Flies by Night
A swarm of flying insects descended on Royals Stadium between the third and fourth innings of a game with Texas on Sept. 2. "It was amazing," said Ranger shortstop Jeff Huson. "After the game I pulled off my jersey, and I had an insect in my belly button. They were down my pants. But by the seventh or eighth inning the bugs were all gone." Like some fans, those insects probably had no interest in watching the conclusion of a meaningless late-season game.
The Phillies could become the first team ever to finish last and lead the league in runs scored. This could also be the first year in which both batting champions come from last-place teams: John Kruk from Philadelphia and Edgar Martinez from Seattle. Boston's Roger Clemens could also be the first American League Cy Young winner to play for a last-place team.
By the Numbers
? Cleveland shortstop Felix Fermin, who had walked six times in 127 at bats this season, drew four walks on Sept. 5 against Seattle.