The Cleveland Indians, in an effort to one-up Manny Ramirez in the showmanship department, have asked one of Josh Beckett’s ex-girlfriends to sing the National Anthem tonight. If that isn’t distracting enough, Cleveland will then drop nests of little mosquitoes all over the pitcher’s mound in the bottom of the first. · (6) ·
EJ Fagan over at our old home has a great piece up on the beat writers’ overreactions to the non-news emanating from Tampa right now. His point – and it’s a good one – is that the Yankees are under no obligation to rush their decision simply to create news for writers searching for off-season, pre-free agency stories. Check it out.
The Yankees have not reached any sort of decision, GM Brian Cashman said after today’s meeting. Apparently, they are trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem. I thought they were just trying to decide whether or not to offer their Hall of Fame manager a contract extension.
Update by Joe: PeteAbe is saying that Cashman has the backing of ownership with his A-Rod decree. That’s good news, I suppose. Now let’s see what kind of offer they make him. · (11) ·
ESPN News Services reports that Buster Olney does not think Ron Guidry will be back as the Yanks’ pitching coach. Oleny’s speculation is based on this George King article, the recent availability of Leo Mazzone and the relationship between Dave Eiland and the Yankees rookie pitching trifecta. · (17) ·
I have no idea.
Hat tip to It’s a Fly World. This is the last Red Sox picture I’ll post today. I promise. Someone just tell the Yanks to hurry up and do something down in Tampa today…
Venezuela Winter League box scores haven’t been posted yet. I’ll try to get an update posted later today (assuming the box scores get posted at some point), but no promises.
VWL Update: (thanks to commentor Yanks26 for the heads up)
Justin Pope: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-3 GB/FB
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB – both walks were intentional…fear the Vech (.455-.618-.818 in his homeland)
Edwar Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 1 K
If you’re bored at work, take a quick scroll through the rosters for some of the VWL teams, some of those names are big time blasts from the pasts.