Peep Show

Updated: March 8, 2004, 2:23 PM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Baltimore Orioles: When people complain about their lot in life, the standard comeback is "at least you have your health." Unfortunately for Orioles first baseman David Segui, that is not an appropriate comeback. A variety of ailments have limited him to just 175 games in the last three years. One of the great Oriole gaffes of recent memory was signing Segui -- a player who had played in over 140 games just three times in his career to that point -- to a four-year, $28 million deal. Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post reports that he appears healthy in the wake of his spring debut -- just healthy enough to play and allow Baltimore-area pundits an opportunity to start pools for guessing he will suffer his annual season-ending injury.

Boston Red Sox: The strange and seemingly sad life of John-Henry Williams, son of the legendary Ted Williams -- has come to an end. Joe Humphrey of the Tampa Tribune reports that leukemia took him at the age of 35 yesterday. Williams the younger was fairly unknown until after the age of 30 when he decided to attempt a professional baseball career, an experiment that showed it was too little too late. He then turned the death of a man who prided himself on dignity into a three-ring circus by having him frozen at a cryogenics lab. This was not in accordance with his father's wishes, his half-sister continues to insist. Williams the younger will also be so preserved until such time as science conjures a method to revive the dead and cure them of that which ailed them.

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