MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS WEIGH STRIKE DATES
They've narrowed it down to three possibilities: Aug. 16, Sept 16 or Sept. 33.
So far, the most popular date seems to be Sept. 16. That way, the players would lose only one paycheck. Thank the Almighty. You don't want to see anyone suffer financially in all this.
The players' union is unified. Curt Schilling says he's willing to walk out on only two days' rest.
But there is hope. Last Thursday the two sides had a five-hour negotiating session. There was rhetoric, there was acrimony, there was name-calling—but they finally agreed on five selections for the bargaining-table cheese tray.
I'm starting to worry about Bud Selig. Yesterday he called a press conference to announce that if you buy the Expos before Sept. 1, he'll throw in free undercoating.
In other baseball news MLB is now sponsoring the Triumphant Glory Series, where participating teams take the field wearing jerseys from their most memorable era as voted by the fans. The Texas Rangers will appear naked.
TEDDY BALL-GATE CONTINUES
Last week John Henry Williams produced a handwritten note from November 2000 signed by his father, who asked to be frozen when he died. And it must be authentic because there's absolutely nothing out there with a bogus Ted Williams signature.
The note was left for months in some files in the trunk of John Henry's car. What were the files marked, "Recipes"?