Hope you are enjoying the holiday. As most of you know, it was on this date back in 1492 that Christopher Columbus built three ships and sailed all the way from Italy to America using a map of the West Indies. Just a spectacular accomplishment in 24 hours.
Here are a few links to get you through the day:
Our brother Chad Jennings, over at the LoHud Yankees Blog, mentions the possibility that the Yankees could decline Nick Swisher’s 2012 option and sign Carlos Beltran to play right. I agree with Chad- a three-year, $42 million commitment to Beltran carries enough risk that bringing Swisher back for less money and a one year commitment is the smarter play. I do think a team in need of a right fielder will be very happy with Carlos Beltran in 2012, however.
Greg Prince over at Faith and Fear in Flushing has rewritten YMCA in honor of the Phillies losing. Greg is as much fun in person as he is on the page, and since he doesn’t plug his book enough, here’s a link to where you can buy it. It will help get you through the winter, I promise.
Chris Jaffe has written a tremendous piece about the 1962 expansion draft. I happen to love the game Baseball Mogul, which allows you to take control of any team from 1901 to the present, and run it for as long as life lets you. Needless to say, I’ve taken over the 1962 Mets, and done things very differently in the expansion draft.
And Mark Simon over at ESPN has some further discussion of the 1986 NLCS as a whole.