Sports and my thoughts

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Redsox trade their mistake

I don't think trading for BK Kim was a mistake, as he helped in our play off run in 2003. The mistake was signing him to an extension. Now he is being traded to the Rockies.

The Boston Red Sox traded reliever Byung-Hyun Kim to the Colorado Rockies, calling the $10 million, two-year deal they gave him in 2004 "a mistake."

Kim was sent Wednesday to the Rockies for left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson, 23, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and catcher Charles Johnson, who was immediately designated for assignment and released.

As part of the trade, Colorado sent Boston about $2.6 million to equalize the salaries. Johnson is owed $9 million and Kim $6 million, part of a $10 million, two-year deal he signed before the 2004 season.

"We certainly made a mistake and I take responsibility for that," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "It's just a mystery what happened to this guy."

Kim, a 26-year-old sidearmer, was a major factor in Boston reaching the 2003 playoffs, but Epstein said Wednesday he should have let Kim get a one-year contract through arbitration rather than sign him to a two-year deal.

"I'm not so sure [success] would have happened to him in Boston," he said. "He was crying for a change of scenery."

Epstein said Kim, when informed of the trade, apologized for not doing better.

Kim will likely have a chance to take over as a closer in Colorado's hurting bullpen. The favorite to close this season, Chin-hui Tsao, has rotator cuff tendinitis and has not impressed manager Clint Hurdle this spring training. Left-hander Brian Fuentes, who was also in the mix, also has struggled.

Lance says this might be his last Tour de France

Ya, if he doesn't win. I don't believe people when they say they are going to retire at the top of their game. If Lance doesn't win this year, I could see it being his last tour. But if he wins he will try to extend his streak.

Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong says the 2005 event could be his last.

Armstrong, who won five individual stages en route to an unprecedented sixth title in 2004, will ride under the colors of his new team Discovery Channel for the 2005 race.

"I am 100 percent certain to take part in the 2005 Tour de France, unless of course I have an accident," Armstrong told Le Parisien. "It might be the last for me."

Despite pulling out of the Paris-Nice race earlier this month, Armstrong, 33, remains confident in his preparation.

"I have tried to get out six hours per day and also spent a few days in Tenerife [Canary Islands], where there are a long ascents, that was very interesting," Armstrong said. "Regarding the Paris-Nice race, I think it was too fast for me and I was simply not ready enough. I arrived two days before the start of the race. I should have chosen a slower race like the Murcia Tour."

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

10 Burning Questions for the upcoming season

10 questions from Fox Sports

1. When will Barry Bonds be back?

Bonds will be back sometime around June 1st, give or take a week either way. There is no possible way he will miss the whole season. He knows his place in history and he wants to be on top. His ego will not let him miss the whole season and miss a chance to surpass the Babe and eventually Hank Aaron.

Barry Bonds' surgically repaired knee could keep him out until midseason, or might even snuff out his entire year. Of course, there are rumblings that he could still adhere to his original timetable and be back in late May.

Discerning truth from rumor is difficult at this stage. What hangs in the balance are his team's fortunes and his ongoing assault on history. Without a healthy and effective Bonds, the Giants haven't a whit of a scintilla of a whiff of a semblance of a prayer of competing in the NL West.

Also, Bonds needs only 12 homers to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list. If he misses the entire year, his chances of catching Hank Aaron will take a serious hit.

2. Is it finally the Phillies' year?

Nope, that is the easy answer. Could it be? Possibly if everything goes there way. But I don't think they have enough pitching to compete with the Braves, who I think will win the NL East for the 14th straight year. How can you pick against the Braves? I can't, at least not until they finally don't win the east. This division is so close and so good the Phillies could finish anywhere from 1st to 4th. But I see them finishing 4th behind, Atlanta, Florida, and the Mets.

The Phillies have had a talented core in place for a couple of seasons now. That's yielded them exactly zero playoff appearances.

The NL East is a balanced division, but one without a genuinely great team. The Braves may have trouble scoring runs. The Mets are a bad team plus two superstars, and the Marlins filled a gaping hole with Carlos Delgado but still have substantial flaws.

On paper, the Phils are the best of the lot. But that's been the case before. Erstwhile manager Larry Bowa was widely reviled by his charges, so the team is hoping that Charlie Manuel's more coddling approach will pay off. If it doesn't, GM Ed Wade will likely be out of a job.

3. Will the front of the Cubs' rotation be healthy?

I hope their rotation is finally healthy. I am the type of fan who would rather see a 1-0 pitching duel than a 10-9 homerun fest. I love watching Woods and Prior pitch because they do it so masterfully.

But what I hope and what will actually happen is two different stories. I don't forsee both Woods and Prior to be healthy the whole year. The best I can hope is for their injuries to be minor and to be healthy for the play offs.

With the loss of Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou, the Cubs may be better on offense and in terms of attitude, but the offense has suffered a blow. The real question for the Cubs is whether Mark Prior and Kerry Wood will be healthy enough to give them a total of 400-plus innings. If they're not, it's hard to envision the Cubs' catching St. Louis in the NL Central.

Right now, Wood is expected to pitch the home opener on April 8, while Prior is projected to return during the series against the Padres that begins on April 13. Then again, the Cubs soft-pedaled their injuries last season, and the duo wound up combining for only 43 starts. They'll need more than that from them if the Cubs are going to return to the post-season.

4. Will '05 be a season of no 100/100?

Yes theor will be atleast one 100 game winning team in the Majors. I think the Yankees will win 100 games, probably 105 or so. The Redsox and Angles both have chances to win over 100 games also. As for 100 loses, I don't think any team will loose 100+ games.

Look around the league — it's hard to find a genuinely great or genuinely terrible team in the lot. If all goes as planned, this season could be the first since 2000 in which no team wins or loses at least 100 games.

The bet here is that the Red Sox and Rockies pace baseball in wins and losses, respectively. However, the bet here is also that neither team reaches the century mark. It's a signifier of what figures to be some hotly fought division races.

5. Who's going to be the surprise team this year?

Would the Padres count as a suprise team? I think they will win the NL West. I have not seen them picked by any of the so called experts.

Last year, it was the Rangers who seemingly came from nowhere to contend for a division crown. In 2003, it was the world champion Marlins. The season before that, it was the world champion Angels.

In any event, there's one every year — the surprise team of consequence. Will 2005's be the Brewers, or perhaps the Tigers? It's the sort of burning question that gives hope to some of MLB's lesser lights.

