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Postby Jivedude » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:48 pm

Spaceman speaks out


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON - For former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, watching Don Zimmer go after Pedro Martinez brought back memories of his verbal sparring with the man he dubbed the "Gerbil."

"Maybe it knocked some sense into him," Lee said in a telephone interview yesterday with The Associated Press, adding that he was impressed by Martinez. "It's pretty hard to grab a bowling ball by the ears."

Lee pitched for the Red Sox from 1969-78, a period that overlapped with Zimmer's 1976-80 tenure as manager. The two simply did not get along, with Zimmer refusing to speak to Lee at the end of the 1978 season and passing him over for a key start against the Yankees.

While most involved in Saturday's fight considered it a black eye for baseball and tried to put it behind them, Lee felt no such compunction.

"What amazes me is that he didn't bounce," Lee said. "I would have been sure he was full of helium."
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Postby Madison » Mon Oct 13, 2003 4:50 pm

Well why doesn't Lee tell us how he really feels? :-b
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Postby Brokentusks9 » Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:05 pm

Jivedude wrote:"What amazes me is that he didn't bounce," Lee said.


HAHAHAHAHAHA
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Postby DK » Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:41 pm

Jivedude wrote:"What amazes me is that he didn't bounce," Lee said.



LOL! :-D :-D
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Postby Shitney™ » Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:19 pm

just wanted to note that lee was glad to hear he wasn't hurt.. they don't get along but he wouldnt wish injury on him..
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Postby mightyian5 » Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:29 pm

finally! someone in baseball whos not afraid to say what they think. everyone who ever does that just ends up apoligizing for it because everyones so afraid to offend anyone. playoffs are a ruthless environment and should continue to be that way.
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Postby trevisc » Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:47 am

hahaha!

it's hard to grab a bowling ball by the ears!

that's priceless!
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Postby Arlo » Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:16 am

Just a piece of background not mentioned in this story: Lee himself was injured in a Sox-Yanks brawl in to '70s, and wound up missing something like six weeks of the season, so he might be particularly sensitive to attacks on pitchers. Then again, his history with Zimmer probably outweighs any other history... :-D
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Postby Madison » Wed Oct 15, 2003 10:11 am

Arlo wrote:Zimmer probably outweighs any other history... :-D


Zimmer and outweigh in the same sentence? Who ever would have thought we'd see that? 8-o Lmao! :-b Sorry, couldn't resist. :-b
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Postby Lofunzo » Wed Oct 15, 2003 11:10 am

Shitney™ wrote:just wanted to note that lee was glad to hear he wasn't hurt.. they don't get along but he wouldnt wish injury on him..


I don't see that in the article. Where is that statement and was it right after the incident or after he had time to think about his statements.

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Arlo wrote:Zimmer probably outweighs any other history... :-D


Zimmer and outweigh in the same sentence? Who ever would have thought we'd see that? 8-o Lmao! :-b Sorry, couldn't resist. :-b


They actually had a Tale-of-the-Tape in my local paper and listed Pedro as having a 3 lb advantage on Zimmer. I found it very hard to believe.
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