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Friday, November 16, 2007

Baseball, the year-round story

That three different baseball players would show up on the news pages on the same mid-November day is too much to ask, even for this baseball 24/7/365 fan.

Barry Bonds being indicted for lying about his steroid use should come as no surprise. His statements about the probe over four years have indicated how egotistical and detached from reality he is. If he had come clean, so to speak, about his use of performance enhancers, he might have saved his reputation, such as it was, and probably have avoided the grand jury's action. It's hard to remember that he had a Hall of Fame career before his bulked-up body and pursuit of the hallowed home run record became so obvious.

Alex Rodriguez reupping with the Yankees for $275 million over 10 years is surprising, given how he dissed his team by opting out of his contract during World Series game 4. But don't for a moment believe that he's divorced from agent Scott Boros. They just wanted the Yankees and the public to think A-Rod can act on his own. Let's see: 5 percent of $275 million is a cool $13.75 million. Not bad, even by Boros' standards. But how much money do you really need, even if you think you are - and sometimes play as if - you're the best player on the planet.

The truly shocking news involved squeaky clean Derek Jeter and his troubles with the New York state tax people. Jeter's agent says he's resided in Florida, which doesn't have an income tax, since the mid-1990s. But the New York tax folks say that from 2001-03, Jeter was really domiciled in New York City and owes back taxes big time: hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. Of course, he can afford it. But Derek Jeter snagged in a tax dodge is mind-boggling.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all: Here's wishing you and yours a safe and joyous Thanksgiving -- one that's filled with many reasons to give thanks to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

3:30 PM, November 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did this so called Jesus ever take steroids, have an agent or evade state taxes?Don't worry if he can hit 300 it's ok.

4:54 PM, November 19, 2007  
Anonymous Deva said...

Interesting to know.

1:30 PM, November 11, 2008  

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