2004-03-12 / Sports

SHORT HOPS

SHORT HOPS

95 It turns out that ex-Yankees Shane Spencer and Karim Garcia may not be the pizza-boy beaters that they were reported to be. Port St. Lucie police have raised several issues regarding 20-year-old deliveryman Eric Vidal’s version of events, the most prominent being a "magic loogie" (to borrow from ‘Seinfeld’ lore) that apparently rocketed more than 20 feet to instigate a 30-second melee near the Mets’ spring training home last week.

While Spencer and Garcia now appear unlikely to face charges in the incident, the event underlines just how desperate the Mets are for decent production in right field this season. Let’s say Fred Wilpon laid down the law when the allegations first surfaced, and the two jokers were released outright from their contracts; the Mets would be looking at a summer of Roger Cedeno and Timo Perez in right field.

Nobody – repeat, nobody – wants that.

95 The Devil Rays are completing the planning stages of baseball’s ugliest giveaway on April 7, when they’ll distribute Don Zimmer masks to any and all fans who can stomach the sight of 35,0000 Zims at Tropicana Field.

We have just one question regarding the likeness of Joe Torre’s favorite bench ornament: will the Devil Rays include a replica of the Band-Aid that Zimmer pasted to his nose after last year’s Pedro Martinez incident?

95 "That was on his own. I tried to tell him to quit."- Dodgers infielder Robin Ventura, on 38-year old Todd Zeile’s last hurrah with the Mets.

Contact Brayn Hoch:bryanhoch@yahoo.com.


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