One wonders why the Yankees, who've watched as Alex Rodriguez has been hit three times, haven’t sent a message to locked-in slugger Chase Utley, who tied Reggie Jackson’s mark yesterday with five homers in the Fall Classic.
Multiple sources are debunking the Cole Hamels and Brett Myers spat, so let’s move back to baseball. After sharing our respective disdain for Nick Swisher and Shane Victorino, a colleague with New York allegiances wondered why the Yankees haven’t so much as brushed Utley off the plate. It’s a good question; if Roger Clemens was still in pinstripes, there would be no hesitation, not that he ever needed a reason. I guess it's not in this group’s Madison Avenue makeup; the Yankees all seem to carry themselves in the same, vanilla, Troy Aikman sort of way. All except A-Rod, who even drives some hardcore Yankees fans nuts for mugging it up for the camera with his staged looks of intensity. (Here’s the best A-Rod article of all time, as it relates to this topic).
Phillies stealing signs? Yesterday on ESPN 97.5 radio, Dodgers third base coach and former Phillies skipper Larry Bowa alluded to rumors that the Phillies are stealing signs via a hidden camera or having teammates tipping signs from the bullpen.
Today, Shane Victorino responded. "For Bowa to come out and say something like that if he doesn't know what he's talking about - if he doesn't have cold, hard facts - he shouldn't say something like that. I don't want to use the word I'm going to use, but it's just not something that should be said. That's just weak, I guess. Obviously, if we're stealing signs, we would be doing better than what we're doing right now."