That's divine intervention


U-S-A! U-S-A!

Mr. Flip will lead those cheers for the American team in the World Baseball Classic, not just because he's a patriotic fan, but also because he doesn't want to be damned for all eternity.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, speaking at a media event from the observation deck of the Empire State Building last week, said this about Team USA:

"We cannot allow those clubs to beat us. It's our game," Lasorda said, according to the Associated Press. "Remember one thing: In your hearts, you better pull for the USA or you may not get into heaven."

U-S-A! U-S-A!

"It's our game," he said. "Baseball is America's game. It doesn't belong to the Italians or the Cubans or the Koreans or the Japanese. It's our game, and we're not going to let them beat us."

Yeah, and if we don't win, we would take our ball and go home, except the ball isn't made in the United States.

Nice hair, too

That $45 million contract doesn't make Manny Ramirez immune from clubhouse banter. On Friday, Ramirez, freshly arrived at spring training, tried to needle Dodgers teammate Matt Kemp when Kemp came into the clubhouse at 8:30 a.m.

"You're late," Ramirez said, according to "I was here at 6:30."

Kemp replied: "I was here three weeks ago."

She get a cut?

First, they appear in soup commercials. Next thing you know, they're talking to the media like agents.

LaDainian Tomlinson's mother recently addressed her son's contract status with the Chargers while speaking to a San Diego radio station.

"I'll be honest with you, it doesn't look promising," Loreane Tomlinson said. "Then again, I hope I'm wrong. We want to finish with the team we started with. I hope they want him. After everything that's happened, this [renegotiation] is almost like a slap in the face. But I'm just a mom who wants what is best for her son."

And, son, when you go out, don't forget to put on your salary cap.

Advantage, Serena

Serena Williams appeared on The Late Show during Jimmy Fallon's debut week, and she scored a 2-0 victory. She didn't even need her racket, though. The game was beer pong.

Viewers might soon decide Fallon's show is better when they're drinking beer, too.

Compiled from news service and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who never drinks and types.

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