Here is some of what is being written and talked about around the Yankee Universe today, as we wait for A.J. Burnett and Roy Halladay to go head-to-head tonight.
- If you didn't already know, Burnett has great admiration for Halladay.
He credits Halladay for helping him mature and becoming a better pitcher; he hopes to show the teacher what he learned tonight.
"I went there for a reason," Burnett said. "It was only for three years, but I believe that reason was to be around a man like Roy Halladay. You see someone out there that's great and gets better every time. That kind of opens your eyes a little bit.
"The main thing I gathered from him is preparation and focus. I never really watched videos or paid that much attention until I got around him. He's locked into every game when he's not pitching. I try to do that when I'm not pitching also."
- Mark Teixeira is still looking for his swing.
- The Blue Jays are in first place, but they still aren't sure if their good start is a mirage.
- Peter Abraham talked to Brett Tomko and Francisco Cervelli about some of the prospects in the Yankee farm system.
- Bronx Banter looks at the Yankee record through 31 games dating all the way back to 2000. It is amazing that the Yankees have been 15-16 three consecutive seasons.
- A pretty hilarious item in the NY Post today about Madonna suddenly becoming a Mets' fan.
[NOTE: Don't forget the debut of the 'Valentine's Views' show on Blog Talk Radio this afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern.]