"Honey, so long as you've got a job and love to play, you shouldn't quit."
"Why don't you take out your frustrations on some of them white balls."
Kevin dutifully followed Granny's advice. The first time up in a Giants uniform, he lashed a ball into the last row of the bleachers in left center in Wrigley Field. A few innings later he belted one out of the park.
He called Granny back to thank her.
"How do you feel?" she asked.
"Better. Much better."
Granny now felt free to ask, "Who's gonna play third for the Padres?"
"They got Chris Brown in the deal [box, page 44]. They think they got a player with bigger potential, but all they got was one with a bigger butt."
Pete Rose has cooked up a Kevin Mitchell shift—three men stationed on the left side of the infield. Rose might have put them to better use in the lower deck, because that's where Mitchell's shots have been landing lately. "Kevin's hitting into the wind—lefthanders, righthanders, everything," says Giants catcher Terry Kennedy. After Mitchell smacked four homers against the Braves in three days—off a curve, a slider, a fastball and a changeup—Atlanta's first baseman Darrell Evans said, "If I were a pitcher. I'd just escort him down to first right now."