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Big game hunting on opening day

Posted on: March 29, 2008 6:50 pm
 

One of the most attractive opening day pitching matchups has Houston ace Roy Oswalt facing National League Cy Young winner Jake Peavy in San Diego on Monday night.

Well, it's one of the attractive matchups if you're not, say, a white-tailed deer.

The two pals have been pointing toward their opening day duel for months now, trash-talking their way through winter hunting trips and the joint purchase of more than 500 acres of hunting property in southwestern Illinois.

"Some of the best hunting land in the United States," Oswalt told me this spring.

Oswalt is from Weir, Mississippi; Peavy is a native of Mobile, Alabama. They live about two hours' drive-time apart.

Not only did they purchase the Illinois property over the winter, they also enjoyed a home-and-home series of hunting trips together.

Peavy and some of his friends traveled to Mississippi to hunt with Oswalt on the Houston pitcher's 3,000-acre property, and then Oswalt and some of his friends visited Peavy's hunting spread in Alabama.

Funny thing is, neither Oswalt (14-7 with a 3.18 last season) nor Peavy (19-6, 2.54) personally bagged anything on their joint hunting trips, according to the Houston pitcher. The group shot three deer on Oswalt's property and "two or three" on Peavy's property.

But that didn't stop the two buddies from carrying on with their running commentary on Monday's opener for the past several months.

"We've got a lot of bets going on," Oswalt told me, grinning, at the Astros' camp in Kissimmee, Fla., in February. "I can't say what we've got going on, but we've been talking a lot of trash on the phone."

When I saw Peavy in Peoria, Ariz., a few weeks later, last year's unanimous Cy Young winner wasn't spilling any beans regarding the side wagers, either.

"We're going to get after it on opening day," Peavy said. "And then we'll go to dinner when all is said and done."

Venison? He didn't say.


Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2008 9:58 am
 

Big game hunting on opening day

Bet on his team with bookies and probably ruined Dibbles arm by pitching in a boatload of consecutive games to try to cover his bets.  Worse thing was how the bookies set odds when Rose didn't bet on his team, -Pete Rose was out of baseball almost ten years when Dibble blew his arm. FYI



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 1:07 pm
 

Big game hunting on opening day

if they didnt bag anything i doubt they will be having vension,unless they buy it



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:41 pm
 

Big game hunting on opening day

Bet on his team with bookies and probably ruined Dibbles arm by pitching in a boatload of consecutive games to try to cover his bets.  Worse thing was how the bookies set odds when Rose didn't bet on his team, thinking they would lose.  Little insider info to clean up on other illegal betting.  Thinking their bets will be similar to mayors and governors bets on championship games, not gonna be money exchanging hands and will not have any influence on the game playing or management of the game.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:32 pm
 

Big game hunting on opening day

oops ronnieb the toolbag was for u and the brandon webb haranbfg matchup? your a toolbag also.




Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:31 pm
 

Big game hunting on opening day

you're a toolbag



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2008 9:56 am
 

Big game hunting on opening day

All these guys need is Todd Helton to bring Clint Barmes to carry each other's meat!




Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2008 9:37 am
 

Big game hunting on opening day

Man come off it Pete Rose bet ON HIS OWN TEAM not a little competitive side bet

 




Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2008 4:27 am
 

"Side wagers" are ok?

Somewhere Pete Rose is throwing a fit...



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2008 12:11 am
 

Big game hunting on opening day

I am looking forward to the Aaron Harang and Brandon Webb Matchup.Should be a dandy.


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