There was a really long All-Star Game that ended this morning. The American League won 4-3 in 15 innings. John Delcos has the story.
Mariano Rivera didn’t get the save but he had a great night. Sam Borden has the story.
The gathering of the Hall of Famers was another reminder that baseball does these things the best according to Rick Carpiniello.
George Steinbrenner got the loudest cheers. This notebook also has updates on Tim Lincecum, the Mets wanting their shot, Gary Carter, Billy Wagner, Jonathan Papelbon and Goose Gossage.
There were mixed results for the Mets and Yankees in the game.
Mariano Rivera’s restaurant had an All-Star catering job last night. Harold Gutman has the story.
Hideki Matsui might need knee surgery that would knock him out for the season.
Mariano Rivera said last night that he was told three days ago (by Joe Girardi via Terry Francona) that he would be used to close if the situation came up. Presumably, Francona told Jonathan Papelbon the same thing.
Why then did Papelbon carry on like he did on Monday? It makes no sense. Why say you want to close when you know Mo will be the closer? Just say something polite about Mariano and move on.
Meanwhile, whether Yankee fans want to hear it or not, Francona deserves your acclaim. He took Jeter and A-Rod out of the game in the middle of innings so they could get applause from the crowd. He used Mo exactly right. He was respectful as he could be to the tradition and history of the Yankees. He helped make the game what it was for the home team.
“I can’t say enough about how great Terry has been through this whole thing,” Girardi said.
Not that this would ever happen, of course, but when the Red Sox come to the Bronx in August, fans should let Francona know they appreciate what he did.