Mark Texiera is on a roll in the Bronx. He's hitting 30 homers and has 100 RBI so far-- and we haven't even gotten to the end of the season yet!
I am so impressed with how Mark is doing for us, and now I realize why we got him- to divert attention away from the outed steroid abuser and hit big for a slumping team. That's what he did for the Rangers. Don't you think that the 2004 season would've been a lot different for the Rangers if Palmiero was getting all the attention? So Mr. Texiera is at the moment a third wheel of Jeter and A-rod, but in a few years that's going to change. Let me just roll off the list of the most impressive accusitions for the Yanks.
2009- Nick Swisher. Swish was supposed to be a dumb move for the Sox, sending away the quirky outfielder for Wilson Betemit. What it turned out to be was the Sox shamelessly sending us a guy who can mash the ball and play outfield really well, and achieving a fourth rate utility player who can't hit.
2006- Johnny Damon. Yeah, the Yankees got crushed by Scruffy in the 2004 (sigh) AL Series. What a heartbreak. So what did the Yankees do? Did they crush him in the playoffs? No, sir. They signed him to a pretty good deal. Why? Because when faced with a challenge, they keep it cool
2004- A-Rod. Now let's think about this for a second.
1996- David Wells. Boomer was an excellent pitcher, and he showed that by throwing a perfect game for the Yanks against the Twins. He was also consistent, pitching very well. He came back to the team for a few years in 2002, but not before being traded to the Blue Jays for...
1999- Roger Clemens. Yeah, you knew he was going to be on here somewhere. Clemens was throwing fire for the Yanks and actually got them into a few World Series', some they won and others they lost. Clemens was an awesome pitcher back before the steroid allegations. He also came back to the team for his final season in 2007.
1994- Paul O'Neill. The Warrior played like it was a battlefield for his years in New York. He led the team to a couple of World Series' and finally bceame a poster boy for the team. He also showed loyalty, staying with the team until his retirement in 2001.
1993- Wade Boggs. Wade was a stellar player for Boston, and the Yanks did not waste time in letting him sign with the team. It was a good idea, too- he was a major threat to all pitchers everywhere, and hit in the World Series as well. Soon, he left the team to join the Rays, where he stayed until his retirement.
1978- Rich Gossage. Goose was in Pittsburgh the year before, and having the worst season. Then he signed here, and di not disappoint. He pitched 6 wonderful seasons as the closer, and led the Yanks to two World Series. He later came back to the team in 1989.
1977- Reggie Jackson. Again, do I have to spell this out for you?
1974- Sparky Lyle. Always the prankster, Sparky brought his unique closing ability to the team, and it helped, leading them to the 1976 and 77 series'. He even won the Cy Young in 1977, the first for a closer. Then Goose came along and he was traded to the Rangers before retiring with the White Sox.
196-something- Roger Maris. 61. All you need to know.
1920's- Red Ruffing. Red was a very good pitcher, and that's all I know because that's more than half a century before my time.
Anyone I'm forgetting?