Mood Music - Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout. Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, he [ticks] me off."
"I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay Rays payroll. You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their butt."
I like Showalter a lot, and I think he'll do great things for the Orioles, but I'm also going to file this under "scripted comments intended to fire up my team." And, really, favorable calls and payroll? That's what you went with in taking a shot at the big bad Yanks and Sox?
More after the jump.
- Per Four Letter Network writer Wallace Matthews, New York Yankees center-fielder Curtis Granderson has a strain of the internal oblique on the right side of his abdomen. Blockquote:
"I'm concerned just because of where we are time-wise,'' said Granderson, who has been told by manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman not to try to rush back just to play in next week's opener at Yankee Stadium.
"As exciting as Opening Day is and all, they told me to just make sure I was ready before I go back,'' Granderson said. "I guess it's better to have this now than later in the season.''
It's a tough break for Grandy, who despite having no injury history while playing with the Tigers, has seemed to battle small, nagging injuries throughout his time in New York. Also, if you haven't seen the video of his selection of a song to be announced to, it is gold.
- Forbes has released a Business of Baseball report, coming to the shocking conclusion that the Yankees are worth dump-trucks full of money. The pesky, scrappy, underdog Red Sox are the second most lucrative, although a large portion of that value is Dustin Pedroia's bionic heart.