Results tagged ‘ Nelly ’

Pedro Gets Physical

Pedro Martinez is taking his physical in Philadelphia at this hour.

Turn and cough, Pedro.

If he passes, expect a news conference tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park.

Martinez told the local NBC and ABC affiliates late last night at the Philadephia airport that he struggled last season with the Mets (5-6, 5.61 ERA) because of health issues and the death of his father. He sounded confident those problems are behind him.

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The Toronto Sun considers the Angels and Yankees favorites for Roy Halladay. The Sun hears the Blue Jays do not like the Phillies’ prospects, or at least the ones the Phillies are offering.

That is what this is about: the prospects. Who do the Blue Jays want? Who are the Phillies willing to give up? Halladay’s contract is not an issue. The Boston Globe is reporting the Blue Jays will not allow a team to negotiate a contract extension with Halladay before a trade is made. But Halladay didn’t sound yesterday like he needed an extension to accept a move — “All I can tell you is my priority would be winning. I’ve been fortunate to be taken care of financially,” he told reporters — but it is something worth watching.

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Chuck Berry closed with Johnny B. Goode last night at the All-Star Gala. Nelly joined him on stage. It was pretty cool.

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Howard Goes Yard In Backyard

howard derby 1.jpgRyan Howard hit seven home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby (the cool kids call them bombs) to advance to the semifinals. He hit eight more in the second round to finish with 15.

The two players with the most homers after two rounds advances to the finals, so Howard needs help.

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Nelly and Chuck Berry are playing at the All-Star Gala after the Derby. When I think of Nelly I think of Dan Plesac, who used to dance to Nelly during batting practice in 2003. When I think of Berry, I think of Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future — one of my favorite movies as a kid. The others? Oh, I’m glad you asked. I’d say Ghostbusters and The Goonies belong in my top three as a kid. (Ghostbusters 2 never happened, in my opinion.) Thankfully, my tastes have matured considerably since then. I’d say my favorite movies today are Caddyshack, Stripes, Wedding Crashers and Anchorman. Oh, and Chocolat. Movie magic.

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