It sounds like Mariano Rivera will accept the three-year deal from the Yankees this week now that he has returned home from the Dominican.
Now the focus goes to Andy Pettitte. Get him back and the Yankkes are set for 2008, at least to start. If he retires, I think they need a lefty starter and that means chasing Johan Santana now, not later.
The U.S. won the World Cup, beating Cuba. Jeff Karstens didn’t pitch in the final, having started two days prior. Going 2-0 in the tournament and winning a gold medal is a nice jumpstart for 2008 for him.
Caught Bruce Springsteen and the great E Street Band on Sunday night in Boston. Bruce, as you may know, is a serious Yankees fan. After a few songs, he said, “Greetings Boston, home of the world champion …”
But he didn’t say “Red Sox” and the crowd laughed as he grimaced.
For those interested (and I know you’re out there) Bruce did a great version of Jungleland. Also trotted out Jackson Cage. It’s a fast-paced, uplifting show. The guy has amazing energy for 58 and played for well over two hours.
Tonight is the last show of the U.S. leg of the tour and I’ll be there again. Then the vacation focus will be on family, football and maybe some blackjack at Mohegan Sun.