Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Quick hit: Anonymous fan wants an asterisk next to A-Rod’s 660th home run

The following image has been spreading around the internet like wildfire:

My first thought was, “This has to be Randy Levine.”

My second thought was, “I wonder if this person has any problem with guys like Mays using greenies.”

My third thought was, “Hello? Barry Bonds?”

My fourth thought was, “This guy is hilarious and I’m so glad people like him are around for my amusement.”

Here’s home run #659 again for your enjoyment:

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Taking a look back at April 27

I’ve been blogging about the Yankees for four years now and there are times when I know exactly what I want to write about and there are other times when I’m completely stumped. Today was a day when I was stumped. You’d think with the Yankees winning two out of three against the Mets that I’d have a lot to say but I actually didn’t. Anyway, when I’m struggling for content, I sometimes look to my music collection to help me out. So as I sat down to start writing, I said to myself, “I will write about April 27, pick the years of the first five songs that play in iTunes on shuffle and write about the games that happened on those days.” Easy enough. And luckily for me, my iTunes shuffle did a nice job.

First up, 1993. The song was “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” by Sting.

The Yankees played the California Angels in Anaheim on a Tuesday and won the game 5-0 behind a complete game, one-hitter by Jimmy Key and an offensive breakout by Mike Gallego, who had two home runs.…

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Game 19: Eovaldi vs. Niese

Here is your game thread.

METS
Granderson 9
Lagares 8
Duda 3
Cuddyer 7
Murphy 4
Campbell 5
Flores 6
Muno DH
Plawecki 2

YANKEES
Gardner 7
Young 8
A-Rod DH
Teixeira 3
Beltran 9
Headley 5
Murphy 2
Drew 6
Petit 4

Enjoy!

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Happy 10th Anniversary, A-Rod!

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Ten years ago tonight, Alex Rodriguez had himself quite a game.

That day, April 26, 2005, the Yankees were facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a seemingly ordinary Tuesday evening in the Bronx. Carl Pavano (I know, I know) was starting for the Yankees and looking for his second win of the season while Bartolo Colon was starting for the Angels.

Pavano, who didn’t get injured in this game, got the first two outs, gave up a single to the third batter of the night, Vladimir Guerrero, and then got Garret Anderson to groundout to first for the final out.

Colon started things off in the bottom of the first by walking Derek Jeter but got two quick outs after Bernie Williams popped out to foul territory by third base and Gary Sheffield hit a fly ball to centerfield. He gave up another walk to Hideki Matsui which set the stage for A-Rod.

With the count 2-2, Rodriguez hit Colon’s fifth pitch of the at bat out of the park for a three-run home run.…

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Game 18: Harvey vs. Sabathia

Here’s the game thread.

Sorry it’s so late.

Lineups:

METS
Granderson RF
Mayberry, Jr. LF
Duda 1B
Cuddyer DH
Murphy 2B
Campbell 3B
Lagares CF
Flores SS
Plawecki C

Harvey RHP

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Young RF
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Sabathia LHP

Enjoy!

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Quick hit: Some of the Yankees are growing mustaches

This is amazing, mainly because it’s going to annoy so many people – our very own William Tasker being one of them. Some of the Yankees, spurred on by Brett Gardner of all people, are growing mustaches.

Here are the tweets from some of the writers about the mustache squad:

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Thoughts following a 7-3 road trip and leading into the Subway Series

Last Friday morning, before the Yankees began their series in Tampa, I had casually mentioned in my random thoughts post that it was too soon for doom and gloom. You know, with it only being the second week of the season at that point. Anyway, I was accused of not watching the team for the past two years, not knowing what I was talking about, yadda yadda yadda. Essentially, I was made to feel silly because I thought the second full week of the season was too soon to panic. I believe I was also told that the Yankees were going to be in Tampa and then Detroit, and with the way they were playing, they could easily end up being 3-13 by the time the road trip ended.

Well, it is now a week later, and it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, the Yankees are now tied for first place in the division. They also have the best run differential in the division and third best in American League.…

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About Last Night: The offense exploded again!

So last night was pretty fun.

I mean, sure, after the Yankees went up 6-0 in the first inning, it was fun. It wasn’t that enjoyable to watch Detroit immediately answer with four runs of their own right away, but seeing the Yankees continue to get on base and score throughout the game and to see Adam Warren hang in there after a rough first inning was pretty great.

You know what else is pretty great? Watching the Yankees hitters work counts and not rush things when they’re at the plate. It seemed like Alex Rodriguez was the only guy in the lineup who exhibited any patience at the plate to start the season and now, it feels like the whole lineup is much better at pitch selection and waiting for a good pitch to hammer.

Case in point:

Carlos Beltran had two hits last night! Both were on changeups – in the second inning, it was an 83 mph change up from David Price that he laced for a triple and in the fourth inning, he hit an 87 mph change up from Aaron Nesbitt for a single.…

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Game 14: Eovaldi vs. Lobstein

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are the lineups:
YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Young RF
Headley 3B
Drew SS
Petit 2B

Eovaldi P

TIGERS
Gose CF
Kinsler 2B
Cabrera 1B
V-Mart DH
J. Martinez RF
Cespedes LF
Castellanos 3B
Avila C
Iglesias SS

Lobstein P

Enjoy!

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