The popular series is back with an up-to-date survey of all the latest in Yankeeland and Red Sox Nation:
- Bob Klapisch thinks that Jeter should have defended Torre publicly after Sheffield’s recent comments. By offering a "no comment" when asked about Sheff’s remarks, Klapisch believes Jeter "left the door open to Kenny Lofton – one of the game’s angriest,
most isolated players – adding credibility to a ludicrous accusation." Or maybe he didn’t opine because no one in the mainstream media gives Lofton or Sheffield any credibility in the first place. Truly what damage has been done to Torre’s reputation in the public mind? Derek is smart enough to know how these things will play out. Why enter the fray with an opinion when it’s unneccessary?
- River Avenue Blues provides a recap of last night’s Yankee win, and notes the turn-arounds of Luis Viscaino and Hideki Matsui. Johnny Damon, on the other hand, might be less useful than Miguel Cairo at this point. What a difference a year makes.
- There was a verbal dust-up between Curt Schilling and Peter Gammons recently. Or was it between Schilling and Sox management? In an interview with Boston Dirt Dogs, Schilling expressed his unhappiness with Gammons (and perhaps the team) for recents comments made by the scribe. Gammons is quoted as saying, "I mean he wanted a $13
million extension and didn’t work out … That has really impacted the
way the team feels about Curt Schilling at this point. … They way
they took it, they felt that he was saying ‘you know what, my video
game business is far more important than winning the World Series." To which Schilling replied, "In my opinion this is Peter
conveying a message to me from someone that didn’t want to say it to me
directly. That or taking a huge stab in the dark, which he does quite
often." Ohhhhh snap! There seems to be some ill-will developing between Schilling and the front office.
- This is relatively old, but Seth Mnookin thinks Coco Crisp is the most valuable Sock of the first half. I’d say Josh Beckett or Youkilis (or maybe Kei Igawa) would rank higher. Still, Mnookin is convinced that Crisp’s defense gives him the edge. What do you think?