You can almost guess the agents implored their players to say: "For goodness sakes, tell anyone you can find that you are sorry it ever happened and you certainly won't do it again" -- or something like that.
A couple have denied it all, but the majority have been gnashing their teeth and rending their garments in an attempt to admit (sheepishly) their involvement.
However, most of them don't say what they are sorry for. Just that they are sorry. Perhaps they are sorry the whole thing has come to light but none of them say that.
Their pleas range from "It was very embarrassing," to "I have helped taint our national pastime," "Do I regret it? Absolutely," "a stupid decision," "It's been a big relief relief for me to know that I've come to grips with it. That I made a mistake" and "I have to live with myself. And one day, I have to give an account to God and not to nobody else for what I've done in my life."
And I have no doubt that they are contrite. I was told by a person who certainly knew what he was talking about that "rehabilitation begins upon arrest."
But time for posturing is over. Many, Many people have done far worse things for financial gain and, unfortunately, will continue to do so in the future. Obviously that doesn't make it right, but now let's try to fix things so it won't happen again.
Nook's In Dodger Blue
The newest Dodger to put on a Dodger uniform is Exavier Prente Logan, known around the batting cage as "Nook." He was signed as a free agent recently and is probably an insurance policy to be stashed in Las Vegas in case of a plague of injuries.
A 40th round draft pick by the Yankees in 1998, he did not sign until selected in the third round in 2000 by Detroit. He was traded to Washington in 2006.
The 28-year-old switch hitter has speed and a good glove, little power and has hit .268 over four partial seasons.
Exavier Prente Logan bb tr 6-2 180 Born- November 28, 1979 Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2008 year team ave obp gm ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb 2004 Det .278 .346 47 133 12 37 5 2 0 10 8 2005 Det .258 .305 129 322 47 83 5 1 0 10 23 2006 Wash .300 .337 27 90 13 27 3 1 1 8 2 2007 Wash .265 .304 118 325 39 86 18 4 0 21 23Sweeney Happy to be Back
Mark Sweeney made his major league debut in 1995 and is surprised it will last a bit longer. "I'm amazed that I'm 38 and still playing in the major leagues," he said.
Sweeney signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles after arriving from San Francisco last season.
"I wanted to go back to the Dodgers if possible," said Sweeney. "I enjoyed playing for them last year. I think we have a good chance to win the division title and hopefully go a lot further."
Sweeney is second on the all-time pinch-hit list. He had a major league-leading 24 pinch hits last season.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Early drills are for the most part endless repetitions -- pitchers practicing on fielding and bunting drills, catcher working on popups (which is a real test of a coach's talents. Hitting a round ball with a round bat straight up in the air is a talent acquired over many years of trial and error. Finally, all pitchers who threw on the mound two days ago, took the hill again for their second session in the bullpen. ...The Dodgers' 40-man roster consists of 20 players who are 25 years old or younger. There are 11 players who are 23 years old or younger, five of which have Major League service time under their belt. The youngest player in camp? Outfielder Xavier Paul, who is 22 years, 11 months, and 22 days old. He turns 23 on February 25. The oldest? Jeff Kent, who is 39 years, 11 months and 10 days old. A veteran of 16 seasons, Kent beats out Rudy Seanez, who is 39 years, three months and 28 days old. The average age of the 40-man roster is 28. ...Tommy Lasorda will be honored today by Disney's Vero Beach Resort, which rename the facility's croquet field, Lasorda Field. A croquet field? Anyway, the resort invited 30-40 local kids, as well as city officials and residents, to the ceremony.