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It was Sept. 8, 1998 -- 18 years ago Thursday -- that a 22-year-old computer programmer, who worked for $40 a day on the St. Louis Cardinals grounds crew, snagged Mark McGwires then-record-breaking home run ball, and gave it back to McGwire for free.Tim Forneris, who is now a public defender in St. Louis, says he wouldnt change a thing about the decision he made.Being part of this moment led to so many other things in my life, Forneris said. The thinking is that money always helps make things easier, but thats not always the case. With lottery winners, it often turns into disaster.While memorabilia experts estimated before the game that the ball could be worth $1 million or more, when Forneris snagged McGwires shortest home run of the 70 hed end up hitting in 1998, he immediately decided that the ball wasnt his to keep or sell. He gave it to the Cardinals slugger in a ceremony that took place on the Busch Stadium field.Forneris just happened to be in the right place to get the low liner over the left field fence, which broke what was then Roger Maris single-season record of 61 home runs. His role on the grounds crew was to open the gate for visiting pitchers to the bullpen. When the ball came over the wall, Forneris said he sprinted from his usual position to a batting cage by the bullpen where the ball had come to rest. Later, he was on the field when McGwire was presented with the ball and some gifts from the team.Forneris didnt ever get financial compensation from the ball, but he did get to meet President Bill Clinton, got a watch from the Cardinals and a Cardinal red minivan from a local Chrysler plant which was touched by his generosity in the face of potential riches. He still has the vehicle, which he said has about 80,000 miles on it.Had Forneris sold the ball, there was a good possibility he could have gotten that $1 million. McGwires last home run ball of the 1998 season, No. 70, sold for $3.05 million. But Forneris only catches himself thinking about the memories instead of the money; memories that are never too far away. Fittingly, Forneris current office phone number ends in 62. Malik Hooker Womens Jersey. The 28-year-old from Calgary matched his career best after missing just one shot in his two rounds of shooting in the mens 10-kilometre sprint competition. Smith finished in 23 minutes 15. Quincy Wilson Womens Jersey. Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. http://www.nflcoltsgearsshop.com/Quincy-Wilson.html?cat=911. -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Malik Hooker Youth Jersey. On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener. Quincy Wilson Jersey. The team says the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona hosts third-division side Cartagena in the return leg of their round-of-32 tie after winning their first meeting 4-1. SAN DIEGO -- Rookie left-hander Julio Urias got a final tuneup for what he hopes will be a spot on the Los Angeles Dodgers postseason roster.The 20-year-old pitched three scoreless innings and Joc Pederson doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the NL West champion Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.The Dodgers remained two games behind the Washington Nationals with three to play in the race for home-field advantage in their division series matchup.The Dodgers monitored Urias innings with a spot on the postseason roster in mind.His stuff was good, manager Dave Roberts said. It is one of those things he wasnt as sharp as we have seen but Julio still finds a way to miss bats. In that three-inning stint, which we wanted to keep it abbreviated, he missed bats.If you have one word to sum up Julio it is `poise, regardless of the situation and environment, Roberts said. Having his A stuff or not, he still finds a way to get major league hitters out.Making his first start since Sept. 13, Urias allowed one hit while striking out five and walking two. Brett Anderson (1-2) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory.Im very happy for the opportunity, Urias said through a translator. I feel good and comfortable. The roster comes out at the end of the season and I will respect whatever decision they make.Its huge, he added. Its my first year and I always knew it was going to be a playoff team because it is a team that has that capacity. Now that we are here and they are considering me for the playoff roster, that is great. I see it a lot closer. I see it as a reality to be part of that roster.Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich (5-12) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked one.San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on consecutive RBI singles by Carlos Asuaje and Luis Sardinas.Rob Segedin tripled to right for the Dodgers with one out in the fifth and scored on Pedersons double to center.The Dodgers took the lead in the sixth with four runs -- all charged to Friedrich -- on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Friedrich allowed Justin Turners RBI single and loaded the bases on a walk to Segedin before making way for Jose Torres. Torres first pitch was wild, allowing Turner to scoore, and Pederson then hit a two-run double to center.ddddddddddddThe Padres went 6-4 on their final homestand, including splitting a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants and taking two of three from the Dodgers.Most of the credit goes to several rookies called up from Triple-A El Paso, which won the Pacific Coast League title.I think we showed some young guys here that infused some life and looked really good, manager Andy Green said. Manny Margot, Hunter Renfroe were outstanding, Carlos Asuaje had some good games and Austin Hedges was great behind the plate. `Although Renfroe had a quiet night, going 1 for 5, he had four home runs and 12 RBI in his first eight games.Although Thursdays game got out of hand, Nobody seemed to care what the score was when its 9-2 there in the ninth inning and were still swinging the bats, Green said. This teams fought all year long. I dont think anybody whos watched us would think anything otherwise. I think thats to be commended. We have a ways to go, but weve showed that same resolve this homestand that weve kind of shown all year.OH MY!Broadcaster Dick Enberg was honored before his final home game as TV voice of the Padres. Enberg was presented with a microphone mounted on a base and gave a brief speech that he ended with his signature Oh my! At a reception earlier in the day, Enberg was given a surfboard featuring his picture and his Oh my! saying. The Padres unveiled a plaque naming one of the broadcast booths after Enberg, who is in his seventh season with the team. At 81, hes retiring from his five decades as one of the most recognizable sports broadcasters in history. Tennis great Rod Laver, who lives in Carlsbad in northern San Diego County, attended the ceremony. Enberg will call the Padres season-ending, three-game series at Arizona.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Rich Hill (12-5, 2.05) is scheduled to start the season-sending series at San Francisco beginning Friday night. The Giants will counter with LHP Madison Bumgarner (14-9,2.71).Padres: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-6, 5.77) is scheduled to start the opener of the final series at Arizona, which is scheduled to counter with RHP Braden Shipley (4-5, 5.26). Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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