Pettitte throws second bullpen session, feels "good"

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Andy Pettitte continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained left groin.

According to Mike Mazzeo of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran left-hander threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium and reported feeling “good.”

“I threw 30 pitches like a warm-up, sat down for about five minutes and threw a good, hard simulated (25-pitch) innings,” said Pettitte.  “I felt good and had no discomfort in there at all.  This is definitely the best I’ve felt, I just want to continue to go out there and not have any problems.”

Pettitte was off to an incredible start this season before the groin issue sidelined him in mid-July.  Once healthy, he will return to an 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He’s also fanned 90 batters in 115.2 innings and allowed only 38 walks.  The Yankees believe he is a little under two weeks from returning to the starting rotation.

Donald Trump may throw out the first pitch at the Nationals opener

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It’s just gossip now, but Politico is hearing that Donald Trump is in talks to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Opening Day. The Nats are not commenting. Neither are the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League, who no doubt feel slighted given that the president effectively is a local.

With the caveat that, on Opening Day, tickets are likely to be more expensive and thus you’re likely to have a lot more rich people and friends-of-the-owners in attendance, thereby ensuring a more conservative crowd, I’m struggling to imagine a situation in which Trump strolls on to a baseball field in a large American city and isn’t booed like crazy. He’s polling as low as 36% in some places. He’s not exactly Mr. Popular.

Oh well. I look forward to him three-bouncing one to Matt Wieters and then grabbing his phone and tweeting about how it was the best, most tremendous first pitch in baseball history. Or blaming Hillary Clinton for it in the event he admits that it was a bad pitch.

Watch David Ross do the cha-cha to Young M.C.’s “Bust a Move”

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David Ross is 40 which means he was about 12 when Young M.C.’s “Bust a Move” was released. That means that there’s a pretty good chance that the enjoyment on his face as he danced to it last night on “Dancing with the Stars” was not ironic enjoyment but actual enjoyment. The tween-aged Ross probably dug hard on “Bust a Move,” stuff from Tone Loc and, I suspect, some D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

Then, in either high school or college, some cooler friends of his were making fun of that pop rap stuff and he quickly — but silently — disavowed his love for those inoffensive songs and claimed a lifelong love for whatever harder-edged fare made one cool among the boys of his generation.

Now, in 2017, he can again embrace a song that once made him smile. Back before being cool was a concern. Back when life was simpler. He can let his cha-cha flag fly to “Bust a Move,” a beautiful woman by his side and millions in the bank, and tell those older boys back in Florida or Alabama or wherever that he truly DID love the music they made fun of and that he will never hide his enjoyment of life again.

Again, he did so silently.