- Newsday is passing along information that the new Mets ballpark will be named CitiField. The source of their information? A blog - though their link to the site is incorrect. Someone wrote into Hot Foot with this bit of information:

I was talking to my father who is working on the new mets stadium and he told me that they just put up a sign saying : "CitiField: Coming in 2009"..also if you didnt know, theres going to be a ground breaking ceremony Monday for the new stadium.

For what it's worth, the name could be worse, but it could be better too. Newsday does say that Citigroup did consider other options: Citigroup Ballpark, Citi Ballpark, Citibank Ballpark, Citibank Yard, Citibank Coliseum, Citibank Diamond, Citibank Field. No news on how much money was laid out for the name yet, but we're pretty sure it's going to be a huge number. This probably means the end of the Mets/Banco Popular relationship too.

- Gary Sheffield can finally stop his moaning and groaning because he's heading to the Detroit Tigers. Sheff was traded to the American League Champions for three minor league pitchers. After the trade, Sheffield agreed to a two-year contract extension. The Yankees get three right-handed pitchers - Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Clagget.

- Monday night, Eli Manning is appearing at a fund raiser for the Eli Manning Pediatrics Fund at the Park Avenue Country Club. Those at the event can meet the Giants quarterback and watch the football game with him (well, as close as you could get in the sports-friendly PACC). VIP tickets are $200 and regular tickets are $100. The VIP tickets get you in an hour early and a "reception with Eli" while the regular tix just get you some "mix and mingle" time.