By the Marlins for six games, a batboy to whom Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny said he would give $500 if the young man could drink a gallon of milk in an hour without throwing up. The unidentified batboy kept the milk down but didn't finish it in time. When the team found out about the proposition, it suspended the batboy, who received an outpouring of support. A Panamanian Internet gambling site offered him a trip to that country and $2,500 if he could accomplish the feat. A minor league team in Florida owned by Mike Veeck offered him a job. The Milk Processor Education Program offered him $500 and his lost wages if he promised to drink the recommended three glasses a day. Penny also vowed to reimburse him for lost pay. "It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk," said Penny.
To stay home for the Orioles' game at Camden Yards against the A's last Friday, Baltimore pitcher Sidney Ponson. Last Thursday, Ponson (left) was arrested in Baltimore for drunken driving, his second DUI stop in seven months. (The other case is still pending.) Ponson also spent time in an Aruban jail last December after he was arrested for punching a judge. The Orioles are reportedly looking into voiding his contract, which calls for him to be paid $10 million next season. Ponson, 7--11 with a 6.21 ERA in 2005, is on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament and he is unlikely to pitch again this year. "I'm not going to sit here and crucify him," teammate Rafael Palmeiro said. "He supported me and I'm going to do the same for him."
Without bail, Dwight Gooden, who fled from Tampa police after a drunken driving traffic stop. The former Mets and Yankees righthander, who in April quit his job as a special adviser to the Yankees, was pulled over in the wee hours on Aug. 22 for driving erratically. Authorities said Gooden, 40, who was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, refused to leave his 2004 BMW for a field sobriety test, then drove off after handing his driver's license to an officer. The police were unable to locate Gooden until last Thursday, when he surrendered at the Hillsborough County Jail and was charged with a felony count of fleeing police and two misdemeanors. Gooden was arrested for drunken driving in 2002 (he pleaded guilty to reckless driving) and on battery charges last March after allegedly punching his girlfriend (those charges are still pending). Gooden must stay in jail or a substance-abuse treatment center at least until his next scheduled court hearing, on Sept. 20.
Pierluigi Collina, the Italian soccer referee whose bald pate and bulbous eyes made him one of the sport's most recognized figures. The no-nonsense Collina, 45, was considered the best referee in the world. As he called more and more big games--including the 2002 World Cup final--he began appearing in magazines and on T-shirts. But ultimately his celebrity cost him. The car maker Opel signed him to an endorsement deal; Opel also sponsors the club AC Milan. When Collina was criticized for the conflict, he stepped down, saying, "Without the trust in a referee, there is no point in looking ahead."