That's bad news for the Reds if the Rockies win the National League West. In that scenario Cincinnati and Colorado would meet in a best-of-five divisional series, with the first two games at Coors Field. "I believe the Reds don't want us," says Rocky first baseman Andres Galarraga, who blasted a grand slam on Friday and a two-run shot on Saturday.
"Well, the Rockies just hope it's them in the playoffs, let me tell you," Johnson says. "It's a whole lot different when it comes to the postseason."
Win or lose come October, Johnson will be looking for another job. He's baseball's accidental tourist. After being fired by the Mets during the 1990 season, "I wanted to stay in baseball and I didn't care how," Johnson says. "Coaching, scouting, whatever." He received no offers for 2½ years, until Bowden hired him as a consultant. This time he wants only to manage again, and based on his good relations with Bowden, it appears he has shed the cantankerous image he had when the Mets sent him packing.
"Yes, I want to manage someplace next Year," he says. "I don't know how it will turn out, but whatever happens, it seems like someone is always looking after me."
Johnson was interviewed by one club with a managerial vacancy during the offseason—the Baltimore Orioles, for whom be played second base from 1965 to '72. The Birds wound up hiring Cleveland Indian Ditching coach Phil Regan, but Baltimore bas fared so poorly (57-68 through Sunday) that it's conceivable the position might come open again after this season. Johnson-vould be a willing candidate.
"It doesn't matter where I go," he says. 'It's like I told [Met general manager] Frank Cashen when he hired me: I love working for someone who's smart enough to hire me."