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News of the Day – 2/14/09

In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s news is powered by this video (don’t worry, there’s no sex :-)):

  • Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports on the Yanks’ first day or camp down in Florida, including this chuckle:

Noted extrovert Joba Chamberlain was already in midseason form, heading for the locker of the big man on campus and trying on CC Sabathia’s size 56 pinstriped jersey.

[My take: Brett Garder could use it for a tent.]

  • Here’s a photo to make you happy … C-MW on the mound.
  • Over at ESPN.com, Jayson Stark offers the results of a survey regarding best and worst off-season moves.  The Yankees figure prominently in the “best” categories.
  • At BP.com, Kevin Goldstein is out with his annual listing of the “Top 100 Prospects”.   Jesus Montero is one of only two Yankees to make the list, at #38.  Austin Jackson (#46) is the other.
  • Also at BP.com, Marc Normandin lists the top fantasy second basemen for ’09.  Robby Cano comes in at #14.
  • The Yanks signed Brett Tomko to a minor league deal, writes Tyler Kepner.

[My take: Fun fact … his name anagrams to BOTTOM TREK, which sort of describes this signing.]

  • In PeteAbe’s reporting of the Tomko signing, he includes this A-Rod news:

Meanwhile, in an incredible case of bad timing, the University of Miami named its baseball field after Alex Rodriguez this evening. A-Rod donated $3.9 million to refurbish the facility. He had planned to attend Miami before signing with Seattle out of high school.

The stadium is now called Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. How a park can be at a field, I’m not quite sure. But for $3.9 million, it doesn’t really matter.

[My take: Any truth to the rumor that Alex is now claiming he didn’t know exactly what he was putting his money towards (a park or a field), and that he’s sorry and remorseful and ready to move on?]

  • PeteAbe also has the latest on the media circus that will greet A-Rod upon his arrival:

The Yankees were going to have A-Rod met (sic) the press on Tuesday in the dugout to try and make it more informal. But expect a full-fledged press conference instead. The main reason? Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte want to attend. Having Those With Rings on hand will provide support, both real and symbolic.

[My take: Break out the tub of popcorn and the “saying all the right things” detector … its gonna be a doozy.  Oy …. sigh.]

  • Finally from Pete, some interesting news regarding how Pettitte got through the end of the 2008 season:

Andy Pettitte said today “he needed some help from the trainer” to make his final 10 starts last season. That’s baseball-player speak for cortisone shots.

“My shoulder, for whatever reason, just broke down,” Pettitte said. With the Yankees in contention, he kept taking the ball. …

Pettitte said he focused on strengthening his shoulder this winter and that several examinations revealed no structural damage.

  • Another sad turn in the life of Jim Leyritz.
  • YESNetwork is in the midst of counting down their top 25 moments in Yankee Stadium history.

[poll id=”11″]

  • Happy 24th birthday to Tyler Clippard.  Clippard had a homer-surrendering cup of coffee with the Bombers in ’07, before being traded to the Nats for Jonathan Albaladejo.
  • Brad “Uncle Albert/Admiral” Halsey turns 28 today.  Halsey made seven lackluster starts for the Yanks in ’04, before being included in the package to Arizona for Randy Johnson.
  • Happy 34th birthday to Damaso Marte.
  • Kelly Stinnett, one of the “Posada non grata”s (patent pending) over the last few years, turns 39.

And finally … today I’ll be attending the SABR Casey Stengel chapter gathering in NYC.  After Todd Drew passed away last month, I noticed he was an SABR member and a member of this chapter.  I wrote to chapter president Evelyn Begley and mentioned Todd’s passing, and asked if maybe someone could mention it during their usual “Tributes and Obits” portion of the program.  She suggested that I might I want to say something about Todd.  So … I printed up 100 copies of his Yankee Stadium memory, and may just read it aloud for the group.  I hope I make Todd proud.  I miss him.

Til Monday …

Categories:  Diane Firstman  News of the Day

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1 Mattpat11   ~  Feb 14, 2009 10:01 am

Ah, the first day of Spring Training.

Is Burnett hurt yet?

2 ms october   ~  Feb 14, 2009 10:13 am

that's cool diane - you will definitely make todd proud.
i have been thinking about todd a lot myself.

3 Yankee Mama   ~  Feb 14, 2009 10:43 am

[1] Not to worry. If AJ gets hurt, there is always Brett Tomko or better yet, Kei Igawa to take his spot in the rotation.

THe SABR Casey Stengel chapter. How cool. Sounds like an interesting program. I wonder what Radmonski has to say.

Todd will be well represented. I miss him too.

4 Mattpat11   ~  Feb 14, 2009 10:51 am

I'm sure Sidney Ponson would make another comeback.

5 Just Fair   ~  Feb 14, 2009 11:16 am

That Joba news did indeed make me laugh. All I need now is C.C. in Gardner's jersey singing "fat guy in little coat."
[4] At least he behaved himself while he was here. I think.

6 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Feb 14, 2009 12:12 pm

thanks for these daily posts, diane. they have quickly become a favorite morning ritual.

spring training updates + relevant anagrams = heaven.


7 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 14, 2009 1:43 pm

[5] I was thinking more of "I Feel Pretty"...

8 rbj   ~  Feb 14, 2009 1:56 pm

And this just in, Carl Pavano strained his eyelid while working out with the rest of the Cleveland pitchers.

9 thelarmis   ~  Feb 14, 2009 2:01 pm

Diane -

i love your column here!

i'll never forget your anagram for the wonderfully named texas pitcher Warner Madrigal... = MARGINAL REWARD !!! that's gonna be tough to top!!!

yes, i think of Todd often and miss him dearly. i think what you're doing in his honor is fabulous and quite a touching tribute. i hope you'll let Marsha know. if not, i'll be glad to email her for you! i imagine Steven Goldman is part of this chapter...perhaps the president!

pitchers and molina's today - wahoo!!!

10 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 14, 2009 2:52 pm

[8] The Cleveland pitchers might do the same while they watch him sitting out his next start...

11 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 14, 2009 7:55 pm

Diane, loved the Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey you dropped in there!
warm spring day here, lots of WBC talk on the tv..baseball is back!

Tomko..why make moves just to make moves????

12 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 15, 2009 6:22 pm

[6], [9], [11]



They videotaped the meeting ... i'm seeing if they'll post it somewhere ...

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