Writers Bloc: Risky Business

Updated: June 26, 2003, 8:43 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Tuesday night's game against the Reds was a microcosm of the Cardinals' season. Everything that has typified their play -- both good and bad -- was on display in this one game.

  • Here is a sign that has seldom been seen outside of Kansas City-area bars for the better part of the last decade and a-half: "Check out the Royals on our big screen" But things are beginning to look a little different around KC these days writes Howard Richman of the Kansas City Star. Hanging around first place this late in the game, the Royals are creating something of a local stir for the first time in a long time.

  • Was going way beyond market value to get Alex Rodriguez a mistake or a shrewd business move? Two and a-half seasons into the deal, Bill Campbell of the Dallas Morning News looks at both sides of the Rangers' decision to sign A-Rod to the most lucrative sports contract ever.

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