Striking gold in the Bay Area! In his first 46 at bats with the A's, former
Padres farmhand Jack Cust (above) had eight home runs (one of them a walk-off
winner) and was building a legend. Explained Cust, 28, "I can hit the ball,
and this is what I want to do."
Texans defensive back Jason Simmons (left) wore number 30 until newly acquired
running back Ahman Green wanted it. It's yours, said Simmons, who's active in
charity work, if you put a down payment on a home for a needy,
as-yet-unspecified single parent. "Easy," said Green, who agreed,
"he's... help[ing] them get their life started."
Texas's tepid offense (Hot Not, May 14) broke out for 14 runs to stomp Houston
on Sunday. And in Chandler, Ariz., Cowboys lineman Leonard Davis rescued a
horse named Ranger from a sinkhole, pulling it free with a tractor. Said Davis,
"No big deal."
Despite the "black cloud" that Cincinnati first baseman Scott Hatteberg
says is following the last-place Reds, second baseman Phillips (right) shines.
He'd hit in 22 straight games through Sunday—the longest big league streak of
the season—and had clubbed eight home runs.
Fool's gold in the Bay Area? Nine starts into his seven-year, bazillion-dollar
contract, Giants lefty Barry Zito (above) was 3--5 with a 5.13 ERA and had
gotten shellacked by his old team, the A's. Says Giants G.M. Brian Sabean, who
signed him, "There's a little concern."
Former Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter (right) is in trouble again—he was
suspended by his minor league arena team (that's arenafootball2!) for missing
two practices. The Nets' Vince Carter coughed up the ball late in Game 4, then
scored just 11 points during New Jersey's season-ending (and perhaps
Vince-era-ending) loss in Game 6.
Colorado (25th in the majors in runs scored) kept spinning in last place,
losing two of three at home to the Royals. And Rocky himself got convicted:
Sylvester Stallone, nabbed for importing human growth hormone into Australia,
was ordered to pay a fine of more than $10,000.
On a first-place Brewers team sparkling with bright lights (like Prince
Fielder, page 34) second baseman Weeks's star was dimmed. His. 232 batting
average included one RBI in 15 games leading up to last week, when he was
sidelined by a sore wrist.