I read that the TV ratings for the first two games of the Series, was down 25%. It doesn't seem to bother Bud Selig. "I know Fox is happy, and I'm happy." Apparently, baseball commissioners aren't tested for PEDs.
Texas Ranger owner, Nolan Ryan, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch in tonight's game. Ron Washington said he needs to get 5 good innings out of him. It might be better to save him for the last two, Ron.
***WHAT DID HE SAY? (PART II)***
While talking about re-signing older players who are popular and chasing personal records (Jeter, A-Rod), Brian Cashman had this to say: “We’re not going to be interested in retaining players because of future milestones,” Cashman said. “The stars don’t put fannies in the seats. Wins do. If it’s a bad team, people will stop showing up by July. They’ll go to the beach.” I seem to recall A-Rod getting a contract specifying big money bonuses for hitting some 'milestone' home runs, most of which probably won't occur until he's in his 40's. And Jeter will more than likely be signed to a 3 or 4 year contract at age 37. I guess there are stars and then there are STARS.
***WHAT DID HE SAY? (PART III)***
David Ortiz says he's, "...not comfortable with a one year deal." Really? Not even for $12.5 million? He says he doesn't like all the talk that goes on if he has a "slow" start. "It's not like you're in a cage, locked up and you come to the field and that's it. It's not like we don't watch TV, listen to the radio, read the newspaper." $12.5 million buy a lot of newspapers, David. He turns 35 in November. He better hope that Theo Epstein didn't read what Cashman said.
***THE YANKS ARE LOOKING FOR A PITCHING COACH***
A lot of names are being tossed about, including Leo Mazzone, former guru to that famed Atlanta Braves pitching staff. He's actually 'applied' for the job in a radio interview, saying he's interested in a job with a team that "...has New York in front of it." There are a couple of problems, though. After years of success in Atlanta, he moved to Baltimore where he discovered he wasn't so good when he didn't have guys like Smoltz and Maddox on the staff. He's also been out of baseball for two years. After the Orioles dumped him, no one else seem interested in his so-called "magic," either. Keep looking, Brian, this train has left the station.
***WHAT DID HE SAY? (PART IV)***
Pedro Martinez is thinking of pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic. The 39-year old right hander says, "I'm looking for motivation to come back." Don't you mean "money," Pedro?
***FROM RJ CURRY, SPORTS DEKE***
"John Daly told the Charlotte Observer he played better golf back when he was a drunk. Presumably in those days he used a putter, a wedge and a designated driver."
***FOR JUDY & DAVE***
From Dwight Perry: "Stock-car driver Jeff Gordon has a new primary sponsor, starting in 2011 — the American Association of Retired Persons and its Foundation on the Drive to End Hunger.
Though veteran gearheads say being forced to drive his victory lap at 20 mph with the left blinker on might take some getting used to."