Rays Clinch Playoff Berth

Rays win!  Rays win!

With a 2.5 game lead on July 2nd, that means they will be in first place on July 4th and you know what that means –

The Rays Are Going To The Playoffs! (according to Urban Legend.  Also please note Urban Legends do not apply to teams managed by Dom Zimmer or Willie Randolph.  And Zim works for the Rays.  Uh oh.)

Congrats to The Rays on tonight’s game.  I only caught part of it on radio (and the Rays have a nice broadcast).  

Wednesday night ESPN:  Rays-Bosox.   Plus Chacon vs the Rangers.   And the Mets probably play someone too.  

The Captain (17) on Reyes Baby Attacks

Well, he’s got to get over that. Enough babying going on now. He’s a grown man, he’s been around a long enough time. Take off the kid gloves.

A Warm Thought for Bob Sheppard

Earlier in the year Bob Sheppard, the great Yankees PA announcer, and someone who should be in the Hall of Fame ASAP, told bustedhalo.com:

So my target date to be back is July 1. There is an All Star Game to be played at Yankee Stadium on July 15th and one of my goals is to be there and announce it. I did one years and years ago at Yankee Stadium but I can’t recall it. So now this would be something to remember. I do want to be there next year when we open a new Stadium. And I’d like to be the one who says, “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen…Welcome to the NEW…Yankee Stadium.”


Bob, I hope we see you soon if not tonight, and wish you nothing but the best.



Interleague Missed Opportunity

With all the hype this year about the final season at Yankee Stadium, MLB has been going out of their way to honor the House That Ruth Built, yet I think they missed the boat on what could have been something really fun during interleague play.

The Red Sox have always been the Yankees great rivalry in the AL, but who has been there foe more often than not in the NL? Of course I’m referring to the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers have played more games in Yankee Stadium than any other NL team (35, all but 3 in the World Series). The rivalry between these teams in post season is legendary and MLB should have honored that.

Plus, you would have also had the added drama of Joe Torre returning to Yankee Stadium – talk about an instant ratings winner.

What was MLB thinking about when they scheduled the Padres and not the Dodgers?

For the record, the Mets have played 32 games at Yankee Stadium.

Chacon Released But Manny Stays?

As the Boston Globe Reports:
These are questions swirling around the ball club in the aftermath of a regrettable Saturday episode in Houston (first reported in the Providence Journal) in which Ramírez argued with club traveling secretary Jack McCormick and shoved him to the floor.
Why does Shawn Chacon lose his job but Manny stays?  I guess if you can hit well or pitch well you get to stay and push anyone you want.  
Will the Sox take any action – or is a series against The Rays more important than decent behavior?