Roger Clemens is a Yankee: This is by far the biggest storyline of the day...
That Clemens is coming out of retirement, spurning the Red Sox and everyone else for his buddy Andy Pettitte and the Yankees.
That he will provide pitching stability – and stardom (after all, he is still one of the Top 5 pitchers in baseball) – to a team still under .500 but only 5.5 games out of first in the AL East.
That he made the announcement not at a tradtional press conference, but at Yankee Stadium, in front of 52,000-plus fans, in a rare populist moment for a snooty franchise and player.
That he will make $28 million for his efforts. $28 million! Now, obviously, that will be prorated, but $4.5 million a month to pitch 4-5 times is pretty eye-popping.
Will he make a difference? That's not the point today. For now, it's about the SIGNAL:
That the Yankees are still in it to win (and still ready to spend like no team in baseball history) and that the premier pitcher in the league thinks so, too.
I'm expecting a cavalcade of reactions from around the league and sports-blog universe, so this is an absolute "Tracking..."
That interesting Bonds poll: "Only" 52 percent of fans don't want to see Bonds break the all-time home run record. The stat that's making headlines is the racial divide: 74 percent of black fans want to see him do it. What does that say? I think I agree with Jayson Stark: The perception of universal outrage over Bonds by the media is, at least in part, race-driven.
Spurs beat Suns in Game 1. Was it the head-butt nose injury to Steve Nash that cost the Suns a critical Game 1 victory
in in PHOENIX? Perhaps, but more telling about the Suns' chances in this series is that the combined score was 217 points, more in Phoenix's comfort zone than San Antonio's no matter what the result.
(Cavs beat Nets in Game 1: How intriguing that the least interesting of the NBA playoff semifinal series includes LeBron? Confirms the NBA has undergone a shift from a "star" system to a "system" system.)
NBA Tonight: Warriors Mania resumes! Who else is curious to see if the Warriors' first-round magic extends into the second round against the Jazz? Or was the Mavs' upset driven more by emotion than anything else? (Plus: Look for another Bulls beat-down in
What next for T-Mac: Is he the NBA's most tragic figure or just a loser?
Hancock Update: Cards to ban alcohol from the clubhouse, but I don't expect that to start a trend around MLB.
Mayweather beats De La Hoya: When boxing matches are decided by split decisions, they resemble figure skating more than anything else. (Will there be a rematch? Fighters say "no"; Economic say "yes.")
Street Sense wins Kentucky Derby: Eh, picking the favorites isn't any fun anyway.
The Sabres march on...