Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Sox save $400,000; woohoo!. Deal contingent upon Sox ownership approval.
Signed a 2 year, $11 million deal before the 2004 season.
Totals 17 1/3 innings, $10.6 Million.
If the Sox hadn't won the World Series in 2004, this story would be getting a lot more play from the mainstream media.
A HUB MLB SOURCE CONFIRMS CHB STORY...$OX AGREED TO SCHEDULE S.T. GAMES IN ARIZONA AS PART OF THE SCHILLING DEAL... AGREEMENT IS FOR 2 YEARS...RED SOX NATION HAS GOBBLED UP THESE TICKETS...D'BACKS LIKELY RAKE IN AN EXTRA $1.5 MILLION PER GAME(conservatively), SO LIKELY AT LEAST $6 MILLION. GOOD DEAL FOR THE $OX, AS THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO INCLUDE CA$H IN THE SCHILLING DEAL. D'BACKS WERE ONLY GOING TO DO DEAL IF IT GAVE THEM FISCAL RELIEF. ONLY LOSERS ARE THE PLAYERS, WHO HAVE TO FLY TO THE WEST COAST FOR 2 MEANINGLESS GAMES BEFORE FLYING BACK EAST TO NEW YORK TO FACE THE YANKEES. IF THE SOX LOOK SLUGGISH TO START THE SEASONS, THEN QUESTIONS NEED TO BE RAISED TO THEO AND THE TRIO. IT IS NOT JAPAN JETLAG, BUT STILL IS NOT HELPING THE SOX PLAYERS GET READY FOR THE YANKEES. A SPLIT SQUAD IS BEING SENT, SO HOPEFULLY THE AFFECT SHOULD BE MINIMAL. WAS THEO HAVING A COUPLE OF VODKA TONICS WHEN HE AGREED TO THIS? THIS SMELLS OF LUCCHINO ALL THE WAY. GOOD DEAL FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE.
HUB TRADE REVIEW:
Red Sox get: Curt Schilling and a 2004 World Series Championship. Sox extended his deal, and owe him approximately $30 million for 2005-2006.
D'Backs get: Brandon Lyon (pitching well in S.T. ), at least $6 million, and approximately $15 million in salary relief (Schill's remaining money on his D'Backs deal).
Fossum(D'rays camp), DeLaRosa(Pirates camp?) are gone and were busts.
Now we can see that the Deal was clearly about the "Benjamins" for the D'Backs.
"Schilling indicated he would pitch in another minor league game, probably Thursday, and perhaps pitch in a real spring training game when the Sox play the Diamondbacks in Phoenix next Thursday and Friday. Some believe the Sox' appearance in Phoenix was part of the transaction that brought Schilling to Boston in the winter of 2003, and an appearance by Schilling would make the fiscally-challenged D-Backs happy. He'll go to New York for the opener with his teammates, then may return to Florida for another rehab assignment."
-Shaughnessy was right on in the Globe last week.
Monday, March 28, 2005
About that action in the outfield; the naysayers were right, as Brady failed to reach the wall, let alone pop one over. Power outage aside, life is good for the Patriot's star quarterback. -NF
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Happy Easter Red Sox Nation
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Swollen head is starting to feel the pressure: BALCO, THE IRS, SCORN FOR DESTROYING THE SANCTITY OF CHERISHED MLB RECORDS. GARY THORNE STATED DURING TODAY'S ESPN BASEBALL TELECAST (following the Bonds press conference) THAT RETIREMENT BEFORE PASSING THE BABE AND HAMMERIN' HANK WOULD BE BEST FOR BASEBALL. THE GIANTS WOULD SAVE $40 Millon that they could spend on another star; baseball would save a little face. -NF
UHRLACHER MAY JOIN OR REPLACE BRUSCHI
C.V. will cash in by being drafted in the first round, but is putting his longterm future at risk by leaving early. Calhoun knows what it takes to get his players prepared for the NBA; Charlie still needs to develop many facets of his game, especially on the defensive end. NBA execs that saw him on the bench during the crucial final minutes in the loss to N.C. State in the NCAA tournament will give pause before him in the lottery. This guy is taking the opposite path of NBA rookie of the year Omeka Okafor, who graduated in 3 years as an honor student and was truly NBA ready. It's definitely a mistake; just how critical a blunder it is will not be known for several years.
