen with his canvas claws. He has done everything expected of him and Teixeira’s return will either force him into a backup role or force him back down to the Railriders if the Yankees decide to keep Ike Davis. At least it’s good that the Yankees finally have a place to play him without worrying too much about his defense.

New York Post | George A. King III: Since Yulieski Gourriel became a free agent, several teams have been interested in him. The Yankees are one of those teams and they are planning to host a private workout for him in Tampa. Even if he does impress them, the Yankees might not have a place for him on the team. Gourriel is primarily an infielder and the Yankees have those positions locked up for the foreseeable future. Anything is possible though. | Joshua Needelman: Yesterday was Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Bobblehead night at Yankee Stadium, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of that legendary season. Mantle’s two sons, David and Danny, threw out the ceremonial first pitches of that game. They discuss how their father raised them to be ordinary kids and how he tried to shield them away from all the fame and adoration he received.

Fun Questions

  • Out of all the really old time legendary Yankees, from the 30’s to the 70’s, whom is your favorite?
  • Do you prefer your office/desk chair with or without arms?

Song of the Day

The Look of Love by Dusty Springfield

It is still Old Timey Week on Pinstripe Alley, and this should be the last day of it. Of course, I said that last week as well. I’ll bring it up with Shah. Or I’ll forget. Anything is possible on Pinstripe Alley. Either way, this song and its sax solo are reason enough to keep the week going really. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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