6. How will that A's rotation shake out?

Not Good, that is the simple answer. I don't think Zito is the pitcher he used to be. Maybe he can regain his Cy Young form, but I don't think he can or will. I see him winning maybe 12-15 games, when the A's need him to be a 20 game winner. Rick Harden will be the ace of the team and win 15-18 games. And the other 3 starters I don't think will amount to much this year.

I don't think the A's will compete for the play offs this year, next year I think they will be in the thick of things. But I see the A's finishing 3rd or 4th in their division this year, behind the Angles, Rangers, Marineers.

No team had a bolder, riskier off-season than the Oakland A's. Gone are Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, two of the best pitchers in the American League over the last handful of seasons. Replacing them is a slew of unknown quantities and unproven prospects, imports and retreads.

Can Oakland possibly contend with such a dubious starting five? The days of Hudson-Mulder-Zito are over, but don't be surprised if the forthcoming days of Zito-Harden-Haren are just as fruitful. In particular, the lavishly talented Rich Harden probably has a Cy Young in his future within the next handful of seasons. And don't be surprised if Dan Haren roughly approximates Mark Mulder's season, except for infinitely less money. The A's will be fine.

7. Will the Dodgers' risk-taking pay off?

Nope, I am being really pestimistic with all my answers. JD Drew is still an injury risk. Derrick Lowe is still a mental breakdown away from being a huge bust. Jeff Kent is too old to fill the gap they lost with Beltre. I just don't see the Dodgers doing anything special this year. They will compete with in there week division, but the Padres will win the division and the Dodgers will be out of the race before September.

New GM Paul DePodesta certainly isn't risk averse. He traded beloved catcher Paul Lo Duca, allowed Adrian Beltre to walk after his season for the ages, signed the injury-prone J.D. Drew to a high-dollar contract, resisted the pressures to jettison Milton Bradley, inked the aging Jeff Kent and signed the ineffective Derek Lowe to a multi-year deal.

The Dodgers are in a winnable division, but a number of these risks will need to go their way if they're to capture the flag. Healthy seasons from Drew, Brad Penny and Eric Gagne are essential. They also need Hee Seop Choi to return to his pre-trade levels of production, and Jeff Kent must stave off age-related decline for another season. DePodesta's a favorite whipping boy of the media, and they'll never let him live it down if the 2005 Dodger model flops.

8. Does Jason Giambi have anything left?

Nope, he will go down as one of Steinbrenner's biggests spending busts ever. If he bats 250 with 20 homeruns it will be a good year.

The shine has certainly come off Jason Giambi. Steroids, health problems and declining production have conspired to put his career in jeopardy. The Yankees are cobbling together a case that will allow them to void the rest of the seven-year, $120-million deal he signed just prior to the 2002 season.

Much will be forgiven if Giambi can muster a serious rebound this season. Spring training stats don't mean much, but Giambi is slugging .575 thus far in Grapefruit League play. He'll need to keep it up if he's to salvage his career, if not his reputation.

9. Who'll be the first manager to get the guillotine?

Basically the same.

At first blush, no skipper appears to be in imminent danger. However, it's bound to happen. Candidates for getting canned include Tony Pena in KC, Clint Hurdle in Colorado, Lloyd McClendon of the Pirates and Frank Robinson of the Nats. The bet here is that McClendon, who's facing a fifth losing season in five years in Pittsburgh, will be the first casualty.

10. How will the retooled Mets fare?

The Mets still won't win the division or the wild card, but they will compete and they will be fun to watch. They still need bulpin help before they can compete with the rest of their division. I still don't like the Mets all because of the 86 world series, and I was only 4 or 5 at the time. But that is besides the point.

I think the Mets overspent for Pedro and Beltran and that will hurt them for their future. They traded away a top prospect in Kazmir for Zambrono and I just don't see them making the play offs any time soon. Reyes has not been able to stay healthy and Matsui is a complete bust so far. If everyone stays healthy and they Matsui plays as good as every one thought he would, than the Mets might have a fighers chance.

A new GM, two new marquee talents and ramped-up expectations — that's what the Mets have going for them in '05. The division is winnable, but it's balanced, with only the Nationals really having no shot at contention. Carlos Beltran will patrol center, and Pedro Martinez will front the rotation.

Thus far, Omar Minaya has wisely resisted the urge to trade the underrated Mike Cameron (the fly ball-heavy pitching staff needs his glove in the outfield), and a full season of David Wright will help the cause. Still, holes remain, and it's difficult to envision the Mets besting the Phillies, Braves and Marlins.

Another Yankee Hurt

This time it is Tony Womack who took a fastball off the knee.

Tony Womack was hit in the left knee by a pitch from David Bush and had to leave the New York Yankees' 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday

Womack was hit two pitches after Jorge Posada homered in the second inning. The Yankees' new second baseman was taken to a nearby Tampa hospital for X-rays, which were negative. He will have an MRI on Tuesday.

"It hurts," Womack said. "It doesn't feel good."

Yankees manager Joe Torre didn't rule out Womack returning this week.

"They'll do all the tests," Torre said. "Hopefully it's just a couple days."

When asked if he thought it was intentional, Womack said, "You'd have to ask him. Second pitch after the bomb, it's not that far-fetched."

Why couldn't Bush throw at Arod or Jeter or someone who actually meant something in the Yankees lineup? Oh well, more injuries the better for the Redsox I guess.

Wells doesn't look very Well

Everyone says not to worry, David Wells is a big game pitcher, and spring training means nothing. I know all that, just look at Kevin Faulk, he pitches like crap when nothing is on the line. But I just can't help but worry about David Wells, especially after his last start before he starts the season opener against the Yankees.

Bring on the Yankees.

David Wells tuned up for his opening day start against New York with another rough outing for the Red Sox in Boston's 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Wells allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. The 41-year-old left-hander will make his debut for the World Series champion Red Sox against Randy Johnson on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

"I finally threw the pitches where I wanted them. Unfortunately, they hit them," said Wells, who finished the spring with a 7.94 ERA. "It's the best I've felt. I didn't feel I was losing anything. I could've gone longer."

Wells signed a two-year contract with Boston last December after spending one season in San Diego. He won 68 games with the Yankees over four seasons (1996-98, 2002-03).

Red Sox manager Terry Francona tapped Wells to start the opener because Curt Schilling still is recovering from ankle surgery.

