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"Jeu de balle aux buts?"

Posted at 12:29 AM on June 10, 2005 by Josh Lee

The whole "where will the Expos end up?" saga went on for so long that I barely noticed when they finally packed up and moved to Washington. Even when they started playing as the Nationals, I figured some other club was having one of those nights where they wear throwback uniforms to see who had the worst taste in the 70s. Apparently the move has been good for the Nats, though, since they're currently leading the NL East, despite continuing to use Christian Guzman as their starting shortstop. Yet amidst the deal-making and the moving and the new uniforms and the general hullaballoo, it never occurred to me that without a team in Montreal, we are left with no one announcing baseball games in French. I don't even speak French, but for some reason that makes me kind of sad.

The face of baseball?

Posted at 2:59 PM on June 10, 2005 by Bob Collins (6 Comments)

You probably know that the NBA logo is actually Jerry West. I'm not sure who the Major League Baseball logo is, although I vaguely remember the mention of Al Kaline.

I ask the question because of a comment by Tim Kurkijian of ESPN about Derek Jeter.

Jeter has a nice face, a rugged face, a handsome face, equal parts black and white, the son of a black father and white mother who had simple rules for him in high school, including being home by 10 p.m. every night and eating his lunch every day. He was taught well, and he has never forgotten his lessons. That's why he is such a good player and team captain. That's why he is the face of baseball.

Now, to be fair, that quote comes at the end of an article that contains a lot more reasons why Jeter is Mr. Baseball than his facial appearance.

But since I'm watching the Cubs-Red Sox game while I write this, I feel like being, you know, superficial.

I remember back in 1986 sitting down in a cheap seat at Yankee Stadium and seeing Dave Winfield doing some work on the field before a game in front of me. The Yankee pinstripes, the bright lights of the Stadium in the dying light of day, and the imposing grace of Winfield led me to say for the first -- and certainly not the last time -- "man, nobody makes a baseball uniform look better than Dave Winfield."

On the other side of the coin you have Willie McGee, quite possibly one of the ugliest people ever to play a game.

So I'll leave it to you. Who's the poster boy for baseball?

Oh, by the way, Greg Maddux just popped one out at Wrigley Field. What frauds the Red Sox are.

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