Prologue

Well, let me introduce myself. My name is A, to the P.

OK, enough rappin’. I am the Night Copy Chief at MLB.com. And I may have the greatest job in the world. I sit in a room with eight TVs and watch baseball from 7 p.m. ET until about 4 in the morning, Saturday through Wednesday. I am in charge of the MLB.com home page at that time, and I manage a crew of 17 editors as we put together the night’s content.

I have been putting aside the idea of writing this blog for a few months now. Luckily, thanks to a rare off night, I can get this party started right.

Let’s start off talking about the New York Yankees. I am absolutely stunned by their post-break stretch. The Yankees — a flawed team with a patch-work rotation — sit atop the American League East.

Joe Torre deserves a ton of credit. And so do his players. I thought the Yanks would be in trouble during this 11-game, three-city death trip that would send the Bombers to Boston, Arlington, Texas, and Anaheim. Five games into the trip, and the Yankees are 4-1. New York is 8-2 in its last 10, while Boston is 3-7 during that same stretch. I still believe the Red Sox are the team to beat in the East this year, but the Yankees are showing me some grit.

Remember last year how the A-Rod/Varitek scuffle ignited the Red Sox? I think something similar happened to the Yankees on Saturday, when Matt Clement buzzed Gary Sheffield in the third inning. Sheffield drilled the next pitch off the Monster, and one pitch later, A-Rod hit a two-run tater.

Speaking of A-Rod and Sheff: Hate them all you want, as most people do, but these two studs are MVP candidates in the American League.

But there is a lot of baseball left. Boston has more tradeable chips in its farm system — like stud shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is the real deal — than the Yankees. And let’s not forget the Orioles, who could wind up with A.J. Burnett and Mike Lowell.

Also, I won’t just be writing about baseball. I dig pop culture just as much as a grand slam. I got to see "Wedding Crashers" today, and it’s one funny movie. It’s no "Old School" but I laughed many times throughout the movie. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are tremendous, and there’s even a sick cameo from one of their Old School buddies.

Because I don’t get to see much TV — other than baseball — at night, I own a Tivo. It comes in hand when I can’t fall asleep at 5 a.m. This week’s episode of Entourage — with the guys visiting Sundance — is a must see. Clearly, this is the best comedy on television right now.

I also saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico. I am not kidding, I really did.

Well, that’s it for tonight. I am back in the office tomorrow, and hopefully will post again.

1 Comment

“Joe Torre deserves a ton of credit. And so do his players … the Yankees are showing me some grit.” — A, to the P

When I think of how those gritty, underdog Yankees are grinding it out against all the odds, it brings tears to my eyes. (Probably because I’m ROFL.)

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