But before we get started, here's three great San Francisco-based old movies: Dark Passage (Humphrey Bogart), Vertigo (Jimmy Stewart), and Pal Joey (Sinatra). Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' offers some stunning Technicolor views of 1950s S.F.
And, of course, the equally stunning Kim Novak was in both 'Vertigo' and 'Pal Joey.'
Okay, back to baseball. And this place is back to being called the Oakland Coliseum.
As expected, the Yankees have signed their top two picks, high schoolers Slade Heathcott (OF) and J.R. Murphy (C). Heathcott has a hard-nosed style about him; he also has a chance to be the first player named 'Slade' in the big leagues. He'll get $2.2 million.
If you tune in tonight and expect to see a kickoff instead of a first pitch, you wouldn't be wrong. Due to Thursday night's Raiders game, the football gridiron is clearly visible over the diamond. Jeter will be positioned at about the Oakland 40-yard line. The 50 is exactly at second base.
Fair catches will replace infield flies. Open field tackles near the bases will be permitted. But this one's no joke: Center field is a bare mess (painted green, we hear) due to the bleachers that cover the outfield during football games.
And there's no new ballpark on the horizon for the A's.
Anyway, the Yankees weren't exactly shook up by their Sunday loss in Seattle. "I think they're a very underrated team, as far as their pitching goes,'' Johnny Damon said of the Mariners. Still, "hopefully I come back to life, and a few other guys follow me.''