Small Balls: Tuesday June 3, 2008

La première étoile: Max Mosley. Three months ago, the Formula One racing boss was caught on camera in the middle of a sadomasochistic orgy with five alleged prostitutes in a London sex “dungeon.” Yet somehow, the 67-year-old survived a confidence vote and kept his job as the president of the sport’s international governing body.

Two minutes for … waffling. To former Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou, who keeps changing his story on the infamous Steve Bartman saga. Bartman, of course, is the geeky Cubbies fan who reached for a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League playoffs, preventing Alou from recording a sure out—and a potential trip to the World Series. Five years later, Bartman is still public enemy #1 in the not-so-friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Thanks to Alou, that won’t change anytime soon.

Who’s got tickets? Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, Joba Chamberlain’s debut as a major league starter. The Nebraska-born right-hander with a filthy fastball—his nickname is “Joba the Heat”—will officially move from the bullpen to the starting rotation tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. The pinstripe faithful are foaming at the mouth, but anything less than a no-hitter and Joba will be hearing from Mr. Steinbrenner.

Fun police: Tiger Woods is the man. Best golfer ever. Wads of cash. Pretty wife. Perfect life. But once—just once—can we talk about an upcoming Major without handing Tiger the trophy before the first hole is even played?

Extra bases: Flip Saunders is out. Ron Wilson is in. And the rest of us are on the couch

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