File under: BIG MAN PROJECT. -NF
Charlie watches Hodge shoot the game winning shot in the Huskie's NCAA loss
His defense must improve if he is to log substantial NBA minutes next season.
1997: Was consensus All-America pick for second consecutive season; finished fourth (behind cornerback Charles Woodson and quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf) in Heisman Trophy voting.
1998: Drafted in first round, 21st overall, by Minnesota. Was second receiver drafted, behind Kevin Dyson (16th by Tennessee). . . . Earned rookie of the year, All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors, setting the rookie record for TD catches with 17 -- including a three-TD game at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
1999: Fined $10,000 for verbally abusing official in Nov. 14 game. . . . Again selected to Pro Bowl and was game's MVP.
2000: Fined $40,000 for squirting official with water in Jan. 16 game (later reduced to $25,000). . . . Kicked off an airplane June 12 in Charleston, W.Va., after becoming argumentative; government, league chose not to fine him. . . Fined $25,000 for making contact with official in Oct. 29 game. . . . Named All-Pro and selected to Pro Bowl.
2001: Joined Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of semi-pro United States Basketball League for one-game stint in May. . . . Agreed to eight-year deal worth up to $75 million, making him the NFL's highest-paid non-quarterback. . . . NFL fined Moss $30,000 for four taunting incidents. . . In Dec. 5 teleconference, Moss said that he plays hard when he feels like it. ``If I want to go out here and play at my highest level, I'll do that,'' he said. Coach Dennis Green reprimanded him the next day; veteran receiver Cris Carter followed suit. . . . Vikings fined Moss $15,000 for abusing a corporate sponsor on the team bus after a loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 11.
2002: Arrested and jailed Sept. 24 in Minneapolis after allegedly pushing a traffic officer a half-block with his car. A third misdemeanor charge was added after police found marijuana in the vehicle (ESPN.com had reported that Moss tested positive for marijuana during 2001 season.) Moss pleaded guilty to the first two charges in a plea agreement; the marijuana charge was dropped and he was fined $1,200 and given a stay on a 30-day jail sentence. . . . Selected to fourth Pro Bowl.
2003: Fined $5,000 for taunting in Nov. 23 game. . . . Earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
2004: Moss' name came up in March trade rumors, with Miami and Arizona among possible suitors. . . . Fined $5,000 for role in a Sept. 26 scuffle. . . . Partially torn right hamstring caused Moss to miss first three games of career.
2005: Left field as Vikings attempted last-gasp onside kick in season-finale loss at Washington. . . . In first-round playoff win at Green Bay, Moss celebrated his second touchdown by pretending to moon crowd. The move drew a $10,000 fine, and plenty of criticism. Moss, unfazed, countered, ``Ain't nothing but 10 grand. What's 10 grand to me?'' . . . Rumors of a trade involving Moss surfaced after Vikings' Jan. 16 playoff loss to Philadelphia.
Source: Mercury News archives, NFL.com.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Raider debut for Randy "The Crossing Guard" Moss will be in Foxboro.
Derek and Big Papi play a little "Grab Ass" in the first inning.
Youk' makes a bid to make the opening day roster and takes D'Lowe deep to the opposite field...Duke Castiglione, son of Joe and nemesis of The Big Unit, was the field reporter for today's ESPN broadcast of this game.
VERO BEACH, FLORIDA--In a World Series atmosphere, before the fifth largest crowd in the history of the spring season in Dodgertown -- 8,135, 2004 Boston World Series hero Derek Lowe gave up a pair of runs in the second inning and while he pitched well was tagged with a 7-3 loss. The Dodgers and Sox split their two spring game, Los Angeles winning the first 2-1.
DEREK CHOSE #23 TO HONOR HIS HERO...THE OIL CAN. DAISY BUCHANAN'S IS BRACING FOR A BIG DROP OFF IN BUSINESS.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
I wonder if this is part of the reason why Bill Morgan is no longer with the Red Sox? Since the doctor does work for the team, there is a conflict of interest. If Sauer-Grapes was so concerned, however, he should have gotten a 2nd opinion. I remember his E.R.A. that approached the 7.00 and 18 walks in around 18 innings; Sox fans wish that he had "shut it down."-NF
cantonrep.com: "Sauerbeck said he still harbors ill will against the Red Sox, for allowing him to pitch while battling the shoulder problems that eventually required surgery.
