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I went to the DHL All-Star FanFest yesterday at the Javits Center in New York, and I have to say, if I could grab my 8-year-old self from the 1980s and bring him to it, he would have loved it. I mean, Cal Ripken is running an infield clinic for kids today. That says it all, doesn’t it?
If you have a baseball-crazy kid and can get to the New York area, he or she needs to spend a few hours at the Javits Center this weekend.
Either way, here in the present-day, I’m proud to say I did better in the video batting cages than the Yankees did last night facing Roy Halladay. Limited to just an Alex Rodriguez single and a Derek Jeter double, the Yankees went extremely quickly and quietly in a 5-0 shutout loss to quite possibly the best pitcher in baseball.
They’ll try again this afternoon as Darrell Rasner tests out some mechanical adjustments while facing the Jays’ Jesse Litsch.
Assorted notes and quotes: Looks like Chad Moeller is in the lineup for the Yankees … Eric Milton signed a Minor League deal with the Yankees but it looks like he may not pitch before the year ends. The Yankees apparently want to supervise his rehab and consider signing him for ’09 … Carl Pavano threw 45 pitches to live hitters and remains, believe it or not, ahead of Phil Hughes …
Last night was a rough one, as the Yankees failed to capitalize on opportunities and let Darrell Rasner’s gutty effort – a career-high eight innings and 118 pitches, a season-high for any Yankee starter – go by the boards.
Rasner scattered nine hits and used a lot of those pitches early, but he really seemed determined to hang on long enough to get a win. If Jason Giambi doesn’t get rung up on a 3-2 pitch that ended the eighth inning, maybe we’re talking about Rasner’s record at 4-2 rather than 3-3.
Before the game, we were all herded into the public relations office for a conference call with the Yankees’ first-round pick, Gerrit Cole. If there was any doubt about how young Cole really is – he’s 17 – you knew it right away when he started rattling off the names of his favorite Yankees players. Derek Jeter. Bernie Williams. Paul O’Neill. Aaron Boone?
Yankees vice president of scouting Damon Oppenheimer says that he’s pleased with the 51 players the team drafted to replenish the system. The dividends from this draft are a few years down the road, but there’s no better examples than Phil Hughes (2004), Joba Chamberlain (2006) and Ian Kennedy (2006). It’s not as far off as it may seem.
Sitting here in the Garden State, it’s strange to look at the schedule and see the Yankees dark for the evening. Don’t get too used to it, but I’m sure the players are enjoying the chance to kick back and relax for a day. It’s Cinco de Mayo, incidentally.
So far today I’ve used the afternoon to go for a four mile run and crack open the new John Feinstein book, ‘Living on the Black.’ I’ll fire this plug in here because many of you might find this entertaining — Feinstein followed Mike Mussina and Tom Glavine around for the entire ’07 season and chronicled their ups and downs, the events and really, what it’s like to be a big league pitcher. I’m only a few dozen pages in but, so far, thumbs up.
Interesting weekend out at the Stadium, wasn’t it? They’ll try to keep that momentum going with the Indians headed in Tuesday night for a three-game series, sending Andy Pettitte out against Fausto Carmona. As our preview notes, maybe it will be the time that Robinson Cano breaks out … you know the Yankees can’t wait for his slumbering bat to wake up.
As some of you may know, every other Monday is Yankees Mailbag day. We’ll have a new one on MLB.com for you shortly but here’s a few points I wanted to get to, but had to leave on the cutting room floor. …
– The Yankees have shown no inclination to move Derek Jeter to a new position and, though it may happen eventually, it won’t be in ’08. Gonzalez has hung around longer than anyone expected — Joe Girardi had said that he’d be sent down as soon as Jeter’s quadriceps injury was better, but then Wilson Betemit came down with a mysterious corneal ulcer and went on rehab with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
– Andrew Brackman is going to miss all of ’08 after Tommy John surgery. Humberto Sanchez is throwing off a mound in Tampa but has not yet pitched in a Minor League game. When he does, you can start the clock, but a good guess would be that he could be considered for an August callup.
– Carl Pavano? Really? I must have had about 25 Pav questions, literally. Lisa Kennelly from the Newark Star-Ledger answered the question, “What is Pavano doing?” better than I can. The answer appears to be very little.
(By the way, for those of you who e-mail vulgar notes because I haven’t answered your questions … there are literally thousands of Mailbag questions and I can’t personally answer each one. If you send a question to firstname.lastname@example.org, it has a much better chance of being answered.)
Last thought — check out the Manager’s View with Joe Girardi before every home game.
Jamie Moyer? Mike Mussina thinks not. The Moose was loose for seven sharp innings on Wednesday, limiting the White Sox to just two solo home runs in the Yankees’ 6-4 victory. Mussina showed the ability to make adjustments, abandoning his curveball and throwing more running two-seamers with sink. Hey, forget Moyer – he’s Chien-Ming Wang!
In all seriousness, Mussina should be savoring these as he goes along. He can still pitch when everything’s clicking, like it was in Chicago. He’s going to have days rougher than Wednesday, too, and fans need to be prepared for that. But the Yankees are looking to Mussina to be their third starter, not an ace, and by reshuffling their rotation they’ll be able to avoid mismatches like the Mussina vs. Josh Beckett debacle at Fenway.
In other news…
Phil Hughes says his velocity is just fine - note to fans, stop waiting for the 95 mph-plus heaters to pop in. He’s not Joba Chamberlain. Hughes himself said he only hit 95 mph three times in 2006 at Trenton, when he went over the radar gun readings after every start. … Anyone else see what Darrell Rasner is up to lately? He’s only leading the International League in ERA. Ian Kennedy, be warned. … The buried David Ortiz jersey went for $175,000. Wonder if the construction worker would like to have it back? … If you had Ella Alexander Rodriguez in the ‘Name A-Rod’s Baby’ pool, congratulations — you’ve won.