Mark down May 19 & 20 on your calendars, friends, and make sure you top off the balances in your checking accounts. The occassion? The auction of some 1,000 items of Joe D. memorabilia, including the record-breaking ball from his 56-game hit streak. It all goes down in the heart of Times Square, at the Marriot Marquis. Because Joe was all about class, baby, and Toots Shore's is long gone. Us? We'll be upstairs, monitoring it all from The View. Joe would have wanted it that way, and that's how we roll spin.
According to an op-ed in today's Times by the indepentent economist Andrew Zimbalist, Yankee Stadium II is, indeed, a good deal for the city: "The Yankees are proposing a fair financial deal to the city," says Dr. Z, who notes the current stadium generates a large annual repair bill. and that while there will be considerable public spending, about 75 percent of the project cost will be borne by the team, and most of the public spending will directly benefit the community. Also, the area gets back more park facilities than it has now, and they're improved.
We remain skeptical, if not about the costs, than about the design, and the need to replace one of the city's great public spaces, and destroy one of just 3 active ballparks dating to baseball's halcyon era. Plus, need we remind, there will be dramatically fewer seats.
We don't necessarily trust Tony Masarotti, but if he's right (and ESPN's not as unequivocal), Coco's on his way. Some things we do know: Mixed feelings abound at SoSH. He switch hits (on the field, that is). He's young. He can't be a free agent until 2009. He's cost-controlled, for the most part, and he'll end up at least $25-30M cheaper than Johnny D over the next 4 years. He had a very nice year in 2005. His offensive trends are mostly positive, and comparable to if not better than Damon's at the same pointin his career. He doesn't seem to walk enough for a leadoff hitter. He whiffs maybe a little more than we'd like. He's better than Adam Stern. He makes the milk taste really good.
Things we don't know: Will Coco continue to improve? Will he be able to play well in center? (so far, the sample size is way too small) Is he worth Marte+? Who else is involved in the deal? Will the Sox be giving up even more or getting back a prospect? What number will he wear? How many other Sox blogs will put up pictures of breakfast cereal? How many ways will Yankees fans find to tear down this (possible) trade? Is Theo in favor of the tr--er, scratch that. Can Coco play shortstop too?
Derrick Mosley, the man convicted of attempting to blackmail twenty grand out of DeLeon Richards, aka Mrs. Gary Sheffield, with an alledged sex tape of Mrs. S. and R. Kelly, was sentenced to 27 months in a federal pokey this week. Says Mosley: "My heart goes out to DeLeon and her family. I just really feel bad that this escalated to this point."
Now, if it was a tape of another AL East wife, well...
Now that Theo's back, he might want to add this neat-o program to his—and Francona's—bag of tricks. The Baseball Visualization Tool is a graphical interface that helps determine when it's appropriate to pull a pitcher. It looks convincing, and it's certainly beautiful. Thankfully, Grady didn't have a copy back in '03.