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DLD 6/7/07: Havin' a WHALE of a time in Oakland!

In the interest of not jinxing a certain sporting event in which a team from Oakland will compete with another team from Boston I'm going to start this DLD a little bit off topic.

I sure hope you are having a whale of a time so far in this beautiful (but windy) month of June.

Do you remember that dead whale that washed ashore on a private beach at Point Richmond?  Well, it looks like they're finally going to do something about it. (SF Chronicle)

Be sure to read all the way to the end.  Thankfully the authorities have chosen a sane approach to deal with this situation.

In previous cases of stranded dead whales, officials have tried burying them, but animals or the weather can uncover the animals. In one notorious case that was captured on video, officials detonated one whale on-site. But pieces of the whale rained down on onlookers and cars, turning one big mess into many small ones.

Captured on video?  Perhaps this one?

Check out money quote #1

FEMALE BYSTANDER: Here comes pieces of... my God!

No lady, it's not manna from heaven, it's particles of blown up dead whale.

Here's money quote # 2

ANCHOR: The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere.

It's not really that funny, but his deadpan delivery, was a sign of a different era.

Now back to baseball:

Has Danny Haren finally arrived?  (ESPN.com)

Jason Giambi; from sellout to snitch? (ESPN.com)

Personally, I would commend somebody to come forward and shed some light on this episode of baseball.  I would especially commend somebody who is doing it not for financial gain, unlike Jose Canseco.  But, alas, things are never so simple and black and white.  This thing might end up as another political conflict between the MLBPA and the owners, as things usually are.

Sigh.

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