Monday Morning Meeting Musings
*The meetings officially opened this morning waking up to a light snowfall overnight. The first order of business with the naming of former manager Whitey Herzog and former umpire Doug Harvey to the baseball hall-of-fame. They will be inducted on July 25 in Cooperstown along with any candidates elected by the BBWAA. That decision will be announced on January 6.
*And who decided that staging the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis was a good idea? In addition to the light snowfall overnight there is a full-fledged blizzard predicted on Wednesday. Last year the host city was Vegas, this year Indy. There's a disconnect there somewhere. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Apparently what stays in Indy may get stranded in Indy.
Following are some of the differences I've noticed between this year's meetings and last. Featured weekend matchup: Vegas, Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar de la Hoya; Indy, Peyton Manning vs. Vince Young. View from my hotel window: Vegas, Dancing waters of the Belaggio Fountain; Indy, dancing waters of the homeless guy peeing against the wall of the parking lot across the street. Conversation with women at bar: Vegas, they talk about your fantasies; Indy, they talk about their Fantasy Leagues. Lucky Numbers: Vegas 7 and 11 for craps; Indy, 7-11 for Slurpies.
*News this morning from Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine that Andy Pettitte has decided to play one more season. If that's the case,then you know it's for the Yankees. If that's the case then the market for Roy Halladay in the Bronx will be lesser. But the fact is that Pettitte is now just a 6-inning pitcher and over the course of the 162-game regular season is a No. 4 guy. Sure his post-season record is astounding, but even the Yankees must look to the future and if they're not willing to pay Pettitte what he wants, then it's likely he would re-consider his decision to play again.