I still don't like him starting opening day, I think I'd rather have Matt Clement start.

A fan favorite when he played for the Yankees, Wells isn't sure how he'll be received now that he's with the rival Red Sox.

I know how I received him, David Wells is a dirty stinky Yankee for life. I will always think of him as a Yankee.

Maybe if he comes out and throws a shut out against the Yankees and wins 15-18 games this year, I might change my opinion a little. But I doubt it, he will always be a Yankee in my eyes.

Back after a long weekend

more updates to come

Friday, March 25, 2005

This is what liberalism does to society

It kills competition. A school in Acton, MA wants the Redsox and Yankees to shake hands before they play on April 11th at Fenway Park.

Tensions were running high on the Merriam School playground in Acton, Mass.
Yankees fans and Red Sox fans were relentlessly taunting each other, and the fun of Boston's comeback win in the 2004 American League championship series was being lost.

As school officials worked to calm the students, they had a radical idea: Why not extend their peacemaking efforts to the big league level?

Their project to get the Red Sox and Yankees to shake hands before the opening-day game April 11 at Fenway Park has since been endorsed by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the school to tell officials he liked the "The Merriam School Handshake Project,'' though he added he won't force it on the players.

"If our guys want to go shake some hands, they're going to do it,'' Francona said. "I'm not going to make them.''

The plan goes against a big league rule that discourages fraternization between opposing players while in uniform, though the rule is occasionally flouted. In professional hockey, handshakes between opposing teams are a routine part of series-ending play in the postseason.

The Merriam School drew up the plan after school assemblies addressed sportsmanship. Students put together a PowerPoint show, and mailed and e-mailed it with letters urging team owners, managers and captains to support the opening-day shake.

I hate this crap, the last thing they should do is shake hands. What they should do is try to kill each other on the playing field. The Redsox and Yankees should not be friends, they should not even be cordial with each other. There should be an intense hatred for each other and the willingness to get into a brawl at a drop of a bat.

This is the problem with liberalism in my home state of Massachusetts. They think every one should get along and have peace and harmony for all. Screw that.....I wouldn't want any Redsox players touching any Yankee, unless it is with the glove tagging them out.

Update on Barry Bonds

Felipe Alou, the Giants Manager, said today Bonds won't be out as long as everyone things. I said that yesterday, and now Alou is repeating my sentiments. Only he knows a lot more than I do about Bonds. I was just speculating. But it goes to show you how right I always am.

Felipe Alou had a brief conversation with Barry Bonds before a spring training game against Colorado Wednesday, and the Giants' manager came away feeling his star slugger might return to the lineup soon, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I believe Barry, with the kind of athlete he is, and the kind of medical people (we have) today, my gut feeling is he is going to be with us sooner than later," Alou said following his conversation with Bonds in the team's training room in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I believe his bat is going to be with us."

What's more, Alou told The Chronicle that Bonds appeared happier and in better spirits a day after announcing that his injured right knee might force him to miss the 2005 season.

"I saw him kind of upbeat the day after he said he felt bad," Alou said. "He was taking treatment. I didn't want to intrude. He was talking to another player."

Bonds will break Aaron's home run record and every one will be happy. I heard Aaron on the radio today say he wants Bonds to break his record and thinks he will. If Hamering Hank doesn't have a problem with Bonds breaking his record, why should we?

One thing I hate about random drug testing

Is that it is random. The NY Yankees team just got tested for steroids. Among those tested were Derek Jeter and Hideo Matsui. I can honestly say neither of those guys have ever taken steroids in their lives. Those who were not tested included Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi, who are both involved with steroids one way or another.

Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui were among a handful of New York Yankees players randomly selected for steroid tests by Major League Baseball, the New York Post reported Friday.

Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, who testified in the BALCO grand jury hearings, were not among those tested by members of baseball's drug testing program Thursday at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., the newspaper reported.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in December that Giambi admitted before the grand jury that he had used steroids.

In addition to Jeter and Matsui, second baseman Tony Womack, outfielder Bubba Crosby and relievers Paul Quantrill, Bret Prinz and Jason Anderson were also required to provide urine samples. Pitcher Mike Mussina was also on the list of selected players, but had been given the day off by manager Joe Torre.

I know that the testing has to be random, but suspected abusers like Sheffield and Giambi should have greater odds to be selected.

Bonds in, Big Mac out

According the the Hall of Fame voters they will vote yes for Barry but no for Mark.

The Associated Press released a poll of eligible Hall voters last night that showed McGwire lacking the support he'll need for induction. Barry Bonds, on the other hand, still looks like a Hall of Famer to the men and women who will decide.

Just 55.6% of the 155 voters surveyed said they would vote for McGwire when he is eligible in 2007, well short of the 75% needed for induction. Bonds should receive 80.8%, although he will not be eligible until five years after he completes his career. Hall of Fame voters are 10-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

"Right now I'm sort of sitting on the fence, but leaning toward not voting for McGwire or Bonds because they cheated," Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News told The AP. McCoy is a member of the Hall's writer's wing. "McGwire had the opportunity to say something, but didn't. To me, that's sort of like pleading the Fifth Amendment and not denying he did it."

Actually, McGwire did use his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, although he didn't say the words. Just days after the Daily News wrote that McGwire had been named in a massive FBI steroid trafficking investigation in the early 1990s, he told members of the House Government Reform Committee that he could not testify because of possible prosecution.

Some voters who said they would support Bonds said they believed he was a Hall of Fame player long before he was connected to the BALCO steroids scandal or set the single-season home run record with 73 in 2001. But some said they didn't think McGwire was worthy of the Hall no matter what he injected or ingested.

"The only thing he has done to make him worthy of the Hall of Fame was break the home run record," veteran writer Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal told The AP. "Overall, he hasn't been good enough to get in."

I don't think that is right, both McGwire and Bonds deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. If I was a voter, I'd vote yes for both of them.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

NHL lock out now likely to kill the Draft

NHL will have to call off the draft.

Don't count on seeing phenom Sidney Crosby on NHL ice in the fall.
According to a report from Canadian Web site, the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, scheduled for June 25-26th in Ottawa, is about to be officially canceled by the league on Thursday.

With both sides still far apart in collective bargaining negotiations and the NHL Players' Association locked out since September, the draft is the latest causalty in this bitter labor battle. says an alternative to the actual draft is being considered. The report says it's possible the draft could be turned into an electronic selection process either over the Internet, telephone, or a combination of both.

