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The Story Itself Says A Lot About The Player …………


The Story Itself Says A Lot About The Player

As feats go, the milestone of Derek Jeter approaching the 3,000 hit plateau to become the New York Yankees alltime hits’ leader would suggest that the players’ legacy is set. If nothing else the perennial All Star seems well on the way to becoming a first time ballot Hall of Famer . There has been nothing to suggest that Jeter’s name has been tinged by any major controversy relating the steroid era or anything else for that matter. He has seen this organization through its highs and lows over the course of his fifteen year in Major League Baseball . And while the New York Yankees seem set to write their own history this season by looking to dominate the competition within the AL East . It bodes well for the Yankees’ fans that the team’s captain is still as determined as ever to win . Jeter has led by example and his teammates seem determined to follow and not let their leader down.

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Last season would suggest that the player has something of down year in terms of his productivity for the team . There have been a number of issues concerning the team this season those questions arise around the Yankees’ pitchig which is and has been very suspect this season . A J Burnett , CC Sabathia are appear to the only reliable pitchers on the roster and one would suspect that over the course of the season they will become all the more dependent upon their middle relief pitchers and closer <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=121250&quot; Mariano Rivera .
That being said it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see GM Brian Cashman make a mad rush to acquire a highly sought after player merely as a rent deal until the end of the season and beyond should the Yankees be in with a sniff of making the postseason.

And no doubt while the eyes of the baseball world are on Jeter as he looks to pass another historical plateau in the game it has to be said were it anyone else not named Jeter I seriously doubt that the interest in the achievement would be there ! In this era where the game of baseball has simply been accompanied by the misdeeds of a number of players through their prolific misuse of steroids and other illicit substances the game has become tainted and some might say even lacking in appeal. Granted , fans are still cheering on their teams but look at the situation around the entire league at present . The undue burden of a slack economy has led to lower attendance for a number of teams around the league , never mind the financial mismanagement by owners of their respective teams . The game needs a real pick me up and it appears that the closer Derek Jeter gets to this feat the more eager we all are to see him accomplish that hallowed achievement . Say what you will were this Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez on the cusp of attaining 3,000 hits , I seriously doubt that the vast majority of us would be at all be interested in the accomplishment . Such has been the disdain for both players and their actions over the course of their respective careers that it’s great to know that the game still has its real heroes !

While Jeter has been lucky enough to play his entire career with the Bronx Bombers and serving them well over the course of his career. One has to ask even with his abilities would he still have succeeded and reached the height he has achieved were he playing for a lesser team ? Fate has a way of dealing an individual certain things and then what you make of what elements dealt to you in one way or another can denote whether or not you will succeed within that environment. Ability alone but also being around like minded individuals who share a common purpose can also be of great assistance in ascertaining that will to succeed . I do believe that in the case of Jeter he would have succeeded be it with the New York Yankees or St Louis Cardinals in approaching this feat . On the other hand however , in the case of winning multiple World Series titles I think that would simply be open to discussion and a great deal of conjecture !

At present Derek Jeter having amassed 2,990 hits, he is now but ten hits away from reaching 3,000 and becoming the 28th player in league history to attain that historical feat. This record I do believe has become a bench mark within the game along with Cy Young’s 511 wins which will never be reached in the modern era of the game . The single season and all time home run records though still recognized are tainted and that has been the misnomer now within the game as baseball’s hierarchy simply hasn’t the gusto to do what many believe to be morally right and have those records stricken from the books. But then again what would you expect from a league hierarchy led by a bumbling oaf to begin with ? MLB Commissioner Bud Selig simply has become a lap dog for the team owners and someone how cowers in the corner like a scared child the moment the MLBPA stomps its feet !

In all likelihood Derek Jeter will reach this landmark in any of the upcoming series on the New York Yankees schedule during the month of June . The team has a four game series against the Cleveland Indians starting the 10th June before embarking on a three game series against the Texas Rangers . There’s a distinct possibility that the ten hits needed could be attained over the course of these two consecutive series. If not , then Jeter has a chance of accomplishing the feat against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field during an intra league game. But the thought that the player could very well reach the 3,000 hit plateau at Yankees Stadium would indeed be something special in front of a raucous crowd and most notably his immediate family and friends . Especially were the feat to be achieved d in either of the aforementioned series against the Indians or Rangers for that matter .

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Given the era that we are now in with regard to baseball how do you view the achievement of Derek Jeter reaching the plateau of 3,000 hits within the game ? And what thoughts if any do you have with regards to the single season and all time home run records achieved by Barry Bonds ? Simply chime in with your thoughts as you see fit .

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(1) New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia hands the ball to manager Joe Girardi while leaving the game during the seventh inning of a baseball game at against the Boston Red Sox Friday, June 10, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II ….

