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October 25, 2006 12:00 AM

The Pine Tar Jar


The whole Kenny Rogers Pine Tar mess has gotten out of hand (so to speak). The story is a constant on ESPN News as if it was the end of the World Series as we know it. Should he face some kind of suspension? Of course, but don't hold your breath for it to happen.

I'm winding down the Nickname the Offense contest and will be selecting the winner today from quite a list of entiries. THANKS so much for participating. Hope you had as much fun with it as I have had. I'll e-mail the winner today and get your full name and address so I can put your name in Fridays Bozos of Blitz episode and bundle up the prizes that will be coming the winners way. But again thanks for making the contest a blast.

My wife and I didn't get to hear Garry Trudeau last night. My wife was under the weather and we chose at the last minute not to go. If anybody went I'd love to hear about. Drop a comment on the blog if you did.

Just a heads up but in Saturdays paper I'll be doing the 20th version of my annual Halloween costume ideas.

I've still laughing at the book The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. I'm telling you, you've got to buy it. It's a must read. Just a fair warning: The amount of laughter it induces leads to some serious sleep deprivation, but it's worth it.


  • October 25, 2006

    1:38 AM

    Tom writes:

    I'll say this. Firstly, If it really was pine tar on his hand, he wasn't exactly well hidden, and Kenny made no real attempts to hide it.
    Secondly, if it took a TV camera shot to make the umpires check it out, then Major League Baseball has more problems than it realizes. Are these Umpires just stupid not to be looking for stuff like that?
    Thirdly, I really don't care if it was pine tar. Don't we have more to worry about with the whole steriod issue and the fact that the Yankees get away with using a $200 Million salary budget? There is a lot more wrong with MLB than a little bit of pine tar on a pitcher's hand. Lets get real , shall we?

  • October 25, 2006

    8:18 AM

    Marc writes:


    From everything I have heard (which may or may not be correct) umpires cannot check a player without a coach asking for it. So even if Rogers had his whole hand covered in the stuff; he could not be searched until Tony LaRusa asked for the search. Again, that is what I have heard and been told. I do agree though, baseball has a problem. One of the points brought up about LaRusa not persuing it further is that his pitchers, like most pitchers, do similer things. Basic point, everyone cheats, it's just that umpires/coaches/players/management all have a gentlemen's agreement to not call anyone else out unless it is obvious.

  • October 25, 2006

    8:44 AM

    Rob writes:

    Kenny Rogers should be tarred and feathered as punishment. Then they could advertise that the San Diego Chicken is pitching and attract more viewers. As for there being a gentleman's agreement I think of John Kruck(sp) They're not gentlemen they're baseball players.

  • October 25, 2006

    11:51 AM

    Rob writes:

    Man, mistype your email address once and the cookies will never forget it. Spell it right the rest of the time and they are unphased.

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