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Stephen Cannella
July 10, 2000
Cubs catcher Joe Girardi, perturbed after watching the Marlins complete a three-game sweep of Chicago with a 10th-inning home run by Cliff Floyd on June 25 and then celebrate by mobbing Floyd at home plate, lashed out at Florida's enthusiasm. "For a young team, they have an arrogance about them," the 35-year-old Girardi said. "When they hit home runs they show a lot of emotion." Floyd's response? "Who gives a rat's ass what Joe Girardi thinks? Tell Girardi that when he's a fan of the game—which will probably be soon—to come and see us play if he wants to see [a team with] heart."...
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July 10, 2000

The Hot Corner

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Cubs catcher Joe Girardi, perturbed after watching the Marlins complete a three-game sweep of Chicago with a 10th-inning home run by Cliff Floyd on June 25 and then celebrate by mobbing Floyd at home plate, lashed out at Florida's enthusiasm. "For a young team, they have an arrogance about them," the 35-year-old Girardi said. "When they hit home runs they show a lot of emotion." Floyd's response? "Who gives a rat's ass what Joe Girardi thinks? Tell Girardi that when he's a fan of the game—which will probably be soon—to come and see us play if he wants to see [a team with] heart."...

Frightening news for American League hitters: Blue Jays closer Billy Koch, whose fastball regularly hits 100 mph and who also throws a slider and a curve, has dusted off his split-fingered fastball, a pitch he had stopped throwing after having Tommy John surgery in 1997. Through Sunday, Koch, who throws the splitter mainly to lefthanded hitters, had converted 17 of 21 save chances....

With righthander Freddy Garcia scheduled to return from the disabled list this week, the Mariners suddenly have too many quality starters for one rotation. Righthander Paul Abbott (3-0, 2.03 ERA in five June starts) is a likely candidate for the bullpen, which already holds righthander Brett Tomko (4-2 in eight starts this season). "I'll be honest, I don't know what we're going to do," manager Lou Piniella says. "Usually these things are clear-cut because somebody's struggling or hurt. We've got no such thing." One benefit: With arms to spare, Seattle may find it easier to acquire the lefthanded bat that G.M. Pat Gillick has sought since spring training.

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