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Champs and Chumps - Randy Johnson & Jose Hernandez

In sports, there are always teams and players who rise to greatness and perform their best under pressure... these are the champs. There are also teams and players who fold under pressure or who don't show enough energy or desire to win big games... these are the chumps.

For example, The LA Lakers and the Williams sisters are usually always champs, while the LA Clippers and Phil Mickelson are almost always chumps.

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The Champ
The Chump
Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks is a favorite to win his fourth straight Cy Young Award.
Jose Hernandez has set a new record for strikeouts in a season.

The Champ - Randy Johnson
Yeah, I know this guy looks like a piece of Alabama trailer trash, with his greasy mullet and string bean frame, but Randy Johnson can definitely throw some heat (just ask the bird Randy killed with one of his fastballs a couple of seasons ago.) On September 19, 2002, the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher struck out nine to pick up his 23rd victory of the season in a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The win means Randy Johnson leads the National League in wins, strikeouts and E.R.A. and makes him a favorite to win his fourth straight Cy Young Award for the League's best pitcher. More importantly, it means Randy is this week's Champ.

The Chumps - Jose Hernandez
If you've ever felt the humiliation of striking out in a baseball game (or at a school dance,) well cheer up, because Jose Hernandez, the shortstop for the Milwaukee Brewers, has you beat. In 2002, Jose is on the verge of setting a new record for strikeouts in a season - not exactly the kind of record that players hope to break. Jose has heard umpires yell, "Strike Three, You're Out!", 188 times during the 2002 season (the record is 189,) and there's still a handful of games left. Not only is Jose the new King of Striking Out, his Brewers are in last place in the National League and he's this week's Chump.

What do you think about this week's champs and chumps? and vote in the online poll above.

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