|Lined into the hole|
From the Page 2 mailbag
Page 2 wasn't sure what happened here in Detroit on Saturday, so we asked our readers to assess the damage and give us their take.
Here are the best explanations from the more than 1,100 responses we've received.
A scene from the upcoming movie, "The UN-Natural".
Carlos Lee thinks, "I never saw anything about this situation in the Tom Emanski video!"
Ignoring the fans' chant, "just fix it and play ball," players and owners delayed last night's game to discuss which side was responsible for the hole in the fence. Play resumed after the hole was repaired by the few fans who remained at the park.
It's another beautiful day here at Salvador Dali Stadium -- the only place where the confines are more surreal than baseball's labor problems.
After Congress impounded all of the Enron logos in Houston, the Astros were left without a portion of their fence.
"Oh, hell no ... I'm not going near that portal!"
"I told you guys ... just walk Barry!!"
During contraction, the outfield walls are the first to go.
With attendance dwindling, Tigers management experimented with Outfield Movietime, featuring Pink Floyd's "The Wall". (The event successfully pushed a record-setting number of hippies through the turnstiles).
"Uhh, is that a ground-rule double?"
"Jim, I had the chance to check out that painting in left, you were off a little bit. Its not late 19th century impressionism, but rather an abstract piece from the '60s.
The universe is suddenly spinning in reverse ... balls are imploding stadiums ... Anna Kournikova is winning tournaments ... millions of scholars left baffled!
Sammy Sosa's check-swing tears a hole through the left field wall of Comiskey. ... What steroid use??
Lee is feeling right at home, just as if he were at Comisky -- just another hole-in-the-wall, except without the debris blowing around. (Rock on south side!)
The new ad in center field advises, "What to do with next year's All-Star Game tickets"
"Hey Carlos ... the AL Central is starting to open up!"
The Steinbrenner Black Hole: Follow the ball through the hole, come out a Yankee on the other side.
Bursting through the outfield wall with an energetic, "Oh yeah!" the Kool-Aid Man jogged to the mound for late-inning relief duties.
Um. ... anyone got any tape?
In a surprising turn of events, the baseballs, fed up with the bargaining, beat the players and owners to the punch and go on strike.
Somehow, someway, it's Bud Selig's fault.
Players begin to wonder if their steroid-dealer accidentally gave them LSD again.
Yep, the basic foundations of the American pastime are crashing down.
And here is the real caption from The Associated Press: Chicago White Sox left fielder Carlos Lee chases down a ball hit to the wall by Detroit Tigers' Carlos Pena for a triple in the fourth inning July 13, 2002, in Detroit. Pena beat the throw to third in the second game of a day-night doubleheader. AP Photo/Duane Burleson.