The Yankees can survive the loss of Alex Rodriguez for a few weeks. Back in 2003, Erick Almonte filled in adequately for Derek Jeter. We caught up with Almonte, who offers advice to Cody Ransom.
Joba Chamberlain looked good yesterday but needs to get deeper into games. This notebook also has updates on Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes, some player moves, Nick Swisher and CC Sabathia.
If you have not seen it already, please take a look at the reader Q&A with Joba Chamberlain that was posted yesterday.
An update on the blog outing to a Scranton game on July 5. This from Ron:
There are approximately 15 tickets remaining for the Second-Annuel SWB Yankees LoHud Yankees Blog Outing on Sunday, July 5 at PNC Field, just off I-81 in Moosic, PA. Last year we had numerous blog readers, family and friends (including Pete Abraham) attend and all had a great time.
For those who are unfamiliar, PNC Field is about 60 miles from Binghamton, 100 miles from Newark, 110 miles from Philadelphia and 130 miles from State College. The outing will take place in the Right Field Bullpen Field Box, a nice field-level area that is under cover, has numerous tables and chairs and several large TVs.
The cost will be $32 per person with children under two free. This includes the game ticket, program, hat, all you can eat food (hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, pasta salad, cole slaw, baked beans, watermelon, cookies) and unlimited soda and water. The bullpen field box will also have a dedicated bartender servicing a cash bar.
If you’re interested in attending the outing, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the number of tickets you’d like to purchase. I’ll then send you an invoice through PayPal for the total amount due.
If you’re coming from out of town and need directions and information on hotels, attractions, etc. please let me know and I’ll provide it to you. Reservations have been going fairly quickly and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis once you confirm the number of tickets you’d like.
Also, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have.