Last night I had a dream that I was standing in the batter’s box against Greg Maddux. In my dream Maddux proceeded to throw the first three pitches behind my back, at which point I took a few steps forward, pointed my bat towards the mound and said some choice words. After I was restrained, I stepped back into the box and the fourth pitch (I think it was a slider (does Maddux even throw a slider?)) tailed in and hit me on the foot, and I ran to first base. What is the meaning of this dream, and more importantly why am I telling you this? I have no answer to either. Anyway, here’s some real sports news from the weekend that we haven’t covered yet.
Once again Gary Sheffield opened his mouth, and once again it spewed ignorance. This time Sheffield was claiming that he was treated differently in New York by Joe Torre because he is black. Although I don’t find it hard to believe that Torre plays favorites, I definitely don’t believe he chooses his favorites based on the color of their skin. From everything I’ve read and seen Torre is a stand up guy. From everything I’ve read and seen, Gary Sheffield is an idiot. I really don’t think should even be a story.
Speaking of Torre, I was really amused by the headline for this article on Espn.com (already taken off the front page) which said “2007 Toughest on Torre”. Well no shit? That’s some great investigative reporting by the self proclaimed worldwide leader in sports.
Daris mentioned the possibility of the Red Sox attempting to sign A-Rod, should he become available. First off, it is a distinct possibility given that the Red Sox ownership has proven that they will spend the money on anything Theo deems necessary. As much as I hate A-Rod, if Theo did decide to sign Rodriguez I would have to support the decision. With that being said I just don’t think it will happen. Much has been made of the front office’s disdain for Manny Ramirez’s obscene contract and the lack of financial flexibility it affords them. I really don’t see them replacing one bad contract with another. I think buying (relatively) low on Andruw Jones would be a more likely option.
The Cubs have been on a tear as of late, winning 15 of their last 19 games. With their weak division I could definitely see them winning the division and making a run in the playoffs with their strong rotation. Kerry Wood struck out the side on 14 pitches in his minor league rehab assignment. It would be great to get some contribution out of Wood given that the Cubs are at the point where they expect basically nothing.
Vinny Testaverde is set to sign another one year contract with the Patriots. Just to put in perspective how absurd this is, Testaverde was playing in the Orange Bowl in 1986 which was apparently before they invented color.
I wanted to say one thing about the whole Beckham media circus. Since day one almost every media outlet has reported that Beckham will receive $250 million for coming to LA and playing for the Galaxy. Only occasionally does it even get mentioned that this $250 million includes the estimated amount Beckham will receive from endorsements. Beckham’s actual salary, paid by the Galaxy, is $32.5 million over five years. Have you ever heard an athlete’s endorsement deals added to their salary when it is reported? ESPN (the first to report the story) is deliberately misleading the public in an attempt to make it sound more ridiculous and generate interest in the story for the wrong reason. Just another reason to hate ESPN.