Let's Talk Baseball, Real Baseball. Curt Schilling takes your questions. ... Keith Foulke and the wisdom of his 4-year deal. ... Ed Cossette likes Schilling's thoughts on chemistry.
Cleveland minor league pitcher Kazuhito Tadano is asking for forgiveness for what he called a one-time mistake -- his appearance in a gay porn video three years ago. "All of us have made mistakes in our lives. Hopefully, you learn from them and move on. ... I'm not gay. I'd like to clear that fact up right now." Sounds like he's more worried about being perceived as gay than about making the video in the first place. Akron (AA) outfielder and teammate Grady Sizemore (whose name has some porn potential): "I don't think it changed anybody's opinion of him. After it was said and done, nobody thought anything more of it. He's a great guy and a great pitcher." More coverage from Cleveland.
Gary Sheffield has offered to play 3B for the Boone-less Yankees. Now, that ain't gonna happen, but Aaron Gleeman ponders the infield of Jason Giambi, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter and Sheffield anyway and rightly assumes: "Somewhere, Kevin Brown is balled up in the fetal position, weeping uncontrollably. ... [T]here is a good possibility that an infield of Giambi-Soriano-Jeter-Sheffield would be the worst defensive infield in the history of baseball." ... My favorite Yankees blogger, Larry Mahnken, is back with several entries on: his team's post-season luck, Boone aka "the suckiest suck that ever sucked" and DIPS stats. ... There is a Mariners blog out there called: "At Least the Red Sox Have 1918"!
A photo of Abraham Lincoln from the early 1840s.