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Oh, Danny boy!
From the Page 2 mailbag
In this week's Page 2 Mystery Photo, our cameras caught Little League phenom Danny Almonte hanging out with Sterling Hitchcock and the rest of the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium.
Age before beauty?
Former high school rivals, Almonte and Hitchcock relive their past pitching duels.
Staten Island, N.Y.
Being told "you throw like a 12-year-old" doesn't sting the way that it used to.
Little League pitcher Danny Almonte waits at the Yankee Stadium mound for Roger Clemens to arrive. Clemens has been giving the 14-year-old Almonte lessons on acting like a 12-year-old.
So what you're saying, Sterling, is that for the past two years, I was supposed to be pitching from way back here?!
"Keep working hard and someday you will be able to pitch like me."
"Hey Sterling, this is how my kid brother El Duque does it ..."
"Oh no! Look out Danny, here come the same guys that took Elian Gonzalez away!"
Danny: I'm told I'm the greatest 19-year-old since Rafael Furcal.
Sterling: I thought you said you were 12?
Danny: Twelve, 14, 19 ... Who cares? I can still beat the Devil Rays.
"So Sterling, when you start growing facial hair, I recommend the Gillette. It works great for my stubble."
Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees added pitcher Danny Almonte to their staff today, said Yankee manager Joe Torre, "I thought we needed a little veteran leadership for the stretch run."
"Hey Sterling! If you want, my mom can get you a fake ID so we can go out for a few drinks after this last strike out."
Hitchcock: "So Danny you must be excited to be going back to school"
Hey Sterling, are strip club bouncers as easy to dupe as Little League officials?
Danny Almonte uses the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium as a stage to try out as a dancer for Britney Spears' 2001 concert tour.
We can see that Sterling Hitchcock is auditioning for the new dockers commercial by his silent whisper of "Nice Pants" to little league phenom Danny Almonte.
Almonte to Hitchcock -- "Little League is for 'The Birds.' " Maybe my father can convince Mr. Steinbrenner that I can be the fifth starter.
Here's the real caption from The Associated Press: Rolando Paulino All-Star pitcher Danny Almonte mimes a pitch on the mound with New York Yankees pitcher Sterling Hitchcock before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 29, 2001, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Lou Requena)
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