Let’s take it easy on Jim Hoffman. Not everyone gets to abuse broadband at work all day, so it really shouldn’t matter that this well-intentioned correspondent says of Blog-Of-The-Moment (Last Week) Stuck In Rehab With Pat O’Brien,
Even, perhaps especially, in rehab, he’s a dork.
(O’Brien, on the right, is in treatment for something or other)
Though Jim acknowledges that said blog is almost certainly not the work of the former CBS hoops interviewer’s actual rehab roomie, I’m not so sure. The stuff about Whitney Houston sounds pretty accurate. I’m also bitter that this pretty much blows plans for a fake Brent Musberger blog right out of the water.
Who better to call a Dodgers team meeting than veteran leaders like Milton Bradley and Jeff Kent?
Actually, everyone from Pedro Guerrero to Steve Sax to the late Tommy Lasorda Jr. come to mind, but since none of them were available, the LA Times’ Steve Henson can fill you in on what happened.
Jeff Kent planted the seed, mentioning to Milton Bradley that a players-only meeting might be beneficial. Bradley made it happen, closing the clubhouse doors Tuesday and speaking about leadership, chemistry and breaking spring training with a unified purpose.
The Dodgers have so many new players that Bradley, in his second year, is almost an elder statesman. Among regulars, only shortstop Cesar Izturis has been with the team longer.
“Sometimes you can sense something in the air,” Bradley said. “We’ve had a quiet clubhouse. That’s OK. Every team has its own identity. But it seemed to Jeff and I that we all needed to make sure we were on the same page before we went to Los Angeles.”
Jayson Werth, who like Bradley is in his second season with the team, spoke next. Then Eric Gagne, the senior Dodger, had something to say. Finally, Kent stepped forward and talked about what he believes is necessary to win.
“It’s important for us to communicate with one another, for anybody to feel comfortable talking if they have something to say,” Bradley said. “We made it clear to younger and newer guys that anybody can say anything. Don’t be shy.”
(sadly, no babes, Bush masks or dildos in this pic. Could our correspondent be making this up?)
Brian Turner writes
I hope you are following the development of THE LIVING THINGS – the band Scharpling and I saw open for Velvet Revolver at Roseland, leaving both our jaws dropped (especially when the singer yelled at some guy throwing shit “I hope you get drafted”).
1. Single gimmick: bringing out babes wearing Bush masks and dildos on stage to make important political statement.
2. Dreamworks A&R signing them after 3 songs at the Viper Room for being “visceral”.
3. Dreamworks dropping them after repeatedly warning them to stop doing the Bush masks and dildos (allegedly) and then getting hate emails from Dreamworks staffers.
4. Singer shot at and had ribs broken by guys in Dallas for the Bush masks and dildos.
5. Band member ODs *ON STAGE* at CB’s, presumably before they could bring out the Bush masks and dildos.
6. Pissing on Velvet Revolver by saying they didn’t want to open for them because it would have been like “the Clash opening for Kiss.”
7. Band very proud about not having listened to the MC5 and Stooges until they discovered Hole.
Some heavy points going on there – definitely worth watching…
Incredibly, he’s got time for investigative reporting and playing bass for Velvet Revolver. The New York Times’ Duff Wilson on the latest black eye for MLB.
Dr. Elliot J. Pellman, the medical adviser for Major League Baseball whose recent testimony to Congress praised baseball’s steroids policy and challenged its critics, has exaggerated his educational and professional credentials.
Dr. Pellman, who is also team doctor for the Jets and the Islanders and a former president of the National Football League Physicians Society, has said repeatedly in biographical statements that he has a medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
But Dr. Pellman attended medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, and he received a medical degree from the New York State Education Department after a one-year residency at SUNY Stony Brook, state records show. He does not hold an M.D. from Stony Brook, according to Dan Rosett, a university hospital spokesman.
In papers sent to Harvard University for a seminar and to the House Committee on Government Reform, which held the hearings on steroids in baseball two weeks ago, Dr. Pellman identified himself as an associate clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
But he is an assistant clinical professor, a lower-ranking and honorary position that is held by thousands of doctors, a medical college official said. Dr. Pellman does not teach at Albert Einstein.
In interviews this week, Dr. Pellman, 51, said he had not tried to mislead anybody about his credentials. He characterized the errors as minor and said he would correct them. And he primarily blamed other people, including his secretary and the Jets, for the discrepancies.
“In a way, I thank you, because those discrepancies are not important enough to be there, and they have all been fixed,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.
But Dr. Dan Brock, director of Harvard Medical School’s Division of Medical Ethics, said, “If I told you I graduated from medical school in the United States, and I went to Guadalajara, then I think I would have deliberately misled you, so I would say that was unethical.”
When informed of the errors in Dr. Pellman’s biography, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, who is the ranking minority member on the House committee, said in a statement yesterday: “Major League Baseball told us Dr. Pellman was their foremost expert, but he was unable to answer even basic questions about the league’s steroid policy at the hearing. This new information raises further questions about his credibility and the credibility of baseball’s steroid policy.”
Robert White, a spokesman for Representative Tom Davis, Republican of Virginia, who is the chairman of the House committee, said he was “stunned” that baseball would send “a doctor with a questionable rÃ©sumÃ©.”
Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president, said the errors were insignificant. He said Dr. Pellman had disclosed his Guadalajara education to baseball on his rÃ©sumÃ©. He said it was unfair to criticize Dr. Pellman for the false listing of an M.D. from SUNY in the “Reader’s Digest version” of his bio from the Jets.
“I don’t see why it should impact his credibility, I really don’t,” Mr. Manfred said.
(Dr. Pellman, far left, supervising the amputation of John Abraham’s foot at the Meadowlands last autumn)
Perhaps George O’Leary would like this job?
19 year veteran and Mets spring training invitee Andres Galarraga announced his retirement Tuesday, sparing Omar Minaya the unpleasant task of cutting the much admired first baseman. Knowing full well that the Mets were due to run into John Franco by the season’s 2nd week, no one can blame the Big Cat for wanting to hang around long enough to hit his 400th home run.
In other roster moves, the Mets acquired infielder Benji Gil (above) from Seattle for cash, picked up infielder Wilson Valdez from the White Sox on waivers, and signed free agent catcher (and former Met) Kelly Stinnett to a minor league contact.
Stinnett started and went 0 for 2 as The Mets beat the Nationals, 4-3 earlier today, 9th inning solo shots by Miguel Cairo and Luis Garcia making the difference. Earlier in the game, admitted steriod abuser Terminal Sledge touched up right-hander Heath Bell for a two run homer that briefly put Washington ahead.
…or so Luis Polonia always claimed. Mel Antonen wrote in Wednesday’s USA Today about a trio of journeymen minor leaguers, all of whom are hoping that Being Washed Up is just a state of mind.
Brian Dallimore played nine minor league seasons before making the San Francisco Giants last year. He played 20 games, hit a grand slam and then, when the Giants needed his roster spot, they cut him ” on his birthday.
With a .478 average in the Cactus League, he has a chance to be the Giants’ utility infielder when they open April 5. Dallimore (above) was a Class AAA All-Star last season at Fresno and hit .352 to win the Pacific Coast League batting championship in 2003.
¢Luke Scott, Houston: Even though the Astros’ outfield competition was wide open at the start of spring training, Scott, 26 (above), who has never played a day in the majors, wasn’t a serious candidate.
Now he could be the Astros’ opening-day left fielder.
“Absolutely, he’s in the mix,” general manager Tim Purpura says. “He’s had tremendous at-bats against a lot of good pitching. Luke has come out of nowhere.”
Scott has 62 home runs in three minor league seasons.
¢Emil Brown ,Kansas City: As a non-roster player who hasn’t been in the majors since 2001, has hit five home runs this spring. A career .200 hitter with eight home runs in 209 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres, Brown, 30 (above), is the favorite to be the Royals’ right fielder for their April 4 opener at the Detroit Tigers.
Famed celebrity super-attorney Johnie Cochran has died at the age of 67.
Cochran, best known for his pivotal role in the acquital of OJ Simpson on double murder charges, was also the inspiration for the “Seinfeld” character of Jackie Childs.
Cochran’s death removes any lingering possibility of a last-second takeover of the Michael Jackson case and the inevitable regurgitation of the infamous “if the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit” refrain.
The above headline was supplied by Sam Frank, who writes of today’s NY Times guest editorialist David Brooks (below),
Maybe he and George Will can have a neckwear war, and then talk America’s pastime–compassionate conservatism! And then, I dunno, die.
I think Sam’s getting pretty angry at a Jim Duquette lookalike.
The New York Times’ Pat Borzi writes today about the efforts of 1B Andres Galarraga (43) and reliever Roberto Hernandez (40) to make the Mets’ major league roster, the former seeming like more of a longshot than the latter.
In the case of the Big Cat, New York’s options at first are troublesome. Mientkiewicz, while universally hailed as the Mets’ best-fielding 1B since John Olerud (if not Keith Hernandez), is unlikely to produce the sort of power numbers you usually associate with the position. New York’s bench alternatives at first are either old and immobile (Galarraga) or incompetent and immobile (Piazza).
From the BP News’ Tim Ellsworth :
His teammates may be out after games going to popular night spots, but you won’t find Florida Marlins pitcher Todd Jones there.
That’s because Jones knows how serious of a temptation women can be.
“I don’t put myself in those situations because I don’t know how I’d react,” Jones said. “I just try to stay out of the situations — stay in my room, play a lot of Xbox, eat a lot of room service. That’s how I live, because I love my family. I love my wife, and I don’t want to do anything stupid.”
The measures Jones takes don’t come just from a devotion to his family. They also come from his devotion to God. As a Major League Baseball player, Jones wants to do his best to live a godly life, and he knows sexual sins don’t have any place there.
“Like any other guy, women are probably the biggest stumbling block,” he said.
Jones and his wife have been married for 15 years, and Jones has remained faithful to her.
“Still, there are things you come across” as a baseball player, especially on the road, he said. “You’ve got to be careful.”
A few years back, Jones spoke in harsh terms about the possibility of sharing the locker room with an openly gay teammate. So clearly, there’s all kinds of temptation he’s wary of.
Of course, when you’re as hot as Todd, you’ve got to be doubly careful of every breathing individual trying to get into your tight polyesther trousers.