Well, forget the Fish. Manny Ramirez is headed to the Dodgers in a three-team trade that has Jason Bay heading to Boston pending commissioner’s approval.
MLB Trade Deadline: Thursday @ 1p PT
Trades since Tuesday:
LAA traded Casey Kotchman and pitching prospect Stephen Marek to Atlanta for Mark Teixeira.
NYY traded Kyle Farnsworth to Detroit for Ivan Rodriguez.
NYY traded LaTroy Hawkins to Houston for minor league infielder Matt Cusick.
Florida traded pitching prospect Gaby Hernandez to Seattle for Arthur Rhodes.
CWS traded Nick Masset and minor league infielder Danny Richar to Cincinnati for Ken Griffey Jr. and cash.
I’m surprised ESPN has no coverage of Paul Pierce‘s recent response to a Spanish reporter while Pierce is in Madrid, which went like this. Q: “Is Kobe really the best player in the world?” Pierce: “I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”
Now before you Lakers fans jump on Pierce like an Asian fight, understand this. Pierce is reeling off of an NBA championship over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, where he was named Finals MVP. He watched first-hand the regular season MVP get thrown off his game while he upped his and played neck-and-neck with and I’ll be the first to admit, outplayed Kobe in the stretch. So in one series, Pierce gained the ultimate confidence that he could top the best, which is why he felt sane when he said what he said.
Okay, now you can jump on Pierce.
Michelle Wie is set to try her hands again with the men, as she attempts to qualify in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open this weekend. I think Annika Sorenstam speaks for all of us when she says that Wie shouldn’t be competing with men if she can’t even qualify in a women’s major. What I want to bring up is how much tournament director Michael Stearns is shaming the PGA by inviting the 18-year-old child star to play at a level she isn’t even close to being able to play at. Stearns said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I happen to believe she’s a great player. Who’s on the list here who won a U.S. Publinks at age 13?”
That attitude says it all. We admit, Wie was a great player. Five years ago. Now, she’s playing with the pros and has rode on her childhood fame for quite too long now. She’s just another face in the LPGA and is just embarrassing herself every time she plays with the men. But good luck to her trying to make the cut for the first time in eight tries on the PGA Tour.
ATP Masters Series
Second Round Wednesday: (2) Rafael Nadal def. Florent Serra 6-0, 6-1
Third Round Thursday: Ivo Karlovic def. (1) Roger Federer 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
The Oakland Athletics’ Brad Ziegler threw three scoreless innings Wednesday to run his record for most scoreless innings to start a career to 30.
Team USA basketball 114 – Turkey (exhibition) 82