ESPN.com wrote:Given Clemens' competitive nature, Smith has advised the South African hitters on the importance of proper baseball etiquette.
"Some of our kids take a lot of time getting in the box," Smith said. "That sort of irritates Rocket. I've told guys, 'Go ahead and get your ass in the box.' And I wouldn't be calling timeout while he's in the middle of his windup. That might not go over too good."
Smith also has a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to bunting against Clemens: Make sure the bunt is fair, because you don't want to step back in the batter's box while he glares a hole through your skull. By the next time around the order, maybe he'll have forgotten.
With absolutely nothing to lose, [South African 2B Paul Bell] plans to take the aggressive approach against the best Team USA has to offer.
"I'm having my hacks against the Rocket," Bell said. "I'm going to swing away, unless it's a close game and I need to get on base. Maybe I'll try to drag bunt one, and he'll throw one up and in and break my ribs."
I am also giving this line strong consideration to replace the current "David vs. Goliath" analogy used to discribe massive mismatches:
ESPN.com wrote:this looks like David Wells vs. David Eckstein in a pie-eating contest.
Go Eck! Americans love the underrdog!