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Here's an Idea: When You're in a Hole, Stop Digging

March 18, 2007

Man, am I sick of Pete Rose.

I’m sick of his constantly being in baseball’s face. I’m sick of the lies. I’m sick of the pathetic and self-serving pleas for forgiveness. I’m sick of the Reds and the City of Cincinnati standing by their man, as if the blind faith love of Marge Schott wasn’t bad enough.

And no matter how Pete cuts it, I’m sick of the hair. It’s really really really bad hair. Furthermore, I’m sick of writing about the poor bastard. If you’re new here, or if you otherwise feel like subjecting yourself to more of the same from me, which admittedly is almost as bad as more of the same from Mr. Rose, visit TheVoiceOfSanDiego.org. There you’ll find my argument. Knock yourself out. And please don’t hesitate with your comments

Like, Duh: What’s even less of a shocker than Kerry Wood’s sore elbow is that Cubs general manager Jim Hendry actually trotted out the old “it's not in the area he was cut on” line. It’s a strain of the elbow, and the elbow has been operated on, but it’s not in the area he was cut on. Uh, hello? Just how big is Wood’s elbow? The human elbow isn't that big. If the man has a strain of the elbow, it’s in the same area he was cut on…

Speaking of Darren Dreifort, let’s hope the Dodgers don’t do to Chad Billingsley what they did to Dreifort. This shuttling back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen is rarely a good thing for precious arms. For Mark Hendrickson’s, fine. Billingsley should start in Las Vegas, with Rudy Seanez getting the middle-relief gig he's suited for…

Media Savvy: Looks like I’ve got a new target over at SI.com. In an article titled “A Work of Arte: Angels owner sets example with anti-drug stance,” Phil Taylor writes: "...the reason Arte Moreno is our favorite multi-millionaire is because of his common sense, hard-line stance on the cloud of drug suspicion hovering over his expensive new outfielder, Gary Matthews Jr.”

“It's as if the entire baseball world has lawyered up like a cop show suspect. But here comes Moreno, one of the few owners with the stones to actually stand up and act like a boss...There were rumblings that Moreno was going to look into voiding the outfielder's contract. He probably doesn't have a legal leg to stand on there, and the Players Association would no doubt declare war if he tried it, but we love the sentiment, anyway. It lets Matthews know that the Angels aren't going to be one of those franchises that covers its eyes, ears and mouth at the possibility of performance-enhancing drug use by its players."

Oh please. How many times do we have to go over this? Moreno is reaming Matthews solely because the player’s contract was such a huge boner by the club, and the anti-drug stance is an easy out for the owner. And Giants owner Peter Magowan stuck with Barry Bonds because it served his interests. Period. Oh, and let's skip the reference to Moreno's "stones" next time, OK Phil?

BaseballSavvy.com favorite Mike Penner ran an interesting blurb about the 1962 National League pennant race in Monday’s Morning Briefing. I misread the heading, “Lasorda would have pitched him too,” as “Lasorda would have punched him too,” and thought the inside joke was about Tommy’s fight with Jim Lefebvre in 1980 at KNBC, instead of Lasorda's pitching to Jack Clark for no apparent reason five years later.

Steve Somers, now of WFAN New York, was working at Channel 4 at the time, and told me he left the two men alone in a studio for a moment, and the next thing you know, they’re rolling around on the floor, with Lasorda bloodied and bowed. Not exactly the Thrilla in Manila...

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