"I was treated like a piece of meat," Sauerbeck said. "My health was secondary to beating the Yankees and winning the World Series. You'd like to believe in the goodness of people. There, it was win at all costs, even if it costs some lefty his career."
Sauerbeck said he had not experienced shoulder problems in Pittsburgh, but began to battle pain and soreness in the fall of 2003. He continued to pitch, making one appearance against New York in the American League Championship Series.
"The Red Sox traded for me to pitch in the playoffs, and the medicine that was given to me was to get me back on the field for the playoffs," Sauerbeck said. "Here is what I think about those people:what goes around comes around. They'll get theirs."
What Sauerbeck got was damage to his labrum and rotator cuff that required surgery in January of 2004. The Indians signed him to a minor-league contract last March, knowing he would probably sit out the season."
Jim Hendry describes in detail the dynamics that led to the deal that forever changed the path of history for The Boston Red Sox.
The reports apparently have some credibility; players better be willing to "play ball" if they want to be with the "Hollywood Red Sox." In marketing terms, this ownership's strategy reeks of overexposure, which could result in a cheapening of the Red Sox brand. At the very least, it is pretty annoying. Next, we will have cheerleaders and circus clowns at Fenway...uhm...wait...we already have those balloon guys and clowns on stilts. Baseball doesn't need the sideshow to be enjoyed by the true fans.
These guys know that the pure baseball fan will likely endure the distractions and stay loyal to the team; These moronic campaigns, while insulting to us baseball lifers, are obviously designed to capitalize on the team's new heights of popularity following the World Series championship, and draw in even more fair weather fans from the periphery.
Bandwaggoners won't mind; the loyal fans of real Red Sox Nation will continue to have their senses offended. See under: "Become an official member of Red Sox Nation. Buy your Red Sox Nation card today."-NF
"It's clear from the subpoena that they are looking at Barry Bonds and the possibility he may have given untruthful testimony to the grand jury," Hugh Levine, Bell's attorney, told The Chronicle.
Bell told the grand jury that Bonds revealed his steroid use while discussing an elbow injury he suffered in 1999, according to The Chronicle. Bonds underwent surgery on April 21, 1999 to repair a torn triceps tendon and to remove a bone spur.
"He told me that steroids had probably caused the injury and that he would have to be more careful in the future," Bell said, according to The Chronicle.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
SCHILL FOR THE UNION
"I KNOW NOTHING":
O'BRIEN MAY HAVE BEEN OVERRATED; AFTER THE DRACONIAN RICK PITINO, ANYTHING SEEMED GOOD TO THE CELTICS PLAYERS.
Sixers coach Jim O'Brien, a lightening rod for criticism during his first season with an inconsistent team, spoke to the issue of being on the hot seat in Philadelphia and stories suggesting he may have to go, despite having $8 million left on his contract over the next two years: "I am human, but I also have developed an extremely thick skin about criticism. You are judged by wins and losses. This has always been one of the toughest markets, I knew that coming in. I don't think that there is going to be any year I'm the basketball coach of the Sixers that I won't be criticized - in some cases, heavily criticized. That is just the way it is."
-- Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, March 18, 2005
DOGGY STYLE-UCONN'S DECISION MAKING DOWN THE STRETCH WAS QUESTIONABLE; Huskies open title defense with close win
“Some of them have been awful. Some of them have been great. This one was OK at best. We played some brilliant basketball, took our foot off the pedal and couldn’t find it again. ... From that point on, we didn’t play with the kind of enthusiasm this event deserves.
But we’ll be one of the 32, and that’s the whole idea.” -Huskies Coach Jimmy Calhoun
Thursday, March 17, 2005
"I'm a retired baseball player, umm-hmmm...I'm not here to talk about the past, umm-hmmm...I want to talk about the positive, umm-hmmm. That's all I have to say about that"(okay, we mixed in a little Gumpism, but you get the point).
LITTLE MAC SLINGBLADE
McGwire, clearly smaller now that he is off the juice, did agree to be a spokesperson to keep kids of drugs. When asked what message he had for the kids, McGwire responded, "I'm not here to talk about the past, umm-hmmm".
