HOW TO BE AN INSTANT CELEBRITY
In a single week Brewers manager Tom Trebelhorn appeared on Good Morning America, rookie pitcher Chuck Crim was on the 700 Club, and Paul Molitor and Rob Deer visited the Today show. "The new criteria for being a veteran is to have been playing when Bryant Gumbel was still covering baseball," said Molitor.
The Phillies went 15 games before a pitcher ( Shane Rawley) began a game with a 1-2-3 inning and 16 before a starter ( Don Carman) won.
THE H & R BLOCK TAX TIP OF THE WEEK
Joe Morgan mentioned to Willie Mays that he was facing an IRS audit. "Just take along some [autographed] baseballs," Mays told Morgan. "That's what I do, and I've never had any trouble."
MISTAKES ON THE LAKE
The Indians led the Blue Jays 6-2 in the top of the ninth on April 20, but after four Cleveland pitchers allowed one hit, five walks, two wild pitches and a hit batsman, the Blue Jays had scored five times. The goat of goats was Ernie Camacho (0-1, 8.22 ERA), who entered the scene with the bases loaded. A passed ball made it 6-3. Lloyd Moseby's three-run double tied it, and the go-ahead run scored on Camacho's wild pitch. ( Toronto won in 10 innings, 8-7.)
What did Camacho have to say for himself? "You can ask the pitching coach, you can ask the opposition, you can even ask Pat Corrales, but I'm throwing better than any time in my life, although I know that's hard to believe. I must have been throwing my curveball 96 or 97 miles an hour. When it hit the ground, no one could stop it." Problem is, Ernie, curveballs aren't supposed to hit the ground.
OBNOXIOUS QUOTE OF THE WEEK
?"Say what you want about Hitler, but he trained killers. You train kids in their early years and you can do anything you want with that child."—Tiger manager Sparky Anderson, explaining why he prefers younger players.
SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTS
There were more policemen than players on the field by the time the Dodgers finally beat the Giants 11-8 in Candlestick Park on April 21. Mike Marshall won it with a three-run homer off Scott Garrelts in the 10th, but Marshall incensed the Giants and their fans by pointing a finger at Giant manager Roger Craig in the dugout three times while rounding the bases. Before Marshall's at bat, Craig had ordered Garrelts to walk Pedro Guerrero for the second time that night.
After the homer, Garrelts threw his next pitch over the head of Alex Trevino, and that cleared both benches. As the Dodgers returned to their dugout, fans doused some players with beer and several of them had to be restrained from climbing into the crowd. Nine policemen spent the rest of the 10th inning standing in front of the Dodger dugout. Reliever Tom Niedenfuer had a police escort when he went to the bullpen to warm up. A policeman guarded Tom Lasorda's office after the game. And the Dodgers' team bus got a police escort back to the freeway.