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I disagree with the great Mike Francesa on this one.

The Yankees need to trade Gary Sanchez for decent pitching.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that he isn’t a great catcher.  He is probably one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time and if he keeps this pace up, maybe the greatest hitting catcher of all-time.

But he also has some major negatives:

A) He can’t catch.  Not only can’t he catch, but he is getting worse.  His catching has been horrible this year, with way too many passed balls.

B) He isn’t hustling.  He had a real bone-head play tonight against Tampa Bay where the runner basically stole home on him since he was lolligaging.  That is a big “no-no”.

C) Often injured.  He seems to be injured every year now.  We need an everyday catcher behind the plate and it also confuses the pitchers who have to adjust to different catchers.

D) His value is high.  The Yankees “should” be able to receive some great value for him.  I wouldn’t accept anything less than a number two starter.

E) The playoffs are about pitching.  In a short series, the Yankees are going to need two stud pitchers. Severino is a stud, but after that, it’s mostly some number 3’s (Tanaka) and some “4” and “5” starters.  C.C. Sabathia is in his final years, Sonny Gray is getting rocked every other start and everyone else is either injured or inexperienced.

Tough pitching can knock you out of the postseason in a hurry.

With that being said, Gary Sanchez does have a great arm.  A super strong-arm, he hits for power (although his average is down a ton) and he is young.

But one hitter does not win you a world series.  The Yankees are stacked with great hitters and I would trade Sanchez in a heart beat for a Degrom, Happ, or any other decent starter.

-John Andre.

 

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I have to admit, the Fall is my favorite time of year for doing outside cardio.

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When the weather cools down and the leaves change color in N.Y.C, I try to get outside as much as possible.  It’s also nice to get outside before the extreme cold weather starts.

I don’t care what anyone says, long-distance running is better in cooler weather.

It’s not a coincidence that the NYC marathon is usually on the first Sunday in November, because the weather is slightly colder  It’s not necessarily better for sprinting, but it is a lot better for long distance training.

Running in the heat is tough.  Although I want to be cut in the summer, I find it hard to run outside when its over 90 degrees out or extremely humid.

Now that I am officially done losing weight for the summer, I am also slowly going to increase my calories and get back into some heavy lifting.

I plan on starting my official bulk up on October 1st. But for now, I want to get outside as much as possible.

Next week I am going to post my official bulk up guide.  There are several changes that I would like to incorporate this year and hopefully next summer I will look my all-time best.

-John

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Hello everyone!

I just returned from my 7-day honeymoon/summer vacation and I want to publish my reviews while the vacation is still fresh in my mind.  Our original plan was to fly to Hawaii, but 2 days before the wedding (Aug 6th) my wife discovered that she was pregnant and decided that she didn’t want to take a long flight

So instead of a week in Hawaii, we decided to drive upstate with a stop in Lake George, Montreal, Quebec City and then Maine.

So what is my official review of Lake George? Surprisingly good!

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I have been meaning to visit Lake George for a long time but I just never found time to made the trip.  I went to College in Albany, NY for a while and its at least a 45 minute drive PAST Albany. So figure at LEAST 4 hours from NYC, but probably even closer to 5 hours depending on traffic and what borough you live in.

The first thing you notice about Lake George is the outstanding air quality.  The air in the Adirondack’s is INSANELY clean.  Before Penicillin, people with respiratory illnesses would spend time in the Adirondacks as part of their recovery and now I understand why.  As soon as you step out of the car you notice a tremendous difference between the clean mountain air and the dirty air I have been breathing in NYC.

Lake George has a small center of town with various bars, restaurants and stores, along with several nice resorts and campgrounds across the sides of the HUGE lake.   I obviously wasn’t partying with my pregnant wife, but the bars also looked pretty good.

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We stayed at the Fort Henry hotel.   Most of the hotels in town seemed pretty nice but definitely not very modern.  Think more like the Jersey Shore rather than Paris, France.

Bascically, Lake George is an outdoors town.  If you are into running, biking, canoeing, hiking or swimming, you won’t have a bad time in Lake George.  I went for a 3-mile run on my last day there and I found out they were holding a triathlon at the same time.

Lake George is an outdoor paradise.

I told my wife several times that Lake George reminded me of the town from the movie “Dirty Dancing”.    It has that 1950’s, “Americana” vibe which I really enjoyed.

Overall, if you are looking for a luxury vacation, I wouldn’t recommend Lake George.  But if you are looking for a kid-friendly town with a lively scene and beautiful nature, then Lake George is a great vacation.

I would recommend visiting Lake George in the Summer and Lake Placid for a Winter trip.  Choose any hotel in downtown and you can’t go wrong.  Once you park your car you can walk through most of the town pretty easily.

Lake George belongs in my category of NY vacation spots that have pleasantly surprised me, along with Niagara Falls and Lake Placid.

Next reviews will be Montreal, Quebec City and then Maine.

-John

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