1. Quick Hits
- South Africa’s double amputee runner Oscar Pistorious was indicted today for murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.
- Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy takes a leave of absence after his son Jared was charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.
- Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada, a former MVP, has been suspended 105 games for amphetamines.
- USA Today reports that disgraced Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun will make a “full confession” in the near future admitting his steroid use during his 2011 MVP season.
- Penn State settles the first of many claims in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State has authorized $60-million in overall settlements.
- Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller is out for the year with a knee injury. Houston’s D.J. Swearinger said he hit Keller low because a high hit would result in a fine.
For those wishing that Alex Rodriguez would just go away he’s doing the reverse. Playing, creating headlines and making one accusation after another. You could call it a circus but it wouldn’t be fair to circuses. On Saturday, a day after 60 Minutes revealed that Rodriguez leaked the names of Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to Yahoo! Sports in connection with Biogenesis, his lawyer charged that the Yankees medically mistreated A-Rod in the hopes of getting out of his contract. Last night Rodriguez backed up his lawyer and said he’s filing a grievance against the Yankees for his medical treatment. The outraged Yankees offered to release all of his medical records and dropped their own bombshell. They said Rodriguez should also release his records with Dr. Anthony Galea, the disgraced Canadian doctor involved in PEDs. Good for the Yankees. What was the deal with Rodriguez and Galea and while we’re at it, how about Tiger Woods and Galea? By the way Rodriguez said last night he’s having a hard time focusing on playing every day. Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster hit him with a pitch last night. (Preview) Poor baby.
3. Time of Game
Many had the same reaction when hearing about the proposed instant replay system for MLB next year. It will add time to games that already take too long. Well maybe not. The umps won’t be leaving the field to watch monitors, that will be done remotely in New York. And I hope baseball does what football can’t seem to get straight. If you can’t tell in 10 seconds then it’s not obvious so play on. And perhaps now we’ll no longer have hat-throwing base-tossing performances by the Lou Piniellas of the world. So we may pick up some time even if we lose the entertainment value. Much like tennis. John McEnroe wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun to watch if they had the Hawk-Eye system in place in his day.
4. Perfect Timing
So Friday night before the Phillies hosted the Dodgers they were going to honor Phillies manager Charlie Manuel for his 1000th managerial win. Here’s a unique way to cancel a ceremony. Fire the guy in the afternoon. Done and done. Ryne Sandberg (why isn’t he managing the Cubs?) took over.
5. An Assist on the Score Sheet
What do you do if you get stuck in traffic trying to get to a Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert in South Florida? Well if you’re LeBron James you get a police escort on the “wrong side of the street” and then show video to the world on your twitter site. It’s good to be King.
Happy Birthday: Mets pitcher and broadcaster Ron Darling. 53.
Bonus Birthday: Bill Clinton. 67.
Today in Sports: St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sends 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to pinch-hit. He walked on four pitches. 1951.
Bonus Event: Google stock debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $85. It’s now in the $850 range. 2004.
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