Occasionally, part of my off days are spent digging through leftovers. I’ll find some quote tucked away that makes me think of something, and I’ll use it for an off day post. This one isn’t so much a forgotten topic, just a forgotten upload.
I forgot I uploaded Alex Rodriguez’s audio last night. After playing his first Major League game in well over a month, Rodriguez was happy with the way he felt. He went hitless at the plate, but he made a terrific play on a bunt and said he felt no soreness afterward.
“I was anxious, but I was actually happy with the way that I felt,” he said. “The speed of the game is something you can’t simulate, and it was nice that I felt pretty comfortable out there – especially in the box. I saw the ball really well, fell into a couple 0-2 jams and fought out of them, but I just couldn’t finish the at-bat.
“For me, it’s just great getting this one under my belt. Having a day off tomorrow, then coming home with my second game versus my first, that’s a good thing.”
Rodriguez is expected to be back in there tomorrow when the Yankees open a short three-game home stand.
• A nice read from George Vecsey, who writes that the reputation of Roger Maris has only improved in the years since his single-season home run record was broken.
• Rodriguez’s meeting with MLB investigators to talk about high-stakes poker allegations is supposed to happen this week. Meawhile, Rodriguez denies claims that he played poker at the Wilkes-Barre casino while he was rehabbing with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• Brian Cashman said the same thing Joe Girardi said this weekend: A.J. Burnett doesn’t necessarily have a lock on a rotation spot. The Yankees are planning to trip to five starters after the Saturday doubleheader.
• MLBTradeRumors has a running list of the players who have cleared trade waivers. Anyone you’re interested in?
• Apparently Mariano Rivera can affect the stock market. Thanks, Jon, for the link.
• Like really random Yankees memorabilia? You can own one of Joe DiMaggio’s shotguns, if you’d like. Thanks to Michael for the heads up.
• If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out the game-ending throw from by former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson. Regardless of whether you know or care about Jackson, it’s just a nice baseball play.
Associated Press photo