Conine remembers past glory

Updated: October 21, 2003, 10:21 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
World Series Fever
  • From all reports, Philadelphia's Baker Bowl  which the Phillies gave up in 1938 -- was one of the nastiest places in baseball history (especially for its last ten years or so of existence). Pit that it was, it might be remembered differently had the Phils been contenders instead of perennial bottom dwellers. It's not always the amenities and architecture that make a stadium what it is; what goes on down on the playing field has much to do with the perception of a facility. Robert Dvorchak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Miami's Pro Player Stadium is no prize winner but that will be forgotten when the World Series shifts to there beginning tonight.

  • Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune profiles tonight's Florida starter Josh Beckett and finds him to be no-holds-exempted kind of young man. Henderson gives the Beckett primer, from his idolization of Roger Clemens to his near-drafting by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

  • Want to know how to run a small-market club? Take a look at the Marlins, suggests Brian O'Neill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If they can do it, why can't the Pirates and other teams in the same payroll range?
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