Heart's desire

Volcanic Texas Rangers outfielder Miton Bradley has erupted again.

This time he charged the Kansas City Royals' broadcast booth to contest something said by analyst Ryan Lefebvre, last week. Bradley was stopped by Texas G.M. Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington.

According to the AP, Bradley returned to the clubhouse, screamed at teammates and wept.

"I'm tired of people bringing me down," he said. "It wears on you. I love you guys, all you guys. I'm strong, but I'm not that strong. All I want to do is play baseball and make a better life for my kid than I had."

What that has to do with Lefebvre's remarks is anyone's guess.

Nonetheless, Rock On understands. All it wants to do is watch TV and eat Ding Dongs.

But as a great philosopher (Mick Jagger) once said, you can't always get what you want.

Animal farm

The Jazz continue to hold pre-draft workouts, and one recent invitee was Florida's Marreese Speights, who seemed surprised there were no covered wagons or watering troughs in sight.

"Oh, when I came here, I expected way different than this," he told reporters. "This is kind of like, city. I expected, like, cows and stuff."

No, that would be Sacramento.

Besides, even cow towns know to keep their animals corralled when visitors are in town.

Believing you Kaun

Kansas center Sasha Kaun — not to be confused with R&B singer Chaka Kahn — also visited Utah last week.

Kaun said it took him three months to learn English after arriving from Russia.

"I'm still learning," he told Deseret News writer Tim Buckley, "... and it's been seven years."

Maybe it got confusing when he tried to learn English by listening to Chaka's Kahn's "Woman in a Man's World."

Identity crisis

Greg Oden is young, rich, and ... bashful?

Last year's No. 1 draft pick showed up recently at the Kanye West-Rihanna concert and wound up being introduced.

"I have had a crush on Rihanna since I first saw her on TV," Oden wrote in his blog for Yard Barker. "When I met her I froze up. I had all this great stuff in my head about what I was gonna say to her, but none of it came out. I ended up saying the cheesiest thing ever: 'ummmm, who are you,' I could have punched myself. Her beauty did that to me, though."

Two thoughts.

First, if he actually had said something, wouldn't she be wondering why a 40-year-old man was flirting with her?

And second, if Oden doesn't start playing pretty soon, the phrase "Who are you?" might be something he'll have to deal with himself.


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