First and foremost, our prayers are with former Yankee player and current broadcaster Bobby Murcer for a swift recovery from surgery on a brain tumor today. It's a harsh Christmas present that Murcer's received, but he's a tough guy, and according to Brother J, the hospital where he's being treated--the MD Anderson Hospital in Houston--is one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
In other news, Barry Zito--rumored to be on the Yanks' radar after they started trying to trade Randy Johnson--has reached an agreement with the San Francisco Giants on a seven-year, $126 million contract. Numbers like those are the reason that I wasn't too keen on the Yanks getting into the Zito bidding. Daisuke Matsuzaka really looks like a bargain now, as does just about anyone who signed a multiyear deal prior to the 2006 season.
My favorite winter league team, the Licey Tigers, have gotten off to a bad start in the Dominican Winter League's preliminary round robin playoffs, losing their first two games against the two teams that they ended up tied with at the end of the season, the Giants and the Eagles. Once again, the games aren't being shown on cable by Time Warner. There's still time--this round robin lasts about three weeks. In addition to the Time Warner Cable snailmail address I gave you before, there's a way to request winter league action from your cable/satellite provider through ESPN Deportes's website (yes, it's in Spanish, but if you click on "haz click aqui" on the banner in the upper righthand corner, you get a dialogue box which you can then request be shown in English).