HIS BAGS WERE PACKED
Who says you can't take it with you? Raiders owner Al Davis died in October. Oakland doesn't have first-, second-, third-, fourth- or seventh-round picks this April.
THE BEAR FACTS
Turns out the Rays' Zim Bear has its ancestral roots in Seattle. The Mariners rolled out a virtually identical Edgar Martinez Bear in 2004, Martinez's final season.
Minor-leaguer Angel Villalona can't get a visa in his native Dominican Republic, the San Francisco Giants told AP, because of weight issues. The Statue of Liberty does read "give me your tired, your poor" No mention of "corpulent."
IF THE SHOE FITS
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, not impressed that Nike founder Phil Knight will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame: "Since when do shoe salesmen get into the Hall of Fame? Who's next -- Al Bundy or Buster Brown?"
"A hockey quandary," wrote Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. "If his last name is Hainsey, what's his nickname?"
-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times