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Even two weeks later, the parting of ways between Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz almost feels surreal, if only because this time last year we were comparing the two of them to the Bill Torrey/Al Arbour partnership that created perhaps the last great hockey dynasty (we’ll save Islanders vs. Oilers for another day). 

There’s probably one prevailing reason for that. 

Nine times out of 10, when a coach around here is fired it almost feels like a mercy killing. It is almost always inevitable. Joe Judge was a fired coach walking the final few games last year, Adam Gase for almost all of 2020. There were few complaints when the Mets let Luis Rojas go. Every Knicks coach between Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau (save for maybe — maybe — Mike Woodson) was fired by the fans long before the brass got around to it. 

Trotz’s dismissal came accompanied by a wave of shock, and anger, and sadness, and regret, all things that almost never come along with the business of firing a manager or a coach. There was a significant portion of the Islanders fan base, even those who have sworn by Lamoriello for three years, who immediately began swearing at him. Some are still miffed. 

That’s a pretty unusual dynamic. Even Joe Torre, who only won four world championships with the Yankees, had seemed to run his course by the time he left after the 2007 ALDS loss to Cleveland. Casey Stengel was 70 when the Yankees fired him, and TV cameras had caught him napping during the 1960 season. Yankees fans were grateful, yet ready to move on. 

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Barry Trotz
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The Yankees are actually an interesting case study because they actually have made some of the least-popular managerial firings in the city’s history. Part of that can simply be attributed to George Steinbrenner’s itchy trigger finger, which allowed him to believe firing Dick Howser in 1980 was a good idea, which led him to not renew Buck Showalter’s contract in 1995. Two terrific managers, caught in the dragnet of an impatient owner. 

Still, there has never been a firing as resoundingly unpopular as when Steinbrenner finally axed Billy Martin in 1978. Technically, Martin resigned in Kansas City a day after issuing his infamous “one’s a born liar, the other’s convicted” assessment of Reggie Jackson and the Boss. But Martin’s job had been on the line going back to the summer of ’77. He almost certainly would’ve been canned in another week. 

And the fans went berserk. 

Martin was a popular figure from his time as a gritty, dirty-uniform second baseman with the Yankees teams of the ’50s. His personality was a custom-fit for New York in the ’70s. Fans loved him. A few days later, this newspaper ran a poll: Whom do you side with, George or Billy? 

Martin took home 99 percent of the vote. 

Not a typo. Ninety-nine percent. 

Martin’s subsequent hirings and firings lessened his sway over the fans as the years progressed, but Steinbrenner was so spooked by the backlash that he pulled off that famous Old-Timers’ Day bait-and-switch, announcing Martin would actually return in 1980. (Kids, if you’re too young, look it up. It was bonkers in The Bronx.) 

It wasn’t quite the same seven years later when Steinbrenner fired Yogi Berra 16 games into the 1985 season after the Boss had vowed on a stack of Bibles that Yogi would be given the year, but it was enough for Yogi to stay away from The Bronx for 14 years, and that was good enough for most Yankees fans. 

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There have been others, scattered throughout our teams. When Bobby Valentine was fired at the end of the 2002 season there was something of an outcry among Mets fans, especially since unpopular GM Steve Phillips was allowed to stay. There was a modicum of quizzical reaction when Joe Girardi was let go after bringing the Yankees to within one game of the World Series in 2017, but Girardi was so cold and aloof whatever anger existed was muted. There are still plenty of Rex Ryan loyalists scattered amid the Jets’ fan base. 

Mostly, there’s a direct line between a “Gooooood-bye, Allie!” or a “Joe must go” roaring out of the grandstand and a press release and a press conference. Just not this time.

Vac’s Whacks

Roger Angell’s rare gifts as a writer were exceeded only by his kindness and his grace as an occasional press-box neighbor. He leaves behind an unparalleled body of work and an unmatched reputation as a gentleman. Godspeed. 

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With all that’s already been written about Jackie Robinson, it’s hard to fathom a new book that sheds light and offers fresh perspective. But Kostya Kennedy has done just that. “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson” is an essential summer read, whether you are a baseball person or not. 


Aaron Judge is right. Camden Yards was picture-perfect just the way it was. 

It really wasn’t until the Yankees played this week in Baltimore that I realized just how much I miss Ken Singleton on YES.

Whack Back at Vac

Bill Bittay: Aroldis = Rolaids. The anagram works well. I’m running low on my supply. I know, I have way too much time on my hands. 

Vac: That … that is perfection. 

Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman
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John Cobert: How come the Yankees get to play with the old ball? 

Vac: Yes, you don’t hear a lot of complaining about dead baseballs around the Yankees all that much these days … 


@drschnip: Has anyone ever seen Matt Harvey and Bo Belinsky in the same room at the same time? It’s a reincarnation so complete it can only have been the result of a bizarre Santeria ritual? 

@MikeVacc: Look him up, kids. Dr. Schnipp may well be on to something with this. 

Hank Hansen: I think Ryan Lindgren should be nicknamed Timex. No one in the NHL takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ like he does. 

Vac: We take it on faith that hockey players are the toughest SOBs in all of sports, but Lindgren does seem to exist in these playoffs on an even higher (and more painful) plane.


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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