Before you settle in front of the tube for an afternoon of football, here’s what is going on:
- PeteAbe from LoHud gives us audio clips from various Yankees and general gossip while at the Joe Torre event Friday night.
- Over at Newsday, Ken Davidoff compares the organization-building philosophies of the Yanks and BoSox. Here’s an interesting quote from Theo Epstein on the philosophy they employ:
“I think the goal is always to build a healthy organization. We try to keep that in the front of our mind,” Epstein said this past week at the general managers’ meetings in Dana Point, Calif. “If we ever get too focused on having to fill this hole, or having to get better in this area, we take a step back and say, ‘Does this make sense for what we’re trying to do over five to 10 years?’
- The Post’s Kevin Kernan has a nice piece on star pitching prospect Dellin Betances, who conceivably could be with the big club in 2010.
- ESPN reports that Willie Randolph was named to be bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers. Good luck Willie!
- From the “Does the construction union know about this?” department, “with the help of a few legendary players and Bronx teenagers, the New York Yankees carried pailfuls of dirt taken from home plate and the pitchers’ mound at their old home to a new one Saturday.” (Source: Canadian Press). Here’s MLB.com’s coverage of the “event”, including video.
- Today’s birthdays: The only player in ML history whose last name begins with Mm, Kevin Mmahat, turns 44. Kevin’s “career” consisted of 4 games in 1989, giving up 13 hits and 8 walks in 7.7 innings. Dion James is 46.
- On this date in 1953, the United States Supreme Court rules 7-2 that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving Yankees minor leaguer George Toolson, who refused to move from Triple-A to Double-A.
- On this date in 1998, Catfish Hunter announces that he is suffering from Lou Gehrig disease. Hunter will succumb to the disease less than a year later.