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Re-taking the field

In the aftermath of the umpire attack in Chicago, Page 2's Tim Keown is here to rally the fence-jumpers and field-runners in their darkest hour.

Updated: April 21, 2003, 2:21 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2 columnist

"The fourth guy actually screwed everybody up. What he did was not right. I don't believe in any type of violence." -- Albert Skutnik, quoted in the Chicago Tribune (April 17, 2003)

I speak on behalf of all legitimate fence-jumpers and field-runners today, during our darkest hour.

Rise up, brethren, and protect the dignity of our breed. Don't let one miscreant ruin the reputation of our noble avocation. We have fought hard for the right to shed our shirts, maybe even our pants, ...

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