I see Scotty Boras has countered with an offer to have Manny play baseball for 45 million dollars for the next two years, only the contract has to have an opt out clause at the end of the first year in case Manny feels like he can get a better offer.
You know, Manny and Scotty continue to be simply revolting human beings, but now I'm starting to think Frank McCourt is uh, dim?
This has been going on for months - continual public bitchslapping directly to the face of Mr. McCourt.
It was kind of amusing at first, but enough already.
I am so glad the Cubs don't have a clown like that around.
And I could not imagine having that guy as a team mate.
Okay, sorry for the language.
So, Micah Hoffpauir.
Making things interesting already.
I seriously can't imagine him really challenging D Lee for a starting job, but damn.
Ted Lilly is going to serve his country in the WBC, I wish him well and I wish him a sensible total amount of pitches.
And lastly, the Hawks game last night was insanely entertaining.
Me, Bill Cimino, Mark Carlson and Mark Olson all had a blast (thank you Tom Duff), and while the outcome wasn't so good, the Captain Jonathan Toews hat trick, then not hat trick, then hat trick was amazing.
Going to the Hawks/Penguins game tonight - I haven't been forever.
And with 23 games to go in the season, it's a good time to check in.
The Penguins, of course, have Sidney Crosby - the guy with 23 goals and 56 assists and a sore groin - and I really hope to see him tonight.
But what I've always wanted to know is: how do those guys in suits get the job of escorting the woman usually dressed in a mini out on the ice to stand on a piece of carpet and try to hit the puck through those little slots in that barrier they put up in front of the goal?
Who are those guys?
Are they "connected" somehow?
Some bigwig's son or something?
Or is there some game I don't know about with a different winner each game?
An "Ice Escort" tryout?
I would imagine you'd better be pretty steady on your wingtips to have that job, and obviously that takes serious training, dedication and skill.
Anyway, it's a part of the game I won't miss.
Okay, the Cubs.
I'm totally not paying attention to the Sun Times story about the alleged "rift" between Lou and DeRo - the writer did a great job of, I'm sure, ballooning the number of hits on Sun Time's website.
Both Lou and DeRo denied it pretty loudly, and it doesn't make any sense anyway.
I'm also refusing to even mention anything about anybody's quad.
So just, you know, pretend I didn't do that just now.
LOOK OVER THERE!
How about Jake Fox with the 3-run dinger?
How about speedy new Joey Gathright going 3 for 3?
Told you I'm super busy here, so I didn't get to listen yesterday.
I read that Marshall went a couple and gave up 4 hits and a run, but somebody tell me how he really did please.
After all my angst the other day about who backs up Aramis and has some pop, I was so relieved to read about Bobby Scales.
Here's what they say: "Bobby Scales, like Andres Blanco, is in his second straight big league camp with the Cubs. Scales was impressive last spring and kept hitting at Iowa. In 121 games at the Triple-A level, Scales hit .320 with a .415 OBP and a .499 SLG (15 home runs and 20 doubles in 387 at bats)."
And they have a fabulous rundown of guys you have and haven't heard of at Spring Training.
It's all baseball, right? I mean, he'd be getting his practice in if he's in Arizona or Puerto Rico. So, why not? Well, back on Jan 24th, Peter Gammons weighed in on Carlos Marmol pitching in the World Baseball Classic. So did the Sun Times. Neither thinks it's a good idea. Arms are touchy. Plus, there's Lou over there joking that he'll be getting a good look at Kevin Gregg's 98 mph fastball while you're playing in another country. Uh, I don't think Lou's really joking there, Carlos. I read the Vine Line's blog today, and Mike Huang's got a little story in there about Derrek Lee standing in the batting cage when suddenly Carlos Marmol came out to throw. Derrek said, "Aw, hell no." That's the kind of joke I like to hear about now, Carlos. It's your decision. Use your head.
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