Slow, slow day in baseball today — wouldn’t it be better if the tiebreaker game was getting going right now instead of being tomorrow?
Anyway, here’s a couple of notes for you:
• The umpires for the division series were announced and the Yankees series crew will be led by Tim Tschida. He’ll work with Chuck Meriwether, Mark Wegner, Paul Emmel, Jim Joyce and Phil Cuzzi. Tschida, some of you might recall, was involved in one notable Yankee decision in the past: in 1999, he was the ump who ruled that Chuck Knoblauch tagged Jose Offerman – when he clearly didn’t – in Game 4 of the ALCS with the Red Sox.
• George Steinbrenner, who showed up in the clubhouse in St. Pete on Sunday, issued a statement about the playoffs: “This has been a tremendous year for our team as we have settled into our new home,” Steinbrenner said. “The New York Yankees are proud of our rich history of outstanding players and this year’s team has worked hard to prove that they are worthy of the great distinction of calling themselves Yankees. We look forward to finishing what we started this season and never losing sight of our goal – to bring another championship to the best fans in the world and the great city of New York.”
Steinbrenner isn’t expected in New York for the first round but could be there for an ALCS or World Series appearance.
• Just to follow up from from the earlier post, Miguel Cabrera put out a statement on his situation. “There was an incident that took place on Saturday and it is a personal matter,” the statement said. “I am sorry this has become a distraction, and I apologize to the Tigers, my teammates, and all of the fans. I would appreciate it if you would respect my family’s privacy as I prepare for our next game.”
That may be it for blogging today. We’ll have a team of reporters – including Chad Jennings! – at the workout tomorrow and will be blogging from there.