Tuesday, August 2, 2016


The Yankees brass, in particular Hal Steinbrenner, decided it was time to pull the trigger on an overhaul on Sunday and dealt Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians for OF prospect Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Ben Heller and RHP JP Feyereisen. If you followed Twitter on Sunday, most analysts were pleased with the haul and most fans were as well. Some complained, as is normal, but I think this trade could be a turning point to #MaketheYankeesFunAgain.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a piece titled just that, MAKE THE YANKEES FUN AGAIN. The boring, lackluster Yankees were in need of a facelift and I believe that got one in Clint Frazier. The young OF prospect, who ranks in the top 30 overall prospects in nearly every top 100 list, brings energy, bat speed and a full, fun bright head of red hair!

Brian Cashman was quoted and in a very un-Cashman-like way, praised the hell out of the kid.

"He's got all the tools. His bat energy is already legendary. A high energy guy who shows up to the national anthem in a dirty uniform."

That quote and a discussion with my buddy Jeff (who helped me come up with the #MaketheYankeesFunAgain story) led me to think, that #RedThunder, as Frazier said in a tweet, could be exactly what the Yankees team and fan base need to get behind.
When was the last time we saw a guy in pinstripes really, really excite the crowd? Someone that created buzz? I can’t remember much as of recently. 

Greg Bird and Luis Severino a little last year, maybe. But let’s imagine a guy like Frazier hustling out a gap shot, hair flying and getting dirty and pumped up as he beats the throw to leg out an extra base hit. Envision that and what energy that could bring to the Stadium.

Now he is still a little ways away from the Bronx most likely, and that’s alright. He is still just a kid who won’t turn 22 until September. But this is the kind of player the organization needs to help bring back the interest and excitement the team has seemingly been missing over the past couple of years.

Plus, from what we have been told, that kind of energy could be contagious as he joins a crowded, and talented, OF and team in Scranton-Wilkes Barre. That will be a fun team to watch with him and Aaron Judge in the corner spots in the OF, Gary Sanchez behind the dish and many other future Yankees helping the team win. All while competing and making each other better ball players.

Nothing in life is guaranteed but I must say that Frazier and the hype that surrounds him makes me excited. Over the next couple of years we could very well see some awesome talent make its way to the Bronx.

And it all goes well, maybe it’ll be headlined by #RedThunder. That would #MaketheYankeesFunAgain.

--Dan Lucia, BYB Senior Writer
Follow me on Twitter: @DManLucia



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