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.
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.
In case you didn’t get the point from Ed Price’s hourly updates, he fills us in with another one at 4 p.m.: The Yanks could release a statement tonight. And pigs could fly if they sprouted wings.
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.
According to reports from Tampa, something happened today. The Yankees offices received its delivery of water coolers. I kid you not. This is what the
stalkers reporters are sending our way. What a farce.