Good morning Pinstripe Alley. The month of February is almost over which, of course, means the 2012 baseball season is fast approaching. Not fast enough, if you ask me. However, we will actually start seeing some games being played this Friday, so we all have that to look forward to as well, unless of course you are not looking forward to that. If you're not, what's wrong with you?
GET OFF MY BLOG! Anyway, onto the news!
The Pinstripe Press
Yankees outfielder with the easily punnable last name Chris Dickerson will not be on the 40-man roster at the beginning of the season. He will remain with the major league club for Spring Training before heading to AAA, so we'll still be able to get some quick one's in, just like Dickerson! Sigh, I miss him already.
LoHud discusses Jolly Ol' Nick Swisher and how he knows that the Yankees will not discuss any contract extensions until the season is over with. Never too early to continue to impress them, Swish. Also, it seems like he's next in line to be the Walk-Off Pie Guy. I was hoping Nova got the duty, seeing as he and A.J. were apparently close. It doesn't really matter though. It's not even Apple Pie.
Apparently Alex Rodriguez is offering the New York Knicks punnably awesome point guard Jeremy Lin a place to crash. I'm no Linsanity expert, but I thought he had already stopped sleeping on his bro's couch. Either way though, a Lintersting gesture from A-Rod, who like many New Yorkers seems to be getting Linsane in the Membrane. Sorry, I just have to pun!
Finally, LoHud has a nice article about some of the non-roster position players for the Yankees this spring. Take a look when you get a chance.
Non-Yankees news after the jump...
The Away Teams
Josh Hamilton expects to hit free agency this offseason. I fully expect the Yankees to make a push for him in some way. Or they might just push him, literally. That'd be kinda rude.
In case you missed it this weekend, Ryan Zimmerman signed a 6-year $100 million dollar extension with the Nationals. The Nationals have locked up their superstar, so good for them. They will be a fun team to watch this season.
The Indians will be without closer Chris Perez for a while, due to a strained oblique. They are hoping he can be bakc before Opening Day. I swear, the oblique is just the most evil part of a baseball player's body, it seems.
Johan Santana is still hoping to make an Opening Day start for the Mets this season. That's a noble goal, I suppose. Man, the NL East is a beast this season.
Finally, the Oscars were last night and I'm still sleepy from watching it at my friend's Oscar Party. Baseball film Moneyball did not win Best Picture, or any Oscar for that matter. It seems the A's can just never catch a break, even from the Academy.
Oh boy, wait till you hear the latest episode of the Pinstripe Alley Podcast later on today. It's amazing.