Okay, so you think you are an expert on the New York Yankees? Well, here we go with the new installment of “Name Your Yankee,” presented by Yankee Fan Dan. This is where the real Yankee fans step up to the plate and show their knowledge.clip_image001.gif" o:href="http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif">
In case you have forgotten, here is how it works: I will provide you with a list of clues. You see how many clues it takes for you to determine who the secret Yankee player is. If you identify the player in four clues, then you are assigned to the single A team. If you only need three clues, you are in double A. Two clues will place you in triple A. If you do it in one clue, you have made the big leagues! The answer is revealed on this page.
Does that still sound easy? Well, here is the difficult part. You must identify the secret Yankee player from your knowledge and not from research. If you cheat, you will have to live with it until the end of your career. The ethics panel will ban you from baseball without the opportunity for reinstatement. So, don’t pretend the ball hit you and limp to first base. Okay, here we go.
Clue number one: He has struck out 54 batters this season.
Clue number two: He wears uniform number 47.
Clue number three: He is right handed pitcher.
Clue number four: His record for this season is 4-2.
Alright, how did you do? If you guessed that the secret Yankee player is Ivan Nova, than you are right! Nova is putting together a string of excellent outings in his bid to regain his spot in the starting rotation. His most impressive outing was his complete game win against the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles boast numerous power hitters, but Nova struck out 11 batters in earning the victory. At minimum, he gives the Yankees an additional starter to provide an extra day of rest for Andy Pettitte. With Nova back in top form and Derek Jeter back, a big second half of the season is on the way.
Don’t forget to check back next Thursday for another edition of Name Your Yankee.