Archive for May 21st, 2007

Monday, May 21st, 2007

The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Sox

Yankees Rumors & News

Via Mike Puma in the New York Post:

After nine straight seasons of Yankees’ supremacy in the AL East, the balance of power seems to have shifted, and [Boston slugger David] Ortiz said he can feel it.

I’ve been here five years, and we don’t need to worry about nobody right now, they need to worry about us,” said Ortiz, who had a double and an RBI yesterday. “We’re winning. We’re not worried about nothing. We just have to keep on going, keep on rolling.”…Ortiz was the only player in the home clubhouse yesterday to address the Yankees series directly. Others were more muted.

In the same vein as Jason Varitek’s famous line to Alex Rodriguez three years ago – “We don’t throw at .260 hitters.” – maybe the Red Sox don’t discuss sub-.500 opponents.

Bernie: I’ll Be Back

Yankees Rumors & News

Bernie Williams, 38, was at the Theater at Madison Square Garden yesterday to give the commencement address at Iona College’s graduation. Williams spoke about staying focused and urged the graduates not to “let your job define who you are.” As The New York Post cleverly observes, that’s not a problem for Bernie these days.

However, despite seemingly settling into life without baseball, Bernie is still not ready to call it a career. Via The Post’s Dan Martin:

Bernie Williams remains a man without a team, but the former Yankee hasn’t given up on playing again.

“I’m trying to stay in shape, working hard and we’ll see what happens in the future,” Williams told WNBC yesterday. “I don’t think you’ve seen the last of me yet.”

Bad Weekend For Jets’ Miller, Giants’ Burress

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Via today’s New York Post:

The Jets’ star kick returner was accused of unnecessary roughness off the field yesterday – allegedly punching a woman in the face during a fight with her outside a Chelsea nightclub.

Justin Miller, 23, who made the Pro Bowl last year, was charged with misdemeanor assault in the dispute, which unfolded at 4:15 a.m. near West 16th Street and Ninth Avenue, according to court papers.

And via Sunday’s Page Six:

IT’S hard out there for a professional athlete who gets no attention from the usually man-hungry ladies at Clifton, N.J., nightspot The Bliss Club. Sources say New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress insulted female patrons there and “left the club without paying his $2,000 tab.”

Not the sort of media attention that either club is looking for at the moment.

Bruised, Battered Bombers Avert Sweep

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

By dropping the first two games of the weekend’s Subway Series, the Yankees practically assured themselves of entering this week’s series against Boston trailing their division-leading rivals by double-digits.

Initially it seemed that things would only get worse on Sunday night, as Tyler Clippard became the first Yankee pitcher to throw David Wright a strike after the Mets third baseman belted a pair of homers in his first two at-bats on Saturday and was intentionally walked in each of his next three at-bats. Clippard’s offering was promptly deposited over the rightfield wall, giving Wright his third homer in his last three at-bats, and staking the Amazin’s to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd. After getting off to a poor start in April, Sunday’s homer was Wright’s seventh in 70 at-bats during the month of May.

In stark contrast, May has been an extremely cruel month to starting pitcher John Maine, who was voted NL Pitcher of the Month in April, but is 0-2 with a 6.19 …

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