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    Vow Wows

    I started out as a model parent. And I'd still be a model parent if my wife had had a hysterical pregnancy instead of a kid. Before my son was born, the rules by which he'd live his life were all charted out. I'd witnessed the mistakes...

    by Michael Burkett on March 8, 1989
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    Tower Tale

    I have never seen John Tower drunk. Am I the only American who can say that? Hell, even Earl de Berge saw Tower bombed on three occasions. De Berge wrote to Arizona's senior U.S. senator and premier real estate speculator, D...

    by Michael Lacey on March 8, 1989
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    If You Asked, I Would Have Told You

    If you asked I would have told you: The University of Arizona may rank No. 1, but I don't see them making the Final Four. Putting Kemper Marley on the cover ensures Phoenix Metro magazine's place as Arizona's most contemptible publication. ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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    Springtime for Hitters - If you're a Steve Garvey fan, stop reading now

    When you get right down to it, there are just two kinds of people in this world: There are people who like Steve Garvey, and there are people who don't. Every single person, be they young or old, thin or fat, Pentecostal televangelist or Sat...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    The Unwanted Ones - Arizona's Medical Insurance Industry has virtually abandoned children with Down's Syndrome--no matter how healthy they happen to be

    Twenty years ago, the parents of a child like Jenna barely flinched when they encountered discrimination. From the moment a sympathetic obstetrician offered to whisk their little tragedy off to an institution, the family of a child born with ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 1, 1989
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    Scottsdale Stadium

    Home base for the San Francisco Giants, this charming park is a big favorite with fans of the truly hep persuasion. Many absolutists hold that Scottsdale is the absolute best place to catch a game, because of primo sightlines throughout and the cozy ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Diablo Stadium

    This is where the Seattle Mariners "play" their spring games, where every new line-up card brims with the promise of the franchise's first halfway successful season, and where I sold beer for a living exactly five years ago right this minute. ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Hohokam Park

    When the wickedly popular Chicago Cubs come to the Valley every spring, this ballpark becomes the epicenter of more activity than it can really stand. After all, the address says Mesa. HoHoKam has some charm, but it is in no way charming enough to ma...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Angel Stadium

    The Angels have their cleats in two worlds. For the first two weeks of spring training, the club practices and plays exclusively in the Valley, based at the Gene Autry complex on East McKellips. For the second half of March, the squad spends its time...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Desert Sun Stadium

    ?By whatever weird twist of logic, the San Diego Padres do their spring training in Yuma. This is a city of military people and retired people, two groups I don't fit in with too well. Otherwise, Yuma is a good place to get gasoline on your way back ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    In spring, Muni is home field for the Oakland Athletics, an American League team that I may never forgive for losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year's World Series. Still, the A's probably will be the best team to watch, baseball-wise...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Compadre Stadium

    You'd think that a ballclub with a name like "Brewers" would play in a place suited for rollicking good times. But Compadre Stadium, the spring field for the Milwaukee baseball team, is located in the wilds of exurban Chandler, Arizona, the n...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Hi Corbett Field

    I'm not about to get into the Tucson-Phoenix squabble, which seems to exist only because people in both places need to feel superior to someone, anywhere. It's boring. Suffice it to say that people in Phoenix believe they're superior to their...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    County Is Dumped On

    An obscure zoning case over a west- side garbage dump has turned into a twisted version of David and Goliath, prompting Maricopa County officials to accuse El Mirage of a double-cross that wreaks havoc with the environment. The county ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 1, 1989
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    Mr. Fix-it Is Guilty

    After cheerfully quoting from the Bible and almost getting his lawyer thrown in jail for contempt, Roger M. Hammond, the television and radio personality Phoenix once knew as "Mr. Fix-It," was convicted of murder and sentenced to twenty years in an A...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 1, 1989
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    How to Become a Great Rider

    You've just spent a hard day squinting at a VDT, your eyes feel like pinballs, your tongue feels like a fish, your car is either in the shop or it's your don't-drive-one-in-five day and you are, well, riding the bus. While rumbling along ye...

    by Judge I-Rankin' on March 1, 1989
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    Ryne Sandberg

    Current job: Second baseman, Chicago Cubs. Cool because: Has won six straight Gold Gloves. Needs 73 more games at second base to qualify as the all-time leading second baseman in fielding percentage. Lifetime batting average of .284. ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Whitey Lockman

    Current job: Player-personnel senior adviser, Montreal Expos. Cool because: Hit .279 over fifteen years as a big-leaguer. Former Cubs manager. Scottsdale resident. First spring training: "I came here as a player in 1947 with the New York G...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Jerome Holtzman

    Current job: Sports columnist, Chicago Tribune. Cool because: Has covered the Cubs in spring training since 1959. Biggest change in spring training since then: "Well, I've just gotten older, that's all." Other changes: "There...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Jim Bouton

    Current jobs: Motivational speaker (thirty to forty appearances a year) and inventor (Big League Chew, bubble gum made to look like chewing tobacco, and Big League Cards, personalized baseball cards for regular people). "My latest invention is cal...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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