Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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"That's where I'm going. That's where I'm staying.

"No mas."

And who uttered those words? If you guessed ROBERTO DURAN, you were . . . (the gong, please) - wrong!

The redoubtable WILD "Mitch Thing" WILLIAMS, late of the California Angels and now of the Lone Star State.

Wild Willy - no relation to aquatic wunderkind Wet Willy - announced his retirement after the Angels released him, a move the club made before Saturday night's victory over the Chicago White Sox. Although Williams insisted his arm is sound, he vowed to reject any and all inquiries from other teams.

"I'm not going to hang out just to hang out. That's not my idea of a career," Williams said. "I had a good one. It's over."

Why is it o-v-e-r? The lefthander walked 21 batters in 10 innings, posting a 6.75 earned-run average. Those numbers might make him the ace of the Cardinals staff.

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Brew-haha: The Friday upheaval at Cardinals headquarters did not escape the notice of BILL MADDEN, irritable New York Daily News columnist. His analysis of the happenings included this observation:

"The foamheads who run the St. Louis Cardinals are telling anybody who still cares about baseball in the Gateway City that JOE TORRE was too laid-back, too easy on his players and just not a good manager. It is all a lot of beer suds from the Busch Brewery suits who have done a magnificent job of running one of baseball's most successful franchises into the vat.

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"Riddick-uled: Prior to his WBO - no connection to HBO although both are in the comedy business - heavyweight title bout with JORGE LUIS GONZALEZ, title-holder RIDDICK BOWE expressed a low opinion of the not-so-speedy Gonzalez. Bowe barked: "I went to school with girls who were tougher than Gonzalez. Saturday night he can't run, he can't hide. There will be no excuses, no bodyguards."

Bowe proved as good a prophet as he is a fighter, jolting Jorge with a plethora of punches in the sixth round and sending him to the land of twittering birds and tinkling bells. …

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