Frantz: Yankees-Red Sox rivalry taken to new heights

A little of this and a lot of that …

» Let me see if I have this straight: New York Yankees thug Kyle Farnsworth fires a 97-mph bullet at the head of Boston’s Manny Ramirez and American League school marm Bob Watson smacks him on the wrist with a whole three-game suspension? Hey, I understand the need to knock guys off the plate and for pitchers to establish control of the inside portion of the strike zone, but purpose pitches that go anywhere north of the letters should be treated as attempted assault with a deadly weapon — not part of the game.

» Yankees-Red Sox, Part II: The brilliant but harmless stunt pulled offby a Bronx construction worker may come back to bite him, thanks to the comical overreaction of the Yankees’ brass. Team president Randy Levine actually promised to “take appropriate action, since we do know the name of the individual” who buried a Red Sox jersey in the foundation of the Yankees’ new Stadium. The Yankees have contacted the Bronx district attorney to inquire about criminal charges after workers spent five hours and thousands of dollars digging the jersey out. The way I see it, Gino Castignoli is guilty of only one thing: Poor timing. Why didn’t he take pictures of the jersey as it was being buried and send them to Hank Steinbrenner the morning of the Yankees’ first day in the new building? Would’ve been too late to dig it out, and once embedded during an actual game, the curse would have been cemented in place for all eternity. An opportunity wasted, Gino …

» Breaking news from the East Bay: Warriors guard Baron Davis was nearly a hero Saturday night when he tried to pull an Oakland woman out of harm’s way with a city bus barreling down on her … but Don Nelson stepped in and ordered Davis back to the park bench before he could be of any help.

» Tiger Woods haters have been in their glory since the world’s greatest golfer fell short of a fifth green jacket at Augusta, Ga., last week. Can’t come from behind on a Sunday, they sneer, as if the 13 major championships he won while being in the lead don’t count. Hey, let’s ask Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and their nine combined major championships if they think Tiger’s 13 solo titles are tainted because he had the audacity to play well enough in the first three rounds to have the lead going into the fourth.

» If I’m the agent for Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, I’m already in negotiations with Raiders owner Al Davis. I’d have to find out exactly how much money it’s going to cost me to ensure the Raiders don’t take my client. As Robert Gallery, Matt Stinchcomb and Mo Collins have proven, Oakland is where left tackles go to die.

» If the Raiders grab Howie’s kid, Virginia defensive lineman Chris Long, with the fourth overall pick in Saturday’s NFL draft, will they have to take Spike’s boy with their next selection?

» Let’s see, Tom Crean broke his contract with Marquette to take the head men’s basketball job at Indiana; Trent Johnson left Stanford to take over at LSU, June Jones bolted from Hawaii to take the head football job at SMU and Bobby Petrino left the Atlanta Falcons to take over at Arkansas. Question: Have each of their families received death threats from fans in Morgantown, W.Va.?

» Vallejo native and impending free agent C.C. Sabathia, in line to get a Barry Zito-like contract following his Cy Young award-winning performance for the Cleveland Indians in 2007, is 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA this season. If anyone in C.C.’s family reads this, can you please let him know he’s supposed to actually sign the Zito-like contract before he starts posting the Zito-like numbers? Thanks …

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@examiner.com.

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