To the extent you're worried that the challenges facing the newspaper industry are going to lead to a dearth of quality baseball coverage, I offer you this: Not one, not two, but three stories in the past couple of days about how the Yankees are throwing pies at one another now. There may have been more. I just found the low-hanging fruit. Fruit peddling this kind of thing:
I've been either covering or broadcasting Yankees games for 23 years...and until this weekend, I've never seen a Yankees player get hit in the face with a whipped cream pie. Now, 4 of them in a few days...Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera , Alex Rodriguez and yesterday Johnny Damon. They are the brain child of AJ Burnett, who keeps his supply in the video room right off the Yankees dugout steps.
I think a few of the "core" players in that Yankees clubhouse were a little stunned when the first pie went into Brett Gardner's face, but it was Mariano Rivera, an ultimate "core" player who told a dejected AJ Burnett yesterday, who was sitting in the clubhouse after being taken out of the game to "get out there....get that pie ready, man, you can't change karma!"
To those of you who say "Act like you've been there before" or "That's not the Yankee way!"....I say to you..., well, most of these guys have NOT been there before, and how's that "Yankee Way" worked for the past 7 years? A little life is needed in there...if a pie in the face on a walkoff win is what does it...so what?
It's cute that the New York press doesn't seem to realize that just about every team in the country has been shoving whipped cream or shaving cream pies in each others' faces after games for a long time now. I can't wait to see what happens if someone puts shoe polish in someone's hat or the fans break out "the Wave" or something.