News item: Pete Rose admitted on Dan Patrick's radio show that he bet $2,000 per game on the Cincinnati Reds while he was managing the team.
My take: Well, that's the last straw as far as I'm concerned. I was OK with him when he lied about betting on baseball for 20 years, made embarrassing autograph appearances down the street from the Hall of Fame and wrote that tell-almost-all book, My Prison Without Bars. But now, I've got to say, I'm disappointed.
News item: Orioles pitchers strung together 11 innings without giving up an earned run Friday night, and the O's still lost to drop back into the American League East cellar.
My take: It doesn't matter if opportunity knocks if there's no one there to answer.
News item: Promising 22-year-old pitcher Joba Chamberlain will make his first start for the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
My take: Can't wait to hear Hank Steinbrenner crowing if this ends up working out.
My take: I wonder how much Kyle would be willing to pay me to write him off like I did Daniel Cabrera.
News item: Orioles president Andy MacPhail said Thursday that he probably won't listen to trade proposals for any of his key veterans while the club continues to play well.
My take: O's fans can only hope he's able to say the same thing in late July, but there's a pretty good chance he'll be all ears by then.
News item: Trainer Rick Dutrow continues to blow hard, calling the Triple Crown "a foregone conclusion" for Big Brown.
My take: Talk about tempting fate. I haven't seen anyone this confident since the New England Patriots crushed the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. The Pats did win, didn't they? It was such a lock I didn't bother watching the game.
News item: Detroit Red Wings fans were frozen out of primary market tickets to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh when Ticketmaster restricted sales to Pennsylvania, seven adjacent states and the District of Columbia.
My take: If the Orioles pulled something like that in New York and Boston, the team would be bankrupt by now.
News item: The Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson tied Roger Clemens for second place on baseball's all-time strikeout list when he struck out Dan Ortmeier in the seventh inning Thursday night against the San Francisco Giants.
My take: And we're pretty sure Johnson did it without any artificial sweeteners, as researchers have yet to determine that steroids make you taller.
News item: The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the AL.
My take: The name change seems to have worked. Apparently, for their first 10 years of existence, the devil made them not do it.
News item: Clemens has added a claim of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" to his defamation lawsuit against former personal trainer Brian McNamee.
My take: If that's his rationale, it would make more sense if "The Rocket" sued himself, but you can't do that - not even in Texas.
News item: The NBA has announced that the league will levy fines for flopping next season.
My take: Can they make that rule retroactive for the Chicago Bulls?
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