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The Hot Corner: Frank McCourt, Hanley Ramirez and Barry Bonds

by Jed Rigney | Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
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The hottest topics for the week of September 4, 2011 …

Frank McCourt gets his Narnia on.

Dodger blues: MLB is skeptical of the offer owner Frank McCourt received for $1.2 billion to buy the team because of his past dishonest dealings, and because it also included a leprechaun, three magic beans and an all-expense paid trip to Narnia.

Stop, thief: A former San Francisco Giants’ employee has been charged with embezzling millions from the team. No, it’s not Barry Zito.

Game over: The bad news is that All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is having season-ending surgery. The good news is that since he can only watch games now, the Marlin’s fanbase has soared to 14!

Clash of the titans: The Yankees and Red Sox faced off again this week: millionaires, bickering, drama, fighting. It’s just like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but with more Botox.

Jail bird: Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction was upheld by a judge and he will receive his sentence in December. Rumor has it that his head gets the top bunk.

Dumped: Consistently awful play forced the Giants to get rid of Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand, but they still get almost $15 million. Typical California divorce.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Brandon Phillips said that it would be a slap in the face if the Cincinnati Reds only picked up his 2012 option for $12 million. For $12 million, you can slap my face, dress me up in diapers and parade me around singing “I Will Survive.” Or even for $50 and a case of Red Bull. No, really.

Jumping Jack: The Mariners reached a deal on a two-year contract extension with general manager Jack Zduriencik. With this job security, I’d say it’s about time to buy a vowel for his last name.

Extra Innings

U.S Open: Tennis, anyone? No thanks.

College football: Now that the long summer of grueling practices and intense training is over, football players can get back to drinking and making inappropriate sexual advances.

Madden 12: EA Sports released a new version of the best-selling football video game – with improvements to Dynamic Player Performance, Franchise Mode, Online Communities and, best of all, no Black Eyed Peas performances.

It’s a small world: NBA players are signing deals to be on teams all over the world. Their biggest challenge will be learning how to say “baby mama” in Russian.

Contributors: Eliza Bayne, Zach Pennington, Jon Sumple

Post By Jed Rigney (202 Posts)

Jed Rigney covers general baseball randomness for Through The Fence Baseball. His work has been described as "prolific" (which isn't really a compliment). Despite a series of destructive relationships with uncaring women, he has persevered. He is an Aries and therefore quite courageous. He has never been arrested (though he was once "detained" briefly). And he hopes to one day see Gary Busey actually turn a tornado into a rainbow -- if only just once.

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