Baseball fever gripping nation

Updated: October 10, 2003, 12:27 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • As it was so it shall always be. Ballplayers -- regardless of the era in which they played -- will invariably compare current players poorly to those of their time. When asked by Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald which Red Sox team he prefers , the current edition or the one with which he did battle in the 1970s, guess which one Reggie Jackson picked?

  • Do you get sick of hearing how nobody cares about baseball anymore and how it will soon be eclipsed by curling, luge and women's professional squamish in popularity among Americans? I sure do. Here's some good news from Larry Eichel of the Philadelphia Inquirer: the television ratings for the playoffs so far are looking good.

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