"Hey," said Ellis Burks, waving his hand to catch my attention. "Let me talk to you about something that's been bothering me."
Burks was in the Indians dugout as I walked over to the where he sat. I plopped down next to him, and Burks, frustrated, proceeded to spell out something that had been eating at him for five or six seasons. He said he didn't know who might take up his cause, but he figured he had a good one.
As Burks told me on that summer day in 2002, he had been robbed. No, it wasn't armed robbery; no dangerous weapon was used. The robbery was an intellectual one -- a statistical decision that robbed Burks of a batting title.
The decision puzzled him when it happened years earlier, and other ballplayers in the National League felt the same way, Burks told me.
All had a good point.