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What a Week!
Tom Verducci, Tim Kurkjian, Gerry Callahan
September 30, 1996
Seven days in September were filled with feats on the field and pennant fever from coast to coast, just like in the old days
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September 30, 1996

What A Week!

Seven days in September were filled with feats on the field and pennant fever from coast to coast, just like in the old days

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After San Diego State played Oklahoma at the Murph on Saturday night, the grounds crew quickly converted the stadium back to baseball, but they couldn't do anything about the atmosphere. It was college-football crazy all weekend. "People were into the games, the baseball," said Gwynn. "I've been waiting a long time for this, and it's great to see. It wasn't about the macarena or paper airplanes or the Chicken. It was about baseball."

In an epic San Diego feud, Gwynn even took a moment after Thursday's 7-0 loss to blast the famous Chicken, whose antics delayed one of his at bats. The Chicken planted a flag near home plate as the last of the eighth inning was about to begin, forcing an umpire to pull the flag while Gwynn waited in the batter's box. Gwynn said the routine was "absolutely the worst thing I've ever seen in my life." The Chicken fired back with a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reminding Gwynn that "there's no crying in baseball."

Of course, the Chicken wasn't the only sideshow that annoyed Gwynn, the otherwise good-natured Padres star. He hates the macarena, too. "Forget the macarena, forget the Chicken, forget all that stuff," he said.

The Chicken didn't show up again for the rest of the series, but no one was complaining. They came for baseball, and they got what they came for. Now it's on to L.A. for one last weekend. This should be good.
—G.C.

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