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The Yankee third baseman went 0-for-4 last night, making him 3-for-29 in his last eight games.
Can I just say something about Alex Rodriguez? And thank you, Brian Costello, for bringing this up, because I have been wanting to say this for a while: Alex Rodriguez is a total dick. I'm serious. What other player in baseball would have the gall to go 3 for 29 over an eight game stretch? That is selfish. Do you guys know how much money he makes? I just looked this up. He makes eleventy corbillion dollars a year. For that kind of money, you best not go 3 for 29 over an 8 game stretch. That is selfish and chokey. That is choke-ball. For eleventy corbillion dollars, you better go more like 15 for 29 over an eight game stretch while you also pitch and play three positions including catcher.
Alls I'm saying is, there's a little guy on the Yankees you might have heard of. His name is Derek Motherfucking Jeter. Yeah. You ever heard of him? He's the best athlete in earth's history except for maybe Jim Thorpe. And there is no way -- none -- that Derek Jeter would ever go 3 for 29 (!!!!!!) over an eight game stretch. Not while he's be-pinstripèd. Not while Monument Park is still standing. Not while Scott Brosius and Tino Martinez are--
Derek Jeter, September, thus far: .266/.347/.406.
(Sep. 3-Sep. 14: 5-32, one double, no HR.)
-- stop interrupting me! Not while Scott Brosius and Tino Martinez are still breathing God's beautiful Lou Gehrig-flavored air. Until Alex Rodriguez realizes that, all the money in the world can't save his soul from burning in eternal hellfire, that cowardly prick. Also, Paulie O'Neill was the balls! [fjm]
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The fate of Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball is now in the public's hands after its buyer announced Monday he was taking votes on whether to give the ball to the Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk or blast it into space.]
Fashion designer Marc Ecko revealed himself as Saturday's winning bidder in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit last month to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs. The final selling price for No. 756 was $752,467, well above most predictions.
Ecko had not even taken possession of the ball before setting up a Web site that lets visitors vote on which of the three outcomes they think the ball most deserves. He said he plans to announce the final tally after voting ends Sept. 25.
"I bought this baseball to democratize the debate over what to do with it," Ecko wrote on the Web site. "The idea that some of the best athletes in the country are forced to decide between being competitive and staying natural is troubling."
The 35-year-old Ecko is known for his pop culture pranks, including an infamous Internet video that showed him apparently infiltrating an airport tarmac and spray-painting graffiti on Air Force One. The incident turned out to be a hoax.
But the auction house that handled the sale confirmed that Ecko is indeed the ball's buyer. [ap
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"I harboured some bad feelings about [being moved to the pen] and from there I awfulized everything," [rob bell] said. "I felt like going to the bullpen was a demotion, I looked at everything in the most negative possible way, which is not a way I usually look at things."
There were other stresses, too.
The relationship with his longtime girlfriend had just ended and he was building a house in Tampa. When he got to the ballpark, Bell just couldn't shut off all the negatives and focus on pitching.
"I thought I was," he said. "How does someone who has never suffered from anxiety suffer from it to the point that he can't even throw the ball between the dugouts? What happens? Is it just baseball? No. I have a hard time at the end of the day agreeing with that.
"Sometimes it's good to be dumb in this game and to have a short memory, not overanalyze things. That's why guys leave here, you can beat yourself up about a lot of things on and off the field."
The Devil Rays placed him on the disabled list May 14 and he spent the following month visiting a series of doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists while trying to regain his pitching motion at extended spring training.
At first, none of it went well. He got wilder on the mound and frustration grew, the constant discussion of his issues nearly consuming him. Tired of tearing himself apart, he stopped seeing the doctors and taking the medications prescribed to him, trying things his own way instead.
"The more I was talking about it, the more I felt I was feeding the monster," said Bell. "I just said I want to put this stuff in the closet, turn off the lights, lock the door and throw out the key. Whether it was right or wrong, I don't know, but coincidentally things got better from there.
"How many people do I really want to let know how shitty I feel about myself or how embarrassed I am? Sometimes you don't want to reveal your weaknesses. It's painful. You feel vulnerable. It just sucked."
Bell finished out the 2005 season with triple-A Durham, appearing in 22 games and posting a 1-3 mark with a 7.71 ERA. A minor-league free agent, he signed with the Cleveland Indians in 2006 and spent the entire year with triple-A Buffalo, going 9-10 with a 4.25 ERA in 30 games.
"I think there was still a hint of it there," he said of his first outing of 2006, a 1-2-3 inning of relief at Richmond. "A lot of dealing with the anxiety I had was discerning what was nerves and normal stuff I had always dealt with and what was something that was foreign and unusual."
By the end of that year, Bell was certain he had found a way to contain the monster. He signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles last November, intent on returning to the big leagues.
A strong spring put him in the running but he was among the team's last cuts. When health issues wreaked havoc on the team's staff in midsummer, he was brought up for an interleague series in San Diego.
"I wasn't going to leave the clubhouse, I was going to cry," he recalled of that first day. "I thought about how far I'd come, some of it was I felt like I'd cost myself a year of pitching in the big leagues. I was also overwhelmed with excitement.
"The older you get the smaller the window of opportunity becomes, I'm not an idiot. I relished the opportunity to come back here and pitch and compete and enjoyed everything that goes with it." [680 news]
Thunder Top Portland In 4 Games, Win Series 3-1
Your Trenton Thunder have moved past the Portland Sea Dogs to advance to the Eastern League Championship Series! Games 1 and 2 will be in Trenton on Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12. The game times will be announced on Sunday.
The Thunder will face the winner of the Southern Division, the Akron Aeros. Akron, the Double A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, defeated Erie 3 games to 1 on Saturday.
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