Saturday, March 25, 2006

Life in the great state of baseball

Big Baby Bonds can't bully court
From the Chicago Tribune: Judge Denies Bonds' bid to freeze book's profits
Bonds' attorneys argued that the authors used "illegally obtained grand jury transcripts. Judge James Warren cited free speech and threw out the request.
[Ed. Note to Bonds: Probably should have autographed Warren's son's baseball when you were asked.]

In a separate story, while leaving the courthouse, Bonds' was asked about the U.S. Post Office's new set of stamps honoring baseball's greatest hitters - and he's not one of them. Bonds was restrained by his lawyers and whisked into a waiting car.

The set of four stamps feature Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers), Hank Greenberg (Detroit Tigers), Mickey Mantle (NY Yankees), and Mel Ott (NY Giants).
[Ed. note: I don't know how a non-New Yorker slipped in there either.]
And the feckless NY Yankees will take advantage of the presence of the World Champion Chicago White Sox to unveil the stamps at their July 15 game.

This just in - the Chicago White Sox are still World Champions.

From the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: Ex-Rangers pitcher, Kenny Rogers can avoid jail if he completes an anger management couse. It is rumored that he got a referral from Bonds. If Rogers, now with Detroit, can finish the course without popping his top, his Class A misdemeanor will be reduced to a Class C.
[Ed. note: Rogers is already looking forward to "cutting loose" on Devil Night in Detroit. It is not known if Rogers is aware what time of year Devil Night happens.]

For the baseball junkie who still won't admit he has a problem, tell him about MLB's online game package. For only $79.95 you get over 2,400 out-of-market games this season. And spring training games are thrown in for free. Whoopee!
[Ed. note: Did you catch that little qualifier? Out of market games. What World Champion White Sox fan wants to watch the Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Day Devilrays whale away on each other?]
Straight from MLB:
• Local Live Blackout: ALL LIVE MLB.TV games will be blacked out in both teams'home telecast markets and in Japan.
• National Live Blackout: Live games marked with grey icon will be blacked out in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, postseason live games will be blacked out in Canada. Blackout restrictions do not apply to any other country than those listed above.
MLB helpfully provides a list of zip codes, by team, that are subject to the blackout. The White Sox list runs from 46001 through 68001.

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