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Thinking Out Loud: No reason for new owners to move PawSox 01.09.15 at 3:12 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Nelson de la Rosa.

— The U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to select Boston as the potential host city for the 2024 Olympic Games is a stunner. I’m speechless. OK, not really. But it doesn’t mean the Olympic Games are coming here. It means there’s a chance they do. Boston has to beat out Paris, Berlin, Rome, Istanbul, Melbourne and perhaps South Africa, too — and Paris would be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its previous role as host (1924). Frankly, that’€™s tough competition. But in beating out Washington, San Francisco and two-time Olympic host city Los Angeles for the U.S. candidate bid, well, that’s still wicked pissah.

— This will be debated ad nauseam over the next few weeks, months and years — the International Olympic Committee won’t make the call on the host city until September of 2017 — but if the U.S. is expecting real New Englanders to embrace this bid? To get behind it? To root for it? To show national pride? To spend their tax dollars? To willingly put up with construction congestion and traffic snarls? Well, the latter already is a way of life around here. Whatevah.

— After watching a story on the local news this past week, I cannot imagine, under any set of circumstances, why any potential new owner(s) of the Pawtucket Red Sox would consider moving the team from Pawtucket and McCoy Stadium. This would be devastating news for Pawtucket, and for Rhode Island. Even if the stadium lease can be voided (reportedly it was renewed to 2021), why would a new ownership group do that?

— Part of the attractiveness of a place like McCoy — and many other minor league ballparks — comes from the “old school” feel the stadium gives you and gives to the sport — even after the wildly successful renovations to the old stadium back in 1999. The prices remain affordable for those who can’t (or won’t) spend the big bucks on a trip to Fenway. The team is ultra-competitive, the players often make the short trip up I-95 to help the big club. These factors make the relationship between the big league Sox and the minor league Sox one of the most unique in all of sport — and, of course, in all of baseball.

— If the new owners are from the Boston Red Sox ownership group — reported to be the case — what more do they need here? To be closer to Fenway? More money? Higher ticket prices? New fan base? Total control and world domination? It’s already a “model franchise,” considered one of the best in the country. Where would a new stadium be located — and would the community support the team like Pawtucket has done through thick and thin since 1977, when the late Ben Mondor purchased a dirty piece of coal and transformed it into an absolute diamond gem of an organization?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Northeastern hockey star Wade MacLeod suffers seizure during AHL game in Springfield 02.18.13 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Predators at Avalanche, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Hurricanes at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Villanova, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Former Northeastern University star Wade MacLeod had a seizure during Sunday’s minor league hockey game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield after he was checked from behind into the glass, and he was in stable condition at an area hospital Sunday night.

MacLeod, a 26-year-old forward for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, collapsed while he was skating toward the bench. According to the Springfield Republican, MacLeod lay on the ice for several minutes, his legs flailing at times, while medical personnel attended to him.

“We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,” MacLeod’s family said in a statement Sunday night. “Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.”

Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play, which occurred late in the second period with MacLeod’s Falcons trailing 2-1. The coaches agreed to suspend the game at that point.

Manning tweeted later: would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of every hurting another player.. hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family

MacLeod, who had an assist Sunday, has four goals and seven assists in 20 games this season for the Falcons, an affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. At Northeastern, MacLeod played four years, leading the team in scoring his final three seasons. The native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, totaled 61 goals and 76 assists at NU while setting the school record for games played (149).

‘™¦ Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza wrote in his new book that he took karate lessons to be prepared for a fight with Roger Clemens after the then-Yankees pitcher beaned Piazza in 2000.

Clemens responded Sunday, telling the Houston Chronicle that Piazza wasn’t the only one who wanted revenge, noting that even some of his own teammates had issues with him.

“He’d have to stand in line,” said Clemens, who is serving as a spring training instructor for the Astros. “I think there were about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than [Piazza] did.”

Clemens, who said has not read the book, claims he has become friendly with Piazza after playing with him at golf events.

“Some of these guys, once you get to know some of them, they’re fine. But like I said, there was no intent there,” Clemens insisted of his famous run-ins with Piazza, including the 2000 World Series incident in which Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at the catcher. “And Mike’s a good hitter and I think he hit every breaking ball I threw to him and he hit them hard. But he’s not the first power hitter who’s got me. So, we had some good times. But, yeah, somebody just texted me the Cliffs notes of [the book], so we thought that was pretty good.”

