One of the more infamous events in recent baseball
history celebrates a 20th anniversary today. Lee Elia,
manager of the Cubs, let loose with a profane
fusillade at Cubs fans after they booed his 5-14 team.
Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tells the tale and
even points out where on the internet one can find a
pirated version of the outburst -- provided one is 18
and does not allow minors to hear it.
Bill Reynolds of the Providence Journal discusses the
current media blackout by Red Sox superstars Pedro
Martinez and Manny Ramirez and the special conditions
under which Nomar Garciaparra will speak. How much
should fans care when players do not wish to talk to
the media? Are reporters the only ones it really
Tom Gage of the Detroit News wonders just how bad this
year's Tigers can be. With Baltimore and Tampa Bay on
their schedule this week, he believes they can start
putting a few markers in the Win column, but, he
warns, if they don't against this level of
competition, they might be in for some historic hell.
For fun, Gage compares the 2003 Tigers to the five
worst Detroit teams ever.
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