That's Why They're Called Rookies
The best theft of the week was pulled off by Padre outfielder Jerald Clark. When Dodger rookie catcher Mike Piazza went to the mound in the seventh inning to talk to pitcher Orel Hershiser without asking the umpire for time, Clark raced in from third with San Diego's first steal of home since 1984. "What can I say," said Piazza, "it was a very embarrassing moment."
Pass the Pepto-Bismol
The newest free spirit in baseball is 26-year-old Blue Jay catcher Mike Maksudian, who, as late as 1989, was the business manager of the Double A Birmingham Barons. Last week, his second in the majors, Maksudian, on dares from teammates, ate a locust and a cricket. It's not the first time he's eaten bugs and other unsavory critters; he once munched on a three-inch lizard. "I've never been one to turn down a dare," said Maksudian. "I'll do just about anything short of suicide."
By the Numbers
?The Dodgers, who at week's end had made 160 errors this season, have had seven three-error games, three four-error games, one five-error game, one six-error game and one seven-error game.