‘™¦ Tiger Woods might not be the world’s best golfer anymore, but he’s still a major drawing card. On Sunday, he played a round with President Barack Obama at the Floridian, an exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The White House prohibited media coverage of the round, which included the participation of Astros owner Jim Crane, who owns the golf club, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Obama, who is spending Presidents Day weekend in Florida, spent the day Saturday with Butch Harmon, Woods’ former swing coach. That apparently was preparation for his round with Woods, who visited the president in the Oval Office of the White House in 2009.

“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” Harmon told Golf Digest. “The President said to Tiger: ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It’s good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn’t a throw-it-out compliment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 18, 1930, which Bruins goaltender set an NHL record for most wins in a season when he recorded his 31st with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized as he battles cancer 02.15.13 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sharks at Blackhawks, 87:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Maine, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: All-Star Celebrity Game, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iona at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Cleveland State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who is battling cancer, has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit and has been visited by former players who are saying what they fear will be their final goodbyes, according to multiple reports.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have stopped by, while a report from indicates the players were visiting Buss because of “what they expect to be his final days.”

Buss, 79, has been hospitalized several times in recent years. His son, Jim, who oversees basketball operations for the team, said Thursday that his father was “doing fine” and declined to offer any details.

The Lakers have won 10 championships under Buss’ ownership, which began in 1979. Despite his health issues, Buss has continued to be involved in team decisions, including the hiring of coach Mike D’Antoni in November.

‘™¦ Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully denied former catcher Mike Piazza‘s accusations that Scully “crushed” him in the media and helped turned the fans against him, leading to Piazza’s trade from the team in 1988.

In his new book, Piazza blamed Scully for referencing the player’s contract negotiations during an interview in 1988 and implying Piazza was not showing loyalty to the club.

“That’s not true at all,” Scully told the Los Angeles Times. “As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things. I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations.

“I have no idea where he is coming from. I really have no idea. I can’t imagine saying something about a player and his contract. I just don’t do that, ever. I’m really flabbergasted by that reference.”

‘™¦ High-powered NBA agent David Falk, who also is a Wizards season ticket-holder, called Washington Post columnist Mike Wise and took the team to task for its inability to compile a quality roster.

“The team is going nowhere,” said Falk, who is perhaps best known for serving as Michael Jordan‘s agent. “[Coach] Randy [Wittman] is doing a great job with minimal talent. You’€™re one of two things in the NBA: either one player away from contending or you’€™re rebuilding. The Wizards are in limbo. I love [general manager] Ernie [Grunfeld] and [owner] Ted [Leonsis], but I’€™d rather have Orlando’€™s team in four years.”

Another one of Wise’s targets was point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.

“He doesn’t have a feel for the game,” Falk said. “He only knows how to play one speed. ‘€¦ You can develop your jump shot all you want, but if you don’€™t know how to play more than an up-and-down game by the time you’€™re about 20 as a point guard, the chances of learning are very slim. I don’€™t see it happening.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 15, 1985, which Massachusetts-born NHL player scored his 42nd goal of the season to break the league record for American-born players?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon says Red Sox promoted controversial drug Toradol, but not PEDs 02.11.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Delaware, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot final, Boston College vs. Northeastern, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon told ESPN that he was regularly injected with Toradol, a legal but controversial anti-inflammatory drug, during his time in Boston. Papelbon said his current team, the Phillies, told him he no longer would use the non-steroidal drug when he signed as a free agent after the 2011 season.

“They told me, ‘We don’t do that here. That kind of surprised me,” Papelbon said. “I haven’t had a single Toradol shot since.

“But here’s the thing you have to understand. There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It’s not just the Red Sox.”

The drug was the subject of some discussion last year when Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was hospitalized with esophagitis, said to be a side effect of Toradol. In December 2011, some retired NFL players filed a lawsuit accusing the league of indiscriminately administering the drug before and during games.

Following Curt Schilling‘s accusation that a member of the Sox’ medical staff recommended he consider performance-enhancing drugs, Papelbon said he did not have a similar experience.

“No, no, no — never,” Papelbon said. “I think that would be pretty asinine for any team doctor or trainer to say that don’t you?”

‘™¦ An autobiography from former Mets catcher Mike Piazza reveals details about his feud with pitcher Roger Clemens, who beaned Piazza with a 98 mph fastball in 2000. Piazza said he refused an apology from Clemens and took karate lessons to prepare for another altercation, which occurred in the 2000 World Series when Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at Piazza. However, only words were exchanged.

“There were complications,” Piazza explained. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my ass kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

Piazza regrets his failure to act in that situation.

