Today’s news is powered by Jethro Tull, circa 1978:
- The Captain is indeed under the weather:
Television cameras caught Jeter coughing numerous times during the Yankees’ 10-1 victory over the Angels in Game 4, when he went 2-for-5 with a walk.
The New York Times reported that Jeter left Angel Stadium clutching a bottle of NyQuil, and manager Joe Girardi confirmed the shortstop’s illness in a news conference on Wednesday.
“I noticed it on Monday, and he was pretty sick,” Girardi said. “He was still pretty sick yesterday. I’m hoping that he feels better, but it didn’t seem to affect him Monday his first at-bat. That’s just the type of player that Derek is. He’s tough.”
- What’s not eating A-Rod?
Rodriguez said his transformation to a more comfortable and more focused player started in spring training. After acknowledging in February that he had used steroids, then having hip surgery, Rodriguez decided not to have great expectations and to eliminate distractions. That approach has worked.
It has worked so well that Rodriguez would not dare change after getting three hits and driving in two runs in a 10-1 win over the Angels in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night. When Rodriguez was asked if the toughest part of his day was explaining how he was doing what he is doing, he laughed and said it was not.
“I don’t talk much anymore,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t have to explain myself. That’s a good thing.”
- Jon Heyman handicaps the Matt Holliday sweepstakes:
1. Yankees: They have a trio of corner outfield free agents — Johnny Damon, Xavier Nady and Hideki Matsui (though he’s only DHing this year). They could just try to keep Damon, who wants to return, for maybe $7 million to $9 million a year for two years, and sign a big pitcher instead (though Lackey’s the only No. 1-type pitcher available, and some believe he may prefer Texas). “I’m not absolutely positive we’re going to go for [Holliday],” a Yankees official said. Although, it’s hard to remember too many years when the Yankees didn’t go for the biggest free agent. (Carlos Beltran was a rare one they passed on.)
- Don Mattingly as the next manager of the Nationals?
- Dontcha’ know its Robinson Cano’s 27th birthday today.
- On this date in 1974, the Yankees and Giants trade popular outfielders, drawing the ire of their fans. The Giants send Bobby Bonds to New York for Bobby Murcer. Bonds will play one season for the Yankees before being traded to the California Angels, while Murcer will last only two years with the Giants before being dealt to the Chicago Cubs.
[My take: A part of my baseball innocence died that day. I understood that players got traded all the time, but it was the first time my favorite player was involved.]
- On this date in 2000, in Game Two of the Subway Series, the Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games defeating the Mets, 6 – 5. The contest features Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza as the Mets catcher runs to first base.