** The Rays and the Red Sox had a little dust up Sunday, when Tampa shortstop Yunel Escobar took third base on fielders indifference with the Rays leading 8-3. The Red Sox didn't like that and starting jawing at Escobar, who had a few things to say himself. The Red Sox thought taking third was insulting with a 5-run lead. Stop it! You don't want him to go to third, then try to prevent it. Besides, who said a 5-run lead was insurmountable? Maybe they feel that with a 10 game losing streak, people should have sympathy for them. I don't.
** Jeter got another big gift on his farewell tour, this time a Yankee bench made out of bats and balls. He got a 6-foot plaque resembling a subway stop from the Mets. Where in the world is he going to put all these things when the season is over? At least the charity donation checks are easy to carry.
** Yankee farm hand Mike Ford hit 4 home runs in a game while playing for the Charleston River Dogs, the Yankee single A team. Sounds like a week's worth of homers for the parent club. Better make room on the 40-man roster, Cashman.
** The Yanks beat St. Louis 6-4 tonight to extend their winning streak to 3 games. Okay, it isn't THAT many games in a row, but I'll bet the Red Sox would take it. Why is it that the Yankee rallies always seem to involve walks, stolen bases and sacrifice flys?
** Dodger catcher AJ Ellis sprained his ankle celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter. To be fair, they don't get to practice celebrating ho-hitters too much. But, congratulations to Beckett on his pitching gem (and also my sister-in-law Pauline).
** Listening to Ken Singleton telling stories about Bob Gibson reminded me of one I heard. I don't know if it's true or not, but this is the way Tim McCarver tells it. The first time Gibson faced a rookie with a big reputation, he knocked him down twice. Whereupon, McCarver told the rookie, "Might as well let him hit you, because he's going to keep throwing at you until he does."
Happy Memorial Day to all, including those troops who have served us so well, especially those who paid the ultimate price. We thank you all for your sacrifice.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Congrats to the Dodgers Josh Beckett for the first no-hitter of 2014. Beer and fried chicken in the clubhouse on him?" -- Janice Hough
"General Motors recalled more than 13 nillion vehicles this year. It's the worst performance by a GM in Detroit since Matt Millen." -- Ian Hamilton
"The Mets have fired their hitting coach, Dave Hudgens. We had a hitting coach? asked every member of the team." -- Marc Ragovin
"Studies show that women love men in uniform - unless it's a Mets uniform." -- David Letterman
"The Dodgers released Miguel Olivio after the veteran catcher bit off part of a minor-league teammates ear during a dugout dust-up. There went his endorsement chances with Big League Chew." -- Dwight Perry
"At the NBA combine, Doug McDermott measured 6-foot-6¼ without shoes after being listed at 6-8. Apparently at Creighton, McDermott was measured by the same guy who estimates crowd size at Bluejay baseball games.' -- Brad Dickson
"Rory McIlroy opened with a 68 at Wentworth, his first round of golf since breaking off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki. It's nice he had a hot hand to go with his cold feet." -- RJ Currie
"Women attending a San Antonio Spurs playoff game wore “Barkley Dont Know” T-shirts, and the Texas Rangers misspelled “Arlington” on their Prince Fielder bobbleheads. This was perhaps the worst week ever for Texas English teachers." -- Brad Dickson