Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 29

There is No “I” in “Team,” Unless You are a Reliever for the Nationals

When, fifteen  games into the 2015 season, Jonathan Papelbon expressed his desire to be traded to a contending team, many people attributed his statements to his fiercely competitive nature.   See, this desire to win trumps any individual achievements Papelbon seeks for himself.   That is why when reporters asked him about his partial no-trade clause, Papelbon […]

July 25

A Typical News Day During the NFL Off-Season

The following is a list of news items regarding the National Football League from July 24, 2015, submitted without comment: Ray Rice was almost signed by an unidentified team, but the owner had “concerns about public reaction to signing [Rice] given the taped incident” of him punching his fiancé in the face and knocking her […]

July 24

The Mets’ Decision to Call Up Conforto Was Not Done to Placate the Fans

From what has felt like the very first pitch of the season, Mets’ fans have been clamoring for the team to do something anything to address the team’s dumpster fire of an offense.   In recent weeks, the fans began pointing to last year’s first round pick, Michael Conforto, as the potential offensive upgrade the team […]

July 22

How Brian Cashman Explains the Inexplicable: “We’re Kicking the Can Down the Road”

When the Yankees called up second-base prospect Rob Refsnyder on July 10th, the team explained that his arrival was a short-term situation based solely on the fact that the Yankees were facing two left-handed starters heading into the All Star break. After Refsnyder remained with the team after the All-Star Break and even started against […]

July 15

The Yankees’ Midseason Unsung Hero Award Goes to Chasen Shreve

The Great Sports Void (a/k/a the days after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game) is upon us and with it comes the “midseason review” articles.  Given the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate a team’s first half, sportswriters and bloggers will typically assign awards or grades to a team’s players.  In Yankee-land, the consensus appears to […]