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Rays tales

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.

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  • Lou's worst club still inspires hope
  • In upside, this OF is peerless
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  • Bucs
  • Hitting 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
  • Sideline
  • Letters: Eagles fans reach the ultimate low

  • Lightning
  • Lecavalier, Stillman highlight first day
  • Success depends on growth

  • Other sports

    Baseball
  • MLB acts the bully with Expos
  • AL: Chisox ride Colon's stamina
  • NL: Marlins thrill a packed house
  • Penny injury less serious than feared

  • Boxing
  • Sugar gets sweet win vs. De La Hoya

  • College football
  • 'Canes inconsistent but still cruise to win
  • Gators shake off doubt, slow start
  • Technical difficulty
  • 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

  • Conferences
  • Big 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

  • Golf
  • Dent's 65 within a stroke of his age
  • Sorenstam, Pettersen strike a blow at U.S.

  • Gotta minute?
  • Rocco Baldelli

  • Horse racing
  • Congaree frozen out in warmup

  • In brief
  • eBay item has James agitated

  • Motorsports
  • M. Schumacher wins F1 pole
  • NASCAR remains a family business

  • NFL
  • Picks, Week 2
  • Same Tuna, different diversion
  • Things make you go hmmm

  • Opinion
  • Rant, Rave

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Preparation vital ahead of a storm

  • Preps
  • Kotchman, 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

  • Soccer
  • This won't be a party like it was in 1999
  • Letters: Ex-Seminole should have been kicked out
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