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,wrffrTri,pryirTTT yy rrTrr r rt m rf ittM m ryryM rm rr-r-rrT-rrriry r rr i rr imhm't 2C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 Two Cents' Worth WHO AM I? The Florida State Seminoles made it to the NCAA championship game in 1972 and were beaten by a UCLA team that finished 30-0. 1 scored 24 points in that game as my team won its 45th straight game. (answer below) STAT OF THE DAY: Garth Brooks is O-for-l in major-league base advancement after the Padres used the country singer as a pinch-runner. Steve Rosenbloom in the Chicago Tribune: "Brooks sings about Friends in Low Places, so you can see why the Padres used him in a game against the Cubs." TODAY IN HISTORY: In 1934, Horton Smith won the first Masters, scoring a one-stroke victory over Craig Wood. Lapses? They go absolutely brain dead." MIKE DUNLEAVY, Trail Blazers coach, explaining the letdowns during a 65-point loss to the Pacers. PAGE People in sports Sheff plays, homers, but today tells mil J 1 'l.'yf u " 'Wrong!' from Ted Williams sounds worse Palm Beach Post Wire Services Curt Schilling held the clubhouse door open for an elderly man shambling in with a walker, and smiled as he said: "You got a pass?" rv 7- c Ted Williams will turn u mis summer, anu ne says he uses the walker because his eyesight is so bad he sometimes loses his balance. He was at his first spring training game in years (he says "three or four," his younger friend said "more like five") to see the Phillies' Scott Rolen and Boston's Nomar Garciaparra. Not just see them. Quiz them. Williams, revered by many as the greatest hitter in baseball history, likes to talk to young prospects and administer the Ted Williams' Kid JTj "'-'J' " " Marlins report HIGHLIHGT: Right fielder Gary Sheffield got his first hit of the spring, a two-run homer off Kent Mercker in the first inning, sparking the Marlins to a 6-4 exhibition victory against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne Left-handed reliever Gabe Gonzalez pitched a perfect eighth inning to drop his spring ERA to 1.17. LOWLIGHT: Starting pitcher Eric Ludwick had his second straight rough outing, even though he did pick up the victory. Ludwick gave up two home runs one to Mark McGwire in the first inning and one to Brian Jordan in the fourth and walked five in five innings. PROSPECT WATCH: Third baseman Josh Booty went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles, raising his team-leading spring RBI total to 11 Relief pitcher Oscar Henrique pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save, walking one batter and striking out Ron Gant to finish the game. QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was lucky I didn't get my head knocked off." Ludwick, evaluating his outing. Dan Graziano By Dan Graziano Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MELBOURNE Gary Sheffield must have wanted a crack at Kent Mercker. Must have felt good about his chances. The Florida Marlins' ailing right fielder, whose back and big toe had kept him out of the lineup in all but two of the Marlins' first 22 spring training games, wasn't in the lineup Tuesday morning for the game later against Mercker and the St. Louis Cardinals. But when he talked with manager Jim Leyland, Sheffield said he felt good enough to play. Marlins notebook So Leyland started him in right field for the first time all spring, and what do you know? Sheffield lined Mercker's second pitch over the left-field fence for a two-run home run his first hit of the spring. "I just wanted to hit a ball hard, and go from there," Sheffield said. "My foot's bothering me a little bit, but I just have to work through that, and hopefully I'll be ready for opening day." It was a relieved Sheffield who held court after the game. The home run was his only hit, but he did get four at-bats, and he played right field all game without incident. He said the back problem is pretty much cleared up, and the toe has been a recurring thing for about 10 years, so he knows how to deal with that. Now, Sheffield says, it's just a matter of getting . enough game time to be ready for the season, - - -iVi-oi tn' ' . on a Onll Questionaire. . Williams ive taikecj to 9 million people about hitting," says Williams, "including the great and the not-so-great. I have four, -five, six questions I ask all of them. Unless they know a lot about hitting, they can screw it up." ' For the record, he said he'd already had Garciaparra under the white hot light and the shortstop was a rare specimen, producing entirely satisfactory answers. Apparel for those who dress as a rum punch " It was a different kind of game situation in the early 1970s that led Lou Brock to market his famous Brockbrellas umbrella hats that he says were designed in 1779. ' The Vietnam War was winding to a conclusion, but the ballparks were still full of protesters who often pelted players with objects. Wrigley Field was especially bad, he said. "I was at Wrigley one day and a guy walked in (who) had a suit "and tie on and an umbrella sitting on his head. It was so unusual and bizarre, we all started laughing. "I said, 'I've got to have a couple of those just to wear in left field, to disarm the protesters." The next season, Brock and teammate Al Hrabosky took the field wearing the umbrella hats. " "And the fans all started laughing," Brock said. "And they never threw another thing." Joe Capozzi TODAY'S ANSWER: Bill Walton. