Author: Craig Calcaterra

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce wants his son to be a baseball player because of the union


From our friends at PBT: Wizards forward Paul Pierce was asked if he wants his son to play basketball. His response:

I want him to be a baseball player. They’ve got a better union.

Ouch. Of course, the union is a weaker today than it was five years ago. At least if it’s tendency to throw some players under the bus and allow precedents to be set that, if the league rallies public opinion just so, it’ll give up things without getting anything in return.

Still: Pierce’s kid is still a baby and the MLBPA has a long way to go until it’s down where the unions in the other leagues are at.

Cobb county commissioner defensive, full of crap regarding details about the Braves new ballpark deal

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Tim Lee is he chairman of the Cobb County, Georgia County Commission. He’s the guy who was in charge of the effort to give the Atlanta Braves hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to move to a new ballpark up in his county. He’s also the guy who made a point to limit public debate on the matter.

In other words, pretty par for the course as far as these things go.

Also par for the course? He is insulted — ABSOLUTELY INSULTED — that a newspaper would have the temerity to ask him about all of this or to be critical of the whole affair. From the Marietta Daily Journal:

COBB Commission Chair Tim Lee apparently has decided to balk rather than be interviewed again by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the Atlanta Braves’ move to Cobb County.

Lee pointedly turned down an interview request Thursday from AJC investigative reporter Dan Klepal, saying he was fed up with the AJC’s relentlessly negative coverage of the move, according to an email leaked to Around Town.

He did agree to answer email questions. One of the questions involves the work a private attorney did on behalf of the Braves-to-Cobb deal. An attorney Lee allegedly hired without the knowledge of his fellow Cobb Commissioners, let alone the public, and which said hiring would have been against the law. There is a good bit of controversy about this, as Lee had previously denied that he had hired this attorney. Then, uh-oh, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found an email confirming that Lee did, in fact hire the guy. Here’s Lee’s defense, again, in his own words:

“As explained in some detail and repeatedly, Dan McRae provided legal advice about bond, financing and other legal issues that I needed during the initial, confidential discussions with the Braves,” Lee wrote. “He was not paid, nor was it promised he would be paid for the services he provided. Whether you call him project counsel, bond counsel, economic development counsel or some other description, he was performing legal work during the pre-public announcement time period, with no expectation of payment. He has never been paid nor has he requested to be paid, which further shows he did the work for free with no expectation of payment. I don’t know how many times I can say that to your satisfaction — he did the work for free, period. If you suggest otherwise, you are making a false allegation.”

It’s been five years since I’ve practiced law, so I guess I’m just out of the loop. Back in my day, however, lawyers tended not to do free work like this. They tended to, you know, like being paid either in cash or in the form of retainers or promises of additional work. But I guess in the past five years things have changed and now lawyers are just freely giving away their time on near-billion dollar projects.  Good for my former profession!

In other news: is anyone really surprised about any of this crap?

Anthony Bosch’s bail revoked because he tested positive for cocaine

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Anthony Bosch, the star witness against History’s Greatest Monster, now has to go to jail:

The former owner of the clinic at the center of Major League Baseball’s recent performance-enhancing drug scandal had his bail revoked Monday because of recent positive tests for cocaine use.

U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles ordered Anthony Bosch jailed immediately. Bosch tested positive twice in August for cocaine use, after he was released on $100,000 bail under conditions including no use of illegal drugs and random urine testing. Gayles also found Bosch wasn’t regularly attending voluntary drug treatment.

Not that this is a terrible surprise.

Good thing MLB didn’t agree to pay this guy’s legal fees and security fees and, possibly, help his child support case go away. And it’s a good thing the league didn’t agree to put in a good word for him with the judge. Because really, no one wants to appear to be cool with using a coke-addicted drug dealer as its star witness, let alone vouch for him.

Oh, wait.

Video: The Royals partied at a bar with fans after last night’s win

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The Royals are doing their very best to make everyone love them.


Apparently Eric Hosmer plunked down his credit card and kept the tab open for everyone in the bar for an hour, too. And the players there showered people in the bar with champagne.

Think the Royals are a bit happy at how the playoffs are going so far?

(h/t Deadspin)