One of the factors that made the 2005 draft so intriguing is the fact that Crosby was expected to be the top pick. The teen sensation is currently playing for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He has been compared to Wayne Gretzky in terms of how dominant he can be on the ice.

Well it sucks to Crosby.

If there were any questions if Reggie Miller

was a Hall of Famer or not, this should shut up most of the critics. Miller scored his 25,000 point in a win against the Spurs becoming the 13th player in NBA history to score that many points.

Reggie Miller is still scoring points and setting standards. All he wants now are wins.

Miller continued his late-season resurgence Wednesday night, scoring 21 points and becoming the 13th player in league history to top 25,000 career points as he led the short-handed Pacers past San Antonio 100-93.

"It's a nice accomplishment, obviously, to do it in front of the home crowd," Miller said. "But more importantly, it keeps us in the playoff hunt."

He is with out question a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bonds might not play at all this season

I don't believe him when Bonds said he might not play this year , much like I didn't believe Bret Farve when he said he was thinking of retiring. These guys are far too competitive to retire when they can still play at a high level.

Coming off knee surgery and caught up in baseball's steroids scandal, Barry Bonds said he may not play at all this season -- despite standing on the doorstep of the sport's most hallowed record.

The San Francisco Giants slugger also said he was physically and mentally "done," and blamed the media for at least part of his troubles.

"I'm tired of my kids crying. You wanted me to jump off a bridge, I finally did," Bonds told reporters Tuesday, shortly after returning to training camp. "You finally brought me and my family down. ... So now go pick a different person."

Bonds, whose 703 career homers are 11 short of Babe Ruth's total and 52 behind Hank Aaron's record, was back in camp following last week's arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

onds, eaning his head on a crutch and repeatedly saying he was tired, Bonds spoke after a 1½-hour session with Giants trainer Stan Conte.

"Right now I'm just going to try to rehab myself to get back to, I don't know, hopefully next season, hopefully the middle of the season," Bonds said. "I don't know. Right now I'm just going to take things slow.

"I'm 40 years old, not 20, 30."

Bonds, who set the single-season record with 73 home runs in 2001, underwent a similar operation on the same knee on Jan. 31, but had a setback after workouts in camp earlier this month.

He returned to the Bay Area on March 16 and had surgery last Thursday to repair cartilage. Conte said last Thursday the second operation put Bonds back at "square one."

Conte said Bonds went through a "normal rehab six days out of surgery" on Tuesday, and that his knee looked as expected.

"I expect he'll progress as knee patients go," the trainer said, offering no prediction of when the seven-time NL MVP might be able to play again.

After Bonds' first operation this winter, Conte had said Bonds was expected to be sidelined for six weeks. All the trainer would say after the second surgery was that Bonds was unlikely to be ready for the season opener

I just can't see Bonds, or any one else for that matter, retiring when they are so close to breaking one of the greatest records in sports history. Once Bonds starts to make some progress recovering from his knee surguries, I think he will come back to become the homerun king.

Most people hate Bonds, and most people have good reasons too. As a person I don't really care for him, but you have to respect his baseball skills. Before he started cranking out 60-70 homeruns a year he was still a Hall of Famer and one of the best players in the game. And I for one want to see Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron's record of 755 career homeruns. If for no other reasons, I want to say I saw the the homerun that broke that record. Maybe a little selfish on my part, but I would still like to see it.

Bruschi might take a year off

Not really suprised, I am more suprised that he might actually think of coming back after sitting out for a year. I know he wants to come back because he loves the game.

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is considering sitting out next season for health reasons, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

Bruschi's recently hired agent, Brad Blank, told the newspaper that the Pro Bowler is contemplating whether he can play next season after being treated for a mild stroke last month.

"I can relate to you only that Tedy is considering not playing next year," Blank told The Globe. "Beyond that, I cannot comment on anything."

The 31-year-old Bruschi was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 16 and released a couple of days later. However, an Arizona television station reported that Bruschi was readmitted to the hospital so doctors could repair a hole in his heart.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on Bruschi's medical condition.

"Tedy has made all the comments. I leave it at that," said Belichick, who is in Hawaii for the NFL owners meetings.

Bruschi, a nine-year veteran, has been a key member of the defense that helped New England win three of the last four Super Bowls.

Bruschi, who has three years remaining on his contract, hadn't been represented by an agent since his rookie season. He's scheduled to earn $850,000 in 2005, $1.35 million in 2006 and $1.70 million in the final year of his contract. His deal would be voided if he retires, but he could earn his full salary if the team elects to place him on its physically unable to perform list.

I hope the Patriots place him on the physically unable to perform list. Bruschi has been grossly underpaid for what he has done for the Patriots and I hope they take care of him.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

To stay or not to stay, that is the question

The Boston Redsox are set announce they will stay at Fenway Park.

After much debate about the future of Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox will announce Tuesday that the team will remain in the Major League's oldest and smallest stadium, The Boston Globe reported.

The announcement is part of a broader plan that calls for the revitalization the neighborhood surrounding Fenway. Part of that development would include improved streets and sidewalks, a new MBTA train station at Yawkey Way, and one or more garages, Red Sox executives told the paper. The team would also like a say in the enhancements.

While the plan isn't contingent on city and state funding, the team will be seeking government help in financing it.

The Redsox better stay at Fenway. That is the best stadium in the whole country, with only wrigly field even close.

Henry wants out of Buffalo

I hate it when players threaten to sit out just because they don't get their way. But that is what Travis Henry is threatening if he isn't traded.

Travis Henry is through playing for the Buffalo Bills, intent to sit out as long as it takes the team to trade him.

"I'm definitely not going back to Buffalo if that's what you want to hear," the running back told The Associated Press on Monday from his home in Orlando, Fla. "No minicamps. No training camp. No nothing. ... I packed my stuff and left. As soon as the season was over, I was out of there and I didn't have any plans of coming back."

Henry, who started during his first three seasons in Buffalo, has one year left on his contract and is unwilling to spend another year as Willis McGahee's backup.

The Bills granted Henry permission in January to speak to other teams about a potential trade. Of the teams that expressed interest, Henry said the Arizona Cardinals have offered to trade starting left tackle L.J. Shelton in a player-for-player deal.

