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Off Day News: Gardenhire Gets Early Start on Yankee Stadium Demolition

Posted at 6:06 AM on July 24, 2008 by David Zingler (2 Comments)

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NEW YORK - After an All Star game drenched in Yankee Stadium tributes and endless ESPN specials on the venerable ballpark, nostalgia has been running high in New York. Ron Gardenhire however, was not in a sentimental mood after the Twins 3-game sweep at the hands of the home team.

"(Expletive) this place," the Twins manager said after his record fell to 3-19 in the "House that Ruth Built". "Why wait until November to tear this place down - I am starting right now."

Armed with a crow bar and Justin Morneau's Louisville Slugger, Gardenhire made quick work of the desk in the visiting manger's office. The players meanwhile, tried to quickly dress and leave. Only Mike Lamb remained when Gardenhire began his destruction of the locker room. He was quickly chased out by the manager.

Gardy had worked himself into a full lather by the time he took aim at the outfield monuments. Fortunately, security was able to intervene before he finished off the Billy Martin bust.

Bob Costas and Billy Crystal, in attendance Wednesday, watched the entire episode, "I was taking in a little 'New York, New York' and stroking my Mickey Mantle baseball card," Costas explained. "Then, all of the sudden, I see a crimson-faced Gardenhire charging toward the monuments brandishing a crow bar. Billy and I thought about intervening, but then we remembered we are both 5-5, 150 lbs."

Thankfully for Gardenhire and the Twins, the Yankees were in a generous mood after their drubbing of the Twins and declined to press charges. A sedated Gardenhire made the team flight and will be in the dugout tomorrow night in Cleveland.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The pine tar incident

Posted at 11:36 AM on July 24, 2008 by Chris Dall

Today is the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in baseball history. Well, that might be stretching it a bit, but what baseball fan of the right age doesn't remember when an excess amount of pine tar, and an umpire's bizarre ruling, caused Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett to go absolutely ballistic?

That's still the greatest sports freak out ever. And to this day I still don't understand how having too much pine tar on the bat had any effect on Brett's home run.

Random Thoughts

Hall-of-Fame baseball writer Jerome Holtzman passed away this week. Holtzman covered the game for more than 40 years, wrote six books on the game, and became baseball's official historian after retiring in 1998. But he is perhaps most well known for creating the "save" rule, which has changed the game for both good and bad. A lot of people think saves are the most over-rated statistic in baseball, and they have an argument. Just look at Cleveland closer Joe Borowski's 2007 season.

CC Sabathia pitched his third straight complete game yesterday for the Brewers, a 3-0 blanking of the Cardinals. I know CC is a horse, but as Newscut blogger Bob Collins has noted, the Brewers probably realize they're not going to resign Sabathia, and so they're getting as much out of him as they can. If you had Eric Gagne in your bullpen, you'd probably do the same.

Contrast that with the New York Mets, who pulled Johan Santana after 8 innings and 105 pitches Tuesday night against the Phillies. Santana left with 5-2 lead, but Met relievers coughed up 6 runs in the 9th, and New York ended up losing 8-6. I understand the Mets wanting to protect their investment, but in a game against a division rival, with first place on the line and closer Billy Wagner unavailable, Santana should have pitched the 9th. That's what he's getting the big bucks for.

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