New York Yankees Flashback: The Boss

New York Yankees

Nine days after his 80th birthday, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away on July 13, 2010. The uber-owner and “Boss” purchased the team in 1973 and owned them until his death, a time during which the Yanks won seven crowns and 11 AL pennants. Coming just two days after Yankee fans were devastated by the death of Bob Sheppard, it was making for a bad year in the Bronx.

On July 13, 1985, the Yankees retired the numbers 9 and 32, for Roger Maris and Elston Howard, respectively. Then the Yankees beat Mike Mason and the Texas Rangers 3-1 behind Phil Niekro, with the save going to Dave Righetti.

Mel Stottlemyre notched his 39th shutout in beating the rival Royals 5-0 on July 13, 1973. But the name in lights on this day belongs to Bobby Murcer, who homered three times and knocked in all of the runs.

Oakland A’s slugger Reggie Jackson, a future Yankee, blasted a memorable tape-measure home run that struck a transformer on the Tiger Stadium roof in a 6-4 American League All Star victory over the National League on this day in 1971.

The Yankees hit all day in a doubleheader win (11-1, 12-2) over the Tigers on July 13, 1952, but the pitching hero was Vic Raschi, who threw a one-hitter in the first game. Raschi was also a hitting star four years earlier on this day, as he drove in the winning run (and got the win) in the American League’s 5-2 win over the National League in the 1948 All Star Game.

New York Giants Sign Offensive Lineman, Waive Another

New York Giants, Eli Manning

The New York Giants made a pair of moves on Friday, signing guard Zac Kerin and waiving rookie, Ethan Cooper. General manager Dave Gettleman has made it a priority to rebuild the offensive line with quality talent and depth. Clearly, he lacked the confidence in Cooper to keep him on the roster.

Kerin on the other hand has played in 14 regular-season games with a single start. Bringing on a lineman with past experience was clearly the priority for Gettleman. Kerin has also played in one post-season games; adding a player that has experience on a winning team has been the mantra for the Giants this offseason, as they continue to add players from successful organizations that know how to reach the playoffs and more.

The fourth-year lineman is 6-foot-4 and 305-pounds. Kerin played with the Minnesota Vikings up until 2016 when he was picked up by the Detroit Lions in which he played in one game.

What does Kerin offer to the New York Giants?

Despite the fact that the Giants have addressed the offensive line in a big way this offseason, you can never have enough depth on the team. It’s unlikely that Kerin plays in any games, but he could end up filling a role in case of injury.

The Giants recently drafted Will Hernandez and signed Patrick Omameh to start at left and right guard respectively.

 

 

Ben McAdoo Takes Massive Shot At Giants’ LT Nate Solder

It’s one thing to say a player needs to work on his craft, but it’s another to say they’re plain bad. Former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, made the expected mistake of taking a shot at a new player.

Left tackle Nate Solder, a player who has fought through cancer and didn’t let up a sack after week two in 2017, was put down by McAdoo, the coach who was fired for making every wrong decision possible.

According to the NY Post:

“Getting a left tackle in there will help them in a lot of ways,” said McAdoo. “I don’t think (Solder’s) a very good player, but I think it will help them in a lot of ways where they needed help in that room in the past and they haven’t had anyone to do that.”

Wait a second… Solder isn’t a very good player but he’s going to help them in ways that nobody else could? That sounds about right coming from good ole McAdoo.

Ben didn’t stop there, as he continued on to Ereck Flowers, who struggled at left tackle for the Giants during the former coach’s reign. He proceeded to break down why Flowers is so porous at tackle and why switching to the right won’t make a difference.

“(Flowers) can’t bend, you got to be able to bend,” said McAdoo. “You can run around him on (the right side) just like you can on the other side, Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It’s not the blind side, it’s in his vision, so if he’s comfortable with what’s going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better.”

We Might Have To Wait A Year For The Jets To Click On All Cylinders

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

New York Jets fans have experienced years of up and down play, but things seem to be on the upswing. Despite the fact that there were signs of success in the 10-6 season three years ago, nothing else was to come from that year besides a winning record.

The last time the Jets had seen the playoffs was during the Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan days nearly 10 years ago. This was also the last time the Jets had a winning record until 2015. Now we have seen two 5-11 records in a row and patience is running out for everyone. The amount of rebuilds for the Jets in the off-season are more than anyone can count, and we all ask ourselves – what makes this rebuild so special?

All of the pieces on offense are coming together:

The quarterback situation has been taken care of, with Sam Darnold showing signs of improvement, and Teddy Bridgewater bringing competition to the table, as well as his talent. His overall record as a starter is 17-11, and was on the verge of showing out on the Vikings before he tore his ACL in a practice drill in 2016. Now he has overcome adversity and is ready to play football again, something that I know I am looking forward to.

The running game has been addressed, signing Isiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls along with the reliable 3rd down back Bilal Powell who always seems to make plays for gang green. This running game could shape up to be a good one with two hard runners and one versatile shifty spread back. Not to mention the amount of space for the wide receiver core who is all together healthy now! Each receiver showing they can go out there and snag the football and now each are united to become one of the most underrated receiving cores in football.

Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and the new addition of Terrell Pryor should make this Jets offense one to watch in this upcoming season. The offensive line used to be the foundation, but it can be addressed in the next draft and the next free agency.

Look out for the Jets’ defense! 

It seems as if it’s going to be restricted air space for years to come for this Jets Secondary, with Claiborne resigned, as well as picking up Trumaine Johnson, the best corner in free agency this year. And how can I not mention the two stud safeties in Jamaal Adams and Marcus Maye, as well as the hitstick power of JJ Wilcox.

The defensive line may have appeared to have taken a hit with the loss of Muhammad Wilkerson, but it was for the best. It made little sense to pay up for a player who no longer wanted to be there, no matter how good he was. With that being said, there is still standout defensive end Leonard Williams and defensive tackle Steve McLendon. And maybe if we’re lucky, the Jets could possibly get some upside from third round draft choice Nathan Shepherd.

Bowles is ready!

Just signed through 2020, Bowles finally has the secondary he dreamed of. Being able to run the team the way he wants to; I know the fourth has passed, but we should see some more fireworks this season come September.