Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Alex Rodriguez and Scott Rolen still want to play. Clint Hurdle is back in the minors for one day. Jered Weaver doesn't care who his teammates are as long as they can play and Barry Zito gives back to the community.
I wouldn't buy a clear dishwasher. That means I'd have to look at all the dirty dishes until I ran it.
- Alex Rodriguez has no plans to retire.
- Neither does Scott Rolen, although he doesn't currently have a team. The Reds probably don't have the budget to sign him, says John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. His best bet is probably the Dodgers, who are making a sequel to the Richard Pryor/John Candy film "Brewster's Millions."
- It's time to talk about what to do about the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Tribune admits they're biased, but the best place for them is downtown Tampa. The land in St. Petersburg where Tropicana Field currently is located would be more productive and profitable being put to other uses.
- The Marlins have had a terrible past twelve months and are in big need of some good news. So what's their plan? Hire a new PR firm, of course. There's no need to put a better product on the field, they just need someone to explain the crap better. Ladies and gentlemen, you can't beat American ingenuity.
- Ken Rosenthal is all for tougher penalties for PEDs, but he doesn't think that will be any sort of deterrence.
- Michael Schmidt of the New York Times says that being able to cut deals with PED users were the key to cleaning up cycling, and that baseball is hamstrung by an inability to do the same. As of now, suspended players have no incentive to cooperate with authorities.
- Bryce Harper was honored to exchange jerseys with Stan Musial before Musial died.
- Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post thinks the Nationals' age of innocence is over. From now on, they'll be expected to win, not just show up. I don't know, success has never raised expectations with the Marlins.
- Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles is worried that the Dodgers may be getting dangerously over-extended. What? You mean already being on the hook for $80 million in 2018 might be a problem?
- Mark Teixeira made his Broadway debut. Kevin Youkilis was backstage and ready to go on if Teixeira broke a leg or something.
- Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has advice for each member of the Indians, and yet none of it was to "Get rid of Chief Wahoo."
- Clint Hurdle was back in Indianapolis.
- Jered Weaver would have no problem with a gay teammate, although it sounds like Robert Fick would. From what I remember about Robert Fick, I think the feeling would be mutual.
- Lyle Overbay is a Red Sox. Cub fan favorite LaTroy Hawkins is a Met.
- Albert Pujols still hopes to play in the World Baseball Classic.
- And in some positive news about ballplayers, Barry Zito won the Hutch Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Clinic for his philanthropic work.
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers still want to play football on Black Friday.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, because it's Saturday, Buster.