Slammin’ Sammy Sosa Or Shammin’ Sammy Sosa?

The NY Times reported yesterday that Sammy Sosa was one of the players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs back in 2003. They cite the source of that info as lawyers who refused to be identified since the documents are under a court seal. This list of players who tested positive is the same one that had A-Rod’s name on it.

Recently, Sammy Sosa said he was going to retire and calmly wait to be elected to the Hall of Fame. I had my doubts then; if this proves accurate, he will not be getting in while he is still alive.

In addition, Sosa may have a much larger problem here. In 2005, he testified at that famous Congressional hearing – the one where Mark McGwire said he did not want to talk about the past and Rafael Palmiero wagged his finger at the Congressthings and said he never took PEDs and then tested positive about a month later. That’s the one where Sosa suddenly forgot how to speak English and had his lawyer speak for him. Nevertheless, he was sworn in and he said he had never taken PEDs, had never broken the law and had clean tests in 2004. Well, if the NY Times reports are true, it might seem as though he had not been telling the Congressthings “…the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

Maybe Sosa and Roger Clemens can see if they can get a discounted rate on a combined plea deal regarding perjury indictments? Just a thought…

Recently, there was a minor kerfuffle regarding Raul Ibanez and PEDs. A blogger suggested that Ibanez – having an outstanding year in Philly at age 37 – might be “taking something”. Ibanez was not pleased and lashed out. I will give you a note from Brad Rock of the Deseret Morning News to fill in the story:

“Philadelphia Phillies slugger Raul Ibanez is outraged at a blog posting that suggested he uses steroids. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer he’ll stake his bank account on his innocence.

” ‘You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool — anything you can test. I’ll give you back every dime I’ve ever made,’ he said.

“Um, thanks for the offer, but for most of us, an autograph will do.”

Elsewhere in the National League, the Cubs had to stand around and watch Milton Bradley catch a fly ball in right field and then throw the ball into the stands – - with only two men out in the inning. The Cubs should have expected Bradley to have run-ins with umpires and get himself disciplined for that; he has done that. The Cubs should have expected Bradley to get injured; he has done that. On the positive side, the Cubs should have expected him to hit and to drive in runs; he has not done that. In addition, the Cubs should have expected him to be able to count the number of outs in each inning; he has not done that.

By the way, the Cubs could have had Raul Ibanez this winter instead of Bradley for about the same money and the same contract duration. Go check the stats for these guys and ask which team got the better off-season deal…

Greg Cote of the Miami Herald had an interesting view of a Yankees’ draft selection:

“The Yankees selected Dolphins rookie quarterback Pat White in the 48th round of the draft. After not winning a World Series since 2000 and being 0-8 against the nemesis Red Sox this year, apparently the desperate Yankees are converting to the Wildcat offense.”

A couple of days ago, I suggested that the NBA Finals format of 2-3-2 might be something to change since NBA Finals have not gone 7 games all that often recently. The only one I could remember was the “John Starks Game”. A reader comment on the blog pointed out the Spurs/Pistons series went 7 games in 2005. Via e-mail, I heard from a gentleman in Houston who is a font of sports statistics and history. He has done sports blogging and a bit of sportswriting and some sports radio; he is also – I presume – a judge of good whiskey. Here is the deal on the NBA Finals based on the e-mail from him:

    In 1985, the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format for its final series. In the 25 years since then, there have been only 3 series to go 7 games (1988, 1994 and 2005). That is 12% of the series for those keeping score at home.

    From 1947 through 1984, the NBA Finals format was 2-2-1-1-1. In those 38 years, the final series went to 7 games 13 times. That is 34% for those keeping score at home.

Here is shocking news. Michele Wie did not even qualify for the US Women’s Open this year. She has been in previous US Women’s Open tournaments but has never won. This week, she did not even make the cut to tee off there. Wie is 19 years old; that is awfully young to be over the hill but the fact of the matter is that it has been quite a while since she has actually won a golf tournament against real players and not high school kids from Hawaii. Wake me when she does win a “big girl tournament”; that will be news…

The NHL sort of won a preliminary victory in the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case when the judge invalidated Jim Balsillie’s $212M offer to buy the team because it had a June 29 deadline on the offer and the judge said that the case was too complex to be finished by then. The NHL sort of lost a point too when the judge ruled that the league had already approved Balsillie as an owner back when he tried to buy the Penguins and move them to Canada and that their claim that he was not an approved buyer for the team was nonsense. If nothing changes here, the NHL – the Coyotes largest creditor – will need to find a buyer for the team who will pay something near $212M or the league will take a financial hit relative to the offer that Balsillie put on the table and then that buyer will need to find a way to turn a profit on the team while it is in Phoenix. Good luck on that!

Finally, here is another observation from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald regarding the US Olympic Committee:

“U.S. gold medalists in wrestling at the 2012 Summer Games will get a $250,000 bonus. Remember when we got to at least pretend the Olympics were about amateurism?”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…

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  • Rich  On June 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Maybe Sammy can get some coaching on the perjury thing from Miggy Tejada.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On June 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm


    Tht didn’t work out all that well for Miggy as I recall. It might be a tad late for Sammy to learn the appropriate lesson from Miggy that he should.

  • Rob  On June 18, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I saw a video of Milton’s “play.” Weird. It was like he caught the ball, then he posed for the fans for a couple seconds, and then tossed the ball into the crowd. All the while, everyone was screaming for him to throw the ball.

    It’s pretty well established that Michelle Wie is overrated. But I get the sense that her career has been completely mismanaged also. All of those games she played in men’s tournaments, when she hasn’t even proven herself to the women’s game, made no sense to me.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On June 18, 2009 at 11:20 am


    No question that Michelle Wie was mismanaged. Her handlers – reportedly her parents – finagled her way into men’s tournaments against pro golfers. She beat high school boys when she was a high school girl. That is a noteworthy accomplishment; it does not happen every year in a lot of state high school golf tournaments. BUT it does NOT mean that she was remotely ready to take on PGA quality golfers.

    She was not.

    Here is why it made sense – to her handlers. It made her a celebrity and earned her millions of dollars in terms of endorsements and spnsorships and the like.

    As usual, it was all about the $$$…

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