*Andy Pettitte started off a little shaky in The Bronx this afternoon. After allowing Kansas City to score 3 in the 1st and another run in the second, the crafty veteran settled down. He and the Yankees wouldn’t give up another run. And, oh yeah, some guy named Derek Jeter returned to the lineup. While his old buddy Pettitte started off slow, Jeter didn’t waste any time. Jeter had a hit in his first at bat that led to him scoring the Yankees first run. The Captain started his first game back at designated hitter. Eduardo Nunez played shortstop and had two hits. Youngsters Zoilo Almonte and Austin Romine each added a couple hits of their own. The Yankees would score 4 in the 5th after trailing for the first 4 innings. They would never look back. The Yankees won their 50th game of 2013 with an 8-4 triumph. The news is all about The Captain, however. Jeter would finish 1-4 with an RBI and run scored. However, what was originally thought to be precautionary, Jeter was removed from the game early by Joe Girardi. Breaking news tonight as of about 8:30pm EST, Jeter was pulled because of a quad injury. He is now scheduled for an MRI on that quad.
Today, the New York Yankees will welcome back their Captain. Derek Jeter will return this afternoon against the Kansas City Royals. It has yet to be determined if Jeter will play shortstop or designated hitter in his first game back. If Yankees fans have learned anything in watching Jeter’s legendary career, no one will be surprised if he insists on taking the field at short. Continue Reading
Bobby Bonilla: On The Mets Books Until 2035
No matter what the big sports story is making headlines July 1st, I choose to always lead with Bobby Bonilla. That’s right, yesterday was Bobby Bonilla Day… at least until 2035. The stout slugger signed perhaps the greatest contract in the history of sports contracts in 1999. The New York Mets wanted to wash their hands of Bonilla after that season. They needed to buy out his contract. At the time the buy-out was about 5.9 million. The Mets decided to defer that payment. Bonilla agreed to a deal that wouldn’t see him get a check until 2011. In doing so, the not-so-saavy Mets now owe Mr. Bonilla nearly 1.2 million dollars each July 1st until 2035. That’s nearly 30 million when it’s all said and done. That, in a nutshell, is why the Mets are the Mets. Continue Reading