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MORNING BRIEFING

But Can They Make It Play Our Anthem?

April 15, 1993|MAL FLORENCE

The triple-A Nashville, Tenn., Sounds have a unique scoreboard, an 84-foot high guitar that stretches 110 feet from center field toward each foul line.

Owner Larry Schmittou wanted something big to let baseball fans know exactly what the Sounds are.

Now he needs an equally large warning for drivers not to gape at his scoreboard, which is visible from Interstate 65.

Trivia time: Which NBA team holds the season record for overtime victories without a loss?

Same old Sox: Even though the Boston Red Sox are in first place in the American League East, columnist Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe doesn't believe the team is any better than it was last year when it finished in last place.

"The 1993 Red Sox may indeed be worse than the boys of bummer who ruined last summer," Shaughnessy wrote.

Hidden talent: Fred Couples said he plays by feel and is not as theoretical about golf as Nick Faldo.

"But he'd probably be like that if he was writing a poem," Couples said. "He'd spend two days at that and want to make it perfect. I'm not like that. I'd be happy with 'Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm at Augusta and so are you.' "

Epitaph: Kevin McHale's career with the Boston Celtics is winding down because of injuries, and it saddens Celtic center Robert Parish.

"I feel sorry for him," Parish told the Chicago Tribune. "That foot is like dragging a lead boot. And no one wants to go out that way. We all came in on top, and no one should have to go out that way."

Outer space: How good is Rasheed Wallace, the 6-foot-11 high school player of the year from Philadelphia's Simon Gratz High School?

"He may be one of the most outstanding players to set foot on this earth," said Bill Ellerbee, Wallace's high school coach.

Safety measure: From "Baseball Quotations": Mike Flanagan, Baltimore Oriole pitcher, said in 1979: "I could never play in New York. The first time I came into a game there, I got into a bullpen car and they told me to lock the doors."

Losing hand: Hubert Mizell of the St. Petersburg, Fla., Times on the Giants remaining in San Francisco and not moving to the Suncoast Dome in Tampa:

"In retrospect, it seems, baseball was going to keep the poker game open long enough for San Francisco to come up with both the ante and the winning hand while Tampa Bay stood pat and got whopped."

Trivia answer: The Lakers, with seven in the 1961-62 season.

Quotebook: Former Dodger Rick Monday recalling pitcher Phil Niekro's knuckleball: "It actually giggles at you as it goes by."

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