} Not really, no. But you can't blame the media for what seems like
} a great deal of undue coverage of the McGwire-Sosa race this year.
} The record-breaking frenzy last year left a big want in people's
} hearts for even more records to be broken, and when you look at
} all the records that have the potential of being broken this year,
} it really kind of leaves you yawning.
} * Dusty Baker, manager of the San Francisco Giants, is 37 nose
} scratches away from breaking the record for Most Nose Scratches During
} a Regular Season (held by Tony LaRussa, 1074)
} * Jeff Blauser (SS, Chicago Cubs) is just 7 away from Most Consecutive
} Strikeouts Followed Immediately By The Interjection "Shuckety-Dang!!!"
} (Roger Maris, 121)
} * The Baltimore Orioles nearly broke the record for Number of Beers
} Consumed By Team After Heartbreaking Loss with 174, needing only
} two more beers to top the Mets' 17-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sept.
} 12, 1969. If they can keep Albert Belle from filling up on pretzels,
} they just might break it before the end of the season.
} * Rick Ankiel, rookie pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, is on pace
} to break the Most Major League Game Appearances for Someone Whose
} Name Sounds Like a Part of the Leg (Jerry Pinkietoe, 18).
} * Assuming Garth Brooks is recalled to the San Diego Padres' roster
} before the end of the season, he could break the record for Most
} Major-League Games Played by a Famous Person Who Has No Business
} Playing Baseball. This record is currently held by both Martin Lawrence
} and Michael J. Fox, both with zero.
} With all this foolishness polluting what everyone was hoping to be
} another record-breaking year in the major leagues, it's no wonder
} they're fixating on McGwire-Sosa again this year.
} You owe the Oracle a Louisville Slugger and an overpriced cup of
} warm beer.