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A little clubhouse flavor from Berroa

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

By now you have heard that the players all have IBM ThinkPad laptops installed at their lockers at the new Stadium.

Most of the guys have personalized the desktop. A.J. Burnett has an image from the movie 300, Johnny Damon has a photo of his wife, Jorge Posada the logo of his charitable foundation, etc.

Angel Berroa — I kid you not — has a photo of the rapper/reality television star Flavor Flav.

I don’t know why this made me laugh, only that it did. Favor Flav is 50, so maybe he and Angel grew up together. That’s the only explanation.

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We asked Brian Cashman a few questions about the bullpen, injuries and A-Rod yesterday in the hallway outside the interview room. Once that was over, I stuck around to ask about Jorge Vazquez.

Vazquez is the big first baseman/DH at Trenton. He’s a veteran of the Mexican League the Yankees signed in December. The (supposedly) 27-year-old is hitting .250 with two homers and eight RBI in eight games.

Cashman got animated when talking about Vazquez. The Yankees, he said, tried to sign him a few years ago but the price was too high.

“The guy can hit,” Cashman said. “Good power. He’s intriguing, there is no doubt about it. If he lives up to the potential he showed in Mexico, he’ll put up big numbers. He stands out when he impacts the baseball. It catches everybody’s attention.”

Apparently Vazquez hit a homer against New Britain the other day that just landed. It’ll be interesting to see what progress he makes this season.

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One of the Yankees purchased a toy WWE championship belt and when the team wins a game, it goes to the hitter who had the best day. When Ramiro Pena went 3 for 4 on Friday, he found the belt in his locker.

The kid they call “El Nino” was thrilled.

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it,” he said. “But I like having it.”

It went to Jorge Posada the next day for his four RBI. Posada displayed it proudly in his locker.

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A few links for you to peruse:

The Dodgers have a cool program where they build baseball fields for kids. According to this story, Don Mattingly attended the latest dedication of a new field and donated equipment from his baseball equipment company to the kids. Classy as always, that Donnie. Check out Mattingly Baseball for more on his gear.

As you know, we here at the LHYB are big supporters of the Kim Jones blog on YES.com. But don’t sleep on the Bob Lorenz Blog. There are a lot of entertaining insights there as well. When is the Al Leiter Blog coming out? The loquacious lefty could fill up the internet in about two weeks.

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Meanwhile, if you want to attend a game at the new Stadium, work the secondary markets and you can get a great deal. Just as an example, tickets for Thursday’s game against Tampa are selling for $50 for terrace suite seats or $11 in the grandstand.

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