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Rocker Ruckus Continues in NLCS

October 18, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker, locked in a feud with New York Mets fans, had the last word Sunday night.

Rocker pitched 1 1-3 innings of shutout relief in the Mets’ 4-3, 15-inning victory over Atlanta in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series.

When he came into the dugout after striking out Mike Piazza to end the 13th inning, nearby fans were heckling him.

``I just struck out your best hitter,″ he said, yelling back.

He stayed in the game and retired Robin Ventura leading off the 14th, gesturing that the fly ball didn’t scare him.

``I would say the majority of Mets fans aren’t even human,″ Rocker said after the game. ``I’ve said how brutal the fans were and how disgusting they were. They were worse than I ever suspected.″

Rocker had called New York fans ``stupid,″ and ``a tired act,″ before the Braves arrived in New York. That made him a target in the three games played at Shea Stadium.

``I actually enjoyed myself the last couple of days,″ said the left-hander who turned 25 on Sunday. ``I pitched well.

``Baseball is just a game and no matter what happens, my parents still love me.″

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