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News of the Day – 8/31/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On August 31, 2009 @ 8:53 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Today’s news is powered by . . . musical vegetables (no, not Michael Bolton!):
Fans are now allowed to bring in one bag that cannot be larger than 16” x 16” x 8”, subject to inspection.
The Yankees would prefer to re-sign Johnny Damon to a one-year contract for 2010 and allow outfield prospect Austin Jackson a second year to develop at Triple-A, meanwhile pursuing such big-name free-agent outfielders as Matt Holliday and Jason Bay in the offseason.
Kennedy has been throwing 35-pitch bullpen sessions that include all four pitches. When he first got back on the mound, Kennedy focused on throwing the ball over the plate, right down the middle. For the past two weeks, he’s been working side-to-side, hitting the corners. He’s scheduled to throw another bullpen on Monday, then he’ll face live hitters in batting practice sessions on Wednesday and Saturday. Beyond that, there is surely a plan, but Kennedy doesn’t know it.
. . . Kennedy is not pitching in Puerto Rico this season. The Arizona Fall League replaced winter ball. He’ll pitch during the instructional season beginning at the end of September — is it a season, it’s more like spring training — then he’ll go to the Arizona Fall League to pitch through October and most of November. He was planning to pitch in Puerto Rico, but the timing of the Fall League works better. His doctors told the Yankees that pitching in the fall would probably be better for his arm than pitching in the winter.
A former president of Madison Square Garden says that it was his idea to create what became the Yankees-run YES Network, and on Friday he sued George Steinbrenner, the team’s principal owner, in Manhattan federal court for fraud and breach of contract. He is seeking at least $23 million in damages.
Bob Gutkowski, who as president of the MSG Network negotiated a 12-year, $493.5 million deal in 1988 with the Yankees and is the plaintiff in the lawsuit, said that he had several meetings with Steinbrenner, starting in 1996, to discuss the idea of a Yankees network. He said he also made a presentation in 1998 to Steinbrenner and other Yankees executives that laid out how to build a regional sports network controlled by the team.
At one meeting in 1997, according to the lawsuit, Steinbrenner said he wanted to use the threat of starting a network to get $1 billion for a 10-year extension from MSG.
“At no point did Steinbrenner, regarded for his business acumen, conceive of creating a Yankees television network,” Gutkowski said in his papers. “The idea and plan was solely Mr. Gutkowski’s.” He added that Steinbrenner “knowingly and continuously misrepresented” an oral agreement that Gutkowski would run or be part of the network.
[My take: He's suing NOW? 12 years later?]
The press box second- guessing was immediate. Why was Derek Jeter bunting in the second inning with runners on first and second, no outs and the Yankees leading, 2-0.
. . . The bunt was successful, and Johnny Damon lined a double to score two more and put the Yankees up four on the way to a 10-0 romp over the White Sox yesterday at Yankee Stadium.
“It was the right thing to do,” Jeter said. “You got a couple guys on base with nobody out, you move them over. You got a lot of different ways to score runs when guys are on second and third as opposed to first and second. I’ve done it before and I’m sure I’ll do it again.”
. . . Winning the MVP is not about winning a batting title, it’s about doing all the little things right and winning games. Jeter picked up three more hits and is batting .333. He’s doing everything he can so he will not be sitting at home this October.
“He doesn’t want that to happen ever again,” Nick Swisher said. “He’s stepped up his game. Being a guy who played against him and to finally be on his team and to see what he brings to the ballpark every day, he should be a great role model for young kids, and I know he’s a role model for a lot of us guys in here as well.”
Jeter could care less about winning the MVP.
“It’s not about winning the MVP, it’s about winning and getting that ring,” Swisher said. “I think we have the right attitude. I think we feel confident about where we stand and we just want to keep this rolling.”
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URLs in this post:
 may be easing a bit: http://www.scottproctorsarm.com/2009/08/fans-allowed-to-bring-bag-to-game.html
 John Perrotto: http://baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9462
 Dellin Betances: http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/betances-out-after-tommy-john-surgery/
 Ian Kennedy: http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/blogs/yankees/archive/2009/08/29/kennedy-quot-it-doesn-t-feel-like-anything-ever-happened-quot.aspx
 Boss George: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/sports/baseball/29yes.html?_r=1&ref=baseball
 Captain, bunting and the MVP: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08302009/sports/yankees/derek_doesnt_care_if_he_sacrifices_mvp_187232.htm
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