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BETWEEN THE LINES
Peter Gammons
May 19, 1986
THE ALAN FUNT PRANK OF THE WEEK
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May 19, 1986

Between The Lines

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THE ALAN FUNT PRANK OF THE WEEK

Long the subject of Yankee trade rumors, Dodger pitcher Jerry Reuss left Wrigley Field after a Dodgers-Cubs game May 6 and, carrying an equipment bag stuffed with towels, traveled to Comiskey Park, where the Yanks were playing the White Sox. There he talked his way into the Yankee clubhouse and barged into manager Lou Piniella's office.

"Pleased to meet you," Reuss told Piniella. "I pitched Friday, so I'll do whatever you want, start or relieve."

"What are you talking about?" replied a stunned Piniella.

"Didn't George call? We just made the deal."

After Piniella closed the door to talk to his new pitcher, coaches Joe Altobelli and Gene Michael leaned around the corner to eavesdrop, and Dale Berra nervously inquired who had been traded for Reuss.

It was, of course, another Reuss prank. He pitched two days later for the Dodgers.

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

When Pirates pitcher Bob Walk came close to San Francisco's Jeffrey Leonard with three consecutive pitches, Leonard shouted at him, "Don't you ever come inside on me again as long as you liveā€”or you won't."

The next time Leonard came to the plate, Walk hit him on the left arm. Leonard glared...and that was it. Walk lived to face another batter.

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