Rats and Dancers

March 2

Jay McGwire says he hasn’t seen his brother Mark in eight years. With Ralph and Tom today on KNBR, he said the friction between the two began when Mark spanked his (Jay’s ) son at a family gathering. Bad feelings escalated and they’re now estranged. And now, Jay’s book about their steroid use.

Jay McGwire says he’s trying to do good by educating people about steroids and other drugs, and that he has found God. So why didn’t he write a book just about himself, and not Mark? Jay says if he wrote a book and left Mark out, the media would be all over him, but the fact is he doesn’t get published without Mark.

I’m not going to buy the book. Its’ only value is the obvious assertion that steroids helped Big Mac hit more home runs, something Big Mac won’t admit. The rest is ground that has been trampled on before.

I respect Jay’s spirituality and I think he really believes he is just trying to tell the truth. Yet if he’s sincere, why not write a letter to a newspaper instead of trying to cash in with a book? On top of that, a rat is a rat, and ratting on your brother — even if he’s estranged, and even if you are stating the obvious –is a low blow.

In addition, I don’t want to hear Jay say Mark took ‘roids to get bigger, I want to hear that from Mark himself.

I’m not defending Mark’s actions and his lame rationalization for steroid use, or Tony LaRussa’s defense of Mark, but Jay isn’t much better. I hope Mark and Jay reconcile someday, but it’s hard to see how that would happen. How would you feel if your brother ratted on you in a book ?

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Congratulations to the Warriors, who have called up their fifth D-League player this season, tying an NBA record. Gary Radnich doesn’t like calling them “D-Leaguers” since they’re now in the NBA, but how many would be there without Warriors injuries ?

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Further proof that the squeaky wheel gets the grease … Chad Ochocinco will be on “Dancing with the Stars.” He can now change his name to Chad Bailando. Can he still be fined by the NFL?

Also on the “Dancing” list is Gold Medal men’s figure skater Evan Lysacek, my early favorite — he isn’t on ice but they won’t require him to do a quad or a triple axle.

In addition, ESPN’s Erin Andrews is on the list. Does she get this gig without the peeping tom ? Sorry, I just gotta ask.

Kate Gosselin is also on the list of dancers. I have one question about Kate Gosselin … Why?

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The most wonderful sight today … #73 pitched to #65 in Florida. I have no idea who they were, but it was a real spring training game between the Braves and Mets. After waxing poetic about the smell of grass and the pop of the mitt for about five minutes, I went back to work.

Giants – Mariners tomorrow.

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