Though I’m sure Bob Raissman has no need to exaggerate, I’m having a little trouble swallowing this item from today’s New York Daily News.

Veteran Ch. 4 Tapehead Len (Lenny Tapes) Berman showed he still has fast hands.

Eye-Spies hanging outside of Shea Wednesday night (NLCS Game 6) say a rather boisterous group of wacked actors began giving Berman the business while he was doing a live shot.

After Berman led into a report by Bruce Beck, he threw a pretty good straight right at one of the hecklers. Peace was restored quickly.

Over at the New York Post, the Bearded Conscience Of NewsCorp. uses the Steve Lyons fiasco as an opportunity to assail Charles Barkley and Bryant Gumbel (does the white race have a more dilligent defender than our Phil?), along with some business-as-usual preachiness regarding the death of baseball fundamentals.

Albert Pujols, superstar, hit a high infield fly. Carlos Delgado dropped it. On tape, Pujols was seen in a walking jog toward first until the ball was dropped. He turned it on and reached second.

On Fox, Joe Buck noted that Pujols at first didn’t hustle, but added that Pujols wouldn’t have finished past second if he had.

How did Buck know that? Anything can happen with a ball in play and a man running the bases. But Buck missed the greatest point: It was Game 7!

Not even the game to determine the NL pennant could inspire a player to the least he could do, to a common sense, greater-good fundamental. Not even Game 7 of the NLCS could inspire Pujols to a light run to first base. Remarkable.

Unmentioned, of course, is that Pujols was nursing a sore hamstring. If Prince Albert BLOWS THE FUCKER OUT sprinting to first on what was most probably an easy out, the Cards’ single most important offensive weapon is lost for the rest of Game 7 and the World Series (if they got that far). I’d sooner try to find nice things to say about Joesph Mengele than Albert Pujols, but in this instance, the perennial HGH abuser MVP candidate has been dealt a low blow.