(2) David Ortiz (34) of the Boston Red Sox crosses to score on a Jed Lowrie (12) triple in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees on June 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …..

(3) Derek Jeter (2) of the New York Yankees celebrates scoring with teammate Curtis Granderson (14) after Granderson’s home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox on June 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty …….

(4) New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter hits an RBI double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II ….

(5) Derek Jeter (2) of the New York Yankees gets the force out against J.D. Drew (7) of the Boston Red Sox during their game on June 8, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images ……

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You’ve Got To Be Able To Walk Before You Can Run ……


You’ve Got To Be Able To Walk Before You Can Run

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There are certain things that we all tend to know will happen during the course of the MLB season . The Pittsburgh Pirates will either implode at some point during their schedule and that Milton Bradley is liable to go off into an inane rant and subsequently be cut from his team or be looking to lay allay his troubles elsewhere by blaming others for his own petulant and infantile behavior .

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Well it’s that time once again and the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to upset the apple cart . Low and behold but this team is actually playing a brand of baseball that seems to be exciting the fans at the home games played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . It would appear with the Pirates making their presence felt within the NL Central things could very well be looking up for the organization. Without a winning season since 1992 the thought was that this season we’d see some sort of improvement of this team as part of the newly installed Clint Hurdle’s plan. As manager of this team along with his coaching staff it was felt that this young and inexperienced roster would take time to gel and become competitive . Certainly their draft for this last year and previous seasons is now coming to fruition with several players making some valuable contributions to the team’s start. And though it’s early days yet this season could provide to be something special if the Pirates are able to challenge the likes of the Cincinnati Reds and St Louis Cardinals within the NL Central .

With an 18-17 mark the Pittsburgh Pirates sits two games behind the division leading Cardinals and a mere one game adrift of the Reds . And over the next three days with a home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers we’ll certainly begin to know a great deal more about the Pirates and their actual mindset as to the direction that they’re going in as a team and as an organization . GM Neal Huntington , principal managing partner Bob Nutting and the rest of the front office over course of their tenure have painted this organization as one that has struggled to remain solvent financially but also as a competitive organization. And now even in spite of the league hierarchy’s wholly benevolent tax sharing revenue scheme the Pirates much like many of the other small market teams continue to plead poverty. Baseball’s hierarchy , the team owners and the self absorbed MLBPA continue to live beyond their means , with the rather outrageous salaries being paid to the players . The game is well on its way to the self destruct mode and sooner or later the fans can simply watch it implode because this is much is certain, it’s now to late to back this train up as it heads toward that collision into a wall.

It’s my own belief that the Pittsburgh Pirates still have a long way to go before they can be seen not only a credible contender within their own division but also as a legitimate contender for any type of postseason honor be it the NLCS much less the World Series itself ! But over the course of the remainder of this season we will no doubt see the competitive nature of this team and how far they can actually go as to their own aspirations .

It should come as no surprise that the Seattle Mariners continues to be a woefully inept ran organization and an even more disastrous team from a competitive standpoint. Eric Wedge and his coaching staff have struggled to get this team to even battle competitively anywhere near their true potential . And it certainly hasn’t helped that a veteran such as Milton Bradley whose performances this season have been woefully inept . So much so, that Wedge and the front office led by GM Jack Zduriencik made the decision to part ways with their much troubled and beleaguered veteran . The real problem has been the very fact that Mariners haven’t been a competitive organization since the days when Randy Johnson , Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr were part of this team that met the challenges placed in front of them. It seems to so asinine to think that this organization owned by one of the world’s most recognized electronic gaming companies Nintendo Corp .America as a subsidiary of its parent company Nintendo of Japan has let things slump to its present situation ! It’d appear that Nintendo has no interest in seeing the Mariners be a competitive concern much less a viable one from a financial standpoint .

My biggest concern is what I see as being so much of a microcosm of what’s going across the landscape of baseball. If that’s not prevalent with what we’re now seeing within organizations such as Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets then clearly there’s a problem that the league hierarchy hasn’t really addressed. Albeit, that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has sought to intervene in the day to day operations and we’re informed by MLB spokesman Rob Manfred states that the league is also closely monitoring the New York Mets and their mediation case being overseen by Federal Court appointed mediator for which the organization and its principal owners Fred Wilpon , Saul Katz as well as their company Sterling Equities ; and the Mets’ organization are the co-defendants in Picard et all vs New York Mets , Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon. This case could prove to be costly should a verdict go against the defendants as on the line could be as much as anywhere between $750 million and $1 billion in damages which the plaintiffs are seeking to recoup from the profits attained by the defendants, which were part of the enormous benefits reaped from the Madoff Ponzi scheme .

