** Speaking of hitting, one of the Yanks' pick-ups from last year, outfielder Chris Young, struck out in an intra-squad game yesterday - against a pitching machine. When asked about it, Young replied, "Well, they do throw kinda hard." He did ask for the umpire to check for excess lubricating oil.
** Another one bites the dust. The Texas Ranger's Yu Darvish may soon be undergoing Tommy John surgery. (So many pitchers are having this surgery, the media now just calls it "TJ surgery" or just "TJ.") I think Mr. Tommy John should ask for royalties.
** According to reports out of Port St Lucie, the Met's ace, Matt Harvey was lights out in his first efforts after having "TJ" surgery (there, I said it) last year. Supposedly, his velocity reached 99 mph. You can't always trust those training camp radar guns. Annie-O registered an 86 last year and she's had two knee replacements.
** The Syracuse Orange didn't look too good yesterday, fading badly in the second half after staying with NC State for the first 20 minutes. Coach Boeheim didn't look good at all by skipping the post-game interviews and tossing assistant Mike Hopkins out there instead. The media is calling for his resignation or firing over the misdeeds of the past. I agree -- if he can take John Calipari with him. Calipari ruined two other basketball programs and left both in the lurch to suffer sanctions while he went merrily on his way to Kentucky, free as a bird. His recruiting violations at UMass and Memphis resulted in sanctions that he never had to deal with, simply by leaving for another job.
Not to lessen the violations made at Syracuse, but here's a link to some of the worst violators:
** Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh coached first base for the Oakland A's during a spring training game yesterday. Apparently, he's preparing a second career while we wait for his expected departure from the Wolverine program when he finally irritates the Michigan University officials. Smart move, Jim. We all know how secure baseball coaching jobs are.
I haven't blogged in a while, but other people have been busy -- very busy.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Tickets for the Oakland A’s third game of the season start at $4. This is affordable to most everybody except Oakland A’s players." -- Brad Dickson
"Saturday night we turned our clocks forward an hour. Knicks fans are just hoping they could turn the clock forward to the end of the season." -- Janice Hough
"The Cleveland Browns unveiled their new helmet that’s a more vivid orange. Now, if only they could make Johnny Manziel brighter." -- Ian Hamilton
"Ex-NHLer Eric Lindros, in a defamation suit against former referee Paul Stewart, claimed Stewart called him “unfriendly, hostile, rude, insulting, vindictive, cruel, uncharitable and generally a despicable person”: Which I’m figuring is about 5 for 8." -- Steve Simmons
"Tennessee released tackle Michael Oher, the inspiration for “The Blind Side”: “Michael took the news fine, but Sandra Bullock had to be escorted off Titans property." -- Bill Littlejohn
"Patriots decline to pick up the option on Vince Wilfork, thus creating two open roster spots." -- Fark.com
"In a most bizarre game between the Leaf and the Panthers, both Florida goalies were injured. Starter Roberto Luongo left the game after the 1st period, was replaced by Al Montoya and was in his street clothes when Montoya had to leave the game. Luongo supposedly returned at the 9:08 mark of the third and stopped all three shots he faced. The Leafs never even noticed that the “replacement Luongo” was a cardboard cutout." -- TC Chong
"Recently-married Joey Logano called his Daytona 500 winner’s ring harder to replace than his wedding ring. If marriage were racing, his first lap started in a ten-car pileup." -- TJ Currie