Item No. 1: Umpires change their story. Now John Hirschbeck is coming to the defense of Marty Foster in Derek Jetergate. The story they’re peddling is that Foster told Jeter, “The ball beat you, and I had him tagging you.” Jeter said Sunday after the blown call that Foster told him the tag didn’t matter.
Reaction: Zzzz. It’s over and done with. Let MLB deal with their shoddy umpires.
Item No. 2: Kevin Millar doesn’t like the new Stadium. Here’s what Millar said about the new Stadium to Jim Duquette and Seth Everett on MLB Home Plate on XM and Sirius:
“I’m not a big fan of it. Nothing pops there, nothing pops. … It’s a beautiful scoreboard but they have the radar gun readings at the very top of the scoreboard with the pitch count. Fans want to know how hard the pitcher’s throwing, for instance. You come to the game, you want to see, ‘Yeah, Brandon League’s on the mound, he’s throwing 90-what?’ You don’t want to have to look around the stadium to find it, and this is at the very top, a very little scene up there with your miles per hour where most stadiums have them above the dugouts on the second tier of the second deck so you can kind of see it easier. You know, it was hard to read what the guy’s hitting for the batting average. It was tough to find certain things. … I wish they would’ve pulled the monuments up so you could see the monuments. I mean, they’re behind center field and it’s kind of blocked off with the hitter’s eye so you don’t even see them. At least in the old stadium, left center, you kind of saw them a little bit, glimpsed through over there from the bullpen area, and when you’d hit a home run to left center they’d bounce in the monuments.”
Reaction: Like him or not, Millar is exactly right. The scoreboard needs work and Monument Park belongs where it can be seen.
Item No. 3: Manny being a cheapskate. During his minor-league assignment, Manny Ramirez did not purchase dinner for his teammates, going against tradition that well-paid big leaguers should spring for food as a goodwill gesture.
Reaction: Are you surprised? Manny is the same guy who hasn’t contributed money to his high school team in Washington Heights. The more you find out about Manny, you realize that the happy-go-lucky persona was an act. He’s a bum.