Take Me Out To The Ball Game
The baseball world may not be going to bat for the scandal-scarred Alex Rodriguez, but a few elected officials penciled themselves into the ex-superstar’s dwindling lineup of backers today.
Doing anything remotely interesting will bring criticism. Attempting to do anything large-scale and interesting will bring armies of detractors and saboteurs. This is fine—if you are willing to take the heat. Read More
The daughter of Joe Torre managed a miraculous catch of her own on Wednesday when she rescued an infant that fell from a storefront awning.
Christina Torre, 44, daughter of former Yankees manager Joe, was apparently biking to work in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, when she noticed a child dangling from the awning of a frozen Read More
By the time the Hall of Fame came to grips with the issue of how to present Latino baseball, there were already seven Hispanic players in Cooperstown (eight if you include Ted Williams)–Martin Dihigo, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Rod Carew, Luis Aparicio, Juan Marichal and Tony Perez—with more on the way. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, shortstop, Read More
In the often illustrious career oeuvre of Clint Eastwood, Trouble with the Curve is a minor entry, a cinematic footnote. Worse yet, the screenplay and first-time direction, by Mr. Eastwood’s friend and long-time producing partner Robert Lorenz, seems like a loyalty benefit, a lazy afterthought. After such post-Dirty Harry triumphs as Unforgiven, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, color it disappointing.
On Sunday afternoon, Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, stood by the dugout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa watching the team take batting practice prior to a spring training matchup against the Detroit Tigers. A pair of dark glasses shielded Mr. Cashman’s eyes from the bright Florida rays, but his mostly bald crown was exposed. A man walked up to Mr. Cashman and gave him a warm greeting.
“What’s cooking?” the man asked.
“My head,” Mr. Cashman replied tersely.
The 44-year-old GM has plenty of reasons to feel the heat aside from the temperatures in Tampa, which topped 80 degrees nearly every day this month. Mr. Cashman spent much of the offseason dealing with a sex scandal that saw photos of his alleged pajama pants make the blog headlines and found him in court facing an alleged mistress he claims stalked and harassed him.
Words of Wisdom from the Yankees Locker Room
Moneyball is not your grandpa’s baseball movie. Even if you don’t know a fly ball from a snowball and couldn’t care less how the great American pastime turned into the great American religion, this is a great American movie that will leave you cheering.
FINANCIAL CRIMINAL OF THE DAY
After last night’s extra-innings loss to Boston in a crucial game for the New York Yankees, there was little consolation to be had for their fans. Except for this: the New York Post got their hands on and excerpted the new memoir from a former Yankees batboy, one of the last of his kind who didn’t have to sign a presumably eternal confidentiality agreement. If the excerpt they used is any indication, this is going to be one of the better, jucier reads in Yankees history.
Baseball’s having a hell of a (money-oriented crime) related week. First, accomplished New York Yankee and known centaur Alex Rodriguez gets busted for playing poker. Now, former MLB All-Star and Baltimore Orioles’ hall-of-famer Doug DeCinces has been charged with three others for insider trading.
Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit came just as the sport whose virtues he personifies is about to endure yet another public disgrace. Roger Clemens, one of Mr. Jeter’s former teammates on the great Yankee teams of the late 1990s, will soon find himself on trial in a court of law for the crime of lying to Read More