JORDAN WATCH

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Michael's stats (as of May 18)

G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG E SB

35 134 31 6 0 0 18 .231 4 10

Ever since Michael Jordan traded his major league basketball sneaks for minor league baseball cleats, Frank Buccieri, public relations director for the Birmingham Barons team, has found himself in the awkward position of deal broker for the superstar. Mr. Buccieri says he's had to endure thousands of zany requests, everything from a local Dairy Queen that wanted to make a Michael Jordan ice cream cake to a father who wanted Mr. Jordan to attend his son's bar mitzvah. Sometimes it drives Mr. Buccieri batty, but he says Mr. Jordan is taking it in stride: "He told me, `You get used to it.' He's an ordinary guy, really. He takes a shower like everyone else."

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