I posted part of this as a comment earlier, but now that I've got the new address down for posting blogs figured I would put it here where more of you would see it.
There were a couple interesting stories out there the past two days -- colleague Ken Davidoff covered Brian Cashman's interesting remarks Friday night in which he ripped Bernie Williams, called out Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu for being out of shape last spring and was adamant that he does not want to trade for Johan Santana. Also, Hank Steinbrenner did a two-hour sitdown with the Associated Press.
I just got back from the Baseball Writers Dinner, which was held at the New York Hilton and was excellent. All kinds of baseball stars, past and present there. A few that Yankees fans will be most interested in include: Goose Gossage, Bobby Murcer, Yogi Berra, Alex Rodriguez, Brian Cashman, Johnny Damon, Joe Girardi, Joba Chamberlain. Craig Biggio, recently retired Astro and Long Island native, was honored, and mentioned how he delivered Newsday for 10 years as a kid.
Many more, but those are some highlights. Damon, pretty much everyone agreed was the highlight of the night. He was honored for his community service and work with the Wounded Warrior Project. He was presented by a soldier who lost his left arm while fighting in the U.S. Army in Iraq, and Damon had a really tough time getting through his speech because he was so choked up. Damon's father fought in Vietnam.
It was nice to see so many players, past and present, who were really wowed at the company alongside them on the dais. From Billy Wagner presenting to Goose Gossage, to Alex Rodriguez receiving from Yogi Berra. There were many humorous lines, with Willie Randolph surprisingly loose and off-the-cuff. One was from Jimmy Rollins, who, after a very flattering introduction by Alex Rodriguez (who introduced him as the National League Most Valuable Player winner). Rollins turned to Alex, and said, "The check's in the mail."
16 days to pitchers and catchers.