Writers Bloc: Hollywood effect


Updated: May 2, 2003, 11:12 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle believes the Astros were acting in the best interests of the team by effectively cutting Julio Lugo in the wake of his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. While some are saying the team rushed to judgment in their action, Robertson says it was the right thing to do, although he does ponder what would have happened had somebody who was producing in a big way committed the same crime.

  • In the wake of recent flaps in baseball over politically-oriented topics, Tom Knott of the Washington Times thinks it's time we took into account the possibility that we are giving too much credit to the people making these statements. They are, after all, entertainers, not sociologists.

  • Nobody else on the Yankees displays such exuberance at being on a ballfield, writes Filip Bondy of Alfonso Soriano. He likens his enthusiasm for the game to that of another slugging middle infielder: Ernie Banks. He profiles the second baseman in today's New York Daily News.
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