My Mornng in Exile

I may write about stuff that baseball people screw up, but reporters write about it when I lose cases too, so it’s all good.

  • Always be wary when someone proposes a simple solution to a complex problems. Especially when that someone is kind of an idiot.
  • Gary Sheffield thinks that he’s trade bait and that he can still hit 30 homers in the heart of a contender’s lineup. I’d like some of what he’s smoking, please.
  • Scott Rolen and Tony La Russa bury the hatchet. Maybe now all of us can try and get back to living our normal lives. Somehow.
  • The Mets reportedly have Omar Minaya’s replacement in mind, and it’s assistant GM John Ricco, who is supposedly the Mets’ stats guy. A commenter over at NBC tells me that he’s pretty sure Ricco is also the one who pushed for the Francoeur trade. Something here does not compute, but if that’s true, I and all Braves, Phillies, Marlins and Nats fans endorse the ascension of Mr. Ricco post-haste.
  • Orlando Hudson tweaks a groin. Hopefully his own.
  • Finally, the Phils will be starting Pedro tomorrow and moving Moyer to the pen. I can’t decide if putting grandpa down there will enhance or detract from that reality show the Phillies’ bullpen is filming, but I can bet that the producers are already planning the manipulative music and jump cuts to make it seem like a bigger deal than it is.
  • I have a legal emergency to attend to this afternoon (note the link at the top of the page), so I may be quiet for a couple of hours. Apologies, but when a judge says that a financially-decimated rust-belt state “doesn’t need the money,” you can bet there’s gonna be an appeal.

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    1. APBA Guy said...

      Fortunately, no mention of the attorney(s) at the heart of the state’s failure to prevail. Good luck on appeal.

    2. Travis M. Nelson said...

      Maybe they can put a rocking chair in the bullpen for Moyer, like the St. Louis Browns did for Satchel Paige.  Heck, Paige was two years younger than Moyer is now when he went to the Browns.

    3. Craig Calcaterra said...

      Seriously. Our two-year budget is $50B.  Wasn’t California’s one-year SHORTFALL something like $30B?

    4. Jonathan Fellows said...

      Well, say ‘hi’ to the Attorney General for me.  We were on the same College Bowl team at the U of C.

    5. Craig Calcaterra said...

      Cool!  He’s a five time Jeopardy champ too.  He and I don’t get a lot of one-on-one time, of course, but I’m a big fan of trivial minds, so it’s cool to have one for a boss.

    6. Dr Paisley said...

      A judge today permanently barred the state from taking more than $250 million in funds designated for anti-smoking programs and using it for Medicaid services and other state functions.

      Forget Sheffield, I want to know what your firm was smoking when they took this case.

      And doesn’t Ohio have state attorneys to do this? Not that you don’t need to make a living, but shouldn’t lawyers already on the state payroll be working this one?

    7. Craig Calcaterra said...

      Dude—I am a state attorney now. I’ve worked at the Ohio Attorney General’s office since February.

    8. Jake said...

      “I can’t decide if putting grandpa down will enhance or detract from that reality show the Phillies’ bullpen is filming”

      enhance – for sure, enhance.

      what do you mean I missed a word while reading that sentence?

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