Hello respecters of Jeter's gangster. While I won't be doing this on a weekly basis, it seemed worth reviewing the flurry of activity surrounding the Yankees this past week.
First, the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka. The heralded Japanese super-phenom was coveted by numerous major league teams, who wined and dined him, gave him expensive gifts (of the basket variety), and made him lucrative promises. At days end, however, Tanaka chose the Yankees, giving them the final red rose in the big finale.
Then Hank Steinbrenner spoke to the media, letting everyone who questioned the Yankees commitment to winning know that they were stupid idiots who stupidly sucked at their stupid, idiotic lives. Lost on Hank seemed to be the fact that no one questioned the Yankees' commitment to winning, they questioned the Yankees' commitment to keeping their payroll under $189 million in 2014. So there's that.
Then Johnny Gomes, a .247 hitting outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, said that the Yankees can win all the winters they want, but it's the summer that matters. Apparently Gomes is both unaware that the World Series is played in the fall, and that the leaders of the Red Sox are David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and Jon Lester, and that there is a limit to how much anyone can care what Johnny Gomes thinks about baseball.
Gomes comes off like that kid who's always picking fights on the playground because his older brother hit a growth spurt last summer, now towers a foot above everyone else, and has his back. Fun to run your mouth when others have to do the backing it up for you.
Oh, and A Rod has been living it up in Mexico, travelling first to Mexico City to promote a gym, and then to Cancun. If you've never been to Cancun, go. Go now. Those beaches are amazing.