It's like Brad and Jen all over again...: Each generation has its cultural touchstones, those moments when everyone remembers where they were, at that specific moment, from that second until the day that they die. Late at night, at a dinner party or social function, someone will mention the event, and the party will hush, and recollections will be shared with whispers, as quiet as possible, so as not to upset the delicate nature of such sacred memories. This is one of those moments: According to her publicist, Anna Benson has filed for divorce from her husband, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson. She says the marriage is "irrevocably broken." You were there. Let's all share this moment. Let us never forget. Only with time will these wounds heal.
Gary Sheffield is a cranky man: "The 17-year veteran blasts the media for hyping team captain Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez over every other player on the team - and says the Yankees lack family values, chemistry and trust. "Why shouldn't I tell the truth?" Sheffield told writer Stephen Rodrick. "I ain't trying to get no Pepsi commercial."
Baseball has another Lowe-down cheater: Dodger's pitcher Derek Lowe abandons wife and kids for local TV reporter.
The Selling of a Red Sox Nation : "Now that the World Series hangover has lifted, the Boston Red Sox are not quite the same team. This is the team with the second highest payroll in baseball, ...There is little, in the way of advantages, that separates the Red Sox from the hated rivals. This is not "America's team," as a bandwagoning Tom Hanks called them during the World Series. Although most Red Sox fans are knowledgeable and respectful (though almost obsessively passionate), a select percentage have managed gained the reputation in the media as among the most boorish and offensive in the sport"
Is the Shilling/Damon beef all about neck scarves?: "The Inside Track today speculates as to where the turmoil between Schilling and Damon might stem from: a fight over scarves between Michelle Damon and Shonda Schilling last October. " (scroll down)
Apparently, there is crying in baseball: Chronic bat flipper Bret Boone lets the waterworks flow while talking about being designated for assignment by the Mariners, effectively ending his career in Seattle.
Playing While White: Steve Nash's MVP selection reaffirms that race has everything to do with sports at every juncture, not just when a white guy wins an award.
Carl Everett opens his pie hole for Maxim: About homosexuals, Everett said "Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can't produce a baby, two men can't produce a baby, so it's not how it's supposed to be. ... I don't believe in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay." For the record, he doesn't believe in dinosaurs either.
Wife: A-Rod wasn't mentally ready for NYC: Alex Rodriguez's wife says her husband was so uncomfortable when he first joined the New York Yankees last year that at times she barely recognized him.
Rocker: I'm like Jackie, Hank: No, he's not talking about Jackie Stallone and Hank Hill. "I've taken a lot of crap from a lot of people," the lefthanded relief pitcher for the Long Island Ducks told ESPN.com. "Probably more than anybody in the history of the sport."
Giambi considering Yankees' request to go to minors: If the Yankees send Giambi to the minors outright, they would save $37,470.73 in luxury tax for each day his $17,142,857 average salary isnít included on the payroll of their 40-man roster, which is taxed at 40 percent over the 183-day regular season.
Canseco may have to kiss his Rolls Royce goodbye (registration required.): Jose & Ozzie Canseco must pony up a cool million in damages to two men who claim they were assaulted in a bar by the twins. Jose Canseco, who's wealth is estimated at $1.8M, will pay the bulk of the damages. Even though he received $500K for his tell-all book and another $300K for appearing on "The Surreal Life," Canseco claims that he only has $43K in the bank thanks to his lavish lifestyle.
Pedro says Red Sox can keep the ring: Pedro's sick and tired of being portrayed as a villan in Beantown: "I did my job. I think I did that all seven years I was there. Everyone seems to have forgotten about that. A lot of the fans probably remember, but theyíre selling me as a negative. Iím not saying all the fans. But some have forgotten."