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gary Sheffield drives Kent Mercker's second pitch out of the spring training park. He had four at-bats, and played right field. On the air no pain. It's just a matter of building strength in the left wrist. The Marlins officially placed Bonilla on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, which means the soonest he'd be eligible to play is April 6. He hit with a lighter bat than usual Tuesday, and said he'll either use a 31- or 32-ounce bat this season, as opposed to the 35-ouncers he swung last year. And he'll miss opening day for the first time in his 13-year major-league career. But he also plans to stay with the team, at home and on the road, as its biggest cheerleader until he's back and healthy. "I'll be with the team," he said. "Who else is going to scream?" More cuts: The Marlins optioned right-handed pitchers Manuel Barrios and Rob Stanifer to low liner speeding out of the park was a refreshing one for the Marlins manager. "He needs at-bats," Leyland said. "He's not razor-sharp right now, and he's not expected to be. But it's nice to have him back in there. That's a pretty good feeling." Bonilla hits: Third baseman Bobby Bonilla, still recovering from wrist and ankle surgery, took batting practice with his teammates for the first time Tuesday, and loved every minute of it. "I've been anxious since I've been here to hit with the fellas," Bonilla said. "I've been going nuts, actually. I'm not a very good spectator." He hit two home runs, both right-handed ("No pop from the left side," he said) and said he felt On television Class AAA Charlotte and assigned right-handed pitcher Nelson Lara to minor-league camp. That leaves them with 14 pitchers (one of whom, Jesus Martinez, will be with the Cincinnati Reds by Monday), and Leyland plans to take 12. He says the final decisions have been made, but he's waiting to see what comes of possible trades for John Cangelosi and Jim Eisenreich before announcing anything or making final cuts. which begins in six days. "Once you get back in, playing, your instincts take over and you don't even think about what kept you out of there," Sheffield said. "I just want to put all of that out of my mind, and hopefully I can do some damage out there." Sheffield has said he needs about 30 spring at-bats to be ready, and he has 11. The Marlins have five more spring games, so he can reach that goal. But as Leyland pointed out all day Tuesday, the key thing is how Sheffield feels today. "Tomorrow is a more important day, for me," Leyland said after the game. "It's great for us that he went out there and played, but we won't know the repercussions until tomorrow." 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The league's owners, coaches and general managers discussed it Tuesday at the owners meetings in Orlando and once again adjourned with two proposals on the table and coaches split on what system to use. Both proposals will be voted on today with 23 votes needed for approval. One proposal the "challenge" system allows roaches two challenges per game with the referee to determine the outcome by viewing a monitor on the field. Teams will lose a timeout only if the challenge fails. The other proposal includes a replay official who"ll determine when replay should be used but he won't make the decision the referee will from the field monitor. More football: The NFL would prefer that novelist Tom Clancy divest himself of his 24 percent minority interest in the Baltimore Orioles to comply with league rules to avoid any conflict of interest in his bid to buy the Minnesota Vikir.gs. The Catena Panthers wyi'J allow restricted free agent linebacker Andre Royal to move to the New Orleans Saints, who signed him to a four-year, $3.8 million offer sheet last week. Soccer: D.C. United will make the first appearance by a Major League Soccer team in Africa when the two-time champions face Egypt's most decorated club, Al-Ahly, in Cairo on May 5 The Gold Cup soccer championship for North and Central America and the Caribbean will expand to 12 teams and be played in the United States in February 2fXJ0. Horse racing: Dates were announced for the Breeders' Cup at Gulfstream Park. The event, which includes seven championship races, will come to Hailandale Nov. 6. 1999. Figure Skating: Olympic champion Tara Lipinskl and silver medalist Michelle Kwan will headline the I lershey's Kisses Figure Skating Challenge next month in Springfield, Mass. It will be the first time since the Nagano Games that Lipinski and Kwan will be in the same event. 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