Writers Bloc: Wild pitch

Updated: July 24, 2003, 8:07 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • 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 Chronicle.

    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.