On Sunday, Sam wrote that it’s hard to imagine the NHL’s Winter Classic coming to Yankee Stadium in 2011. It seems he’s not the only one who sees it that way.
The Record reported today that the NHL and ESPN are ready to look elsewhere, with Citi Field “the only other site that will be considered.” Playing the hockey game at Yankee Stadium is problematic because of the college football bowl game that will be played in December.
A few other notes from around the Internet:
• Our good friend Pete Abraham has heard the Yankees are out of the Aroldis Chapman bidding, but notes that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees go after the young lefty. Pete also wrote that Chien-Ming Wang, “has told friends he is prepared to move on from the Yankees.”
• Speaking of Chapman, I still think it’s hard to read much into any of this speculation about where he might sign. Yesterday there were conflicting reports about the Marlins (one saying Florida was making a push, another saying they conceeded defeat). Today, it was conflicting Angels rumors (pro and con) making the rounds.
• Peter Gammons did a chat in which he speculated that Johnny Damon might not be completely off the Yankees’ radar. “I keep thinking that if Damon cant find a job at 2 yrs. and a total of $20 million that perhaps he’ll come back to the Yankees for one or two years and then hit the market next fall,” Gammons wrote.
• The terms of Eric Hinske’s contract with the Braves: One year deal, $1 million with $500,000 in incentives.