McNamee sues Clemens

What a delicious way to end the week: Roger Clemens’ former personal trainer sued him Friday over allegations of steroid use, claiming the Major League Baseball star ruined his reputation by branding him a liar . . . The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims Clemens’ statements have “humiliated McNamee, destroyed his reputation, both personally […]

Inside the mind of the traded player

Reader Michael Martin has a newish blog, and today he has a thought-provoking piece up. Inspired by a conversation he had with an unnamed former Chicago Cub who was himself once part of a midseason trade, Michael reflects on the often overlooked impact such deals have on the psyche of the player: To the vast […]

And That Happened

Red Sox 8, Athletics 5: Before the game Ortiz said this: Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to […]

Who’s the leaker?

We’re all so interested in the names being linked from the 2003 tests, but no one (besides me and a few other lawyer types) seems all that interested in who’s leaking the names. I wanna know, both as a lawyer — and for as much as complain about the legal system, I still hold my […]

Quote of the Day

Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. […]

My Morning in Exile

Like yesterday, morning is bleeding into afternoon a bit, but I’ve had some stuff over here too already so it’s all good. I hate it when I write something beforehand that becomes moot via subsequent events. Means I have to throw it out and write something new. You don’t have to do that if you […]

Comment of the Day

From the strange mind of Richard Dansky: Tony La Russa has the same sort of unholy fascination with Nick Stavinoha that your average Lovecraft protagonist does with the Necronomicon. No good can come of it, there’s a lot of consonants involved, and in the end, everyone’s reduced to a sort of mindless gibbering.

“Wahoo’s tail of tears”

Cleveland Frowns does not like the Cliff Lee trade, but it’s for bigger picture reasons, not necessarily because of the return realized by Mark Shapiro: But it becomes harder and harder to care about how these trades pan out as it becomes easier and easier to be sure that any real star developed by the […]

All Hail Henry Chadwick!

As anyone who reads “And That Happened” on a regular basis knows, I’m a box score fetishist, and because of it, I’ve often thought of Henry Chadwick — the man credited as inventing the box score — as the feature’s patron saint. Except it’s not quite that clear that he did invent the box score. […]

And That Happened

Yankees 6, Rays 2: Via Facebook, I leaned that Jason from IIATMS and I made the almost simultaneous observation about Joba last night: that he clearly watched Mark Buehrle pitch last week and decided that he was going to be a fast worker too. He was pretty clunky looking at such a pace, but you […]