This And That

I woke to the news that Bill Gallo had died. For anyone who ever opened the Daily News, Gallo’s cartoons were a staple of the sports section. General Von Steingrabber was the perfect parody of the real man. Gallo’s humor and insight will be missed and the Sunday News will never be the same.

Gene Monahan announced that he will retire at the end of the season. I sincerely hope that the Yankees put a plaque in Monument Park honoring “Gino”. He has worked for the team since 1962 and actually became head trainer before Steinbrenner bought the team. He never got a hit, made a pitch or called a game, but the Yankees wouldn’t be the Yankees without Gino.

We also have player news. The Yankees have activated Luis Ayala and sent Lance Pendleton to the minors. Now Pendleton isn’t much of a prospect, but he is 27 while Buddy Carlyle is 33. Which one do you think has a better chance of becoming a long-term asset?

And finally, Brian Cashman announced that the Yankees will not discuss a contract extension with CC Sabathia during the season. This makes a ton of sense because as great as CC is, you don’t want to extend a pitcher’s contract unless you have to. It also is a somewhat informal policy of the team as the Yankees never seem to negotiate with upcoming free agents. That being said, wouldn’t it make sense for them to talk to Robinson Cano and see if they could extend him for the next 5 years or so?