When Carlos Marmol came in with a one run lead in the bottom of the 9th vs. the White Sox last night, I watched one batter and heard Bob Brenly drop this gem: "Marmol comes in with a slider up in the zone that drops over the plate possibly by design."
The italics are mine.
He didn't do any embellishment in his delivery - just said it like he was talking about the weather, and I fell off the couch laughing.
Then I turned off the tube because I've been conditioned by Marmol to expect disaster.
So it was fabulous to open the paper on the porch this morning and find out that the Cubs won.
Man, Jake Peavy was mad!
And I am happy!
With the brilliant idea of moving DeJesus to center and LaHair to right and all of us drooling over the possible arrival of Anthony Rizzo to man 1st base, things are looking up as much as they can.
Now, Roger Clemens.
I'm going to eat a little crow after all my venemous posts accusing Mr. Clemens of taking performance enhancing drugs.
I had a really interesting experience as the trial went on, and that was getting to know one of the people on his legal team.
To be very clear, nothing was ever discussed that could be considered confidential.
I was simply asked to keep an open mind, which honestly I hadn't.
I just am not a fan of Roger, and that's from his playing days.
Anyway, I was also recently on a jury - mighta mentioned it here before.
But to get a roomful of people to agree on anything at all is damn near impossible.
I could not believe the people in my deliberation room - literally half of them just wanted to leave and had made up their minds in about 5 minutes what they wanted to do, which was go half way.
One guy was kinda wrong and so was the other, so lets just (it was a civil case) award a half-way amount of money, they all said.
But in reality, one guy wasn't kinda wrong.
So, I couldn't believe I did it, but I got really vocal and got the fence sitters off their ass and made them pay attention and in the end we had a unanimous decision that wasn't half assed.
That was my one experience, but I have to think it happens quite frequently.
So...think about the Clemens' jury.
How easy and expected would it have been to go half way and say well, both guys are wrong so lets say Clemens is guilty on a couple minor things and go have lunch?
That didn't happen.
He wasn't proven guilty of anything.
We can all believe whatever we want about what really happened, but I've got to go with what happened in court.
Was Roger a boob and did he sort of bring this whole thing on himself?
I'd say so.
Did he choose to hang out with one of the creepiest humans on earth?
But I'm over it, and I hope no sports guy ever says anything to make the government come after them like this again, because the government will.
Okay, lets see what happens tonight when Randy Wells drags his sorry ass up on the mound and tries for a sweep of the White Sox.
Randy, even though life handed you a steaming pile, you really gotta man up and let your actions speak.