The guys who wrote Game of Shadows are going to jail, pending appeal, for withholding the name of their source. I am of two minds about this. Have you seen the "South Park" episode where there is a debate over the racist town flag, and everyone interviewed keeps saying well, on one hand, it's historic, but on the other hand, they can see how it might be offensive? I feel like that. The government needs to be able to keep some things secret in order to try criminals, and they have a right to use the courts to try and track down the source of leaks. But you shouldn't have to go to prison for doing your job and not being a snitch. Unless this is like the episode of "Murphy Brown" where Murphy went to jail for protecting a source. I would have gone to that jail. It looked nicer than the place I live now. They had TV, and crossword puzzles, and knitting. I don't think that would be so bad. I might feel worse for the Game of Shadows guys had their book not been such a shallow, pedantic read. Jeff Pearlman's Barry book was much better. See, there's journalism, and then there's writing. With the latter, you can make up the dialogue, and you don't have to go to jail. That settles that. I'm a writer!
Peter Gammons is making the rounds on the ESPN family of networks. It's nice to hear his voice again, right in time for the postseason. He clearly hasn't missed a beat, either. He's back on the phones with his sources, doing his Gammons thing. I certainly hope he will continue to do so for many years to come. I also sincerely hope he will not record any more albums.
I think if you are a South Florida baseball fan the words "last straw" have lost all meaning. The team has conducted bald-faced post-championship teardowns not once but twice, erected an outfield fence ad that can be seen from outer space, and courted every city in North America without an MLB team with the grace and subtlety of a transvestite hooker. Now the word has come down than manager Joe Girardi, who first didn't quit when his entire major league roster was traded away weeks after his hire and then managed to guide a solid AA team to a major league .500 season, will not return for the 2007 season. The reason, I think it's widely known, is Girardi publicly asked the team's owner to stop acting like an ass in the stands at games. I would suggest Marlins fans organize a walkout like the one that just went off in Baltimore, but the sale of an extra thousand tickets to a Florida game would be a huge attendance spike and send the wrong message entirely.