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Published May 12, 1998
BASEBALL: In N.Y., gossip columnist Neal Travis creates a scenario in which, following a World Series win this year, "maximizing their value," Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner sells his team for around $500M and buys his home-town Devil Rays "for less than half that price." Travis: "I'm not saying the owner has actively explored this scenario" (N.Y. POST, 5/12)....ESPN's Peter Gammons, on Cubs P Kerry Wood: "It's just wonderful for the Cubs. They're a team that in the '90s [has] really struggled. ... But now to put out there on WGN all the time, they have their home-grown hero that people will look forward to pitching every five days" ("SportsCenter," 5/11). Wood, on whether he sees himself getting endorsements soon: "I've had six starts. I don't think it's commercial time yet" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/12). ..Former Durham Bulls Owner Miles Wolff Jr. will be the owner of a new Quebec City franchise in the Northeast League of Professional Baseball. The Quebec City team, yet unnamed, will begin play in '99. Wolff also is Commissioner of the independent Northern League and President of Baseball America, the bi-weekly publication (Northeast League). EN FUEGO: In its inaugural season, the MLS Fire is drawing an average crowd of 29,413 per game at Soldier Field. Fire GM Peter Wilt: "This isn't going to be typical throughout the year. Especially when we get to weeknight games." The Fire has only five weekend dates among its 13 remaining home games (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/12).