It’s a little too soon to say for sure, but Nolan Ryan may have started something. His fellow Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn seems to have a hankering to become a baseball owner. Gwynn is reported to be teaming with film producer Thomas Tull in a bid to buy the San Diego Padres, for whom Gwynn played his entire major league career.
There shouldn’t be any great shock that baseball government has purged arbitrator Shyam Das, and for two reasons:
1) When Das ruled in favour of Ryan Braun’s appeal, and held that the package containing his fateful urine sample had been secured improperly, baseball government handed down a statement, post haste, fuming that oh, yes, we agreed to neutral third parties for reviews in disputed matters, but oh, no, we think Das is talking through his chapeau.
2) Oh, yes, they have long enough agreed to neutral third parties when reviewing bristling disagreements, but oh, no, they’re not exactly strangers to purging those with whom they disagree, vehemently or otherwise.
Let’s get this one out of the way post haste: Should you be enterprising enough to Google (no, I’m not comfortable with making a proper noun into a verb, either, but that’s the Internet for you) “lat muscle,” the number one result will not be “Josh Beckett.” For the record, since I was enterprising enough—or fool enough, depending upon your point of view—to Google it, the number one result is a Wikipedia entry opening thus:
The lattissimus dorsi (plural: latissimi dorsi), meaning ‘broadest muscle of the back . . . is the larger, flat, dorso-lateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.