Inside Man: A Bronx Tale: Bronx Banter's Alex Belth profiles Ray Negron. His life in baseball began in 1973, when Steinbrenner himself caught the teenager spray painting an "NY" logo on the outside of the Stadium and gave him a job as a bat boy. "Negron has done everything from shine the players' shoes and collect their dirty jockstraps, to bring them food from their favorite restaurants and park their cars. He has been an agent, an actor, an advisor, and a liaison; a confidant, a sounding board and a whipping boy to some of the biggest egos in the game. He is whatever he needs to be." [parts two, three, & four]
Max McNab 1924 - 2007: One of hockey's true gentlemen passed away on Sunday. [more inside]
It's about that time of year: Yahoo has opened up registration for fantasy baseball. So it's probably a good time to get the Roto league going.
Champions League on ice?: Well, it may not be quite as illustrious as the futbol version, but International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) president Rene Fasel proposes a club championship game between the Stanley Cup winner and the European Champions Cup winner. Should the game get played, I'm guessing that the trustees will deny any challenge for the Cup. [via MrFrisby in the spofi campfire]
Canada's Royal Winter Game: Considered the first book ever written about hockey, one of the four known copies has been digitized for your viewing pleasure. Available in the page-turning Flash version or plain old HTML. Part of Backcheck: A Hockey Retrospective. [via uniwatchblog]
MLS Fantasy final results: And the winner is...
Robert Merrill dies at 85 (or possibly 87.): [more inside]
Contreras reunites with family: After over a year and a half apart (a separation that is blamed for some of his troubles on the mound) Jose Contreras' wife and 2 daughters defect from Cuba. (see Jugwine's previous post for some background on the story.)