What the Yanks did yesterday was a wonderful gesture, though the cynics among us will call it “calculated” or just a “media ploy”. The truth is, George Steinbrenner pledged $1M to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund shortly after the 32 students were assassinated just under a year ago. Part of his donation was also a request that the Yanks come and play a game on campus.
Whether or not having a pro club, forget that it’s the Yanks, come and play on campus will help with the healing at all is up for debate, but there’s no denying everyone involved in yesterday’s events were happy it took place.
“She smiled. This is part of the reason why we’re here,” Jeter said. “It reminds me a little of Sept. 11, when we had an opportunity to visit a lot of families. People always ask how this helps, and I really don’t know. If it just makes people smile and enjoy themselves for the three hours we’re here, it’s all worthwhile.”
This just smacks of some group of researchers getting paid by some company/lobby to conduct some half-assed tests just so they can publish a report that says “drugs are bad, m’kay“. As usual, emphasis mine.
While growth hormone adds some muscle, it doesn’t appear to improve strength or exercise capacity, according to a review of studies that tested the hormone in mostly athletic young men. “It doesn’t look like it helps and there’s a hint of evidence it may worsen athletic performance,” said Dr. Hau Liu, of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., who was lead author of the review.
But the new research has some limitations and sheds no light on long-term use of HGH. The scientists note their analysis included few studies that measured performance. The tests also probably don’t reflect the dose and frequency practiced by athletes illegally using the hormone. Experiments like that aren’t likely to be conducted.
Dr. Alan Rogol of the University of Virginia and the Indiana University School of Medicine, said the work was a good review but had to rely on inadequate research. “There are just tons of things we don’t know,” said Rogol.
Between work and staying tuned into the Bear Stearns collapse/Wall Street impending melt-down, I won’t have much time to punch up some additional posts today. Unless, of course, there’s something, you know, um, interesting happening. I’m easily distracted.
A stats-free fantasy baseball draft tidbit for you, reminding you why you let someone else pay for pitching in the first few rounds: They are both fragile and unpredictable. Within the last two weeks, we’ve seen injuries to three aces, many of whom were typically drafted in the first 6 rounds.
- Rays ace Kazmir likely to start season on DL
- Angels ace John Lackey out 3 to 4 weeks with strained right triceps
- Red Sox pitcher Beckett likely to miss trip to Japan because of back
And then there’s the “rest” of the pitchers:
- The Angels are now set to open the season without their No. 1 and No. 2 starters, John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar
- Barry Zito’s fastball is being clocked in the low 80s. Barry Zito has faced 67 hitters and hasn’t generated a single strikeout. He has allowed 10 walks, 21 hits, four homers and a 14.92 ERA. Keep in mind that he has six years remaining in his current contract.
- There aren’t major concerns about Erik Bedard, but he hasn’t pitched well this spring either, surrendering 21 hits and five walks while striking out seven in 13 innings, for a 9.69 ERA
- Curt Schilling placed on 60-day disabled list by the Red Sox
And just because we’re discussing pitchers and their injuries, here’s a great graphic/explanation about Tommy John Surgery. If the link doesn’t work right (it’s a pop-up flash file), go here and check for the link on the right-hand side called “How the Tommy John surgery works”.
Seriously, he’s treating the PGA Tour like they are weekend hackers on a pitch-and-putt. Yesterday’s finish was merely the latest example that he’s in his own stratusphere.
First, we had the nasty Felix Pie twisted testicle incident. And if that wasn’t cringe-worthy enough…
…Houston Astros second baseman Kazuo Matsui will undergo surgery to repair an anal fissure on Monday in Houston
I’m now sorry I did, but maybe you’re more interested in finding out how someone tore himself a new asscrack. Have fun.
With a tip of the cap to my Pop, some fun stuff about Mickey Mantle, his hero, inspired by Billy Crystal’s at bat yesterday.
2. 660 ft. • 3/26/51, vs. USC, at Bovard Field, USC, Pitcher: Unknown
3. 650 ft. • 6/11/53, vs. Detroit, at Briggs Stadium, Pitcher: Art Houteman
4. 643 ft. • 9/10/60, vs. Detroit, at Tiger Stadium, Pitcher: Paul Foytack
5. 630 ft. • 9/13/53, vs. Detroit, at Yankee Stadium, Pitcher: Billy Hoeft
6. 620 ft. • 5/30/56, vs. Washington, at Yankee Stadium, Pitcher: Pedro Ramos
7. 565 ft. • 4/17/53, vs. Washington, at Griffith Stadium, Pitcher: Chuck Stobbs
8. 550 ft. • 6/05/55, vs. Chi. White Sox, at Comiskey Park, Pitcher: Billy Pierce
9. 535 ft. • 7/06/53, vs. Philadelphia A’s, at Connie Mack Stadium, Pitcher: Frank Fanovich
10. 530 ft. • 4/24/53, vs. St. Louis Browns, at Busch Stadium, Pitcher: Bob Cain
With all the senseless whining and complaining about Billy Crystal taking an AB during a Spring Training game, the truth is, he wasn’t nearly as bad as I/we expected. For 5’5″ 60 year old man who never played above high school, he took a few good cuts.
Good for him.
With the hue and cry still raining down about now-former Governor Spitzer’s, um, indiscretions, we get this:
A Georgia minor league team is hoping to turn Eliot Spitzer’s scandal into a packed stadium.
The Macon Music is capitalizing on the outgoing New York governor’s prostitution-related downfall, by serving up a “Eliot Spitzer Night.” The man once known as “Mr. Clean” is invited to throw out the first pitch at the June 13th game, although he hasn’t RSVP’d.
A South Coast League official says anybody named Eliot, Spitzer or Kristen, the alleged call girl, will get $1 off admission. The team also plans to give out a one-night stay at Washington, D.C.’s swanky Mayflower hotel, where Spitzer’s alleged misdeeds are said to have happened.
And since Spitzer was described as “Client No. 9″ in FBI documents, the ninth fan will get a prize. So will the 871st fan to buy a ticket, because that’s supposed to have been Spitzer’s Mayflower Hotel room number.
[And yes, the reason for this posting was solely to include a picture of Spitzer's ladyfriend.]