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Noisy tumbleweed Linda Stewart is back to rule the world, Alan Grayson will never stop pretending to rule the world and baseball will never really happen in Orlando. Strike!

Photo: Illustration by Steve Madden, License: N/A

Illustration by Steve Madden

tumbleweed reconnection: The unsinkable Linda Stewart is blowing her political foghorn again


But when the conference started, there was no mention of specific Yankees players, and when we asked, all we got was a shrug from the team representatives. “We still have to work around their schedules,” said team representative Vance Smith of the unknown Yankee stars. We held our bats anxiously and two days later, we got an e-mail update about the Yankee visit, which mentioned All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter. Yes! Continuing to read backward, however, we encountered the phrase “possible appearances by.” Frustrated, we called the PR firm that sent the glowing announcement to find out what the deal was. “As of right now, none of the players are confirmed, but the coaches from the team are,” one Xavier Martinez told us. “They do expect to get some players out there,” Martinez says, but Jeter’s visit is “up in the air.”

Shots of Yankee coaches in action aren’t exactly littering the bedroom walls of Central Florida’s little leaguers, but hey, they’re still Yankees! This isn’t the first time Gutierrez has baited us with juicy headlines that left something to be desired. Last October he announced he would be running for Alan Grayson’s Congressional seat, but five months later, he dropped out because he said he wanted to focus on bringing professional baseball to Orlando. In September, Gutierrez announced plans for a new baseball stadium in Orlando – but it would be for the Yankees’ minor league club, which he partly owns and is moving from Tampa to Orlando in 2014. Lame. Back to the dugout, Armando.

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