On the heels of his new deal (and by the way, congratulations) and the subsequent collective angst from the CBA (and its readers) Neifi Perez has gone out and committed a completely selfless act on behalf of the T E A M. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he has called friend Rafael Furcal and urged him to consider signing with our beloved Cubs for 2006.

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Now anyone can find nitpicky things to poo poo this deal but I’m not one of them. I like the 100 runs, the SB’s, the every day going out there and getting it done.

Back to Neifi. I call this selfless because if indeed the Cubs acquire the services of Mr. Furcal, who stands to lose the most? Probably Perez. But he understands the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few — or the one.

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Something apparently not grasped by another Rafael, the one named Palmeiro. Finally he has come out and tried to explain how he flunked the steroid test.
“I have never intentionally taken steroids. But I must also acknowledge that Stanozolol, a banned substance, was found in my system in May. Although I do not know how this substance came into my body, it is possible that a shot of vitamin B12 I took sometime in April might have been the cause. ì

Folks, this is known as the ìCareless Idiotî defense. Gimmee a Break, already.

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Regular writer for View From The Bleachers in 2005-06; Turns 50 this summer; Met Ernie, Billy and others back in 70-72; AKA VFTB Chaplain; Pastor in Pennsylvania when not obsessing over the Cubs; Wishes no harm to any opposing player; Married 26 years to a wonderful woman. Favorite player is Ryan Theriot