BIG MAC ATTACK
On May 19, Glenn Wilson had lunch at a McDonald's in Houston. That night he got the only Pirate hit off Mike Scott. The next day, Wilson ate at McDonald's again. He went 2 for 6. So Wilson kept eating at McDonald's in Houston and then in Atlanta, and was 12 for 27 in six games.
Last Friday he ate at a McDonald's on his way to the stadium in Pittsburgh. When he walked into the clubhouse, he found that a local McDonald's outlet had delivered 50 Quarter Pounders, along with French fries and milk. "I'll see if it works," Andy Van Slyke said, and in an effort to change their luck, several Pirates joined him.
The Pirates were watching the Cubs and Reds on television as they dined, rooting against first-place Chicago. As Cincinnati's Luis Quinones was announced as a pinch-hitter, Wilson waved a Quarter Pounder at the TV. Quinones singled.
Alas, that night the Pirates lost to Houston 4-2. But McWilson went 3 for 4.
STARS OF '90S
One of the reasons the College World Series, which begins June 2 in Omaha, has become so popular is the number of teams capable of winning the championship. Unlike the 1965-74 era—when Arizona State and USC dominated—this year's regional tournaments began with 15 or 20 of the 48 participating teams capable of going all the way. Indeed, two of the best teams in the country—Texas A & M and Mississippi State—were upset in the regionals by LSU and North Carolina, respectively. Fresno State was another top contender that was eliminated early. As of Sunday, some of the strong teams remaining were Arizona, Miami and Wichita State.
A number of potential major leaguers should be at the Series. Some players to watch in Omaha—and in the free-agent draft on June 5:
•Joe Grahe, 14-4 with a 2.74 ERA at Miami this year, is an exciting pitching prospect, as is Alex Fernandez (15-1, 1.60).
•Scott Bryant, an outfielder/DH for Texas, has knocked in 106 runs and will be an early pick. Fellow Longhorn Kirk Dressendorfer, a righthander, is an ace (15-2. 152 strikeouts in 144⅔ innings).