Wednesday, February 06, 2008

This And That On Wednesday Morning...

Good morning blogland. Yes, it's Wednesday, February 6th. February is a month, exactly four weeks long (plus one day, for leap years such as this), that seems to rocket by. And speaking of Rockets, I'll have a few words about Roger Clemens' Congressional appearance yesterday a little later, but first this, from the (NY) Daily News. The whole story revolves around a report we heard weeks ago about Mr. Jeter allegedly shirking his tax responsibilities. We all know he makes a good deal of money...that's a given. Read this, and I'll be back with a couple comments about the Yankee shortstop and a little something about Roger's FIRST day before Congress. Here you go...

"The 6-foot-3 Yankee captain cut a secret deal with the Department of Taxation to end a probe into whether he paid enough income taxes, the Daily News has learned.
Government bean-counters last year mulled a civil case against the shortstop because he claimed his legal home was in Florida - even as he basked in splendor in a $13 million bachelor's pad on the 88th floor of Trump World Tower.
Tax investigators, without charging criminal intent, questioned in November if Jeter had dodged city and state taxes and interest from 2001 to 2003 by improperly declaring Tampa his primary residence.
The multimillionaire-friendly Sunshine State has no income tax - and it's long lured overtaxed Empire Staters who have often branded their winter homes legal residences for tax purposes.
The hush-hush out-of-court settlement sheds no light on whether Jeter admitted to improperly filing returns."

Peter here. Secret or not, the fact that he did come to an agreement with the team of prosecuters puts him in the clear. Maybe we'll learn more later about what he allegedly did or did not do. In the world scheme of things, it's really not that important.

Moving on, this is great news from the Boston Herald...

"Bobby Kielty agreed to a one-year contract, suggesting that the Red Sox continue to explore a trade of center fielder Coco Crisp. Kielty’s back with the team he helped secure a World Series title on a minor league, nonguaranteed deal.
Meanwhile, the one-year guaranteed deal for backup first baseman Sean Casey was completed after he passed a physical exam."

Peter again. Does the signing of Bobby K. mean that Coco is expendable, maybe for another bullpen arm? We'll find out...Coco would be great chip as part of a possible trade. But he ALSO would be the greatest fourth outfielder in all of baseball!

Lastly, Roger Clemens DID go before a Congressional hearing Tuesday February 5th, and in his one plus hour of testimony, and that's exactly what it was, he repeated ad nauseum his stand. And that stand is this...he has never or will never put any performance altering/enhancing drugs of any kind into his system. What else was he going to say? I just hope, as a fellow human being, that he told the truth. And that is my entire thought process about Roger Clemens and his self-induced troubles.

I hope your Wednesday, yet another Hump Day, will be a good one. And I'd love to hear your minds at work...leave me a comment. About anything!! And click on the title of this post for the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman's article about the Bobby Kielty signing. And more! Thanks for stopping by, and as always, BE SAFE. BE WELL! And please leave me a comment if you can. Enjoy your Wednesday...the sun hasn't even peeked up above the horizon...yet. But it will. At least I HOPE it will, or we're all doomed. See you tomorrow, unless there is breaking Boston Red Sox news. I've rambled long enough. Love ya all!!!! And I always will. Forever.


At 2/06/2008 11:01 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

That's pretty cool about Kielty. I think he's a good fit and it makes our outfield situation a good one. If we do make a trade later, we will definitely be dealing from a position of power and not need. Thanks for the heads up, Peter.

At 2/06/2008 11:12 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

It'll be nice to have him back on the team!

BFW, thanks as always! P

At 2/06/2008 12:41 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

As much as I generally dislike Clemens, I find myself rooting for him to be telling the truth. I'd rather have my faith in human nature strengthened than to have him go down.

At 2/06/2008 7:54 PM, Blogger laura said...

Peter, I am so bored with this offseason! Nothing interesting has happened in so long.
The Kielty news is good news, he is a good one to have around. Makes me wonder even more what CF will look like when the season begins!

At 2/06/2008 11:24 PM, Blogger redsox.njdevils said...

This article from the NY Times doesn't look good for Roger...
"Brian McNamee has given federal investigators bloody gauze pads and syringes he said he used to inject Roger Clemens with steroids and human-growth hormone in 2000 and 2001..."

On a better note, I'm really happy for Kielty, but I'm not sure if I want to lose Coco. I was willing to part with him in a deal for Santana, but now there's not really anyone else we need, so I'd be more than happy to keep him around.

Sean Casey seems like a really great addition to this already great team. Curt already posted twice about him on his blog and has had only great things to say about him.

If you'd like, you can read both of Schill's posts here:

At 2/07/2008 6:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sul, I feel the same way. Did you read Sox/Devils' comment, though?

Laura, I think CF will look just fine with Mr. Ellsbury out there. I don't think the fans will have it any other way!

And Sox/Devils, AKA Brittany, I've read those two posts and think that Sean will be a perfect fit. As for McNamee, why would he save that stuff? Just in case something like this would happen all these years later? It'll all come out in the end. Your comments are great!

THANK YOU EVERYONE. Things will start to happen, and happen quickly, now that football has finished, finished with a THUD!!.


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