I have an idea. The Yankees should sign all available free agents worthy of note, and then hold onto them until the season starts and other teams get desperate for players. We then trade them, for their best prospects. Then after we've stocked our system full of other teams prized possessions, we invade Queens, overthrow Shea Stadium, set up a puppet regime led by Willie Randolph and call it New York Yankees East. That's where our super team of prospects will play. The Mets will be forced to play in New Jersey where they belong. Just imagine what returns we would see for Orlando Cabrera, Derek Lowe, Ben Sheets, Manny Ramirez, Bobby Abreu, and Adam Dunn. Especially when teams star players get injured and need to be replaced right away.
It never ceases to amaze me how slow the winter months can be. 25 days before spring training begins we will start our roster review, but we're not even within 25 days of spring training yet. And even when spring training starts, we have to wait a couple weeks before they start playing games, and when they start playing games we need to wait a couple more weeks before they start the season.
But we at the Respect Jeter's Gangster blog are committed to keeping you entertained in the cold winter months. So here's a question for you all to consider. Besides Derek Jeter, who is your favorite Yankee and why?
For me, it would have to be Lou Gehrig. Power hitting first baseman, naturally gifted, strong, persistant, and humble. His numbers are amazing and he didn't even get to finish his career. I sometimes wonder what his career numbers would have looked like if he didn't have ALS. Some interesting stats about Gehrig, he was a career .340 hitter, batted over .370 three times, had 184 RBI's in one season, walked over 100 times in eleven different seasons, and despite being known for his homeruns, he also legged out 163 triples in his career including a season where he hit 20 of them, and hit 40 or more doubles in a season seven times. That's pretty gangster.