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Lingering Injury May Have Led To Jeters Ankle Fracture - RealGM Wiretap

Joe Girardi believes that byproducts of a previous injury affected Derek Jeter's footwork on the play in which he broke his ankle on Saturday night.

Girardi also acknowledged that Jeter had received a cortisone shot to allow him to keep playing after he originally suffered a bone bruise in early September.

Jeter suffered a bone bruise in his left foot in Game 3 of the AL Division Series.

"I don't think he was playing on a stress fracture , but I think the weakness in his ankle, and the foul tip off his foot, contributed to that," Girardi said. "You hear a lot of guys talk about when they sprain one ankle, they usually hurt something else. I think it's inevitable, if you continue to play with something hurt, you're probably going to end up hurting yourself somewhere else."

Nathan Shows Interest In Pitching For Mets - RealGM Wiretap Longtime Twins closer Joe Nathan, who will be a free agent this winter, has admitted some interest in pitching for the Mets. "The Mets are a team on our radar for sure , but until we talk with them we can't be sure how well we fit," Nathan said. "I know what playing in New York is about and I know how passionate the fans are about the teams they like. ... I was a Met fan growing up and my friends from the area are giving me pressure to give them strong consideration." Mets general manager Sandy Alderson identified resolving the Jose Reyes situation and strengthening the club's bullpen as the two top offseason priorities. Nathan had a $12.5 million option with the Twins bought out for $2 million on Tuesday, but Minnesota is open to re-signing him. Cashman Isnt Comfortable Talking With A Rod - RealGM Wiretap

Brian Cashman revealed on Sunday that his relationship with Alex Rodriguez has deteriorated to the point that he is no longer comfortable talking to the player.

"I'm not comfortable talking to Alex about this because we feel we are in a litigious environment," Cashman said. "Hello and goodbye, that's about it. I'm not comfortable talking to him anymore. I don't want to be distorted."

Cashman said he and Rodriguez had crossed paths at the team hotel on Friday night, but merely exchanged greetings.

"I said hello," Cashman said. "I don't walk by him. He's a member of this team."

锘? It happens to everyone with parents. One day, it will be time to take care of those who raised you. Retirement homes have long been the choice for busy families that dont have the time or the room to care for their folks. But there are other options. If you plan ahead, you hook your mom and dad up with an agreeable living situation that will make you happy , them happy, and will not break your budget.

I recently quit my job at a retirement home. By all appearances, it was a very nice retirement home. The first thing you saw when you walked in was a large elegant dining room, a winding staircase, and a grand piano in the middle of a sky lit atrium. The average age of residents was eighty five years old, and while it was considered independent living most of the residents were dependent. They depended on staff to prepare them three meals a day, they depended on the bus driver for transportation (since many had given up driving) and they even depended on an activity director to schedule ways for them to pass their time (that was my job). These services were selling points for the facility, and families were willing to pay an average of four thousand ($4,000) dollars a month so mom and dad could play bingo and bridge in a nicely furnished community. Because this facility was considered independent living , the rent did not cover health services.

In the year that I worked there, I got to know many of the residents. They confided in me. I learned that many of the seniors never really felt like it was their home or even a suitable replacement. Despite the extravagant landscaping, it was still institutionalized living. A lot of them hated the food. Some were even pretending to be happy just for their children. OK, some old folks are just cranky, and you cant please them no matter what. But regardless, I couldnt help the feeling that in many ways, retirement homes are completely unnecessary and even a waste of money.

In todays tight economy, its time to be creative and resourceful when it comes to finding a home for Mom and Dad. Rather than committing your parents (or grandparents) to expensive retirement institutions, consider these housing alternatives.

Make room at home (Seriously.)

Up until the second half of the 20th century , this is how people lived! Multiple generations lived under one roof. Make room in the basement. Convert the garage into another bedroom. Or simply plan ahead now and buy a bigger house than you need. Ever notice how big houses were in the 19th century? That s because families actually lived together. They were much more unified than they are today. In the old days, it was not unusual to have granny answer the door in her curlers. In fact, in many households, grandparents had an important and useful role in the family. Im not sure what changed, but somehow Americans became embarrassed by their elderly relatives. Its time be proud of our families again no matter how senile they may be!

Of course having your parents live with you works extremely well if you actually get along with them. I lucked out having really cool folks. But it can be done even if you have differences. Just make sure you have enough space for privacy. My parents are not even retired yet, but my husband and I have decided that our next house will be designed to accommodate them when the time comes. We will have an in law suite (on the first floor of course) or a separate cottage on our property. Its important to make sure the space is accessible with walkers and wheelcha.

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