I heard TMZ was covering athletes….

..but this is ridiculous.
They took pics of Mo on a beach while in his native Panama and called them “Topless Photos.” Seriously. When was the last time someone went swimming with a shirt on? Anyhow, it must have been a slow news day for TMZ. It was certainly a slow news day for me. The only Yankees anything was the he said/he said back and forth about Damon. Is there a deadline for him to accept the Yankees’ piddling offer? Or is Cashman telling the truth that he’s all about his budget and which players fit within it? All I can say is SIGN JOHNNY ALREADY! Isn’t he worth a couple of million more than Reed Johnson, Jim Edmonds or Jermaine Dye, for God’s sake? Wake up, Yankees, do the right thing, and pledge your allegiance to Johnny!


  1. rabruzzese

    When I first heard they were going to do sports I thought it might be good. Then I remembered that they are nothing close to journalists and they’re pretty much going to be harassing players and I thought how pathetic it’s going to be. Imagine being Mariano and now that you’re 40 and near retirement they start following you around? Athletes are not the same as movie stars, I think this could lead to a problem eventually.

    BTW, thanks for the kind words earlier today. I appreciate it.


  2. midwestpinstripes

    unfortunately I dont get paid to spy on major league players, if I did I would most definitely snag a better one than mo’ in his trunks . . mo seems to be the most fun loving yankee of all. . not giving a **** about what the press says about him.(or maybe he does and smiles with a shrug) . . therefore giving him a backbone that Johnny Damon has preserved in his stent as a yankee. . . the man always shows up smiling, even if he plays like **** he is one of the biggest cheerleaders from the dugout. ‘humbled’ sums up “JD’s” career with or without a 2010 contract. I wonder if Viz cant handle playing with someone that kick him upside his head in 2004. . . who knows what is going on in yaneeville? I play out every situation in my mind until I can sleep at night.

    sleepless in des moines

  3. mikeeff

    Dye better than Damon? in what alternative universe? especially ridiculous to make the statement when you “don’t remember how he was in the field” please.

    the signs seem to be pointing to a Damon return. I hope by tomorrow.

  4. Jane Heller

    You’re welcome, Rob. I really liked your post on LoHud. They should add you to the team. The TMZ thing with Mo “topless” was too stupid for words. He didn’t even have a hot babe with him. The man went for a swim. Jeez.

    I think Mo takes the game seriously, midwestpinstripes, but you’re right: he laughs or shrugs off potential controversy. Like with that idiocy during the ALCS when an Angels blog accused him of throwing a spitball. He just laughed. As for Damon, I love the fact that he shows up with a smile and throws his body out there, even when he’s banged up. He’s a gamer as they say.

    You think Dye is better than Damon, 10indians? Maybe his arm is a little stronger, but Johnny knocked in 100 runs last season, stole bases, hit homers, and basically did everything the Yankees asked of him.

    I hope you’re right, irvin. I can’t picture Damon in a Giants or Braves uniform either at this point, but stranger things have happened. Maybe this is the week that all will be revealed.

    You think we’ll know by tomorrow, Mike? That would make for a nice Sunday if I got up and read that we have Johnny back in the #2 spot. Please let it happen!

    Emma and Cat, I hate to tell you both but TMZ also had an item about Matt Kemp. I won’t say any more because it’s just a dumb gossip site!

  5. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Just got back from taking my mom on vacation. Not much happened while I was gone! OMG, a “topless”picture of Mo – in a regular ol’ bathing suit. How funny.

    About your earlier post of going crazy without baseball – get the book “The Brothers K” by David James Duncan. My favorite book of all time, I’ve recommended it before. It’s got tons of baseball, but so much more! I laughed out loud at parts and was crying in others.

  6. Jane Heller

    I wouldn’t even try to follow TMZ, hyunyoung. I only knew about their “sports coverage” because a friend told me about Mo’s pics yesterday. I couldn’t believe how lame it was.

    I thought it would make you nervous, Cat. But don’t worry until there’s proof. People will say anything for money. That’s probably all it is.

    Welcome back, Melissa. Hope you and your mom had a good time. Did you go someplace fun? And warm? I must get a copy of that book you’ve recommended. I must! I’ll go straight to amazon when I finish typing this.

  7. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Hi Jane,
    We went to Anna Maria Island in Florida. Very nice. One of my sons came with us. This was a vacation for my mom, so we didn’t do a lot, but it was great to be on the beach and get some warm air and sunshine. Now to persuade my husband to go back with me and take in some spring training games at the same time . . .

  8. Jane Heller

    I’ve never heard of Anna Maria Island, Melissa, but the name sounds nice! Any island would be nice right now. I really wish you were going to be in the Tampa area for spring training when I’m there. It would be fun to meet you!

  9. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Anna Maria is off the west coast, between Tampa and Sarasota (only about an hour from Tampa). Small, very low key and old style. Nice place to combine with spring training! Wish I could be there to meet you also Jane! But you know the old baseball expression: Maybe next year.

  10. Jane Heller

    Maybe next year is right, Melissa. Anna Maria island sounds like my kind of place. I love old Florida places without all the conventions and chain restaurants.

    No, you’re not the only one, Paul. I understand wanting to stay within a budget, but another million or two for a proven player? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  11. Jane Heller

    It’s the end of the world, Mike. When you’ve got nothing better to do than take the pic of a 40-year-old reliever who goes for a swim….Well, you know. Now if I were on that beach in Panama, I can’t promise that I wouldn’t rush up to him and ask if I could put him on the She-Fan Cam.

  12. Jane Heller

    Even if he hadn’t done that double steal, Virginia, we need him back! He drove in 100 runs. Will Nick Johnson do that? Get on this, Cashman!

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