By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT: The upcoming 25th anniversary of the classic Yankees-Red Sox one-game playoff has Lou Piniella reliving his famous play in rightfield, when he lost Jerry Remy's ninth-inning line drive in the sun but still managed to stop the ball, saving the lead, the day and the season.
Sitting and watching a tape of the play, as he did recently with a writer, was not easy.
"Seeing that play made me nervous: "Damn, I could have missed that ball,"' Piniella said Saturday. "That was the most fun game I ever played in. There hasn't been anything remotely close to it. Yankees-Red Sox. Fenway Park. You win you go forward, you lose you go home. That's a nice situation."
OH CANADA: Pete LaForest didn't exactly grow up dreaming of being a catcher for the rayons de diable. In LaForest's hometown of Hull, Quebec, most of the kids spoke French and had hockey sticks in their hands.
But LaForest, whose real first name is Pierre-Luc, couldn't afford the costs of competitive hockey, so he turned to baseball after being introduced to it by his father. He slowly learned the game and eventually became one of Canada's top youth players, moving to Montreal to be part of the national team program. He signed with the Expos, only to have his contract voided due to a supposed back problem.
He then made a bold move, going to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas to play ball and learn English. "It was good," LaForest said. "If I needed to say something, I learned pretty quick."
He speaks English fluently now, with a slight accent, and has another goal: to learn Spanish.
YOU DON'T SAY
"I'd like to have someone hit 37 home runs and drive in 100 runs and say they're struggling."
- LOU PINIELLA, manager, responding to questions about Yankees star Jason Giambi
BIG NUMBER -10: Rays who made their major-league debuts this season.
RaysRays detect no signs of a Yankees decline
Lou's worst club still inspires hope
In upside, this OF is peerless
BucsHitting the high spots
A shutout as only Rice can see it
Waitress's joke hard for Sapp to swallow
Carolina blueprint should look familiar
Kickin' back with Thomas Jones
Letters: Eagles fans reach the ultimate low
LightningLecavalier, Stillman highlight first day
Success depends on growth
BaseballMLB acts the bully with Expos
AL: Chisox ride Colon's stamina
NL: Marlins thrill a packed house
Penny injury less serious than feared
BoxingSugar gets sweet win vs. De La Hoya
College football'Canes inconsistent but still cruise to win
Gators shake off doubt, slow start
Clarett expected to stay at OSU
'Canes contain big plays
Freshman Harris out until second trial
Special teams a bit more so
UF By the numbers
UF Game balls
'Noles seek new nonconference foe
Defense makes stand when it counts most
FSU By the numbers
FSU Game balls
Buckeyes extend streak by inches
Wolverines devour Irish
ConferencesBig East: Big third helps Pitt pull away
SEC: Georgia stifles South Carolina
State: UCF needs record day to rally, hold off FAU
Big Ten: Wisconsin stumbles, fumbles away game
Pac-10: Trojans click in all phases
Big 12: Hogs upset 'Horns
C-USA: Golden Eagles punish Tigers' errors
Nation: Air Force finds it can pass, rush
ACC: Boilermakers don't fall short this time
GolfDent's 65 within a stroke of his age
Sorenstam, Pettersen strike a blow at U.S.
Gotta minute?Rocco Baldelli
Horse racingCongaree frozen out in warmup
In briefeBay item has James agitated
MotorsportsM. Schumacher wins F1 pole
NASCAR remains a family business
NFLPicks, Week 2
Same Tuna, different diversion
Things make you go hmmm
OutdoorsDaily fishing report
Preparation vital ahead of a storm
PrepsKotchman, Quick can't catch King's Bowerman
Biladeau never looks back as Jesuit wins
DQ aids Plant girls at relays; Jesuit tops boys
Jesuit's Biladeau runs away with title
King's Bowerman cruises to victory
Lecanto has strong showing
PHU gets best of Seminole
Practice as targets pays as PHU wins at Keswick
SoccerThis won't be a party like it was in 1999
Letters: Ex-Seminole should have been kicked out