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Clay Holmes woke up in his Pittsburgh apartment on the morning of July 26 last year and joked with his wife.
“Man, wouldn’t it be crazy if we had to pack this whole place up in a day?” he told her.
“Sure enough, a couple hours later, that’s what we were doing,” Holmes said.
The next morning, the reliever flew to Florida to join the Yankees, who were playing at Tampa Bay and had acquired him in a trade with the Pirates. Two days later, Holmes made his debut and began a two-plus-month sprint to the finish line of a playoff race.
Such is the life of an MLB trade deadline acquisition.
Andrew Benintendi is the latest player in the Yankees’ clubhouse to experience the whirlwind, and by the trade deadline Tuesday, there will likely be more who are faced with uprooting their lives in one city, quickly moving to another and immediately playing in high-stakes games for the rest of the season.
“It’s pretty ruthless,” Anthony Rizzo, who landed with the Yankees in a trade from the Cubs a day before the deadline last year, said Friday. “I got traded two days ago, I’m playing the next day. So there’s no time to pack up. Guys are going to get traded in the next week that are on long road trips that have nothing [with them]. But you maneuver around it. It seems like it always works out.”
Holmes and Rizzo both said they leaned on their wives to take care of the packing and logistics back home, which helped them focus more on baseball.
In Holmes’ case, he was able to separate the on-field and off-field chaos to lean into his craft.
“It can definitely be pretty hectic,” Holmes said. “Different people take it different ways, but for me, it just really made me focus in on when I was getting my work in, you had to make sure you locked in on it. Outside the field, you’re wondering where you’re going to stay, short-term housing, there’s a lot of stuff going on. But when you get to the field, some guys it helps you just to lock in. It can be especially energizing coming to a team that’s in a pennant race and looking to win a World Series.”
Holmes said it took him two to three weeks after the trade to feel settled. Rizzo said he didn’t feel fully settled until this year, after re-signing with the Yankees in the offseason.
“It’s two months of new friendships and teammates,” Rizzo said. “You usually have six weeks in spring training to meet your new teammates. Six weeks from now, there’s only two weeks left in the regular season. But I think the group we have will make it a lot easier to [help him] feel as comfortable as we can as quick as we can.”
Rizzo said this year should be slightly different for newcomers, because the Yankees entered Friday with an 11¹/₂-game lead in the AL East instead of chasing a playoff spot from behind, as they were last year.
Still, the pressure will be on Benintendi to fit in seamlessly on the fly, all while balancing his on-field performance with getting settled in a new city and surroundings.
“You just get comfortable somewhere for a while and then everything’s uprooted,” Rizzo said. “You’re supposed to be inserted into a new place and continue — he [was] hitting .320 in Kansas City. Just come in and [you’re] expected to do that when the only thing that’s the same is the game. Everything else is different.”
It’s a feeling their manager can relate to, 19 years after Aaron Boone was traded from the Reds to the Yankees at the deadline.
“I try to be a sounding board or certainly share my experiences,” Boone said. “There’s real life and finding a place to live and introducing yourself to people and what hitting group am I in? All those kind of routine things you take for granted.”
By: Ny Post
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.”
“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.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
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.
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.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
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.
By: Ny Post
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