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.
Not every hometown kid ends up playing in his
hometown. Kansas City lad Joe Carter never played an
inning for the Kansas City Royals, for instance. When
Manny Ramirez first showed up in Yankee Stadium in a
Cleveland uniform in 1993, he drew a huge throng from
the Washington Heights neighborhood. Ten years later,
he is still playing for the enemy. Roger Rubin
explains why in today's New York Daily News.
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