Boston purged the curse, Red Sox nation can change their diapers, and the ghost of Babe Ruth is finally free to float off to that big road house in the sky, right? Wrong. Last century's legend has one more piece of unfinished business with this century's legendary No. 3: Dale Earnhardt. They both lived fast and died young. Now it's time to green-flag the race for tertiary bragging rights.
No. 3 vs. No. 3, swattin' taters vs. Jack the bear, carousing vs. careening -- Dale and the Babe, let's see how they stack up at the tale of the tape ...
|Babe Ruth vs. Dale Earnhardt Sr.|
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
|Titles:||7 World Series||7 Winston Cups||Push|
|Nickname Translator:||"Bambino," which is Italian for "baby."||"Intimidator," which is NASCAR for "that car ramming you from behind."||Earnhardt|
|So nice, they had to nickname 'em twice||The Sultan of Swat||The Lord of Left Turns||Babe ... OK, OK, I made Dale's up.|
|Where they dropped the hammer:||Whorehouses coast to coast.||The final lap.||Push -- hey, a man has many needs.|
|Never got to see:||The Red Sox win one without him.||NASCAR's ratings skyrocket during the NHL Lockout.||Babe|
|Sponsor logos:||Belly by Bud||Even his dogs wore Mr. Goodwrench patches.||Dale|
|Myths:||Called his shot for a sick kid.||Wore wraparound shades to bed.||Babe|
|Started out as:||A pitcher||A hillbilly||Pass -- I can already feel the angry e-mails brewing. Or, as I like to call them, "expletive-laced, misspelled, ALL-CAPS dandies!"|
|Drafting:||Catcher slang for squatting behind the Babe during a day game after a night of cabbage rolls and beer.||Using the pull of the car in front of you to save gas.||Dale, slam dunk.|
|Following in their footsteps:||Bonds, Jr.||Dale, Jr.||Dale. I don't think Barry is getting past 714 without a huge, hormone-engorged asterisk.|
|Casting call:||William Bendix, John Goodman, and the Babe himself!||Barry Pepper||Especially when you remember that Pepper also played Roger Maris, this one is all Babe in a landslide.|
|Signature style:||Ran the bases like a pregnant seal.||Drove the course like a linebacker.||Dale|
|Formal wear:||Pinstripes||Basic black||Dale|
|Made more money than:||The President||God||Dale|
|Dead balls:||The era he played in.||A symptom frequently associated with the moment his Black Monte Carlo appeared in your rear view mirror.||Dale|