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September 21, 1997|JASON REID

Larry Walker said he had it all the way.

Walker, the Rockies' all-star right fielder, said he would have caught a fly ball hit by Mike Piazza in the eighth inning that bounced off the top of the wall in right-center and came back into play. However, center fielder Quinton McCracken, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the inning, called off Walker but was unable to make a leaping catch.

Piazza wound up with a single--albeit a 370-foot single--as Dodger fans booed the call by second base umpire Eric Gregg.

"The center fielder is the boss out there so I backed off," Walker said. "I would have had it because I'm taller [6 feet 3] than Quinton [5-7]. Heck, I probably wouldn't have had to jump."

Walker said what happened to Piazza is one of the toughest things a hitter can go through.

"You get [upset] because you think you have [a home run] and then you see on the replay it comes back in," Walker said. "I've been there a few times myself."


Walker's run-scoring double in the third inning gave him 401 total bases this season, making him the eighth National League player to reach at least 400 and the first since Hank Aaron in 1959.

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