The Goliath Syndrome

“Parker (W), Doolittle (SV), Cespedes (HR) — all rookies. Instrumental in defeating the #Yankees and their $209,792,900 payroll.”

And the personal favorite:

“The #Yankees just paid $78,167 for that A-Rod flyout to end the inning.”

Why not focus on the real story? A hot A’s team has won three straight with brilliant young pitching. Isn’t that enough of a great story without pulling out the old Goliath Syndrome? Like, whatever, dude. For a supposed journalist like Pratt, this is a chance to build up the drama. Painting the team you are covering like they are the pathetic underdogs is one way to build the story. For those of us that have read the story, the David story is compelling, isn’t it? Look! He toppled the giant.

In case anyone has not noticed, there is a lot of money floating everywhere in baseball. The sport is rolling in the dough with its television deals, its merchandising arm and the success of the MLB Network.…

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Kicking the tires on Upton

New set of pinstripes for 2013?

Following up on my post from yesterday, we have a Joel Sherman piece this morning that explores the possibility of the Yanks trading for the Diamondback star Right Fielder. He confirms some items that we’ve heard elsewhere. The Yanks have...

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The Farm Report- 7/21/2012: Campos done for the season

Empire State beat Gwinnett 13-8:

The runs came in bunches for both teams, with the Yankees getting things started with an eight run first inning. Corban Joseph hit his fifteenth double to open the scoring, but the big blow was a grand slam from Cole Garner. Chris Dickerson and Kevin Russo would both triple in the inning as well. Gwinnett roared back to draw within two runs thanks to a six run fifth, but the Yankees answered right back with three in the sixth with Joseph and Brandon Laird both providing RBI singles. Laird would also homer in the eighth to provide the final run of the night for the Yankees. Laird had a big game, going 3-4 with the home run and four RBI in total. Garner also added four RBI via the grand slam, finishing the night 2-4 with a walk. Joseph and Ramiro Pena went 2-5, and Russo finished 4-6. Ramon Ortiz worked five innings and was charged with six runs, though only one of them was earned, and Cory Wade allowed the other two runs on two hits and a walk in two innings of work.…

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Game 94-Phil Hughes, stopper

Yanks need a big effort in the spacious Collesium

The Yanks turn to California native Phil Hughes to avoid losing 3 straight to the suddenly red hot A’s. Oakland is 12-2 in their last 14 and they send (what else) another rookie to the mound tonight,...

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