By now readers of this space know I am no fan of Barry Bonds.
His alleged use of steroids has become a lightening rod for much that ails baseball, all the more so as he approaches the game’s most hallowed individual record.
So, it was more than surprising to see Mr. Bonds participating yesterday in a little American Idol skit especially given his prickly relationship to anything remotely smacking of made-for-television or the media.
But the greater surprise was to see Bonds supplemented body, or at least portions of it, pouring out of the strapless get-up he donned for the occasion. The guy looked out-of-shape, indeed fat.
If anything prevents Bonds from breaking the record, it will likely be the breakdown of that body.
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Robinson Tejeda has dropped out of the WBC. Slated as an alternate for the Dominican team, Tejeda decided he would be better off concentrating on making the Phillies roster. This was a good decision. If Tejeda can overcome shoulder problems and wildness, he has a chance to be a very good pitcher.
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Speaking of the WBC, tell me again exactly why it is even taking place, or, more to the point, why MLB is so enamored of it?
I assume the executives at MLB love the idea of additional TV revenue, but I cannot imagine too many homes will be tuned into the preliminary rounds, especially those with a Far East dateline and starting time.
Many owners, notably King George, are on record every chance they get to disparage these games and make clear they don’t want their players participating. Nonetheless, some stars including a few from the Yankees, will be playing.
So, what is it Bud Selig and friends like about the WBC? Are they testing the waters for overseas expansion? Are they trying whip up nationalist spirit? Do they want the Olympic committee to restore baseball to the Summer Games? Help me on this one.