Wednesday, February 23, 2005


Plinko was always my favorite Price Is Right game. (That or the Mountain Climber game)
  • The obligatory local steroids column. I don't wanna debate this here and now, partially because I'm not sure which way I lean on the issue, but it bothers me, not that Thom is doing it in this column, when sportswriters bring up Lyle Alzedo and Ken Caminiti as examples of why steroids are bad.

    In Alzedo's case, I'm open to the possibility that his use led to his tumors, but there hasn't been any conclusive medical evidence that that's the case. (Certainly there were many other pro athletes using heavily. Where are the other dead players?) But, in Caminiti's case, it's especially egregious. When they found him dead in the gutter, he wasn't pumped up on steroids. The massive amounts of cocaine were a much larger factor. I guess I'm just saying let's see some evidence before we jump to all these conclusions.

  • The DC Baseball Political Action Committee began buying its way towards success last night. At least the schools are getting funded, right Adrian Fenty?

  • The MRI confirmed that Francisco Beltran is screwed. He has a strained UCL that will keep him out at least a month--given how long others are out, that's probably a low estimate.

  • By this point, I probably don't need to comment on this. You know where I'll go with it.
    "I'm working on it, doing a lot of bunting to help my on-base percentage," [Inning-Endy] Chavez said. "It's going to be tough for my hitting. I'm going to try to work more and do anything I can this year to get on base."

  • The Supreme Court is considering a case on the proper use of eminent domain that may have implications for the baseball stadium. Here's some more background on the case. Regardless of its applications for the stadium, it's a very interesting case, one with pretty huge ramifications.


  • Yeah, Czaban made the "Caminiti: dead" reference this morning, as a matter of fact.

    I don't think I'm going to write about steroids; I don't think I have enough to say about it, you know? Maybe I'll just comment on what others write about it.

    Anyway, I'll throw this out here because it's on my mind. This morning, a caller on one of the local sports stations wondered if players in the 50s and 60s had their own "versions" of steroids, like uppers. The host said we'll never know and then said, "Look at Hank Aaron. He didn't balloon up, and he stopped hitting at a normal age."

    Well, Aaron didn't balloon up, that's correct. The rest is crap, though.

    1. If you care at all about baseball, you know that 'Ball Four' is replete with references to uppers and stuff like that. Hell, 'BF' is part of baseball lore; how can anyone who cares about baseball _history_ not know about it?

    2. Aaron must definitely did not decline "at a normal age"---or if he did, it was a normal age for a superstar, I guess. At any rate, between ages 35-39, he hit 40 homers three times (including at age 39), never below 34 homers. At age 40, he still almost slugged .500 in an injury year. (Yes, I'm sure A-FC Stadium had something to do with that...)

    The point isn't to attempt to justify Bonds. I think he probably did knowingly use steroids. What that means---in the context of when he allegedly took them---well, make your own determinations.

    I just hate misinformation and ignorance. (Whoops, sorry for the tangent.

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/23/2005 10:12 AM  

  • Don't jump on Chavez too much -- as long as bunting isn't the only skill he's working on, it can't hurt.

    I remember having a similar reaction to hearing that Jimmy Rollins was working on his bunting last spring, but the end result was that he only dropped bunts down when it seemed very likely to get him on base, and that in turn led to him swinging better and hitting more line drives. Granted, his 289/348/455 line wasn't spectacular, but it was a whole lot better than the year before.

    So, yeah. If Inning-Endy just adds bunting to his otherwise mediocre playing package, then whatever. But if it's one of many things he's working on, he might actually, like, improve.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 2/23/2005 10:20 AM  

  • Well, Aaron didn't balloon up, that's correctHave you ever seen a picture of him as a Milwaukee Brave in the 50s?

    I'm not insinuating anything, just saying that body types change naturally over the career and that that alone shouldn't be used to justify accusations.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2005 10:49 AM  

  • Yeah, he was skinny, just like Bonds was. I was referring to Aaron's (or, really, Bond's) face---which, for good or ill, seems to be the telltale bodily feature cited by Bonds-haters (or Bonds-skeptics, I guess).

    PS: "Plinko" was definitely the best, and "The Yodeler" was great, too. For some reason, I also got a kick out of the putting game.

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/23/2005 12:43 PM  

  • Although that one started to suck when it went to "Hole in One...Or Two"

    Where's the challenge in that? :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2005 1:14 PM  

  • Apparently the arguments at the Supreme Court today indicated that the eminent domain case will likely be decided in favor of the pro-eminent domain side, at least according to Slate. Though it's certainly possible they could decide in favor of the land-use side in this case but set up a rule that's unfavorable to the situation in DC, but I'm pretty sure it should be safe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/23/2005 1:46 PM  

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