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Bengals and Brea

Another Cincinnati Bengal has been arrested this week.

Who had Eric Steinbach in the pool?

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Steinbach was cited for "boating under the influence" on the Ohio River. He reportedly failed a series of field sobriety tests.

No wonder. Have you ever tried to walk a straight line on the water?

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Instead of reciting the alphabet, he had to name everyone else on the team who's been in jail this year.

Al Davis must look at the Bengals and say, "I want no part of those guys."

Instead of the usual signing bonuses for their future draft picks, the Bengals are offering get-out-of-jail-free cards.

At least the stripes on the helmets go nicely with the ones on their jail uniforms.

No truth to the rumor that the Bengals are bringing in Barry Switzer as coach to instill more discipline.

When a player is released this summer, he's told to turn in his playbook - and his hand gun.

Going back to former Oriole Terry Mathews, he was booed upon entering an American League Division Series game against Seattle at Camden Yards. Manager Davey Johnson hid him during the ALCS.

I was wondering when Brian was going to step up and defend Ken Dixon. Please give us the latest scouting report.

I wish I had more information, or any information, on the team that claimed Rodrigo Lopez, but I'm out of the loop at the moment.

Going over the names of all these pitchers brings back such funny memories. I prefer those over the painful ones that usually follow.

Leslie Brea, one of Syd Thrift's acquisitions during the 2000 purge, made an emergency start in Kansas City later that year. I was on the trip, along with Dave Sheinin from The Washington Post. We were suspicious of Brea's "listed" age - I believe it was 21 or 22 - since he looked much older and his voice sounded like he had a 12-pack-a-day habit.

I couldn't wait to ask him what it was like to pitch to Josh Gibson.

Rather than challenge Brea about his age and create a situation, I thought that I would ease into it. As our interview in the visiting clubhouse ended, I said, "Oh, by the way, how old are you again?" (note how I made it seem like I already knew, but needed a reminder. Veteran move).

Brea replied: "Twenty-eight."

Sheinin and I just nodded, thanked him and walked away. I'll always remember an Orioles official, who joined us for the interview, saying in a low voice, "Well, that was weird." Perfectly understated.

Sheinin and I rushed back to the press box, wondering if, perhaps, Thrift had acquired the wrong Leslie Brea.

There was only one. And he was 28.

Just like his ERA after that start.

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