Hello there Yankee fans. It’s Tuesday January 31, 2012 and here are some links, quotes and other goodies to get you all caught up on your Yankees news.
We start off with football because naturally I’d talk about football on a baseball site. Wait, what? Today is Media Day in Indianapolis and the Super Bowl participants are answering inane questions about a game that is still four days away.
Tom Brady, proud Ugg wearer and quarterback of the New England Patriots spoke about our very own Derek Jeter. He said that Jeter was someone he respects. Say it with me now, “Awwwwww!”
And not to be outdone, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning thinks of Derek Jeter as a role model.
“Derek’s a guy, from the time I first came here, that I definitely have paid a lot of attention to,” Manning said last week after a Giants practice. “He’s a great player, but he’s also a guy who really shows you what you have to do to succeed in a place like New York. The way he’s handled himself on the field, off the field. The way he’s dealt with all of the attention without letting it affect the way he does his job. He’s done that better than anybody.”
In other news, the Yankees are considering bringing in Bill Hall as a right handed utility guy. Not too bad of an option. They still could bring Eric Chavez back – pleeeeease – ahem.
Today Wally Matthews of ESPN NY asks “Is Tex Crazy? Or Just Stubborn?” You can come up with your own conclusions after reading that “piece.”
Over at The Yankee Analysts, Matt Imbrogno looks at the 2014 roster and payroll. I don’t even want to think about 2014. Derek Jeter will be turning 40 that year. Hey wait, so will I!
The Yankees added another former Boston Red Sox reliever to their list of signed players this offseason. This time it was Manny Delcarmen who inked a minor league deal with the Yanks. The deal includes a Spring Training invite. Delcarmen didn’t pitch in the bigs in 2011 and was 3-2 with a 5.59 ERA in 26 combined appearances for the Triple-A affiliates of the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.
And now in “this better be true or else” news, Phil Hughes is reported to be in the best shape of his life. Of course, we have to wait until he reports to Tampa to really see if this is true.
Come to think of it, there are a few guys who better be in the best shape of their lives on the Yankees roster.
For my parting shot, a flashback to 25 years ago…