Bartolo Colon has been pitching well in winter ball and he says in a Dominican Republic newspaper that the Yankees are one of the teams interested in him. But the 37-year-old former Cy Young winner has been on the downside for a good while now. Not sure he would help if he joined the starting pitching pool.
I was at Yankee Stadium Thursday for the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl. Syracuse managed to hold on, 36-34, against Kansas State. There was a really questionable call for excessive celebration in the final two minutes. It wasn’t excessive. The Kansas State receiver saluted the crowd briefly after his touchdown, pushing a potential tying two-point conversion try back to the 18-yard-line.
Team president Randy Levine said it was George Steinbrenner’s wish to have a bowl game here. The Orange was awarded the George M. Steinbrenner championship trophy. The Stadium was not packed. They announced the paid crowd at just over 38,000, mostly Syracuse fans, although some K-State fans made the trip. The Yankees also said more than 6,000 free tickets were given to community groups, youth programs and veterans. It’s good to have a bowl game at the Stadium, but you would think they’d have to invite a team from the region or it might not draw. The windchill reached 26 degrees from what I could tell on weather.com.
Back to baseball, our quiet week continues.
So Happy New Year to everyone, especially fans of the LoHud Yankees blog. We’ve appreciated all your support in 2010. Most of all, I wish you good health, good fortune and much happiness in 2011.