Ho boy, it’s funny how the sports world is turning to advertising during this economic recovery. Even the New York Yankees are not immune from looking NASCARish when it comes to advertising.
Yes, it’s true. Wholly Guacamole, already the official guacamole of the Dallas Cowboys, now has been named the official guacamole of the Bronx Bombers.
And two sibling products of Saginaw-based Fresherized Foods — Wholly Salsa and Wholly Queso — similarly have been designated the New York team’s endorsed salsa and queso dip, respectively.
Just don’t try and push this official guacamole any farther north than Connecticut, because that’s the Boston Red Sox’s territory.
Today marks an important day on your yearly calendars. Spring training gets started in baseball and for the Texas Rangers, all pitchers and catchers have to report to spring training in Surprise Arizona today.
Yes, this makes it official. Spring is on the way, and it renews my interest in writing again. Since we last wrote something, the Saints have won the Super Bowl (as I predicted they would [smile]), Daytona has been run, and the Winter Olympics have started. Where have I been? Having a tremndous amount of writer’s cramp. I know, the best way to beat writer’s cramp is to just sit down and start writing, but I couldn’t think of anything to just sit down and write about. But I digress.
This seems like the longest winter ever, but with the announcement of baseball’s spring training, it hit me like a gigantic clock, it’s time to start writing again. Time to think about going to Ranger games, and Airhogs games, and time to start planing to be outside again!! Heck, I’m even on board with going to see my college team play!
Baseball. Oh, they most certainly will come Ray. It’s baseball that’s stood the test of time. And I can’t wait to write about it and everything else that is baseball.
Bobby Gerhart‘s record-setting sixth victory at Daytona International Speedway was overshadowed by the successful stock car debut of IndyCar star Danica Patrick, who finished sixth Saturday in the crash-filled ARCA race.
She bumped fenders with Nelson Piquet Jr. and spun out through the infield grass on lap 54, costing her any hopes of a victory.
But she passed several cars in the closing laps of the ARCA season opener, and got as high as fifth with three laps left.
“It was a lot of fun,” Patrick said. “I bumped from the side. I bumped from the front. I got bumped from the back. I learned a lot, and I had so much fun in a race car today. So I can’t wait to do it again.”
I predict Danica going to be great at this Nascar thingy.
Say what you want, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows how to attract business.
Danica Patrick will announce on Tuesday in Phoenix her decision to drive a part-time Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports in 2010, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Monday.
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The pain was evident in Jeff Gordon‘s body language Monday afternoon outside the care center at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International where he was given the once-over after being involved in a frightening late race accident.
The resulting 37th place finish tied his worst showing of the season and was only his second finish outside the top-20 since April — a dismal conclusion to an un-Gordon-like road course outing.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. will be named on Tuesday the newest addition to Michael Waltrip Racing, multiple sources confirmed on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
A press conference including sponsor NAPA is scheduled for noon at the team’s Cornelius, N.C., shop.
Truex is in the final year of his contract with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. NAPA, the long-time sponsor of team owner Michael Waltrip, will be become his primary sponsor.
Waltrip will move from a full-time to part-time schedule that will include the Daytona 500 in February. He could remain in his familiar No. 55 with Truex taking another number, possibly the No. 56.
Truex’s younger brother, 17-year-old Ryan, already is a developmental driver for MWR.
From USA Today
During an interview at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke about his love of Daytona International Speedway and his chances in the Coke Zero 400: Q: Why is Daytona, particularly the July race, so special to you?
From Awful Announcing
There are a lot of announcers out there that have problems with various people in production and on-air co-workers, but it’s rare that you hear about those issues. That however, is not the case for TNT. The network has confirmed to the Daly Planet that host, Bill Weber (pictured left), has been sent home because of a late night fight in the network’s hotel….
Veteran Brian Vickers couldn’t have been less of a Red Bull Racing team player during Saturday afternoon’s Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, while his teammate Scott Speed handled a dicey situation beautifully.
The two Sprint Cup Series teammates tangled while battling Mike Bliss for fourth on the last lap, sending Vickers into the wall. On the cool-down lap, Vickers bumped Speed numerous times in retaliation.
With the Danica Patrick sweepstakes beginning to gain momentum, at least one potential teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya has some words of advice and caution for the IndyCar driver should she make the move to NASCAR.
“Danica, I think she’s got the talent and everything, but I don’t think she knows what she’s getting into,” said Montoya, a former Indy car champ and Formula One winner who now drives for Chip Ganassi in the Sprint Cup Series.
“They’re [stock cars] so different to drive. It’s not the same feeling. … If she comes I’m sure she can do it, but it doesn’t matter if you come to a winning team or anything, it’s going to take time.”
Montoya’s Ganassi team has emerged as a front runner in signing Patrick, whose IndyCar Series contract with Andretti Green Racing is up at the end of the season.