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Monday Extras: Play Ball! Except for Thomas

Apr 3, 2006, 12:42 AM EDT

Thomas Perez was released by the Phillies.  Man, I’m kind of sad.  I think this is a wise baseball decision, but this is like cutting the Phanatic to bring in a younger more athletic mascot or something.  [MLB.com]:

"I’m 32 years old, and know I can help another team," Perez said. "I
did my best for this team, and I appreciate what they did for me. It’s
part of the life. They had to make a decision. I wish good luck for
these guys and this team, and thank the fans who support me for my
career.

"I have to turn the page."

-The Sixers are on a winning streak.. because the scheduling gods allowed them to play the Knicks in back to back games. Sixers are on fire! The Bulls have also won two in a row, so the Sixers are only 1.5 games up on them for the final playoff spot. [Yahoo]

-Lots of limo/taxi drivers in Vegas are sports fans, because they move
there to make gambling on games easier.  That’s my theory anyway.  Limo
driver gives Jimmy Rollins some advice [FoxSports]
Kendra_jeffrey-The Playboy bunny who has an Eagles blog has posted 9 times in roughly four months.  Some of the posts actually have words.  But 3 definitely don’t have any words.  She still probably gets more hits than most bloggers. [Bird Bunny Blog]
-Jim Thome looks pretty weird in a White Sox uni, but he didn’t waste any time going long [Yahoo Picture]
-Phillies acquire Dave Dellucci for Rob Tejeda and prospect.  Should give the Phillies a nice lefty bat off the bench, something they were lacking. [Beerleaguer]
-In honor of opening day, The Natural and Sandlot clips [YouTube]
-The whole Paulie and his mother bit was way too much of a stretch.  David Chase must have been struggling for material.  It did bring out some anger in Paulie we haven’t really seen.  Paulie ending the episode by beating the young kid and telling him not to tell Tony could be an interesting sign of things to come.  Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a great wind carries me across the sky.  Tony taking pleasure in the wind and just being alive juxtaposed with Paulie’s anger.  Tony is no longer the same powerful, angry skipper.  His time is coming to an end.