Let's face it: The Yankees didn't exactly suffer in
Derek Jeter's absence. However, writes Mike Lupica of
the New York Daily News, that doesn't mean he was not
missed. Lupica argues that while Jeter is nowhere near
the best player on the team, he remains the heart and
soul of the roster.
On the occasion of his being honored as one of
Wisconsin's finest baseball products, Ryne Duren, the former
Yankee pitcher who was famous for his blazing speed
and bad eyesight, is profiled by the Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel. For two years (1958 and 1959) he was
as good as anybody, making the All-Star team and
helping New York defeat the local Braves in the '58
Series. Alcohol played a significant part in his
demise, writes Michael Hunt, just as his recovery from
it and his work to help others similarly afflicted
have been the measure of his post-baseball life.
Steve Cummings and a group of Americans recently
traveled to Cuba to take in a week's worth of league
baseball. He writes in the Seattle Times that in a
country where money is scarce, the Spartan approach
sets the game apart from the largesse of the version
played in the United States.
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