This is worth mentioning one more time at the end of the day.
Yankees reliever Dave Robertson spent his off day back home in Alabama checking on the devastation left by the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa last month. Not sure who he was able to see or what exactly he was able to do, but I know he was hoping to talk to some people and find out how and where he could be of the most help.
I’ve written before that I grew up in an area that had a lot of tornados, and the difference between being hit and being spared is absolute luck. There’s no way today was fun for Robertson, but when I saw him at Yankee Stadium earlier this week, I told him to try to enjoy the experience. Seeing his hometown had to be horrific, but Robertson and his wife, Erin, are genuinely good people, and they’re doing a really good thing to help some people who need it. I hope they were able to feel good about that part of their day, and maybe smile a few times because of it.
“It’s way worse than I thought it was,” Robertson told the Tuscaloosa News. “You can hear about it and see it on TV, but it’s not the same as being here. It’s total devastation.”
If you’d like to donate, visit the website for The David and Erin Robertson Fund. I wrote my check this morning before I left for the airport.
By the way, whoever came up with the name “High Socks for Hope” should know that I’m pretty sure I put an extra 50 bucks into my donation because of that name alone.
• This is a few days old, but I think the premise still stands: David Schoenfield at ESPN.com made the case that Jorge Posada is among the 10-12 greatest catchers of all-time, but ultimately decided that he’s just short of being a Hall of Famer.
• Donnie Collins reported tonight that the Yankees have released left-handed reliever Andy Sisco. He must have requested his release. He was pitching pretty well in Triple-A, but with Randy Flores onboard, Sisco’s role was pretty much non-existent. The team put him on the DL when Amauri Sanit was optioned down.
• Nice story from Donnie about Triple-A outfielder Dan Brewer. I’ve written a little bit about Brewer in the past. He’s just a guy who does a lot of things right.
• After Buster Posey’s injury, the Giants called up former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. He never got much big league time with the Yankees, but Stewart’s a very good defensive catcher with enough big league experience to help San Francisco off the bench. Those Scranton Yankees teams I covered were very good, and it’s impossible to overstate just how important Stewart was. You won’t notice it in the stats, but I’m telling you, he was key in that clubhouse.
• Because I was flying for several hours today, I wrote most of today’s posts last night. When I finally got to Seattle, I saw that one of those posts was really similar to a post from the guys from River Ave. Blues. Just wanted to throw a link their way. Sorry guys, didn’t mean to make it look like I was ripping you off!
• Finally, a quick personal note: Last night, a former Scranton Times-Tribune co-worker of mine passed away, a sudden and shocking death really makes me wish I could be back in Pennsylvania tonight to share in all the stories that are surely being told around the newsroom. Mark Coons was a constant reminder that sports are fun, and that even the smallest details are exciting. He loved stats, and he loved history, and he loved being a part of that sports department. And we loved having him with us. God bless you, Mark. And thank you.
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