August 25, 2006
Here's my question: Is "impersonating a journalist" an actual crime? And if so, how many warrants are there out for my arrest?
Police arrested the 18-year-old Leli Friday night at Shea just before the start of the New York Mets-Colorado Rockies game and charged him with impersonating a journalist, the Queens District Attorney announced Saturday.
Prosecutors say Leli told New York Mets management that he worked for NBC Universal and showed a fake NBC employee identification card so he could get press credentials.
Having had the pleasure of going to lunch with Keith Law when he was in Minnesota to write an article about Joe Mauer earlier this year, that story amused me on a number of levels. Suffice it to say that if I were to draw up a list of "idiots," Law would be somewhere near the bottom.
Clearly it is not as easy as it looks, leaving the employ of a major-league ballclub to become a baseball columnist. Ask Keith Law.
In last night's blog posting on ESPN.com, Law, a former Jays special assistant to GM J.P. Ricciardi, officially became persona non grata with his former front office mates, stirring the pot surrounding the uncertain future of Vernon Wells in Toronto.
"Vernon Wells has told Blue Jays' management that he has no intention of signing a contract extension to stay in Toronto," Law wrote online. "He and his family would like to move closer to his home in Texas, and he has become increasingly disenchanted in Toronto as he has faced public criticism from general manager J.P. Ricciardi."
"He's become a writer," Ricciardi said of the Harvard-educated Law. "It doesn't take long. Keith Law is officially an idiot."
A few days after the trade, I actually played baseball with Baldwin's dad, Bob Baldwin (he took me deep for a mammoth homer to left-center field). And then later that night, Andy made his Mariners system debut and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. A 2004 fifth-round pick out of Oregon State, Baldwin now sports a 3.86 ERA and 104-to-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 154 innings at Single-A.
I look forward to the day when the boys at U.S.S. Mariner can criticize manager Mike Hargrove for not using Baldwin correctly.
The attorney prosecuting the case summed up my immediate reaction:
For months, Annie J. Donnelly drove her blue Dodge Durango every day to MK Cards and Gifts near her home on Long Island and bet thousands of dollars on New York State Lottery games, sometimes buying tickets by the hundreds.
Yesterday, Ms. Donnelly, 38, admitted in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead where she had gotten the money she gambled: She embezzled $2.3 million in three and a half years on her job as the bookkeeper for a medical group practice, she said.
It's always good to see someone making a late run at the top spot on the aforementioned Idiot List.
"The irony is the total amount of money she stole is more than she would have won if she hit the lottery," said Donna M. Planty, an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County. "When I first got the case, I said, 'You've got to be kidding.'"
There's an immense archive to get caught up on if you're interested. I'd suggest the shows featuring Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein (who is Sebok's dad), Michael Mizrachi, Josh Arieh, Chip Reese, Daniel Negreanu, Haralabos Voulgaris, and Layne Flack. Plus, they even have an episode featuring Shannon Elizabeth, if you've ever wondered what it sounds like when three guys drool over someone for 45 minutes.
You'd think Michael Jordan would be the biggest draw among those names, but I'd rank him no higher than fifth. The top spot? That's easy if you've seen what Liz Lieu looks like. Incidentally, if anyone knows Trent Tucker, feel free to convince him to invite me. I'll be by far the least-famous person there and absolutely no one will be interested in meeting me, but at least I'll blog about the experience afterward.
8th Annual Trent Tucker Celebrity Golf and Poker Tournament
- Friday, September 8th: Celebrity Dinner and Poker Tournament at Canterbury Park
- Celebrities scheduled to participate include: Michael Jordan, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Patrik Antonius, Liz Lieu, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Scottie Pippen, Trent Tucker, Charles Oakley, Paul Allen, and Dark Star to name a few.
- $2,500 Buy In (Dinner included)
If anyone else did the iPod shuffle on their blog and I overlooked it, let me know and I'll add it to the above list. Interestingly, not nearly as many people decided to tear apart my musical taste this time around, so it must be improving with age.