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Can We Say Good Riddance to this Clown Yet?

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Arbitrator’s Ruling Banishes the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez for a Season

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January 11th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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Goodnight and Good Riddance

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Ahhh, Candlestick Park. I spent more than a few afternoons freezing my butt off in your bleachers with my father. Hope your last Niners’ game is great.

Don’t let the fog hit you in the ass on your way out the door.

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December 23rd, 2013 at 8:54 am

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15 Artifacts, But No Rose

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It’s just like if you go to Cooperstown right now, there’s 15 of my artifacts in the Hall of Fame. You walk in the commissioner’s office, in New York, [and] they got a board with hits, games, at-bats. My name’s at the top of all of them.

I didn’t cheat to get all those records. You know, like a lot of guys are doing the last 10 years. I didn’t cheat at all. I [messed] up, but I didn’t cheat. I didn’t cheat the game.

What I did, it was wrong, but what I did is a little bit like the jockey on No. 2 in the Kentucky Derby betting on his own horse. Not betting on No. 1; betting on No. 2. [He’s] going to do everything in his power to try to win that race. That’s all I did every night as a manager — I tried to win to win every frickin’ game.

I know, I know. He gambled on baseball when he was managing the Reds. May even have bet on some of the games he was coaching. (OK, he did bet on his team, but he bet to win. TO WIN!!) I’m sorry… he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

It’s not a shrine, it’s a museum. I don’t care that he bet on baseball. I don’t care that he bet on the Reds. I’d rather see Rose in the Hall than A-rod. Rose deserves to be there, and long before they put him into some old pine box.

Pete Rose: A Living Legend, Off The Record | Via NPRNews

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 1st, 2013 at 12:44 am

Yankees’ Derek Jeter Is Back on Field, Keeping the Faith

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To the contrary, we almost always did know with Jeter, or believed we knew exactly who he was, and even when we began to think he was a player in decline, Twentieth Century Jeter would invariably resume smacking balls into right-center with that inside-out swing, sliding into second and popping up with a clap of his gifted hands.

Yankees’ Derek Jeter Is Back on Field, Keeping the Faith | via NYtimes.com

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February 18th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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Curt Schilling says he was encouraged to use PEDs late in his career

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Interesting. But unsurprising.

At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue.

Curt Schilling says he was encouraged to use PEDs late in his career | via The Boston Globe

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February 7th, 2013 at 11:27 am

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Jackie!

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Jackie Robinson on Google today. (Hat tip to my friend Mary Randall!)

Jackie Robinson

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January 31st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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Obituary Digs

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Perez gave the Yankees less than Carl Pavano did. 

Not often that you see a dig like this buried in an obituary. And yes, I’m talking about the dig Mr. Sandomir got in on Carl Pavano in the last paragraph.

Ouch!

Pitcher Pascual Perez Was Known for His Quirks | via NYTimes.com

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November 17th, 2012 at 9:54 am