Don't worry, be happyLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob...

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July 26, 1991

Don't worry, be happy

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Ojeda, a former New York Met, told The Hartford Courant that there is a huge difference between fans in New York and fans on the West Coast.

"You know L.A., everybody's happy," Ojeda said. "We had an earthquake two weeks ago, and everybody was still happy. The public is not going to go wild about Darryl [Strawberry] slumping. Maybe if it was Magic [Johnson] blowing a few passes. L.A. fans just aren't into it like New York fans."

They haven't got a prayer

The NFL's new "behavior-modification" guidelines not only outlaw touchdown celebrations and post-game handshakes, but they also make it against the rules for players to have an organized post-game prayer on the field.

This does not sit well with Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Reggie White, an ordained minister, who leads a group of Eagles in prayer after every game. Said White: "We're going to pray. They're probably going to fine us, and if they fine us, I'll take legal action."

Don't have a cow, Jose

Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia are on deck with such major-league players as Steve Sax and Jose Canseco to lend their voice to a $1 million softball game on "The Simpsons."

The episode, titled "Homer at the Bat," airs in October. The celebrity voices were recorded earlier this month in a Hollywood studio.

Montgomery Burns, Homer Simpson's boss and owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, bets $1 million on the game between the company's softball team and rival plant.

To ensure the win, Burns hires Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, Ozzie Smith, Strawberry, Scioscia, Sax and Canseco to play on the company team.

Unfortunately, with this new team of ringers, Homer gets benched -- that is, until the bottom of the ninth inning, with the score tied and the bases loaded.

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