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OlerudOwned
Aug 19 2005 01:56 PM

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=2137637&num=0

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

SILVER MEDAL: JOSE REYES, METS

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.

soupcan
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.

holychicken
Aug 19 2005 02:53 PM

JD,

It was his blowup doll!

MFS62
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)

Later