“It was not only possible but — circumstances be damned — it was in order.” Piazza said. “It was the story of the Series. I couldn’t deliver a punch.”

Also in the book, Piazza denies rumors that he took illegal steroids, although he admits to using muscle-building supplements and stimulants.

‘™¦ Rapper Lil Wayne claims he was kicked out of Sunday’s Lakers-Heat game in Miami because he was cheering for the visiting team.

Tweeted the rapper:

So I’m @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow [expletive] da Heat.

Wayne previously made news during the 2012 Western Conference finals when he complained he was “denied by the team to be in their arena” in Oklahoma City to see the Thunder play the Spurs in Game 3. However, a Thunder spokesman explained that Wayne demanded a front-row seat but was told there were none available.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan down more than 100 pounds 07.20.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (WGN)
Golf: British Open, 4:30 a.m. (ESPN)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Bucks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Dodgers at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 2:05 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Clippers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
Golf: British Open, 6 a.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan went public Thursday about his weight loss, saying that he wanted to reach a milestone before commenting. Ryan, who underwent Lap-Band surgery in 2010, said he has lost 106 pounds — including 50 since the end of last season — and is down to 242. His waist went from 48 inches to 38.

“I wanted to break that 100-pound barrier before I really said, ‘All right, guys, this is what it is,’ ” said Ryan, who was not paid to have the surgery but has since been hired by the company to talk about his experience.

Ryan, 49, said it was a wakeup call when he checked his weight before the 2009 AFC championship game.

“I thought, ‘Let me get on the scale,’ I’m thinking I’m going to be 300 or 310, around that range. I’m 348 pounds,” he recalled. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to do something.’ I couldn’t believe it. I swear to you, I turned around to look to see if there was somebody behind me. But it was just me.”

Ryan said that in addition to eating substantially less, he walks between 45 minutes and an hour each day and wants to start running soon.

“I wasn’t walking because I felt so uncomfortable doing anything,” he said, adding: “Finally, I lost enough where I was like, ‘I’m going to start walking. I’m going to start moving.’ ”

‘™¦ The departure of Jeremy Lin to the Rockets has hit Knicks fans hard, but recently acquired point guard Raymond Felton let them know they shouldn’t be concerned. Felton, who averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists for the Knicks in the first half of the 2010-11 season before being traded to the Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony deal, said he thinks he’ll be an upgrade.

“I am a competitor. I am a point guard just like he is, so do I think I am better? Of course I am going to say that,” Felton said in a television interview during the Knicks’ Summer League game in Las Vegas on Thursday. “I think I am better than any point guard. That’s the way I am supposed to think. But at the same time, it’s nothing personal between me and Jeremy. But people are going to make it about that, [and] I am fine with that.”

As for his team, Felton has high expectations.

“Good enough for the finals,” he said. “This is a contending team, without a doubt.”

‘™¦ One of Roger Clemens‘ most bizarre moments on the field occurred during the 2000 World Series, when he threw a splintered bat at Mets catcher Mike Piazza. On Wednesday night, Piazza and his wife, Alicia Rickter, were leaving a Southern California restaurant when a TMZ reporter asked Rickter if her husband agreed with an assertion that Clemens’ outburst was fueled by his alleged steroid use.

“Yes! He does think that,” she said.

Piazza did his best to downplay the situation, calling Clemens a “great pitcher” when asked if the seven-time Cy Young Award-winner’s career has been tarnished.

“The only time I’ve ever known him is hitting against him,” Piazza said. “It’s really tough for me to say, ’cause I never played with him, just against him. I mean, look, he was a great pitcher. His record speaks for itself.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 20, 1958, which Tigers hurler recorded the fourth (and most recent) no-hitter by an opposing pitcher at Fenway Park when he won the first game of a doubleheader, 3-0?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Holdout Chris Johnson rips ‘fake Titans fans’ on Twitter 09.01.11 at 7:12 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NFL Preseason: Giants at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ)


‘™¦ Holdout running back Chris Johnson took to Twitter Wednesday to respond to fans who are calling him greedy. After earlier tweeting thanks to fans who “have me in their prayers thru my situation, it’s much needed” Johnson wrote that “fake Titans fans” should shut up, adding: I don’t have a regular job so don’t compare me to you and I can care less if think I’m greedy.

Following a storm of criticism, Johnson returned to Twitter to clarify his comments: My titan fans taking it all wrong I’m talking to the ones writing me racist Comments. I’m not call the Titan fans fake at all. He closed with an “LUV” hashtag.

