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Aaron Judge could face the Yankees with the Giants on Opening Day 2023

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It’s a brisk, sunny Thursday in the Bronx. You play hockey from work. You may miss school. Hot dog in one hand. Record the results in the other. Baseball is back and all is well in the world.

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It’s opening day. Everyone has hope. But the Yankees still have more than most. They are among the top five favorites at the World Championships again. They’re flaunting the top five payroll again. They have been in the ALCS three of the past six years. They are months removed from one of the greatest first halfs in MLB history. They are destined to enjoy better health.

It’s March 30th, and you see Gerrit Cole on the mound, still only 32 years and two years away from being the Cy Young Award runner-up, throwing All-Star Jose Trevino. You look out onto the field and see a pair of former MVPs (Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson) and a pair of three-time All-Stars (Anthony Rizzo, DJ Limahieu). As always, Aaron Judge is the center of attention, most popular since Derek Jeter is now the most hated guy on the block, in orange and black and a San Francisco grin that screams betrayal.

This surreal landscape can be cemented in the next few weeks. The reigning AL MVP is Currently in the Gulf regionwhere he was scheduled to meet Tuesday with the San Francisco Giants, was perhaps the Yankees’ biggest competition for signing the Northern California native.

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There’s a good chance Aaron Judge will be in Yankee Stadium for Opening Day next year, but it’s not entirely clear what dugout he’ll be in.
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Judge is expected to sign a deal worth at least $40 million per season over at least eight years, and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said no deal is too rich for a team’s flexible payroll to take on in the offseason.

“From a financial point of view, there is no one outside our ability to meet what we expect from contract requirements,” Al-Zaidi said this month. “It will just be a matter of whether there is a common interest and how we put together the best possible team.”

The judge may have a serious interest in homecoming. May would seek change after rejected offers — a $213.5 million extension he had turned down prior to last season, as early attempts to avoid arbitration over his 2022 salary — were deemed insufficient; After, after Constant boos from the home fans which saw him hold the Yankees for months in his historic season of 62 homers.

He can only be the judge using his influence As the most sought-after free agent in sports, he raised the price of his first and final long-term mega-contract. Probably Meet the Dodgers is next, forcing the Yankees to increase The show confirmed Brian Cashman They recently introduced to the outfielder.

The judge recently said of his decision, “I don’t know how fast it’s going to go or how slowly it’s going to go.” “There are teams we’ve talked to. For me, if we’re going to build a winning team, if I can get [contract] Out of the way so they can go further and add more pieces to build teams, I think that’s always an advantage anywhere I go.

Farhan Zaidi, President of Baseball Operations for the San Francisco Giants, speaks during a press conference at Oracle Park in the Nick Peters Interview Room on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif.
Giants baseball president Farhan Zaidi recently spoke about the team’s financial resilience this winter.
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“The most important thing is a culture of winning and being with a team that is committed to winning, not only for the remainder of my football career, but I want the legacy to carry on with the organisation.”

There is no stronger legacy than starting and finishing your career with one team, especially on pinstripes. Ask Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantell, Pera, Jeter or Rivera. And nothing – except for a guaranteed “pot of gold” wherever he lands – matters more than winning. Because what would be the judge’s legacy if he ended his career without a championship? Ask Mattingly.

All of Judge’s suitors appear to be deep teams, capable, and presumably willing, to meet his asking price, giving him the option of contracts in the same neighborhood. If the decision is not about money – as when Robinson left Kano for Seattle – it will make the judge’s potential departure all the more devastating, as a perceived rebuke to the city and the franchise – which has gone on for 14 years without a championship – as it has earned matchless fame, unparalleled affection and unparalleled honor. preceded for the section of Yankee Stadium named after him.

On March 30, MVP can stand up to a disjointed “Judge’s Chambers,” treated like Alex Rodriguez in Seattle or Bryce Harper in Washington. He will be the second player in MLB history (Barry Bonds) to leave a team as MVP, the biggest star to turn down a New York title contender since Pat Riley sent his resignation letter to the Knicks.

It will be surreal. But it may not be far from reality.

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The back cover of The New York Post on November 23, 2022.
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What a mess

Lionel Messi may not be long at this World Cup.

Despite entering Qatar with an Argentina-laden squad rated as the second strongest favourites, positioned to fill the only void on his résumé, the 35-year-old legend is now in danger of leaving his fifth – And most likely final – The World Cup in the group stage, after one of the biggest surprises in the history of the tournament on Tuesday 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. This is the first loss for Argentina in its past 37 matches and the second victory for Saudi Arabia in the World Cup since 1994.

Messi, who scored the first goal of the match, was shocked afterwards.

“The truth? It’s a very tough blow because we didn’t expect to start like this,” Messi said when asked about the team’s feeling.

In 1990, Diego Maradona – the Argentine deity to whom Messi has long been compared, and whom Messi never managed to replicate his memorable run in the 1986 World Cup – and Argentina also suffered one of the tournament’s upsets ever in losing to Cameroon but this The team recovered to reach the World Cup final.

Lionel Messi appears saddened by Argentina's loss to Saudi Arabia.
Lionel Messi and Argentina have some work to do if they hope to emerge from the group stages of the World Cup after falling to Saudi Arabia.
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Victory over Mexico on Saturday keeps such a scenario in play for Argentina. Otherwise, the greatest player of his generation will emerge from the greatest stage in the world once again.

Messi said: “There are no excuses. We will be more united than ever. This group is strong and we have shown it. It is a situation we have not been in for a long time. Now we have to show that this is a real group.”

Devilishly good

Can demons do it again?

When the Maple Leafs visit the Prudential Center tonight, the Devils (16-3-0) will have a chance to set a new franchise record with their 14th consecutive win. New Jersey, who beat Toronto (10-5-5) six days earlier, pulled off a tie for the 2001 Stanley Cup Final with a 5-2 win over Edmonton in front of a packed Newark crowd. The Devils haven’t lost since Oct. 24.

Nico Hischier #13 of the New Jersey Devils fights Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers for the puck during the second period of the game at the Prudential Center on November 21, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.
Healthy after being hit with injury the past few seasons, Niko Hischier (22 points) has fueled the Devils’ unbeaten team for nearly a month.
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“We are there [in] “The history book,” Captain Nico Hischer said after Monday’s win. “Nobody is going to take that from us now.”

Despite making one playoff appearance in the past decade and finishing 28th in the NHL last season, the Devils have claimed the second most wins (16) in NHL history with their first 19 games of the season, trailing the Bruins this Boston’s Season and Lineup 1929-30. (17). The 1992-93 Penguins hold the NHL record for most consecutive wins (17).

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