In watching the Mariners simply spiral out of control it’s hard to believe that the this team can be viewed as being competitive within the AL West when they’re now mired with a 16-19 mark within the division are four games adrift of the division leading Los Angeles Angels . This team has been playing abysmally and if there’s view that the talents of Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez are being wasted on a team that simply hasn’t the proclivity to win . If nothing else the fans now entrenched at Safeco Field in Seattle , Washington during home games are either seeking to endure this torture or the very fact that in terms of real entertainment there’s very little to be had in terms of using one’s discretionary income wisely . It is completely ridiculous to think Bradley’s departure remains the high point of the Seattle Mariner’s season so far rather than their accomplishments on the field of play. But in reality even there , there has been little to actually take any pride or joy in as with regard to the team’s rather anemic triumphs .

Pared down salaries simply hasn’t helped either organization , neither has the recent personnel decisions made by the Mariners or Pirates that has seen any real fruition for either team. Simply put there’s very little that I can see in terms of any real progress for either club at this juncture ! In time they may well become better but given their results in recent years and the fact that neither has had any impact on the postseason over the past decade it’s clear to see that they’re merely here to make up the numbers and little else !

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From your own perspective how do you view the Pittsburgh Pirates’ start to the season and do you feel that they’re capable of competing within their division or be viewed as a legitimate title contender. And what thoughts if any do youy have on the Seattle Mariners cutting ties with Milton Bradley , given his particular troubled past over the course of his Major League career ? Simply chime in with a comment as to anything you feel pertinent to this topic .

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(1) Milton Bradley (15) of the Seattle Mariners is restrained by manager Eric Wedge (22 ) after being ejected from the game against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on May 6, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Getty Images / Otto Greule Jr ……..

(2) Luis Rodriguez (1) of the Seattle Mariners hits a three run home run in the eigth inning and is congratulated by teammate Milton Bradley (15) during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Mariners defeated the Tigers 7-2 . Getty Images /Leon Halip …….

(3) Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, center, talks with pitcher Chris Resop, right, as catcher Ryan Doumit walks to the mound during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The Dodgers won 10-3 . AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar ……

(4) Neil Walker (18) of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammate Ryan Doumit (41) after scoring in the 8th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images ……

(5) Lyle Overbay (37) of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI double in the 8th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images ……..

(6) Matt Kempt (27) of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a catch in the outfield during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images ……

(7) Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki of Japan, bunts for a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 7-6 in 13 innings. AP Photo/ Nick Wass ……

(8) Seattle Mariners right fielder Carlos Peguero runs under a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles’ Brian Roberts(notes) to make the catch for an out in foul territory during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Baltimore. AP Photo/Nick Wass ……..

(9) FILE – In this April 11, 2011 , photo, Seattle Mariners’ Milton Bradley(notes) watches from the dugout as he waits his turn to bat against the Toronto Blue Jays during a baseball game in Seattle. Bradley was cut by the Mariners on Monday, May 9, 2011, leaving the temperamental outfielder again looking for a new job. The Mariners designated Bradley for assignment, giving them 10 days to trade, release or send him to the minors. He was making $12 million this season. AP Photo / Elaine Thompson ………..

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Who’s On First And Which As_hole Is Running Things As Of Now ?


Who’s On First And Which As_hole Is Running Things As Of Now ?

Well the MLB season is but a week away from Opening Day and already the game and league looks as if it’s off to a rocky start. In the US Federal Court system former San Francisco Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds has now readily admitted that he did in fact use anabolic steroids and HGH in a statement released by his attorneys late Monday evening at 6 pm EST. The player on trial for obstruction of justice and also five counts of perjury faces up to eight years in prison, quite possibly more and perhaps a monetary fine , may well see this as his last act of truth on his part . The fact of the matter , is for close to seven years Bonds has proclaimed his innocence stating that he never knowingly took steroids or any illicit substance without knowing what those drugs actually were . The player claims that his former personal trainer Greg Anderson told him that the drugs , pills , liquids he was ingesting were in fact flax seed oil and a number of other natural supplements. Pardon me for saying this but if at this juncture Bonds expect the public to take him at his word, the veracity of the claims now being made then in fact from the very start he knew that in order to try and evade telling the truth he simply chose to tell a lie in order to profit from his professional exploits monetarily.

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Now I’ve heard many fans state that they don’t care if the players were in fact cheating by using steroids but I’d simply put forth this question would you be prepared to purchase a car if you knew that it wasn’t mechanically sound be it new or pre-owned ? Then why in hell’s name would you want to purchase a ticket to see a player who’s cheated the fans the public and even himself ? For far too long the problem with baseball is that the owners , general managers , the MLBPA and the players themselves have simply chosen to turn a blind eye to their many problems be it through the cheating of the players or the financial mismanagement within the game overseen by the league hierarchy led Commissioner Bud Selig. And if anyone is any doubt as to the financial viability stability of the game. Now we can all attest to the fact that Selig claims the game is now steroid free but in reality even the commissioner can’t be sure as to the veracity of those claims. I mean this is very same individual who now in large part knows that in large part at least 60% of the teams within baseball are struggling to show some some form profitability.

