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July 30, 2007



The Rules of CricketYou have two sides, one out in the field and one in.Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.Sometimes you get men still in and not out.When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.When both sides have been in and all the men have got out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!


Go Barry! Hit a bunch out just to piss off the L.A. fans. It still say it's only a game - except for Cricket.


Earlier on ESPN, they ran a poll asking baseball fans what they would rather see tonight-Barry Bonds tying Hank Aaron, A-Rod hitting his 500th home run, or Tom Glavine getting his 300th win.More people wanted to see Glavine get his 300th, which to me, says EVERYTHING that needs to be said.


Most memorable by far for me: I was at Connie Mack Stadium for the last games of the 1966 season. The Dodgers lost game one of the doubleheader. Sandy pitched game two on two days rest. He pitched a complete game to clinch the pennant for the Dodgers in what would be his last appearance in the National League. I have never seen Sandy faster than he was that day. I'll go further than that: I have never seen anyone faster, and that includes Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan on full rest. Stan from Tacoma


June 26, 1970 -- mid-week afternoon doubleheader at the stadium between the Yanks and the Indians. Sam McDowell and Cleveland win the first game going away, but it also features a bench-clearing brawl involving Tribe catcher Ray Fosse (two weeks before his collision with Pete Rose at the All-Star Game), Yank reliever Steve Hamliton's folly floater pitch to strike out Tony Horton, who then crawls back to the dugout (hey, you can do that with an 8-2 lead in the 9th), and Bobby Murcer, turning sideways to go in-between the monuments in dead centerfield (back when they were out at there at the 461-foot sign) to go after a shot to deep center.Oh yea, Murcer also hit a home run in his final at-bat in Game 1, then hit three home runs in his first three at-bats in Game 2 to help the Yanks rally and salvage a split of the doubleheader. I was at the game with some Mets fans, a year after the '69 miracle, and they even said it was the greatest day of baseball they had ever been to (and made cutting school that day more than worth it).


Oh my God! I've been to Yankee Stadium exactly once. It was in the nosebleed seats. And that was so damned steep, I'm surprised every fan hasn't fallen from the upper decks.


If you ever want to relive that experience, get some upper deck tickets at the Cell (US Cellular/ Comiskey Park II)in Chicago.Not a bad seat on the lower deck, but up high is another story (no pun intended).


I was there last night too, though I didn't arrive until the bottom of the third (TWO HOURS from Wilshire and Barrington!) and then had to wait another 20 minutes for a Dodger Dog. Pretty dull game, though always enjoyable attending a ball game with my daughter, the only gal I know who knows, and can explain in detail, the operation of the infield fly rule (which apparently was invoked for that popped-up bunt that Penny dropped, an interesting call on a kinda strange play in an otherwise meh game).


i skipped studying for a statistics final and ended up seeing nolan ryan pitch his seventh no-hitter.


Hi Ken, I knew it was a big night, I ran into Jon Miller in the press box and he was wearing shoes.The man is legendary for shorts and flip flops for the Giant broadcasts. But the Bonds appearance was worthy of ESPN coverage so break out the pink tie and jacket.Funny how the fans jeered Bonds relentlessly while at the same time filling the stadium with flashing lights from 56,000 digital cameras.Bill


So yeah, what the hell? I hope the Dodgers walk Bonds every time he comes up.Music to my ears.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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