And The Yankees Starter For Spring Training Game One Is….

…this guy.

Who is also this guy.
And this one.
This one.
This one.
And, most recently, this one.
Yes, it’s the well-traveled Brett Tomko, who found his way to the Yankees via a minor-league contract.
Will he have success against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow, mowing the hitters down like a clone of Roy Halladay (well, there’s a slight resemblance)? Or will he reveal his propensity to give up home runs – a quirk that earned him the nickname “Bombko” when he was with the Dodgers? To put it in other terms, will he be any good or will he be LaTroy Hawkins?
We will know in a matter of hours. One thing is for sure, however: After the game he will head home to his playmate – literally. He’s married to Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for February 1998….the lovely and talented Julia Schultz.
O.K., so she’s no Marilyn Monroe to his Joe DiMaggio. But I applaud her loyalty. How would you like to move to a different city every six seconds with a guy named Bombko?


  1. PAUL

    It’s interesting to notice how few playmates—-who were looking to turn their pictorials into movie/TV careers or whatever—-have actually done it. There’s Pam Anderson and…and…and…maybe Shannon Tweed in a show here and there, but that’s it. Most of them have married famous people or wind up dating people like Corey Haim and Fred Durst. To put it gently, Tomko’s better at getting hot chicks than he is at pitching. He’s Triple A filler.

  2. Jane Heller

    You’re so lucky your game is on TV, Julia!

    Shannon Tweed. Now there’s a flash from the past, Paul. Wasn’t she married to Gene Simmons? Or maybe she still is. Whatever turns people on, I guess.

    I was planning to post a pic of Tomko as a Redbird, Jeff, but I couldn’t find a good one of him in a Cardinals uniform. I kept looking and eventually said, “Why am I doing this?” So I went to bed instead. I hope you’ll forgive me.

  3. Jane Heller

    Well, now I know a little more about Tomko than I did before, Jen. He was a blank slate to me before I read that he had played for so many teams.

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jane …

    I don’t know if there will be any room for Brett Tomko on the Yankees pitching staff … But, who knows? This is part of the reason for spring training, and as we have learned all too well, no team can ever have enough pitching !!! … So, “let the games begin” !!! “Congratulations”, again, Jane, on ranking #1 on the latest “Leader’s List” !!! ……. Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” …

  5. Jane Heller

    I think they’re looking at him for long relief, Jimmy. And judging by today’s scoreless performance against the Jays, maybe he’ll land a spot on the roster. As you say, we can never have enough pitching!

    “Pretty decent” isn’t a ringing endorsement, Kaybee. šŸ™‚ But sometimes a team just needs a guy to eat innings and keep the game from getting out of reach. The Yankees didn’t have a long reliever last year, so maybe Tomko will fill that role.

  6. roundrock15

    Yeah well… I was naked in the same room as Mrs. Aaron Boone, Miss October 1998, Laura Cover. Just sayin’.

    I mean, we were both born in 1977 at Bucyrus General Hospital in Bucyrus, Ohio. I was a preemie, so I was in the hospital for a month, during which time she was born. I have no proof we were actually naked at the same time, but I’m sticking to my story.

    And now her husband is an Astro. Coincidence? I think not — she obviously asked him to sign on with the Astros so she could be closer to me… in spirit, if not in physical location.

  7. Jane Heller

    That’s quite a story, roundrock! Talk about six degrees of separation. I’m sure that’s why Aaron is an Astro. How could it not be?

    Nope. Don’t feel bad for him, Tom.

    She’s probably been in a few TV movies, Tom. I think this one is perfect for Lifetime. Or the SciFi Channel. šŸ™‚

    I didn’t see a date on the photo, Sue. But there may have been some “work” done.

  8. Jane Heller

    You can never have enough pitching, Erin, as long as he doesn’t give up too many bombkos.

    That’s looking on the bright side, Aaron. With enough offense, everybody’s a good pitcher!

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