A few things to mention on the way out the door:
• A very happy birthday to Shelley Duncan. Here’s hoping he gets a chance to play for somebody next season.
• Please stay loyal to this blog and give Chad every chance to succeed. I’m positive you will enjoy his work. You’re also in good hands with Sam for the next few weeks as Chad settles in.
• Thanks to everybody at The Journal News, especially indefatigable sports editor Susie Arth. This blog would not exist without her support and encouragement. Our tech guru, Jeff Marx, kept the train rolling through good times and bad. He made my goofy ideas happen.
• Thanks also to the Yankees for their professionalism, particularly media relations director Jason Zillo and his staff: Mike, Jason, Isao, Connie, Lauren, Kenny and Co. They are the best in the business.
• Thanks to the other beat writers. I hope people understand that the depth, quantity and quality of baseball coverage in New York does not exist elsewhere. It was fun hearing stories about the dead-ball era from George and running around the country with guys like Mark, Sweeny, Tyler, Pete, Bryan and the rest of the good people I shared this beat with. It was a lot of work but always a lot of fun.
• Finally, and most importantly, thanks to all of you who read the blog and the newspaper over the years. It means more to me than I can express. It has been a privilege to write for such dedicated and passionate fans. I wish you and the Yankees well in the days ahead.
If dreams came true, oh wouldn’t that be nice?
Peace, I’m out of here.
One last reminder, the Yankees are auctioning off the original WWE championship belt they awarded this season. It was signed by the team and the money raised will go to the HOPE Week participants at Camp Sundown, a year-round camp in upstate New York for children suffering from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a rare genetic disease which causes the body to be unable to repair cells damaged by UV light.
A.J. Burnett organized this effort. Here is the direct link to the auction.
The high bid so far is $5,005. Wednesday is the final day of the auction. If you’re fortunate enough to have some disposable income, this is a great collectible and you’ll be helping out a great cause.