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"Now I'm kind of wondering what's next. I went to sleep with `Karate Kid' and woke up to Peter Gammons, which was a little frightening." --Doug Mientkiewicz, Twins infielder, on falling asleep in front of his TV Thursday August 29th

THE NIGHT BEFORE STRIKE DATE

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August 26, 2002 10:01 am

The Daily Prospectus: Two Hours of Rambling

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Gary Huckabay

I recently sat down for lunch with a very old friend of mine with an affinity for baseball, finance, and philosophy. Lunch took about half an hour, and the ensuing conversation took about two hours. Since I've mentioned him before in this space, and he's fond of his privacy, we'll call him "Dave" for purposes of this column.

I recently sat down for lunch with a very old friend of mine with an affinity for baseball, finance, and philosophy. Lunch took about half an hour, and the ensuing conversation took about two hours. Since I've mentioned him before in this space, and he's fond of his privacy, we'll call him "Dave" for purposes of this column. (Approximately 70% of the guys I speak with on a regular basis are named Keith, Chris, Michael, or Dave. A much lower percentage is named Rany.)

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Obviously, this is paraphrased, but has been run by Dave to make sure everything's on the up and up as far as he's concerned. I hope you enjoy this edited transcript as much I as enjoyed the conversation. It's long, and it's rambling, so perhaps you should check it out in small bites.

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May 17, 2002 9:54 pm

6-4-3: Gone Shootin'

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Gary Huckabay

Among longtime rabid fans, there's a kind of vague denial, wrapped around the idea that "there's no way they'd let 1994-95 happen again." With all due respect to those people, 1994-95 wasn't that bad for the owners or players. It was bad for addicts. I don't think I got rid of the shakes until about 1997. Baseball attendance recovered almost immediately, well before the Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa show.

There's a state people kind of ease into when things around them are collapsing. It could be that their company is in the midst of a death spiral, or perhaps their group of college friends is gradually drifting apart. Or, in a strictly hypothetical example, an activity that's a core part of their enjoyment of life may be rushing towards a dark tunnel with despair in the front of it, and, once inside, no light indicating an end.

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When this happens to someone, they get sort of languid and detached. I don't know if it's shock, or one of those "stages of grief," like anger or denial, but it's easy to tell when you see it. What's interesting is that this phase appears to be nearly universal, and people come out of it in a wide spectrum of different states, from emboldened and resolute to truly pitiful.

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March 28, 2002 4:46 pm

The Daily Prospectus: Truth

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Joe Sheehan

Today was supposed to be my AL preview, with the NL following tomorrow. I'm pushing those back a day each to Friday and Saturday because I want to run through the used-car salesman's "Town Hall Meeting" from Tuesday afternoon. Well, not just that. First, let's deal with the announcement by Bud Selig that the owners will not lock the players out through the World Series. This was a shameless, transparent attempt to curry favor with fans and media, an announcement with absolutely no meaning whatsoever.

Today was supposed to be my AL preview, with the NL following tomorrow. I'm pushing those back a day each to Friday and Saturday because I want to run through the used-car salesman's "Town Hall Meeting" from Tuesday afternoon.

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Well, not just that. First, let's deal with the announcement by Bud Selig that the owners will not lock the players out through the World Series. This was a shameless, transparent attempt to curry favor with fans and media, an announcement with absolutely no meaning whatsoever. It's like me saying I'm not going to watch any women's basketball, and expecting that to be treated like a sacrifice.

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