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Slices of the big apple

By MARC TOPKIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2000


Read all about it

Fans who can't get a ticket to the games at least can read about them. And read and read and read. The Daily News took top prize Saturday, with a 96-page special section. The New York Post wasn't far behind, weighing in with 88 pages devoted to the Series. The New York Times had eight full pages of coverage. Newsday had a relatively lightweight 60-pager, but it gets the early-bird award by publishing on Friday.

Best ad

GreenPoint Bank had a good one in the papers, featuring a subway sign and the words: "Welcome to John Rocker's Nightmare!"

Hey, Mikey

Mets pitcher Mike Hampton got a little surprise when he walked around the corner from his apartment the other day, just another reminder that he's not in Crystal River anymore.

"I was walking by a construction site and one of the workers jumped out," Hampton said. "He pulled up his sweat shirt and underneath he had a Yankees shirt on and he said, "Ah, we're going to get you again!' That was probably one of the weirder moments. That shocked me a little bit. I didn't know if I was getting held up."

Hard-hitting news

Credit Mike Piazza for being savvy. Piazza is writing a first-person column for the Post. In his first installment, he wrote, "Rupert Murdoch probably wouldn't pick up the tab for my breakfast if I didn't talk about Roger Clemens, so here goes, I think it's funny how everyone's trying to make it out into this huge confrontation."

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