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Never Can Say Goodbye

by Tom King

It's usually a sad thing when professional athletes stay too long. Watching Muhammed Ali get pummeled by Larry Holmes, Joe Namath hobble around in a Rams uniform and Willie Mays stumbling through his last season with the Mets were not pretty things to witness. For every Barry Sanders or Wayne Gretzky who retire while they can still function...we get a Michael Jordan laboring as a Wizard or Johnny U as a Charger. The latest example will probably be Manny Ramirez who is attempting a comeback with the Texas Rangers. The 41 year old went 1-3 as the DH for AAA Round Rock on Sunday. Ramirez, who helped Boston win the World Series in 2004, hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2011 when he tried a comeback with Tampa. He also tried a comeback last year with Oakland that didnt take. He recently finished a three-month stint with a team in Taiwan. As a Red Sox fan, I always enjoyed watching Manny hit, even though his act did get tiresome after awhile. He says he's grateful for another chance to play the game he loves. You often hear athletes say they would play "for free" because they love the game so much...well in this case it's true. Manny will donate his league minimum salary of $500,000 to charity and his church. Good Luck Manny...but I'm not holding my breath that this turns out well

This is the last week before the major league All-Star break and Brewer GM Doug Melvin says to not expect any trades. Hmmm....The Arizona Diamondbacks have expressed interest in a few of the Brewer pitchers and Milwaukee travels to Phoenix later this week. The team got decent starts from Gallardo and Gorzelanny over the weekend. Now's the time to strike and startt rebuilding...this team isnt going anywhere this year.

Speaking of rebuilding...the Milwaukee Bucks continue to reload. OJ Mayo signs on Friday giving the Bucks some instant offense from the shooting guard spot. And the team also welcomed back Zaza Pachulia and Carlos Delfino. Delfino can still score and Pachulia gives them another hard-nosed interior defender and rebounder. Now about Brandon Jennings....

After a tough 1-4 weekend at the Firecracker Classic, the Wausau Post 10 Bulldogs host Eau Claire tonight at 6pm at Athletic Park

Songs Of The Day  (from my I-pod) a couple of Stones songs as they played a concert in Hyde Park over the weekend 44 years after they did it the first time

Slave-Rolling Stones (1981) The band gets funky with this one...from Tattoo You...love Keith's guitar on this

Cant You Hear Me Knocking-Rolling Stones (1971) from the classic "Sticky Fingers" LP. Mick Taylor joins the band