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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

SOWING TWEETS OF DISCHORD. Mighty fine train-wreck tweeting courtesy of Oney Guillen. Entertaining to boot, as attackgerbil (possibly an alias) at YFSF notes. Since we all love gawking and sharing our brilliance at it all, it's roundup time!

Can't Stop the Bleeding's GC notes the Festivus angle: "Oney Guillen, son to White Sox skipper Ozzie and a self-styled baseball expert, has fully embraced social media, in particular, the ability to air major grievances via Twitter"

'Duk at Big League Stew is direct and to the point: "One wonders how Ozzie hasn't taken a baseball bat to Oney's smartphone yet." Who says he hasn't?

Emma Span Banters in the Bronx and says on behalf of all the writers weary of canned babble from hacks in the PR department, "I’ve gotta say I’m glad somebody is still able to go off the reservation like that."

The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham ventures where the above writers didn't, he actually declares that Bobby Jenks "ripped" Guillen. In fact, Abraham's article insinuates that Jenks is more to blame, highlighting his negative comments about Ozzie Guillen without the layer of context that the other (non-Boston) writers found relevant to the discussion. Sparing us the juiciness of Oney's vitriol makes it look like the newest Red Sox reliever is some hot head, when really it's Oney who's the hot head.

A point made abundantly clear by Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk. Click on through. It'll make you laugh.

UPDATE: Guillen acknowledges he went too far, but let's hand it over to Craig for the summation.  Counselor:

Other than that, though, the dude is still oblivious. He doesn’t get that he undermined the old man. He doesn’t get that now every White Sox player has to worry that Ozzie Guillen is sharing private clubhouse stuff with his family, who will then publicize it everywhere. He doesn’t get that he countered Bobby Jenks‘ minor swipe with a 10,000 megaton explosive.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

"MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PLAN A, LADIES"

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

A TALE OF TWO DENIALS Jeff Bagwell is telling Jerry Crasnick that he never used steroids and Rafael Palmeiro is making similar denials to Sports Illustrated. The difference is Palmeiro's positive test, which of course he still maintains is some sort of wacky mix-up.  In light of their concurrent denials and Bagwell's clean slate, I expect Bagwell to be much closer to enshrinement.  David Pinto correctly points out that "Denials, for some reason, have a way of making you guilty."  Which is why Bagwell's confessed ambivalence regarding enshrinement also helps.  Palmeiro hopes that the voters will look beyond his positive result and instead look at his record, a record that to their minds is tainted by the test result.  He wants in.  The fresh denial colors him delightfully desperate. But this is Bagwell's take:

"Here's my whole thing when people ask me about the Hall of Fame: Would I be honored to death to be in the Hall of Fame? Of course I would. But it doesn't consume me at all. I loved every single part of what I did as a baseball player. But I've got my kids, I've got my family, and getting in the Hall of Fame isn't going to affect my life one way or the other. And it won't make me feel any better about my career.

"So much has gone on in the last eight or nine years, it's kind of taken some of the valor off it for me. If I ever do get to the Hall of Fame and there are 40 guys sitting behind me thinking, 'He took steroids,' then it's not even worth it to me. I don't know if that sounds stupid. But it's how I feel in a nutshell."

Bagwell would rather be known for being clean than being in. Palmeiro would rather be in, even though all assume he's guilty.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

WHAT'S THE HURRY? Jim Leyland is telling WDFN that Jacob Turner will get a good long look in spring training.  That's not news.  The Tigers firmly cling to the TINSTAAPP (TANSTAAPP!) concept. They did the same with Justin Verlander (great result), Jair Jurrjens (good result), Rick Porcello (jury's still out) and Andrew Miller (whoops). If a player has the talent to get out big league hitters, wasting his bullets in the minors is a mistake. Imagine the benefit Washington would have reaped with another ten Stephen Strasburg starts, instead of starting him in the minors.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY NOW If you're feeling unhappy that the government kicked the can on the sunset of the current tax rates and that you'll be able to take home more of what you earn in 2011 than in 2010, then this deal, sponsored by Yale and Cornell professors is for you.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

ZERO-TOLERANCE IDIOCY. Random searches with no allowance for honest mistakes makes for life-ruining circumstances, because that is what law-enforcement is all about.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

TAKING THE DIRT NAP  Once a quiet death was the exception, but that's just what Hartford's "Last Powerful Mobster" got.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR  Barring an unforeseen miraculous outcome, this news pretty much dooms the Jags playoff hopes. no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

VIDEO DU JOUR: PAUL PIERCE NEEDS YOUR WATER

No backwashing either. HT-Red's Army

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 29 December 2010

J'ACCUSE: ESPN ANCHOR STEALS COPY FROM LAKERS' BEAT WRITER

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