Today’s news is powered by P.J. Harvey:
- Another ex-Yankee in trouble with the law:
Former major leaguer Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assaulting his common-law wife.
A judge set Knoblauch’s bond at $10,000 after he appeared in court Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Knoblauch’s wife told police he hit her in the face and choked her at their Houston home Friday.
- Pete Abraham’s replacement at LoHud has been named:
I’m thrilled to announce that The Journal News has hired Chad Jennings of the Times-Tribune in Scranton and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Blog to cover the Yankees. Chad starts on Oct. 7.
Chad covered the Triple-A Yankees with distinction and his blog was a must-read for Yankee fans who wanted to be up to date on the organization’s prospects. Chad has a knack for blogging and is a fine writer and reporter.
[My take: Thank you Pete for all your hard work and wonderful coverage!]
- A college football bowl game will be held in the new Stadium:
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the commissioners of the Big East and Big 12 will announce at a news conference Wednesday the formation of the Yankee Bowl, to be held at the new Yankee Stadium beginning with the 2010-11 postseason, according to sources with knowledge of the event.
The game, which will seek NCAA certification next spring, would reportedly pit the Big East’s fourth-place team against the Big 12’s No. 7 selection. Organizers plan to hold the first edition between Dec. 29, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011.
- The Yanks honor their own:
(Derek) Jeter was given home plate and first base, both encased, from the night he surpassed Gehrig. The captain also received the two seats he crashed into while making his famous diving catch against Boston in 2004, and a sign he cherished from the old Yankee Stadium.
The sign, which hung in the narrow runway that led from the clubhouse to the New York dugout, featured a quote from Joe DiMaggio that read: “I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee.”
Rivera was given the bullpen bench from the old Yankee Stadium and the Citi Field pitching rubber from the night he earned save No. 500 against the New York Mets across town.
- You can now order “The Best American Sports Writing 2009“, featuring the “Banter” piece written by the late Todd Drew. (I found a copy in Barnes & Noble yesterday)
- Rusty Torres turns 61 today. Torres was a part-time OF for the ’73 squad, before getting dealt to Cleveland as part of the deal for Graig Nettles.
- On this date in 1934, Babe Ruth is hitless in his last game in a Yankee uniform.
- On this date in 1970, Fritz Peterson wins his 20th, defeating the Red Sox, 4 – 3. Billy Conigliaro and Luis Alvarado, with his first ML homer, go deep for Boston.
[My take: No truth to the rumor that Peterson swapped the victory for the 20th win of Mike Cuellar.]
- On this date in 1984, Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees season-ending 4 – 2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield, .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4.