Good morning, New York sports fans! The All-Star break begins today, and the locals enter the break in good shape.â†µ
- The New York Yankees did not get Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners. They do, however, have baseball's best record. Why were the Yanks so hot to get Lee? Well, the team with the second-best record Tampa Bay, is in their division and just two games behind. The Yankees, though, have to feel good. They still have holes in the bullpen and on the bench, but they looked headed for October again.
By the way, tonight is Home Run Derby night and Nick Swisher will be participating. Swish is a fun guy, and you have to hope his first All-Star experience is a good one.
One more Yankee note. RIP, Bob Sheppard. â†µ
- The New York Mets, who seemed to be playing manager Jerry Manuel out of a job early on, enter the break in second place in the NL East and just one game back in the wild-card standings. That has to be considered a surprising development considering how poorly they started the season. The Mets have turned to young players like Ike Davis, and have gotten solid pitching from a host of surprising sources. It also doesn't hurt that David Wright is having a huge year. â†µ
- Be careful what you tweet. Gang Green Nation, SBNation's New York Jets website, found itself in the middle of a brouhaha when it liked to something Darrelle Revis' manager tweeted. When will athletes and their reps learn? People read this stuff, guys, and if you aren't careful you get yourselves in trouble. Is it really worth it? â†µ
- The WNBA New York Liberty defeated Chicago, 57-54, Sunday. Cappie Pondexter had 30 points for the Liberty. â†µ
- The New Jersey Nets are not exactly making a big splash, but they have recently made a series of smaller moves that should upgrade their roster. Of course, upgrading from 12-70 should not really be that difficult, should it? â†µ