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Bob Raissman would have you believe that new Cubs manager Lou Piniella loves Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez from his frosted tips to his twinkle toes. Of course, Bob Raissman is an old timey-weightlifter.
“Twelve repetitions on each side, Cornelius! Ready? Hup! Hup! Hup!”
Raissman’s article suggests that when Piniella was managing Rodriguez in Seattle, Piniella kissed him, sat in his underwear with him until 2:30-3:00 a.m. to talk about his “swing,” and cried when he left Seattle.
The Good: Rodriguez can opt out of his contract with the Yankees at the end of this season, and Raissman makes it seem that he would like to reunite with his former manager.
The Bad: Piniella and Rodriguez apparently had the same slumber parties that Derek Jeter and Rodriguez had.
The Ugly: Piniella in his underwear.
MESA, Ariz.–The Chicago Cubs made a trade this offseason, sending all of their gloves away for bats. The move has proven difficult, particularly for the outfielders.
Can I stand here like a statue? I’m better when I stand here like a statue.
CHICAGO–From the latest article from Tribune writer Paul Sullivan comes the following quote:
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see things that are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”
Soon after Sullivan published the quote, a spinning sound was heard coming from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. Descendents of Fitzgerald suggest that the quote was intended to be used only by those who are able to hold even two simple and complementary ideas in mind, and that the use of the quote by Sullivan was causing the spinning sound.
CHICAGO–Cubs catcher Michael Barrett had an interesting 2006 season. He lived the American dream when he punched White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a man far too old to be using initials as his first name, right in the face.
Later in the season, he suffered an intrascrotal hematoma, which sounds probably about as bad as it is, when he took a foul ball off the gonads.
Carrie Muskat , as usual, was on the ball(s) with her reporting.
[Barrett] suffered an intrascrotal hematoma, and has vowed to find a cup that provides “bullet-proof” protection. Expect him to be touting a 2007 Barrett model this year.
The Cubs are no strangers to putting a positive spin on an otherwise bleak situation, but expecting the fans to get excited about whether their starting catcher can take a bullet to the penis is a bit much.
The average fan is probably less concerned about whether Barrett’s 2007 cup will be a wraparound “banana-style” cup or a “How exactly are my testes supposed to be positioned in this thing?” triangular-style cup, and are more concerned about questions such as, “Who is the starting center fielder?” and “Jason Marquis? Really?” and “How many Cubs games are going to be on ESPN, and can we make sure Dusty isn’t doing those?” and “Is Ryan Dempster really still the closer?”
On second thought, let’s all talk about Michael Barrett’s beanbags.
CHICAGO–Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti was hospitalized Wednesday night in New Orleans, where he was on assignment to cover the Sugar Bowl.
Mariotti underwent an angioplasty procedure and insertion of an arterial stent. The columnist is expected to take time off before resuming his role as loudmouth idiot on ESPN’s Around the Horn some time early next month.
In June, Mariotti had a battle of words with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. The words chosen in the battle were basically just “fag” and “mang” on Guillen’s side, and “me” and “I” on Mariotti’s.
Mariotti began experiencing heart problems while watching an tape of Around the Horn from 2005. On the tape, Mariotti circa 2005 said something with which the 2007 version of Mariotti did not agree. Mariotti ver.2007 became enraged, and began screaming at the television. When 2005 Mariotti did not respond to him, but only began talking more loudly and flaring his nostrils more vigorously, ’07 Mariotti threw the furniture in his hotel room around in a tantrum, stressing him to the point where he experienced chest pains and was driven to a local hospital.
In the space normally occupied by Mariotti’s column, the Sun-Times is expected to run a series of photographs depicting animals having violent sex with one another. No one is expected to complain about the change.
The New York Post is reporting that ESPN is close to a deal which would bring Dusty Baker to Baseball Tonight to replace the fired Harold Reynolds. Baker projects to be the first baseball analyst to wear wristbands and chew toothpicks in the studio. In order to make Baker feel welcome, the following changes will be instituted to the program:
- Peter Gammons will now chew tobacco in the studio.
- There will be a pond stocked with fish inside the studio so Baker can tell “fishing stories.”
- ESPN Wednesday baseball will modify the starting lineups so that the starting center fielders will lead off the game, the starting second basemen will bat second, and white players will not be inserted into the lineups until the sun sets.
- Tuesday night on Baseball Tonight will be “Hank Aaron Appreciation Night.”
- The title of the program will be changed to Baseball Tonight, Dudes.
- Web Gems will be replaced with Neifi Gems.