Michael Kay and Ken Singleton were discussing Gary Sheffield's latest comments as Sheffield came to bat in the first inning. No sooner had Kay reported that Sheffield told reporters before the game that his words were taken out of context, the Yankees' right fielder lined a two-run homer to left. Hey babe, say what you want, just keeping mashing. As far as what he told the press, Sheffield is at his usual upfront (and confounding) best:
"That's the life of being me," Sheffield said at Rogers Center on Friday. "It's tough for me to do interviews. When people have pens, they have motives. It was supposed to be a positive interview."
...Of all the two people you pick, you pick probably the two guys I trust most in all of baseball," Sheffield said. "Not just on this team, but in all of baseball. Dearest friends, closest friends, personal relationships. That ain't even worth commenting on or defending."
...Of Jeter, he said Friday: "Jeter's our captain - he's not the leader, he's the captain. So that's a different ballgame. Every team I've been on, everybody leads in different ways. So it's not no shot at one particular person. There's a lot of leaders in baseball. That's what it was about."
Neither Jeter or Rodriguez seemed to be upset about Sheffield's comments. Nothing to see here, let's move along.
After Friday night's tidy 6-2 win in Toronto, Randy Johnson goes to the hill for the Yanks this afternoon. The Bombers gained a game in the AL East standings.
Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon have given the Yankees five good starts. Johnson and Mussina need to be lights out.