Giles Opts To Remain In San Diego

Posted in Baseball at 11:01 pm by

From the San Diego Union Tribune’s Bill Center.

The Padres and free agent Brian Giles (above) have agreed to a new contract that will guarantee the outfielder $30 million and could be worth $36 million over the next four years, the Union-Tribune has learned.

Giles, who will turn 35 before the start of the 2006 season, will make $9 million each of the next three seasons. Plus, the club holds an option for the 2009 season at another $9 million against a $3 million buyout.

This development may ultimately have no impact on Johnny Damon’s asking price, though it is interesting to note that Giles wasn’t able to command more than 3 guaranteed years from the Padres.

It does however, kill the predictions expoused on yack radio today that Toronto were poised to blow all competitors out of the water with a massive offer to Giles. XM’s excruciating Charley Steiner proposed that the Blue Jays are always faced with overpaying “because guys don’t want to play in a foreign country. They want to watch “SportsCenter”. Not the Canadian “SportsCenter”, either. They want to see baseball highlights, not curling!”

Somehow, the likes of Joe Carter, Rickey Henderson, Fred McGriff and Roger Clemens found Toronto to be a hospitable enough work environment , so much so that Clemens was able to overcome the language barrier on the way to winning two Cy Young Awards.

Bruins Trade Thornton

Posted in Hockey at 10:37 pm by

From the Boston Globe.

The struggling Boston Bruins traded captain Joe Thornton (above) to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in exchange for three players.

The Bruins get forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart for Thornton, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Boston in August and was once thought to be the future of the franchise.

This season, the 26-year-old Thornton has nine goals and 24 assists for Boston, which has lost nine of its last 10 games and is in last place in the Northeast Division.

San Jose are also winless in their last 10, which begs the question which of these two teams is bailing on the season. That question aside, it’s impressive that the Bruins managed to keep a player making Thorton’s money on their payroll for all of 3 months.

Jerry Garcia’s Toilet Up For Bids

Posted in Rock Und Roll at 4:58 pm by

From Billboard.com :

Jerry Garcia’s dishwasher, toilets and other home appliances will be auctioned by a nonprofit group hoping to raise more than $100,000. The items, which also include stereo cabinets, cupboards and a freezer, will be available for bidding on the online auction site eBay from Dec. 18-24.

Revenue will benefit the Sophia Foundation, a San Francisco Bay area nonprofit that aids children and families during marital separations and divorces, said the group’s chairman, Henry Koltys.

“There’s a lot of Deadheads out there with money, and they want a piece of Jerry somehow,” he said.

This sounds like an excellent way to help a deserving charity. Perhaps the North Shore Animal League can ask Jerry Only to auction off his weed wacker?

Perricone Calls Out Hall Of Famer

Posted in Baseball, Blogged Down at 4:39 pm by

(if we were on speaking terms with Murray, he’d probably remind us that great minds think alike. Not so great minds, too)

I dunno, I can totally believe that Murray Chass is mostly unfamiliar with the writings of many baseball bloggers.

Of course, I’m also completely sure that Will Leitch is only a sporadic reader of CSTB.

Pompey’s Managerial Hunt, Continued

Posted in Football at 3:33 pm by

The Guardian reported this morning that Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric has been denied permission to interview Rangers manager Alex McLeish, and Southampton assert they’ve not consented to allow Harry Redknapp to discuss a possible return to Pompey.

Sheffield Wednesday have allowed Portsmouth to negotiate with the former’s current manager, Neil Warnock, a fascinating turn given he’d earlier expressed no interest in the job.

(Luis Garcia, scoring Liverpool’s first Wednesday night)

There’s a duel for the affections of CSTB’s eyeballs this afternoon, as FSC is featuring Liverpool at Sunderland (the visitors ahead, 2-0, with neither goal by Peter Crouch, predictably enough), while Setanta has Wigan’s 4th round Carling Cup tie with Newcastle (0-0 with about 7 minutes left). With all due respect to the White Sox and Los Angeles Clippers, Wigan are the surprise team of 2005.

Patterson : Play Me (25 Minutes) Or Trade Me

Posted in Basketball at 3:17 pm by

After missing last night’s loss to old coach Mo Cheeks while on the inactively suspended / psuedo T.O.-list, Rip City has become Ultimatium City for Porland’s Ruben Patterson. From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick.

Ruben Patterson on Tuesday said that he is prepared to spend the rest of the season on the inactive list unless the Trail Blazers find a way to play him 25 minutes a game.

Patterson, who was suspended last week for two games, then placed on the inactive list for complaining about his playing time, is scheduled to meet in Portland with Blazers general manager John Nash and coach Nate McMillan either Thursday or Friday.

Nash and McMillan on Tuesday said the meeting will be to determine whether Patterson can accept a reserve role in which he plays limited minutes behind Darius Miles and Zach Randolph. Patterson averaged 19.3 minutes in the first eight games this season — down from the 28 minutes he averaged last season — which included an average of 16.3 minutes in his past three games.

“I don’t think my role of playing 13 or 15 minutes a game is acceptable,” Patterson said from his home in Columbus, Ohio. “I deserve to play 25-plus minutes, but if they want me to play 12 minutes (like he did in his last game against New York), then they can just put me on the inactive list. I mean, those are rookie minutes.”

McMillan said he can’t foresee Patterson getting 25 minutes a game.

“I think those are starter minutes,” McMillan said. “I don’t know how you can give someone off the bench 25 minutes. I mean, he’s at a position that Miles (38.5 minutes a game) and Zach (37.8 minutes) are playing.”

Patterson watched the Blazers’ 107-83 loss to Philadelphia on television Tuesday, then called afterward to get a report on what the team was saying. When told that McMillan didn’t see him getting 25 minutes, Patterson scoffed.

“Well, I ain’t going to play then,” he said.

Ingenious Use Of The Word “Bling”

Posted in Religion at 2:48 pm by

Writes Sam Hunt, “finally, a church that speaks my language”. (pic from Shakespeare’s Sister)