There’s nothing better than waking up late on a Sunday morning, a little while before the game — and Joba’s second start — begins, to some baseball reading. To wit, a dose of recommended reading for you:
- Tyler Kepner profiled Gerrit Cole, the Yanks’ first-round draft pick. The youngster was 11 when the Yankees lost to the Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series. I feel really old now.
- Peter Meehan, a travel writer for The Times, tells you what to eat and what to avoid at ballparks around the country. The corresponding map is pretty nifty.
- Ed Price profiles the Yankees clubhouse attendants. As fun as it sounds in theory to work in a baseball clubhouse, it sounds very much like a tough, work-intensive job.
- Doug Glanville, in his on-going contributions as a guest columnist for The Times, writes about the infamous game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. As a former member of that Cubs team, Glanville is quick to point the finger at Steve Bartman and omits any mention of Alex Gonzalez’s more costly error a few batters later on a potential inning-ended double play ball. Fun note: Kyle Farnsworth helped seal the Cubs’ doom in that game, giving up 3 earned runs in 0.1 innings of relief work in that 8th inning nearly five years ago.
- Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports checks in with the Yankee veterans who are loathe to admit that the Yanks are in a rebuilding mode. I wouldn’t call what they’re doing “rebuilding,” but the Yanks are certainly pursuing something of a different course than the one they’ve charted year in and year out since losing to the Diamondbacks in 2001.