New York Sports Weekly Awards

Team of the Week: New York Yankees

Simple, the Yankees didn’t lose last week. Do that, and you’ll get team of the week every time. The Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, and have been able to open up a small lead atop the AL East due to their recent play.

Play of the Week: Thomas McNamara’s goal in the 53rd minute at Philadelphia

In his first start for NYCFC, the New York native made his mark felt, with a beautiful strike from quite a few feet out of the penalty box to knot the score at one, before his team was able to net the winning goal late in the game, for NYCFC’s first road win in franchise history. Great goal, and a great win.

Game of the Week: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees, June 5

When the ninth inning of Friday night’s game began, the Yankees were up seven runs, and fans could have felt comfortable leaving Yankee Stadium early to beat traffic. That’s when the Angels decided to make things a little bit more interesting. The first run of the inning was scored when Chase Headley and Jose Pirela couldn’t figure out who was going to field a routine pop up, and it fell in for an RBI single. From there, a wild pitch and a walk loaded the bases, and a Kole Calhoun single made the score 8-3. Girardi had seen enough of Esmil Rogers, but the ball had already started rolling. Not even Dellin Betances could stop the bleeding until he struck out Carlos Perez with the tying run on third base. This inning also featured (gasp) an earned run charged to Betances, his first of the season. A blowout became interesting within a few minutes, and the Yanks still pulled it out. I’d call that a good game.

Worst Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

Behind two goals from Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin sent the Red Bulls to a 4-2 defeat, their third straight. After beginning the season 3-0-4, things have really gone downhill for the better of the two New York squads. Things aren’t going so well for either soccer team around here.

Player of the Week: Ruben Tejada (???)

Yep, that day has arrived. Ruben Tejada is your player of the week. Usually, that would mean that either (a) Tejada binged on steroids and now has the physique of Hulk Hogan in his prime, or (b) there was a nuclear disaster, and Tejada is the only one who survived because he was safe inside the Mets doghouse. But this isn’t one of those weeks. Tejada has stepped it up since news broke that David Wright could be out for a while, learning to play a new position at third, before moving to the middle infield where he’s more comfortable, and along the way raking at the plate. Over the past week, Tejada provided some much needed consistency at the top of the order during the team’s west coast swing, going 11-for-28 with two doubles, and overall earning a very impressive .393/.438/.464 slash line. How long will this continue, no one knows. But it’s fun for now, and that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

Performance of the Week: Alex Rodriguez

In that same Friday night game, “A-Rod” not only passed Barry Bonds for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time RBI list with a single in the fifth inning, he went 4-for-5 with a double and a run. What would have been a good night to begin with, also turned out to be a historic one for Rodriguez.

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