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Magic numbers: 475, 50, 44, 29, 4

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo watches his two-run homer

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo watches his two-run homer off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando at Wrigley Field. (April 18, 2013) (Credit: AP)

475: Feet traveled by Anthony Rizzo’s home run hit Thursday at Wrigley Field, a shot ESPN measured to be the longest of the season so far.

50: Season-ticket holders who reportedly heard Padres president Tom Garfinkel describe Zack Greinke as “Rain Man” and say he hit Carlos Quentin on purpose. “We’re in the trust tree here,” Garfinkel said. Good “Old School” reference, Tom. Bad comment.

44: Years since Neil Diamond released “Sweet Caroline,” a song that had a resurgence in popularity this week as ballparks, including Yankee Stadium, and arenas showed their support for Boston. Diamond sang it Saturday, surprising the Fenway crowd. Let’s be glad Fenway didn’t choose “Forever in Blue Jeans.”

29: Home runs caught by 35-year-old fan Zack Hample, whose most recent trophies came Thursday when he grabbed longballs by Didi Gregorious and Francisco Cervelli in the Bronx.

4: Relief appearances by former Met John Maine, who was designated for assignment Friday by Miami. He had a 12.27 ERA in 7 1/3 innings — meaning a Mets reunion should be in the cards at some point.
 

Tags: anthony rizzo , john maine , Zack Greinke , san diego padres , neil diamond , boston red sox , chicago cubs

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