If Yankees win it all, thank Leavitt
Had meant to post this literally weeks ago, but it got lost in the coaching search and spring football and all that fun. So with the Yankees in town for a two-game series with the Rays, I have a photo -- courtesy of the Yankees -- of USF football coach Jim Leavitt throwing out the ceremonial first pitch from the opening day of spring training at Legends Field last month.
Leavitt, of course, was quite the baseball player in his youth, winning a Big 8 batting title while he was at Missouri. Leavitt got a kick out of being able to throw the pitch -- said it was a solid strike to Jorge Posada -- and said he now expects the Yankees to win it all this season, if only for his small involvement in getting their season started. Seems like I only post photos of ceremonial first pitches on this blog lately, but thanks to Ariele Goldman with the Yankees for the photo ... and thanks to Leavitt for blocking the Times' sign in centerfield.