A Golden Ticket

The Florida Marlins' Jeffrey Loria might be known as one of the cheapest owners in baseball, but a look at his track record shows he's not without generosity. Over the years, he has rewarded his players with gold coins, a blessed Saint Christopher medal, a diamond pendant, a Mercedes, and a gold-plated baseball bat. (OK, we made up that last one.) So it came as no huge surprise when Loria awarded Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay the pitching rubber and the last baseball used in the game after his perfect game May 29. But because he isn't a Marlin, neither memento was dipped in gold.

This Tuesday at 7:10 p.m., the Texas Rangers will visit Sun Life Stadium to kick off a three-game interleague series against the Fish. The Rangers, formerly owned by President George W. Bush, are in the thick of the AL West playoff hunt. The Marlins, too, are in the middle of a pennant chase, grouped tightly with the rest of the NL East.
Tue., June 15, 7:10 p.m., 2010
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Brian Griffiths