Talk about getting your language hammered out. Padres sign Dykstra with literally minutes to spare. It was dramatic, in the theater of the mind: Picture Bud Selig himself looking on as Paul DePodesta and Allan Dykstra stared each other off for hours on end, each's right hand twitching like that of a gunslinger's in a Wild West film. A tumbleweed tumbles in the background. A single drop of sweat gathers and starts to run down DePo's brow. Dykstra reaches his hand out. DePo reaches to meet. DYKSTRA DOESN'T PSYCHE! THE CROWD GOES WILD! $1.15 mil.
Poor Kooz.. -.198
Optimist Island: The bullpen held its own, The Sauce came up huge, and defense was good. These are positive developments.
Pessimist Peninsula: The Friar is hopeless against lefties. Leave the "vs. righties" lineup out there, already. Wally Joyner is away with a family medical issue.
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In Strasburg news, Washington still leads and Team U.S.A. narrowly avoided elimination by the medal-less Canadians.