Today is the 20th anniversary of the famous Pine Tar
Game in which George Brett was called out for using an
excess amount of the stuff on his bat, voiding a
potential game-winning home run. Brett reminisces with
the Kansas City Star's Jeffrey Flanagan, confessing
that this 3,000th hit bat had even more pine tar on it
later on his career.
Scott Ostler makes the case that Barry Bonds can never
hope to match the greatness of Babe Ruth for a reason
that is out of Bonds' control, unless he pieces
together an outstanding pitching career in the next
five years to go with his home run hitting. Ostler
argues that Ruth's pitching will always trump a
standard hitting-only career in today's San Francisco
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