Indians slugger's hitting .356 and crushing homers (seven). Sweeter, still:
He's got his own candy bar, a crispy chocolate thang called Pronk ( Hafner's
nickname; it melds project and donkey). Said Hafner, who gave away Pronk bars
in the clubhouse, "It is the best candy bar I have ever had."
Hotter than where their namesake dwells. New Jersey had won 10 straight through
Sunday to threaten the rival Rangers for the division title. Center Scott Gomez
(left) on the team's surge to the playoffs: "Guys kind of got that Game 7
How're these numbers? A .353 batting average, 10 RBIs, his Cubbies at 7-4
and-oh, yes-a four-year, $56.25 million contract extension. "I like it
here," said the enriched first sacker. "I want to be on that team that
wins a world championship ... and sees the city go crazy."
Hang on, they're moving fast. Pro Bull Riders, which just opened offices in
Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, landed a deal with Fox to air events on
NFL Sundays. It also has an NBC deal.
Padres fans are just hoping their team will leave home without him. The
righthander got shelled for eight runs by the Marlins, dropping his career road
record to 0-16. Said a glum Brazelton before he got booted from San Diego's
rotation, "All I need is one good start to turn things around."
Colder than their namesakes' homeland in winter. Onetime Cup hopefuls lost six
of their last eight to miss the playoffs and top defenseman Ed Jovanovski
(right) may leave as a free agent. Said coach Marc Crawford, "We've been
A sad ending in Nashville? The Titans still won't let their alltime passing
leader train at their facility (the team fears he'll get hurt and it will be
liable for his $23.46 million contract), and McNair's heir may soon be
apparent: Tennessee plans to take a quarterback with the draft's third
Texas's big off-season imports- OF Brad Wilkerson (batting .185) and pitchers
Kevin Millwood (5.50 ERA) and Adam Eaton (hand surgery)-may turn wunderkind
G.M. Jon Daniels gray at 28.