Free Darko: Blog to Book Deal: Shoals announced today that Bloomsbury will publish FreeDarko's Guide to the 2008-09 Season next fall. The only reveal so far is some beloved sketches from last winter will be involved. Needless to say, it's going to be a must-buy for fans of the FD voice, and really fans of humanity.
The New Yorker's Boras Profile, Abridged: For your lazy, skimming pleasure then, here are various new or notable highlights:
- McGrath characterizes Boras as a "divorce lawyer," and explains Boras' current strategy in regards to A-Rod.
- Boras' presence at games, which McGrath leads the story with, recalls the wedding scene The Godfather. Whether admirers or clients or neither, baseball people apparently clamor around Boras even if they have no real association with him. In that way, they become associates, part of power.
- He carries a small, beat-up leather satchel, which McGrath speculates is a vain attempt at authenticity.
Boston Red Sox: Evil Empire 2.0? Like the Yankees, they have a huge payroll. Like the Yankees, they print paper at their home stadium. Like the Yankees, they have a national fan base that annoyingly floods opposition stadiums. And, like the Yankees, everyone is slowly starting to hate them. The irony is not lost on the front office.
The Dugout: Padres Not Watching World Series From Home After All: Bud Black is a man of his word. When Bud Black makes a promise, he's damn well going to keep it. Think the Padres are spending another late October on the couch? Think again.
World Series Live Blog: Game 1, Innings 1-3
World Series Live Blog: Game 1, Innings 4-6
World Series Live Blog: Game 1, Innings 7-9
Indiana's Phone Issues Are Not Improving: In the wake of Indiana Coach Kelvin Sampson's Achilles heel being cell phone calls to recruits and the torrent of criticism, it also came out that Indiana assistants managed to exceed their maximum number of calls to recruits. It was first put at 35, but now it seems that it could be closer to 100.