A different kind of "bash brothers"

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laird.JPGAccording to the Associated Press, Gerald Laird and his 22-year-old brother Brandon were arrested Wednesday night following a brawl with security guards at Phoenix’s NBA arena.  From the AP:

Police say arena security previously contacted the group of men about
their loud behavior. Two of the men were allowed back into the lounge
after a conversation with security, but a melee broke out shortly
afterward and the Laird brothers allegedly assaulted the security
guards.

It’s doubtful the two will be handed much more than a fine and a slap on the wrist, but we all love a good brawl story.  Brandon is a highly touted prospect in the Yankees’ farm system and Gerald, 30, hit .225/.306/.320 in 413 at-bats for the Tigers last season while earning $2.8 million.  He’s expected to score about $4 million this spring via salary arbitration, which should help take care of any lingering fines or court fees for both he and his brother.

Oh, and in case anyone’s wondering, the Suns defeated the Celtics that night 116-98.  Now back to your regularly scheduled baseball-related programming.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.