As to the pending Bonds’ trial I don’t feel that it’s now really necessary to delve into the case any longer. However , the worrying thing about this all has been with number of adjournments and US Appellate Court has led to an exorbitant cost in the case Justice Dept who prosecuted this case from the very beginning . I’d like to think that the US Attorney General Eric Holder and the district attorneys nationwide who are his subordinates use the same sort of veracity in trying cases when it comes white collar crime , major felonies such as homicides , sexual crimes and the upcoming terrorist trials be they through the USCMJ with a military tribunal prosecuting the case on the part of the government and in some cases military attorneys and criminal attorneys representing the defendants. With in excess of $15 million having been spent on the investigation and ongoing trial of Bonds I’d like to think that the public will be getting some sort of accountability from the federal government. But that’d be to expect there to be some veracity forthcoming from government what they wish to let the public know and how much they know at any given moment.

Given that Bonds’ trial is still in its early stages with the jury just having been chose and yet to be seated I do believe that there’s still a possibility and the player and his attorneys could very well seek some sort of plea agreement even with the trial in its early proceedings. Were the player to plead guilty at this juncture it would save the taxpayer a great deal of money rather than once again tens of thousands being spent over again all to no avail, in actually attaining a guilty verdict. But then again we’ve a government who’s burned through money the way that a drunken sailor on furlough would seek some pleasure while on leave.

Apart from Bonds’ trial the public still has to deal with upcoming Roger Clemens’ trial that in shape or form just has to be as comical as that of Bonds’ own prosecutorial dealings. Again we have a player who at each step of the way has chosen to apportion blame for his own misdeeds by blaming others. If it wasn’t his former Yankees’ teammate Andy Pettitte whom he claims has misquoted him when the player told members of Congress in a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing that Clemens told he’d used anabolic steroids . Clemens’ even had the temerity to throw a family member under the bus when during a congressional hearing after his former trainer Brian McNamee claimed that he’d taken a several vials and syringes to the player’s home to inject him with HGH . Clemens says he doesn’t recall such an incident but he had indicated that his wife had taken several doses of botox prior to a fitness photo shoot that both were participants in. McNamee’s own integrity has come into question because much of his subpoaena testimony at times wasn’t that credible . But what in large part may well have sunk his own credibility and integrity because of his narcissistic and somewhat less than candid demeanor . And even though Clemens’ Texas based lawyer Rusty Hardin has pled his client’s innocence and states that Clemens is a victim of venomous slander and libel at this juncture given what we’ve seen of the player’s actions and his sworn testimony gives little credibility to the stance he’s taking.

Clemens like his peer Bonds is a multiple award winner having won the Cy Young Award seven times over the course of his now suspect career. And although many purists still see the player’s on field accomplishments as being historic and setting a precedence . Against the backdrop of the ” steroid era” and the allegations which have since engulfed Roger Clemens I seriously doubt that anyone would seriously believe that the player or his achievements will ever be taken seriously. To my mind if Clemens is to viewed as being one of the faces of the steroid era along with players such as Bonds , Mark McGwire , Rafael Palmeiro , Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco then Greg Maddux has to be seen as the face of all that was right with baseball during that era as a pitcher and player throughout much of that era and during the post steroid annals.

The game’s image has never been as low as it has been than during labor stoppage of 1994 </b when the season was essentially shut down because neither the union or league hierarchy could agree on a collective bargaining agreement. That lockout proved to be costly for the league and even in light of the summer of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa when the duo led the onslaught for Roger Maris then single season home run record of 61 . The figure has since been surpassed by Bonds with the total of 73 and the player also owns the all-time home runs tally of 762 . Another record that may well have the dubious distinction of being frowned upon and having asterisk placed at its side.

There are and will be so many accomplishments in during the steroid and post steroid era that will come into question in spite of the current drug policy instigated by the league. And I’ve no doubt even in spite of a player’s integrity and character whatever the feat accomplished many will question its veracity . This much I do know that in spite of Bud Selig and that of the league hierarchy’s insistence the game is still fraught with danger and that the next major fallout as it relates to the use of steroids is just around the corner. Alex Rodriguez for years pled his innocence as to the illicit use of steroids only to admit years later that he did indeed use steroids thereby embarrassing himself the New York Yankees’ organization and once again the environment of baseball. When questioned as to the allegations that he may well have been using as recently as 2007 , the player through his legal representatives denied those claims even with the advent of his name being associated Orlando based medical professional Dr Anthony Galen who’s now under indictment by the Justice Department for the illegal trafficking and sale of narcotics to athletes within the world of the NFL , NBA as well MLB . Those investigations by the Justice Department are still ongoing and it remains to be seen what the outcome of the resultant investigations will as the department works in conjunction with the FBI on the case .

