Jeter the cheater

Posted: September 17, 2010

THERE'S AN OLD saying that goes, "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."

Derek Jeter, apparently, was trying very hard Wednesday night.

That's when, in a game vs. Tampa Bay, Jeter took first base after being "hit" on the left arm by a pitch from Chad Qualls. The next batter, Curtis Granderson then hit a home run to put the Yankees ahead, 3-2.

After the game, which the Rays won, Jeter admitted - and replays showed - the ball had hit the knob of his bat, not his arm.

"What can you do? My job is to get on base," Jeter told the Associated Press. "[The umpire] said it hit me, so I'm not going to argue with him."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who got thrown out arguing the call, said he's not annoyed with Jeter, who even had a trainer come out and look at his arm.

"There's several thespians throughout baseball," Maddon said. "I thought Derek did a great job, and I applaud it, because I wish our guys would do the same thing."

Mums the word

Finally, Redskins running back Clinton Portis is doing something he should have done all along: keeping his mouth shut.

Yesterday Portis faced the media with a piece of athletic tape over his mouth - courtesy of teammate Albert Haynesworth. When asked if he regretted making sexists comments about female reporters in locker rooms, Portis held up a notebook with the handwritten message, "No comment."

This is what you get for being nice

For more than 20 years, Ken Johnson has tailgated in the same parking lot outside the Buffalo Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium.

A friendly sort, he's famous for dispensing free shots of cherry liqueur to fellow fans from the thumbhole of a bowling ball. Last Sunday, however, he got a visit from security officials who informed him the NFL doesn't take kindly to dispersing liquor without a license.

Hey Ken, come to Philly. We'll set you up right outside the Linc.

- Tom Mahon

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