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Pete Alfano has been covering sports for more than 40 years. He worked in New York for Newsday, the New York Times and National Sports Daily. His first assignment as a 23-year-old out of college in 1969 was a Mets game against the Pirates at Shea Stadium for United Press International in the magical summer of 1969. On that eventful Saturday Bob Moose pitched a no-hitter against the Mets. What a way to break in.
Pete moved on to Newsday and covered the New York Knicks during those glory days in the early 1970s when they won their only two championships. He was the Jets beat writer in the tumultuous year of 1976 when Lou Holtz was coaching the team and the inconic Joe Namath was in his last season as Jets quarterback. Pete has covered major events in every major sport and also written and reported on boxing, tennis, horse racing, soccer and the Olympics. He helped cover the 1986 World Series and was in the press box when Bill Buckner let that ground ball go through his legs. His last Olympics was in Sydney in 2000 when he worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His final assignment for the Star-Telegram was covering the year-long buildup to Super Bowl XLV in North Texas, the one marred by ice, snow, frigid temperatures and unsafe temporary seats.
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peter, I think that the headline "Are the Yankees Facing a Red Sox-Type Makeover" overly dramatized the point of your article. Last week's trade was historic. I went back to 1954 offseason to find a trade of similar scope. Woodling and Gus Trianos to the Orioles, Turley and Larsen to the Yankees. (Plus others.) The Yankees churned their roster throughout the period between 1981 and 1995. If they lose competitiveness, of course they will shed older expensive contracts because there are teams that are always looking for former greats who can bring the magic for a half season. Readers are going to react to the headline. The headline does seem like the overly provocative type stories that Bleacher Report seems to generate. My big peeve with B/R are the 30 Slideshow pieces that tend to show the shallowness of the writer. Since B/R has created the slideshow format the general quality of writing has gone down. I used to enjoy the lively debates in the comments, but now B/R actually hides them. Sorry if I pissed you off. Clearly the Yankees are not interested in a Red-Sox Type Makeover, but they will shed salary in advance of 2014 and they have not brought up enough younger players, which is a byproduct of them always being competitive. It the Yankees are mediocre, then you have Chris Dickerson in the outfield and not Ibanez, etc.
I saw you've become the most recent Featured Columnist for the Yankees on the site here. Congratulations on the honor and look forward to working with you on the site. Talk to you soon.