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Sandy Alderson, Andres Torres, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Cabrera
For the first day of the rest of their lives as Mets owners, the Wilpons and Saul Katz let Sandy Alderson do the talking for them, which is never a terrible idea. Alderson predictably defended his bosses and said that Monday's settlement with Irving Picard wouldn't dramatically change his spending plan.
Well, you know, of course it won't. The Mets still have bills to pay and debts to settle, even after the liberation from the Madoff mess and the $240 million cash infusion.
The Wilpons and Katz should speak directly to the fans, howeve, and soonr. They should apologize for their repeated poor judgment - in baseball operations, in putting so many of their financial eggs in the Bernie Madoff basket, in getting the franchise to this terrible juncture.
It's their fault. They won the legal battle with Picard, but given that their successful defense was that they were duped, they need to take ownership of that.
--Andres Torres left last night's game with a left calf injury, giving Terry Collins yet another headache. It's a bad sign for Torres, who is looking for a rebound season.
--Andy Pettitte made his official return to Yankees camp. I know I'm obsessed with the Roger Clemens matter, but I still wonder whether Pettitte and Joe Girardi are not giving enough credence to the potential distraction there.
First there's the matter of Pettitte physically having to leave work for a few days. Then there's the physical and emtional energy that his testimony - and the cross-examination by Clemens' attorneys - will require. Pettitte could be the talk of the sporting world before he so much as pitches in a minor-league game. Clemens' attorneys will go hard after Pettitte and his credibility.
--Michael Pineda's velocity increased, an encouraging sign for the Yankees.
--Miguel Cabrera will be shut down for a week, after the Tigers' third baseman took a baseball off his sunglasses Monday that resulted in a non-displaced fracture of the orbital floor in his right eye.
--Have a great day.