DP: What kind of brand?
DEJ: It says DMP. That stands for Dirty Mo' Posse [the nickname for his friends from Mooresville, N.C.]. I know, I know. Somebody gave me this thing so I could brand steaks, and we used it to brand our arms.
DP: How hot did you get it?
DEJ: Red damn hot.
DP: You could smell the skin burning, I bet.
DEJ: Oh, yeah. That was the worst part.
Can K-Rod Be Saved?
LAST WEEK I asked my radio listeners to vote on whether the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez, who set the single-season record for saves (58) last Saturday, should get the Cy Young, the MVP or both or neither. If you're K-Rod, the results weren't promising. Only 5% gave him both and 62% gave him neither. Some of this is respect for Cleveland's Cliff Lee (22--2, 2.36 ERA), but it shows views have changed since Rollie Fingers (1981), Willie Hernandez ('84) and Dennis Eckersley ('92) took home both awards. I think people are starting to see relievers as being too specialized, like DHs. Eric Gagne was the last closer to win a Cy Young, in 2003, and he had to be perfect (55 for 55). If K-Rod doesn't win this year, Gagne may be the last for a long time.
Eight the Hard Way
LANCE ARMSTRONG is back in the Tour de France, saying he wants to raise cancer awareness globally. But how do you draw people to watch Lance do something he's already done seven times? I think he needs to up the degree of difficulty. Here are some suggestions: