If you get desperate for some baseball these next few days, you needn’t worry. A true American hero put the entire MSG-produced 1996 Yankees championship video on YouTube (h/t @a_salta1). It’s embedded above, but, just in case it doesn’t work, here’s the link. I’m riding out to Long Island with my brother tomorrow and I’m planning to watch that sucker on my phone on the way out. Can’t wait.
Secondly, I have a few links to pass along. I’ve been slackin’ and haven’t had much time to read the last few weeks, though I did carve out some time earlier today. Here are the links:
- Got a sad story to pass along. Josh Peters wrote about the late Brad Halsey, who passed away in October. Halsey battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, and while it was initially reported that he died in a climbing accident, Peters says it may have been suicide. Awful.
- On a much happier note, agent Joshua Kusnick wrote a piece at Baseball Prospectus (no subs. req’d) about the job-seeker he helped at the Winter Meetings two weeks ago. There are hundreds of job-seekers at the Winter Meetings each year, all trying to get their foot in the door. Kusnick helped this kid do just that. Pretty neat.
- Shi Davidi has a really great day-by-day look at how the Josh Donaldson trade went down. The Athletics didn’t want to move their star third baseman and it wasn’t until Toronto put Brett Lawrie on the table and things got moving. It took about a week for a trade to come together after that.
- Couple of cool analytical pieces: Tony Blengino on finding the “real” Chase Headley, Randy Holt on pitching framing, Nikhil Chaturvedi on Mark Teixeira‘s decline, and on the value of prospects.
- And finally, up at Derek Jeter‘s site, Doc Gooden wrote a letter to his younger self.
So this is the open thread for the next few days. Use it to talk about anything other than politics and religion. This isn’t the place for that. Happy Holidays, everyone.