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Ryan Howard's surge toward 60 homers helped propel his Phillies back into the Wild Card race. (Nick Wass/AP)
Cover Story Sept. 29, 2006
Here they are: Our Men Friday
For years now, we at The Weekender have given a weekly nod to a player who made a particular impact on the life of baseball as we know it, and we call him Our Man Friday. With that in mind, we present Our Men Friday -- nine special people who did special things on and off the field in 2006.  More >
Welcome to The Weekender
King for a day
Larry King commandeers the column one last time and sides with Eric Chavez, who recently took issue with A-Rod.  More >
Our Man Friday
You've spent 15 years in the same uniform -- well, a few different versions of Angels uniforms -- and now it's down to your last weekend. Congratulations, Tim Salmon, you're Our Man Friday for this week. Always a good fit under the halo, Salmon will get a chance to play this weekend. Bottom line: He got his ring in 2002, so he should ride into the sunset with a smile on his face.
Beyond the Box Score
Jim Leyland became the eighth manager to guide at least three different teams to 90-win seasons, joining skippers such as Joe McCarthy and Dick Williams.  More >
Checking the Signs
The Full Moon in Aries is about to appear. Energies reach their peak, as hard-driving Aries inspires confidence and fortitude.  More >
The Weekend Planner
Dodgers at Giants
Only one team has playoff implications in this one, but you know San Fran fans will be rooting for another Joe Morgan moment.
Padres vs. D-backs
The Padres entered the week in the driver's seat. Will they end the week in the same spot, or will a trip to the desert make them wilt?
Phillies at Marlins
The Marlins certainly still have a stake in the playoff hunt, even if they're out of it. The Phillies need to get it done or go home.
Lines of the Week
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Sept. 27 vs. CIN: This kid has been special all year, but this game stands out -- we're talking his seventh leadoff homer of the season followed up by an inside-the-park job later. Nice catch by the Fish, don't you think?
4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Jim Leyland, Tigers
"To be honest with you, I was crying more than I was thinking. I know how hard they worked. I know what they've been through for several seasons. To see this pay off for them is a big thrill for me. I'm so happy for those guys who went through what they went through. They're winners now, and they'll be forever winners. Hopefully we'll be able to take this a few steps further. I'm awful proud of them." -- It was that kind of regular season in Detroit, wasn't it?