The Red Sox' fast start didn't last as long as Offerman's—after winning six of its first seven, Boston went 10-13 through Sunday—but that early surge was enough to squelch the pining for Mo that surely would have erupted had everyone stumbled out of the gate. "I'm just happy Jose got off to the good start, so he didn't have to be scrutinized," says Stanley. MO WHO? sweatshirts were spotted in the stands at the Sox' home opener, and the Hit Dog's return with Anaheim last weekend finally brought closure to his ugly departure. Vaughn went 1 for 11 and struck out six times, and by his last at bat on Sunday he was being as lustily booed by the Fenway fans as any other opposing player. Offerman, meanwhile, was hearing cheers. "I've never gotten that kind of reaction from the fans," he says. "It's nice to have it."
You might remember that during spring training, righthander Kevin Brown, incensed that a flushed toilet had deprived him of cold water while he was taking a shower in the Dodgers' antiquated Vero Beach clubhouse, grabbed a bat and with a few swift strokes smashed the offending commode. Brown apparently found the plumbing pummeling an effective method of blowing off steam. After he was bombed for six runs in six innings during L.A.'s 12-3 loss to the Phillies on May 2, Brown administered the same treatment to a urinal next to the Veterans Stadium visitors' dugout.
When the Padres arrived at the Vet the next day to begin a three-game series, Brown's former San Diego teammates surveyed the damage—and recognized the master's touch. "He yanked it right out of the cinder block," marvelled Tony Gwynn, who then posed a rhetorical question. "As soon as I saw it I said, 'Brownie's work?' "