Friday Filberts

January, 30, 2009
Would you believe they're still discovering new birds? Well, they are. Think about that, then make the smooth transition to contemporary baseball news …

• It's an old lesson that has to be re-learned every single year: Don't give up on a hot prospect after a few lousy months.

• Albert Pujols can't seem to understand why Manny Ramirez is still a free agent:

    "I speak with Manny every three days and he tells me, 'Man, no one wants to sign me,' " Pujols said Thursday during a news conference. "I'm not an agent or general manager, but I can't understand how Manny has not signed."

    Pujols passed along Ramirez's telephone number to St. Louis manager Tony La Russa.

    "Maybe St. Louis doesn't have the money to sign him, but he could give them a discount because St. Louis is a great city that supports its players," Pujols said.

Umm, Albert? If Manny was interested in discounts, he would have signed already.

• Shea Stadium? It's almost gone.

• When it comes to United States v. Barry Bonds, I think ShysterBall's probably right: Enough already. But on the other hand -- and I should probably defer to Craig on these things, because he's got a law degree and I don't -- perhaps a high-profile prosecution of a public figure for lying to a grand jury is in the public's interest. Even if it can't be quantified in any meaningful way.

• We have a new candidate for Worst Job in the World: Rubbing liniment all over Roger Clemens (and I mean all over).

• Granted, it was five in the morning. But before I read this story, I thought this was for real.

• What's that? You can't get enough of me and you're obsessed with the Rays? Boy, do I have the interview for you.

• Here's what happens when it snows in St. Louis.



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