A few random thoughts:
• The Brian Bruney/K-Rod incident is a great example of how technology has changed the media world. Here’s the timeline:
Bruney went to Trenton on Saturday and after he pitched, said something derogatory about Francisco Rodriguez.
In Trenton, reporter Mike Ashmore sent a text message to tell me what Bruney said. My colleague, Sam Borden, went to ask K-Rod about it.
Via my iPhone, I updated my blog with the news, the quote from Bruney and the quote from K-Rod. So within roughly eight minutes of Bruney saying what he said, it was on the web, complete with a response. Within literally minutes after that, it’s on the AP and — whoosh — everybody knows.
Brian Bruney could have set fire to the stadium in Trenton ten years ago and nobody would have known until the next day. The lesson? Be careful what you say, no matter where you say it.
• The Yankees sold out the Stadium on Opening Day. They haven’t sold it out since and that includes games against the Mets, Red Sox and Phillies. I’m sure they’re making more money than ever, but there is something wrong there. The economy is bad, but I can’t believe there aren’t people who wanted to attend those games.
• Meanwhile, can the Yankees please paint some of that stark white concrete in the outfield? It looks like the Attica recreation yard out there. Isn’t blue the team color?
• It’s funny how quickly the rumble broke up in left field on Sunday when CC Sabathia showed up.
• How is is possible that Alex Rodriguez has not had a day off since he returned from hip surgery? Say what you want about the guy (and I certainly do) but you can’t question his desire to play the game.
• Dr. Ronan Tynan’s version of God Bless America with the extra verse is starting to get played out. But as long as everybody understands the Yankees love the USA more than the Godless commies running the other 29 teams, that’s all that counts.
• It’s always a good day at the ballpark when Yogi Berra shows up. We’re working with his people (yes, Yogi has people) to set up a reader Q&A for the blog.
• It’s apparently a condition of humanity that everybody time you attend a sporting event and the scoreboard camera is trained on you, you must do something stupid. Remember when ballpark entertainment used to be trivia questions? Now it’s old men dancing, hot girls who may or may not pull up their shirts and suburban white kids in backward caps making gang signs. We’re advancing every day as a culture.
• Now I sound like my dad. Great.
• The MLB.com At Bat 2008 application for the iPhone is insanely great. Best money you’ll ever spend on an app.
• Third base coach Rob Thomson has a great idea. He wants somebody to make a DVD of Mark Teixeira running the bases hard on Friday night so it can be shown to Little League teams. “If that player can hustle, it means everybody can,” Thomson said. “I was watching him, he never slowed down. He busted it.”
• Bruce Springsteen played with Phish at Bonnaroo on Sunday night. Thanks to those who sent me the MP3s. If I were really stoned, I bet I would enjoy them more.
• Here’s how I know Mike Francesa beat Chris Russo. There are posts every single day on this blog about what Mike said on WFAN. He drives the conversation in New York. There is never — never — anything about what Chris said on whatever satellite radio station he is on. He could be reading the Gettysburg Address in French for all anybody knows. Bad move by the Doggie. As Brian Bruney might say, serves him right.
• Mr. and Mrs. Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan and New Jersey should be having a baby boy in the next day or two. I asked CMW if he wanted the lad to follow in his footsteps and play baseball. “No,” he said. “Be an agent.”
That Wang is pretty funny. Hope he pitches well on Wednesday or the little guy’s daddy is going to be a reliever.
• In roughly the last 10 days, it seems like every New York baseball writer signed up for Twitter. I personally think Twitter is sort of useless for a beat writer because it’s just giving away more content for free. What is the upside for a media company? I do think it’s helpful to make a “brand name” out of an individual writer, however.
All I’m doing with it is linking to this blog. Whatever info I get will be here, always.
That said, follow these cats on Twitter:
That’s it for the blog today. Going to try and enjoy the rest of the day off. Nationals-Yankees tomorrow. Tune in then.