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Thanks, Andy

Posted by Andrew Zercie on February 3, 2011

The best night of Andy Pettitte's baseball career: Norwich Navigator Ace for a Day! Found at http://riveraveblues.com/. Great photo gallery of Pettitte's career there.

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Questioning the Yankees’ Starting Rotation

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 23, 2011

It’s hard to believe, with all the snow we’ve gotten here in the Northeast, that spring training is just a few weeks away. As a fan of the New York Yankees, this hasn’t been the best of off-seasons, so I would like nothing more than to fast-forward to mid-February to see how the team is going to answer all of the questions that haunt them right now.

Before we get to February though, here is the first of a series of posts regarding the direction of the Yankees, both on the field and off of it. I will pose questions that need to be answered before the season begins, beginning with what I believe to be the most important question that still needs to be addressed.

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Raines Among Holdovers Who Belong In Baseball Hall Of Fame

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 6, 2010

The other day, I published a piece about the first-year eligible players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot (seen here: https://masterprocrastinator.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/among-first-timers-alomar-mcgriff-martinez-stand-out/). In that article, I stated that Roberto Alomar, Fred McGriff, and Edgar Martinez should be inducted to the Hall of Fame this year.

In addition to those three, I believe four more players who have hung around on the ballot for several years also belong in Cooperstown. Here now is a look at each player who has been on the ballot for a while, and my take on whether or not they belong in the Hall.

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Among First-Timers Alomar, McGriff, Martinez Stand Out

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 4, 2010

Roberto Alomar: Hall of Famer in my book

Of all the various sports Halls of Fame, none invites more debate than the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Every January, the inductees are announced, followed by countless arguments, in print and over the airwaves, about the players who should have gotten in but didn’t. For each snubbed player, there is a statistic that backs up their claim.

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Spread ‘Em: Week 16 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 24, 2009

It being a holiday weekend for many, including myself, the picks for this week will be brief.

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Spread ‘Em: The Rest of the Week 15 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 18, 2009

Aaron Rodgers Leading a Sleeper Super Bowl Contender?

Like a playoff contender fading down the stretch, my picks have faltered as the regular season winds down. Following a horrid 4-12 week, and a loss on Thursday night (see my mistake here: https://masterprocrastinator.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/week-15-thursday-night-pick/), I’m now just 108-101 as week 15 begins.

My advice would be to see who I’ve picked, and go with the opposite team. I haven’t been on the money in a while, and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone out there losing cash they probably need to use on presents this holiday season. Without further ado, here are my selections for this week.

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Yankees Should Focus on Adding John Lackey, not Roy Halladay

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 7, 2009

He'd look good in Pinstripes, wouldn't he?

With the Baseball Winter Meetings set to open on Monday in Indianapolis, expect the rumors to fly, and figure the Yankees to be garnering headlines.

In fact, some stories have already come out, with predictions that the Yankees will reduce their payroll for the 2010 season. Of course, like last year, the public pronouncements about slashing payroll could be nothing more than a smokescreen, something that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is adept at concocting.

Remember when Cashman declared that the Yankees were comfortable with Bubba Crosby starting in CF in the offseason following the 2005 regular season? Then the Yankees swooped in and signed Johnny Damon when no one expected it.

Last year, history repeated itself when Mark Teixeira, who seemed headed to Boston, signed with the Yankees, and then revealed at his press conference the Yankees had been trying to get him from the start of the offseason.

This year’s cloak and dagger act may be all about securing the best starting pitcher on the market. Reading between the lines, one gets the sense that John Lackey will be in Pinstripes come April.

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Spread ‘Em: Week 13 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 5, 2009

Broncos Hoping to Build Momentum Toward Playoff Berth

The NFL is in its home stretch. The final five weeks of the season are here, and teams still alive for a playoff spot will see their seasons changed for the better, or for the worse.

As for me, I’m hoping to use my Thursday win as a springboard to a big week, following my worst week of the season (6-10) with my picks last week.

Remember the picks are for entertainment purposes only. Here’s the remainder of week 13 now:

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The Ledger: NFL Week 12 Review and Jets-Bills Pick

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 1, 2009

Brees and Saints march to 11-0

This week, the Ledger will focus solely on the Sunday and Monday games. As published earlier, I went 2-1 on Thanksgiving, and there’s no sense in re-hashing the events of games that are nearly a week-old at this point.

As it turned out, the best part of the long weekend was Thursday, both from a food and a football standpoint. The highlight of my week was watching the Broncos dismantle the New York Giants while eating some apple pie. In terms of picks, it was all downhill from there. Between Sunday and Monday night, I went 4-9, running my season record to 97-79.

While I like the symmetry of the overall record, I don’t like posting an ugly week with the selections. Here’s the rundown of where I (mostly) went wrong:

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Spread ‘Em: Week 12 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on November 27, 2009

Brady and the Pats have their hands full this week.

Off to a solid 2-1 start for week 12, thanks to the Packers and Broncos, I’m hoping to see that success continue into the rest of the weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve scored a big week I must admit. Following an 8-8 week 11 showing, and the 2-1 start to this week, my record on the season is now 93-70, which isn’t bad. However, after starting off hot, I’ve essentially been a 50-50 bettor in the last month or so.

For those who might be interested, here’s my picks for Thursday’s games:

https://masterprocrastinator.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/pass-the-gravy-thanksgiving-day-picks/

As always, remember the picks are for entertainment purposes only. Here’s the remainder of week 12 now:

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