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Dear Gary Sheffield

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On October 20, 2004
I know Randy Marsh has a tight strike zone and everything, but belt-high pitches right down the middle of the plate do tend to be called strikes. Please return to the dugout, where a nice cooler of shut the fuck up awaits. Love, Scott

Dear Fox

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On October 20, 2004

I'm resigned to seeing the nose hairs of everybody in both dugouts between pitches, but when a pickoff throw is made would you consider switching away from the close-up angle.

Double Standards

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On October 20, 2004
Game 5 of the ALCS had an 18.4 rating. This was higher than NBC and ABC combined--and ABC was showing Monday night football. Not something that's gotten much attention. Whenever a weak MNF games beats a baseball playoff game, however, we're treated to any number...

Living History

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On October 19, 2004

How to put Schilling, Game 6, into historical perspective? The referents aren't Koufax in 1965, Beckett last year, like that; he was outstanding, but it's not about dominance per se..

Good Umps

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On October 19, 2004

I missed the bad calls last night, but let's all give props to the crew for two gutsy and absolutely correct reversals. I also give grudging respect for the canny.

Credit where credit is due

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On October 19, 2004
Since I was (justly) hard on the umpires yesterday, I must note that they got their two egregious blown calls tonight correct, which is all you can ask. Memo to Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez: why don't you pour yourself a nice hot cup of...

I Heart Ortiz

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On October 18, 2004

Yessssssssssssh. Particularly appropriate given the previous two atbats, which culminated in an awful third strike call, and then a blown call on a stolen base that even the late Ray.

Unclear on the Concept

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On October 18, 2004
Tucker should know that he's not going to win this one. . . ``I thought that he looked ridiculous,'' Carlson said in an interview Monday, ``and I think the tape makes that clear.'' Carlson said Stewart continued lecturing the ``Crossfire'' crew after the show went off...

The Flu

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On October 18, 2004

I just received an email from a reader and friend who has a PhD in bioengineering, focusing on biowarfare defense. She's thinking about the flu vaccine issue. Frankly, I have.

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