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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
Baseball fan fiction stories and anecdotes from the New Orleans Knights, a team I created many years ago, but I hardly wrote anything down

home runs

Posted 04-11-2009 at 09:12 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 06:30 PM by TommyJohn

Brennan Park, home of the Knights from 1921-76, had a left-field grandstand similar to Comiskey Park-an upper deck topped by a roof. Every once in a great while a slugger would blast a home run onto the left field roof. It took a tremendous blast of about 480 feet to do it, but some renowned sluggers and a few unknowns, both for the Knights and opponents, managed to accomplish the feat, with a few of them doing it twice.
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Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:39 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 06:41 PM by TommyJohn

Few, if any, sportswriters or prognosticators gave the Knights any sort of prayer of competing with the Mets in the NLCS. The smart money held that the Mets were simply the better team. This was the team, after all, that had blown away the National League two years ago, running up a record of 108-54, far outdistancing all other competition in the division that year. The Mets didn’t exactly play like a destructive machine in the postseason-a hard fought LCS with the Houston Astros went six games,...
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The next day

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:36 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:55 AM by TommyJohn

The Knights celebrated long in their clubhouse, then went out to the French Quarter and partied even longer.

The next day they showed up for the season finale bleary-eyed and toasted. The fans gave them a long, sustained standing ovation when they took the field. Goodman rested most of his regulars as did Lasorda. The Dodgers won the battle of benches 7-0 to draw within 1 game of the Knights at the end. The 16 inning victory the night before had been crucial. The Knights would have...
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the Agony of the Kirk

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:32 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:56 AM by TommyJohn

Tommy Lasorda, meanwhile, tipped his cap to the Knights. “They just flat out beat us” he said. “We wanted it. We wanted it bad. I thought we were comin’ into tomorrow tied for first after the Big Fella went deep in the 16th. But we couldn’t hold it.”

Orel Hershiser was glum. “The record is great, and I’m happy that the fans cheered for me when I got it” he said. “But I would have gladly given up nine runs in the first if we had come back to win 10-9. I would gladly given up a run and...
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The thrill of victory...the agony of defeat

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:26 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:56 AM by TommyJohn

The crowd erupted into a deafening roar as the ball hit the ground. Gwynn raced to get it, but he never had a chance. He picked up the ball, turned around and watched helplessly as Lee raced across the plate with the winning run. The crowd roared and fireworks exploded as the Knights team joyously pummeled each other in celebration. The roar continued on loudly and the players jumped around for several minutes while the Dodgers walked off the field, their dreams of pulling off the miracle comeback...
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