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By Peter Gammons
Special to ESPN.com
In my life
"In the days," said Robin Ventura, "when you could drink and drive."
"And," added Piazza, "no one ever talked about serious issues like spousal abuse."
Batting average: Nomar Garciaparra, Boston, .368
Thing called love
The problem with that is just the simple fact that Eddie Yost never played for the Red Sox.
Riding with the king
OPS (slugging + on-base percentage) N. Garciaparra 1.086 A. Rodriguez 1.079 M. Bordick .852 D. Jeter .849 J. Valentin .803 M. Tejada .757
Eight miles high
These numbers are of starters who have all been kept in their respective rotations.
River deep, mountain high
Position Best Worst Catcher M. Piazza, N.Y.(NL) B. Ausmus, Det. J. Posada, N.Y.(AL) M. Matheny, St.L I. Rodriguez, Tex. M. Johnson, Chi.(AL) First Base C. Delgado, Tor. K. Young, Pitt. J. Giambi, Oak. R. Coomer, Minn. M. McGwire, St.L T. Martinez, N.Y.(AL) Second Base J. Kent, S.F. H. Bush, Tor. J. Vidro, Mon. M. Lansing, Col. E. Alfonzo, N.Y.(NL) J. Offerman, Bos. Third Base C, Jones, Atl. V. Castilla, T.B. T. Glaus, Ana. W. Veras, Bos. T. Fryman, Cle. M. Barrett, Mon. Shortstop A. Rodriguez, Sea. A. Gonzalez, Tor. N. Garciaparra, Bos. R. Sanchez, K.C. B. Larkin, Cin. N. Perez, Col. Left Field B. Bonds, S.F. R. Sanders, Atl. G. Sheffield, L.A. T. O'Leary, Bos. D. Erstad, Ana. D. Bragg, Col. Center Field J. Edmonds, St.L P. Bergeron, Mon. B. Giles, Pitt. M. Grissom, Mil. B. Williams, N.Y.(AL) D. Glanville, Phi. Right Field V. Guerrero, Mon. D. Martinez, Tex. E. Burks, S.F. T. Lee, Ari. B. Abreu, Phi. M. Stairs, Oak. DH E. Martinez, Sea. B. Huskey, Minn. F. Thomas, Chi.(AL) L. Polonia, Det. D. Segui, Tex. S. Spiezio, Ana.
Howard Johnson's got his HOJO workin'
He finished it and ordered another.
"That," said the waitress, "has never happened before."
Turk has done a lot of things that were firsts, and insists that he will play the last year of his career for nothing. "I will play it for nothing because I've loved baseball all my life," says Turk. "I want my last season to be a testament to the game. I only wanted a few things out of life -- a wife, children, to play baseball and to hunt deer."
Told that the players' union will not allow him to play for free, Wendell said, "then I'll drop out of the union when the time comes."
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