Many people, including a good number of Yankees fans, believe the franchise would be better off if Alex Rodriguez's suspension is upheld and he's sidelined for all of 2014. Brian Cashman isn't one of them. The Yankees general manager reiterated that thought during an appearance on ESPN Radio Sunday, noting the challenge that comes with trying to replace a productive third baseman. "If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that," Cashman said. "I think if people think there's some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can't replace it. It's not like, 'All right, well, Alex is gone.' If he winds up getting suspended and it's upheld, how do you replace that? It's not easy." (New York Daily News) Comment
As if the mere fact of his contract storyline wasn't enough, there is also this. Carmelo Anthony said he took a "huge risk" this offseason in opting not to have left-shoulder surgery and claimed he also had a torn rotator cuff to go along with a partially torn labrum. Anthony said he's "ecstatic" it has all worked out because he feels no pain so far through two preseason games. ... "It was all types of stuff going on in there," Anthony said in his first detailed remarks on his decision this summer. "It was messed up." Anthony said he played with the shoulder injury throughout the playoffs. Anthony said he believes he injured the shoulder against the Pacers late in the regular season when they needed the win to clinch the second seed. "I was a little na??ve," said Anthony. (New York Post) Comment
Without tight end Rob Gronkowski, again, the Patriots won on Sunday, topping the Saints in improbable fashion. [Gronkowski] is "dying to play" and those who doubt that don't "really know the whole story," according to his mother, Diane. Diane Gronkowski spoke to the Herald [Sunday] in defense of her son, who missed the Pats' 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. There's been so much news swirling around the Pats tight end in recent days with regard to his playing status, including one report yesterday that suggested teammates were starting to resent the fact he had been practicing for weeks but not playing. Diane Gronkowski said that people and unnamed sources who are casting stones just don't know the whole story. "All I can say is Robbie is dying to play. He wants to get out there." (Boston Herald) Comment
Torii Hunter leaps and misses a catch as David Ortiz hits a grand slam home run during the eighth inning of Sunday's Tigers-Red Sox game. Boston won 6-5 to tie the series at 1-1.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Steve Bartman's infamous attempted catch at Wrigley Field. At the time, the Cubs held a 3-0 lead and need five more outs to advance to their first World Series since 1945.