• Did you think that Steinbrenner Field was done hosting big events now that A-Rod's arrival press conference is now in the rearview mirror? Hardly.
On Wednesday, the drama grew just as thick as an annual tradition on par with the Yankees' yearly steroids mea culpa played itself out.
Here's what our own Gordon Edes had to report:
"A Yankee intern named Ed Stanks just won the Steinbrenner Field Ice Bucket challenge by keeping his left arm plunged into a barrel of ice for 17 minutes and 33 seconds. The previous record of 6 minutes and 42 seconds was shattered by Matt Dwyer of the New York Daily News, who went 16:06. However, the record fell almost immediately afterward to Stanks, a Pennsylvania native. "I'd give you a 'No. 1,''' Stanks said, "but I can't lift my hand.'' The Ice Bucket Challenge is something of an initiation rite held by Yankee writers."
I have to compliment Gordon on the picture up there. In related news, David Brown and I hazed Nick Friedell last year by bathing him in a vat of hot Wendy's chili.
• In other Yankee news, Derek Jeter finally held his meet-n-greet with the media and said it angers him that people believe "everyone" was doing steroids. Oh, and he supports his old pal, Alex Rodriguez, of course. [LoHud Yankees Blog]
• The story of Nats' prospect Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez, who cut four years off his age and received a $1.4 million bonus from the club, continues to unfold in fascinating fashion. [Washington Post]
• Joe Maddon has come up with a new equation for the Rays to follow this season and it isn't all that different from last year's. '09>'08. Once again, it's only up to the Rays to prove that true.[The Heater]
• If you haven't seen the latest piece of mailing-it-in Rick Reilly columnizing, let me save you some time: Our guy Rick believes that certain awards should be stripped from some steroid users and given to other players who definitely did NOT do steroids. You know, to completely suspicion-free guys like Albert Pujols or Luis Gonzalez. He also starts the column with a "tougher than $4.99 steak" line, which I'm 99.8 percent he's used more than his endless dental references. [Bugs & Cranks]
• Our dawg Elijah Dukes has arrived in Nats' camp and he sums up the scene thusly: "Everybody vibing." If that's not on a Mr. Irrelevant t-shirt by next week, you can color me disappointed. [DC Sports Bog]
• No truth to the rumor that David Wright is trying for London 2012 ...
• Finally, I enjoyed this bit of trivia from a press release announcing the 11th Annual Toast to Harry Caray, even if there's a bit of Wilt "20K" Chamberlain in there:
"Harry once estimated that he consumed over 73,000 Budweisers and 300,000 alcoholic beverages throughout his lifetime"
The toast, by the way is Thursday at 7 p.m., your local time. [Harry Caray's]