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January 16, 2006 12:00 am

Our Long Nationals Nightmare

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Neil deMause

Neil deMause updates the D.C. stadium saga.

Last year at this time, Bud Selig and Bob DuPuy were popping open the bubbly. It had been a long haul, but the Expos Stadium Extortion Across America Tour (™ Doug Pappas) had finally landed its prize: Approval by the D.C. city council of a brand-spanking-new stadium on the Anacostia River waterfront, to be paid for almost entirely with public funds. Sure, some i's needed to be dotted and t's crossed--things like paying off Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos for parking a new team on his doorstep--but the four-year-long Expos soap opera was finally over.

As it turned out, not so much. So far this month:

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April 15, 2003 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Stealing the All-Star Game: An Apocryphal Tale

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Derek Zumsteg

Did baseball's leaders conspire to white-wash the All-Star game? BP's Derek Zumsteg speculates on the subject, while resting comfortably atop the grassy knoll.

Bud Selig walked into his office past his couch-of-bats-and-bases, whistling a happy tune. He hung up his coat, set down his briefcase next to his desk, and sat down. The sun shone through the window and Selig smiled.

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"Now I'm kind of wondering what's next. I went to sleep with `Karate Kid' and woke up to Peter Gammons, which was a little frightening." --Doug Mientkiewicz, Twins infielder, on falling asleep in front of his TV Thursday August 29th

THE NIGHT BEFORE STRIKE DATE

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SPEAK FROM THE MOUNTAIN

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No one likes to be lied to.

I had a girlfriend once who liked to play me off against other suitors--her ex-boyfriend, who was richer; guys she was friends with who were more studly--and who would tell large, relationship-encompassing lies without blinking for the most petty of reasons, like picking a particular movie. That relationship didn't turn out so well, which is for the better since it meant I ended up marrying an honest woman who's also lovely and talented. Lies and distrust are poison.

I'm reminded of this almost every day as a baseball fan. Why, just yesterday:

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July 10, 2002 9:01 pm

DuPuy Disinforms

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Doug Pappas

Fact: DuPuy exaggerated MLB's operating losses by at least 22%.

The Baseball America website features transcripts of lengthy interviews with the protagonists in the current labor dispute: Bob DuPuy, MLB's president and chief operating officer, and MLBPA head Don Fehr. Editor Alan Schwarz sat down with each man for an hour, asking tough questions and following up as appropriate. Each transcript runs over 6,500 words.

Unfortunately, not all of those words are accurate. While both men used the interview as a forum for presenting their positions to the public, one went further. DuPuy made several unambiguously false statements about the economics of Major League Baseball.

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July 10, 2002 12:00 am

DuPuy Disinforms

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Doug Pappas

The Baseball America website features transcripts of lengthy interviews with the protagonists in the current labor dispute: Bob DuPuy, MLB's president and chief operating officer, and MLBPA head Don Fehr. Editor Alan Schwarz sat down with each man for an hour, asking tough questions and following up as appropriate. Each transcript runs over 6,500 words. Unfortunately, not all of those words are accurate. While both men used the interview as a forum for presenting their positions to the public, one went further. DuPuy made several unambiguously false statements about the economics of Major League Baseball.

Unfortunately, not all of those words are accurate. While both men used the interview as a forum for presenting their positions to the public, one went further. DuPuy made several unambiguously false statements about the economics of Major League Baseball.

DuPuy: "[R]emember, 65 cents of every dollar that's generated right now goes to player salaries."

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Let's say, for the sake of history, that you've got more than a few gray hairs on your noggin, if you have any hair on the old chrome dome at all. (Of course, you could be using Grecian formula, but then you're also probably using Rafael Palmeiro's potion as well and are too busy pitching woo to have any time to think about baseball history.)

Let's say that you actually care about this stuff, that all of this talk about money and drugs and labor negotiations hasn't bugged you so much and made you so cranky that the national pastime no longer fans your interest. I mean, if you listened to the messages emanating from the game's bunker on Park Avenue, you'd think the sky was falling, the barbarians were at the gate, and that western civilization itself was in jeopardy, with the apocalypse nigh.

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Some thoughts on Ichiro Suzuki and baseball's "inevitable" return to Washington, D.C.

I'd like to get to a couple of topics today, so let's jump in...

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