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Old 01-04-2007, 01:36 PM   #121
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with the exception of his wig wearing duet on rockin' in the free world with eddie and the boys, which i must say rocked much harder than the "u-jam" version
Yeah but you weren't able to catch his PJ bandwagon hat when he tossed it into the audience.
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:27 PM   #122
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Yeah but you weren't able to catch his PJ bandwagon hat when he tossed it into the audience.
too many $2 dollar molson's at the purple shamrock
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:39 PM   #123
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CLEVELAND (AP) - A company that uses computer imaging claims baseballs had a larger rubberized core and a synthetic rubber ring in 1998, including the ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th homer.

Universal Medical Systems Inc. said Wednesday that with the assistance of Dr. Avrami S. Grader and Dr. Philip M. Halleck from The Center for Quantitative Imaging at Penn State, it took images of 1998 baseballs.

"Examining the CT images of Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball one can clearly see the synthetic ring around the core - or 'pill' - of the baseball," UMS president David Zavagno said. "While Mark McGwire may or may not have used illegal steroids, the evidence shows his ball - under the governing body of the league - was juiced."

But Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said the core of the ball has been unchanged for decades. Rawlings has been the exclusive supplier of baseballs to the major leagues since 1977.

"All of our balls are subject to rigorous quality control standards and testing conducted by Rawlings," DuPuy said. "No changes have been made to the core of the ball through the entire time they have manufactured it."

UMS specifically examined the ball McGwire hit for No. 70 - a record surpassed when Barry Bonds hit 73 homers in 2001. Zavagno said the company tested about 35 baseballs in all.

McGwire is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, and results will be announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"The synthetic rubber ring of the modern-day baseball, in this case that of Mark McGwire's prized 70th home run ball, acts as both a spring and a 'stop,'" Zavagno said. "Much like a sling shot pulled back 10 or 20 degrees farther than normal, the subsequent restitution or rebound allows an object to fly faster and farther."

Baseball spokesman Rich Levin said what UMS calls a rubber ring is more like a cardboard washer.

"We are satisfied that the ball comports with all major league specifications," DuPuy said. "Beginning in 2000, we have had annual independent testing done by UMass at Lowell, baseball research center, under the direction of Dr. James Sherwood, and those tests have showed full compliance with standards."
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Yippy, I remember back in 1987 when they were saying the same thing. The balls weren't juiced. The players were.
The Yanks and D-Backs are inching closer to a deal trading Randy Johnson back to Arizona. I still think it's a bad move, but whatever.
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Yippy, I remember back in 1987 when they were saying the same thing. The balls weren't juiced. The players were.
The Yanks and D-Backs are inching closer to a deal trading Randy Johnson back to Arizona. I still think it's a bad move, but whatever.
Yeah, the Yanks desperately need to cling to a guy with a balky back who posted a 5.00 era last year, while making 15.66 million dollars. Granted, I no longer live in NY, but, every single Yankee fan I've spoken to about this wants him gone in the worst way.
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The only reason I think it's a bad move is because I betcha that SOB wins 20 with the D-Backs. He is old and brittle, but somehow he still gave 17 wins and 200 plus innings.
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The only reason I think it's a bad move is because I betcha that SOB wins 20 with the D-Backs. He is old and brittle, but somehow he still gave 17 wins and 200 plus innings.
I think the 17 wins were courtesy of a lot of run support. I watch almost every game, and boy, did he get his ass kicked early in a lot of games. You're right, though, he is a gamer and he did tough a lot of pain out to get to 200+ innings. I admire his tenacity. I also think he's a dick and would not miss him when gone. How he pitches for AZ or SD if he goes there does not mean that much to me. I really would love to see one or two of the rookies get a shot.
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http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6308886
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Has anyone heard any rumors about Cliff Floyd asking to play in Chicago for the Cubs? I heard this the other day and wondered if it was just a rumor, or possibly true?
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Yippy, I remember back in 1987 when they were saying the same thing. The balls weren't juiced. The players were.
The Yanks and D-Backs are inching closer to a deal trading Randy Johnson back to Arizona. I still think it's a bad move, but whatever.
Ya I remember that...back then they called it the "rabbit ball"
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OK so the Yanks dealt Big Ugly, I assume they're planning to bring the Rocket back? I'm glad they dealt RJ, he's not the pitcher he was but he seemed to come up with decent games vs. the Sox...so does/did Pettitte though, so now I've got that to worry about.
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I look forward to the Sox getting rid of Wakefield, speaking as a Yankee fan. Oh, and, if Ortiz and Manny would leave, that's be nice.

I'm glad RJ is gone, but, hope he does well in the desert.
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This year's inductees for the Hall of Fame will be announced today at 2 p.m. EST. That's an hour and a half from now.

I figure that Gwynn and Ripken are shoe-ins. It will be really interesting to see what McGwire gets. If he's anywhere near the 20 percent range there's no way he'll be able to pick up 5o percent more votes in subsequent years.
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I'm hoping that Goose gets voted in.
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I think it'll be just Ripken and Gwynn, voters will want those 2 in with no others.
I think Gossage is deserving, as is Rice, but doubt either makes it this year. McGwire has no shot this year.
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