By now, everyone reading this blog should know how I feel about Bob Sheppard, his voice, his presence and how much I hope he’s able to open TNYS next season. There’s an encouraging interview with Sheppard here and it’s worth a read, even if it devolves into a religious discussion on the 2nd page. (I’ll skip the religious discussion since you’re not coming here for that and frankly, I’m the wrong person to discuss that sorta stuff with anyways.)
Here are a few snippets (emphasis mine):
Bob Sheppard (BS): So my target date to be back is July 1. There is an All Star Game to be played at Yankee Stadium on July 15th and one of my goals is to be there and announce it. I did one years and years ago at Yankee Stadium but I can’t recall it. So now this would be something to remember. I do want to be there next year when we open a new Stadium. And I’d like to be the one who says, “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen”Welcome to the NEW Yankee Stadium.“ …… BH: Derek Jeter has requested a recording of your voice be played every time he gets up to bat. With technology the way it is now, would you like the Yankees to create a digital version of your voice to always be played at Yankee Stadium?
I type this with a bit of trepidation. I type this only as it was asked to me at work yesterday. I’m about to become a reluctant skeptic and it doesn’t make me feel so hot.
What’s gotten into Jason Giambi?
The question drips with accusation, implied guilt, unfair treatment. It’s also a question in direct violation of “small sample size“. But, how does a player flick the switch as acutely as Giambi’s done this month? I don’t want to hear more about the thong, or that gawd-awful moustache. But how do you explain it? Is it just a guy getting hot for a stretch, or do we have to consider something more insidious given his history?
The last time Giambi batted over .300 for a season was his first year in NY (2002), when he hit .314 with 41 HR and a hefty .435 OBP. He hit 41 the following year but his BA slumped to .250. During 2004, he suffered with the “parasite” and other health issues, hitting just 12 HR while batting just .208. Giambi bounced back in 2006 and 2006, batting .271 and .253, respectively, banging out a combined 69 HR.
So what’s going on here? Just a hot player? Just a healthy player? Just a superstitious player? Or something more?
Not fair, I know, but given his background, do we have any choice but to consider the alternatives?
Also strange, last night, Giambi hit his 11th HR of the season, which was also his 187th as a Yankee. He also hit 187 as a member of the A’s. Doesn’t mean anything, but accidental symmetry is always neat.
Today, we give Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland the “Too Much Information” award as he shares too much about 3B/SS/1B Carlos Guillen’s, um, sensitive condition:
There’s a reason Carlos Guillen had a rough game — including two errors — Monday night at third base. “He can hardly move — he’s got hemorrhoids so bad,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday. “He’s been playing with hemorrhoids that probably need to be lanced. He probably shouldn’t have been out there (third base on Monday).”
Leyland said the hemorrhoids have been bothering Guillen for about four or five days, but they have gotten worse in the last few days. “He could hardly walk (Monday night),” Leyland said.
What I wouldn’t have given to be at least a fly on the wall at this soiree….
Berra was inducted the other night, and the Yankee legend was surrounded by heady company, including the astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, the novelist Toni Morrison, General Norman Schwarzkopf and Bruce Springsteen.
And in typical Berra-ese, when asked about getting inducted into the NJ HOF, he commented:
“Hey, it’s just great to be inducted anywhere.”
Ah, Yogi. How cool must that have been? And judging by the picture to the right, Danny DeVito was there, too.
Berra had a good few comments about the current Yanks, notably:
“When the pitchers are young and just starting, they are always a little scared when they face big-league hitters. They’re afraid to throw strikes. That’s what I see with Hughes and Kennedy.”
“Jorge Posada is a key…it’s tough for pitchers, especially the young guys, to work with backup catchers.”
Grace: One day Rick Sutcliffe gave up back-to-back home runs in Cincinnati. And in Cincinnati, they shoot off fireworks after a Red hits a home run. And Sutcliffe was pretty intense on the day he pitched. So Eric Davis takes him deep and Paul O’Neill takes him deep right after that. So Sutcliffe is all pissed off, and Billy Connors comes out to the mound and Sutcliffe yells at him, “I know I gave up f—ing back-to-back home runs and get your f—ing ass back in the dugout and tell Zimmer to f—ing settle down there, too.”
Billy looks at him and says, “I know you have everything under control, Rick. I just wanted to give that guy running the fireworks a little time to reload.” I blew a snot bubble on the mound I was laughing so hard.
Two non-baseball posts in one day? Must be a slow day around the diamonds…
The “working title” of this posting was “Great Moments In Missing The Point” but that became too wordy…. but the point’s the same….
Maybe you saw this, maybe not. When I first read the headlines, I simply thought “Yawn, another ballplayer arrested for marijuana use and an open can of beer in public…” Which is pretty much my standard answer for when pro athletes get nailed for such things. I’ve become numb to guys flaunting their fame to do whatever they want, whenever they want. NBAers happen to be among the most public of potheads though I have no doubt each sport has their fair share. As it turns out the player, Joakim Noah, is the son of Yannick Noah, the 1983 French Open winner. Yes, the same Yannick Noah who “created a sensation a few years before when he told a magazine writer he smoked marijuana.” The elder Noah does the best (er, worst) job of defending his son by offering these ultra-enabling words:
Yannick Noah is perplexed by “all that fuss” surrounding the arrest of his basketball player son, who was charged with marijuana possession and having an open container of alcohol. …… “I don’t understand all that fuss for just drinking a beer on the street,” Yannick Noah said Tuesday at the French Open.
Sure, why act like a concerned parent when you can act like one of his buddies, enabling bad (and illegal) behavior? Especially when you’ve admitted being a frequent user in the past… It’s so much easier to be his friend than his parent.