Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 23
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(iazeite BASEBALL Thursday/October 24, 2002 — Page 21 Rose basks in ovation By JOSE DE JESUS ORTIZ Houston Chronicle SAN FRANCISCO — Pete Rose openly longed for Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, wondering how beautiful it would have been Wednesday night for those legends to have joined him, Cal Ripken, Hank Aaron, Kirk Gibson and Mark McGwire at Pac Bell Park. Only Ruth and Gehrig could have received a greater ovation than the 75-second one Rose got during the presentation for MasterCard's Top 10 Major League Baseball Memorable Moments. Ripken's breaking of Gehrig's consecutive games streak in 1995 was voted the top moment, beating out Aaron's breaking of Ruth's all-time home run record in 1974. Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947, was third. Rose, who as a rule is barred from MLB events and is ineligible for the Hall of Fame because of his lifetime ban for betting on baseball, finished sixth on the list for breaking Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985. Ripken, Aaron, Gibson and Mc- Gwire joined Rose at the presentation before Game 4 of the World Series, and Rose drew the biggest ovation with nemesis/commissioner Bud Selig watching nearby. Rose's introduction was greeted by chants of "Hall of Fame! Hall of Fame! No more Bud! No more Bud!" Rose said he didn't hear specific chants, but the ovation moved him. "That was unbelievable," he said. "That's why I played the game the way I played it." Asked about his status in baseball, Washburn gets second shot at SF By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO — Jarrod Washburn is a quick study. If he struggles once against an opponent, he usually figures out what to do the next time. Washburn will start Game 5 of the World Series tonight for the Anaheim Angels against Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants. It's a rematch of the opener, won by Schmidt 4-3 in Anaheim. "I don't mind it," Washburn said before Game 4 on Wednesday. "They're fresh in your mind, so you don't have to do as much homework before the second time. That's good, I guess. But everybody's in the same situation." Washburn has handled it well in the past. Six times this season he made back-to-back starts against the same team and he got tougher the second time, going 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA. The first start against those teams he was only 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA. Washburn hopes he can improve on the opener, when he allowed homers to Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders and J.T. Snow — the second time this postseason he's allowed three homers in a game after not doing it once all season. "They didn't come out with any surprises," Washburn said. "Make a mistake to Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders, J.T. Snow, any one of those guys in that lineup and they're going to hurt you. So don't make mistakes." Schmidt didn't have nearly as much success the five times he faced a team for the second straight time. He went 0-4 in those starts, compared with 3-1 in the first meeting. But Schmidt fared much better in the Series opener than Washburn. In fact, he was one of the few San Francisco pitchers to hold the Angels in check. "We just wanted to challenge them and see what they were going to do," Schmidt said. "I guess we found that out so far. We underestimated them a little bit. They're not really doing anything special, they're just putting good wood on the ball and the balls are finding holes. They're doing their job, we're not." Schmidt got the win in Game 1, allowing three runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He often pitched his way out of trouble, using his overpowering fastball to strike out six batters. Schmidt's accomplishment was notable because the Angels were the toughest team to strike out in the majors this season. They only struck out nine times in the last three games. "He made some tough pitches with ^. guys in scoring position against us," ;4> Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. " "We weren't able to put enough pressure on him to really have an impact on that game." Washburn had a breakthrough season this year, going 18-6. He is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in four postseason appearances, Pete Rose received a thunderous ovation Wednesday night at Pac Bell Park. (AP photo) Rose responded quickly. "I'm not the right guy to ask that," he said. Rose and Selig' spoke and exchanged pleasantries Wednesday, but Selig hasn't changed liis stance on-Rose. Nonetheless, Selig wouldn't interfere with MasterCard, the company that also sponsored the All-Century Team in 1999. "The fans voted on the most memorable moments," Selig said. "This is really a fans