Friday, April 02, 2004

Alberto Gonzalez and Bobby Bonilla 

I read the following story in some funny-strange-but-true sort of column in The Sporting News (no, it wasn't "Caught On The Fly", but he's hilarious, too) The title of the bit was "Hello, how are you?"

At least a decade ago, when Bobby Bo played for the Mets, he was quite cocky and full of himself. (These days, one is hard-pressed to remember the ex-Pirate third baseman's name, who won a huge contract after the salad days in Pittsburgh with the likes of Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke, when they won the division three years in a row under Jim Leyland)

During a night game at Shea, he made an error, but he disagreed with the official scorer's decision and decided to take things into his own hands. He called the scorer FROM THE DUGOUT and tried to talk him into changing it into a hit. He got nowhere, but the story hit the press.

When questioned by reporters after the game, Bonilla said (and I paraphrase here): "Oh, I heard that he [the official scorer] had a cold, and I just called to ask him how he was doing."

In the middle of a game. From the dugout. The official scorer. ha ha

I think the White House lawyer will be using this Bobby Bonilla defense, now that this story has hit the wires. Remember who coined it first, kiddies:

Bush Counsel Called 9/11 Panelist Before Clarke Testified

President Bush's top lawyer placed a telephone call to at least one of the Republican members of the Sept. 11 commission when the panel was gathered in Washington on March 24 to hear the testimony of former White House counterterrorism chief Richard A. Clarke, according to people with direct knowledge of the call.

White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales called commissioner Fred F. Fielding, one of five GOP members of the body, and, according to one observer, also called Republican commission member James R. Thompson. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee, wrote to Gonzales yesterday asking him to confirm and describe the conversations.

Waxman said "it would be unusual if such ex parte contacts occurred" during the hearing. Waxman did not allege that there would be anything illegal in such phone calls. But he suggested that such contacts would be improper because "the conduct of the White House is one of the key issues being investigated by the commission."

No, Gonzalez just heard Fielding had a bad head cold. Allergy season is heating up, y'know.


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