Red Sox's Boggs OK after fall from...


Red Sox's Boggs OK after fall from pickup

Wade Boggs, the Boston Red Sox's five-time American League batting champion told yesterday of his "pretty dramatic experience" Saturday night, when he fell out of moving pickup driven by his wife, Debbie, in Winter Haven, Fla..

"I'm just glad to be alive," Boggs said. "The back tire narrowly missed running over my head."

Boggs said he and his wife had dinner at a restaurant and went home by way of U.S. 17 South.

"We hadn't gone far when the next thing I knew I was bouncing around on 17," he said. "I don't know what happened. Everything happened so fast. I don't know whether I leaned on the door or I kicked it somehow with my leg. But it opened and boom."

Boggs, whose mother was killed in a traffic accident in 1986, escaped with minor injuries treated first by his wife and then by Red Sox trainer Charlie Moss on Sunday.

* Pittsburgh Pirates president Carl Barger has made two multiyear contract offers to Bobby Bonilla, but the outfielder said they are only a starting point, according to a published report.

Both offers are essentially the same as one Bonilla rejected in February, amounting to $16 million over four years, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in today's editions.


* Don Elbaum, who has promoted boxing cards at Rockville and the Baltimore Arena, will try a new Maryland location April 7, when he stages his first show in the 700-seat ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda.

The main event will match Baltimore lightweight Donny Parker against Kelvin Daley of Hyattsville. An eight-round junior lightweight bout will pit Johnny Bizarro of Erie, Pa., against Sean Spinda of Worthington, Ky.

Unbeaten light-heavyweight David Izegwire (4-0) of Washington tops the under card in a six-round bout against Baltimore's John Keys. Tickets are priced at $50 and $30. For reservations, call (301) 657-1234.

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