Some Stories You Might Have Missed
I hope you are all safe and healthy and enjoying your winter holidays/new year/blizzard/break. I have had a nice quiet holiday myself – and may have forgotten to write something this week, so here are some interesting Yankees news snippets you may have missed amidst your festivities.
A couple of Yankees have been giving back to their home countries during the pandemic. Gio Urshela’s elbow surgery was pushed back when he tested positive in October, having contracted the virus in Columbia. While he had some nasty symptoms, he recovered and sought out Yankees community consultant Ray Negron on how to contribute to the COVID fight in his home country, specifically getting hand sanitizer more readily available to those who may not be able to afford it.
Gleyber Torres has followed suit. The young infielder also sought out Negron so that he could help get more hand sanitizer to those in need in Venezuela. Torres apparently asked Negron if he thought they would save lives, which melted my own cynical heart. Negron had this to say about Torres, “He understands. He’s not one of these selfish individuals who gets the money and runs.”
Gerrit Cole has opened up on how tough the COVID-shortened 2020 was – which I’m sure we all agree with. The Yankees came in with high hopes for 2020 and the season that took place was certainly nothing anyone had expected – except for the Dodgers.
Finally, in news that I will have more to say about in a near-future post, Gary Sanchez was somehow unaware of why he was benched. The good news, however, is that Marcus Thames feels confident that the Kraken will be back in 2021. They dissected some video and Sanchez has been working on his bat in the Dominican Winter League.