Niagara Gazette — A few random thoughts as I clear off the desk and try to come up with a nice opening line that doesn’t rip off the late Larry Felser...
• Recently my work schedule and the weather finally cooperated, and I was able to personally staff some Niagara Power baseball games. Perhaps I’m a little biased because he’s a colleague, but I want to pay a compliment to Gazette colleague Doug Smith. When he’s not penning our Monday baseball column “Base Paths,” Smith is serving as the public address announcer at Power home games. To hear his often ad-libbed calls alone is worth the price of admission. I would even consider him the Cataract City’s own version of Harry Caray.
Some of the lines might make you groan, while others make you wish you weren’t taking a sip of your beverage at that very moment. But overall, it’s unique to the hometown team. It’s one of the things I find charming about lower level baseball. Keep it up, Doug.
• For the many reasons one can dislike New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, I think he did nothing wrong with sharing his excitement about some encouraging medical news on his Twitter account. Yankees GM Brian Cashman, on the other hand, was anything but professional when complaining about it to ESPN New York, even using a four-letter bomb when suggesting A-Rod should “shut the (bleep) up.”
I’m not aware if there are any protocols or team rules the Yankees have regarding social media usage. Perhaps in cases of medical conditions players must first speak with the front office before blabbing about it to everyone else. Still, considering the vast sums of money the Yankees invested in A-Rod, you’d think Cashman would be just a little more excited about what appears to be good news for A-Rod’s recovery after a lengthy injury layoff.