05.28.05

SF Treat : Giants Acquire LaTroy

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San Francisco have traded Jerome Williams and David Aardasma to Chicago in exchange for reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

At Wrigley earlier today, Derrek Lee (above) continued to do most of the heavy lifting for the Cubs, his 2 HR’s (both of ’em off Byung-Hyun Kim) leading Chicago to a 5-1 victory over the Rockies.

Harris Enraged By Pedro’s Trash Talk

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From the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi.

Still wearing his Marlins uniform, pinch-hitter Lenny Harris stormed into the Mets’ clubhouse after Thursday’s game to complain to manager Willie Randolph about being taunted by pitcher Pedro Martinez and coach Sandy Alomar.

Opposing players rarely enter another team’s clubhouse, but Harris, a former Met, was incensed that Martinez and Alomar yelled “Watch for the bunt!” as Harris batted in the seventh inning.

“They’re screaming out of the dugout, I’m thinking I’m still back in high school. I thought it was hogwash,” Harris said before Friday’s game.

The incident actually started on April 21, when Harris bunted for a single against Martinez in a 10-1 Marlins loss at Dolphins Stadium. That day, both players could be seen laughing at each other on the field after Harris reached base.

“I thought that was the end of it,” Harris said. “But they’re screaming, ‘Watch out for the bunt! Watch out for the bunt!’ and I’m thinking, ‘It was really bothering them.’ I told Willie I didn’t think they’d take it that seriously.”

Harris was so distracted that he stepped out of the batter’s box and yelled back, “Are you done?” before striking out.

“There’s a time to play, but when the game starts it’s serious business. You know a fan is going to heckle you ” I don’t mind if it’s a fan ” but if its a ballplayer, then I want to find out what’s the problem. It kept going on. I thought they took it too far.

Randolph dismissed the situation. “Just chit chat,” he said.

This is genuinely shocking stuff. Who knew Lenny Harris was still playing?

Eddie Albert, RIP

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 11:59 am by

Actor Eddie Albert, best known for playing the part of lawyer-turned-farmer Oliver Douglas in CBS’ “Green Acres”, has passed away at the age of 99.

Arnold Ziffel was unavailable for comment.

Roberts On The Unit’s Moaning

Posted in Baseball at 11:35 am by

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of Randy Johnson’s recent quote that he was brought to New York to give the Yankees a chance to win in every game, but I’m surely not alone in thinking the Unit’s new employers had slightly higher expectations. Though the Yankees won last night, Johnson continued to struggle and were it not for the Village People reject coaching 3rd for Boston, his line for the evening would’ve been far worse. From the New York Times’ Selena Roberts.

With his fabled status as the Big Unit downgraded to the Big Mediocre, Johnson didn’t exactly bully the Red Sox. He gave up 9 hits and 3 earned runs – a number that could have easily doubled in the sixth.

Johnson was dizzied from absorbing five consecutive sharp hits – including a double – but was freed from the wrath of the Stadium crowd when Boston’s third-base coach, Dale Sveum, mindlessly waved two runners in a row to their doom at home.

Sveum (above), as much as anyone, spared Johnson from an even deeper position as the Yankees’ old man out.

“He struggled,” Manager Joe Torre said. “He had good stuff, but he had to work hard every inning.”

Out of character, and perhaps out of self-preservation, Johnson was more upbeat than Torre about his effort because of one powerful thought: His velocity was back.

“I was pleased considering my velocity was up 4 or 5” miles an hour, Johnson said.

If nothing else, this feel-good version of Johnson is a good step in Yankee relations. For weeks, he has moaned about not getting enough work in spring training and whined about receiving an extra day of rest.

At 41, you would think he’d be pleased with more naptime. After receiving a three-year Yankee investment of $57 million – including a contract extension and payment to the Diamondbacks to complete the deal – you’d think Johnson wouldn’t fuss so much about his new employers.

With such petulance without production, Johnson has squandered some of the awe his teammates showed him upon his arrival as the Yankees’ answer to the magic that Curt Schilling worked for the Red Sox last year.

It is one thing to be a surly superstar with a 2.40 earned run average, but it is another to be a clubhouse annoyance with performances that fail to inspire tolerance. This may not matter on the verge of June, but a continuation of Johnson’s act could dog the Yankees if they have to pursue the Orioles into August.

The Yankees can’t afford a malcontent, a misfit ace. The issue has already surfaced on the field. In one unforgettable sequence at Shea Stadium last weekend, Johnson’s frustration distracted him after he gave up an unthinkable double to reliever Dae Sung Koo.

A play later, Johnson failed to cover home plate after catcher Jorge Posada had thrown to first on a bunt, allowing Koo to sneak around third and score with the plate unattended until it was too late.

Normally, such a mistake might go without assigned blame, but Posada quickly pointed out Johnson’s blunder, one hint of possible friction between the two. It has not been easy for Posada to decode the confusing grumbles and groans of Johnson.

05.27.05

Radio GaGa – Clear Channel’s “Pirate” Stunt

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 11:40 pm by

It seems like an awful lot of effort just to get the Gizmos some airplay, but predictably, some people think there’s something sinister about a phony anti-Clear Channel intiative created by (drum roll)….Clear Channel. (from Stay Free! Daily)

Andrew Earles’ Formative Years

Posted in Blogged Down at 11:00 pm by

If you’re one of those terminal sad sacks that had no friends while growing up, take solace in the knowledge that you never had a friend like this.

Everything You Know Is Wrong

Posted in Baseball at 7:28 pm by

An incident just occured that challenges everything all laws of time and space.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mike Piazza just gunned down Juan Pierre trying to steal 2nd.

And Pierre didn’t even fall down on the way.

(UPDATE : 8 IP, 5 hits, no walks, 10 K’s, 111 pitches thrown by the otherworldly Pedro Martinez, who ran his record to 5-1 with the Mets’ 1-0 win. Save for back to back doubles allowed to Mike Cameron and Cliff Floyd, the Fish’s Brian Moehler was almost as sharp.)