Henry doesn't understand why the Bills -- in need of offensive line help -- haven't accepted the offer. Henry added he's willing to play for Arizona, a team in need of a starting running back since Emmitt Smith's retirement last month.

"The whole situation, it's really frustrating," Henry said. "I just want to move on with my life and my career."

Cry me a river, it isn't the Bills fault you were replaced by a better back in McGahee. Most teams don't like whiners, so you are just hurting yourself, in my opinion, the more you complain.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Schilling pitches in first game since surgury

A minor league game but still a major huddle that had to be jumped.

On what Curt Schilling called a "possible breakthrough day," his first competitive outing of the spring on Monday put smiles on the faces of everyone in Red Sox camp.

"I feel very good about all of it," Schilling said soon after leaving Field No. 3 at the Red Sox's minor league complex, where he pitched three innings that provided a thorough test for his surgically repaired right ankle.

A right ankle, made famous by that bloody sock during Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, that Schilling revealed to have been far more severely damaged than previously believed.

However, despite the satisfying outing, Schilling stood by Boston manager Terry Francona's assessment that he would miss perhaps as much as the first two weeks of the season.

"I've known that for a while," the right-hander said. "Looking at where I was and the days, it just didn't add up.

"But today was a very big day. Everything that I'd hoped would happen, happened."

Facing a team of Triple-A players, with the exception of teammate Bill Mueller, and throwing to regular catcher Jason Varitek, Schilling threw 37 pitches in the three innings. Twenty-four of them were strikes, and one of them was hit for a two-run homer by Chip Ambres, the only scoring off Schilling.

"He got to throw different pitches in different situations. It was a good little test for him," Varitek said. "I hope he feels pretty good about himself right now."

This was Schilling's third mound stint of the spring. Previously, he had thrown a 48-pitch batting practice session and a 60-pitch simulated game.

"Everything is so much quicker than in a simulated game," pitching coach Dave Wallace said following Schilling's 45-minute outing. "I'm pleased."

If Schilling is pleased, I am god damn delighted. Nobody is harder on themselves than Schilling is on himself. If Schilling can keep this pace up he might be ready for the 2nd or 3rd week of the season. Which would mean wonders for the Redsox.

NFL's opening day

Patriots vs. Raiders

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will open the season Sept. 8 with a home game against the Oakland Raiders and new wide receiver Randy Moss on ABC.

The Thursday night opener has become a tradition. This will be the fourth such opener, with the others played in Giants Stadium, FedEx Field and, last year, also at Gillette Stadium.

So the Raiders have been selected to be the sacrafical lamb to the Super Bowling Winning New England Patriots.

Duncan to miss most of the regular season

This could seriously hurt The Spurs chances of winning it all this year, if Tim Duncan can not return to playing this year. He will defenatly miss some time with an ankle sprain.

San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan could miss most of the remaining regular-season games after spraining his right ankle, team officials said Monday.

Duncan, the Spurs' leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker, was placed on the injured list Monday. Team officials said in a news release that Duncan is expected to miss two to four weeks after an MRI on Monday determined he had a grade 2 ankle sprain.

He crumpled to the floor in the opening minutes of San Antonio's 110-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday after he scored inside and came down on Rasheed Wallace's foot under the basket. After the landing, Duncan's ankle turned in a gruesome fashion.

Duncan missed two games earlier this month with a sprained right ankle.

San Antonio, currently the top team in the Western Conference at 50-16, has 16 more games over the next 30 days before the playoffs start. The Spurs play Monday night in New York against the Knicks.

I picked the Spurs to win it all this year, but if Duncan can't play, my pick will drastically change.

We got a new winner in Nascar

Jimmie Johnson may have led the most laps, but he didn't lead the last one. Carl Edwards, a rookie to the Nextel Cup, won his first Nextel Cup race beating out Johnson.

Jimmie Johnson led the most laps (156), but Carl Edwards led the one that counted (lap 325), becoming the first driver to win both the Busch and Cup races in the same weekend at Atlanta. He became the 11th member of an elite club of drivers to win races in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. Edwards beat Johnson to the line by two one-hundredths of a second.

One week after winning with a low car, Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus finished second. They're together, pending this Tuesday's appeal at Hendrick Motorsports of last week's penalty for a low car at Las Vegas. Johnson took the point lead with Greg Biffle in second and Edwards in third.

Before Edwards won this race, he also won the Busch series race this weekend. Becoming the first ever racer to win his first Busch and Nextel races on the same weekend.

Carl Edwards is trying to speed up his learning curve by racing in two grueling series at the same time. So far, his busy schedule is working out just fine.

Edwards raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory Saturday, holding off several Nextel Cup stars in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Afterward, he came to a stop in front of the main grandstand, climbed out of his Ford and did one of his patented backflips onto the asphalt, delighting the crowd.

"This is the biggest win of my career," Edwards said. "I was just happy to win. That's a good way to show it."

Well it was the biggest win in his career until he won the same race in the Nextel series. Racing has a new star in the making.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

More problems for the Yankees

This is turning out to be a great preseaon so far. Every day I have been hearing of a Yankee player being injured or hurt. Now the latest casualties are Jeter and Williams.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter missed Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a bruised left foot and will be out for the next few days. Jeter got hurt when he fouled a ball of his foot Saturday. He was sore when he arrived for treatment Sunday and was sent to the hospital for X-rays, which were negative.

"The good news is the X-ray didn't show anything," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I think it's a couple days."

Torre didn't rule out Jeter returning Tuesday.

"For him to say it's sore, it's sore," Torre said.

Center fielder Bernie Williams also missed the game after straining his upper back during batting practice Sunday. Williams, through a team spokesman, said he felt "discomfort" while swinging right-handed and decided to shut it down to prevent additional problems.

"Hopefully it's nothing serious," Torre said. "He'll get treatment. That's all that's planned right now. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what it feels like."

I would love for nothing more than the Yankees to not make the play offs.

Finally I got my answer

I figured this was the case, but I never knew for sure. It is now official, Wells will start on opening day for the Boston Redsox.

With Curt Schilling [stats, news] expected to be out for at least the first two weeks of the regular season, Red Sox [stats, schedule] manager Terry Francona has decided to go with a four-man starting rotation until at least April 18.
Francona announced David Wells will get the starting assignment in the season opener against the New York Yankees [stats, schedule] April 3. Matt Clement, Tim Wakefield [stats, news] and Bronson Arroyo [stats, news] will follow him in the rotation.
Barring rainouts, that will put Wakefield in line to start the home opener against the Yankees April 11. With three days off in the first 10 days of the season, Francona said he felt comfortable using only four starting pitchers in the first two weeks.

