Sometimes people write better than us. Each Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.
- Former MLB pitcher Jim Parque took HGH during his career and is sorry, despite the fact that HGH was neither illegal nor banned by baseball at the time. He wants you kids to learn from his mistakes. Jim, it's okay, we forgive you for being on the White Sox, it wasn't your choice. Chicago Sun Times.
- After years of radio silence, Bill James finally opens up on the steroid era and whether or not players who juiced deserve HOF induction. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to live to the ripe old age of 300. Better yet, his piece is in an easy-to-read PDF format. Acta Sports.
- Sports Illustrated profiles Carl Crawford, aka The Running Man. Tampa Bay.com helpfully uploaded the PDF version of the piece. It's PDF Thursday! Party at Adobe! Sports Illustrated.
- Shawn Hoffman tears down Lester Munson's apocalyptic ESPN.com piece decrying the monopolization of sports leagues and reassures us fans that the world will not end if the NFL continues to do business with just one hat company. I still get turned off by the MLB antitrust exemption; I've wanted to start my own pro baseball league for years. Baseball Prospectus.
- The fine author of wezen-ball pens a thoughtful follow-up to the intentional walk brouhaha. I don't think the intentional walk should be eliminated from the game. It's a perfectly cromulent (albeit risky) strategy that punishes the Cardinals for having a player as good as Albert Pujols. wezen-ball.com
- Is Ben Zobrist the American League MVP? Bill Marshall thinks maybe, yes, he just might be, especially because of his Gold-Glove-caliber defense at second base. It's Just Sports.
- Ruben Amaro was once a bat-boy and is now basking in the glow of his red-hot Phillies team. Also, he's Jewish! What a mitzvah! More Hardball.
- R.I.P. Barth. Whatevs.