Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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CANDIDATES GET THEIR CARDS

From The Associated Press:

Fred Thompson flopped in his bid to become president, but he's wearing the crown in a new set of baseball cards: He's Babe Ruth, the original home run king.

And Mitt Romney isn't waving goodbye to the presidential race, he's waving the ball fair as Carlton Fisk in the 1975 World Series in Upper Deck's Presidential Predictors set.

Don't go looking for a Hillary Clinton card, though. She was cast as Morganna the "Kissing Bandit" because, "Like Clinton, she saw something she liked and went after it." But the card was pulled from the set after a focus group raised concerns that it was inappropriate.

Those are some of the examples of Upper Deck's nod to the presidential campaign. And like candidates who make mistakes, Upper Deck overthrew the cutoff man with the Hillary card.

"Our goal with the program was to have fun and be entertaining and not to be offensive," said Louise Curcio, a spokeswoman for Upper Deck. "There was some concern by some of the people that it might be offensive, and we didn't want to go down that path. So we pulled the card."

The Presidential Predictors cards are included in one of every eight sets of Upper Deck 2008 Series One Baseball cards. Collectors who find one of the political cards can register for a chance to win a trip to throw out the first pitch at a major-league game.

An updated set to be released in May will have a different version of the Clinton card, Curcio said. The company might also add one for Mike Huckabee, who didn't appear to be a keeper when the set was put together near the end of the 2007 baseball season.

THIS ISN'T THE BABE'S YANKEE STADIUM

A martini bar? A concierge? A video-conferencing room?

What would the Bambino think?

The new Yankee Stadium, scheduled for completion in time for Opening Day in 2009, is moving right along, with the price tag up to $1.3 billion. It's being built across the street from the original House that Ruth Built, with a granite and limestone exterior to evoke the original 1923 Yankee Stadium.

But nothing on the inside would be recognizable by Babe Ruth - or even Reggie Jackson. …

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