If you answered yes, it’s your lucky day:
Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling the splintered Mizuno Pro Limited, which still has Piazza’s name cleanly etched on it. The bat was consigned by Jeff Mangold, who was the Yankees’ strength and conditioning coach from 1984-88 and 1998-2006.
“I’ve had this for 13 years,” Mangold told ESPN. “It was just sitting in my office and very few people knew about it. But I think this is an article of sports memorabilia that has some substance to it.”
The lesson here: if something big goes down on the field, grab the nearest piece of equipment you can. It might just buy you a new car or pay for your kids’ college education or something.
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.