The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 37, Ed. 1 Sunday, April 1, 2007 Page: 5 of 5
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Sammy Sosa to Join Crusaders
When the Rangers
signed Sammy So sa
last week, many
wondered what they could pos-
sibly hope to- accomplish with
the move. As; they have drawn
closer to the start of the season,
their plans have become clearer
and clearer. A press conference
over the weekend confirmed
what many were beginning to
suspect—Sammy Sosa is set to
become a Crusader.
The decision to hire a player
whom, because of his age and lack
of conditioning, many believe
to be of a talent level below the
standards of a major league team,
raised questions among Ranger
followers. GM John Daniels
revealed, however, that the move
is part of an overall strategy the
Rangers are trying as; a means
of dealing with the team's aging
veterans. Daniels expounded by
saying, "To get a player to feel
good about a contract, you often
have to give him a few more years
[on that contract] than he will
actually be effective for, so you
need a place to put those players.
We think the University of Dal-
las can be that place." But why
start with Sosa, whom the Rang-
ers had no previous contractual
obligation to? Daniels answers,
"We needed a guinea pig of sorts;
a guy we could point to and tell
our veterans, 'See what it did for
him? Don't you want to try that?'
And that's what Sosa can do for
us." Sounds like an innovative
approach, to say the least.
But how does Sosa feel about
the situation? In die conference,
he seemed quite open to the
idea, mentioning that a year away
from the game had reminded him
how much he loved baseball, 06
Workouts with RJ: IT'S
seemed enthusiastic just to have
a chance. "UD is being... very,
very good to me," he said. And
if his enthusiasm translates into
success, the Rangers may have an
effective solution for the problem
of veterans who have given much
to a team but have little left.
The move also benefits the
Crusaders. Not many pitchers
in Division III are acclimated to
throwing to a batter of Sosa's
power. The UD home run totals
seem due for a sharp and immedi-
ate increase. ' Any time you have a
chance to get a player who has the
experience and the track record
of a Sammy Sosa, it's obviously
a chance you jump at," said UD
coach Chris Strockbine.
Runs should no longer be a
problem for this season's Cru-
saders, and aging vets will no
longer be a problem for the Texas
As I walk down the Mall and from class to class, I hear some
of my peers commenting about me. After glancing at my
reflection and checking the most obvious things, I realize that
they are not insulting me behind my back but rather they are enthralled
by the size of my chest. Although some have said that it is larger than
life, I do not like to brag. As a simple, humble man I attribute the
size of my chest to small shirts. Secretly though I smile; the fact that I
am known for something makes me overwhelmingly happy. Though
this may seem odd or unusual, I believe that everyone is remembered
for something. Whether it is good or bad, one's legacy is how future
generations will know who we were. With that in mind I am glad that
I, RJ Karas, will for ever be remembered as...CHEST!!!
As a crusader for all top-heavy students at the University of
Dallas, I feel obligated to point out that it is not simply good genetics
that have blessed me. Strong work ethic and determination keep me
going when I am feeling down. Sometimes I can only do eight reps
on the bench press but that determination and work ethic motivate
me to get back in the gym the next day...and the day after that,..and
the day after that to do more reps. Wiether it is incline, decline or just
regular bench, that determination and work ethic push me to my limits
day after day. Yeah, I guess I could work in a set on the leg press or
some squats or even a set of lunges, but what is that going to do for
my chest? Absolutely nothing! If it's not chest, it's not best! After all,
it is the chest, or pectoral muscles, that protect your heart...right?
Don't be fooled though, you are not limiting yourself by only
working on the chest. Besides the bench press there are many different
ways to work the upper body. You say you don't know any Other way?
Push ups, butterflies, dips...more push ups, the Options are countless,
really. The idea of mixingup your muscle groups is overrated anyway...
keeping summer in mind, the most impressive tiling on a beach is a
solid, firm, salt-caked chest. Although some wimps think that four
days of chest workouts a week are too much, I personally think that
it is not enough, every time you go to the gym at least three sets of
chest are a bare minimum. Remember, if it's not chestersize it's not
exercise, and go big or go home!
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