By Mike Steffanos
Work still continues on my house, affecting my access to the Internet and my ability to stay up on what's happening with the Mets. Here are a few interesting picks from this morning; check back later this afternoon for more.
Newsday: Health Concerns for Cliff
With all the gloom and doom surrounding the Mets this season, David Lennon provides a reality check with the news that Cliff Floyd might be facing kidney problems. I'm not losing sleep right now about Pedro's toe, but I'll be keeping Cliff in my prayers.
New York Times: Stranger in a Strange Land
Ben Shpigel reports on Yusaku Iriki's adjustments to pitching in the United States.
The Journal News: Brian Bannister
John Delcos profiles Brian Bannister, who understands what he needs to do to make it as a major leaguer:
For me, it's not the ability; it is the confidence. Confidence is what takes your game to the next level. There are three objectives: making it to the major leagues, contributing, and being successful. I don't just want to get there. I want to be successful.
Gotham Baseball: WBC: Bad Timing?
In his weekly Out of Bounds column, Mike McGann talks about how the WBC is diminishing spring training for all of the fans. McGann's suggestion that the tournament be moved to the fall makes a lot of sense, and would remove my opposition to it. Unfortunately, Bud Selig doesn't really care about what makes sense.