Play fair, J.P.

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

With the Blue Jays attempting to play dealing for dollars, it’s curious how general manager J.P. Ricciardi has tried to turn the tables, fingering Roy Halladay for igniting trade talk.

It’s because Halladay wants to pitch for a winner, and thus will explore free agency next year, that Ricciardi has been forced to shop the ace pitcher, the GM says.

So Ricciardi’s role in this is minor ... minuscule ... microscopic, even.

Other than failing to create a winning atmosphere around his best player, of course.

Best wishes ...

a) to the Canucks remaining in the field at the Canadian Open. The flag-waving seems to escalate each year, but don’t let that put more pressure on you. Just pretend you’re from, I don’t know, Trinidad and Tobago.

b) to Roy Halladay, if this is it for your Blue Jays career, may you win big somewhere else. Perhaps you could return some day ... as Jays general manager.

c) to Terrell Owens, as training camp opens for the Bills. Hey, Buffalo’s not so bad. If you play this right, you could be the biggest thing to hit the city since the Anchor Bar.

Not just singles

Roger Federer’s wife, Mirka, has given birth to twins.

Upon further review, it appears that both of Federer’s serves were in.

Crash land

Argumentative Arland Bruce likely won’t be an Argo for long.

Any takers for the talented receiver?

Just think, for a pittance, Arland could be Yourland.

Dog daze

Regarding the possibility that Michael Vick might get a four-game suspension, pet lovers should not get outraged, fark.com suggests.

“Take note that it’s a 28-game suspension in dog years.”

Twitter chatter

Apparently LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel couldn’t hurt a fly.

She twittered that she was “standing on a chair trying to get a fly out of my room ... in the end, I won.”

Five minutes later, perhaps fearing action from the PETA police, Pressel twittered again: “And clarification on the fly ... I couldn’t kill it but after shaking the lamp outside my room it flew away! Quite an experience ...”

Say what?

Two years after quitting Formula One, Jacques Villeneuve is talking comeback.

“The passion, the desire, the hunger are all there,” the 38-year-old Canadian told AFP yesterday.

“I want my sons to see me at the wheel and not only in a photograph.”

Jacques, your sons are 1 1/2 and 2 1/2, it can’t possibly mean that much to them.

But at least you’re not talking about sticking around until they’re old enough to race you.

Hurtin’ Royals

Another freak injury has hit the Kansas City Royals.

Right fielder Jose Guillen has suffered a torn right knee ligament while trying to put on a shin guard during a game.

In 2002, catcher Brent Mayne missed a month of the season. He wrenched his back when he turned his head to check for traffic while crossing a street.

And, of course, the biggest Royal pain, George Brett had to leave a 1980 World Series game because of sore hemorrhoids.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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