THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
If Alfred Hitchcock had made a baseball movie it could have included the following scenes:
?A flock of 20 or so swallows darting crazily above Candlestick Park for two innings during the May 6 Giants-Cubs game, buzzing players and nipping Giants leftfielder Jeffrey Leonard.
?A swarm of bees causing a 17-minute delay of last Sunday's Reds-Phillies game in Cincinnati. While the organist was playing The Flight of the Bumblebee, three beekeepers dispersed the intruders. Reds starter Ted Power, who's allergic to bee stings, sustained one on his pitching hand but, after treatment, went on to finish with a career-high 11 strikeouts in a 4-3 loss.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"A free agent is an agent who doesn't represent players."—Tiger infielder Tom Brookens.
?"I'm glad we got rid of Kevin McReynolds and got some young kids who want to play. I'm glad he's in New York because he's not going to be able to dog it there the way he dogged it here."—Padres pitcher Rich Gossage.
SPARKY'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
?"We're going to win this [division], and I don't go out on a limb too often because you can get skinned like a cat. This is the first time in 18 seasons I've had pitching and defense. I want this team to be like those White Sox teams Al Lopez used to have. I'm in every game then, and every game revolves around me."—Tiger manager Sparky Anderson.
At the time, the Tigers were 9-15 but leading the league in earned run average.