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News of the Day – 12/3/08

As our friend Will Carroll would say …. “powered by” the sounds of Guitar Shorty, here’s the latest news:

  • Over at the Post, Joel Sherman will be keeping a careful eye on what Andy Pettitte does now that the Yanks decided not to offer him arbitration:

In his moment of need, when it was revealed Pettitte was both a liar and cheater, the Yankees stood by him last season. At that time, Pettitte was only too happy to say the Yankees were the only team he ever wanted to play for any more. He did not say he only wanted to play for the Yankees unless they offer him a paycut.The Yanks have indeed offered that cut. Pettitte made $16 million last year and, according to sources, he was offered $10 million to return in 2009. So far, Pettitte has rejected that bid while his camp has done nothing to dispel reports linking him to Joe Torre and the Dodgers.

  • Over at LoHud, Pete Abe offers his non-ballot for the Hall (he doesn’t have the 10 years in the BBWAA needed to vote):

If I had a vote this year it would go to Blyleven, Henderson and Rice. … Rickey seems pretty obvious. People smarter than I have convinced me Blyleven belongs and I think Rice was the dominant hitter in the AL for a long enough period of time.

  • Ken Rosenthal at FOXSports.com notes that the slumping economy even impacts the mighty Yankees, especially as shown in their not offering arbitration to Bobby Abreu.
  • Bryan Hoch of MLB.com gives us a rundown of the Yankees Hot Stove activity leading up to next week’s Winter Meetings.
  • At the News, Bill Egbert writes that with the demolition of the old stadium not starting till next April, a lot of neighborhood kids will be without a ballfield on which to play.
  • While we are all cognizant of the declining health of George Steinbrenner, another team owner passed away Tuesday.  Ted Rogers, owner of the Blue Jays, died at age 75 (ESPN).
  • Happy 48th birthday to Gene (not Jeff) Nelson.  Nelson pitched for the Bombers in his rookie season (1981), then was part of a package that brought the Yanks Shane Rawley.

Categories:  Diane Firstman  News of the Day

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1 thelarmis   ~  Dec 3, 2008 3:54 pm

diane - you left out one birthday -- there's was a kid born on December 3rd who always dreamt of being the centerfielder - and leadoff batter! - for the NY Yankees! he never quite got as far as Pat Jordan, but i get to play music as my livelihood, so no complaints here! ; )

speaking of music, today has a motley crew of birthdays: anton webern, herbie nichols, ozzy osbourne, larry mitchell and...thelarmis!

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Dec 3, 2008 4:17 pm


Happy (insert # here) Birthday to you!

3 thelarmis   ~  Dec 3, 2008 4:24 pm

[2] thanking you! the # is steadily increasing, don'tchya know! ah, oh well, it's all good!!! : )

let's just say, i'd fit in well with the Yankees of recent times...

ps - i really love your news of the day column here! : )

4 Todd Drew   ~  Dec 3, 2008 4:39 pm

Happy birthday, thelarmis. Are you going to play and extra set tonight to celebrate?

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Dec 3, 2008 4:44 pm


you mean he'll yell .... "let's play two ..." :-)

6 thelarmis   ~  Dec 3, 2008 4:47 pm

[4] thanks, man! nah, i'm actually rushing out the door - per usual - to go teach! i only have a few drum lessons this evening. then it's off to my favorite watering hole to meet up with a series of friends to enjoy some pub food and celebratory ale! : )

7 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 3, 2008 8:34 pm

[1] Happy Birthday, Drummah Bwoy! Now beat it... (badum-tschh! >;)

8 thelarmis   ~  Dec 3, 2008 9:04 pm

[7] thanks, chyll! 'preciate ya, my friend. i'll drink a root beer for ya, but...just for tonight, i think i'm gonna minus the "root" part of the equation! ; )

9 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Dec 4, 2008 1:16 am

thelarmis returns! Happy Birthday, man. be sure to be merry and enjoy the non-root beer!

10 thelarmis   ~  Dec 4, 2008 4:01 am

[9] thanks, man! yeah, it's been too long. crazy month traveling to NY every single day off to be w/ my grandpa. hope you and i can catch up soon! at some point, i need to email you offline... hope all is well!

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