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Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii • 17

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The Cubs finally win, snapping their 14-game losing streak. C-3 Bullets top Cavaliers to earn a spot in the NBA playoffs. C-6 OPEN SHOTS By Dave Reardon AAA Series whetted; the appetite for more 21, 1997 Monday Afternoon Section April 4 IDEO Nomo goes into the stretch. He stops, checks Alex Rodriguez at first and fires the 1 'fit if wwvxx trv 1 "-cr I ml i i til I ft 1 A 5: LM-Vv teV7wrvJC sA i i Photos by George F. Lee, star-Bulletin JJort Ganf of the Cardinals dives head-first into home with an inside-the-park home run as John Flaherty of the Padres awaits the throw.

a TQ) wad. MB. Rickey Henderson puts on a show as San Diego tags St. Louis, 8-2, before 40,000 at Aloha Stadium The series was a hit and could be a steppingstone to a return visit by more big-league clubs 2-2 pitch. Crack! Ken Griffey, Jr.

times the sinker perfectly and crashes it to deep right Raul Mondesi leaps but comes away empty, as the ball reaches the fifth row at Aloha Stadium? Yes, Dodgers vs. Mariners is a fantasy. But one that is a lot more likely to come true after Hawaii's initial foray into big-league baseball last weekend. The San Diego Padres and St Louis Cardinals gave this Show- starved state just what it needed: Hall of Fame matchups (it doesn't get any better than the ninth inning of Saturday's first game Eckersley vs. Gwynn, Caminiti and Joyner) and games that really count in the standings.

The Padres, in particular team president Larry Lucchino, are to be commended for leading the way in bringing major-league baseball to Hawaii. The entire San Diego operation is classy and accommodating and took a good, calculated risk. The Padres made a lot of friends here and they put a quality product on the field. Still, although there are many San Diego fans here, the simple truth is that the Padres will never be Hawaii's "home team." There will never be one favorite team here (unless Honolulu becomes permanent host to a franchise extremely unlikely in the near future). ST.

Louis manager Tony La Russa didn't like his team being billed as the Washington Capitals to the Padres' Harlem Globetrotters. Can't blame him. Ron Gant, Dennis Eckersley and Willie McGee are established stars nearly as big as the Padres' bright lights and deserved better. But the Cardinals were much less accessible to the Hawaii -media than the Padres, partly because of the crazy travel schedule that had St. Louis flying here from Florida.

When asked by a mainland reporter if this series was "good for baseball" La Russa replied: "That's a helluva statement I thought it was baseball and we are all supposed to share in it It looked like the Padres doing it for the Padres. I applaud their ambition and this wouldn't have happened if they didn't push for it But does that make the rest of us the stooges?" Not at all. The Cardinals had a lot of fans this weekend. Especially McGee, who has played for almost everyone's favorite team at one time or another, and is the lone remaining link to St Louis' last World Series championship. But come to think of it the Padre mascot the Swingin' Friar, does looks a lot like Moe.

Serious baseball fans would be glad to have these teams back next year. But how many of the casual and curious would return for the Cardinals and Padres? And will the Honolulu Marathon buy 15,000 tickets every year? THANKS, Padres, but now that we've gotten to first base it's time to inch off and think about second. We just need to wait for the right pitch. And Mariners-Dodgers might be the perfect one to go on. If the Padres and Cardinals can draw nearly 80,000 for a two-day, three-game series, imagine what the Dodgers (one of Hawaii's two favorite teams), and the Mariners, (led by Griffey the Tiger WoodsMichael Jordan of baseball) would do? Toss in a Nomo start, that, incidentally, would pump a few million yen-to-dollars into the state economy, and the answer is easy.

Sellouts. Guaranteed. Some kinks need to be worked out Food lines were way too long and it makes no sense to cut off beer sales in the seventh inning of thej5ret game of a doubleheader only to resume them at the start of the second game. Still, not bad for a first effort If Hawaii and Major League Baseball really get it together maybe next year we can dare to fantasize about hosting the All-Star Game. By Mike Fitzgerald Star-Bulletin By Mike Fitzgerald and Dave Reardon Star-Bulletin 7 rS- A sneaky smile slipped across Rickey Henderson's face as he sat in the corner of the locker room.

