Did you see that?!?

Dustin Pedroia just tried to slap the ball out of Victor Martinez’s hand as he went by on the first play of the game. I kid you not, rewind it on your DVR and check that shit out. It’s a good play though, because he’s a “gamer” and “gritty” and a “Red Sox” and “not A-Rod.”

And for those of you who witnessed Kevin Youkilis reading the lineup, tell me he doesn’t look and sound like someone you’d meet online at 3am.

The results of today’s Tampa meetings

So it took Yankees beat reporters until 1 p.m. to figure out that the organizational meetings wouldn’t be at Legends Field. It goes hand in hand with what Max Kellerman said about baseball writers today (and I’m paraphrasing): They’re bringing in people with IQs in the 90s, which for them are geniuses. What did the reporters do after they finally figured out that they were in the wrong place? Started stalking, of course. Ed Price on what ensued:

“We’re seeking out all of owner George Steinbrenner‘s usual haunts in the Tampa Bay area, including restaurants and hotels.”

Hey, Ed. If you do that to your ex-girlfriend you’ll end up with a paper requiring you stay 500 feet away at all times.

Anyway, Howard Rubenstein announced the outcome of today’s proceedings, and it’s a doozy. So what’s in the box?


Hopefully at least one of you gets that.

Mattingly’s agent: He likes you; he really likes you

While the report about Don Mattingly’s supposedly not being ready to manage makes the rounds, Mattingly’s agent sees things a bit differently. Aware that such an equivocal statement from a potential managerial candidate could be career-threatening, Ed Schulte, Mattingly’s agent, said that The Star-Ledger’s report is completely false. Don Mattingly is ready and willing to manage the Yankees. I guess.

Winter ballin’

AzFL Peoria Javelinas (9-3 los to Mesa) don’t worry, JP will be back soon…
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – hit in every game he’s played so far…on base 12 times in 5 games
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – 6 hits (including a double & 2 jacks) & 6 RBI in his last 3 games
Reegie Corona: 0 for 4, 1 K
Steven White: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP – oi
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 21 of 29 pitches were strikes (72.4%)
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – despite all his control issues this year, dude had 96 K & a .159 BAA in 82.1 IP

HWB Honolulu (4-3 loss to North Shore)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – third straight game with a double after going hitless in his first 8 games
Anthony Claggett: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Venezuela Winter League had no games scheduled. The Dominican Winter League season kicks off Wednesday, but the rosters haven’t been announced. I never really followed the league, so I don’t have any idea of what kind of players typically play there. I’m gonna guess that you’ll see names like Jesus Montero, Kelvin DeLeon, Abe Almonte & Jairo Heredia, but again, this is nothing more than a guess.

Update: Now that I think about it, I remember hearing that Robbie Cano hit like, .380 in the DWL last year, so I guess the league does feature both big leaguers and prospects. We’ll find out in 24-hours anywho.

Mazzone, Yanks interested in each other

In a piece about the imminent Yankee meetings in Tampa, Ed Price of The Star-Ledger dropped in an interesting tidbit about the recently-fired pitching coach Leo Mazzone. According to a source inside the Yankees’ camp, this week’s discussions will include a bit about Leo Mazzone. The Yanks were interested in Mazzone two years ago, and Mazzone’s manager has indicated that Leo is again interested in working for the Bombers. With a few young pitchers on the horizon, this is a match made in baseball heaven.