Because Darryl Can’t Allow Doc Gooden To Hog The Headlines

Posted in Baseball at 10:30 am by

From Tampa Bay’s CBS affiliate :

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry is in trouble once again, this time in Delray Beach.

Police arrested him on Wednesday, saying he failed to return a rental car after a month. He then loaned the car to a friend, and told the agency it was stolen.

Police found the car and returned it to the rental agency, and then arrested Strawberry.

Quick, Somebody Fetch Wilbon Last Night’s Scores

Posted in Baseball at 9:09 am by

And to think it’s Kornheiser who is always banging on about being in bed early. From Michael Wilbon in Thursday morning’s Washington Post.

It’s a sorry spectacle, watching Henry Aaron and Ryne Sandberg talk about catching cheaters in the last week of September when the games and the races ought to take up 100 percent of baseball’s agenda. It’s hard to watch Barry Bonds, who was a fabulously great player long before steroid allegations, pull his team within striking distance of front-running San Diego without wondering what he did and when he did it, or if some substance that is illegal in this country is the reason he’s still out there at 41 years old chasing Aaron. And if Bonds miraculously leads his Giants into the postseason, we’ll be wondering in October, too.

Never mind catching Aaron, if Barry Bonds can help the Giants erase a 5 game deficit with 4 games left to play, his ability to transcend the time space continuum is a power to be truly feared.

(Trevor Hoffman and Ramon Hernandez celebrate the Padres’ clinching the NL West crown, their enthusiasm tempered by the knowledge that news of their achievment might not reach Washington for several days)

Manny’s Ability To Hold It In Confirmed

Posted in Baseball at 8:46 am by

Falling a game behind the Yankees with 4 to play might seem like a reason to panic, but if Red Sox fans take nothing else away from their tumultuous 2005, there’s always the knowledge that Manny Ramirez never pissed inside the Green Monster.

From the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman.

Whizgate was a sham.

Back on July 18, the story went that Manny Ramirez was late popping out of the door of The Wall in left field after a break in the action because he had to urinate.

Ramirez said, or joked, that was the reason; manager Terry Francona repeated it. And the episode quickly was added to the growing backlog of “Manny being Manny” stories.

But now it can be told: Manny wasn’t taking a whiz.

Scoreboard operator Christian Elias said he was merely chatting.

“He just popped in, like he usually does,” Elias said, “and we started talking about this and that, the weather probably, and all of a sudden the phone started ringing and everything and we were like, `What?’ And then Manny said, `Oh, shoot,’ and ran back out there. There’s no bathroom back here, he didn’t go to the bathroom. We’ve kind of been puzzled about the whole thing, nobody ever asked us.”

Be Still My Heart (His, Too) : Knicks Fail To Land Curry

Posted in Basketball at 8:26 am by

The NY Post’s Marc Berman writes that the Knicks’ repeated attempts to acquire Chicago C Eddy Curry have come up short.

The Post has learned the Knicks offered Chicago a sign-and-trade package of Tim Thomas and Michael Sweetney for the ailing big center, but has been rejected repeatedly by GM John Paxson.

Barring a trade, Curry (above), suffering from heart irregularities, is expected to sign the Bulls’ one-year, $5 million qualifying offer before Saturday’s deadline, according to his Jersey-based attorney, Ed Milstein.

Curry has been commiserating on the phone almost daily with his best friend, Knick guard, Jamal Crawford, who’s worked behind the scenes to get him to New York.

The Knicks offered the Bulls a package that would start Curry at more than $13M and give Chicago cap relief after season. Tim Thomas’ contract ($13.5M) and Sweetney’s ($2.1M) expire after the season. Isiah has offered Thomas in multiple deals because of his tradable contract and the Knick glut at swingman.

Hottest Book Launch Since “Now I Can Die In Peace”

Posted in Basketball at 8:11 am by

The New York Daily News’ Lloyd Grove on a literary bash that brings together the worlds of basketball, publishing, high society and uh…the NRA?

