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Postby LCBOY » Sat Apr 24, 2004 11:35 pm

Just read this interesting article about Calvin Pickering, the "Triple A Barry Bonds". He has 11 HRs in 12 games. It would be interesting to see if he gets a shot in the majors this season...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=neyer_rob&id=1786832
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Postby KULCAT » Sun Apr 25, 2004 5:18 am

Well Pickering is 26 and Hobbs was 35.And while Pickering hasnt made it in the big leagues cause he´s so fat he keep injuring his legs, Hobbs was shot by Barbara Hershey!!!
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Postby Arlo » Sun Apr 25, 2004 6:19 pm

Book or movie? ;-)
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Sun Apr 25, 2004 6:24 pm

Arlo wrote:Book or movie? ;-)


Fantastic. I thought I was the only one who read Malamud these days.

Have you ever read any Walter Tevis? He does essentially the same thing with pool and chess.
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Postby Arlo » Sun Apr 25, 2004 6:29 pm

Absolutely Adequate wrote:Have you ever read any Walter Tevis? He does essentially the same thing with pool and chess.

Nope, not yet. Thanks for the recommendation; I'll keep an eye out.

And sorry about the hijack - interesting find, LCBOY. ;-D
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Postby Leiter Fan » Sun Apr 25, 2004 11:49 pm

Absolutely Adequate wrote:
Arlo wrote:Book or movie? ;-)


Fantastic. I thought I was the only one who read Malamud these days.

Have you ever read any Walter Tevis? He does essentially the same thing with pool and chess.


I barely even acknowledge the movie. I consider it to be about as serious a baseball movie as Major League.

The book was MUCH better, especially the ending!!! Hate that stupid insipid blowing up of the stadium lights in the movie. Its much better in the book to have him take the bribe, decide to hit anyway, stirke out, then get thrown of baseball. And the last scene is of him crying as a little kid is saying "Say it ain't so, Roy" - a scene they instead used for the movie of "Eight Men Out". But Hollywood in the 1980's needed to slap on a crappy feel-good ending on The Natural, thus severly cheapening the entire movie.

So, for Pickering's sake, I hope he isn't a modern Roy Hobbs.
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Postby JOEG » Sun Apr 25, 2004 11:51 pm

With Sweeney again proving he's made of glass and of corse Stairs being 50 years old, I would bet he at least gets a shot or gets traded to a team like the Dodgers as his days in the monor are getting close to being a waste if he doesnt boom soon
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Postby Captain Crash » Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:12 am

Is the name of the book also The Natural? I would love to read it.
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Postby Leiter Fan » Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:43 am

Captain Crash wrote:Is the name of the book also The Natural? I would love to read it.


Yup, same name. The Natural, by Bernard Malamud.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bookse ... 2005&itm=2
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Postby LCBOY » Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:46 pm

Funny the path this thread took! :-D I just thought he might be an interesting pick up if he gets a shot with KC...
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