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
HUB RHETORICAL QUESTION:
IF A REPORTER COVERING THE WNBA DECIDED TO SNIFF CERTAIN GAME USED "EQUIPMENT", WOULD THAT BE CONSIDERED "All IN GOOD FUN"? -NF
We don't have a problem with the guys appearing on QEFTSG; we do have a problem with the timing of this whole thing. A no nonsense guy like Jason Varitek leaves a spring training game in a helicopter to do a television show? Without pressure? No pun intended Queer Eye, but it just doesn't pass the smell test.
The hardest part of repeating is dealing with the distractions that inevitably arrive with the Championship. The Patriots seem to know how to deal with such tempations and distractions (more on that later), while the jury is very much still out with the Red Sox. At this point in time, all signs point to 25 players, many different directions.
HUB RHETORICAL QUESTION, PART II: WWBBD???
The answer coming up. Clue: Not during training camp; definitely not during ANY game.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Nomar Spring Training Update
'I'm having a lot of fun,' Garciaparra said Tuesday after going 2-for-3 against the Royals. 'Baseball's a lot of fun. You have weather like this every day and the sun's out, you've got to enjoy yourself.'
Garciaparra is aggressive and doesn't take too many pitches.
'I've done that my whole career,' he said. 'When I step in the box, I want to believe I'm ready, ready to go out there and get a pitch I can drive.'
He thought he drove one out of HoHoKam Park on Tuesday in the fifth, but the ball bounced over the fence and was ruled a ground-rule double. "
BREAKING NEWS-HEART SURGERY FOR BRUSCHI-This story has not been confirmed locally; conflicting information currently exists
MARCH MADNESS GRIPS THE HUB
Many fascinating storylines lead back to New England in 2005;
Here's a small taste
CAN THE HUSKIES OVERCOME THE LOSS OF #2 AND #3 OVERALL NBA PICKS OKAFOR AND GORDON AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE FINAL FOUR ONCE MORE??
This honor student graduated in 3 years, then dominated March, leading UCONN to its 2nd NCAA title in 4 years
Coach Calhoun once again shows why his program is one of the most respected and upstanding programs in the Country. The discipline instilled in this program has resulted in 2 National titles in the last four years; In the short term, and at a most critical point in the season, the Huskies will be hurt by their code of ethics.
Guard depth has been the achilles heal of UCONN all season. Marcus Williams, although a solid floor general putting up gaudy assist numbers this season, is not the defensive stopper of point guards tournaments past. His decision making also appears to deteriorate under pressure. This fatal flaw will only be magnified on the big stage that is March Madess; subpar guard play on the defensive end, and to a lesser degree, shaky ball movement on offense, will prevent the Huskies from advancing beyond the sweet sixteen in 2005. -NF
The agent for Doug Flutie, released by the Chargers late last week, said the 42-year-old quarterback likes the idea of playing for coach Jon Gruden.
"They have not contacted us so far, but I know Doug has an interest in being there," agent Kristen Kuliga said.
"I think there is a need there for a veteran quarterback and he has explicitly said he would be interested in playing for the Bucs."-- St. Petersburg Times
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Filed under: Baseball News— Jeff Kallman @ 7:43 pm
ITEM: New England Sports Hub has, or believes it has, a simple enough solution to deal with the needle and the damage done, actual or alleged.
HUB FACTS: Roger Maris had only 7 more AB’s in 1961 when he hit 61 homers than Babe Ruth did in 1927 when he hit 60; Maris still has an asterisk next to his record.
HUB FIX: All records broken prior to 1988 will stand in the record books. An asterisk will be placed next to all records broken in 1988 and beyond that reads:
*After 1988; performance enhancers were introduced to MLB by this date.
Roger Maris, in fact, had fifty more at bats (590) in 1961 than Babe Ruth had in 1927 (540), but a mere seven more plate appearances (698) in 1961 than Ruth in 1927 (691). The American League ERA in 1961, by the way, was 4.02; in 1927, it was 4.14. I submit, then, that it was a little bit harder for Maris to pop 61 into the seats than it was for Ruth to pop 60.
And, as others have pointed out, we long enough deemed Maris the legitimate single-season record holder, even as we never cared—and should not have cared—how long it took Henry Aaron to become the career holder, particularly considering that Aaron hit against better pitching lifetime than Ruth did: The league ERA against which Ruth hit as a full-time position player was 4.12. (Coincidentally, that is the league ERA against which Barry Bonds hit through the end of the 2003 season.) The league ERA against which Aaron hit, covering his career through the season in which he broke Ruth’s lifetime mark, was 3.69.
