57° Good Morning
57° Good Morning

Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Carlos Delgado and Barry Bonds

First of all, since I boasted earlier today, the New York team got crushed by the Boston team, 17-3, in our media game at Yankee Stadium. As the team's general manager and manager, I take full accountability.

As for my job security? I'm waiting to see if the sun comes up tomorrow.

Anywho, back here at the Stadium, the Yankees' lineup features Francisco Cervelli at catcher and Lance Berkman at DH, and according to Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada isn't starting behind the plate just to get a rest.

Posada is 0-for-4 lifetime against Boston starter Clay Buchholz, while Berkman has never faced Buchholz. Given how slow Berkman has been to adjust in his first week as a Yankee, I think I'd rather have Posada as the starting DH.

--Andy Pettitte threw his first full bullpen session today in coming back from his groin injury. He said he took it easy for the first 15-20 pitches or so before really giving it a full effort. Therefore, he'd like to do another bullpen session Sunday, going full bore the whole way, at which point he'd like to pitch a minor-league rehab start somewhere. We'll see if the Yankees agree.

--Carlos Delgado showed up at Yankee Stadium this morning to audition for the Red Sox, who need some help at first base in light of Kevin Youkilis' season-ending surgery. Joe Girardi praised the Red Sox's weakened lineup, and look, anything can happen in a weekend series. Right now, however, this is not what you would call a fearsome lineup by any stretch.

--Barry Bonds' trial for federal perjury is now scheduled for March 21 of next year. I'm no legal expert, obviously, but I have picked up an ounce or two of common sense along the way. And for the life of me, I can't see how the Feds can nail Bonds without the cooperation of Greg Anderson.

--Speaking of steroids, thanks to Bob Tufts for referring me to this Joe Posnanski piece, which discusses this piece on steroids. I haven't yet found time to read the latter story in its entirety, but I like the idea of actually investigating steroids and their impact. Alex Rodriguez's 600th homer this week brought forth another full round of discussion on this issue, and it amazes me how comfortable some people are talking out of their rear ends.

Call me crazy, but I find a certain charm in the words, "I don't know." I don't know the precise impact of steroids on a baseball player. I don't know how they compare to countless other factors - say, how tightly a ball is wound, or how much of a hitters' park you play in. 

--Have a great night.


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