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.
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.
Words of Wisdom from the Yankees Locker Room
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.
FINANCIAL CRIMINAL OF THE DAY
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
New York Yankees minor league prospect Gary Sanchez hasn’t been called up to the show yet (he’s 18), but he’s already fielding big-league offers from Hollywood players. “We have to go hang out with him!” Will Ferrell, cofounder of Gary Sanchez Productions, told the Transom at Comedy Central’s Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom, explaining that Read More
The perennially cash-strapped MTA has a brilliant new “revenue stream” in the works: turning 10-inch video screens in the newest R160 trains into TVs, complete with commercial breaks. The agency is currently running a pilot program on the Times Square Shuttle (where better to put up advertising) in partnership with TBS.
The station is Read More
Rudy Giuliani is so frequently mocked for his constant references to the September 11th terrorist attacks that the practice has become cliché, but all the same he keeps making them, and in such an over-the-top way that it almost implies he’s in on the joke.
Last night, for instance, a harmless question Read More