Tuesday With The Yankes
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
About Last Night
Not pretty, but a win is a win the way we are going …
Owens, CF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; PK, 1B; Mack, LF; Uribe, SS; Cintron, 3B. Buehrle pitching.
Belated Birthday Wishes
To Darin Erstad yesterday … I asked him how his ankle was feeling and he said better and better. "When I heard and felt it pop, I thought that was it," Darin related. "But it is just a high ankle sprain, so I’ll be all right."
Why I Love This Job
You know when you are having a bad day, week, month, season, year, (etc) there are those moments that bring a smile to your face and remind you why you love your job. I had one of those today from about 2:30 until 4 pm. Midway through it dawned on me … blog it.
So here it goes …
I was in Ozzie’s office with he and Joey around 2:30 pm. Major League Baseball has an announcement tomorrow about Ozzie and a very neat program, and I needed to run it past Ozzie. He was showering, shaving and getting ready for batting practice as we talked. He read the release and quote from Commissioner Selig and laughed. "This is good," he said. (You’ll need to read it on our site around noon tomorrow, but the release will be typical Ozzie, the side some people rarely see or recognize).
Everyone headed outside for special batting practice. The sun was shining … for a time … and I sat on the dugout bench (you know where Ozzie sits during games) with Rick Hahn, our assistant GM, and Ken Williams. Those two had just gotten done with pre-draft (it’s Thursday) meetings.
Scotty Pods was taking BP as Ozzie threw. Oney and Ozney Guillen also took turns in the cage. Pods is very close, read that as verrrry close, to starting a rehab stint at Class AAA. He needs to be able to play the outfield down there since Brian Anderson is currently a DH due to a sore arm.
Our coaches were out fielding and Don Cooper was running laps with a walkman on as balls dropped around him.
The Food Network logo was on the scoreboard (aside: they are filming an episode of Dinner Impossible here tonight. The star, Robert Irvine, a culinary master and Royal Marine, doesn’t know it yet but he is going to be brought to the ballpark, joined by sous chef Ron Kittle and will be charged with cooking a gourmet meal for 150 out of our center field concession stand. You know we have the best food in baseball, tonight it will be gourmet quality).
Anyway, then a couple of amateur players took turns in the cage as Ozzie continued to throw. One hit a couple of balls out to left.
"We need to hurry up," Greg Walker said. "Roger (Bossard) said it’s going to rain in 20 minutes."
"You’re on the clock," Williams yelled to Bossard. "You haven’t been right very often this year," he chided.
"Yeah, how about this," Guillen said. "The GM calls the groundskeeper up this morning and says we want to use the field. The groundskeeper tells him 8:30 in the morning. The GM! Who owns this field? We need to ask the groundskeeper when we can play?"
"Hey, I need to take care of my field," Bossard countered to Guillen. "I water four times a day. One bad hop and you’d be all over me."
Meanwhile, AJ ventured out into our dugout.
"Who are these guys?" he asked about the amateurs.
"New catchers," came the answer.
"Hey," Williams yelled at his catcher, the old one, AJ. "What’s with trying to hit all the home runs? When we got you, I said you could win a batting title here … hit .300, 12 home runs. Now, all of a sudden you are hitting .260 with 20 home runs. Hit some singles to left and you might just win a batting title."
"What’s that on your finger?" AJ responded. "Remember, we got that because I swung real hard and missed."
And he walked away.
At that point our pitching staff wandered out to take batting practice.
"Make sure you stretch," Guillen shouted to them. "I don’t want anyone to get hurt."
"Contreras," Williams yelled at, well, Contreras. "You’re the oldest guy out there, do something. Bend. Touch your toes. Stretch. Something."
Contreras just smiled at him.
"Don’t just smile, do something."
Kenny took a couple of phone calls from other GMs while we were sitting there.
"Careful," I said, as media people walked past.
"What am I going to say?" KW fired back at me with a smile. "If someone asks me if I’ve talked about a player, I’ll just say … is it a good player? Because if it is, then I’ve talked about him."
Then it turned colder and dark and looked like rain.
I remind myself I do this for a living.
Is Thursday afternoon at 1 pm CT. We are going to have a camera in our draft room that ESPN can come to when it’s time for our pick. Too bad there won’t be any audio, just video of the conference room.
"We are going to have to hide the snacks," someone wisecracked.
I think, at least for Maria Wegener it is. Our Sunday game against the Cubs was not picked up by ESPN and will be played at 1:05 pm. The game will be a Sox telecast on Comcast Sports Net Chicago and of course, WSCR.
I think we all benefit from that contest being a day game, especially Chicago’s Monday morning work production.