Jerry Koosman is going to jail

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Former Met Lenny Dysktra had a bad day in federal court yesterday.  Former Met Jerry Koosman had a worse one:

Koosman pleaded guilty to tax evasion in May, saying his research led him to conclude that only federal workers and District of Columbia residents had to pay federal taxes.

IRS agents who confronted him in 2006 said he showed them three binders of documents challenging the government’s right to levy taxes.

Koosman’s lawyer Robert Bernhoft, described the former pitcher as an honest, reliable – but naive – farm boy.

That defense about federal workers and DC residents is a favorite among wacko anti-government tax protester types. What always amazes me about it is how they can dig so deeply into the U.S. Code in an effort to parse the language they think gives them the right to avoid taxes, but seem to always ignore the 16th Amendment which is short and really, really clear on the matter.

Sad to see a pitcher I always admired fall into that kind of nonsense.

See David Ortiz reenact “Fever Pitch” and “Good Will Hunting”

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This is a commercial for a contest basically. It’s run by something called Omaze, and the contest gives you the chance to go see David Ortiz’s number retirement ceremony at Fenway Park.

But even if you don’t care about that, it’s worth a watch because it shows Big Papi reenacting scenes from famous Boston movies like “Fever Pitch,” “Good Will Hunting” and “The Town.”

Lost opportunity here to not include “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” which is the best Boston movie of all time, but no one asked me.

Adrian Beltre cleared for extended spring training

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Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain, but he’s about to take a big step toward getting back to action.

Beltre has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games. He’ll commence them tomorrow at the Rangers facility in Surprise, Arizona. After three games the team’s doctors will reevaluate him. If things go well, he’ll likely be sent off for a full minor league rehab assignment.

Joey Gallo has filled in for Beltre all season, bringing a lot of power but not much else to the table. While Beltre is 38, his all-around game would be welcomed back on the field and his leadership would be welcomed back in the Rangers clubhouse. On a personal note, Beltre is only 58 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

Barring a setback, he’ll be back with the big club in early June and will hit the milestone eventually.