Notes from a day in baseball:
• 1. Marathon Man. Nothing like 5 1/2 hours at the ol' ball yard. There were 16 innings, 521 pitches and 39 players used (sorry, Philadelphia reserve outfielder Chris Coste!). Zack Hample caught 423 foul balls. To give you an idea of how long and hopeless this contest was, Phillies' reliever Ryan Madson pitched seven innings. Finally, Carlos Beltran led off the 16th inning with his 12th home run (of the season, not the game), giving the New York Mets a 9-8 victory. Sleep well, Mr. Met.
• 2. Getting Fat Off Of Giants Pitching. We don't care what Barry Bonds has done; no one should have to witness this. Couldn't Albert Pujols have hit his 23rd home run of the season into a section filled with female cheerleaders? Anyhoo, Bonds was homerless, Pujols stole the show, and the Cardinals beat the Giants 8-5. Quote from Pujols: "I don't want to be the next Barry Bonds. I want to be Albert Pujols and that's it." We would think so, considering the alimony.
• 3. Meanwhile, On The Junior Circuit. Barrrrryyyy ... Junior is creeping up on you ... Barrrryyyy ... Ken Griffey Jr. hit his second three-run homer in as many games to lead the Reds to a 7-3 win over the Brewers, Griffey has four homers 18 RBI since coming back from a knee injury on May 11. One way we know he's planning on passing Barry: He refused to talk to the media after the game.
• 4. What Is This 'Pesky's Pole' You Speak Of? Johnny Damon hit a first-inning leadoff homer at Fenway Park on Tuesday — hmm, that sounds familiar — but this time it helped the Yankees to a 7-5 win. And how do Red Sox fans feel about th ... hey! Who threw that brick?! Damon's previous first-inning leadoff homer at Fenway, incidentally, was last Aug. 29, for the Red Sox. The last time he did it on the road was in St. Louis in the 2004 World Series. Ah, memories.
• 5. No Love For The Woodman. Dear Diary: Ten months since my last win. Today I though I might have had it, but Dempster gave up two runs in the ninth and the Marlins beat us 5-4. I even had an RBI single, but still no luck. Dempster can (passage deleted). Mike Jacobs' two-run single with two outs in the ninth won it for Florida over Chicago, with the Marlins playing in front of a home crowd of 10,979. Wood was making his second start since shoulder surgery on Aug. 31, 2005.