Meanwhile, The Tennessean reports that Johnson and the Titans made progress toward a long-term deal Wednesday, after more than a month of stalled negotiations.

‘™¦ Mets players who were on the 2001 team are returning to New York next week for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Mets played the first major sports event in New York after the tragedy when they hosted the Braves on Sept. 21, winning 3-2 on a Mike Piazza two-run home run while wearing hats that paid tribute to the city’s fire and police departments. Former player Todd Zeile said winning the game “almost felt defiant.”

“It was this little piece of New York saying to the world symbolically, We’re going to be OK,” Zeile said. “You can hit us, but you can’t keep us down.”

‘™¦ President Barack Obama agreed to a request to move his jobs speech to next Thursday night so that it does not conflict with a Republican presidential debate. The only problem for sports fans is that the speech now goes up against the NFL’s season-opening game between the Saints and Packers.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 1, 1987, in separate transactions, the Red Sox traded away which two players who played key roles on the 1986 American League championship team for players to be named later?

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Mike Piazza would ‘probably’ be interested in buying an MLB team 03.07.11 at 9:49 am ET
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Mike Piazza, who holds the record for career home runs by a catcher, told that he has considered becoming an owner and that he has “talked to some people who have interest in getting into the game.”

“Would I be interested in possibly getting involved in a group to buy a team? Probably,” Piazza said. “I’ve been thinking about it. I think that would be something that would probably suit my desire, at least, to get into the game. I don’t really see myself on the field all the time, or in the boardroom all the time. But I feel like maybe I can bring certain intangibles to both. And having the credibility of being on the field and also getting to know some of the administrative aspects of the sport would be something I’d be interested in.

“I never say never. You see Nolan Ryan getting involved. And I’ve heard of other players, in the future, wanting to get involved in ownership. I just think everything is a timing thing. It’s an interesting time in the game, and there’s a lot of change going on. You just don’t know what situation will pop up. As far as anything on the forefront? Nothing. Down the line? We’ll see.”

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The Roger Clemens soundtrack 09.09.10 at 6:03 pm ET
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I’€™ve always wondered what it would be like if our lives were set to soundtracks — kind of like the ‘€œFoxy Lady’€ scene in Wayne’€™s World.” After a tough day at the office, ‘€œTake this Job and Shove It’€ might play throughout the building. Or you walk into the bathroom, and R. Kelly’€™s ‘€œBlow it Up’€ could start blaring. Then, I thought, what would someone like Roger Clemens‘€™ soundtrack be? It goes a little something like this ‘€¦

1. ‘€œBlame it on Texas‘€ by Mark Chesnutt
TIME: 1977-84
LYRICS: Blame it on Texas. Don’€™t blame it on me. I am who I am, and that’€™s what I’€™m gonna be.
SCENE: Everything’€™s bigger in Texas. Even a**holes. I’€™m convinced Leonardo DiCaprio planted the ‘€œgrow up to be a pompous blowhard’€ seed in Roger’€™s head Inception-style at some point between his graduation from Spring Woods High in Houston and his 1983 College World Series victory at the University of Texas.

2. ‘€œRocket Man‘€ by Elton John
TIME: 1984-96
LYRICS: I’€™m not the man they think I am at home. Oh no, no, no, I’€™m a rocket man, rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.
SCENE: Remember when we liked Roger? Doesn’€™t it make you feel like Fergus from The Crying Game after he discovers Dil’€™s dill? With the Sox, he won three Cy Youngs, struck out 20 batters ‘€¦ twice, thought he was a chicken on The Simpsons and got in Ishmael’€™s face for mowing another man’€™s lawn in Kingpin. Not too shabby.

3. ‘€œIf I Don’€™t Stay the Night‘€ by Mindy McCready
TIME: 1990
LYRICS: There are many ways I want to love you, but only when the time is right.
SCENE: At this point, Roger started spending quite a bit of time with ‘€œclose family friend’€ Mindy McCready, because it’€™s totally normal for a 28-year-old Major League Baseball player to hang out with a 15-year-old blonde from Florida. I’€™m sure they were just discussing their favorite My Little Pony episodes. Nothing to see here ‘€¦ move along.

4. ‘€œIn This Twilight‘€ by Nine Inch Nails
TIME: 1996
LYRICS: As your time is running out ‘€¦ you can find a better a place in this twilight.
SCENE: Following failed contract negotiations, Dan Duquette uttered the famous ‘€œWe had hoped to keep him in Boston during the twilight of his career’€ line. Come to think of it: Was this the inspiration for the terrible Twilight series? I mean, it is about a guy who chases a 15-year-old girl.

