The Boston Herald is reporting that Manny will get his haircut “some time this week” at a place called Fantastic Sam’s, in a promotional stunt that will benefit some Dodgers charities. But that won’t stop the Dodgers from selling “Manny bandannas,” replicas of the blue skullcap he wears under his baseball cap – with fake dreadlocks attached. “Maybe after he gets his hair cut,” Torre said, “He can wear one of those.”

It’s time to stop running. LoHud Yankees Blog points out that Bobby Abreu has been caught stealing eight times in 22 attempts.

Freakonomics tells us about a new study that finds that athletes often perform unexpectedly worse in front of supportive audiences than they do in front of neutral ones and that the higher audience expectations get, the worse their performers do. So stay dispassionate, Marlins fans. The team will be better off.

Larry Bowa has been vocal in his opposition to the new rule requiring base coaches to wear helmets. During a recent chat on Dodgers.com, he said helmets aren’t necessary and “if you position your body in the right way and take the blow in the back, you can recover from that.”

Joe Posnanski, who will return to Kansas City from China this weekend, struggles with whether or not he should head straight from the airport to the Bruce Springsteen concert:

Anyway, I saw an interview (Springsteen) did with the New York Post where he explained why will not retire and stop touring. He said it was because he had a big ego and that his son called him an ”attention whore.“ But here was my favorite quote:

“When it comes down to it, I like the way it makes me feel. And the way that I can make you feel when I do it … It thrills me, it excites me, it gives me meaning, it gives me purpose.”

See, that’s how Springsteen goes on living. He stays on tour. He performs. He likes the way he makes us feel.

I can’t miss Springsteen in Kansas City, can I?

I’ve seen the boss in concert twice. During this most recent tour, I’ve waited and waited for him to announce that he was coming to Phoenix, but the closest he got was L.A. He’s seemingly played every other city in America, including Hershey, Penn., Hartford, Conn., and Charlottesville, Va. What’s the deal, Bruce? No love for the Grand Canyon State?

Finally, there’s chaos in San Diego! Chaos! Shoot to kill!

(Via Big League Stew)

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