Here are the big stories for the Yankees:
Joba Chamberlain formerly apologized to us the fans, and to the Yankee organization for his DUI. He had been arrested a few days back after he was pulled over for speeding and the officer smelled alcohol on him. I for one do not plan to accept his apology. He has wronged me for the last time. Nor do I plan on accepting the apologies of the Yankees for this 2008 season. I still feel hurt.
In other news, it would appear the Yankees are entering this off season looking for a starter. Apparently, the Yankees feel that their demise this season was caused by a lack of pitching depth. It is not clear whether they came to this realization before or after Sydney Ponson was pitching regularly in their rotation.
In the Arizona Fall League, Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes is tearing apart minor league hitters. Though he struggled mightily early in the season with the Yankees, Hughes' last two appearances featured a 4 inning 1 run effort against the White Sox, and a 8 inning 2 run effort against Toronto. Either he's ready for the majors, or September is a magical month for him. He'll likely have to earn a spot on the roster come spring training.
Of ginormous interest to Yankee fans, it seems Jose Molina's homerun ball failed to break the opening bid of $100,000, and was pulled from the auction. Apparently, not even Molina wanted it for that much. The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" bid of $122.49 was not accepted. That amount was what Roberto, Deron and I pooled together after we cashed out our retirement portfolios. For the Rays 9 may equal 8, but for "Respect Jeter's Gangster" $26,000 equals $122.49.