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Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah

Mike SteffanosSunday, December 25, 2005
By Mike Steffanos

Happy Holidays to all Mets fans everywhere, whichever holiday you celebrate. Thank you so much to all of you that share your love of the New York Mets with me. Be safe and well.

ESPN.com: Pedro named in Phone Card Suit
ESPN is citing a report from the St. Petersburg Times that Pedro Martinez is one of five major league players named in a civil suit:

At least five major-leaguers have been named as defendants in a $35 million civil suit involving defective phone cards known as Grandes Ligas (Major Leagues).

According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, Yankees pitcher Octavio Dotel and Devil Rays shortstop Julio Lugo are named in the lawsuit, along with American Worldwide Telecom, STX Communications, TWD Prepaid Cards, STI Mobile and Global Compass Inc.

Salvador Delgado, a lawyer representing convenience store owners who claim they unknowingly sold defective phone cards advertised by the players, told the Times that most of the cards were bought by Dominicans in the New York area who used them to call home. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York and claims fraud and deceptive advertising, a $2 card that was supposed to provide a 70-minute call actually provided nine or 10 minutes.

According to David Ortiz' agent, Diego Bentz, it was Octavio Dotel that lured the other players into the deal:

They were trying to do a favor and it just snowballed.

Mets.com: Glavine Christmas Interview
Marty Noble does a holiday-based interview with Tom Glavine on the Mets' web site. Some of the revelations:

MLB.com: What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
Glavine: "Silent Night."

MLB.com: And your favorite Christmas song?
Glavine: "Walking In A Winter Wonderland."

MLB.com: Whose version? The Phil Spector version?
Glavine: No, I'm pretty traditional with that stuff.

MLB.com: Now, traditionalist that you are, do you leave a snack for Santa?
Glavine: Absolutely. A sandwich, cookies and carrots outside for the reindeer.

MLB.com: Are crumbs left behind the next morning?
Glavine: Yes, of course.

MLB.com: And the carrots?
Glavine: Well, I pick 'em up ... or the local reindeer do.

Riveting stuff -- and some of my friends think that Marty Noble doesn't have a sense of humor.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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