The Bald Truth
That Ryan Braun spoke the truth about the Brewers' pitching staff being inadequate is beside the point.
He proved himself a prima donna, a jerk and, mostly, a horrendous teammate.
It's also beside the point that he met with GM Doug Melvin on Tuesday and tried to take back everything he said: "I apologized if I offended anybody in the organization. I wasn't trying to call anybody out."
Oh, so when he blamed the pitching staff for the team losing three of four against the Cubs - when he said every Cubs starter was better than every Brewers starter - he was just trying to be constructive. He was just trying to prod Melvin into making a move, maybe bringing back CC Sabathia one more time or something.
I wonder how Braun would have reacted if any Milwaukee pitchers ever commented publicly about his atrocious defense in left field?
As for Melvin, he was pissed because Braun was disrespectful to people in the front office.
Really? What Braun did was far worse than taking a poke at Melvin and his minions. Braun ripped his own teammates - angrily and very publicly.
He all but said: "I'm great, they're not. I can win us the pennant. They're weighing me down."
Think about all the ballplayers who have been jerks this season: Manny, A-Roid, Milton, Magglio, Cra-Z and so on.
Have any of them shown their teammates less respect than Ryan Braun did?
Hey, at least the Brewers - a team too flawed to be taken seriously even in the horrid NL Central - have somebody who is No. 1 in one category.
The Balder Truth
True story: The Indians are beating the White Sox 3-1 in the sixth inning when Cleveland manager Eric Wedge goes to his bullpen. Before turning the channel to check what's going on in the Cubs-Braves game, I say to my wife and son:
"With those rag-arm relievers, the Sox will be leading 9-3 pretty soon."
We turned back to the Sox game just in time to see Paul Konerko's grand slam - his second of three HRs on the night - sail into the stands. An inning later, it was 10-3.
Nice pitching staff you've got there, Cleveland.
Ryan Braun can't even blame Kerry Wood for this one.
THE BALDEST TRUTH
Now that Michael Jackson has been eulogized, memorialized and laid to rest, can we please get on with something that matters?
You know, like Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's proposed Justice Department probe into the BCS?
Because if there's one thing our federal government should be investing time and money in, it's that Utah didn't get a chance to play for the mythical national football title.
And some people wonder why our country is bankrupt.