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.