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News of the Day – 3/12/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On March 12, 2009 @ 7:33 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Today’s news is powered by quite possibly the worst pro sports team music video ever (yes, worse than the “Super Bowl Shuffle”) … ladies and gentlemen … the 1986 LA Dodgers:
Rivera said he worked at about 90 percent of his regular velocity. He will throw batting practice again Saturday, and believes he could pitch in his first game of the spring Monday at home against the Phillies.
“If it feels as good as it feels now, there will be a game,” Rivera said. “Everything feels great.”
CC Sabathia doesn’t have control of his cutter yet. That’s a pitch he often uses with two strikes. For him, that pitch usually comes when he has two or three starts left in the spring. So he throws a four-seam fastball for a strike and — ka-boom — Gary Sheffield drills one. Sheff doesn’t get that pitch on April 27.
“I’ve been doing this a while, I know what will happen,” CC said. “You go through these things in spring training.”
“This” has turned out to be a lot of music, much of it hip-hop, at high volume from the stereo next to Swisher’s locker in the back of the room. Starter C. C. Sabathia said Swisher “keeps us loose in here, keeping it light.”
Sabathia added, “I’m looking forward to his humor every day.”
Starter A. J. Burnett said, “We call him Loud, but it’s not a bad loud, it’s a tolerable loud, and it’s good to have that kind of guy so when no matter how bad it’s going, he’s going to come in smiling and loud and laughing.”
First baseman Mark Teixeira said of Swisher’s musical taste, “He’s got a pretty good grasp on it, so until he messes up, we’re going to let him have the D.J. rights.”
The New York Yankees announced Wednesday the new Yankee Stadium will become the first antimicrobial facility in Major League Baseball.
CSG, a provider of antimicrobial products, treatments and services, will treat the baseball stadium using the Sports Antimicrobial System, team officials said.
The system is a comprehensive process that kills illness-causing microorganisms, and continually inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi on any surface for up to three years, officials said.
Areas of the stadium to be treated include the home and visiting club houses, locker rooms, training rooms, dugouts, showers, managers and coaches offices, weight-training areas and family lounge. Additionally, the team’s washable fabrics will be treated with FabricAid, Behar said…..
No word yet on if the fans will benefit from the same antimicrobial treatment in the public areas.
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 Mariano Rivera: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090311&content_id=3965348&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy&partnerId=rss_nyy
 Sabathia: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/03/11/the-trouble-with-spring-statistics/
 A-Rod called into: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2009/news/story?id=3970701
 The Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/sports/baseball/11yankees.html?_r=1&ref=baseball
 The Yankees: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/03/11/New_Yankee_Stadium_to_be_antimicrobial/UPI-78821236823955/
 appearing in Manhattan tonight: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/events/
 Emerald Guide to Baseball 2009: http://sabr.org/sabr.cfm?a=cms,c,2766,36,0
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