Joba Chamberlain is looking forward to the opportunity to win the fifth starter spot -
As a competitor, you want to be out there every fifth day and get that opportunity to fight and claw for your teammates.
That's what you're there for. I want that opportunity. I have to go out there and prove it, and I understand that. Nothing is handed to me and I like it that way, because that's the way it's been my whole life and my whole career. I'm going to go get the bull by the horns and get after it in Spring Training, and see what happens.
You've got to love his attitude.
- Johnny Damon should've taken the two-year, $14 million deal the Yanks offered him and will be 'lucky to get whatever he gets,' according to an unnamed AL executive.
- The Tigers and Braves are among the teams still interested in Damon, who is apparently seeking a two-year, $22 million deal. Good luck there, Johnny.
- If Curtis Granderson wants to bounce back from a disappointing 2009, he needn't look any further than secondbase. Robbie Cano was among the best hitters at taking outside pitchers the other way (which he failed to do in 2008). Too often, Grandy tried to pull those pitches and grounded out or popped up. If Kevin Long can fix that problem, we may see a huge year from him.
- Babe Ruth was born 115 years and one day ago, but the party at his museum in Baltimore was pushed to next Saturday because of the snowstorm.
- On this day in 1949, Joe DiMaggio became the first baseballer to earn six figures when he signed a $100,000 contract.
- A-Rod's 500th homerun ball sold for more than DiMaggio earned that year.