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Not to pique anyone’s curiosity, but during their time together, Barry went from a size 42 jersey to a size 52.

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What’s next, Greg Anderson, Bonds’ former personal trainer, posing for Jailbait magazine?

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Speaking of Bonds, even when he hits No. 756, he might not really “break” the home run record. Baseball historian Bill Jenkinson, author of “The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs,” estimates that Ruth was deprived of anywhere from 50 to 78 homers that wrapped around the foul pole but were called foul. (For most of his career, a homer was judged fair or foul based on where it landed, not on the path it traveled.)

So we’ll split the difference and say the Bambino lost 64 homers this way. That pushes his total to 778 — 23 more than Hank Aaron. Heck, Barry might need another year to top that.

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A Babe Ruth item I stumbled across in an old newspaper: On a visit to Gonzaga University in December 1926, the Babe donned a football uniform — No. 99 — and tried to hit a football out of school’s baseball stadium. After “a couple of hours driving the leather to various sections of the lot,” the wire report said, “he finally ‘got hold’ of one, sending it over the barricade.”

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Oh, to have thrown BP to him that day …

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And while we’re on the subject …

Fascinating article in a recent issue of “Popular Mechanics” on the physics behind hitting a home run (featuring, prominently, the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman). Some of the highlights:

* A curveball can be hit farther than a fastball. Why? Because it reaches the plate with more spin. More spin means more lift off the bat. “A 94-mph fastball leaves the bat 3 mph faster than a 78-mph curveball, but it travels 442 feet compared to the curve’s 455 feet.”

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