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C.J. Nitkowski: left-handed and blogging

Former major league pitcher C.J. Nitkowski is plying his trade and candidly blogging away in Japan. Story

Updated: August 29, 2008, 9:18 AM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

We became Facebook friends about three months ago -- me, the Costco-outfitted sportswriter; C.J. Nitkowski, the Costco-outfitted baseball player.

In a day and age when the wall between jocks and journalists is wider than David Wells' midsection, the idea of two people like C.J. and I emerging as buds -- even via the Internet -- is hard to fathom. My job is supposedly to bring the C.J. Nitkowskis of the world down. His job is supposedly to avoid me (and my type) at all costs and -- ...

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