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On the Spot

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Wes Helms
Third baseman
Milwaukee Brewers
By Jeff Sklar
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday February 24, 2003

Baseball player was once hit by a 110 mph ball and thinks Arizona is ╬a little rocky'

WILDCAT: So how long have you played professional baseball?

HELMS: I played in the major leagues three years and in the minor leagues three years.

WILDCAT: So what position do you play?

HELMS: Third base.

WILDCAT: Oh, third base. The hot corner. Have you ever been hit by a ball coming at you real hard?

HELMS: Yeah, I got hit in the mouth by a 110 mile per hour ball and I had to have surgery three times to repair it.

WILDCAT: Was that when you were in the majors or the minors?

HELMS: My last year in the minor leagues.

WILDCAT: Do you have a grudge against the guy who hit that?

HELMS: Nah. It's Roger Cedeľo. He plays in New York now.

WILDCAT: Wow, Roger Cedeľo. Did you get him to autograph the ball with the little bloodstain on it?

HELMS: We joke about it every once in a while.

WILDCAT: What sort of jokes could you possibly tell about that?

HELMS: I tell him I'll get him back. Like if I have to tag him at third base one time I'll tag him really hard.

WILDCAT: That's so lame. You should hit him really hard.

HELMS: I gotta make it so I don't get thrown out of the game.

WILDCAT: I would think that hitting someone could look like an accident. So what brings you to campus?

HELMS: Just looking around.

WILDCAT: You like it?

HELMS: It's a little rocky.

WILDCAT: You're not from Arizona are you?

HELMS: I'm from North Carolina. But I think it's nice. I keep up with Arizona sports all the time. Actually I watched the basketball game last night. I watch Arizona State.

WILDCAT: You watch Arizona State? And you're here on campus?

HELMS: Oh, it doesn't matter to me.


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