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In Signing With Phillies Cliff Lee Destroys His Legacy

In choosing to become a sidekick, Cliff Lee signifies the destruction of our national innocence.

Mike Sweeney's Time in Kansas City Offers Dark Perspective on Mauer Deal

Mike Sweeney's Time in Kansas City Offers Dark Perspective on the Mauer Deal

Royals Links: Tim Hudson Destroys Our National Innocence, Fat Little Girlfriends, Etc.

Remember when Alex Rodriquez destroyed our national innocence by making some kind of contract decision or statement during the opening of the World Series? Maybe you don't because the effects of...

Chone Figgins? Really?

Wow... these MLB guys, you always know you're going to get subtle gestures from them. As an AL fan, I can only hope that the lockout of Alex Rodriguez doesn't cost them the game.

More than a decade ago, a baseball strike canceled the season and the World Series. The first time...

More than a decade ago, a baseball strike canceled the season and the World Series. The first time ever, we were told in hushed tones. A national trauma. Baseball had survived world wars, cold wars, hot dogs — even night games, the designated hitter, and Astroturf — only to succumb to a labor dispute between spoiled millionaire players and even-more-spoiled billionaire owners. How could it be summer without baseball, the pundits pouted? Most portentous, how could we be us without our spectator fix? But wait. Here is heresy indeed: Was it really such a disaster? Or is it a disaster that our current paragons have been revealed to be hormonally enhanced and ethically challenged? Or if a college team is denied a bowl slot? Is life so pale, dull, and unsatisfying that it must be experienced vicariously in order to be savored? You might try reading a book, talking with your family, going for a walk, wrestling with the dog, listening to some music, smelling a flower, making love. Doesn't he realize that our national innocence is at stake?

Scott Boras and Ethics

An interesting potential discussion piece at The Hardball Times by Jack Marshall, a professional ethicist. Worth reading for anyone who has strong opinions about Boras and his critics, on either side. As I understand it, he argues that Boras' negotiating tactics, as we know them (and which so many loathe), are not unethical. However, he does make an interesting case that I have not seen made elsewhere by defenders of our national innocence (probably because they don't really think about it very carefully) -- that Boras, by representing so many high profile clients who effect each other's value on the free agent market, may be engaging in unethical conflicts of interest. I'm not sure what I think, but it's an interesting and informed approach.

At Least Jeff Kent Got Dressed Up for His Cliche-Ridden, Self-Serving Retirement Press Conference

  He always acted like a great guy, just ask him. Or one of his white teammates. Or motorcycle friends. We have 24 hours to find another defender of our national innocence and the integrity of...

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