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Posters Given Out Without Wickman

July 30, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ While Bob Wickman is gone, the Milwaukee Brewers weren’t about to be stuck with 30,000 posters of their former closer.

Bob Wickman All-Star Poster Night went on as scheduled Saturday night at County Stadium, a day after the Brewers dealt their All-Star to Cleveland.

``We would only hope that future poster promotions don’t scare away our players when we go to them with the idea early in the season,″ Brewers spokesman Laurel Prieb said.

Wickman, the team’s closer for more than three seasons, was traded with pitchers Steve Woodard and Jason Bere for slugger Richie Sexson and pitchers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis plus a player to be named.

``That’s a little late to get a poster of him,″ said Helen Roselli, an elderly fan from Germantown, a Milwaukee suburb. ``But I’m happy to get one. He did a good job when he was here. He’s a native of Wisconsin, too.″

Her daughter, Kathleen DeWall, also of Germantown, quickly added, ``That’s why it’s a shame he’s leaving.″

Wickman’s former teammates were happy to see the team continue with the promotion.

``Absolutely,″ outfielder Geoff Jenkins said. ``I’m going to put one in my locker just to remember him.″

``It’s a nice collector’s item now,″ shortstop Mark Loretta said.

Reliever David Weathers, one of Wickman’s best friends on the team, had a plan for his poster.

``It was funny timing,″ he said. ``I’m going to get one and ask him to autograph it for me.″

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