Phillies pitchers and catchers FINALLY report for workouts in Clearwater, Florida today. This is the initial step in the long season that is finally going to bring this city a parade!
In a story by Marcus Hayes, it becomes apparent that Jon Leiber is not real concerned about cash flow should the Phillies decide to trade him. This guy shows up for camp in a $211,000 Ford F-650 SuperTruck over 9 feet tall. That's a big truck for a guy who doesn't really have a job. The gas tank costs over $500 to fill and the monster get 12 miles to the gallon. Hayes actually calls the 300hp engine "thrifty." Yeah. I guess in comparison to an M1 tank maybe.
In the sideshow that is happening in stead of a Barry Bonds indictment, the two San Francsico Chronicle reporters who broke the BALCO story and ran stories that contained information from sealed grand jury testimony, will avoid jail time.
In a plea deal, Troy Ellerman, 44, the attorney who leaked the documents will face two years in jail. The Justice Department announced it will end its mis-guided witch hunt against the two journalists, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.
Another Tradition by the Wayside
This year when the Phils visit Chicago, there will be some changes at Wrigley Field. For the first time ever, the team has sold advertising space in the outfield. No, they aren't hacking down the ivy. Rather, they will paint up two doors in left and right field to make way for Under Armour billboards. Apparently the Soriano deal emptied the coffers.
Dinner out, flowers, candy, jewelry - $500.
Seeing your kids sipping Shirley Temples and cuddling by the fire after dinner - Priceless!