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Eye Openers: Leading Off Against Halladay

Eye Openers: Roy Halladay ... Pirates catchers ... NBA Odds

Eye Openers: Leading Off Against Halladay

Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay

♦ Players leading off the game against Roy Halladay are 7-for-14 (.500) this season. But they are all singles, he hasn’t walked any and only two have come around to score. Players leading off any inning against him this season are 34-101 (.337) with five walks (a .368 OBA). Sixteen of them have come around to score.

♦ Remember the Flyers’ “Year of the Seven Goaltenders,” when seven different goalies dressed during the 2009-10 regular season? Well, the Pirates have had six different catchers start this season already. I am not sure I could name six catchers in Pirates history ... Manny Sanguillén, Tony Pena, Jason Kendall ... Yeah, that’s about it.

♦ The NBA Finals hadn’t been over 24 hours when odds on which teams will win the 2012 title started to trickle in. According to Philadelphia Daily News handicapper Vegas Vic, the 76ers are 50-1 to win a crown next year. The Associated Press’ Glantz/Culver line has them at 80-1, behind the Clippers (55-1). Ouch!

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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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