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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Yankees Ask to Play First Major League Baseball Game in China --Bloomberg News

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) --"The New York Yankees want to play Major League Baseball's first game in China, team president Randy Levine said."

  • GREAT, MR. LEVINE, BY THEN YOU'LL NEED SOME NEW FANS. YOU TREAT YOUR FANS IN THE USA LIKE CRAP. I DON'T GIVE A FLYING FLIP ABOUT COMMUNIST CHINA, BUT SINCE THAT'S WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT, HAVE A GREAT TIME. I'LL BE ROOTING FOR THE RED SOX BY THEN. sm

"Levine and General Manager Brian Cashman were among Yankees officials who visited China last month to form a partnership with the Chinese Baseball Association that will help coaches and players learn about the sport.

The earliest a game might be played in the most populous country is 2009, because the stadium to be used won't be available until after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Levine said in a telephone interview yesterday. He said the Yankees want to play a regular-season game there, with a season-opener a possibility.

``We are open to going over and playing in China, whether it's opening or not,'' said Levine, who added he has informed MLB and the Chinese Baseball Association about the club's interest.

Paul Archey, baseball's senior vice president for international business operations, didn't immediately return a call for comment. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney didn't immediately return a message on his mobile phone."

From the Bloomberg News article, 2/15/07

P.S. Mr. Levine, do me a favor and dump the YES Network over there while you're at it.

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