Mets and Dodgers make a trade

Pending Bug Selig's approval, Mets will trade Jason Phillps for Kaz Ishii.

Jason Phillips wore a Mets uniform yesterday, but team brass stopped him from picking up a baseball. "They're like, 'No, don't throw today,'" Phillips said.

As the Mets and Dodgers awaited approval from the commissioner's office on a Kaz Ishii-for-Phillips swap, the catcher waited, too. The Mets will receive more than $1million from the Dodgers, hence the delay for Bud Selig's stamp.

"They're trying to figure out who's going to pay my salary," Phillips joked.

Phillips is slated to become the Dodgers' starting catcher, a bonus considering he will be arbitration eligible after the season. The Mets play host to Los Angeles today, so Phillips may get to walk from one dugout to the other, as Doug Mientkiewicz did at the Metrodome last season when he went from the Twins to the Red Sox.

Willie Randolph praised Ishii's curveball and professed no concern about how many walks Ishii and Victor Zambrano might allow. Over the past three seasons, only Russ Ortiz (308) has walked more batters than Ishii (305) and Zambrano (276). Friday in a five-inning simulated game, Ishii allowed one run on two hits, five walks, two wild pitches and eight strikeouts.

I think this is a good trade for both teams. Mets needed another started with Steve Trachel's injury. If the Mets can get Ishii to cut down on his walks he can be a very effective 3 or 4th starter.

The Dodgers are getting a very good catcher in Jason Phillips. I thought the Mets should be using him as Catcher and trade away Piazza to the American League so he can DH.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Spring training is taking forver

I don't know why, but it seems that spring training has been dragging on forever. The countdown to spring training went so quickly and now I don't think it will ever end.

I can't wait til opening day when I get to see the first pitch in the Redsox vs. Yankees game on ESPN. That is all I want to see. I hope the Redsox sweep the Yankees in there first series and stay ontop of the AL East the whole year.

If that happens, I hope there is a suprise team that takes the wild card to which the Yankees won't even make the play offs. Now that would be a great season, not seeing the Yankees make the play offs.

A rehash of all my predictions:
MLB Standings
MLB awards

Steroids on Capitol Hill

Who cares, the players don't want to talk and I don't blame them. I wouldn't talk either.

Congress is just grandstanding. These hearings will do nothing.

So this will probably be the last time I will talk about this unless something big happens.

And to the question will this effect any of these players Hall of Fame ballot, of course not.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

What the.........

This was a shock to me, I thought the Giants were done tryign to get Buress, but it seems now they signed him to a big contract, 6 years $25 million.

Once again, agent Drew Rosenhaus, arguably the premier dealmaker in the NFL, has pulled a rabbit out of a hat.

Just one week after abruptly breaking off contract negotiations with Plaxico Burress, the New York Giants on Thursday evening signed the free agent wide receiver to a six-year, $25 million contract, has learned.

Burress and Rosenhaus, the agent retained by the veteran wideout in an effort to fan his flagging market value, flew to New York early Thursday morning to meet with Giants coaches and team officials. The trip came after Rosenhaus persuaded the New York brass to revisit its interest in the former Pittsburgh Steelers starter.

The deal includes $8.25 million in guaranteed bonuses, an initial signing bonus of $5 million and then a $3.25 option bonus due next spring. There are also guaranteed salaries in the first two seasons. Burress will earn $11.38 million in the first two seasons of the contract and $14.6 million in the first three years.

So, in essence, Rosenhaus convinced the Giants to not only reinstate the offer they made to his newest client last week, but to increase it in several key areas.

Last Thursday afternoon, Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi announced in a tersely-worded statement posted on the club's web site that the franchise was ending its pursuit of the unrestricted free agent wide receiver and going in a different direction. That came after Burress rejected a six-year, $24 million contract proposal that included a two-tiered bonus totaling $8 million.

I guess the new agent really did help.

NCAA bracket time

I don't like basketball, but I never shy away from a chance to win a lot of money.

My final four prediction:

OK State vs GA Tech
NC Vs Duke


NC vs GA Tech


North Carolina

Pace to stay with the Rams

Orlando Pace finally got the long term contract he has been asking for. The supposive trade to the Texans never came to happen, instead the Rams gave him 7 years and $52.8 million including a $15 million signing bonus. That is a hell of a contract, and Pace is a hell of a left tackle.

The St. Louis Rams reached a seven-year, $52.8 million deal with franchise left tackle Orlando Pace Wednesday that ended three years of efforts to get him to agree to the long-term contract.

Included in the deal is a $15 million signing bonus. By agreeing to the contract Wednesday, the Rams will be able to use the franchise tag on future players instead of losing it for the next seven years, the length of Pace's contract.

The Rams and Pace's agent, Kennard McGuire, exchanged proposals and counter proposals Tuesday afternoon and evening and narrowed the gap enough that Pace went on a radio station and said he was optimistic a deal could be struck with the Rams.

I think the visit with the Texans was just a show to finally get a long term contract from the St Louis Rams.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Get well soon Bruschi

I think it may be time for him to retire. It has been reported that Bruschi is scheduled to have surgery related to the mild stroke he suffered last month.
According to a broadcast report, Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has landed back in the hospital and is scheduled for surgery related to the mild stroke he suffered last month.
Television station KOLD of Tucson is reporting that Bruschi will undergo a procedure to repair a hole in his heart.

The Patriots would neither confirm nor deny the report to the Boston Globe, saying all information would have to come directly from the Bruschi family.

Three days after playing in the Pro Bowl last month, Bruschi was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital after reportedly suffering persistent headaches, blurred vision and numbness on his right side. He was released from the hospital after two days.

As a Patriots fan I would hate to see him retire, as he is the heart and soul of the Patriot's defense. But this man has done it all. He has already won 3 Superbowls and has nothing else to prove. I would love to see him come back and be his old dominating self for the Patriots, but I would hate it more if he came back to become permanatly hurt.

I forgot

Last night was card night. Luck was with me again, won $90.00

Total earnings: $125.00

I should have been keeping track since the beginning of the year, but oh well. I'll start from last week.

It isn't ofton I'm ashamed

Of the Redsox... But why would Redsox players agree to get a make over on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"?

