Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui are two of the finalists for the last slot on the American League All Star team. According to the Daily News:
Asked if he were disappointed that he wasn't already on the team, Jeter said, "Every year, there are people on other teams who are pretty deserving. I've been on when others have deserved it. It makes you appreciate the opportunities you do have to go."
... Said Gary Sheffield: "I don't know if the Japanese fans count (they do), but if they do, I think (Jeter) is done. He's got vacation."
It is an absolutely gorgeous morning here in New York. It might be a bit overcast, but the sun will be out, the humidity is low and there is a nice breeze. Yanks host the O's at 1:00. Tanyon Sturtze gets the emergency start versus Bruce Chen, who has had the Yankees' number early this year. (Randy Johnson, pitching on three days rest will go tomorrow.) Enough. Time for some fireworks! I'm ready for the Bomber bats to smack Chen around this afternoon.
Here's hoping the Bombers make George's 75th birthday and happy one. And by the way, Happy Birthday Mr. Steinbrenner.