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Tampa Bay Lightning news and notes: Ryan Shannon reviews Yankee Stadium food, Steven Stamkos and pals take swing at baseball

5 Questions LW Ryan Shannon

Have you been to the new Yankee Stadium? I love it. I love the old Yankee Stadium but the improvements to the new one, it's so open and has better food choices.

Like what? They have a sushi restaurant and a high-level steak house. It's good food.

Did you play ball? I played Little League (in Darien, Conn.) until I switched to lacrosse when I was 12.

What positions did you play? I played catcher and pitched a little bit and centerfield.

Which did you like best? Catcher because it's tougher to fall asleep.

And speaking of baseball …

C Steven Stamkos plays in a summer hardball league in Markham, Ontario, (near his hometeown of Unionville) on a team that honors Matt Benincasa, a friend who two years ago died in a car crash.

It's not quite baseball. Pitchers are from the team that is hitting so the pitches tend to be meatballs. No surprise the Toronto Star reported Stamkos last summer was batting .605.

"We just have fun, and it's a little bit of a competitive atmosphere," Stamkos said. "It's a bunch of guys I grew up with and went to high school with. Once a week we're able to get together and catch upon things, and if it's a weekend, we go for a beer."

Stamkos plays outfield for a reason: "I don't want to be taking a ball to the face."

Quote to note

"Sometimes he's great and sometimes he has to be reminded about what to do out there."

— coach Guy Boucher about rising star, RW Teddy Purcell.

It's a scream

During a recent practice, coach Guy Boucher had the Lightning do two laps around the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon while screaming. Yep, flat out, screaming. If anyone didn't scream, the team had to do another lap. Boucher said it was simply something different to keep the players on their toes. But RW Steve Downie, one of the loudest screamers, said it was conditioning disguised as fun. "Did you ever try to scream and skate?" he said. "You can't breathe."

Number of the day

9 Lightning players who have played in college: Marty St. Louis (Vermont), Teddy Purcell (Maine), Ryan Shannon (Boston College), Matt Gilroy (Boston University), Brett Clark (Maine), Ryan Malone (St. Cloud State), Adam Hall (Michigan State), Dwayne Roloson (UMass-Lowell), Dominic Moore (Harvard).

Tampa Bay Lightning news and notes: Ryan Shannon reviews Yankee Stadium food, Steven Stamkos and pals take swing at baseball 10/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 7:36pm]
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