Josh Byrnes didn’t make a bad deal. He didn’t sell the farm, didn’t sacrifice the future for a kick at the can with a .500 team. The general manager kept all his young studs and poker chips for down the road.
But it’s hard to blame Diamondbacks players for privately grumbling when the trade deadline came and went and Arizona was the only team that stood pat in a tightly packed division.
With the veterans peaking and the youngsters streaking, the lineup is good enough to win the mediocre NL West. But the rotation is a starter short, and it’s hard to imagine there wasn’t a way to bring in a six-inning guy — without dealing a top prospect — to give the team a fighting chance.
A FINE WHINE
Danica Patrick isn’t ready to race in NASCAR. But now, after she ran out of gas just before the end of Sunday’s Firestone Indy 400, we know she can throw a tizzy fit that can match Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch lap for lap.
From the wheel pounding to the helmet dropping to the pylon kicking, it was a first-place performance — her first in the IRL. Only Paris Hilton gets as much attention for doing less.
TOO MANY PAINKILLERS?
Brett Favre says this year’s Packers team — coming off a 4-12 season — is the most talented he’s played with. That includes two Super Bowl teams, and one that won it all.
I guess Favre was discounting the quarterback position, where most of those Pack teams had an MVP-caliber player, not a bangedup veteran who doesn’t know when to quit. If he really thinks Green Bay has a chance to win a Super Bowl, Favre should step away to give the Pack a chance to reach its full potential.
• While Devean George talked with the Suns and was willing to sacrifice salary to play for a winner, the best Phoenix could offer was the $1.8 million remaining of its mid-level exception after signing Marcus Banks.
George signed a two-year, $4.2 million deal with Dallas on Tuesday with the second year a player option — so George can field offers if he raises his market value as a Mav.
• Since none of the first 20 excuses — one for each stage — Floyd Landis gave for his positive Tour de France drug test held any water, there is only one thing left for him to peddle.
Try apologizing and returning the yellow jersey before the second test proves him a liar.
• Derek Jeter has unveiled his own cologne, called “Driven.” How about the folks at Avon for getting ahead of the curve and giving Jeter his own scent — six years after he won the last of his four championship rings?
Meanwhile, rumors have Alex Rodriguez coming out with his new scent, which tentatively named “Brut-al” after Yankee fans, around World Series time.