NOW SWITCH-HITTING FOR L.A.
Sometimes you can't tell the players even with a program. The Dodgers recently signed two prospects from the Dominican Republic: Esteban Felipe and Philipe Esteban.
THE CALL THAT WOULDN'T DIE
The St. Louis Cardinals know what they like in art, and they don't like this painting. Entitled simply The Call, it's a postimpressionistic, postseason rendering of umpire Don Denkinger's controversial call in the sixth game of last year's World Series. As any Missouri schoolkid could recite for you: Denkinger ruled the Kansas City Royals' Jorge Orta safe at first; replays showed he was out. The Royals subsequently rallied and won the game and then Game 7. Cards fans remain convinced the Series was stolen.
Bill VonSeggern, a lawyer in Grand Island, Neb., felt that way and commissioned local artist Bob Kerby to do the painting. After Kerby captured the awful moment on canvas, VonSeggern founded Bad Call Poster Co. and began selling copies of the work for $15 each. But the Cards, saying they wanted to put the call behind them and also claiming trademark infringement, demanded that VonSeggern stop selling the posters. VonSeggern, who has sold more than 500 of them, says he won't close up shop.