More than in any other sport, numbers not words recount baseballs history. Each numerical record tells a story: 755 reflects Hank Aarons grace under the pressure of racism; Pete Roses 4,192 hits illustrate a compulsive gamblers successful chase to unseat a despicable racist from baseballs record books. Thats why the suspicion of performance-enhancing drugs is such a damaging scandal. If doubt tarnishes baseballs record books, it damages baseballs most valuable commodity: history. One of those facing the raised eyebrows of baseballs fans, Sammy Sosa, comes to Kauffman Stadium (Interstate 70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff) this week. Tonight begins a three-game series between the Royals and the Texas Rangers
. Despite becoming only the fifth player to hit 600 home runs, Sosas feats meet indifference or disdain from fans. Reasons for this reaction include a previous suspension for the use of a corked bat and his convenient (and sudden) inability to understand English during congressional hearings on steroid use. Tickets cost $8 to $32. Call 816-504-4040.