OK, SO THE RAPTURE didn't happen. But that doesn't mean there aren't signs of a pending apocalypse.
Greg Anderson, the personal trainer accused of supplying and injecting Barry Bonds with performance-enhancing drugs, is an assistant coach in a youth baseball league in Burlingame, Calif.
According to a story in the New York Times, Anderson, a convicted felon, helps coach the 11- and 12-year-old team his son Cole pitches for.
Doesn't the league do background checks?
According to the league's website, the "BYBA conducts a reference screening process on all candidates . . . "
Anderson would not speak to the Times' reporter after the game, and league official Mike Brunicardi did not return a phone call or an email from the newspaper.
But Dave Cauchi, who coaches another team in the league, wasn't afraid to go on the record.
"I wouldn't want that person coaching my child because of his association with steroids," Cauchi told the Times. "Just like I wouldn't want someone associated with the distribution of marijuana or cocaine, or any controlled substance, coaching my child."
Anderson served 3 months in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to money laundering and conspiracy to distribute steroids. He also served more than a year in jail for refusing to testify against Bonds. Great role model, huh?
Of course, there are always those parents who just don't get it. Enter Stacy Rusley, whose son plays on Anderson's team.
"The kids like him, and he's a really friendly guy, so my husband and I don't question it," she said. "Really, it's kind of fun to have a celebrity coaching the team."
With the Phillies playing the Rangers over the weekend, the Seattle Times' Larry Stone suggested that Cliff Lee's interleague walkup song should be "All My Ex's Play In Texas."
- Tom Mahon