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.
Tough morning for you sportswriters. After all, what do you write about when the Yankees get so utterly shut down that it’s hard to single out anyone to blame? C.C. Sabathia pitched well enough, but Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee threw a one-run complete game, and that was that. The Post says Lee had an “Read More
It’s mostly predictable fare in your sports page this morning. With the Yankees on the eve of the World Series, you get your stories about the core of players from the glory days going for one more title, you get your stories about the newcomers who are excited to be there for the Read More
It’s the morning, after another big Yankees win, and Mike Lupica is going rogue on us.
The Post and the Times both celebrate—jointly and equally—the heroics of Alex Rodriguez and C.C. Sabathia.”The Yankees are nine innings away from another World Series appearance, thanks to two guys who have never been there,” the Post tells us, and Read More
The Post sports page has your weather forecast for the Yankees game tonight: “It will be as cold as Hillary Clinton’s freezer face.” So dress accordingly.
C.C. Sabathia is not worried about the weather, because he will play video games if it rains—as the lead of this Daily News story, and Read More
Every now and then, there is a moment in a baseball game when there is such a display of incompetence from one player, say—a pitcher walks a guy, beans the next guy, throws a couple of wild pitches, lets one loose behind batter, maybe beans another guy—and then he finally, finally gets it together and, Read More
After last night’s 12-inning, extra-season game wrapped up the regular season and settled the last playoff spot–and also reminded Mike Lupica why he watches baseball–the playoffs officially start tonight for the Yankees. Having missed the playoffs last year, expectations are tempered. ““Par here is making it to the World Series,” Reggie Jackson Read More
“Sale Should Lift the Nets Restraint$”– there are five S’s in that headline and only one gets the dollar treatment. We can do better than that.
In any case, Fred Kerber is excited about the Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov buying a majority share in the Nets. He calls Mr. Prokhorov “a lifeline,” Read More
New York Post: “PIGGY BACK!” Yes, the swine flu seems to be back with a vengeance in Northeastern Queens, where late yesterday afternoon the city shut three schools down after clusters of illness suggested prevalent swine flu among students and faculty. Over 1,500 students are now without anyplace to go for the next five days, Read More
Daily News: Jiverly Wong’s letter declaring his intention to commit mass murder in Binghamton was meant to be released to the media: It was to News 10 Now in Syracuse that he delivered it before he murdered 13 people, in an apparent response to paranoid impulses, given the contents of the letter. But this letter Read More