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5 reasons to like the Yankees ... sort of

August 20, 2012|RedEye

The N.Y. Yankees have it so easy. They have a global fan base, never a lull in publicity, and lots of chances to be on TV. Must be nice. They're also pretty good at baseball, as they boast the most wins in the American League. As the Yankees take on the White Sox in a potential playoff preview this week, here are our favorite TV appearances by current Yankees.

1) Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, "Entourage," 2011

The two superstars—not to mention Amare Stoudemire and Michael Strahan—put Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) in his place when he asks the athletes to invest more money in a restaurant venture. Teixeira is particularly entertaining with his rant. And now we know how NOT to proceed when we hit up Tex and A-Rod for donations.

2) Derek Jeter, "Seinfeld," 1996

Wow, mid-1990s Jeter was a lot skinnier—and a lot less fashion-conscious. The Yankees shortstop and Bernie Williams don't have to stretch much, as Jason Alexander does the heavy lifting in a scene in which George Costanza teaches the Yankees how to hit. It's even funnier now, seeing Jeter in a half-sleeve pullover and what's almost a high-top fade.

3) Nick Swisher, "How I Met Your Mother," 2010

The ex-White Sox outfielder's struggles made him unpopular in Chicago, but he comes off as fairly likable here. He plays a potential obstacle in Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) quest for a "perfect week," in which he tries to sleep with one woman a night for seven days. For now, we'll let it slide that he hit .219 with the Sox.

4) Nick Swisher, "Better With You," 2011

Yep, Swisher's everywhere these days. He even has a voice gig for an animated film in the works. Doubt we'll shell out money to see that, but it is cool that the Swisher in the "Better With You" universe owns a bar. So we'll live vicariously through that for a few minutes.

5) CC Sabathia, "Cubed," 2010

The ace has fun being interviewed by one of the main characters on this Fox Sports series about three office drones who try to one-up each other. Kudos to Sabathia for rejecting pizza with hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack as toppings, but points off for supporting LeBron James and his infamous decision.

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