"Yeah, it's the run thing," said the top base stealer in baseball history. "Playing against my old manager, he knows I'm going to run and try to create something." Well, the 38-year-old not only stole two bases yesterday, but he also was 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk, as he led the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 victory over the St Louis Cardinals in front of 40,050 sun-splashed fans at Aloha Stadium. "It was a pretty big day for me," said Henderson, who now has stolen 1,189 bases in his 19-year career. "Today, I was a lot more patient and put the bat on the ball." Most of the Padres' bats came alive as they bounced back from Saturday's frustrating 1-0 and 2-1 doubleheader losses to the Cardinals in the first regular-season major-league games ever played in Hawaii. "Hopefully, this will get us on a roll," said San Diego manager Bruce Bochy.

"We're a good hitting ballclub, but every team goes through it And It's contagious when you start hitting, too, to get PLEASE SEE PADRES, C-4 Their reaction was somewhat of a mixed plate but the majority of players and administrators want to bring major-league baseball back to Honolulu next season. And the transformation of Aloha Stadium back to a baseball field got pretty good reviews as well from the historic weekend series between the San Diego Padres and St Louis Cardinals. "We want to have a little chance to review everything, but if you asked our front office and our players to vote, it would be overwhelmingly in favor of coming back," said Padres president and CEO Larry Lucchino. "The support has been terrific." The attendance for Saturday's doubleheader was 37,382 fans and yesterday's single game attracted 40,050 baseball enthusiasts. "Our goal was to have 40,000 for each game," Lucchino added.

"So we came pretty darned close." Gov. Ben Cayetano was on hand both days. "I would like to see the Padres come here on a regular basis," Cayetano said. "We showed that we can support it We're drawing a lot more than PLEASE SEE RETURN, C-4 4 Rickey Henderson steals second ahead ofRoyce Clayton's tag. IN THE BLEACHERS By Steve Moore A Kenyan Lameck Aguta wins Boston Marathon He pulls away from a three man pack in the final mile; Fatuma Roba wins women's race www uejipim.coni 199 Umvs! Pros byiM'" By Pat Bigold Star-Bulletin Cubs topple Mets, 6-4, rwin their second straight Associated Press NEW YORK Errors by Butch Huskey and John Olerud led to a a pair of unearned runs in the seventh inning, and Chicago Cubs stretched their winning streak to two by the New York Mets, 64, today.

The Cubs, 0-14 before winning the second game of yesterday's doubleheader, took a 3-0 lead, then fell behind, 4-3, in the sixth. But the Mets, who have 15 errors in 18 games, gave Chicago three runs on three errors. Dave Hansen doubled off Greg McMichael leading off the seventh and third baseman Butch Huskey threw Brian bunt wildly past first, allowing Hansen to score the tying run. It was Huskey's sixth error of the season. McRae took second on defensive indifference, Mark "Grace walked with one out and Doug Glaville hit a two-out grounder to shortstop.

But Olerud bobbled the throw from shortstop Rey Ordonez, allowing McRae to score the go-ahead run. Phillies 10, Pirates 2: At Pittsburgh, Mike Lieberthal homered and Philadelphia scored some early-inning runs for a change, giving Curt Schilling (3-1) all the support he needed to beat Pittsburgh. Red Sox 4, Orioles 2: At Boston, Wil Cordero hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning, and Boston beat in the Patriots Day morning game. i BOSTON Kenya continued its dominance of the world's most prestigious footrace as 25-year-old Lameck Aguta, who was fourth in 1996, broke from a three-man pack in the last mile to win the 101st Boston Marathon today in 2:10:44 Kenyan Jimmy Muindi, the 1996 Honolulu Marathon runner-up, stayed in a large lead pack for most of the race and actually took a slight lead at mile 19 with a 4.59 mile. But another Kenyan, Joseph Kamau, made a move in the next mile and Muindi gradually faded with several other members of a 10-runner pack He finished in sixth place in 2:12:49.

Muindi, who has moved his finish at the Honolulu Marathon up from fourth to second in the last three races, said he will return to attempt to win the race this December. He won $12,000 today. Kamau opened as much as a 30-yard lead over the next PLEASE SEE BOSTON, C-5 Dave Reardon has been writing-about sports in Hawaii since 1977. The 120-meter midlife hurdles. Mt, to m.

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