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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Days Happen
Harry O once said, Days Happen - yes they do.
In baseball today, though winter here in New England, we note the following:
- Dennis Eckersley gets into the Hall; former Sox (twice), tough competitor, a bit of a flake, great 70's hair and moustache, and a good guy. We wonder with his newfound HOF status, will he still appear in Sox Post-Game shows? Congrats Dennis, well deserved.
- Once again, Jim Ed Rice didn't get into the Hall. One of the most fearsome hitters of his era - look at his numbers folks. Maybe next year.
- Rose says he's come clean, others say BS! What should baseball do with a figure that fans clearly have affection for, but who is - apparently - a compulsive liar?
- let him in the Hall; not to honor his achievements on the diamond is a sin.
- let him work in baseball; if you understand Pete, banishment from the one thing he loves for the past 13 years must have been torture.
- but, don't let him manage or be in a position to affect the outcome of a game unless he agrees to stop all betting, legal or otherwise;
- so be a batting coach, hitting instructor, minor or developmental league manager, scout, you get the idea.
- Some murderers have gotten less than 13 years for their crimes. Rose's only life, and love, is baseball. Yeah, I wouldn't want my daughter to marry him, but he was a great baseball player.
- In Pawtucket, they are celebrating, and rightly so. The PawSox earned the 2003 Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America for franchises that show sustained excellence in the business of minor league baseball (The PawSox also won this award in 1990). Been to Pawtucket lately? If you have, you will know why they won this award. If you haven't, why not?
- And a moment for Tug McGraw: despite being seriously ill, Tug closed out Veteran's Stadium recently with a re-enactment of his strike out of Willie Wilson, winning the 1980 World Series for Philadelphia. Tug died today after a struggle with brain cancer.
- Finally, the Market Correction continues: Juan Gone accepts a mere $4.5M (not $10M) to sign in KC; Robbie "Spittoon" Alomar accepts a $7M pay cut to $1M and signs on with Arizona. Juan Gone can help KC by adding some power they were missing last year, and I am sure Mr. Tony Pena will not put up with much BS from Juan - he'll earn that $4.5M. And Alomar: it is the end of the line perhaps.
- Finally the new New Haven Northeast League franchise (with a Name to be named later)opens its season on May 31 against Allentown.