vote, and I'm certainly not going to get in the way of that." Not even Selig could have ruined this moment for Rose. "(It's great) just being introduced with Henry (Aaron) and the rest of those guys," Rose said. "Wouldn't it be nice if Lou Gehrig or Babe Ruth could be here to night? That's the way I look at it. "If this is good for baseball, I'll put my name to it. Baseball needs some shots in the arm to get the popularity back. Barry (Bonds) is doing everything he can do, just like Sammy and Mark did. Oh, this is great. It's just like the All-Century celebration." Because of a commitment to attend a cattlemen's meeting in San Antonio, Nolan Ryan, whose seventh no-hitter placed 10th, missed the ceremony. I I I Ripken's streak No. 1? You've got to be kidding By HAL BOCK AP Sports Writer They're kidding, right? The vote proclaiming Cal Ripken's ironman record as baseball's most memorable moment must be some kind of test to see if the rest of us are paying attention. Fans examined the rich fabric of baseball history, everything from Mathewson to Mays, Ruth to Rose, and the moment that topped them all was Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game. It beat out Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record. That must be it. They're just kidding. "I was pleasantly surprised," Ripken said. "I thought this was really a cool concept after the All-Century team created all the interest and excitement for baseball." Ripken's accomplishment is laudable, a career achievement built over years of playing day-in, day-out, season-iii, season-out, ignoring bumps and bruises and celebrated in an emotional high-five victory lap around Camden Yards. It was a nice, heartwarming interlude. But for it to top the Memorable Moments vote, well, that's hard to believe. A moment is just that, a snapshot in time that sets it apart. The last out of Don Larsen's World Series perfect game in 1956 was a moment. So was Bobby Thomson's 1951 pennant- winning home run. The same for Willie Mays' running out from under his hat for the 1954 World Series catch against Vic Wertz. None of those even made the Top 10, which were announced by sponsor MasterCard and Major League Baseball. Instead of a memorable CAL RIPKEN moment, the fans gave us a memorable career at No. 1. Consider this: In 577 World Series games before Wednesday night, there had been exactly one no-hitter. And it happened to be Larsen's perfect game, 27 batters up, 27 batters down, the ultimate pitcher's achievement in the ultimate baseball showcase. Pretty memorable, huh? Not in this election. It was nothing more than an also-ran. Thomson's exclamation point home run ended one of the most remarkable comebacks in pennant- race history when the New York Giants wiped out a 13V&-game lead to overtake the Brooklyn Dodgers., It was high drama, the stuff of fiction, the kind of fairy-tale finish that makes the game and its seasons so compelling. They called it "The Shot Heard 'Round the World." Nobody in this election must have been listening. Again, an also-ran. Mays' amazing back-to-plate catch and throw defined him as perhaps the most complete player of his time, a fearsome slugger who played his position flawlessly. It hardly impressed the fans, who voted with ballots at ballparks and online at major league baseball's Web site. Then there was Bill Mazeroski's winning home run in the I960 World Series and Carlton Fisk's Game 6 homer in the 1975 World Series. Neither made the Top 10. Ripken's achievement was a statement for coming to work every day. There's nothing wrong with that. But to single it out above all of the high drama baseball has provided for over a century of its history is shortsighted. The result of the vote was disturbing, but no more so man the ballot, which ignored moments far more memorable than some of the candidates. Look at the list and you would conclude that not much happened in baseball in the first half of the 20lh century. Twenty-two of the 30 moments happened after 1950. None of Babe Ruth's 714 home runs rated a mention. Ty Cobb was an afterthought. Cy Young and his 511 victories were ignored. Some significant modern players got shori shrift as well. Ignored were Mickey Mantle, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Roger Clemens. But they found room on the ballot for Ichiro Suzuki sweeping the Rookie of (lie Year and MVP awards last year. Maybe the ballot and its gaps might be most memorable of all in (his promotion. Teens today are looking for answers, and if they can't get them from you, they'll get them from friends. J So get active- get informed. Find out the side effects of drugs like ecstasy; then" talk to your kids about them, __ They're smart - they'll listen. =DRLJGFREEB\ tomorrow \vork hcttcr. To learn more about ecstasy, call 1-800-533-3394 or visit www.drugfreepa.org

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