Writers Bloc: Baker dreams of Chi-town clash

Updated: April 29, 2003, 12:02 PM ET
By Jim Baker
  • If you were one of those people who shows up late everywhere, you would have missed a helluva ballgame on April 19, 1972. On that day, Hall of Famers Steve Carlton of the Phillies and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals combined to whip through nine innings in just over 90 minutes. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer tells the tale.

  • With the Yankees in town visiting the Angels, John Heyman of Newsday gives a state of the World Champions report and finds them lolling several levels below the highs of 2002. He finds that their fans have already adopted a "what have you done for me lately?" posture as the team has opened at 9-11.

  • Dusty Baker is having a hard time adjusting to the Chicago rivalry thing. For instance, he is pulling for the White Sox to be in the World Series. Of course, he is not being entirely altruistic as he thinks it would be cool if the Sox were there to play his Cubs. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Baker has yet to learn that there are very few people on this planet -- and fewer still in Chicago -- that love both teams.

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