Mood Music - Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
Joe Girardi is in his final season under contract as the Yankees skipper, and it's gunna stay that way until at least the end of the season. Per Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews of the four letter sports network:
With Cubs manager Lou Piniella retiring, Girardi has emerged as a possible candidate in Chicago. Girardi has the resumé and the ties to Wrigley Field that make him a natural choice for the Cubs. Plus, Girardi's three-year Yankees contract concludes at the end of this season.
Posturing. If the Yankees keep on winning, Girardi will be back, and I doubt that the Yankees want to get into a bidding war for him (they'd win, but it drives the price up). The aforementioned fearless leader also did some chatting about Robinson Cano's advancement in situational hitting:
After a spring training game in Kissimmee, Fla., against the Astros, Cano bottomed out against Brett Meyers and left the game with a handful of strikeouts. The next day he met one-on-one with Alex Rodriguez.
The two talked for nearly 45 minutes about situational hitting. The result surprised his manager.
"Robbie took off from that point on," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I saw a difference in spring training and I’ve seen a difference all year long in his situational hitting."
I'm torn between two fundamental beliefs here. Belief one: Alex Rodriguez has more baseball knowledge in his little finger than most people who ever put on a uniform. Belief two: Situational hitting is about 90% a result of luck and statistical noise. Either way, it's great that Cano has relinquished his BEMVP crown.
Another post from Curtis Granderson's "The Grandstand" is linked to post-jump.
I really like Curtis Granderson. He seems like such a genuinely good guy, and in today's media where you get continually bombarded with Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, and about his participation in HOPE week with the Yankees., I try and give a shout out to Grandy every chance that I get. He wrote a really nice piece
HOPE Week is a great event for the everyday heroes that we honor, but I think some people forget that the players and coaches also get a lot out of the experience. Meeting Mohamed and others like him help you to remember the important things in life and also help you to remember that we should always try to find time to help others. Everyone has a cause or an idea they want to be passionate about.
After recognizing that, all it takes is simply getting out there and doing something about it.
And if that interests you, or if you'd like to read more from Curtis, here is a link to all of his posts on "The Grandstand." He certainly gets a hat tip from me, and I'll try and provide links to his writing when he has the time to get them out there.
And finally, in a recently ended streak of weirdness, before last night's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, the Yankees were 12-0 in Centaur free baseball. I remember how poorly the Yankees have played in the past couple of years when A-Rod was on the shelf to buy into this at all. But, I have to admit, it is kind of weird.