Of Sang's future, Duffy says, "I hope she has as much chance to live the rest of her life as I've had."
Man Chokes Mascot
Goldie is an exuberant, anteater-like mascot for the Northern League's Winnipeg Goldeyes who likes to stomp on the visiting team's dugout roof. Matt Nokes is a strapping 34-year-old catcher for the St. Paul Saints who hit 136 home runs in the majors between 1985 and '95, and who is given to saying, "I should be in the big leagues right now."
When the Saints visited Winnipeg on July 11, Goldie commenced his roof dancing with particular vim. Nokes, not enamored of such bush league fun, warned the mascot to cease. Still Goldie stomped, finally dislodging a light fixture in the St. Paul dugout. Nokes, enraged, leaned out of the dugout and screamed at the long-nosed fur ball, who answered with a thrust of his pelvis. Nokes clambered atop the dugout, grabbed Goldie and briefly choked him with a broomstick.
A few innings later Goldie emerged wearing boxing gloves and a robe and, with the Rocky theme blaring, began taunting Nokes from the field. Nokes responded by smashing a three-run homer to key an 8-4 Saints win, and it seemed his triumph was complete the following day when the teams played again and Goldie stayed far from the St Paul dugout Later, however, Nokes was suspended for one game by me league. "This is a farce," Nokes said of his ban. Goldie kept silent.
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