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BETWEEN THE LINES
Peter Gammons
September 12, 1988
FAT ISN'T BEAUTIFULThe Mets claim that lefthander Sid Fernandez, who weighs 240 pounds, has gained 15 pounds since spring training, and that's why he's having knee problems. "Sid isn't out of shape, he simply needs to lose weight," says head trainer Steve Garland. "You don't want to come out and say, 'Sid, you're fat.' But we've tried to be nice about it, and it hasn't worked."
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September 12, 1988

Between The Lines

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FAT ISN'T BEAUTIFUL
The Mets claim that lefthander Sid Fernandez, who weighs 240 pounds, has gained 15 pounds since spring training, and that's why he's having knee problems. "Sid isn't out of shape, he simply needs to lose weight," says head trainer Steve Garland. "You don't want to come out and say, 'Sid, you're fat.' But we've tried to be nice about it, and it hasn't worked."

LIVING UNDER A CLOUD
At Anaheim Stadium on Sept. 2, during Wade Boggs's first at bat, the organist played the theme from The Addams Family TV series, a whimsical reference to Margo Adams, who has refiled her palimony suit ($12 million this time) against the Red Sox third baseman. The next day Boggs complained to the Angels about the choice of music and received an apology. That night a plane, presumably chartered by Boggs's wife, flew overhead during the game, trailing the Sign, WADE, I LOVE YOU. DEBBIE.

SO THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING
Before every away game, Cardinals reliever Dan Quisenberry leaves complimentary tickets at the stadium's will-call booth for famous people connected (however vaguely) with the city the Cards are visiting, though he doesn't bother to tell the celebrities. When St. Louis played four games in Cincinnati Aug. 25-28, he left comps for basketball great Oscar Robertson, cowboy star Roy Rogers and actresses Loni Anderson and Doris Day. In Atlanta on Aug. 29, 30 and 31, the lucky celebs were the NBA Hawks' Dominique Wilkins, singer Kenny Rogers, former President Jimmy Carter and his daughter, Amy. How does Quiz know the names of the hometown heroes? "Surveillance," he says. "I have a contract where I can afford surveillance."

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
?Former Yankee manager Billy Martin, on the club's poor record under its current skipper: "If I were still managing the Yankees, we'd be in first place, although I don't mean that as a knock at Lou [Piniella]."

MISCELLANEOUS

?The Dodgers shouldn't be too upset about facing the Mets in the playoffs after losing the season series between the two teams 10-1. The Dodgers were 11-1 against the Phillies during the 1983 season, and Philadelphia beat L.A. three out of four in the playoffs to win the National League pennant.

?On Aug. 31 the Rangers' Jeff Kunkel played second, third and short and pitched in a 10-1 loss to the Twins. "He has the mannerisms of a pitcher—he rubs the ball up and fiddles with his hat," said manager Bobby Valentine. Kunkel, whose fastball was clocked at 94 mph during the game, retired the side in order in the one inning he worked.

? Cincinnati ace Danny Jackson is 7-1 with a 1.93 ERA while pitching on three days' rest this season.

?The Zenith Data System's Star of the Future for the week ending Aug. 30 was Triple A Portland Beavers pitcher Dan Schatzeder, who is 33 years old and has pitched for five major league teams since 1977.

?When the Cardinals traded pitcher Bob Forsch to Houston on Aug. 31, he was leading St. Louis with nine victories. He also led the Cards in wins in 1986 with 14 and tied for the lead in '87 with 11.

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