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Mon., March 13, 2006, 1:20 p.m.

Bobby Jenks: ‘A Middle Finger On Shoulder’

"Bobby Jenks (shown in 1998 as a Lakeland High pitcher) wanted to clear the air: Contrary to what people believe, he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder. Then again, considering the barrel-chested right-hander is listed at 6-3 and close to 270 pounds, a chip doesn't quite do it for him. 'It's more of a middle finger sitting on my shoulder,' he said. And not just a middle finger for the hitters who have the task of trying to time up a 100 mph fastball when facing the White Sox closer. It's also for the ESPN the Magazine story in 2003 that painted Jenks as a member of the Aryan Nation, as well as a sadomasochist who took a lighter to his own arm; for the people who said he was in drug rehab; for the scouts who question his longevity in the game. There's that middle finger his response to all the people who have piled on in his eyes."

For the rest of the story by Joe Crowley/Courier News Online about the Spirit Lake kid who's now closing for the world champion Chicago White Sox, click here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.