Here's a picture of Mientkiewicz being tagged out by the Colorado Rockies' catcher Eli Marrero. Ouch.
Joe Torre is psyched to have Mike Myers in his bullpen. Joe seems to think Mike Myers will be the Yankees' weapon against Papi. I think not.
Pokey was finally cut by the Marlins after he did not offer an explanation for his recent disappearance. Jeez, what's going on, Poke?
A sweet article about Mark Bellhorn, who will remain on the Padres roster even if he doesn't win the starting 2B job.
In other news, speaking of the Padres, I will be in San Diego for a conference at the beginning of April, and bought tickets last night to the Padres' game against the San Francisco Giants April 4. So I'll be seeing several of The 25 at my first West Coast ballpark. I'm psyched. Because, I mean, one of them is DAVE ROBERTS.
A Q & A with Derek Lowe, in case anyone's interested. I found this part particularly rich:
Q. What's it like having your manager being your old coach from the Red Sox?
Lowe: It's great that he got another opportunity to manage again. I think he got a raw deal in Boston after the 2003 season. He's a great manager to play for, an easy manager to play for and it's not an accident why we have a lot of Red Sox playing for this guy. All he's ever done is win. It's a great addition to our club. (Font stuff mine)
I have to grudgingly admit I liked this article by Shaughnessy on Francona and Grady being roomies back in the day.
And finally, according to the MFY Mailbag:
How do you think Damon's game will be affected playing at Fenway Park for the first time as the archnemesis of so many fans? Boston fans aren't likely to let him get away with some of the comments he made to the press directly following his transfer to the Bronx, so will fans' reactions have a stress-related effect on his game, especially considering he'll be first man up the first time the Yanks play in Boston?
-- Andi S., Oneonta, N.Y.
Damon has been around for a long time, so I doubt that a bunch of jeers would have any serious impact on his game. Yes, he's going to take some abuse in Boston, but I don't think it will be anything like Jason Giambi got when he went back to Oakland for the first time or when A-Rod went back to Texas.
Remember, Damon will always hold a special place in the hearts of Red Sox Nation, as he played an integral part of the 2004 World Series run. When a team with the history of the Red Sox breaks an 86-year-old curse like that, some goodwill has to remain even after a player is gone. Unlike Giambi and A-Rod, Damon helped deliver a title to his former town.
Mailbag guy needs to stop huffing glue, methinks.