PLEASE, MR. SPACEMAN
Moncton Mets pitcher William Francis Lee II was suspended for four games for his part in a brawl with the Kentville Wildcats June 19. Lee, 39, objected to being brushed back by Kentville's Larry Hood, so he charged the mound, triggering a bench-clearing fight. Tempers often flare in the heat of the Nova Scotia Baseball League pennant race.
GRAND OLD CLICH� NO. 117
"Whoever is in first place on the Fourth of July finishes first."
In the last seven full seasons, only 11 of the 28 teams in first place on July 4 have won their divisions.
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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"I thought they would have given this to me in May when I was hitting about .088."—Braves catcher Ozzie Virgil after taking a drug test, as required by his contract.
?"By the time we get to first place, we'll be traveling by horse and buggy.''—Reds outfielder Dave Parker on the club's budget-minded travel policy.
Yankee second baseman Willie Randolph has played with 25 shortstops in his 10� years, from A ( Sandy Alomar) to Z (George Zeber), including, on three occasions this season, three—Dale Berra, Ivan DeJesus and Mike Fischlin—in the same game. "Sometimes," says Randolph, "I look over there and think, Who is that?"