Nine to Know: A Friday potpourri with Manny, Pedey, Johnny, Derek, and the Babe

After a whirlwind of Awards Week excitement here is a collection of less dramatic news.

  1. Manny Ramirez homered on his first pitch of the Dominican winter league season but his Eagles, a team from the northern region of Cibao, lost 3-2 to the Escogido Lions. Ramirez had last played in his Dominican Republic nearly 20 years ago.
  2. The 2012 World Series video will be available Tuesday and currently for presale at
  3. The Mariners announced that a new high definition video display system will be installed at Safeco Field for the 2013 season. When completed (at least for now) it will be the largest in MLB and among the largest in all of sports measuring 56.7-feet high by 201.5-feet wide and covering 11,425 square feet. The new video screen fills the same location and space as the old scoreboard, but because the entire thing is a high definition screen, the video space itself is nearly 10 times the size of the current video screen. The Mariners say that the viewing area will be equal to about 2,182 42-inch flat screen TVs.
  4. Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox want to discuss a long-term extension with second baseman Dustin Pedroia. If I’m John Farrell, I announce the naming of Pedey as the Red Sox team captain ASAP. If you want to start showing a difference between 2013 and 2012 you give the most important person on this team some ownership of the problems. There is no player who serves as a better role model for Boston than Pedroia.
  5. Johnny Damon went 1 for 3 with a walk, but his Thailand team was defeated by the Philippines, 8-2, in a qualifier for the World Baseball Classic in Taiwan.
  6. Group favorite Taiwan beat New Zealand, 10-0, in a game stopped after seven innings because of the mercy rule (was that rule invented by Ned Martin?).
  7. A play about the Yankees is headed to Broadway, perhaps by late next year. Richard Sandomir of the NY Times reports that theatergoers will see the stage filled with actors playing  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mantle and Derek Jeter. “It will look at the tradition of the Yankees from the 1930s to the present day,” said Fran Kirmser, a co-producer.
  8. Joe Girardi told the New York Post that it is questionable as to whether Derek Jeter will be ready for Opening Day after fracturing his left ankle
  9. John Fay in the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is not going to sign free agent center fielder Michael Bourn or trade shortstop Zack Cozart.