Thanks to all who attended last night's BBWAA New York chapter dinner in midtown Manhattan. It's always good to see Jim there.
It was a rather eventful evening, to steal the word my Newsday colleague Laura Albanese used. Ryan Braun spoke publicly for the first time since news broke of his failed test for illegal PEDs. As Albanese wrote, Braun - while never specifically addressing the allegations - maintained his innocence, yet he also seemed to be preparing us (and himself) for an "accidental ingestion" defense should, as expected, his 50-game suspension hold up.
We could get that answer as soon as this coming week, now that Braun's appeal has been heard, and definitely by the time pitchers and catchers report.
Gary Carter's three children all attended and spoke on behalf of their dad (too ill to attend), in the emotional high point of the night. His son D.J. looked and spoke very much like Carter, which added to the power of the presentation.
Retiring Yankees trainer Gene Monahan generated two standing ovations, one before he spoke and one after he spoke, and Don Newcombe made a legendary speech - one not altogether suitable for a family publication - as he introduced his fellow Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander.
--My Sunday Insider features items on Yankees hitting coach (discussing Alex Rodriguez), former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson, Bobby Valentine, Bernie Williams, Jesus Montero and Raul Ibanez.
--And with that...I'm outta here, once again. Not sure when I'll be back. Just not tomorrow. Or, at least, not planning to work tomorrow. Be well.