Hands off the hair. Boston Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon agreed to a makeover on "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" as long as they don't cut his famous long locks. A contract for his book being issued in April requires him to keep his hair long.

Queer Eyes' five gay makeover artists are taking on five members of the Sox for an upcoming episode. Damon, Kevin Millar, Doug Mirabelli, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek are taking part, after the show's executive producer says their wives pitched the idea.

Taping began yesterday while the Red Sox go through spring training in Florida.

And it turns out the Sox may even have helped the Fab Five. Fashion adviser Carson Kressley says "They're teaching us how to spit."

That show just sucks.............................

Should the Superbowl be played in New York

Normally I'd say no to anything in New York, but I think the Superbowl should be played in New York and in every other profesional football city. Why should the Superbowl only be played down south where it is warm. I want to see an old school Superbowl in the snow in Foxboro. Now that would be an awesome Superbowl.

FL owners could vote next week on whether to play the 2010 Super Bowl in New York at a new stadium built for the Jets on the West Side of Manhattan. The vote would come at the NFL meetings in Hawaii.

"It's on the agenda for a possible discussion and vote," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday.

The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday that the owners were likely to approve the game contingent on construction of the stadium. The Super Bowl voting was pushed up from the league meetings in June to next week's gathering at the request of the Jets, who hope that a Super Bowl commitment would help their chances of getting approval for the stadium.

Stop messing with my emotions?!?!?!?!

Will Schilling pitch opening day or won't he? I just want to know, is that too much to ask?

Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling didn't rule out being ready to pitch on Opening Day.

Asked twice if that was out of the question, he said only that he would determine his next step after a simulated game Wednesday in which he plans to throw about 60 pitches.

Schilling, who underwent ankle surgery in November, hasn't pitched in an exhibition game. The Red Sox open against the Yankees in New York on April 3.

He has said he will honor a subpoena to testify Thursday before the House Government Reform Committee. Had he been able to stay at spring training rather than testify, he would have thrown the simulated game on Monday or Tuesday.

"There's never going to be a good time for something like this," he said of the hearing. "We had to rearrange my entire schedule this week."

Schilling has thrown several times on the side and said he hasn't regressed but, "I don't feel like the progression has been consistent from time to time."

Manager Terry Francona has said Schilling is a perfectionist who isn't happy until he throws pitches at 94 mph that hit the corner of home plate. But Schilling hasn't felt completely comfortable when throwing from the mound.

Just last week or so, they said Schilling wouldn't be ready at the earliest in mid April, and I was fine with that. But just let us know, I want to know if i have to prepare for a Yankee to be our opening day pitcher in David Wells.....

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Rivera going down to injuries

I have predicted Mariono Rivera will be injury ridden this year do to over use last year and age finally catching up to him. Rivera will have to rest for a few days with a minor injury on his right elbow. But this is where it starts, it starts minor and before you know it Rivera will be down for months.

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be out at least a few days with mild bursitis in his right elbow.

Rivera underwent an MRI after feeling some soreness Monday.

"It's not a major concern," manager Joe Torre said. "It showed a little irritation. He's shut down tonight. The indication is it won't lay him up for a long time. He will probably pitch by the end of the week."

Rivera is not concerned and expects to be ready for Opening Day.

"I threw yesterday and everything was fine," Rivera said. "Today, I got to the field and it felt like my elbow was a little sore. It's a little swelling in the elbow. I'll be ready for the season."

The Yankees have been taking a slow approach with the 35-year-old right-hander this spring. Rivera has allowed one hit in three scoreless innings spanning three appearances.

"It's nothing that he felt throwing a pitch," Torre said. "It's just something that he felt and we sent him right over to get an MRI. Obviously, if you're going to have a result, this is one you can live with."

If Mo ever went down for a long period of time the Yankees would be devastated, he is that important to their bulpen. Rivera is one of the best if not the best closer ever to pitch in the majors. The Yankee's don't have anyone else who could fill the void Mo would leave if hurt.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Cubs aren't looking so good anymore

Things aren't looking so good for the Cubs anymore. Now it appears Prior is out indefinitely. With Woods questionable and Prior questionable the Cubs are not looking like they are going to win anything this year.

Cubs ace Mark Prior will be out indefinitely because of inflammation in his right elbow, the latest injury to one of Chicago's star pitchers.

Kerry Wood, slated to start on opening day, is sidelined with bursitis in his right shoulder.

Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal said Monday the 24-year-old Prior has some inflammation in the elbow joint and a little irritation to the ulnar nerve.

Prior missed the first two months of last season because of right Achilles' tendinitis and stiffness in his right elbow. Last July, he missed a start because of discomfort in the elbow. But Prior and O'Neal both said the current injury is not related to last year's problem.

"It's different," Prior said. "It's not the same injury."

Prior made his Cactus League debut Thursday, when he threw three innings against the Seattle Mariners in Peoria. He said Monday that while doing some routine postgame exercises afterward, he felt discomfort in the elbow.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Prior saw elbow specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum last weekend and had a precautionary MRI on Sunday.

"There is no damage to the nerve," Hendry said. "The ligament remains exactly the same from the MRI last year."

I might have to drop the Cubs out of my top 5 in the power rankings.

Gammons 3/12/05

I don't know how I missed this, but Gammons 3/12.

On Canseco and Steroids

Jose Canseco was right. His book did cause a major upheaval around baseball, from triggering congressional subpoenas to the squirming that has been felt from players to front offices to the game's leadership as Canseco has opened up the subculture of the late 1980s and '90s.

This is not about Canseco needing money. Attention, maybe, but not money. This is about revenge against the owners who he felt knowingly looked away and simultaneously blackballed him; now Jose is delusional if he believes he could still be an everyday star player, because by the late '90s he had all the mobility and athleticism of a lighthouse.

But, for a number of reasons -- from the union to just not wanting to know -- we now know that everyone did look away, and Kevin Towers is the only man thus far whose conscience has led him to truth. It was impossible to prove on the record, as so many of us learned, and while Canseco is trying to bring down Bud Selig and the owners, they have ducked and left players to take the hit.

The whole story is juicy because of the names -- Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire -- involved, and it has taken on a Michael Jackson/Monica Lewinski life. It does not appear to have severely struck the audience: preseason ticket sales are at a record pace, spring training crowds have been very good, and you can get a Red Sox Opening Day ticket for $5,000.

