Good morning, New York! Happy Fourth of July weekend.
- The New York Yankees 6-1 loss to Toronto Friday highlighted what is probably the weakest area of the Yankee machine -- the bullpen beyond Mariano Rivera. Joba Chamberlain and his 5.40 ERA gave up a 1-0 lead, then in extras David Robertson and his 6.15 ERA imploded and gave up the game. Right now, there is nobody out there Joe Girardi can trust other than Rivera. Pinstripe Alley â†µ
- People, when you go to the game pay attention to the game. Especially when you are sitting in the front row. Did you catch the highlight of the Yankee fan blabbing away on his cellphone who took a one-hop ground-rule double right in the kisser Friday at Yankee Stadium? I loved it. Dude, your cellphone won't protect you. â†µ
- The Mets finally figured out a way to beat those pesky Nats, even if they did have to survive a ninth-inning scare to win, 5-3. Amazin' Avenue â†µ
- The Knicks might make the first big strike of NBA free agency as they appear to have a deal with Amare Stoudemire. That would reunite Stoudemire and former Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni. My only question is, does Steve Nash come with the deal? Stoudemire is a tremendous talent, but Nash has made him better. The Knicks don't have a point guard who approaches that level. â†µ
- The New York Islanders are trying to pry Ilya Kovalchuk away from the New Jersey Devils. A $100 million offer might just do that. â†µ