.the only winner is the cause of pacifism.  Or whoever runs a boxing school.
I realize there are fines and suspensions at stake, but just once, I’d like to hear a pitcher or manager (other than Ozzie) admit there was genuine intent behind someone getting dusted. (someone other than Tony Phillips).

Hot Foot reports that Darryl Strawberry and the Mets have apparently kissed and made up and Straw is expected to attend Saturday’s Cheap Gimmick To Increase Attendence When The Rockies Are In Town. That’s all well and good, but until I receive confirmation that Kevin Mitchell will a) be at Shea Saturday night and b) is being put up somewhere swankier than the Off-Soho Suites, I’m not departing.

Mark Grudzielanek hit a 3 run HR and tripled in KC’s 10-4 defeat of the White Sox Wednesday evening. Earlier in the day, Grudzielankek signed a one-year extension with the Royals for $4 million. Because Kansas City can’t possibly finish last in 2007 without him.

Ground was broken yesterday
in the Bronx for the Yankees’ new ballpark. Newsday’s Wally Matthews was in no mood to celebrate.

Do you like the idea of paying even more for your seat than the already league-high ticket prices at Yankee Stadium? Do you not mind the prospect of being shut out of a game because the new park will have between 5,000 and 7,000 fewer seats? Are you OK with the idea of cozying up on the couch in front of the TV set because that is now the only seat for a Yankees game you can afford? Have you grown accustomed to seeing one precious bit of New York history after another fall to the wrecker’s ball?

If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, then The Boss is right. The new Yankee Stadium will be better for you.

For the rest of us, the ones who live not on planet Earth but New York City, this deal is as dirty as anything ever found in a puddle of black water in the subway.

Forget that it got railroaded through the City Council without a public hearing, or that the project will cost New York taxpayers some $400 million. Forget that the Yankees will no longer pay rent nor real estate tax, that they will not pay to tear down the old ballpark, or that they will be able to deduct the construction cost from the revenue-sharing pool, thereby weakening their competition as they strengthen themselves.

What really makes this deal so distasteful is that it has been built on 15 years of ever-changing lies, each with the same purpose: to enrich the Yankees and rip off their fans.