The Lineup

April 04, 2004

DEPARTMENTS

6 Leading Off
12 Letters
Slap asterisks on spitballers, too

15 Air and Space
In a rage over 'roids? Root for skinny ballplayers by Steve
Rushin

16 Scorecard
Hootie-Martha war isn't over
Hockey players keep on swinging
Japan's Seabiscuit a lovable loser
Skating judges: You're all perfect!

27 Faces in the Crowd
156 The Life of Reilly
Aaron Boone is unlucky. Also honest. And caring by Rick
Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

30 Golden Oldie
Once the top event in boxing, the Chicago Golden Gloves is
still an entertaining show by Richard Hoffer

INSIDE ...

148 College Football
Callahan has Huskers throwing
Five other coaches at new schools

150 The NBA
Do Blazers want coach to go?
Scout on March Madness stars

152 The NHL
Nedved has Oilers gushing
Union chief enrages refs

BASEBALL PREVIEW 2004

50 Welcome to the New Age of Information
The game's conventional wisdom is taking a beating from a new
stat-crazy culture that turns baseball numbers inside out
by Tom Verducci

*Efficiency model: Frank Catalanotto?
*Five teams that made the right moves
*Smart stats, dumb stats
*Does clutch hitting truly exist?
*Where will the numbers game go?
*Jack McKeon: Who needs stats?

68 As So Often Happens?
A fielder makes a great play and leads off the next inning.
It's a common occurrence. Isn't it? A professor's research
ignites logistic feuding over one legendary statistic
by Roy Blount Jr.

74 Scouting Reports
We rank all 30 teams, tell you how they'll finish and predict
the playoff winners and, of course, the World Series champs

NCAA TOURNAMENT

40 Four Cornerstones
To win the NCAA championship, each of the remaining teams will
require a peak performance from its indispensable player
by Grant Wahl

*How to Beat Connecticut *How to Beat Georgia Tech
*How to Beat Duke *How to Beat Oklahoma State

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD MANGIN

COVER FLAP PHOTOS: TOM DIPACE (RED SOX); V.J. LOVERO
(DIAMONDBACKS); CHUCK SOLOMON (ASTROS, MARLINS); AL TIELEMANS
(PHILLIES)

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COLOR PHOTO: STEPHEN GREEN; SKY EXTENDED BY SI IMAGING SKY'S THE LIMIT Wrigley Field should host the 2004 World Series(page 74).

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