New york's Public Schools Athletic League stands to benefit whenever a Yankee player gets in trouble with the club's management. Earlier this week slugger Reggie Jackson arrived at spring training camp two days late and was fined $1,000. Upon learning the money was being handed over to the public school league, Reggie generously forked over an extra thousand -- sort of a bizarre variation of the matching-pledge idea. Later pitcher Ron Guidry, a former Cy Young award winner, was called on the carpet for appearing in the TV Superstars competition, something his contract prohibits. Guidry didn't contest his $1,000 fine either.
If this sort of thing should continue, it's possible that youngsters who once chanted "We want a hit" at Yankee Stadium will change their tune to "We want a fine".