Five quick links to start your day ...
1. Because every day should start with a good Pete Rose anecdote:
From Joe Posnanski:
When I talked with Pete Rose ... I asked him if he thought Jeter had any chance to catch him on the hit list.
I wish I'd had a camera at that moment because the look of pure disgust on Pete's face was beyond priceless, it was worth more words than every blog post I've ever written. He said, "Come on."
I said, "Well, he has about as many hits as you had at his age." And if anything Pete's look became MORE disgusted, and he smirked and he said what might be my favorite quote of the year, and one that (sadly) I probably won't be able to get into the book so I give it to you now:
He said: "You tell Derek that the first 3,000 are easy."
I don't think there's any way Jeter makes it. Is there anyone out there who does? [JoeBlog]
3. Good luck to Bob Sheppard, the Yankee Stadium announcer who's trying his best to be healthy enough to attend the last game ever at The House That Ruth Built. (We can now definitively say that's the last game now, right?) [Newsday]
4. Who said Manny Ramirez was never a good teammate? Here he helps Angel Berroa get through a postgame interview by serving as a translator. That talent should help his value in the open market this offseason, no? [Larry Brown Sports]
5. "I think I've run out of disaster and wreckage photos to post as representation of yet another awful effort from the Detroit Tigers. It's also possible that I've just tapped the Google image archives clear out. I've had to go there too many times this year." Hey Ian, perhaps now you'll have a few pics of Kwame in cuffs to use the rest of the way? [Bless You Boys]