Will Ken Griffey Jr. break Roger Maris’ home run record?
Who cares? The fans don’t seem to, based on the flat-line interest in baseball these days. But, not to dodge the question: Griffey, unlike previous questers, will hit 62 homers, and here’s why. Nike, his shoe sponsor, and baseball’s overlords will ensure it. They’ll temporarily move outfield fences in. They’ll juice the baseballs for Junior. They’ll load up his bats with flubber. Whatever it takes. Team owners are so convinced that the National Pastime requires emergency treatment that they’ll consider anything short of allowing outfielders to fly with jet-packs. And, of course, Nike could use a few extra million in shoe sales. How it looks from the La-Z-Boy After some fast ciphering, our official statistician tells us that the Crimson Tide’s average margin of victory over four of the past five Nashville confabs with Vanderbilt was a relatively skinny eight points. So there’s no reason this week to snort at the “Expect to Win” premise of Woodyball. Of course, the genius of this premise
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