May 24, 2007

What I missed last night

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

With the Lost and American Idol season finales on last night, it was good idea by the NBA and NHL to both take an off-day. Me? I was stuck at work not watching the Lost finale due to a minor-league hockey game. Lovely.

One significant event did happen in the Majors last night; the Yankees took out the Red Sox to claim a series victory over the division leader. While they’re still 9 1/2 games back, it’s a good step to win a game against their hated, bitter rivals.

The entire Yanks line up was firing with the exception of Jason Giambi who had a ton going on for him to say the least with more steroid-related stories and admissions cropping up as well a possible failed amphetamines test coming to light.

Yanks starter Andy Pettitte went seven strong innings giving up a lone run while Curt Schilling wasn’t very effective giving up 12 hits and 6 runs.

It’s a long shot for the Yanks to catch up and take the division title from Boston, especially with their current rotation in injury- induced shambles. But this is New York, the Rocket is on his way and anything is possible in the sports world. Hey, Boston came back from down 3-0 didn’t they?

From the “Are you kidding me?” files

Tampa Bay outfielder and borderline psychopath, Elijah Dukes was benched after it came to light that he may have sent his wife a death threat via text message. The message was allegedly accompanied by picture of a gun. The message, which read “You dead, dawg. I ain’t even [expletive]. Your kids, too.” was sent on May 2.

Now which is more unbelievable: the fact that someone married someone who is this mentally unbalanced, the fact that the couple has 2 children and that Dukes threatened to kill them as well, or the fact that it took nearly 3 weeks for her to let the authorities know that this happened?

It’s been a while since an athlete has done something this insane, that I can recall at least, but my hat is off for Elijah Dukes who is spectacularly ruining a chance to play professional baseball and earn millions of dollars.

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