Archive for December 3rd, 2008

03
Dec
08

Art Shamsky Plays the Field Once More

During his 8 year career, Art Shamsky played for the Reds, Mets, Cubs and A’s, the back of his baseball card says that he throws left and hits left, according to his now ex-wife though, Shamsky is a switch-hitter. A lawsuit filed by Kim Shamsky, alleges that during their 13 year marriage Art was repeatedly unfaithful, engaging “in acts of adultery with both men and women.” The suit continues alleging that these adulterous affairs included “acts of ‘unprotected’ sexual and deviate sexual intercourse.”

I’m not sure what constitutes a deviation from sexual intercourse, does stopping to get a sandwich count? No? Phew. I’m good then. OK, back to Shamsky.

Kim also alleges that because of his infidelity she has tested positive for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer and genital warts. To help her get over the pain of it all, she is suing the former first baseman/outfielder for $11 million in damages. Of course, Art’s lawyer believes this all to be a sham insisting that his client is free of sexual disease. “This is the act of a very angry ex-wife who has maligned him in the press. He will be vindicated in the courts.”

03
Dec
08

El Caballo Gets Locked Up!

Dustin Pedroia, the reigning MVP, (that sounds AWESOME to say) has, according to Peter Gammons, signed a 6 year, $40.5 million contract extension. Without full details on bonuses and such, the information isn’t complete, The full details are below the jump, it looks like the Sox made a great deal getting Pedroia for an AAV (annual average value) of 6.75 for the next 6 years. Sounds like a great bargain to me! Considering the production the team has received from Dustin already, including some nice hardware, (RoY, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, MVP and that handsome World Series trophy last year) it looks like the Sox will be getting great value from this contract through the length of the deal. Can we just please please please make sure of two things, one, he never poses shirtless on the cover of SI, in fact, how about never posing on the cover, ever, and two, that the Orioles never ever EVER hit him on the wrist.

Sure, Dustin won’t ever hit 30 homers or drive in 140, but all the other things he does are so important, so valuable, that this contract will look like a bargain I believe by the time it is over.

Also, don’t be surprised when in the next 2-3 years despite being so young, Dustin gets awarded his own C to go on his uniform. Continue reading ‘El Caballo Gets Locked Up!’

03
Dec
08

Avery Gets Sloppy Suspension

Ok, I get just because I don’t think something is offensive that there are always people out there who will, and if your boss thinks it is offensive, well, you’re fucked. Look at the comments that Sean Avery made though, “I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”

These comments led to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suspending Avery indefinitely. Although, indefinitely in NHL speak just means until he speaks with the commissioner and then gets a two or three game suspension. However, please tell me where the real problem with what he said is. He doesn’t mention any specific person by name, sure, he’s obviously alluding to Elisha Cuthbert and Rachel Hunter, but he never mentions them. For all we know he’s referring to some rando girls he nailed in NYC. Ok, so we obviously know it isn’t that, but, really, all he does is say he doesn’t like the guys in the league dating his exes. He says it in a douchebaggy manner, but then everything that Avery does is in such a manner.

So why the suspension, why is his owner saying he would have suspended Avery if Bettman didn’t? Nothing he said is so wrong. It’s dumb, it’s classless, I’ll even say mildly crass, but it ain’t offensive. Besides, if you are able to immediately know who he is referring to you have spent way too much time focusing on the love lives of celebrities. That said, Avery, you dated hot ass women, they are going to go on and date other men after you because that’s the way the world works. You can’t handle it, stop dating. Otherwise, you need to get over it. Elisha is from Canada, hence hockey players are hot to her, we all know that’s wrong, but hey, so it goes.

The fact that Avery is going to miss game time because of what are inherently innocuous comments is ridiculous and the NHL should be embarrassed. Unfortunately, now everyone is going to praise the NHL for being proactive or something. I say that because Avery didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t slander anyone, he didn’t say anything racist or really offensive, he merely has issues with other guys dating his exes.
Obviously he isn’t over them, or comfortable with other people he knows dating them, that’s fine, I can understand that, and he happened to use the forum of reporters in front of his face to let them know he doesn’t care for it.

Sloppy seconds is a lame thing to say, but suspension worthy? If you were standing around your office and said that you wouldn’t be suspended, you wouldn’t be fired. I dunno. It just seems like bullshit to me. And don’t get me wrong, I hate Avery, I think he’s a scumbag, but it seems to me he’s being suspended for being a general scumbag as opposed to having actually done something wrong. If that’s the case, I’m actually OK with that, I just dislike the fake outrage about the “sloppy seconds.” What do y’all think?




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