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Saturday reading: Sandy Alderson, Derek Jeter and World Series stuff

Off the Sandy Alderson news conference, I wrote a column declaring yesterday to be a dawn of a new era for Mets fans. If I'm proven guilty of hyperbole, then so be it. But really, at this point, it feels like a shock that someone with Alderson's reputation has agreed to run the Mets.

--The Wilpons said they'd be open to eating the contracts of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, and that's what they told their GM candidates. Their hiring of Alderson displays how serious the Wilpons are about changing the fortunes and image of their franchise. It's hard to see either Castillo or Perez on the Mets' roster in 2011.

--Questions about Derek Jeter dominated the Yankees' telephone news conference to announce Joe Girardi's contract extension. I've been all over the "Yankees have the leverage" angle when it comes to Jeter, but at some point, it helps to take another step back and realize the Yankees don't have terrific alternate options to play shortstop for them in 2011.

The free-agent and trade markets both appear underwhelming. So they can't completely dismiss their captain and icon in these upcoming negotiations - not only because they want to maintain good relations with Jeter, but also because Plan B doesn't look very appealing.

--The World Series will resume tonight in Texas, and it's up to Colby Lewis to not only put the Rangers back in play, but also to make sure this Series doesn't veer into irrelevance. Yes, the Giants winning would be a remarkable story, but that doesn't necessarily mean we'd be watching great baseball. Or that anyone would be watching.

Lewis, of course, could benefit from some offensive support, too.

--Pablo Sandoval will start at DH for the Giants tonight.

--A Bronx school hopes to rename itself after George Steinbrenner. Jim Baumbach visited this school along with Hank Steinbrenner.

--I'm off to Texas. Have a great day.

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