As for the infamous asterisk, it never existed, except by way of an infamous suggestion from Hall of Fame sportswriter Dick Young, then with the New York Daily News, after then-commissioner Ford Frick (a former Ruth ghostwriter) made the whole megillah of “separate records” in the first place. Young, according to Maris biographer Maury Allen, suggested to Frick—when the commissioner gathered a round of sportswriters to discuss the “issue"—that “everyone” uses an asterisk “when there’s a difference of opinion,” and never mind that the difference didn’t exist until Frick made it an issue.
(Forgotten well enough: Not only was Mickey Mantle running reasonably even-up to Maris in the 1961 home run race, until Mantle was flattened down the stretch by a hip abscess, but Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles was at one point considered a competitor to the Yankee tandem, for at least two thirds of the season, anyway; Gentile, having his career year in Baltimore, following years of languishing in the Dodger system, before getting a clear shot with the Orioles in 1960, finished 1961 with 46 homers and second behind Maris in RBI with 141).
Did I mention that, in 1991, Commissioner Fay Vincent ordered that the separate-record entry which did exist in all post-1961 publications of baseball records be done away with? (Even Ford Frick, in his memoir, Games, Asterisks, and People, acknowledged that no asterisk appeared in “the official record” regarding Maris’s feat, while Frick just had to add a little jab: “His record was set in a 162-game season. The Ruth record of 60 home runs was set in 1927 in a 154-game season.") As longtime Yankee Stadium annoucer Bob Shepard said, with a pronounced catch in his voice, at the conclusion of Billy Crystal’s flawed but empathetic 61*, “Roger Maris died six years earlier. . . never knowing. . .that the record. . .belonged. . .to him.”
(N)ote that Frick used the words “record books,” a distinction that escaped most of the baseball writers present at the conference. Major League Baseball has no “official” record book, and relies heavily on The Sporting News and The Baseball Encyclopedia to record baseball history. In essence, Frick was telling publishers over whom he had absolutely no authority whatsoever that they had to print something in their books on his order. Obviously Frick was grandstanding, and most of those present understood that. Hank Greenberg, who very nearly broke Ruth’s record with 58 home runs in 1938, was quoted as saying that Frick’s ruling was “damn stupid. Conditions always change in baseball—day ball to night ball, new towns, new teams, new parks. They don’t make rulings every time something like that changes.”—Allen Barra, That’s Not The Way It Was (New York: Hyperion, 1995)
Until there is the incontrovertible proof that any record setter or record breaker who is proven to have used steroids, during the time he set or broke said record(s), would not have achieved it except because of steroids*, one and all ought to be invited to speak and write very carefully—from the press room of the nation’s newspapers and the blogosphere to the arterials of Capitol Hill and back to the radio and television studio—without such incontrovertible proof in hand.
* - Do forgive me, please, if I am very reluctant to take the word of a man who lied publicly about using steroids throughout his career—when he wasn’t threatening to sue at least one writer who had the drop on him as early as the late 1980s, that is—until he could think about writing a saleable book after he might have decided baseball done him dirty by not “letting” him hang on to pop his own 500th into the seats.
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We at New England Sports Hub do concede to your fact checking and to your excellent review of the history of the “Asterisk". We have not as of yet performed a complete cross check of what you have presented as fact (we will let our fact checker, who we affectionately refer to as Nomar’s Nemesis, or B.D.D., mishandle this task as he sees fit). As you know, of course, we were speaking of the asterisk that still exists in the minds of baseball fans. Metaphorically speaking, it has never left the “record books” of baseball consciousness.
Of course, in literal terms, the feats of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris were syringed away, first in 1998, by Mark McFraud and Shrinkin’ Sammy Sosa, with 70 and 66 performance enhanced yard balls, and subsequently in 2001 by Barry “Who told you to put a balm on?” Bonds with 73 synthetic homers.
The Hub is quite comfortable with its stance on these bogus records. We are curious as to how much indisputable evidence constitutes enough proof for you , Jeff Kallman. No, we are not relying on the penned word of Jose Canseco‘s version of Ford Frick. Rather, we will consider the evidence presented by the San Francisco Chronicle in regards to the Balco Investigation, as well as the New York Daily News and a fairly reliable source known as the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
If that is not enough for you, then consider the words of Gary Sheffield, the Giambi brothers, and Barry Bonds himself. Bonds does currently hold the single season homerun record, and has admitted, under oath, to using the “clear and the cream”. Of course, he didn’t know that they contained steroids, and didn’t ask any questions. He is not being called to the senate hearings on Thursday, as the government does not wish to grant him immunity prior to the conclusion of the Balco investigation. Still not enough for you?
