The Yanks are currently a half-game out of first in the American League Least behind Tampa Bay. In a sign of the times, perennial weaklings Astros, Cubs and the Mets all have better records. The battle for New York City bragging rites concludes tonight in the Yankee-Mets rubber game. Even thought the teams split the first two games, the NY papers have already awarded the series to the Mets. It the Yanks win, there will be a number of sportswriters who will be sitting down to a large breakfast of crow tomorrow morning.
The Orioles beat the Red Sox three touchdowns to one this afternoon. The final was 18-7 which means Baltimore must have missed three PATs.
The Yankees have a team rule against long hair and facial hair. You weren't supposed to have a mustache either until the 80's when a guy named Don Mattingly decided, "Rules be damned, I'm growing one." Since Donny Baseball was the best player on the team, if not in all baseball at the time, somehow the rule got changed. Now the current Yankees have decided to grow them. There are still some who aren't convinced - see A-Rod - but it's catching on. Maybe with Girardi, too, except for one thing, "I thought about it. So we'll see. I have to answer to someone at home."
Two Washington Nationals got into it on the bench Friday night in Miami, Stephen Strasburg and Steve McCatty. Ask the players about it later and you get the full Sergeant Schultz response: "It's nothing that he did. It was nothing I did. It was nothing anybody did. I'm just gonna leave it at that," said Strasburg.
Manager Matt Williams apparently didn't even know the two guys were in the dugout. "Nothing that I know of," he said. "No, there was nothing we're aware of." Of course not.
***THEY SAID IT***
"In the NBA playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans were stunned when Golden State came back from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in OT. This is the worst thing to happen to the Pelicans organization since getting the name Pelicans." -- Brad Dickson
"Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price unleashed a tirade on a reporter this week that included 77 F-bombs. Oh well, if this baseball thing doesn’t work out, he can always get a job as a screenwriter for Martin Scorsese." -- TC Chong
"The people who run the Yankees have a perfect right to feel they got defrauded by A. Rodriguez, even though it’s almost a city ordinance now that they’re supposed to let bygones be bygones with this guy." -- Mike Lupica
"How bad is the Milwaukee Brewers offense? One player was seen seeking hitting advice from Bob Uecker." -- Bill Littlejohn
"Reds manager Bryan Price dropped 77 F-bombs in a cuss-filled five-minute rant. So many expletives in a short time was surprising — unless you’ve written an alimony cheque" -- RJ Currie
"A 100-year-old woman in Japan set an age group record in the 1,500-meter backstroke. I’m guessing this happened after she fell off a cruise ship." -- Brad Dickson