While I’m no illusion that the players have to be held accountable for their actions what I’m indeed at a loss to explain is why the sheer ignorance shown by Commissioner Bud Selig , league hierarchy , the owners , general managers , players , coaching staffs and the MLBPA (union) itself in trying to clean up the image of their game when the rumors were rife that there was indeed rampant and illegal use of steroids within the game. Either they chose to ignore the obvious or they were as naive as many of us now believe them to be . The idiocy shown by all parties who took part in the congressional hearings leads me to believe that it was actually combination of both ! And it hasn’t helped that there are fans out there as well have been complicit in this madness because by their thinking we simply ought to let the players do as they please . Well take this into account , while those fans may well have made their outlay to attend the games what in essence have they got back in return that they would even think to be tangible in terms their monies’ worth ? If you merely condone the player’s actions be it the lie or the fact that they’ve simply done nothing wrong in cheating by the use of steroids then in you in fact condone what the game had become and that in essence was the sport was rampant with cheating and wherein everyone associated with it other than the fans profited greatly from a financial standpoint . In return do the fan gain anything ? And what of the young kids out there who see the behavior of the players , many of whom they view as their idol ____ and then think that it’s OK to behave in such a manner not when it just comes to the sport of baseball but then they then think that way way when it comes to their every day lives. Is that really the example that anyone really wants to see being set ?

From my own standpoint I believe all parties concerned have been negligent and complicit in the charade under which the game was played throughout much of the late eighties , well into the late nineties and even into the early part of this decade. The game is still a mess from many standpoints , the steroid era notwithstanding as you have a hierarchy , set of owners and a union whose understanding of being financially prudent rests somewhere between having their heads up their ass while a disaster and engulfs them and they’re looking for some way allay any oncoming tragedy. You needn’t look no further then baseball’s own form of socialism now in place as it relates to their asinine revenue sharing scheme that allegedly benefits the small market teams that repeatedly year in and year out can barely make ends meet . Bud Selig in his alleged infinite wisdom sought fit to have a process in place whereby teams with a payroll in excess of $140 million a year would be taxed at a rate of anywhere between 15-20% on an incremental scale of their gross payroll in order to alleviate the financial shortfalls of those small market teams . However that tax sharing revenue scheme isn’t working in the way that the commissioner envisaged with many of those organizations rather than using that money to bolster their respective teams’ playing staffs ______ the owners and executives instead have actually pocketed those sums as if it were some financial windfall by way of an executive perk and bonus. Doubt my word ? Then merely look at the actions of Bob Nutting and Jeffrey Loria the respective owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins ? They in turn still plead poverty as the financial well being of their organization but have benefited greatly from Selig’s rather odious scheme . And Bud Selig , himself isn’t to be left out of this equation at all because as commissioner between 2006-2009 he was compensated to the tune of $68 million ($68 ,000,000) in cumulative salary , all while a number of teams around the league are said to be struggling . Someone is certainly getting the short end of the stick if not the shaft ! It’s most certainly not anyone within the game of baseball ! Care to guess who ? It’s you the fans who willingly choose to spend your hard earned cash in support of teams who simply don’t care about your well being one iota !

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As to the impending fate of both Bonds and Clemens what thoughts if any do you have and how do you feel that the justice system is the best place for what might fitting punishment based upon the players’ presumption of guilt or innocence either way ? It’s plain to see were it left in the hands of the games hierarchy things couldn’t be any better or worse dependent upon one’s point of view because baseball’s way of handling things can be best described as being inept and comical to say the very least ! Chime in with a comment on this topic and your hopes this season with regard to the game of baseball and how you view the chances of your team and others within the league ? Thanks as always for the continued support as it’s greatly appreciated !

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(1) Bonds arrives for the his trial at the US District Court for Northern California where the trial will be presided over by Federal Judge Susan Illston . AP Photo Paul Sakuma …………..

(2) A pensive Bonds attends the second day of judicial proceedings in his obstruction of justice and perjury
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(3) Brian McNamee, left, in 2008, is expected to testify against Roger Clemens, right, at Clemens’s upcoming trial. McNamee has said that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. AP/Reuters -Pool photo/ Chuck Kennedy …..

(4) In this picture file from 2008 : Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (L) and his attorney Rusty Hardin (R) walk to a meeting with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Capitol Hill , February 7, 2008 in Washington. According to reports, Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee’s lawyers have claimed they have physical evidence corroborating McNamee’s claim of the pitcher’s use of steroids and human growth hormone. Clemens is due to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next week. Getty Images North America/Johnathan Ernst ……..

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Amber Rose …………… The best sex she’s ver had she says is with herself ? I’d have love to have seen that !

