Against all odds, 5-10, 180-pound Devil Ray Alex Sanchez became the first player to be nabbed for steroid abuse under MLB's new, tougher rules, when
he chose not to appeal his 10-game suspension...
And now that it's official, I think it's safe to say that the Tampa Bay outfielder is anything but clean. You might even call him a dirty Sanchez...
If steroid abusers and their records deserve asterisks, shouldn't the same go for the guy who wins his fantasy league with guilty players? Or is the
fact that he even pays that much attention to fantasy baseball stigmatic enough?
MLB was first, but the list is growing, as the NBA, NFL, NCAA, MLS and NHL will all be subject to Congressional interrogation in due time. But when
and only when the likes of the WNBA and WTA get the call will the sexist chase for steroid-abusing warlocks become a full-scale witch hunt...
Did anyone else catch the "Big Fat Traitor" sign flashed during the Yankees/Red Sox, Johnson/Wells season-opener on ESPN? Talk about off-base...
David Wells is big, standing 75 inches above sea level. And yes, he is also quite fat, tipping the scales at nearly 250 pounds. But a traitor he will
never be. Wells signed with the Yankees back in 1997, eventually helping the Dynasty secure its second of four titles in five years in '98. (Yes, that
actually does make sense.) That off-season, the fledgling cult hero was shipped north to of the border to the Blue Jays for then-five-time Cy
Young-winner Roger Clemens. After two solid seasons with in Toronto and one in Chicago, Wells, ever-loyal to the franchise that made him famous,
returned to the City in 2002, intent on saving the Empire from crumbling. But following two failed runs at the championship, Boomer once again found
himself unwanted in the Bronx. So he did the only sensible thing, signing a one-year deal to play for his hometown Padres in hopes that New York would
want him back in a year's time. It wasn't to be, however, as Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Wells over the winter that the organization wasn't
interested in his services because of a desire to "get younger." Of course, Cashman then turned around and traded for another, taller 41-year-old
southpaw (Randy Johnson). Now that's what you call a "trader." So naturally, Wells went where he was wanted, which just so happened to be Boston.
Which, in the eyes of at least one misguided New York fan, makes him a traitor...
Despite his complete lack of broadcasting experience, Frankenstein was recently solicited by MLS officials to do color commentary for their upcoming
season. When asked which match-up he would least enjoy calling, the gentle giant paused, as if wounded by the question. Then he muttered,
"Chicago-Dallas." When pressed to further his response, the reticent monster summed it up famously. "Fire-Burn!" he screamed...
Living legend Larry Brown returned to the Pistons bench this past week after missing 10 games for a hip operation. To be clear, that's a serious
surgical procedure, not some kind of excellent adventure. But I think that's only common sense...
Former NFL running back OJ Simpson took some much-needed time away from looking for the real killer this past week to reflect on the passing of
defense attorney Johnny Cochran, who helped acquit him of murder back in 1994. "As a professional," said Simpson, "he was as good as it gets." He
should know. I'm Dean Christopher...
[Edited on 4/7/05 by deanchristopher]