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Friday, January 16, 2009
You have to scroll way down to read it here, but that losing battle the City of Anaheim fought against the Angels wasn't cheap:
After spending roughly $4 million in legal fees, the City of Anaheim agreed to drop its civil suit against its baseball team--the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim--seeking to have the "L.A." dropped from its name.
I wish I had a time machine, because I would go back to 2004 and volunteer to lose the case for the City for half of that. As for the Angels:
An Angels spokesperson told reporters that the team had spent nearly $7.5 million on its lawyers from Buchalter Nemer, Powell Goldstein (now part of Bryan Cave), and Southern California's Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman during the four-year legal battle.
Yes, I know trials are expensive things, but I am struggling to see how on Earth a case that involves the interpretation of a single clause in a contract can cost you $7.5 million. Heck, I can't even begin to think of how I could pad a phony bill to run it up that high, let alone a legitimate one. As the AmLaw blogger writes, they might want to have saved some of that money for Teixiera, no?
I hesitate to give them free commercial time, but the Go Daddy people have put their two Super Bowl ads online, and the first one is kind of a riff on the Clemens-McNamee hearings.
You are certainly free to click off the site after that one airs, but just so you know, the second one features Danica Patrick taking a shower with an attractive German woman.
2010: It's not just the title of a Roy Scheider movie I like a lot more than I probably should, it's also the next time we'll have Hall of Fame results. Today, FanHouse's Matt Snyder takes a look at the list of next year's first-time eligibles. He has Roberto Alomar as "probable," Barry Larkin, Fred McGriff, and Edgar Martinez as "debatable," Andres Galaraga, Ellis Burks, and Robin Ventura as "doubtful," and a bunch of fun names as one-and-dones.
I'm inclined to flip-flop Alomar and Larkin. Not because I think that Larkin is more deserving of induction than Alomar is, but because I think a lot of logic-challenged voters do.
For one thing, though Alomar received considerably more MVP support over the course of his career than did Larkin, Larkin actually won the award once, and if Alan Trammell and Bert Blyleven are any example, the Hall of Fame voters extract a penalty for the lack of end-of-season hardware. I also think that voters will give Larkin more credit for his World Series ring than they will Alomar for his two, with the reasoning being that Alomar had better teammates than did Larkin and thus somehow was required to carry less of a load. That's hooey of course -- Alomar was a beast in 1992 and 1993 -- but Joe Carter's shadow looms large. Finally, though Snyder dismisses it due to the fact that there is an accepted apology on the record, if you think that a good number of Hall of Fame voters won't hold the spitting incident against Alomar, you're crazy.
Ultimately I think they should go in and both will go in. I just think that the voters will make Alomar wait longer than Larkin.
I'm not Rogers Clemens' biggest fan -- never have been, dating back to the mid 80s, really -- but I agree with Fred Faour that the ostracization of the Rocket has gotten a bit silly:
Ask yourself: Did you cheer Roger Clemens when he pitched? Barry Bonds when he homered? Did you celebrate Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in their roid-rage race to history? Did you buy tickets -- and put money in the owner's pocket -- just to see them play?
If I was his guardian angel I would take him back to December 2007 and give him the chance for a big do-over, because everything he has done since then has been pretty stupid, but I don't really see the percentage in continuing to treat him like he killed people or something.
If there was any more evidence that the federal government's steroids crackdown is driven primarily by headlines, look no further than this:
Barely more than a week after Major League Baseball suspended Phillies reliever J.C. Romero for 50 games for using a banned substance, the laboratory that produced the nutritional supplement that the left-hander claimed was tainted and caused him to falsely test positive has been raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
I presume if the player involved was a bigger name than Romero, there would be an armed siege of the place right now.
Trey Hillman is having a little get together/mini-camp at his Texas home next week:
Hey, y'all, come on down to Liberty Hill, Texas. Set a spell. Chew the fat. Snag some worm-killers. Whack the ol' horsehide.
I suppose it's all in good fun -- and hey, if adding barbeque and a few DVDs in the evening keeps this from being an illegal mini-camp of some sort, great -- but can you imagine Billy Martin or Earl Weaver doing this kind of thing?
When I joined up with THT, the bosses told me that I should probably avoid writing about religion. And they're right, because there's really nothing good that can come of the subject in an open forum, especially when we're supposed to be talking about baseball. I will say, however -- just in passing -- that the non-existence of God was confirmed to me yesterday morning as I was watching SportsCenter and a commercial came on for Hampton Inn that employed the Beatles' "A Little Help From My Friends" with some awful muzaked-up arrangement that no all-loving, all-powerful being ever would have allowed to come into creation. So, hey, enjoy the dark void of nothingness, everybody, because apparently that's all we have ahead of us.
Anyway, today at THT:
Don't worry everyone, If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks, then I'll follow you into the dark.