Tampa's turnaround (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday May 9, 2007 11:18AM; Updated: Wednesday May 9, 2007 11:46AM
Put a sock in it, Curt
Curt Schilling went on WEEI, my favorite Boston radio station, to talk about what a cheater he thinks Barry Bonds is. And it's fine Schilling likes to spout his opinions on his blog and on the air, except that Schilling claimed Bonds "admitted cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game."
Which, of course, Bonds never admitted.
Schilling loves to babble. But when the real time came to talk, the one time he could have made a difference, when he was put under oath in Congress in March 2005, Schilling clammed up. For once, he had nothing to say.
Big Papi disagrees
David Ortiz provided the counterpoint to Schilling, providing tribute to Bonds and mentioning that even if Bonds did partake in steroids, so did many others.
Ortiz told the Boston Herald that Bonds "deserves respect." Maybe Ortiz should start his own blog to counteract Schilling's.
Pavano finally pays agent
Carl Pavano, the Yankees' oft-injured pitcher who's been going around the country seeing doctors, quietly has paid his former agent the money he owed him.
Pavano canceled his late-March hearing with ex-agent Scott Shapiro, presumably when he realized he had zero case. Pavano's claim that Shapiro should have gotten him a nice round $40 million from the Yankees, not just $39.95 million, of course, was laughable. So he waited until the day of the hearing, then threw in the towel.
Pavano had owed Shapiro the commission on the contract -- thought to be about $2 million -- since the deal was signed two years earlier. I hope he paid with interest.
There are some who'd say Pavano hasn't been worth $39.95, much less $39.95 million, since signing that contract with the Yankees.
Around the Majors
Prince Fielder is going to be a bigger star than his dad was. He got decked by Matt Capps on Saturday (the pitch that earned Capps' four-game suspension) and he answered with two-HR game the following day. He could have charged the mound, but didn't, showing poise.
Break out the bubbly: Torii Hunter's 22-game winning streak now gives him a good reason to buy champagne.
Bobby Cox, with 128 ejections, needs three more to catch John McGraw as the all-time leader. Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz pointed out that Cox has 14 more ejections than Leo Durocher, 30 more than Earl Weaver and 57 more than "Sweet" Lou Piniella. Cox, for his part, seemed slightly embarrassed by the attention his ejections have drawn. He probably should be.
Congratulations to Mets reliever Lino Urdaneta, who dropped his ERA from infinity last season to 81.00 after his first outing of 2007, then to 63.00 after his second.
The one instance in which baseball might consider using instant replay is on home runs. Or whenever Bob Davidson works. Either one.
Regarding Josh Hamilton, the movie keeps getting better.
Good idea by the Yankees to let Roger Clemens work out on his own. Unlike the team, he obviously knows a thing or two about fitness.