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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/28/18

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Sterling’s call for Stanton; Judge signs with Adidas; Blue Point has an exclusive YSIII beer; MLB warns Yankees; Hicks ready to go

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SB Nation | Grant Brisbee: Let’s start today’s news off right: Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee. Stanton is going to launch approximately 69,000 monster dongs for the Yankees and John Sterling will be on the radio to call each and every one of them. Since the Yankees acquired Stanton, speculation has grown as to what Sterling’s call will be. Sterling dropped a hint, though, saying it’s an Italian phrase that rhymes. Any guesses? Not Italian but “Giancarlo drops the Mike” is still the best suggestion I’ve heard.

Sports Illustrated: Aaron Judge officially has a new contract. It’s not with the Yankees though. Judge has signed an endorsement deal with Adidas, switching from Under Armour. Terms of Judge’s Adidas deal haven’t been disclosed but it’s said to include branding on his batting gloves and wristbands. Adidas previously had deals with Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa, so their interest in inking Judge is not a surprise.

New York Daily News | Gina Salamone: The Yankees have entered into a partnership with Blue Point Brewing Company from Long Island to create a brand new beer that will only be available at Yankee Stadium. The NY Pinstriped Pilsner is a pale lager and will be available at the Blue Point Bleachers Bar, located on the 200 Level of the ballpark in the left field bleachers area.

Newsday | Steven Marcus : Speaking of beer at Yankee Stadium, at a media event on Monday, the Yankees unveiled a wild idea to print images (loosely using that term) of players’ faces on beers. Apparently MLB has a rule that active players cannot be involved in marketing any alcohol products. MLB warned the Yankees and a team spokesman said their hospitality team took advantage of the media event to test different images and logos, but have no actual plans to use this technology at the present time.

New York Post | George A. King III: After barely losing the right field competition in spring training, Aaron Hicks is ready to go as the team’s center fielder. Hicks says he understands the history of center field with the Yankees and he’s excited about the opportunity in front of him. Hopefully he can hit like he did in the beginning of last year and truly become a force in the Yankees’ already stacked lineup.

Lastly, Greg Bird had his surgery today and it went according to plan: