Thursday, November 15, 2007

What an Asterisk

You know that great big elephant in the room everybody has been ignoring? Well, nobody is ignoring it anymore.

It came down this afternoon: Barry Lamar Bonds has been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, which just so happens to have a potential 30 year prison sentence to go along with it.

Anyone with half a brain and not blind knew Barry wasn't buying his supplements from the local GNC: we've all been thinking it, and the legal system must have enough on him to go forward. They've been looking into this for what seems like that past 20 years.

I have no clue what they know now they didn't know 3 years ago: I DO know his longtime friend and personal trainer was released from prison on contempt of court charges today. Charges made because he wouldn't rat out Bonds.

I'm not accusing anyone of anything: all I'm saying if this was a movie, Joe Pesci would be stopping off at his Mom's house to borrow a really big knife and a shovel.

Bigger picture? I'm worried Bonds is just the first domino in the box: you'd have to be Forrest Gump to think there are no past/present Red Sox players whose names aren't going to surface in all of this, and thinking about that, well, it makes me sad.

We also learned today what the price is for someones pride and dignity: $275 million spread out over 10 years. Maybe Gordon Gecko was right: Greed IS Good. Also, 2007 version of Steinbrenner is just as clueless as 1977 Steinbrenner. Not only have they committed to Arod, they signed a 36 year old catcher for 4 years/$52 million, offered a 38 year old pitcher $45 million for 3 years, and are trying to convince the world they'll pay a Gold Glove 3B $60 million over the next 4 years to play FIRST.

If you look up the word dink in the dictionary, you'll find the NY Yankee logo.

Is it Opening Day yet?


Tex said...

who are the yankees?

Ted D said...


Best I can figure, some obsolete team who will pay a lot of money for players who'll be past thier prime when the contract is done and who live off past glory.

Also, they seem to be a team who will be an also ran for the next 10 years or so.

That's just a guess, mind you.

Tree Newt said...

I cannot believe they actually gave him a raise. Bub's right, Manny's figuring his raise right now.

Ted D said...

Mattie, that's what kills me: he actually is going to make MORE. After all the stunts he pulled with the starting offer, etc.. the dumb idiots are going to pay him more. PLUS, he'll be 42 at the end.

What an ever lovin' bunch of morons and idiots: they deserve each other.

Tree Newt said...

How can anyone run their business like that? It's insane!

Edge of Design said...

Oh, I was going to sing you the "Take me out to the Ballgame" song but I don't know all the words. Hopefully, just reading the title will have you humming a tune and feeling a little better.

Okay, so maybe this will help you too Ted! Imagine you're at a stadium way up high in the bleachers, NO! sitting in one of the VIP Chairs! Much better!

PEANUTS?? HOT DOGS?? SODA!! (POP if you're attending a game in Canada.) GET YOUR PEANUTS, HOT DOGS!! SODAS!!!

You see Ted. If you can't get to a game, perhaps we can bring a little of the game to you!

Ted D said...

Mattie, they can run it that way because they have an almost endless supply of money: all the teams do. It's just the Yankees don't have a problem throwing a bunch of it down a manhole.

Denise, thanks for the song: however, if I start going to virtual baseball games, Ang is going to have me committed.

Tree Newt said...

But don't the rich, at some point, have to stop and say "you know what, that's just nuts. We would have to be crazy to spend this!!"

It blows my mind!

Everybody now:


Redbeard76 said...

Someone pass the peanuts? Thanks.


::dumps shells on the ground::

~**Dawn**~ said...

1) Claws off my Lowell, Steinbrenner Spawns.

2) Three months til pitchers & catchers report... ::heavy sigh::

Ted D said...

Leave the place unattended and Stephens throwing peanut shells on the floor.

Dawn, no way he goes. No way.

And is it really still three months?

::best Homer Simpson voice::

This sucks.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Rob Bradford reports that "Lowell said earlier this year that he wouldn't be adverse to making the move to first and has no problem joining the Yankees, who drafted him."

::in a sad & pathetic voice::
Sign Mike Lowell. Please?

Ted D said...

Dawn, don't be sad. Remember, players and agents posture in a contract year.

Keep the Fair.

Tex said...

just a reminder of WHO we root for...The Red Sox. Not any specific player.

The team. the ENTIRE Team. not any specific player.

mind you I just bought a lowell shirt...and will wear it with pride should he go.

Repeat after me: I am a Red Sox Fan

Ted D said...

I am a Red Sox fan.

And sign Mike Lowell.

Tex said...

\\And sign Mike Lowell.//

ok Ted. I KNOW you understand this concept: Give your care can let these daily things eat you up. As much as I am a diehard fan...i refuse to live and breathe waiting on re-signings in the off season


Mikey Call Theo and Say YES

Ted D said...

HA! Tex is as crazy as I am!

This is starting to get to me: I need this resolved one way or another.