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Aug 19 2005 01:56 PM

Jason Stark's article on the fastest runners in the NL and AL. Taking the NL silver medal is


Yeah, he needs to walk more. And get on base more. And yada-yada-yada. But when Reyes is on base, he's the most mesmerizing player in New York.

SPEEDY STATS: Leading the league in steals -- so he could be the first Met ever to do that, and the first New Yorker to lead the NL since Willie Mays (as a Giant) in 1957. ... Last month became the first player to steal a base in six straight games since Luis Matos in 2001. ... First National Leaguer with two multi-triple games in the same season since (no kidding) Sammy Sosa in 1990.

HOWWWWW FAST IS HE? Here's your basic Jose Reyes inning: Leads off a June 23 game by beating out a single to short. Then he steals second, moves to third on a ground ball, scores on a balk. ... Runs a consistent 3.9 to first, hitting left-handed -- "but when he's really fun to watch is on those triples," said ex-teammate Mike Stanton. "He takes a second to get going. But once he gets rolling, he's just unbelievable." ... The guy hit seven triples in 10 games in May (only man in the division-play era to do that). Any more questions?

QUICK REVIEWS: "Can absolutely fly," said Ausmus. ... "If he ran in a greyhound race, he'd probably finish third," Donnelly joked. "I think he could beat those dogs -- five of them, anyway."

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 19 2005 02:18 PM

Does every greyhound race have eight dogs?

Or does every race have seven dogs?

I don't know if he's saying that Jose would intrude on a full field of seven greyhounds, or if he'd be one of the standard eight greyhounds.

There's a lot I don't know about greyhound racing.

I know that in horse racing, the size of the field can vary. I would have thought the same would be true with dog races, but maybe I'm wrong.

Aug 19 2005 02:28 PM

Bugs Bunny used to really mess with those greyhounds during a race.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 19 2005 02:43 PM

I never bought that Bugs was hot for a dog-track rabbit.

Aug 19 2005 02:53 PM


It was his blowup doll!

Aug 20 2005 10:45 AM

The next time I wonder if its ok to hijack a thread, I'll re-read this one.

You proved that it is.

(And the mental image of the Buggs Bunny blowup doll isn't going to fade too easily, either)