A few items to peruse while lonely sailors pass the time away and talk about their homes ...
• True story: Back in 2005, one of my good friends called me when he received this Sports Illustrated to the right and predicted that we'd one day laugh at the time that Jeff Francoeur(notes) made the cover of SI.
I don't recall my friend having much evidence for making such a statement at the time — Frenchy was on fire back then, after all — but now that the Atlanta media has started calling for the ousting of Francouer's .259/.282/.365 line from the Braves' outfield, the prediction looks downright nostradamic. [Atlanta Journal Constitution via BBTF]
• With the team down to only one newspaper beat writer, you knew this day was coming: The Dodgers have opened the pressbox at Dodger Stadium to bloggers. [True Blue LA]
• The Padres started the season with a 9-3 record before going on a 4-19 bender. Now they've won 10 games in a row. Will the real Friars please stand up? [Rumors and Rants]
• Perhaps Kansas Citians can take heart in that resurgent San Diego squad. After turning heads with an 18-11 record, the Royals have gone 4-12 and aren't showing many signs of ending their slump. [Royals Review]
• Take the pot if you guessed 1 minute, 17 seconds when asked how long it'd take 7-foot-2, 330-pound Hong Man Choi to force Jose Canseco to tap out. [Cagewriter]
• Silly Stewies. Old Nationals spelling mistakes don't end, they just transfer themselves to bobbleheads and appear in a common name that famously held multiple Presidential terms in the U.S. [DC Sports Bog]
• The Yankees winning nine of their last 11 has one fan declaring that the start of the Bombers' season has arrived after 45 exhibition games. [Pride of the Yankees]
• B.A. Baracus sings Take Me Out To the Ballgame, pities the Pirates. [Total Pro Sports]
• With unintentional swearing and Freudian slips, Dennis Eckersley has been nothing but entertaining while filling in for Jerry Remy in the Red Sox broadcast booth. [SportsByBrooks]