Today's links are so excited about seeing the New York Yankees in person, for the second time in less than a week, that they can hardly think of anything else ...
- A couple of days ago I theorized that there's no such thing as a "Home Run Derby effect" ... so it's nice to discover that Derek Carty has actually done the work, and the facts match my theory.
- Just in case you haven't read anything (or enough) about Matt Garza's relief outing the other night, here you go.
- Erik Bedard stars as The Man Who Wasn't There (yet, anyway).
- Call me provincial if you must, but I deeply enjoyed these 50-year-old memories of the Pacific Coast League.
- I might have linked to this story about the decaying Astrodome already, but I don't really care; it's just that interesting.
- Geoff Baker writes long and well about Mariners fans, who apparently aren't paying close attention. This shouldn't be shocking. Fans in Seattle just don't have the generational history that allows them to match the passions of fans in cities east of the Rockies.
- Nick Swisher's having a great season. But as Kirk Minifane notes, Kevin Youkilis is having a significantly better season (and yes, I accept the job offer if it really means working with Keith Hernandez).
- And finally, this is the way the Web is supposed to work: Guy writes book. Other guy criticizes book. First guy defends himself, witheringly. Other guy actually apologizes. Remember when Marshall McLuhan steps into the scene and Woody Allen says in Annie Hall, "Boy, if life were only like this"? Well, sometimes on the Web it is.