This is the nightmare Yankees fans may face on Opening Day due to Aaron Judge

This is the nightmare Yankees fans may face on Opening Day due to Aaron Judge

Thursday is a crisp, bright day in The Bronx. You are absent from the workplace. Perhaps you are skipping class. There is a hot dog in one hand. There is a scorebook in the other. Baseball has returned, and everything is well with the world.

The opening day has arrived. Everyone has optimism. However, the Yankees have more than most. They are once again ranked among the top five World Series favorites. They once again have a top-five payroll. They have been in the ALCS three times in the last six years. Months have passed since one of the finest first halves in Major League Baseball history. They are due for improved health.

Gerrit Cole is still only 32 years old and two years removed from being the Cy Young Award runner-up when he faces All-Star Jose Trevino on March 30. There are two previous MVPs (Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson) and two three-time All-Stars on the field (Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu). As usual, Aaron Judge is the focus of attention, the most loved Yankee since Derek Jeter who is now the most despised individual in the house, wearing orange and black and a San Francisco smile that screams treachery.

In the upcoming weeks, this bizarre scene may be established. The reigning AL Most Valuable Player is presently in the Bay Area, where he is slated to meet with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The Giants are likely the Yankees’ toughest competitor for signing the native of Northern California.

There is a strong possibility that Aaron Judge will be at Yankee Stadium for Opening Day in 2019, but it is unclear whose dugout he will be in.
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Judge is anticipated to sign a contract worth at least $40 million per season for at least eight years, and Giants head of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has stated that the team’s payroll is flexible enough to accommodate any deal this winter.

This month, Zaidi stated, “From a financial sense, there is no one who would be beyond our capacity to satisfy the anticipated contract requirements.” “The only question will be whether there is mutual interest and how we can assemble the greatest team possible.”

Judge may have a strong desire to return home. After rejecting offers deemed insufficient, including a $213.5 million extension before last season and early attempts to avoid arbitration on his 2022 salary, and after hearing boos from home fans who had witnessed him carry the Yankees for months during his historic 62-homer season, he may be seeking a change.

Judge may also be utilizing his position as the sport’s most wanted free agent to increase the cost of his first and final enormous long-term deal. Perhaps an upcoming meeting with the Dodgers will force the Yankees to enhance the offer Cashman acknowledged they just made to the outfielder.

Judge previously stated on his decision, “I don’t know how fast or how slow it’s going to proceed.” There are teams with whom we have spoken. For me, if we’re going to build a successful team, if I can get my [contract] issues out of the way so they can add more components to construct teams, I believe it will be an advantage wherever I go.

Farhan Zaidi, president of baseball operations for the Giants, has recently emphasized the club’s financial flexibility this winter.
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“The most essential thing is a winning culture and being with a club that is devoted to winning, not just for the future of my playing career, but also because I want my legacy to continue on with the company.”

No legacy is greater than beginning and ending a career with the same team, particularly when wearing pinstripes. Ask Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra, Jeter or Rivera. And nothing, other than the assured “pot of wealth” wherever he goes, is more important than winning. Because what would Judge’s legacy be if he never won a title during his career? Ask Mattingly.

All of Judge’s suitors look to be wealthy, capable, and likely willing to pay his asking price, providing him a choice of contracts in the same vicinity. If the decision is not based on money, as it was when Robinson Cano left for Seattle, Judge’s potential departure would be perceived as a slap in the face to the city and franchise, which have gone 14 years without a championship, and where he gained unrivaled stardom, unparalleled affection, and the unprecedented honor of having a section of Yankee Stadium named after him.

On March 30, the MVP may be standing in front of the demolished “Judge’s Chambers,” similar to Alex Rodriguez and Bryce Harper in Seattle and Washington, respectively. He would be only the second player in Major League Baseball history (after Barry Bonds) to leave a franchise as the reigning Most Valuable Player, and the biggest star to spurn a New York title contender since Pat Riley faxed his resignation to the Knicks.

It would be unbelievable. However, it may not be far from the truth.

Lionel Messi may not have much time left in this World Cup.

The 35-year-old legend is in jeopardy of exiting his fifth — and likely final — World Cup in the group stage after suffering one of the greatest upsets in tournament history in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. Argentina entered Qatar as the field’s second-strongest favorite, with the opportunity to fill the only gap in his resume. It was Argentina’s first loss in 37 games, and Saudi Arabia’s second since 1994.

After scoring the game’s opening goal, Messi was stunned.

“Is it true? Messi said, “Dead,” when asked how the squad felt. We did not intend to begin in this manner, therefore it is a severe setback.

In 1990, Diego Maradona and Argentina suffered one of the tournament’s all-time upsets in a setback to Cameroon, but returned to reach the World Cup final.

After losing to Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi and Argentina have some work to do if they are to advance past the group stage of the World Cup.
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Saturday’s victory over Mexico would keep this scenario alive for Argentina. If not, the best player of his generation will once again be absent from the greatest platform in the world.

Messi stated that there were no excuses.

“We will be more unified than ever before. This organization has demonstrated its strength. This is a circumstance that we have not encountered in a very long time. Now we must demonstrate that this is a legitimate group.”

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Can the Devils repeat their feat?

Tonight, when the Maple Leafs visit Prudential Center, the Devils (16-3-0) will have the opportunity to create a new team record with a 14th straight victory. Six days after defeating Toronto (10-5-5), New Jersey equaled the mark of the 2001 Stanley Cup finalists with a 5-2 victory over Edmonton in front of a sold-out crowd in Newark. The Devils have not suffered a loss since October 24.

Nico Hischier’s 22 points have propelled a Devils team that hasn’t lost in nearly a month. Hischier has been injury-free for the past few seasons, which has allowed him to contribute to a team that hasn’t lost in almost a month.
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After Monday’s victory, captain Nico Hischier stated, “We’re in the history books.” Nobody is going to take it away from us now.

The Devils have amassed the second-most wins (16) in NHL history through a season’s first 19 games, trailing only this season’s Bruins and Boston’s 1929-30 squad. Despite making only one playoff appearance in the past decade and finishing 28th in the NHL last season, the Devils have amassed the second-most wins (16) in NHL history through a season’s first 19 games, trailing only this season’s B (17). The 1992-1993 Penguins set an NHL record for straight victories (17).

 

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