My Morning in Exile

Happy to be back today, I have to say. Court yesterday was kind of difficult in that both the judge and my opposing counsel kept asking me questions for which I didn’t have any answers. Well, good ones anyway. I hate it when that happens. I think I still have a pretty good chance of winning that case, however, and I got me some Taco Bell on the drive back up to Columbus, so the day ended on a positive note. In other news:

  • Witness against Roger Clemens: “I don’t know nothin’ about that . . . Oh! I was in the Olive Oil business with his father but that was a long time ago. That’s all . . . Look, the FBI guys, they promised me a deal. So, so I made up a lot of stuff about Roger Clemens, ’cause that’s what they wanted. But it was all lies. Uh, everything. And I kept saying Roger Clemens did this and Roger Clemens did that. So, I said yeah sure — why not?”
  • Unless Tom Glavine pops up out of the cake and hits him over the back of the head with a folding chair, he is not disrespectin’ Maddux by not showing up for his number retirement ceremony. Though you gotta admit: if such a thing happened, it would be the most awesome heel-turn to happen in Georgia since Ole Anderson unloaded on Thunderbolt Patterson before a shocked Gordon Solie.
  • Howard hits his 200th home run. Ryan, that is, not Ron. Or Shemp.
  • B.J. Ryan: the next Jim Edmonds or the next Ryan Freel? The Cubs probably don’t care as long as he’s not the same old B.J. Ryan.
  • Bill Paschke thinks.

    Manny Ramirez.

    Dissed Dodgers fans.

  • Now Freddy Sanchez, and Jackie Wlson, they were the best of friends. When Freddy and Jackie needed money one day, Neal quickly pulled out a roll of tens.
  • I should mention, that while the Taco Bell helped yesterday end well, it really, really, didn’t make today begin all that well. Just thought you’d like to know.


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    Jason B
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    Jason B

    “I got me some Taco Bell on the drive back up to Columbus, so the day ended on a positive note.”

    Group “A”, consisting of all experiences of anyone ever eating anything at Taco Bell, and group “B”, consisting of all positive experiences that mankind has ever collectively experienced, are mutually exclusive.

    Not even in the same zip code.  You’re talking gorgonzola when it’s clearly brie time, baby.

    bigcatasroma
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    It’s amazing that Ryan Howard didn’t get his first sniff at the Show until he was 25.  The reason is that, according to the Phillies, he struck out too much, or some other porous reason not to call up an apparent destroyer of baseballs.  How many HRs could he have had, had Ryan Howard received a “standard” superstar call-up, i.e. at 21, 22, 23 yrs old?  That said, it seems the Phillies are bad at this – Chutley didn’t get called up until he was 24, I believe, also not getting regular starting time until 26, like Howard.  Drabek is… Read more »
    David
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    David
    What?!? “The feds knew that, but realized all along that they really don’t have a case at all and simply don’t want the grand jury to feel like it was convened for nothing.” Clemens testimony to Congress was clear and unambiguous, nevermind whatever he said to prosecutors – which was also under threat of perjury. What evidence do they have? 1) An eyewitness – McNamee – who had zero incentive to lie and was proven right about accusations against every single other player. 2) A wife who used HGH at the same time he was accused. 3) Potential DNA traces… Read more »
    Alex K
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    Alex K

    bigcatasroma- Utley and Howard both went to college.  They were both 21 turning 22 in the years that they were drafted.  In Howard’s case he was blocked by Thome as well.

    michael standish
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    michael standish

    You swiped that Clemens stuff from OnionSports, right?

    YankeesfanLen
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    YankeesfanLen

    @michael standish-
      Nah, Craig can quote the movie for any circumstance, and that, combined with the Taco Bell reaction, was the reason this is the first quote in almost TWO weeks.
      OnionSports is the rookie in the group.
        I going to take a nap now, if the money is on the table, I know I have a partner.

    Jacob
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    Jacob

    That is almost certainly the only allusion I’ve ever seen to “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.”  Very nice.

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    I’m actually pretty damn pleased with myself over that one too. wink

    bigcatasroma
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    bigcatasroma
    Alex K:  yeah, but many go to the majors within the same year they’re drafted, or a year or two later – i.e. Roger Clemens or Mark Prior.  Granted, they tend to be pitchers, but still.  Chutley, with his skills, couldn’t have been up within 1-2 years of being drafted instead of 3 or 4 (I forget).  Same for Howard – Thome was an excuse – they could have not signed Thome and rolled the dice with Howard.  I guess I’m saying that it seems that the Phillies organization keeps guys down too long; I was just wondering if any… Read more »
    Jason B
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    Jason B

    “creepy, racist, power-tripping Republicans”

    *snicker*  Not at all like those angelic, blameless, faultless Dems. *chortle*

    (This coming from an avowed independent who thinks that one politician is more full of sh*t than the next.)

    David
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    David
    Jason B: Thanks for reading my post.  As you can see, I succumb to hyperbolic outbursts once in a while.  While that line might have been over the top, the primary point I was trying to make stands. And, although I actually consider myself conservative (in the classical, literal sense; not the pop political, neo-con sense) I obviously have no love for modern Republicans.  More to the point, it is a fact that the government’s massive prosecution of Barry Bonds was done with the stated blessings of John Ashcroft and, later, Alberto Gonzalez.  It was Ashcroft who signed off on… Read more »
    Jason B
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    Jason B
    David— The main thrust of your point (I think) – that the Feds wasted massive, massive amounts of time, manpower, and resources to go after Bonds – is spot on.  I was just using your post as a jumping off point to rail about all politics and politicians in general. I’ve got no love for the modern day Republican party either.  It doesn’t even somewhat resemble the party that I grew up identifying with.  I’m fiscally conservative, socially laissez-faire, and that leaves me as a man (man-child?) without a party.  “Fiscally conservative” is not a mantra that anyone follows these… Read more »
    Jason B
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    Jason B

    URRR…*recklessly*, not *wrecklessly*.

    /fixed/

    TC
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    TC

    Craig: as someone who has spent too much of the past few years reading about food in the US, it is not a coincidence that makes your Taco Bell experience unpleasant later, so very often.

    David
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    David
    Jason B: Well, you caught me at a bad time to discuss politics!  First off, I’m a bit worn down because I’ve been discussing the most heated topic of all at another thread.  Secondly, the powers that be just (politely) ordered that that topic be brought to a conclusion. I will say that, in the broadest sense, I concur with your worldview, but I also belief that every problem, every issue, and every situation is unique, and so I try to avoid sweeping political philosophies because it might apply to one circumstance but not another (actually, read Craig’s post with… Read more »
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