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Ray Charles …………………. “You’re Cheatin’ Heart” . Rather apt don’t you think as it concerns not only Bonds and Clemens but the players all caught up in this asinine charade and farce ?

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I’ll Say It Again ’cause You Can Jump Over The Moon It Doesn’t Make You A Team Player …………..


 

 

I’ll   Say  It    Again  ‘cause  You  Can  Jump  Over  The  Moon  It  Doesn’t  Make  You   A Team Player …………..

 

Last  night  just  in  case  anyone  missed  it  the  New  York  Knicks (24-35)  all  but   gave  away   a  game  to  the  Miami  Heat (31-27).   And  we  all   know  what  the  Knicks  are  actually  waiting   for   don’t  we  ?    The   chance  to  become   a  part  of the   LeBron  James  free agent sweepstakes.    Well  if  it’s  not   becoming   how   apparent   this  woeful    New  York  Knicks’  teams   really  is.   Then    there’s   no  reason  to  let   you  in  last   night.     Suffice   to  say   if  you  let  Dwyane  Wade   go  off   on you  then   you  deserve   what   you   get   and a   damn   whole   lot   more. 

 

 

Dwyane  Wade  of the  Miami  Heat  drives  the  lane   against  the  Knicks'   Jared  Jeffries  during  the  game  played   last  night.  picture  appears  courtesy  of nbae getty images/ Victor  Baldizon...............
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat drives the lane against the Knicks' Jared Jeffries . picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Victor Baldizon ...............'

  

And   if there’s   anything  that   we can  all   agree   on  then  it’s   that   the  New  York  Knicks  aren’t  all  that  good  nor  are  they   likely   to  be   in   the  near   future.    I  don’t    care  what  anyone   says    but   if  the   team  isn’t  prepared  to  complement    James    with   an   arsenal  of   players    comparative  to  his   skill  level.  Then   how  in  God’s   name  can  they   expect to    compete   with  anyone   in  the  Eastern  Conference ,  much  less  the   rest   of  the  NBA.

 

 

Jermaine  O'Neal  of  the  Miami  Heat   dunks  the  ball  against   New York  as  Jared Jeffries  of  the  Knicks  looks  on.  picture appears  courtesy of  nbae /getty images/ Victor Baldizon  .............
Jermaine O'Neal of the Miami Heat dunks the ball in his team's victory over the New York Knicks. Also in picture is Jared Jeffries of the New York Knicks. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Victor Baldizon ...........

 

 

And  as  we   let  this  all   foment   and   try    to  analyze   what   it  is   that   makes  the  Knicks   so   terrible.    It’s   becoming   patently    obvious   that   when  you’ve   got  an   ill   disciplined   team  whose   only   apparent   wish  is  to  play  offense.   One   can  only   understand   why  if  any   the  relative   progress   made   under  coach  Mike D’Antoni  has   been   minimal   at  best.   And   to   top   last   night’s   events   it   doesn’t   bode   well   for   the   league   when   someone  within  the  game’s   hierarchy   chooses  to   alienate   one  of   its  and  the  game’s   top   stars.    In   all    but   reprimanding   Wade   by   the  banning  of  his   wearing   a   band-aid   underneath   his   left   eye.   They  all   but   told   Wade  that   they   intend  to  now  make  the  league   something   more   akin  to   its   counterpart  within  the  NFL  …………”  a  No Fun  League “  .    Well   Commissioner David  Stern  and  his   autocratic   ways   do  tend  to   rile   the   rancor   of  many  of  its   players   one  way  or  another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In  the   victory  last  night   by   the  Heat   120-115   over  New  York. It  has   all   but  cemented   that  the  two   teams   may   well  be    going  in    opposite   directions.  The  Heat  would   love  to  make  the  NBA  playoffs   and  it appears  likely   that  they’re   likely  to  make  it.  As   for   the  Knicks   any  aspirations  that  they   might   have   may   have  been   sealed   with  the   ineptitude   that   they’ve   shown  as  a   team  with  its   overall   lack  of   cohesion   of   the   court.   It   would    appear   that   whatever   communicative   skills  that    Mike D’Antoni   possesses   seems  to  be   falling   on  deaf  ears when  it   comes to  this    Knicks’   roster.  But  then   again  being   communicative  and   teaching     players   how   to  play   defense   was   never   one   of   D’Antoni’s   strongest    points   to  begin   with.    It   clearly   wasn’t   the   case  when   he  was  coaching   the   Phoenix  Suns   in   his   previous   stop  as  an  NBA coach.   Now   come  full   circle   the   teams  aren’t   that  much   different    in  terms   of   their  play   on court.   The   up-tempo  offense    is    still   there   but    beyond   that    there    doesn’t   seem  to  be   much   there    that’d    would    heighten  one’s   interest   in   the  Knicks .   Unless   you’ve   shown  the   utmost   devotion    to  the  team  the   way   that    film maker  Spike   Lee   has  over   the  years.