It’s been just a year and a half since ex-Nets star Jayson Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter – in the shooting of his limo driver Costas (Gus) Christofi in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun – and convicted of four lesser charges of covering up the incident and trying to make it look like a suicide.

But apparently that’s enough time for Williams (above) and his wife, Tanya, to throw a book party tonight at Il Postino for his lawyer, Linda Kenney – who repped him in the Christofi family’s civil suit, which he settled for $2.75 million – and former New York City chief medical examiner Michael Baden, Kenney’s husband.

The return address on the invitation, which omits Jayson’s name, is the Williams’ Who Knew? Estates in Milford, N.J., the scene of Christofi’s death.

The husband-and-wife team’s crime novel, “Remains Silent,” conjures “a terrifying vortex of murder and deceit,” according to Random House’s PR material, “a mounting body count” and “a shocking cover-up.”

Rich irony?

“I find your question bizarre,” Tanya Williams answered. “It would be along the line of saying that I shouldn’t see a movie that involves an accident. ¦ My husband’s read the book, my friends have read the book, you should read the book!”

Kenney told Lowdown: “The cases in the book are [drawn from real cases] ¦ but there’s nothing to do with the Jayson Williams case. It’s absolutely irrelevant.”

I can only presume that Benoit Benjamin and Dwayne Schintzius are not on the guest list. Though with any luck, Will Leitch received an invitation.

Looper’s Shoulder Woes Revealed, 6 Months Too Late

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Newsday’s David Lennon reports that Braden Looper — relieved of his closing duties by the Mets —- is facing shoulder surgery that could well have taken place last spring.

Looper has been bothered by a damaged AC joint in his right shoulder since the end of last season, and chose to forgo the relatively minor operation because he didn’t want to miss the start of this year. Given the ragged state of the bullpen, the Mets figured they couldn’t afford to lose Looper early on, but the decision caught up to them when he imploded in the past month.

Looper converted 28 of 36 chances overall, but suffered blown saves in his last three opportunities before manager Willie Randolph demoted him for Roberto Hernandez and Aaron Heilman. Looper never let on that his shoulder was hurting, and neither did the Mets, until he admitted yesterday that he was scheduled for an MRI today and likely would have the operation done by team orthopedist David Altchek on Monday.

“We knew sometimes he felt discomfort,” Omar Minaya said. “But he always asked for the ball. I think that this late in the year, most guys are a little banged up. There were never signs from him that he was really hurting. That never got to my ears.”

Hearing Looper describe the sensation inside his shoulder made it sound like pain was an issue. The problem was caused by two bones rubbing together, and Looper said it felt like “having a quarter-inch rock in your shoe and running with it all the time.” The condition got progressively worse during the season, and Looper noticed it most when trying to “finish” his .pitches.

So instead of throwing a sinker that dropped sharply to a hitters’ shins, the pitch stayed up in the zone.

From Jose Reyes’ lost 2004, to Mike Cameron’s slow recovery from a wrist injury during the past off-season, and finishing with the above revelations about Looper’s ordeal, the Mets’ medical staff have quite a recent run.

Waitresses In The Sky Fuming Over “Flightplan”

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 1:25 am by

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer :

Three flight attendant unions want members to boycott last weekend’s biggest film — the Jodie Foster thriller “Flightplan” — because of the way it portrays members of the profession.

Attendants come off as “rude, unhelpful and uncaring” toward Foster’s character, a distraught widow who mysteriously loses her daughter during a transatlantic flight, according to the unions.

It gets worse than that, after Foster’s character goads the captain (Sean Bean), an air marshal (Peter Sarsgaard) and the flight attendants into a massive search that comes up empty-handed, they doubt that the child ever got on board.

“This depiction of flight attendants is an outrage,” said Patricia Friend, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, the biggest of the unions with about 46,000 members. “Flight attendants continue to be the first line of defense on an aircraft and put their lives on the line day after day for the safety of passengers.”

Oh for the days when the airline industry was treated with respect by Hollywood.