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Wednesday Wallpaper: Harper’s Arm, Oil Can’s Habit, LaRussa’s No. 10, Magic’s Bobblehead

Sitting behind the third-base dugout during last night’s D’backs-Nats game, I was positive that Bryce Harper had no chance to throw out John MacDonald at the plate on Justin Upton’s long fly ball, and as Harper got himself into position, I suggested to my friend that the 19-year-old left fielder would be smart to throw the ball to third base in order to hold the runner tagging from second.

Yup, I was wrong. Very, very wrong. (That the home plate umpire botched the call is irrelevant.)

Red Sox starter Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd said in an interview that he took crack cocaine throughout the 1986 season and that the team physician and one of the minority owners were well aware of his habit. (Perhaps he should have shared some of his supply with Bill Buckner before game six?)

The Cardinals announced that they will retire Tony La Russa’s No. 10 next Friday in a pre-game ceremony at Busch Stadium.

What every eight-year-old in Southern California craves will now become reality: A Dodger Blue-wearing Magic Johnson bobblehead! (Who?)

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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