 

 

Chris Duhon  of  the  New York Knicks  tries to evade the  defensive play  of  the  Heat's  Dwyane  Wade  picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/Lyne  Sladky ...............
Chris Duhon of the New York Knicks pushes the ball upcourt and at the same time tries to elude the defensive presence of the Heat's Dwyane Wade . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Lyne Sladky ...............

 

 

 

Lee’s   devotion  to  the  franchise     borders   on  the   type   fan  worship   and   devotion   shown   by   Jack   Nicholson  to   the   Los  Angeles   Lakers.  And  when   that   sort   of   devotion  is   being   shown     by  show   businesses’   top   stars   to   the   sport.  It   can  only   mean  that   they’ve    got  a  great   deal  of   time  of  their   hands. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  New  York  Knicks   for  their    part   have  got  to  be   in  some ways   happy  with  the  play   of  Nate  Robinson.  He   may   well   be  the  lone   reason  to  watch   this   team   at  any   time.    Looking  down  at  the   roster  of  the   team  and  there’s  absolutely   nothing   there    that   would    have   you  believe  that  this   team  is   capable  of  competing    with  amongst  the  elite  of  the   NBA.   It’s  clear  to  see   why   the     LeBron  James’  overkill  as  to  his   final   destination   in   2010   has  become  so  much  of  the  lore   as  it   now  stands.   If   nothing   else   it  gives  the   fans   there   in  New  York   something  to  wish  for.  Well  that  along   with  perhaps  the  New  York  Yankees  winning  the  World  Series   or    even  Alex  Rodriguez  showing  up  in the  postseason  for  just  once  in  his   career.     But  then  again    isn’t   Alex   liable  to  blame  his   woes   upon   that  of   his  cousin  and   the   effects  of  the   boli  ?   Where’s   Papi  Chulo   when  you  need   him  most  ?     Well   Alex   much    like  your  New  York   counterparts   within  the  NBA  it’s   time  to   put    up   or   shut   up   once  and   for  all.

 

 

Jermaine  O'Neal  of  the  Miami Heat  has to be  restrained  by   teammate  Udonis  Haslem  having  got  into  an  altercation  with  Larry  Hughes  of the  New York  Knicks   during the  game.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/Lyne  Sladky ............
Jermaine O'Neal of the Miami Heat has to be restrained by teammate Udonis Haslem having gotten into an altercation with Larry Hughes of the New York Knicks during the game played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami , Florida. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Lyne Sladky .....................

 

 

And  as  of   now   with  this   loss   one  can  say  that  it’s   time   for  the  New  York  Knicks   and  their   hierarchy  to   look   at   what  it  is   they’re   now  striving  to  achieve. They’ve   struggled    in  almost    every   facet  of  the  game.  And   in  spite  of   everything  that     Donnie  Walsh  and    coach   Mike  D’Antoni   are   hoping   to   elicit    from  this   roster.  It   just   doesn’t   seem  to   be   equating    in  the   form  of   results   on  the   court.    The  fact  of the   matter   is   Wade’s   performance     last   night   basically  showed   us   all  the   monumental    challenges   that  this   team   faces   if  it’s   to   contend   with  the  elite    teams    within   the   Eastern   Conference   and  the   rest  of   the  NBA.    He   torched   the   Knicks    for     46  points   and  it   could   well  have    been   a  hell  of   a  whole  lot  more   were   he  able  to  apply   himself  more.

 

 

 

 

 

The  New  York   Knicks   for   their   part   merely     played   that  of  a    supporting   cast   as   the   Wade   and   his    teammates  waylaid    them  and  any  aspiration  that   they  had  on the   night.   It’s  at   times   like   these  we’ve    got  to  be   thankful   that     New  York  City  is   viewed  as  the   city  that  never  sleeps.  With   so    much   happening   around  this    vast  metropolis  .  It’s    good   to  know   that   there   are    avenues   where   can  one   spend  their   money   and   actually    obtain   something   or   real   value   in  return   that’s   tangible.   Spending  it  on  watching   the  New  York  Knicks   has  to   be  about  as  welcoming    as   having  a   root   canal.

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A Sport Can Only Be As Good As Its Players And The Leadership That’s Shown By Its Executives …………


 

 

A  Sport   Can  Only  Be    As   Good   As  Its  Players   And    The  Leadership   That’s  Shown   By  Its  Executives. 

