Another game, another claim to "Best Lefty Ever": This
time, breaks Steve Carlton's record for career Ks by a
LHP. Records trump stateaus.
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Two Words For You:
At any other moment, almost nothing
in sports could be as painfully dull as Brewers
day game. (No, not even NHL lockout.)
But when that game is against the Giants?
And Bonds is still looking for 700? And it's an
otherwise slow day before a wild weekend? It's must-see.
Now, I'm not
suggesting using a sick day and finding a bar with the
game feed. But you can still keep your finger(s) on
the pulse of the day's biggest plotline:
Bust out ESPN.com GameCast, and stretch your
fingers for some serious ALT+TABbing between the
play-by-play and your ol' reliable dummy
Bonds has got the stage all to himself today.
"258" isn't "700," but at least it's a
pursuit of a record, rather than simply a stateau.
Yesterday, Ichiro collected a simple single, giving him
233 total hits. He needs 25 more with 17 games to go
to break George "We Goin' To" Sisler's 84-year
Glutton for ...: Art plans to stay on
the bench for the rest of the season. There's a reason
it's called "lame-duck."
"I'm not a quitter," he said. Fair enough. "I'm
not going to leave this team in the lurch." Too
Three things you should know:
1. The Big Euphemism
In this case, it's "cost certainty," otherwise known
as "salary cap." It's the
issue. (Winner: Union. Who are the owners
trying to fool with this phrase?)
2. The Big Stat
P.R. highground can be won or lost with a
position-anchoring statistic. In this case, it's that
the owners say they simply want to reduce the average
salary from $1.8 to $1.3 million. (Winner:
League. No sympathy for millionaire players from
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Twins: 8 straight Ws, simply cruising (Magic number? 6)
Braves: Do double-digit magic numbers count? Sure! (10)
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Kidd-to-Blazers rumors: Nets in serious play-down mode
Miami Heat: Nothing portends "bad times" like Laettner
3. The Big Quote
Fans have attention span for a single sound bite. Who
wins this faceoff? The league. Here's what the two
NHL: "They are instigating a fight." (Analogy to
Union: "Absolutely stupid and ridiculous." (Read:
Why didn't WE think to say that?)
Using these three guideposts, the projection is
that the league will ultimately prevail. Not that you're going to follow this story over the next 12-18
A's Fan to Sue
Wouldn't you? Hard to imagine there
won't be a settlement here in quick fashion. The only
question is: Who gets slapped? The Rangers, for
employing Francisco? The A's, for lack of security?
The chair company, for obvious reasons? Why not go
after MLB itself?
Nothing adds NFL subplot like a grudge.
But Joey Porter's juicy smack in the Ravens' direction
("Pure hatred: That's the best way to go out there.")
is met by ... nothing from Baltimore, muted by last
week's humiliating loss to the Browns. Personally, quiet Ray Lewis
scares me more than raging Ray-Ray.
Let's inflate the stakes of today's Red
Sox/D-Rays game: Because the Yanks are idle, if Boston
wins, the Sox are 3.5 GB, meaning a weekend sweep can
close the gap to under a game. (It's just that kind of
"what if" thinking that gets us all into
Meanwhile, in a shocker, the NY pitching staff
has thrown two straight blanks. Will the day off prove
necessarily restful ... or mojo-wrecking?
Quickie Book Club
And in honor of the weekend's Yanks-Sox
series, I recommend the recently released "The Last
Night of the Yankee Dynasty," written by ESPN's Buster Olney. The best inside look at the most
dominant team in sports over the last decade.
Move back to Miami and promptly lose both ends of a
doubleheader to the Expos. Never should have left
sweet "home" Chicago.
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