In case you missed it, be sure to check out our other insanely popular Newsstand pieces...THE BLEEDING YANKEE BLUE NEWSSTAND I AND II. Now here's III:
JETER'S CLIMBING THE HIT LIST: Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger is the guy who finally had the nugget I was looking for. Many knew that Dave Winfield was Jeter's idol growing up, but not many talked about it right around the time Jeet hit his 3111th hit to pass Winfield for sole possession of 18th place on the all time Hits list.
Carig writes: "Derek Jeter used to keep a poster of Dave Winfield on his wall. Growing up, Jeter viewed the former Yankees star as his idol... In the Yankees’ 6-2 victory against the Red Sox, Jeter singled in the second inning, moving him past Winfield for sole possession of 18th place with career-hit No. 3,111. Padres legend Tony Gwynn is next on the list with 3,141 hits." Read Carig HERE. Keep going Jeet, we love ya!
SHOULDER SURGERY FOR MOSELEY: Remember Dustin Moseley? He was with the Yankees for a few minutes. Well, he ended up playing for the Padres and now it appears that he has shoulder damage and has opted for surgery. He has a right rotator cuff and labrum injury. MLB.com has the piece HERE. The surgery will take place on May 2nd according to the article. Moseley says: "It's not a matter of if I'm going to fix it [through surgery], but who is going to fix it... I'm not in limbo anymore." It appears he's chose New York physician David Altchek, the guy who worked on Johan Santana.
GAMMONS GETS CALLED OUT...FINALLY: I've never been a fan of Peter Gammons because anyone who clearly has an allegiance for a team and reeks of it as they try to fool the rest of the baseball world that they aren't a fan of say... the Red Sox, needs to step aside, that's not journalism, that's bias and I know where Gammons falls. Finally the Boston Globe has done it! They've outed him. Read HERE. The Globe writes: "During his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Massarotti’’ show last Wednesday, Gammons asserted that Globe reporter Bob Hohler should reveal the anonymous sources from his bombshell story last October on the factors contributing to the Red Sox’ historic collapse. Those factors, according to Hohler’s sources, included manager Terry Francona’s personal issues and a fractured clubhouse in which a clique of pitchers were drinking beer and eating chicken during games. It was an absurd suggestion. Betraying the trust of a confidential source would be journalistic suicide." True, but it get's better. They then write of Gammons: "It’s the fan (Gammons) who pleads for last September to be forgotten and for the team to start winning again. A journalist wants to know why the collapse happened, and uses every ethical tactic in his or her reportorial arsenal to find the answer. That’s what Hohler did. If Gammons can’t agree with it, he should at least recognize it." Bravo Boston Globe... Bravo, time for more to call out Gammons.
PUDGE CALLS IT A CAREER: Ivan Rodriguez is set to retire. Pudge is probably one of the best catchers that I've ever seen, although I have a huge love for Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson and Jorge Posada as well. The Sports Network and Miami Herald write: "Rodriguez is the all-time major league leader with 2,427 games caught and set a record with 13 Gold Glove awards. He had a career average of .296 with 311 home runs and 1,332 runs batted in over 2,543 games." Read HERE. Don't forget, Rodriguez was part of the Yankees very briefly in 2008. That's why we're mentioning him in Bleeding Yankee Blue's 3rd addition of the Newsstand.