Sunday, August 26, 2012


## According to Tim Kurkjian, there are still General Managers out there who still don't believe this trade. Back in 1960, the Tigers and the Indians pulled off what was considered at the time, to be a spectacular deal. Cleveland sent Rocky Colavito to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn; a batting champion for a home run king. Their combined salaries were $80,000. By comparison, Adrian Gonzales makes that by the 5th inning of the first game of the season.
Think about this: the Boston Red Sox just sent A QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS in salary to the Dodgers. You could probably buy the whole Houston Astros team for that - including the stadium.

The Red Sox still have problems, though. Alfredo Aceves has been busy slamming Bobby Valentines office door for two days like a petulant two-year old. Little by little, GM Ben Cherrington is dismantling the "dynasty" that Theo Epstein built. I hope the Chicago Cubs are watching.

## Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson, broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox is in the soup again. A while ago, he was chastised by the White Sox front office and Bud Selig, because of an on-the-air rant about the performance of an umpire. After apologizing profusely, he promised he would never do that again - until yesterday. When a Sox player complained about a called strike, the home plate umpire tossed him, and threw out manager Robin Ventura for good measure. Hawk couldn't stop complaining about it, so I guess he's in for another chewing out. Last time he said he had a headache for two days after being scolded by everyone except the grounds crew. He said, "I don't ever want to go thru that again. I'd rather fight Rocky Marciano." No contest there, Rocky's been dead for 43 years.

## The Yanks dropped another because they failed time after time with men on base. Jeter, Swisher, Cano and Teixeira are all hitting, but the bottom 5 guys in the lineup aren't. That has to change and fast.
Hiroki Kuroda had one bad inning and that was the ball game. While he struggled, the TV cameras flashed to the dugout to show pitching coach Larry Rothschild deep in thought. I believe he was trying to remember Kuroda's name.
As long as the Dodgers are throwing money all over the place, I wonder if they need a very highly-paid third baseman. I think we can get them a deal.

## A headline to think about: THE ROCKET COULD GIVE THE ASTROS A BOOST.   Roger Clemens struck out two and allowed one hit in three and a third innings pitching in an independent league game. He wants to pitch again and the Astros are actually thinking about it. The word 'boost' scares me. The last time Roger was involved in a situation where 'boost' was involved, he spent a month in a courtroom and put three jurors to sleep.

## The marketing people in Seattle continue to amaze. Felix Hernandez wants to pitch more often and he'll try anything. Check this out:
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(A thanks to Dwight Perry)

"Bartolo Colon reportedly took steroids as a pizza topping."  -- SPORTSPICKLE.COM
"One of gymnast Aly Raisman's Olympic gold medals got a dent in it when she dropped it. Alas, it didn't stick the landing."  -- Dwight Perry
"The LPGA is in town this week for the Canadian Open. All the local Korean restaurants are booked solid.   One owner said, “It’s a real dog eat dog business.”  -- TC Chong
"With their  trade with the Red Sox, the Dodgers have added another $261 million in payroll. Any truth to the rumor that Los Angeles's 2013 uniforms will feature pinstripes?"  -- Janice Hough
"Fifty year old Roger Clemens has signed with an independent baseball team in Texas. Despite his age, scouts say he still has something left. In his medicine cabinet."  -- Alan Ray
"Thirty-eight-year-old troubled receiver Terrell Owens signed with the Seahawks. This was contingent on Owens passing a physical and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll passing a mental health evaluation."  -- Brad Dickson
"A fan is suing the Dallas Cowboys, claiming she suffered a burned buttocks after sitting on a bench outside the stadium on a hot day. If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know I’ll be covering the story more extensively than I did Super Bowl XLVI."  -- Brad Dickson


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