DP: Rank, in
order, the best athletes by sport.
players one, they've got to run and deal with the constant hitting. Soccer two,
although they like to act a lot. Tennis next, because they are constantly
running. NBA four and baseball probably five.
DP: Would you
rather have an inside-the-park homer or hit one over the wall?
JR: I like to hit
them over the wall. You get style points.
DP: So you pose a
bit? Is there a pitcher that you have to be extra sensitive with, as to how
long you stand and watch a home run?
JR: Randy Johnson.
I hit a home run off him in '02 or '03, I had a feeling it was gone, but I
wasn't taking a chance of looking at it. I hit it and I just took off running.
I was a young dude coming up. I hit home plate and ran all the way in. I don't
even want him to remember me.
DP: Did you
guarantee a playoff spot yet for the Phillies?
JR: No, [but] my
feelings from last year haven't left. Right now we're not playing that well,
but when the end of September rolls around, we will be.
camp's opening later this month, Brett Favre's body wants to do what it's done
every summer for years: get ready to play football. This is why he reportedly
called the Packers and told them that he's itching to play. The feeling can be
close to an addiction, not unlike the kind that Favre had to confront in 1996
with painkillers, and maybe it should be treated as such. Sports figures like
Favre (or Evander Holyfield, or Bill Parcells) need their own rehab facility, a
place where they can go to get over their urge to back out of their
retirements. One key difference would be, at this place, instead of pumping up
the clients, therapists would tear them down. ("You're finished! No one
wants you back!") Possible sponsor: Lotrimin, the anti-itch cream.