 

 

 

 

Much  like  a   profitable   company   is   viewed  as  a  viable  investment   opportunity  for  equity  investors.    The   same  can   be   said   for    professional   sports.   And   in  particular ,  baseball    and   the   fans   who  are  avid  followers  and   supporters  of  not  only  the   game   but  the   franchises as  well.  The  fans   are   much   like  that   of  an   investor   as  they’ve   a   vested  interest  in  seeing  the equity   maximize  its   profit  potential   exponentially .   However   of  late     the   share   price   of  baseball  were   it     a  share   price   on  the   New  York  Stock  Exchange  would   be  at  an  alltime  low.   Baseball’s   share   price  has   dropped   precipitously   low .  It’s  now   nothing  more  than a   penny  stock  at  present   and  is  not   about   to  rise  anytime  soon.

 

 

Players' Union  representative  Donald Fehr  (left)  and  MLB  Commissione  Allan 'Bud'  Selig .......
Players' Union representative Donald Fehr (left) and MLB Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig brielfy exchange pleasantires before addressing members of Congress on Capitol Hill. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chip Smodoville .........

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately   for   baseball   at  present   it’s not   looking  as   worthy  an  investment  as   say   the   Big   Three  (Chrysler, Ford , GM) automotive   companies  or that  of   the   failing   banking   industry   on  Wall  Street.    About  the  only  thing  that    separates  these   entities  at  present.   Is  the  mere   fact  that  now    the   titans  of  those    two  particular  industries   have   finally  the  will   to   stand  up  and   admit  to  the  mistakes  that  they’ve   made.   Albeit   that   they’re  now   being   bailed   out  at  the   taxpayers’  expense.    But   then  again    the  automotive  industry    hasn’t   been  a  worthwhile    entity   in  well  over  a   decade !    However   the   game  of  baseball   hasn’t   the  leadership  or   presence   of   mind   to  even  admit   that  it   is  at   fault  in  any  way.

 

 

Yankees'  third baseman  Alex  Rodriguez and   team   GM  Brian  Cashman ...........
New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez and team GM Brian Cashman share some words. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Rod McCullough ..............

 

 

 

 

If   nothing   else   Commissioner   Bud  Selig   and  the  owners   have   shown    that  they   don’t   possess  a  backbone   or  the  willingness  to  stand  up  to  the  union.  If   anything   at  the   owners’  beckoning  and  acting   in   collusion  with   Donald  Fehr  of   the  Players’  Union   they’ve   seen   fit  to  defraud   the   public   and  the   fans  at  large.   And   we’re   meant to   believe  that   these   individuals   have   the    best   interests   of   the   game   in  their   mindset  ?   In  reality   nothing   could  be   further   from  the   truth.     Selig   couldn’t   spot   the   truth   if   it     were   written    in   5  foot  high   letters  and   place   atop  of   the   Time  Magazine  building  in  New  York City  for  the  world   to   see.    One  thing   is   now  becoming   abundantly   clear    is   that   Selig   lives   in  his  own  imaginary   world  of  make  belief.   And   each  of  the  characters   in  it  are   merely   those   from a  fairy   tale.     As   to  which    to   fable   that  might   be  ,  is   open  to    a  great    deal  of   debate.

 

 

Vikram  Pandit  CEO of  Citicorp (Citibank)  and  Wells  Fargo  Chairman  John Stumpf at  the  Senate Banking  and  Finance Committee  hearings  in  Washington , DC,.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty images/ Balce  Cenetta  ...........
Vikram Pandit CEO of Citicorp (Citibank) and Wells Fargo Chairman John Stumpf at the Senate Banking and Finance hearings on Capitol Hill. Washington DC., picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Balce Cenetta .............

 

 

 

 

Now  as   the  game  finds  itself   in  perhaps   the   most  unexpected  of    controversies  concerning  that  of   one  the  pre-eminent  players  in  the  game .  It   has  to   be   asked   is   there   nothing  a  shoe   awaiting   to  be  dropped   concerning  Alex  Rodriguez  or   any  other   player    who  might  well  be   on  the  infamous   list  of   104  names  ?    Rodriguez’s  admittance   that  he’d  used  steroids   for    three  years  whilst  playing   for  the  Texas  Rangers.   Though  it   has  to  be  said  the   veracity  of  the   argument   being   put   forward  by  the   player  himself    has   so  many  holes  in  it.  That  the  press  conference    convened   by  the  New  York  Yankees  was merely   nothing   more  than  a  charade.      Clearly   the  player  is   still  delusional  and   his   thinking  that   this   may   well   lead   to  a  dissipation   in  the  ongoing   interest  in the  matter.

 

 

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If You Are What You Say You Are Then Have No Fear ………….


 

 

If  You  Are What You Say  You  Are  Then Have  No  Fear ………..…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  the  hyperbole  of  the  Alex  Rodriguez  press  conference  in  Tampa  came  and   when.  And   at the  end   of   it  all   absolutely   nothing  was  achieved.    Rodriguez  for his  part   answered   very  few   questions   and    his responses  were very  carefully   orchestrated. So much  so   that I  for   one thought    that   he   was  actually   going  to   run    for  legislative   office .

 

 

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