June 2007 - Baseball Wiretap
Bonds Wants Better Security
A day after Friday night's fan incident at AT&T Park, Giants slugger Barry Bonds told a small group of reporters that security at the ballpark needs to be increased for all the players, not just the man who is closing in on Hank Aaron's all-time home run record. And a Giants spokesman said there will be some adjustments. "This is about baseball players, all of us," Bonds said prior to the Giants' rematch against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. "I think you need to go to Major League Baseball and direct that question to them. It's fair for you to ask them what their responsibilities are, not just for me, but to all of us as Major League players. "This is not my ballpark. I just work here like you all. I'm an employee. All the employees should be protected."
Jeter Finally Speaks Out
As the Yankees have struggled for the first three months of the season, Derek Jeter has heard theories about how they can emerge from their slumber. The players should have a meeting. The players should critique or motivate one another. The players should do something. Maybe, Jeter said, the Yankees already have done it. ?They think they know who is saying this and who is saying that,? Jeter said of the team?s critics. ?They think somebody should say this or say that. In reality, people have no idea what?s going on.? Jeter acknowledged, grudgingly, that there was something going on. There are daily discussions happening on a team that has underachieved, and Jeter initiates many of them. While Jeter, the team?s captain, did not specify whom he had spoken to or what the topics had been, he said that he spoke ?to people constantly? to cajole or counsel.
Mulder Suffers Set Back
The Cardinals have taken rehabbing pitching Mark Mulder off the mound until at least Monday due to stiffness that followed his recent side work at Shea Stadium. Mulder, recovering from surgery to repair a partial thickness rotator cuff tear, confirmed that he experienced some discomfort in the days after his throwing. He has since thrown long toss off flat ground but was told to back off from throwing downhill. Said Mulder, "I was just a little tight. It?s not anything I haven?t had. It?s just a little more tight than normal." The lefthander emphasized he did not feel any tightness until long after Monday?s side session. "I threw and it was fine. Wednesday I played catch and it was tight. I couldn?t get it back to where I needed it to be." Pitching coach Dave Duncan acknowledged Mulder had experienced a "minor setback" but said he was not alarmed. The Cardinals and Mulder have meanwhile refrained from projecting his return after initially hoping last winter that he could return in late July or early August.
Cashman: No Trade Will Save Us
Brian Cashman is monitoring the trade market on a daily basis, but the Yankees' general manager believes that unless his team starts playing up to snuff, there isn't a trade possibility that will be enough to reverse the Bombers' fortunes. "We just need to play to our abilities," Cashman said. "We've only done it for 16 days; that's it the whole season. If we don't do that, it doesn't matter what I end up doing at first base or in the bullpen. It won't matter. We need to focus on fixing the guys we have here and moving in the right direction."
Gagne Not Interested In Red Sox
Based on his words, it seems that Eric Gagne wouldn?t have much hesitation about joining the Red Sox. ?I think I could play here,? said the Rangers closer before his team?s series-opening game with the Red Sox at Fenway Park last night. ?Alex Cora is one of my really great friends, and he said they have a bunch of great guys, and is always saying positive things about Boston.? But based on his contract, Gagne might not be sold on the idea of a trade-deadline deal to the Sox. According to a major league source familiar with the situation, the Sox are not one of the 12 teams Gagne has on the list of teams to which he would agree to be traded. The Yankees, who had expressed serious interest in the 31-year-old until recently, are on the list.
Teammates Back Up Lo Duca
A furious Paul Lo Duca insisted yesterday he wasn't intending to be racist when he made controversial remarks about interviews after Thursday's rainout. After the Mets' game against the Cardinals was postponed Thursday, Lo Duca said he thinks he has to provide too many interviews to the media. "Some of these guys gotta start talking," he said. "They speak English, believe me." Both Carlos Delgado and Willie Randolph insisted there was no division in the Mets clubhouse. "Not at all," Delgado said. "There's no rift," Randolph said. "This group is as tight as any group I've ever been around."
Will Pirates Fans Walk-Out In Protest On Saturday?
The Pirates, stuck in a 15th consecutive losing season, don't sell out PNC Park that often. On one of the few nights they will, some fans don't plan to stick around long. With only the third capacity crowd of the season expected for a Bob Walk bobblehead doll giveaway Saturday night, some longtime rooters led by businessman Andy Chomos of Wexford, Pa., want those attending the game against Washington to walk out in protest of ownership's perceived lack of direction. Fans are being urged to wear green -- to represent ownership's lack of financial commitment to fielding a winning team -- and leave their seats after the third inning.
Willie Mays To Be Honored At All-Star Game
Willie Mays will be honored with a nationally televised tribute prior to the All-Star game in San Francisco next month. The Hall of Famer, a New York and San Francisco Giants star, will be a focus of pregame activity on July 10 at AT&T Park, MLB said Friday. On the morning of the All-Star game, the Hunters Point Boys and Girls club will be named after him. San Francisco owner Peter Magowan said during spring training he hoped Mays would be a big part of the city's first All-Star game since 1984 and first in its 8-year-old waterfront ballpark.
Bonds Blasts 750th Career Home Run
Barry Bonds is going to have a harder time enjoying his home runs if the Giants keep losing close games. Bonds hit his 750th career home run, an inning after getting a startling hug from a fan in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Arizona on Friday night. The homer pulled the San Francisco slugger within five of tying Hank Aaron's record, but Miguel Montero hit a solo homer off Brad Hennessey in the 10th for the Diamondbacks, who sent San Francisco to its third straight defeat.
Garza Returns To Minnesota
Three months after leaving Matt Garza off their Opening Day roster, the Twins brought their No. 1 pitching prospect back to the big leagues Thursday as a reliever and spot starter. Garza, 23, will be available to pitch out of the bullpen tonight in Detroit, and he's expected to start one game of the doubleheader July 6 in Chicago. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had spoken of the need to add a reliever for this 10-day, 11-game road trip, but even he seemed surprised after relaying the news from General Manager Terry Ryan.
Time For Sabean To Rebuild?
The Giants players have not given management and ownership two hints that they can rise from the NL West cellar.
Cashman: No Job Is Safe
GM Brian Cashman made it clear on ESPN-1050 that he and Joe Torre could be on the firing line.
Biggio Reaches 3,000 Hits
Craig Biggio reached the milestone number on Thursday night with a single to center field.
Thomas Hits 500th Home Run
Frank Thomas has hit his 500th career home run against the Minnesota Twins.
Howard Fastest To 100 Homers With 505-Foot Drive
The Phillies' Ryan Howard became the fastest player to reach 100 career home runs, in his 325th game on Wednesday night.
Is Pettitte Hinting Yankees Don't Care?
The New York Times reports that Andy Pettitte "came close to questioning whether his teammates cared as much about the losing as he did" during post-game comments on Tuesday.