I’m not sure earthquakes are discussed too often in the New York area, but growing up in Southeast Missouri — right along the New Madrid fault line — I remember learning about earthquakes from the time I was in elementary school. I’ve felt some small ones, but the idea of a big one is terrifying. The more I read, see and hear about the earthquake that hit Haiti, the more fortunate I feel that New Madrid was never rocked while I was in Missouri.
Good job by the Yankees, who have announced that they are donating $500,000 to support rescue and relief efforts in Haiti.
“The catastrophic event has devastated an entire nation and will have far-reaching effects in the worldwide Haitian community,” the team wrote in a press release. “The Yankees hope their donation will inspire people throughout the United States to do everything they can to aid the people of Haiti in their time of need.”
A few more notes from today…
• Yankees spring training tickets go on sale Friday morning (I’m sure this won’t be the only time we mention it).
• The Red Sox have signed Brian Shouse. His splits against lefties were solid last season. Not a bad addition for a minor league deal.
• You never, ever want Will Carroll to tweet this information about your team: “Big news pending for mets. Doesn’t sound good.” Yikes. Rumor is that Carlos Beltran had knee surgery. Double yikes.
• Utility man Khalil Greene signed with the Rangers.
• Remember Derrick Turnbow? Apparently he’s auditioning for 16 clubs.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Yep, knee surgery for Beltran. Expected to return to baseball activities in 12 weeks. By the way, Will Carroll called this at the end of last year. That guy knows his stuff with injuries.