PEORIA, Ariz. -- Hey, it could have been worse: Pap could have said that Manny can't dance.
Likes: Manny Ramirez pulling out of his scheduled first Cactus League game because of a "tight hamstring." Very entertaining. Manny never did like spring training much, and is this the first of what are sure to be more Manny Moments for the Dodgers this year than last? ... Joe Mauer's back isn't as bad as feared in Minnesota. ... Syracuse and Connecticut going six overtimes Thursday night in that epic Big East Conference tournament game. What a show. I picked it up toward the end of the first overtime when I returned to the hotel from dinner at. ... Monti's Steakhouse, a landmark on Mill Ave. near the Arizona State campus. The place has character. ... Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Fascinating read, though you'd better have some time -- it's 700-plus pages. Another winner from Doris Kearns Goodwin. ... Jon Stewart artfully taking apart Jim Cramer on The Daily Show on Thursday night.
Dislikes: There's this high-pitched squeal, a kind of low feedback noise, emanating from ESPN on my hotel TV. No other channels, that I can discern. Nice. Not that I was going to watch any of the college conference tournaments this weekend in my spare time or anything. ...
Sunblock day: Beautiful. Bright, warm and upper 70s.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day
"Keep your raft from the riverboat
"Fiction over fact always has my vote
"And wrinkles only go where the smiles have been"
-- Jimmy Buffett, Barefoot Children