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I hope Pete Angelos realizes how good he has it.

The Orioles finished 27 blessed games out of first place and aside from Jay Gibbons having to answer some questions about that stuff from Florida and Jim Duquette quitting his lame-duck front-office job, it's been pretty quiet around the Warehouse lately. No villagers marching with torches and pitchforks or anything.

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Meanwhile, up in New York, the Yankees had one of the most inspired drives for a playoff berth since -- well, the Colorado Rockies -- and the whole blasted empire is roiling.

Joe Torre is in limbo until King George and his Court (which includes sons, Hank and Hal, general manager Brian Cashman and Moe, Larry and Curly) meet in Tampa next week.

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Then today, there was a report that bench coach and Yankee stalwart Don Mattingly was being a super stand-up guy and that he would never take the manager's job if Torre were fired, and then Mattingly's agent turns around and says that's not right at all and Don would take the job, even though he loves and respects Joe (that's the two them, Joe, left, and Don). All of which makes poor Mattingly look like a weenie.

Of course, Alex Rodriguez may bolt the team. And Marino Rivera may bolt the team.  And Jorge Posada is a free agent

And NOW comes word from the New York Post's Page Six that Derek Jeter may or may not have taken care of the hotel parking for two women who may or may not have stayed in Jeter's room in Miami.

I'll tell ya, folks, that Yankee season never ends, does it?

Photo credit: Paul J. Bereswill/Newsday
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