Murderer’s Row

One of my baseball teammates challenged another teammate recently to name the Yankees’ “Murderer’s Row.” I barely came up with Ruth, Gehrig and Lazzeri. But he mischaracterized the lineup, saying Ruth batted cleanup. After wearing both #3 and #4 for most of my Little League career (those were always the smallest jerseys), I well knew that Ruth wore #3 and batted third, while Gehrig was #4 and batting cleanup. Full actual lineup: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Ruth, Gehrig, Bob Meusal (shoulda known that one), Tony Lazzeri, Joe Dugan, and whoever was catching and pitching that day. I still haven’t come up with a good player who wore my current number, #47.
Speaking of a Murderer’s Row (stealing the reference from Dispatches), check out the competition in the World Series of Poker H.O.R.S.E. $50,000 buy-in event. This is the real main event for these professionals. It’s no crapshoot like the $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em “Main Event.” It’s hold ’em (H), Omaha eight or better (O), razz (R), seven card stud (S) and seven card stud eight or better (E). All the big games, showing off all your skills. Already, 2004 HORSE champion Scott Fischman is out, along with Layne Flack, Hasan Habib, Marcel Luske, and a couple of other big names are teetering on the edge of elimination. Big names near the top are Allen Cunningham, Andy Bloch, and Freddy Deeb. Plus, Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth are at the same table. Awesome.