Waking up and spending a morning with Maria ... Yes,
dear, there IS another woman. (Oh, don't look at me
like that; you'd say the same thing.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Kenny Rogers has morphed from
feel-good, would-be All-Star pitcher to raging
Start with the fact that he broke the cardinal rule of
He got caught on tape!
Throw in the recent history: He missed his start this
week because he broke his non-pitching hand punching a water cooler
after a start two weeks ago.
"Dugout rage" usually causes fans to simply laugh and
shake their head. Rather than a punchline, it should
have been a warning sign.
When he attacked the cameramen Wednesday, he crossed
over into wacko territory. Not the level of
chair-tossing teammate Frank Francisco, but still
The evidence is indisputable. (You can watch the video
yourself.) The team is mortified. The only remaining
question: How harshly to punish him?
His timing is unfortunate: With less than two weeks
until the All-Star Game, here's the ultimate
Ban him from the game.
His 9-3 record? His 2.46 ERA? Sorry: He lost his
All-Star privileges when he went after the camera
Whether he's banned 2 games or 5 or 10 or more, there
could be no more innovative (or effective) a penalty
than to take away his All-Star honor.
With the selection of pitchers discretionary to
managers, there's no muss or fuss of a fan vote. Hey,
Terry Francona: Rogers is no All-Star.
Vote Derrek Lee!
Rock Quick the
That's today's rallying cry, on the final day to cast
your ballot for the All-Star Game. The
instructions are simple:
Go vote for Derrek Lee.
He deserves to start at first base for the National League. If not for his sick stats, then for
his thrilling come-from-behind surge to scrape within
60,000 votes of Albert Pujols.
With that small of a gap, Daily Quickie readers can be
the difference-maker this year for our 2005 Instant
History MLB MVP.
Then, finally, when Lee pulls ahead to win the
starting spot, we can claim it was our effort
that tipped it. Think of your bragging rights!
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Some argue that the ASG should be about which player
fans want to see most, not who has had the best first
half of an individual season.
Hey: You'll get to see Pujols bat, don't worry. Let
him be the NL's appointed DH. Give Lee
the honor he's earned.
"268" may not have the cachet of
Aaron's "755" or Ripken's "2,632," but how much more
hard-earned can a record be than to set the modern
mark for being hit by a pitch? (Wait: Did I miss the
Truer words never spoken: "I would
never sit out [if traded]. I would go play for them.
It doesn't mean I'm going to be happy playing there.
And if I'm unhappy, you don't want me on your
team. It's just that simple. I'll make that known
to anyone." (Gary Sheffield, on WFAN)
Kerry Wood returns! 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 9 K
(and 91 pitches, for those counting, and so many of us
Welcome back: Larry Walker takes a shot of
cortisone, then hits 2 HRs in return to Cards lineup.
(No sketchy connection there or anything.)
A's streaking, peaking? Win 6th in a row,
behind Joe Blanton's 4th straight winning start and
Nick Swisher's 4th HR in the 4 games.
Chad Cordero: Records 27th save (14th in June!) and franchise-record 24th in a row.
Oden to Ohio State
When the lock top pick of next year's NBA Draft commits to come to play
basketball for a school, it's the Best. Class.
"Fab One?" Greg Oden is the best prep center
prospect since Mourning or O'Neal (or even Ewing). He alone makes a great recruiting class.
But add in the Buckeyes' three other 2006 signees in
the top 50, and fans are jacking expectations with
talk of the country's most dominant freshmen class
since the Fab Five.
NBA Free Agency
Opens at midnight, and the GM under the
most pressure is ...
Cavs newbie Danny Ferry, who better land
one of the available shooting guards to pair with
uber-star (and ass't GM) LeBron James.
Trailing only slightly behind Ferry are the GMs of the
incumbent teams, who can't afford to not keep
their key players. (See Big 5.)
Watch that rumor mill: There are three long weeks
until players can actually sign.
Putin's New Bling
It was a gift.
Let's get that straight, New England conspiracy
theorists. Bob Kraft even said so, so lets end the
Cold War-era yammering about Putin's would-be
pilfering of Kraft's Super Bowl ring.
Add the Russian president to the list of people who
have more championship rings than Charles Barkley. Or,
more relevantly, Terrell Owens.
Relievers to be released by Yankees: THIS is supposed to be the "big move" that comes out of an organizational
all-hands meeting in Tampa? Zzz ...
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Quickie MLB All-Star Ballot:|
1B: Lee (NL)
2B: Kent (NL)
SS: Eckstein (NL)
3B: Ramirez (NL)
OF: Cabrera, Abreu, Edmonds (NL)
Manny, Vlad, Ichiro (AL)
C: Barrett (NL)
DH: Ortiz (AL)
Pujols (by default)