The Best And Worst ... Each League Has To Offer

The Debate

April 03, 2005

Best interleague pitching pickup

AL

Randy Johnson, Yankees

NL

Tim Hudson, Braves

Best future star

AL

Adrian Beltre, Mariners

NL

Carlos Delgado, Marlins

Best burner

AL

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

NL

Juan Pierre, Marlins

Most hated owner

AL

George Steinbrenner, Yankees

NL

Major League Baseball, Nationals

Best comeback

AL

Red Sox vs. Yankees, 2004 ALCS

NL

Roger Clemens from retirement

Best pitching matchup

AL

Randy Johnson vs. Curt Schilling

NL

Roger Clemens vs. Pedro Martinez

Best pitcher-batter showdown

AL

Anyone on Red Sox vs. Alex Rodriguez

NL

Roger Clemens vs. Mike Piazza

Best nicknames

AL

A-Rod, I-Rod, K-Rod

NL

D Train, Rocket, Mad Dog

Best fading star

AL

Rafael Palmeiro,

Orioles

NL

Mike Piazza, Mets

Best emerging star from Baltimore area

AL

Mark Teixeira, Rangers 1B

NL

Gavin Floyd, Phillies pitcher

Best beer belly

AL

David Wells, Red Sox

NL

Bernie Brewer

Best bang for the buck

AL

Twins, Athletics

NL

Marlins, Padres

Best bopper

AL

Manny Ramirez, Red Sox

NL

Jim Thome, Phillies

Best web gem

AL

Twins' Torii Hunter stealing a home run

NL

Cardinals' Scott Rolen stealing a bunt single

Best interleague hitting pickup

AL

Adrian Beltre, Mariners

NL

Carlos Delgado, Marlins

Best new diva

AL

Randy Johnson, Yankees

NL

Pedro Martinez, Mets

Best league

AL

7-0-1 in past eight All-Star Games

NL

40-33-2 in all All-Star Games

Best ex-player managing

AL

Joe Torre, Yankees

NL

Frank Robinson, Nationals

Best play at the plate

AL: Lou Piniella covering home with dirt

NL: Greg Maddux painting the corner

Best home run call

AL: "Fly, fly away" -- Dave Niehaus, Mariners

NL: "Get up. Get out of here." -- Bob Uecker, Brewers

Best lineup move

AL: Taking the first baseman's mitt off Jason Giambi's hand

NL: Not taking the bat out of Dontrelle Willis' hands

Best ambience

AL: Seats atop Green Monster at Fenway Park

NL: Rooftop beyond bleachers at Wrigley Field

Best food

AL: Boog's Barbecue at Camden Yards

NL: Bull's BBQ at Citizens Bank Park

Best traditional food

AL: Fenway Frank

NL: Dodger Dog

Best use of a microphone

AL: Bob Sheppard reading the lineups at Yankee Stadium

NL: Bill Murray singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field

Best water show

AL: Fountains, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

NL: McCovey Cove, SBC Park, San Francisco

Farthest poke

AL: Fenway Park triangle, 420 feet to right-center, Boston

NL: Dolphins Stadium triangle, 434 feet to left-center, Miami

Shortest porch

AL: Fenway Park, 302 feet to right, Boston

NL: SBC Park, 309 feet to right, San Francisco

Best spring training site

AL: Legends Field, Tampa, Fla., Yankees

NL: Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Fla., Dodgers

Most long-suffering fans

AL: White Sox -- last won World Series in 1917

NL: Cubs -- last won World Series in 1908

Worst Park

AL: Chan Ho, Rangers

NL: Shea Stadium, Mets

Best gesture

AL: Sammy Sosa blowing kisses

NL: Barry Bonds blowing everyone off

Best curse

AL: The Curse of the Bambino, Red Sox (defunct)

NL: The Billy Goat Curse, Cubs (active)

Best rivalry

AL: Yankees-Red Sox

NL: Dodgers-Giants

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