Like everyone else in the world I found it strange that Joe Girardi didn’t find a way to get Alex Rodriguez into the All-Star Game last night, but so it goes — the Yankees will surely say that they’ll just have to win the World Series in five games now since they won”t have home-field advantage.
One place A-Rod will be appearing, it seems, is on the silver screen. Rodriguez will make his acting debut in the movie “Friends with Benefits,” a comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis (who, it must be said, was fantastic in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”).
Derek Jeter, of course, also has a cameo in the upcoming Will Ferrell movie “The Other Guys” and, when Ferrell talked to reporters at the All-Star Game, he said – in full-on deadpan – that Jeter was an “excellent actor” in performing his critical appearance.
“We have the captain, Derek Jeter, or ‘J-Stick,’ as I like to refer to him,” Ferrell said jokingly. “If he would have said two words to me, I would have been able to tell you,” Ferrell said. “But boy, the guy has an entourage a mile long. When he says no eye contact, he means it. He slapped me a couple of times. Other than that, he’s great.”
More seriously, Ferrell said, “He’s actually one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. With how talented he is, his greatness, we were just laughing. He said he was more nervous during a day filming with us than he was in the seventh game of the World Series. It was great. I tried not to talk to him too much.”
Obviously the news of George Steinbrenner’s death is still fresh and we’ll be sure to update with any developments on when a memorial service is scheduled or other tributes. This is a slow time in baseball anyway, but we’ll try to have some posts – both Steinbrenner and otherwise – until games resume on Friday night.