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Game 69: Live blogging from the pressbox

6:41: It’s pouring. Daniel Marcus is next to me and utters: “It’s downright biblical out there“. Proof:

6:45: The media lounge does not provide free food. Soda, popcorn, yes. Food no. I hit up Blue Smoke instead. Better choice.

6:51: Ken Rosenthal is sitting behind us in the pressbox. No bowtie.

7:00: Sodas are free. My bladder is up for the challenge.

7:10: Marc Carig is having wayyyy too much fun with this whole chicken thing.

7:19: Rosenthal’s a joker:

me:

The immortal @ken_rosenthal is sitting behind me in the box.

Ken, to a Twitter heckler:

@Peter_M_Francis @jason_iiatms Accurate. But I bet you wouldn’t say that to my face!

me:

hey @Peter_M_Francis, don’t rip him, @ken_rosenthal is a stand up guy. Kidding aside, good to be here with him.

7:25: Field staff on the tarp. Taking it off momentarily?

7:27: Tarp’s coming off

7:43 While waiting for the teams to come out, here’s the text of a chat Brien and I did with Vinny from Metsblog:

Vinny Cartiglia: I find that no matter who the Yankees are playing — even if it is a NL East team — I have a hard time rooting for them; even though I know I should.…

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It took three years, but MLB finally got my point

Oh again, for memory’s sake, what I suggested MLB say, but they didn’t:

“While we recognize the current CBA allows for players who have tested positive for PED’s will be eligible for the All Star Game and any seasonal awards, we are requesting a meeting with the leaders of the MLBPA after the season ends. We hope that we can agree to amend the CBA so that the spirit of the game matches the rules of the game.”

Of course they didn’t at the time. At least they caught up now.

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Warning: Mini rant ahead…feel free to ignore.

Things have changed a bit since 2009. We’re still talking about Roger Clemens and dirty syringes, sadly, but we’re a heckuvalot further along with our thinking about PEDs and the game (at least I want to think so). However… regardless of your stance on PEDs in the game and whatnot, it’s hard to argue against this rule change. The rest of the amended rules are also seemingly reasonable and seek to close loopholes exposed in Le Affair Braun, as buddy Craig noted here, although there is no discussion of DUI’s.…

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Father’s Day in the Steinbrenner suite?

WHAT: New York Yankees – VIP Event in Owner’s Box NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

WHO: Hosted by Hal and Christina Steinbrenner

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 7:05 Game time

COST: $2,500 per ticket
100% of the proceeds to benefit Women In Need

CONTACT: Nikki Gannon Wargo 212.560.0260; ngwargo@w-i-n.org; Fax – 212.736.1649

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