Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Yankee Soap Dish [J. Mark English]

All My Children, As the World Turns, the Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, the New York Yankees, the Young and the Restless. All soap operas.

Derek Jeter on A-Rod:

We support each other and we're pulling for each other. That's all that matters. The relationship has no bearing on us playing baseball.

A-Rod on Derek Jeter:

Rodriguez said that he and Jeter had been the "best of friends," and drew an analogy with which he claimed that he no longer slept over at Jeter's place five nights a week.

Jeter again on A-Rod:

"I don't have a rift with Alex," the New York Yankees captain said Tuesday. "We go out there. We work together. This is our fourth year to be playing together. It's annoying to hear about it all the time. Everyone assumes they know what our relationship is. Everyone assumes -- they see us on the field, if one person gives another one a look, it's a story. If we're at opposite ends of the bench, people say it's a story."

Scott Boras on Bernie Williams situation:

"Bernie is not retiring but is loyal to the Yankees and feels he can be a important contributor to the '07 team,'' Williams' agent Scott Boras said Tuesday morning.

Brian Cashman on Mariano Rivera:

"It's very hard, despite how great Mariano is, to all of a sudden pick and choose who to start discussing contracts with," GM Brian Cashman said. "If you start picking and choosing one, someone else is sitting there saying, 'Well, why not me?"

Rivera on status with the Yankees:

"Everybody would have the same shot,'' Rivera said earlier this week. ''The Yankees would not have an advantage. Everybody would have a free shot.''

Joe Torre on the Yankees:

"My job is not to control what people say," manager Joe Torre said. "My job is to control the fallout, make sure it doesn't affect the team."

Ahh, feels good to be a Mets fan. All the Mets are doing is focusing in on one unifying thought: winning the World Series. No Soap Opera with the Metroplitans. Thanks to the Bronx Bombers, Met fans can enjoy the show until the season begins.

In other news, the Mets signed another elderly player. A friend of mine alerted me who it was in an e-mail with the subject "Sandy Freakin Alomar". He then went on to write "Those ballboys sure will be busy pushing around all those wheelchairs this season....I've gotta believe in the time it takes Sands-of-the-Hourglass to squat, catch, sit up and throw back, Ramon Castro could've caught and returned to three separate pitchers..." Hahaha. Good stuff!