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1. One day later, I still have no idea what went on with this whole Jonny Gomes(notes) controversy thing. First Hal McCoy writes that a gleeful Gomes was singing about Adam Wainwright's(notes) injury. Then the news starts spreading and a mortified Gomes immediately calls other Reds beat writers to say that he wasn't deriving any pleasure from the news. Those writers, in turn, report that Gomes was merely singing the "You're The Best Around" song from "Karate Kid." Thursday morning, McCoy deletes his reportage from the original blogpost and says maybe the misunderstanding happened because he's a Miyagi-like 70 years old.

So what really happened? Does it really matter? Regardless of whether Gomes meant it or not, the Reds-Cardinals rivalry already had plenty of bad blood. The only thing that we've learned is that Gomes might be available to bring out the crane kick in his repertoire during the next brawl between the two teams.

Also: Fear does not exist at this dojo. Does it? Dayton Daily News

2. While we wait for him to get a second opinion that's only likely to confirm the bad news, please read this: Adam Wainwright and the 17 Stages of Grief. Viva El Birdos

3. Bernie Miklasz writes that you don't have to squint that hard to see how the Wainwright situation might adversely affect the ongoing Albert Pujols(notes) saga. Post-Dispatch

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STEW NEWS! Wednesday was administrative day in Arizona. DB will pick up his spring swing on Friday with some new material from A's camp.

4. Every once in awhile, I get letters from ambitious young people who are looking to do what I do. I try to give the best advice I can, but I'm always worried that 1) They won't find a job because there aren't many like these out there or 2) I'm going to regret answering the email when that person eventually takes my job away from me.

Luckily, I can now direct those people toward MLB's Dream Job, which will involve one lucky fan moving to New York this season to "literally follow baseball non-stop." MLB.com

5. Did Francisco Liriano(notes) wrong somebody in the Twins' organization and we just don't know about it? First they talk about how they're not tied to him and would be willing to trade him after a great 2010, now they give Carl Pavano(notes) the opening-day start. SB Nation

6. After watching his own team scratch one of baseball's biggest itches, Grant ranks the franchises still looking to end their long World Series droughts. McCovey Chronicles

7. Wait, what did I miss? Why is Mark Buehrle(notes) being asked about whether he'd waive his 10-and-5 no-trade clause this summer? MLB Trade Rumors

8. Miguel Cabrera(notes) could arrive in Lakeland sometime Thursday. Bless You Boys

9. Everything you ever wanted to know about Grady Sizemore's(notes) knee injury and where he stands with the Cleveland Indians this spring. The DiaTribe

10. Selling Cubs tickets in Chicago, growing facial hair in SoHo ... Is there anything a Derek Jeter(notes) billboard can't do? New York Times

11. Mark Prior's quest to make the majors again continues in Tampa. How's he doing?

"Everybody wants to know," Prior said. "They're trying to compare what I am today to maybe what I was in 2005, when I was last throwing the way everybody probably remembers me throwing. I can't do it. I can't compare it. I'm not the same person." LoHud

12. An interview with those trying to "Bring Back The Brown" in San Diego. Gaslamp Ball
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