5. ‘€œBlue Jay Way‘€ by the Beatles
TIME: 1997-98
LYRICS: And I’€™d really like to go ‘€¦ here in Blue Jay Way.
SCENE: After expressing his desire to play somewhere closer to home in Texas, Roger of course signed with Toronto. Apparently, by ‘€œsomewhere closer to home’€ he meant ‘€œwherever they offer me $40 million.’€ I know I always confuse my apartment with a giant pile of money.

6. ‘€œShoot ‘€˜Em Up‘€ by Bone Thugs ‘€˜N Harmony
TIME: 1998, 2000-01
LYRICS: What, did you think I’m scared? Shoot, shoot, shoot ’em up, shoot ’em up, shoot ’em up.
SCENE: Any time a strange guy tells you the solution to your problems is bending over and shooting something into your butt, you’€™ve gotta do it. Especially when that strange guy looks like Brian McNamee. Is that a steroids needle in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

7. ‘€œTwo Timing Woman‘€ by Johnny Cash
TIME: 1999-2003
LYRICS: She blossoms in the spring, but then she’s gone in the fall. A two timin’ woman with a heart of solid stone.
SCENE: Just to make sure nobody in Red Sox Nation would ever root for him again, Roger joined the hated Yankees, becoming the first person in history to look fatter in pinstripes.

8. ‘€œAbout to Rage‘€ by Government Rule
TIME: 2000
LYRICS: Time to discover what’s really, really, really right instead of what makes us feel strong. Blood is on your hands, but it’s what the part demands. The storm’s about to rage.
SCENE: As if drilling Mike Piazza in the head with a fastball earlier in the season wasn’€™t enough, Roger decided to throw a splintered bat at the Mets catcher in the World Series. I wonder why he was so angry at Piazza. Either he hated mustaches, or he loved steroids.

9. ‘€œMama, I’€™m Coming Home‘€ by Ozzy Osbourne
TIME: 2004-06
LYRICS: Times have changed, and times are strange. Here I come, but I ain’t the same.
SCENE: For somebody who hates carrying his own luggage, Roger sure likes to travel a lot. It only took him 20 years to get closer to home. Houston, we have a problem: anabolic steroids. On the bright side, he captured his seventh Cy Young Award and led the Astros to the World Series.

10. ‘€œMight as Well Get Juiced‘€ by the Rolling Stones
TIME: 2005
LYRICS: If you really want to have you some fun, spit right down on everyone. If ‘€¦ the wheels of life are passing you by, you might as well get juiced.
SCENE: Jose Canseco isn’€™t normally one to name names, but in an out-of-character move he threw Roger under the bus in his best-seller, ‘€œJuiced’€. The Rocket may have denied steroid use, but he might as well have been wearing those little shorts that say ‘€œJuicy’€ on the butt.

11. ‘€œGone Again‘€ by the Indigo Girls
TIME: 2007
LYRICS: Every dog don’t got it’€™s day, if we take the love we’re given, and we throw it all away.
SCENE: Roger returned to the Yankees midway through the season–just in time to watch the Red Sox win the World Series for the second time in four years. At this point in his career, his stamina wasn’€™t what it used to be. After all, steroids do shrink your testicles.

12. ‘€œSixty Minute Man‘€ by Billy Ward and The Dominoes
TIME: January 6, 2008
LYRICS: If you don’t believe I’m all that I say, come up and take my hand. When I let you go, you’ll cry, “Oh, yes, he’s a sixty-minute man.’€
SCENE: After his 60 Minutes interview, Roger had me convinced he never took steroids. It was my only logical conclusion after he spent the entire time avoiding eye contact, fidgeting around, getting defensive, deflecting the subject and chugging water like Wade Boggs pounds Miller Lites.

13. ‘€œI Fought the Law‘€ by the Bobby Fuller Four
TIME: February 13, 2008-present
LYRICS: I needed money, ’cause I had none. I fought the law, and the law won.
SCENE: We may not have learned much from Roger’€™s testimony to Congress that earned him his indictment, but we learned one thing: he’€™s awesome at making up words. We can all benefit from the term ‘€œmisremembered’€: ‘€œWhat do you mean you asked me to have this report on your desk by Friday? Boss, I think you’€™re misremembering.’€

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