BASEBALL UPDATE….Reader Keith Luckenbach alerts me to this charming piece of baseball news:

The Hall of Fame president, a former official in the Reagan administration, canceled a 15th anniversary celebration of “Bull Durham” because of anti-war criticism by co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.

“We believe your very public criticism of President Bush at this important — and sensitive — time in our nation’s history helps undermine the U.S. position, which ultimately could put our troops in even more danger. As an institution, we stand behind our President and our troops in this conflict.”

The Hall of Fame doesn’t want to be associated with anyone who doesn’t support the president? When did I miss the part where baseball became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican party?

Robbins’ reaction: “You belong with the cowards and ideologues in a hall of infamy and shame.”

Luckily for me I gave up on baseball back in 1994, so I don’t have to go to all the time and bother of insisting on a boycott or anything. But these guys really need to grow up.

UPDATE: Edited to remove references to Major League Baseball, which, I am informed, has no official relationship to the Hall of Fame.