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".
Rich Abernethy
Gastonia, N.C.

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.
Jeb Rawson

It's another beautiful day here at Salvador Dali Stadium -- the only place where the confines are more surreal than baseball's labor problems.
Park City, Ill.

"Hole-Lee Crap!"
Bishop, Calif.

After Congress impounded all of the Enron logos in Houston, the Astros were left without a portion of their fence.
New York, N.Y.

"Oh, hell no ... I'm not going near that portal!"
Eric Hochman
Tucson, Ariz

"I told you guys ... just walk Barry!!"
Hayward, Calif.

During contraction, the outfield walls are the first to go.
Carrollton, Texas

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).
Mark Brahler
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

"Uhh, is that a ground-rule double?"
Watchung, N.J.

"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.
AJ Jank
Norfolk, Va.

The universe is suddenly spinning in reverse ... balls are imploding stadiums ... Anna Kournikova is winning tournaments ... millions of scholars left baffled!
Scott Sheehy
Ocean Beach, Calif.

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!)
Gon Dale
Wrigleyville, Ill.

The new ad in center field advises, "What to do with next year's All-Star Game tickets"
Jason Leon
Raleigh, N.C.

"Hey Carlos ... the AL Central is starting to open up!"
Dean Martinez
Fountain Valley, Calif.

The Steinbrenner Black Hole: Follow the ball through the hole, come out a Yankee on the other side.
Ram Narayan
Hazard, Ky.

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?
Wes Perkins
St. Louis

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.
Damian S.
Lawrece, Kan.

Somehow, someway, it's Bud Selig's fault.

Players begin to wonder if their steroid-dealer accidentally gave them LSD again.
Londonderry, N.H.

Yep, the basic foundations of the American pastime are crashing down.
Fred Rutman

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.


Mystery Photo responses July 16: Glad to see you

Mystery Photo responses July 8: Bottoms up

Mystery Photo responses July 1: Wet Mr. Met

Mystery Photo responses June 13: A hit brickhouse

Mystery Photo responses June 6: It's Showtime!

Mystery Photo responses May 29: Slap Shot III

Mystery Photo responses May 22: Ready to rumble

Mystery Photo responses May 16: 'I thought you were a lefty'

Mystery Photo responses May 13: Gettin' buzzed

Mystery Photo responses May 6: Model citizens

Mystery Photo responses April 30: Double shots

Mystery Photo responses April 23: Beyond Yankees domes

Mystery Photo responses April 17: Take a number

Mystery Photo responses April 10: Off-Broadway BP

Mystery Photo responses April 3: Ahoy, Matey

Mystery Photo responses March 15: Duck, it's Costner

Mystery Photo responses March 4: Ohno, it's Katie!

Mystery Photo responses Feb.25: Pairs who share

Mystery Photo responses Feb. 6: Two minutes for stripping

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 25: Fore!

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 18: Look into my eyes

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 7: Eye of the Hurricanes

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 31: Might as well jump

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 19: Saint Nicked

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 10: Mac attack

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 3: Swept away

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 26: Tastes like chicken ...

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 19: At least these are in team colors

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 9: You can't hide

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 2: Trick or Treat?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 26: 'So the priest says ...'

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 19: Hello?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 12: Tennis, everyone?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 7: He shoots, he ...

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 28: Safe at home

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 21: Coming up short

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 18: Hat tricks

Mystery Photo Sept. 7: Tough shot

Mystery Photo Aug. 31: Oh, Danny boy!

Mystery Photo Aug. 24: Baby doll

Mystery Photo Aug. 17: Wild night at the ballpark

Mystery photo Aug. 10: Doubles divas

Mystery photo Aug. 3: Hoops, I did it again

Mystery photo July 27: I've got it!

Mystery photo July 20 extras: Fiddling with captions

Mystery photo July 20: The Devil you say?

Mystery photo July 13: The BoSox Boys

Mystery photo July 6: Reunited...

Mystery photo June 29: This just in ...

Mystery photo June 22: Caught in the act

Mystery photo June 18: What's up with Bobby Cox?

Mystery photo June 8: Kobe Bryant plugged

Mystery photo June 1: Something about Shaq

Mystery photo May 25: Two wild and crazy guys

Mystery photo May 17: Nothing but net

Mystery photo May 11: Tim and Jerry

Mystery photo May 3: Drop 'em

Mystery photo April 27: Great seats, eh?

Mystery photo April 23: Ready, aim ...

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