In closing, Mr. Kallman, I just have to say, that should I ever commit a crime sinister enough that my destiny need be determined by a jury of my peers, I pray that you are selected as my jury foreman. I am confident that your unreasonable doubt would swiftly let me off the hook.
Comment by NomarFan1997 — Monday, March 14, 2005 @ 11:40 pm
NF–Perhaps I made the passage in question, about the evidence regarding alleged steroid-fueled home run hitting, a mite too obtuse. So I will say it simply here, that there be no doubt:
Show me the incontrovertible proof that that the gentlemen in question could not or would not have hit their record numbers of home runs in a season except for their having used steroids.
The evidence presented thus far is nothing more than that certain players may have used steroids. That is not quite the same thing as saying that said players could only have performed as they did by using steroids, if indeed they used them.
I don’t know for dead last certain if those home runs were synthetic.
And, neither do you, for dead last certain.
Not without hard and incontrovertible proof.
(Which reminds me: Is it not curious that the oxymoronically named House Government Reform Committee chooses not to call Barry Bonds as a witness because the Fabulous BALCO Boys remain under investigation, but they think nothing of calling Jason Giambi as a witness and never mind that he is part of the same still-open FBB investigation?)
Meanwhile, I should content myself to hope first that you are never accused of committing any crime, never mind requiring a jury of your peers. Should you be so accused, I would stand as vehement on your behalf, and remind one and all as a wiser man than I once tried to remind a nation buffeted by an earlier hysteria, albeit one based upon no less real and disturbing an actuality:
No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that Congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating. But the line between investigation and persecution is a very fine one…We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.
P.S.: I did indeed know well enough that you spoke of “the asterisk that still exists in the minds of baseball fans.” But I trust you to forgive me for acting on the precept that mythology is marvy but history as it was/is has its claim as well. Even as I hope it is true that, on that day in 1961 that Roger Maris rifled Number 61 over the right field fence, a Yankee fan did indeed hoist up a placard saying, FRICK—UP YOUR ASTERISK!. Meanwhile, do feel free to post this commentary on your engaging blog, too. Especially since a) I could not find a link to post a comment thereupon; and, b) your blog e-mail link allows a mere three hundred characters.
Comment by Jeff — Tuesday, March 15, 2005 @ 1:19 am
Monday, March 14, 2005
Sunday, March 13, 2005
ESPN: Which baserunner yaks (Translation: Talks Steroids) the most at first base?
Giambi: The guy I enjoy talking to most is Brady Anderson. We'll talk about anything and everything -- him and Carlos Delgado. We talk the whole time they're out there. "How are you doing?" "Check out the girl in the third row." There's never a quiet moment.
NF:Uhm...for a few obvious reasons, we doubt that you were talking about the girl in the third row.
ESPN: Which superpower would you want most: the strength of 100 men, the ability to fly, turn invisible or shoot fire out your rear end?
Giambi: I think I can already do the last one. Probably the strength of 100 men.
ESPN: You're about the first one to say that. Almost everyone else picks invisible.
Giambi: No, strength is more practical. It would be such an advantage in this game.
IT BELONGS TO THEM...LET'S GIVE IT BACK
Major League Baseball should be burning the midnight oil to deal with the damage that has been done to baseball history.
HUB FACTS: Roger Maris had only 7 more AB's in 1961 when he hit 61 homers than Babe Ruth did in 1927 when he hit 60; Maris still has an asterisk next to his record.
HUB FIX: All records broken prior to 1988 will stand in the record books. An asterisk will be placed next to all records broken in 1988 and beyond that reads:
*After 1988; performance enhancers were introduced to MLB by this date.
"ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The recipe called for 1/2 cc of testosterone cypionate every three days; one cc of testosterone enanthate per week; equipoise and winstrol v, 1/4 cc every three days, injected into the buttocks, one in one cheek, one in the other.
It was the cocktail of a hardcore steroids user, and it is one of the 'arrays,' or steroid recipes, Mark McGwire used to become the biggest thing in baseball in the 1990s, sources have told the New York Daily News."