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Excuse me, I misspoke ...

Jose Mesa didn't really mean he'd kill Omar Vizquel; he just misspoke. Patrick Hruby explains some famous verbal gaffes and what was really meant.

Updated: March 18, 2003, 1:48 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Special to Page 2

Maim, maybe. Pummel, perhaps. But murder?

No way, Jose.

Sure, Philadelphia pitcher Jose Mesa recently told reporters that he would "kill" Cleveland's Omar Vizquel if his former teammate and one-time friend charged him on the mound. But it's not like Mesa was being literal -- at least, not any more than New York Yankees pitcher David Wells, who backtracked from a claim in his new book that he pitched a perfect game "half-drunk."

"I don't know if that's really what [Mesa] ...

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