03/30/2002 4:08 pm ET
Clues surface in search for Delgado's shoes
By Lloyd Upshaw / Special to MLB.com
DUNEDIN, Fla.-- As the search for Carlos Delgado's missing shoes intensifies Dade County Police continue to release more photos of the suspects in the hope that concerned fans in Toronto can help to identify them.
The photos capture two suspects in the act of stealing the shoes from Delgado's feet and sneaking away with the shoes in hand. The two seem confused as to where they are going, but at some point they must have found the exit because they were nowhere near the Blue Jays Spring Training facility when the police arrived.
"The photos show two guys, who look very much alike in an idiotic, unintelligent, bone-headed kind of way," reported local Sheriff Moseby, using three words that essentially mean the same thing. "We think the one with the mustache might be the leader of the two because he appears to have more facial hair."
When asked if he had any idea where these two men came from, the Sheriff admitted that he had a strong hunch that they probably came from "up north somewhere." When pressed further the Sheriff backed up his "northern theory" by pointing out that one man was wearing a toque on his head.
Meanwhile Carlos Delgado spoke to the media briefly in the afternoon.
"Since my shoes were taken I've been forced to use an old pair of Darrin Fletcher's shoes," an agitated Delgado said. "I think they're from his 1989 rookie year with the Dodgers, or at least they smell like it."
Delgado went on to say that Fletcher is a size 10 while Delgado himself wears a 13.
"My toes need room to hit home runs," added Delgado. "Yes a big bat is important, but so is toe space."
Players from all over the league are showing their support.
"For Carlos it's his shoes, for me it's my helmet," Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa commented. "The helmet I've been batting with provides just enough shade on those hot Wrigley afternoons, I don't know what I'd do without it."
"If I lost my shoes I'd retire again," Mark McGwire told reporters in St. Louis. "Some things just shouldn't be messed with."
Another piece of the puzzle might be coming into play as soon as tomorrow. Local authorities have apparently received another note from the two shoe suspects. If the note proves to be authentic then it will be published in its entirety on this site so that Blue Jays fans all over Toronto will have a chance to read it and hopefully help to put an end to what has become the most talked about issue in all of Spring Training.
Lloyd Upshaw is a special correspondent for the Toronto Blue Jays. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.