-- American citizens have been advised to avoid large crowds during the swine flu scare, either stay home or stick to sparsely populated areas like overpriced Yankees' box seats ... With all the A-Rod controversy, the Yankees encouraged him to spend his last weeks on the DL training in Mexico ... Lindsay Berra, one of Yogi's 11 grandchildren, recalled his reaction when she told him she had written an article for ESPN about a handsome tennis player. "You should date him," Yogi told her. "Gramps," Lindsay said, "he dates a swimsuit model." "You got swimsuits," Yogi replied ... Did you know in 1976, Wendy Stoeker, born without arms, was an usherette for the Cedar Rapids Giants of the Class A Midwest League? In the front office, she typed letters with her toes and answered the telephone ... Rays owner Stuart Sternberg: "If I were king for a day, someone else would take out the trash" ... Prima donna of the week--Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar left a game recently after he strained an abdominal muscle while hopping in the on-deck circle to loosen up.
-- Baseball's All-Forecast Team: P - Storm Davis; C - Harry Bright; 1b - J.T. Snow; 2b - Tim Raines; 3b - Nippy Jones; SS - Alvin Dark; OF - John Hale, Curt Flood and Jake Freeze.
-- According to Jenni Kohler, the longest insect in the world is the walking stick, which measures 22 inches.
-- Former Giant DE Michael Strahan planted a tracking device on his girlfriend's Range Rover because he suspected her of running around on him. Just the make of the car should have been a tip-off ... One of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritasville resaturants will be opening at Dolphin Stadium this fall. Hope they never change the name of the team from Dolphins to Parrotheads.
-- A Florida police officer and high school jayvee football coach was charged with allegedly biting one of his players on the nose to motivate him. Ouch!
-- The Triple Crown season is upon us as people who aren't sure which end of the horse goes first pay mild attention, then fade away and ignore the sport for the rest of the year.
-- Former president Lyndon Johnson, while visiting the Masters golf tourney many years ago, was asked by a spectator what his handicap was. He replied, "Congress."
-- In closing, Kevin Rosdahl tells us dogs in Siberia are the fastest in the world because the trees are so far apart.
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)