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The Rabbi in the dugout

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 10, 2008 | 12:01 pm

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Greenberg. Koufax. Horwitz?

Welcoming MLB’s newest Jew. Giants outfielder Brian Horwitz is no Ryan Braun or Kevin Youkilis, but he’s having a pretty righteous coming out party, batting .385 in his first seven games, with four runs and an on-base percentage of .973.

The Rabbi,” as teammates are calling him, slapped his first home run in his third game, and then swapped a signed bat to get it back:

“It means a lot to me,” Molina said. “It’s like most guys hitting 3,000. I know I’m not a superstar. I know I’m not a Hall of Famer. To get 1,000 hits for a guy who was not supposed to sign at first, then signed for $1,000, $750 after taxes, a guy who wasn’t supposed to make it in the major leagues, the slowest guy in the world ... to get 1,000 hits is an honor for me.”

As a Dodgers fan, this marks the second time in less than a week that tribal affinity helped me overcome sports-fan prejudices, and I really can’t stand the Giants.

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