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July 2001


by Twinsfan

Well, half the season is over in baseball and that means that time honored
classic called the all-star was played. Seattle did a great job hosting it this year. The fans treated all the stars with the dignity and respect they deserve. Especially when you take into consideration the stars that they Luis Gonzalez
have lost and any bad feelings that may have arisen out of that. Luis Gonzales defeated Sammy Sosa for the home run derby title 6-2 and as for the game itself, the American League downed the National League 4-1. Cal Ripken Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles was named All-Star MVP as he had a home run to open the scoring. It was fitting that he be named MVP as this will be his last all-star game because he is retiring at the end of this year. He has been the epitomy of an old time baseball player who just goes out on the field everyday and does his job. A class act. Another player retiring who was honored during the 6th inninng of the game was Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres. I thought they could have waited till the end of the game to honor both men and not hold up the game.

As for the first half of the season, the surprises are still holding on. The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins are still leading Barry Bondstheir divisions. The Seattle Mariners are playing so good that they might clinch their division by next week. Well, not really, but they do have an awesome record, with 63 wins, and lead their division by 19 games. The other divison leaders are the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. As for personal achievements during the first half we have Barry Bonds with 39 HR's, Roger Clemens has a 12-1 pitching record and Bret Boone has 86 RBI's. There were 2 no hitters thrown, one by Hideo Nomo of the Boston Red Sox and the other by the Florida Marlins A.J. Burnett. What will the second half bring? Stay tuned.

In tennis the first ever unseeded player won at Wimbledon. Croatia's Goran Goran IvanisevicIvanisevic deafeted Austrailia's Patrick Rafter in a 5 set thriller 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7. Venus Williams won the women's title for the second year in a row, 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. In NASCAR Winston Cup, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, the same track where his father was killed in February in the first return to that track since the tradgedy. The LA Lakers won the NBA title again and the Colorado Avalanche won the NHL's Stanley Cup. I'd just like to point out that I picked both teams to win before the pllayoffs started. Tiger Woods has proven he IS human by going 3 straight tournaments of finishing 10th or worst.

Until next month, good night and good sports!

salutes this month's featured writer:

MR. JULY: Twinsfan

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