I’ve only been to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa a couple of times. Once was a rainout. The other was a nice day and a nice game was played, but I got the same impression from the joint both times. Nice enough. Big. Professional. A bit on the cold side, though, and surprisingly utilitarian for baseball’s marquee team. Most spring training parks have a greater sense of fun and comfort and intimacy to them. Most people are on vacation when they visit the place, so why not make it more enjoyable?
Seems like the Yankees and the folks in Tampa are going to try to do that with a $40 million renovation, according to the New York Times. The specifics are a bit light, but a new outfield concourse is being constructed. That could be good. They tend to put bars and things on outfield concourses. Steinbrenner Field could use somethin’ like that.
They say that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Which is to say that Adrian Beltre had absolutely nothing to lose by pretending that he actually caught the foul ball he snagged after it bounced into the seats and back out again in the Rangers game against the Mariners last night.
My favorite part of it was the reaction of the women in the front row behind him. It’s entirely possible they didn’t see the ball bounce and were genuinely cheering a good play by Beltre. But I really want to believe that they knew he was trying to deke the third base umpire and were being supporting actors in the drama.
Today’s New York Daily News sports cover is teases a story about how Barry Bonds doesn’t think A-Rod will catch his home run record. Which is not exactly huge news given that he’d have to hit 75 homers in two seasons to break the record and the odds of that happening are really low. It’s also just the latest in the line of “hey, now that Barry Bonds is back in baseball, let’s ask him about current players” stories. I suppose those are fun enough, but again, it’s not exactly front page news.
But hey, Bonds + A-Rod is a story, always. We certainly know that here, so I won’t begrudge the Daily News its story. The cover, though, is hilarious:
I imagine, somewhere, there is a person who both knows and cares who Barry Bonds is AND has no idea that he took PEDs. It’s hard for me to imagine such a creature — the people who don’t care about him and the people who do know about his PED use are legion, of course — but I presume at least one or two of them exist in the wild. This cover and its asterisk and oh-so-clever pun must be for them.
Or it’s possible that the people at the Daily News who do Bonds and A-Rod stories are like Guy Pearce in “Memento” and they must constantly write about the PED connections or else it will totally fall out of their minds.