He said what?
“Tiger’s trophy is a lot heavier than Jack’s.” — K.J. Choi, comparing the trophy he won Sunday at the AT&T National to the one he won at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Invitational earlier this year.
TONIGHT’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION
At the MLB All-Star Game (8 p.m., Chs. 5, 45), watch for numerous cutaways to Bud Selig while Barry Bonds is at bat.
TWT 5 ” TOP ALL-STAR GAME MOMENTS
1. July 14, 1970: Pete Rose scores the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning by running over catcher Ray Fosse.
2. July 10, 1934: Honestly, who strikes out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession? Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants does.
3. July 6, 1983: Fred Lynn hit the first grand slam in All-Star history, helping the American League win for the first time since 1971.
4. July 9, 1957: Cincinnati Reds fans stuffed the ballot box, electing seven Reds players. After that, only players and managers selected the roster until 1969.
5. July 9, 2002: Commissioner Bud Selig was booed in his hometown of Milwaukee when he called the game a tie after 11 innings.
TAKE YOUR PICK “SHOULD PLAYERS HAVE SKIPPED LAST NIGHT’S HOME RUN DERBY?
1. The case for skipping: Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz and Barry Bonds decided not to participate because of concerns that their hitting mechanics might suffer. Advocates for skipping may cite recent examples of second-half slumps like Bobby Abreu’s after his appearance in 2005. After belting 41 homers in that Derby, Abreu has hit only 20 in the two years since.
2. The case for swinging: Ryan Howard won last year’s derby and actually increased his home run production afterward. He also competed last night.
Our Take: Swing it. There is no empirical evidence that supports either claim. But players like Rodriguez, Griffey, Ortiz (who actually improved his numbers in the second half of the 2005 season) and Bonds should have competed because the fans voted for them.
What’s your pick? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publish a response next week.