Apologies for the tardiness. As I mentioned yesterday, technical difficulties are going to keep things here a little light until, probably, tomorrow night.
For the moment, thanks to my Newsday teammate Erik Boland for the help (in other words, he's lending me his power cord).
I'm at Yankees camp with Erik, but will leaving in a little while to attend Johnny Damon's news conference at Tigers camp. That should be entertaining, to hear Damon and Scott Boras offer their spins.
--The Yankees have signed Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $1.2 million deal. For those dollars, why not? The Yankees' bullpen already was a strength, IMO, but you don't turn down a good arm at a good price.
--From Port St. Lucie, David Lennon wrote about the Mets' centerfield competition, and I emitted an "OMG" when I read Jerry Manuel's quote that Gary Matthews Jr. could hit leadoff. Holy cow. If Angel Pagan is healthy, he obviously should be the primary fill-in for Carlos Beltran.
Lennon also wrote about Henry Blanco, who seems destined to be Johan Santana's personal catcher.
--Here's my column from Fort Myers on the Red Sox.
--NaOH alerted us to this Washington Post feature story on new Players Association head Michael Weiner. I do agree with the story's premise that Major League Baseball folks like Weiner much better than his predecessor Don Fehr; I've seen Weiner interact with his MLB counterpart Rob Manfred at World Series games, and they do get along quite well.
But...don't make the inaccurate leap that this means the next negotiations (the current collective bargaining agreement expires after 2011) will go off without a hitch. Even back in 2006, when the two sides pounded out an agreement months in advance, there were times (according to a source) when Weiner and Manfred got in each other's grill.