April, 18, 2008
• Felix Pie is off to sort of a rough April. Now he's started just one game since the 10th, and in that one (Tuesday against the Reds) he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Anyway, now Uncle Lou's involved and there's no telling when we'll see Pie in the lineup again. • Just to reiterate something I've written many times before ... when a baseball player lies about his birthday, it doesn't mean he's a bad guy. Players have been shaving years for at least a century -- thousands of players, and well before the first Dominican played in the majors -- and when so many guys are doing it, it's hard to argue that it's really so terrible. That doesn't mean it's "personal," though (as some guys will respond when asked). Like it or not, athletes' ages are an important piece of the equation ... and if they didn't believe that, they wouldn't have lied in the first place. • Looks like the A's will be waiting until 2012 (at least) for their new ballpark in Fremont. I'm still waiting to find out what on earth they're going to call themselves once they're there.