On guys MLB needs to promote

David Ortiz: OK, he's 29, but besides the fact that he is a monster player and one of the best clutch performers in the business, he is one of the most popular and humorous. The man could sell anything, especially the game he loves.

Rookies to watch

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Red Sox: Picture the free safety at Miami, or the wing at North Carolina. That's what the 6-3, 200-pound Ramirez would be if he had grown up in Florida, and he'd be a college junior and, according to one scout, "the first pick in the draft." He started a triple play by going above the glass for the line drive, but it was his instincts -- breaking for the bag as he landed -- that impressed veteran players. "He can play anywhere on the field," says one Red Sox official, and he's played so well that only a No. 1 starter would pry him loose.

Hanley Ramirez is going to be a great player for the Sox and the only way I'd give him up is if we can get Ben Sheets from the Brewers. And sign Sheets to a long term contract extension.

Redsox fever is higher than ever

How insane is Red Sox fever? Go on eBay and see how many pairs of Opening Day ring ceremony tickets against the Yankees are going for between $2,500 and $5,000. ... With Curt Schilling not ready to open the season and Wade Miller, as expected, being viewed as the equivalent of a mid-season pickup, Terry Francona says "we'll just have to battle through that first month. Curt should be ready by the time we need a fifth starter, but we'll just have to do everything well." The Red Sox will play the Yankees in six of their first nine games with a rotation of David Wells, Matt Clement, Tim Wakefield and Bronson Arroyo. ... Byung-Hyun Kim has not been good, and the question is this: if he isn't throwing harder than 85 mph, who will take him at even $1 million? Colorado offered Jason Young, but he was 84-85 this week.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

More on steroids

Big suprise here, Jeremy Giambi admits using steroids. Why is this news? I thought he already admitted to using steroids.

Jeremy Giambi left Chicago White Sox camp without speaking to reporters Sunday just minutes before he was scheduled to appear at a news conference to discuss steroids.

White Sox spokesman Bob Beghtol said Giambi had been contacted by his attorney and told not to talk publicly about the subject anymore.

Giambi, who spent six seasons in the major leagues from 1998-03, admitted he used steroids, The Kansas City Star reported Sunday.

"It's something I did," Giambi told the newspaper. "I apologize. I made a mistake. I moved on. I kind of want it in the past."

Giambi, the younger brother of Yankees star Jason Giambi, signed a minor league contract with the White Sox last Tuesday. While he did not specifically say his brother used steroids, Jeremy Giambi noted a news conference his brother had last month in New York during which he apologized profusely, but did not say why he was apologizing.

"If you don't know what he's apologizing for," Jeremy Giambi said, "you must've been in a coma for two years."

Jeremy Giambi declined to be specific about his steroid use. He told the newspaper he wants to come clean about steroids and hopes others will do the same.

Big deal, he sucks anyways.

McGwire's name has reappeared in the news of steroids. Although I don't think it ever really left. This is just a new implication that he used steroids in his playing days. And this time it does not come from Canseco.

Mark McGwire's name was mentioned several times during a federal steroids investigation in the early 1990s, but he was not the target of the probe nor was any evidence collected against him, the Daily News reported Sunday.

McGwire, Jose Canseco and five current players along with four baseball executives were subpoenaed to testify at a congressional hearing on steroids Thursday. The commissioner's office has said it will fight the subpoenas. Canseco says he will testify and has asked for immunity so he can answer all questions.

McGwire and some of the other players haven't said whether they'll show in Washington, though the committee has said those refusing to testify would be held in contempt of Congress.

Two dealers caught in the federal investigation told the Daily News that a California man named Curtis Wenzlaff gave Canseco and McGwire illegal anabolic steroids.

A spokesman for McGwire, Marc Altieri, told the newspaper the former player does not remember meeting Wenzlaff.

"We're not going to comment on anything at this time," Altieri said, "but we believe one should consider the sources of such allegations."

Canseco said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" he met Wenzlaff in the 1980s and worked out with him but did not buy steroids from him.

"We're certain that if he (Wenzlaff) had supplied him with steroids, we would remember that," Canseco's lawyer Robert Saunooke said. "We find it suspect that his story is coming out now, 15 years later, right before we're supposed to testify."

When asked by the newspaper, Wenzlaff declined to comment about McGwire but said he did give Canseco steroids.

"I supplied a bunch of players, but I'm not going to name any other names," Wenzlaff told the Daily News. "Jose's different because he opened the door with his book."

Canseco said in his recently published autobiography that he, McGwire and Giambi shot steroids together in a bathroom stall at Oakland Coliseum.

McGwire and Giambi have denied Canseco's charges

Like I've said a million times before, I hate talking about steroids, and I wish it would just leave the news. MLB has started to test and will continue to. Let it be as it is.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Schilling not sure why he is being subpeonad

I know why Schilling is being asked to testify to Congress about the steroids issue. Schilling is the type of guy who speaks his mind and doesn't hold back, right or wrong, he says it as he sees it. The politicians in Congress want to make an issue out of this. They don't want to solve any problems, most politicians don't like solving problems, they would be out of business if everything was solved.

Curt Schilling plans to attend congressional hearing on steroid use in baseball next week.
Curt Schilling

Speaking at Boston's spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., the Red Sox ace said Friday that he has "nothing" to offer the panel.

"I'm still real confused as to why I was put in this group and why there are others players that aren't in this group," Schilling said.

The commissioner's office has said it will fight the subpoenas, which also were issued to Jason Giambi, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas and Rafael Palmeiro. Former players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire also were summoned for the March 17 hearing of House Government Reform Committee along with three management officials and union head Donald Fehr.

Canseco asked Thursday for immunity if he's to testify fully before the committee, but a spokesman for the lawmaker who will chair the proceeding offered no promises.

Another House panel on Thursday held the first of what it said could be a series of hearings on the subject, with several congressmen chastising baseball for what one called its "extremely weak" drug-testing program. The subcommittee chairman said all major U.S. sports leagues should work toward uniform steroid penalties.

"I don't think it's grandstanding," New York Yankees player representative Mike Mussina said. "I think in light of what's happened the last year or so maybe, people are looking for some answers. The public wants to get some answers, so they're trying to find some answers."

Mussina is a little niave in my opinion, or he is just trying to be nice. Grandstanding is excatly what these politicians are doing. I can't wait til all this is over and we can just get back to playing baseball.