Trade Deadline Is Passed…
And Shaq and Lebron aren’t teammates, Amare is still a Sun, and Vince is still stuck in Jersey. The biggest news from the deadline: Rafer Alston goes from Houston to Orlando to replace the void left by Jameer Nelson’s injury. Can you say anti-climatic? The Bulls also sent Larry Hughes to the Knicks for Tim Thomas and other insignificant persons. The Shaun Marion and Jermaine O’Neal swap made the biggest news so far, but neither of their teams are in serious playoff contention so we can’t really pretend to care.
Warm, fuzzy, story of the week
Ken Griffey is back in Seattle. I’m glad for him and the desperate Seattle sports fans. After the last couple of years, memories are the only things keeping them alive. Now they can go down to their basements, sort through the dusty boxes of Olerud, Martinez, and Rodriguez jerseys, brush that Griffey throwback off, and they’re back in business. But seriously, Griffey showed a lot of class on his part going to Seattle instead of Atlanta. It’s nice to see some players are still loyal to their organizations.
Best Memory from All Star Weekend
Kobe and Shaq share a trophy room, Dwight Howard is Superman but not MJ, Nate Robinson is a flying leprechaun, and Kevin Durant has skills…come on we knew all this stuff before last weekend. This is what All Star games are really about…KG and Craig Sager
Do Your Homework
The Washington Nationals just found out that a prospect they gave a $1.4 million signing bonus lied about his age and name. In 2006, the Nationals signed a 16-year-old shortstop named Esmaiyln “Smiley” Gonzalez and general manager Jim Bowden called him the next Ozzie Smith. Gonzalez lived up to the hype by hitting .343 in the Gulf Coast League in 2008 and winning the MVP. But it turns out that Gonzalez, whose real name is Carlos David Alvarez Lugo, is 23 today and not 19 like the Nationals thought. First of all, having worked for the Nationals’ front office during spring training last year, I can’t say I’m shocked. Their organization has a good deal of problems problems on the field and off the field and that starts at the top with the general manager. Second, hasn’t baseball learned enough from Tejada, Furcal, and Danny Almante? You hate to stereo type Dominican players, but they seem to have a convenient problem remembering their birth dates.
I’d like to clarify something that Bigs said in his last post. We did not spend Valentines Day together. I spent Valentines Day alone; he just happened to be in the same room. There’s a big difference.
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