(Eds: Updates with Piniella quote. Updates photo links. With AP Photos.) By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer Daily threats. Blaring headlines. Charges and countercharges.
The New York Yankees have been there before.
And Alex Rodriguez vs. Pinstripes is nothing like the bad ol' days of Reggie Jackson vs. Billy Martin vs. George Steinbrenner.
''I don't even know where to start with you. It was just a different social time with my issues of speaking out,'' Jackson said this week. ''So to pick up the phone and compare it to the Bronx Zoo where it was when I played is such a lack of understanding.''
Mr. October is correct. For long-running soap opera, Rodriguez has a ways to go to match the Yankees of four decades ago, a tempest that prompted this observation from Graig Nettles: ''When I was a little boy I wanted to be a ballplayer and join the circus. With the Yankees I've accomplished both.''
But for a two-month summer minise...