Thanks to everyone who emailed about the Yankees going primetime.
The first one seems inevitable. Nick Swisher will be playing himself in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. For about a year, my friend Cory tried to convince me to watch that show, and I had absolutely no interest. Finally watched it, and it cracked me up. If you’ve never watched the show, check out the Swisher episode on Feb. 1. The idea of Swisher and Barney (played by Neil Patrick Harris) in the same place could be over the top.
The second primetime appearance is technically a former Yankee, but he’s still on the market so it’s worth mentioning that Johnny Damon will be WWE’s Monday Night Raw in six days. I assume he’ll also be playing himself, and he’s apparently bringing “Secret Santas” with him, which could be absolutely anything.
Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays edged Hideki Matsui for the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.
Lind appeared in 95 games as a designated hitter in 2009, batting .299 with 21 home runs and 74 runs batted in. Adam also posted a .539 slugging percentage and a .362 on-base percentage in addition to collecting 200 total bases, 60 runs scored and 26 doubles as a DH. Overall, the 26-year-old appeared in 151 total games this season, batting .305 with 35 homers and setting club highs with 114 RBI and 46 doubles. His 81 extra-base hits were second best in the A.L., while his 114 total RBI placed third and his 35 homers, his 46 doubles and his 330 total bases all ranked fifth.
Matsui took second place in the balloting after posting a .270 batting average, 27 home runs and 86 RBI as a designated hitter for the New York Yankees. Five-time winner David Ortiz (.235, 26 HR, 94 RBI as a DH) of the Boston Red Sox finished third in the voting.
The New York Yankees will continue another great tradition this holiday season with their 16th annual Yankees Food Drive, presented by White Rose. On Thursday, December 17, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Gate 2 at Yankee Stadium (corner of 164th Street and Jerome Ave.), any fan bringing 30 pounds of non-perishable food will receive a voucher good for two Grandstand or Bleachers tickets to one of 20 designated games.*
All collected food will be distributed throughout the Bronx to those in need. Fans driving to the Stadium may pull up to Gate 2 to drop off their donation. Rice and bottled water will not be accepted. To help kick off the Yankees Food Drive, White Rose will donate 6,000 pounds of food. In addition, the Yankees will purchase $10,000 worth of food from White Rose for distribution.
*Designated Games: 5/3/10 vs. Baltimore; 5/4/10 vs. Baltimore; 5/19/10 vs. Tampa Bay; 6/2/10 vs. Baltimore; 6/3/10 vs. Baltimore; 6/29/10 vs. Seattle; 7/20/10 vs. Los Angeles-AL; 7/21/10 vs. Los Angeles-AL; 8/2/10 vs. Toronto; 8/4/10 vs. Toronto; 8/16/10 vs. Detroit; 8/17/10 vs. Detroit; 8/19/10 vs. Detroit; 8/31/10 vs. Oakland; 9/1/10 vs. Oakland; 9/2/10 vs. Oakland; 9/8/10 vs. Baltimore; 9/20/10 vs. Tampa Bay; 9/21/10 vs. Tampa Bay and 9/22/10 vs. Tampa Bay.