MLB Today: Cal Ripken Battling Bullies – With Words
Cal Ripken has churned out another inspirational children’s book.
Former Oriole great Cal Ripken, Jr., continues to shine in his second career as a author and his second book, Super-sized Slugger, is being released Tuesday.
This is the second in a series of books that follows the players of the Dulaney Babe Ruth League and deals with their issues on and off the field. Super-sized Slugger tackles the topic of bullying and Ripken will be making the book-signing rounds at various U.S. book chains over the next little while, so keep your eyes peeled if you want your kids to meet one of the all-time greats.
In an opposite tale of former greats and their off the field exploits, ex-Phillie/Met outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.
Nails’ post-playing days have been marred by legal issues, and this is just the cherry on top. But hey, at least he has some experience wearing orange as a former Met. And now, of course, he’ll get an entirely new sense of the word “nails” — or at least “nailed.”
Speaking of Grand Theft Auto, while I’m not a gamer, I recently acquired the soundtrack to the San Andreas version and can I just say – holy shit! It’s one sweet-ass soundtrack and I highly recommend it if you’re into funk/rare groove/old school gangsta rap.
- It didn’t take Albert Pujols long to make an impact, delivering an RBI double in his first at-bat as an Angel. Earn those bucks, Phat Albert.
- Manny Ramirez is 0-for-5 so far, but hey, at least he finally hit a ball out of the infield on Monday. Small victories.
- Brad Peacock is a prime candidate to stick in the A’s rotation this season, which makes him somewhat of a sleeper, but he sure didn’t look sharp in his first start Monday. It’s just spring, but the A’s are loaded with pitching prospects, so Peacock is not guaranteed a damn thing.
- Daric Barton, who has been a colossal disappointment at the major league level so far, is dealing with shoulder issues this spring, hurting his chances of earning a bigger role for himself this season.
- Mets’ owners Fred Wilpon’s financial issues took a turn for the worse Monday when it was ruled that he’ll have to pay out up to $83.3 million in the wake of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Worse yet, a trial has been scheduled to begin March 19 over another $300 million+ that the trustee is trying to reclaim.
- Finally, those of you still holding out hope that Carl Crawford will somehow be recovered enough from his wrist surgery to actually start the season on time can forget it. He’s been told to rest for up to a week – which means no hitting and no throwing – and that has to cinch the deal. Do not expect to see Crawford until May.